For a long time, I misunderstood that the use of Toastmasters logo on trophies is definitely a no-no.
Over time, I found out I failed to understand this because TI also sells trophies. I didn’t know that we can seek permission for the use of Toastmasters brand in our materials.
A leader has sought clarification with TI and the screen shot below is the reply:
So it is allowable but please note when using Toastmasters logo on the trophies of your incoming speech contests:
- Seek permission to use Toastmasters brand by sending in your trophy design at https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/brand-portal/trademark-use-request
- Give TI enough time to respond to your request. This also means you need to plan ahead to allow for enough time.
- Your trophy design should resemble one of the TI approved trophies at https://www.toastmasters.org/shop/contests/awards
If time is short or it’s not possible to do the above, then we seek your cooperation to be a good steward of our beloved Toastmasters brand and not use it without the permission of the trademark owner.
Article by Ricky Soo, DTM (District 102 PR Manager 2019/2020)