Thursday, December 2, 2010

Toastmasters has policy of non-discrimination

As president of my local Toastmasters club, I am making a presentation to remind our club about Toastmasters International’s policy about maintaining member privacy, about its position of non-discrimination and about ethical conduct expected of us.

In my opinion, each Toastmasters club should make a presentation once a year about appropriate member conduct, whether or not any member’s behavior precipitated its need.

Toastmasters International is dedicated to protecting individual members’ privacy. Contact information is used only for official Toastmasters business. We have access to names and other contact information that we legitimately need to conduct Toastmasters business: for example to confirm assignments or to distribute the week’s agenda.

But it is inappropriate to harvest this information to promote your own political or personal agenda.

This includes, but is not limited to, names obtained from Toastmasters World Headquarters or any other Toastmasters sources, such as district or other Toastmasters directories, the Toastmaster magazine, Web sites, or electronic servers.

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