Question:

I am interested in joining a club that has has an application. The application has a paragraph stating that “I promise to do XYZ”. I intend to do it, but I don’t want to get involved in nedarim or any other halachic issues.

It is a non-Jewish club that does not involve a mitzvah (It is for publicspeaking). The promises are as follows:

A Toastmaster’s Promise

As a member of Toastmasters International and my club, I promise

To attend club meetings regularly
To prepare all of my projects to the best of my ability, basing them on the Toastmasters education program

To prepare for and fulfill meeting assignments

To provide fellow members with helpful, constructive evaluations
To help the club maintain the positive, friendly environment necessary for all members to learn and grow

To serve my club as an officer when called upon to do so

To treat my fellow club members and our guests with respect and courtesy

To bring guests to club meetings so they can see the benefits Toastmasters membership offers

To adhere to the guidelines and rules for all Toastmasters education and recognition programs

To act within Toastmasters’ core values of integrity, respect, service and excellence during the conduct of all Toastmasters activities

Can I sign the form?

Answer:

You can sign the form, A promise is not a shevuah, and it isn’t a neder, because there is not dvar mitzva involved here, therefore you don’t have any issue with that. However you are obligated to keep to your word. You are giving your word and not fulfilling what you promised would be sheker.

Best Wishes

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