Yes, clubs are allowed to join their local chamber of commerce. The club may also use club funds to pay for the membership as long as the following applies:
- The club membership has voted on using club funds to pay these membership dues.
- The club has budgeted for this.
- The club is the holder of the membership and not an individual.
- The funds are only being used for the membership, meaning that club funds shouldn’t be used for extraneous chamber events like mixers or social gatherings that require payments in addition to their membership amount unless otherwise voted on.
- The purpose of the membership in the chamber is to advertise the virtues and benefits of joining their Toastmasters club as a method of informing the public about Toastmaster’s programs and club marketing for membership purposes.
- Ideally, all members should have access to the chamber for Toastmaster’s purposes; if not, the club should vote on who is to be their representative at the chamber