Toastmasters District 74

Southern Africa

Starting a club

Toastmasters groups are formed every day in a variety of settings across the world. Groups meet onsite at corporations, churches, community centres, even in restaurants. Community clubs are generally open to anyone, while company clubs are usually limited to employees of that company and are called "closed clubs".

The process to form a Toastmasters group is simple and all of the materials are provided for you! You can start a Toastmasters group onsite at your corporation or other organization, or you can start a local group in your community. This is the first step to start a group of people like yourself on the journey to improving your speaking and leadership skills!


Organising a new Toastmasters club can be a challenging, personally rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. The benefits to you as an individual in sponsoring or mentoring a new club are as follows:

  • In addition to building new friendships, building a new club gives you an opportunity to make contacts with people who might help you with your career advancement
  • You will grow your communication and leadership skills
  • You can achieve a qualification towards the Toastmasters International Advanced Leader award - a tangible step towards the highest award possible in Toastmasters, the Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM)

The reason for establishing new clubs is integral to the Toastmasters mission, as it serves to give more people more choices in times, dates and venues to participate in the Toastmasters International programme, and to reach more people who have not yet had the opportunity to experience the growth in confidence and capabilities that the programme offers to all involved.

Before starting a new club, check if there is a club in your area, go to Find A club under "Contact Us" on the main menu of this website. After checking this, if you are interested in starting a new club close to you or in your organsiation, please contact us. Detailed information on how to go about starting a new club is available on the download section

  • You need a minimum of 20 members to register a new club and the costs are as follows (dollar-based as Toastmasters International is a US-headquartered non-profit organisation):
  • Club start-up fee $125
  • New member kit $20 per person
  • Membership dues $36 per person (membership for 6 months)

This means for 20 people to get the club going, it will cost $1245, at 8.5 R/$ this comes to R10582.50.

Help is available from the District 74 team as soon as you have decided to start a club. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..