- Inactive members can and will be removed.
- No RSVP 'hogging' then backing out last minute
- No advertising/spam on our message boards
- Those who do not attend an event in its entirety are subject to removal from the group

- Guests are welcome to attend 2 meetings at which point a guest will be expected to join as a Toastmaster member
- Guests that decide not to join after 2 meeting but would like to still attend meetings will pay a $5 fee per meeting

- Due to event occupancy limitations, we often can not accommodate as many members as we'd like. Since space is limited, members may not RSVP for guests. - If you'd like to bring a guest, they must be a registered Meetup member and RSVP to the event. "+1" added to notes and RSVPs will not be honored.
- Toastmaster members are automatically reserved a seat if they are on the waiting list.

-Our goal is to never have anyone on the waiting list.

- A no show is someone who either changes their RSVP with less than 24hrs from the event or keep the RSVP and does not show.
- No shows are subject to be removed from the group.

Change to Manhattan Toastmaster Guest Policy
To all most welcome guests, Manhattan Toastmasters is first and foremost a organization dedicated to education, providing a comfortable environment to learn, and is always open to most welcome guests. The structure of the club is such that members and leadership create a formal structure to facilitate delivering speeches and opportunities to talk in front of an audience at every meeting. Guests are welcome to observe and participate while deliberating if a particular club is right for them.

It has been the policy of Toastmasters International to allow guests to visit two times before asking for a commitment to join as a member, as only members can deliver speeches from the competent or advanced communicators handbook. Membership costs $48 every 6 months! Compared to the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Course which costs approximately $1700 per course, make the investment in Manhattan Toastmasters a no brainier. If a guest chooses not to join, the reason is most often the club does not offer what the guest is looking for or the time commitment is too great.

What we are faced with at Manhattan Toastmasters is very limited space, large membership, high demand for our formal and informal meetings, and a incredible club that engages everyone. Guests wish to continue to visit even after the initial two visits but don't commit as members most often because of time. We at Manhattan Toastmasters do not wish to turn anyone away and thus have made a significant change to our guest policy.

Guests are welcome to visit our club two times before being asked if they would like to join. If at that time the offer to become a member is declined, we will ask the guest to contribute $5 per visit going forward for several reasons

--members contribute 3.50 per meeting through their bi-annual dues and it is only fair for guests after their second visit to do the same

--Manhattan Toastmasters encourages you to join - there is a significant savings if you join as a member, not to mention you receive a project handbook, monthly Toastmasters magazine, and the privilege to deliver speeches at our meetings and competitions. ($130 for guests, $96 for members)

--the guest fee will be used for delivering refreshments at some meetings for the guests and members. Remember that we are a volunteer organization and have a very limited budget for the year.

Manhattan Toastmasters has an open door policy for guests but we ask for a contribution towards the aforementioned items after two visits because it is not fair that as a continuous guest you continue to receive the benefits of the club without supporting and committing to the clubs success.

As everything in life, this is a work in progress and we are always welcome to discussing further in person to improve ourselves, the message, and the club.

Thank you.


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