Leadership 2021-2022: Call for District Leader Nominations
District 1 Toastmasters is seeking candidates for the next District Leadership Team serving July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. The nomination and application process for elected positions are now open. Leadership roles are elected by majority vote at the District Council Annual Meeting, to be held during the Spring Conference on May 15, 2021. The application process for appointed positions are also open.
Consider Choosing in to District Leadership
District Leadership provides an opportunity for individuals to stretch and grow as a leader and communicator. Serving as a District leader is a great responsibility and an exciting opportunity. The term of office is filled with chances to renew perspective, practice teamwork, and develop capacity to translate values and strategies into productive actions. Leadership instills a sense of enthusiasm, fidelity, and responsibility throughout the District. A District’s success depends on the quality of its leadership. Leaders achieve results for their Districts by giving priority attention to the needs of members, clubs and fellow District leaders. Leadership in Toastmasters is a journey that includes a desire to serve others and a commitment to lead. A District leader is part of Toastmasters International, an organization with a noble mission: to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
Nomination and Application Process Now Open
The nomination and application process for is now open. Qualification and submission details are below for all elected and appointed positions. All positions must be held by a District 1 member in good standing of a District 1 Toastmasters club in good standing. Address any questions to the 2020-2021 District 1 Leadership Committee Chair, Evelyn Woolridge, DTM at DLCChair@District1Toastmasters.org. All elected candidate, nomination, campaign and election processes must conform to Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections. Candidates and interested members regarding the election of 2021-2022 District Leaders should thoroughly review Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections.
District officers include the District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Public Relations Manager, Administration Manager, Finance Manager, Division Directors and Area Directors. These officers, plus the Immediate Past District Director, comprise the District Executive Committee (DEC), ensuring that the District and its leaders are working toward the achievement of the District mission. In addition to these officers, the District Director may appoint other roles, but Toastmasters International credit toward any educational award only applied to the District officer roles named above. All District officers roles are for a one-year term, July 1 – June 30. See table below for elected and appointed positions.
Division A Director
Public Relations Manager*
Division B Director
Division C Director
Division D Director
Division E Director
Division F Director
Club Growth Director
Program Quality Director
Other Team Roles
*Toastmasters International credit toward educational award applies
- District Leader Responsibilities
- Uphold the governing documents of Toastmasters International.
- Foster an atmosphere of enjoyment, teamwork, and dedication in the spirit of learning, growing, and achieving.
- Work to fulfill the District mission.
- Strive to achieve recognition in the Distinguished District Program.
- Prepare your successor to assume office.
District 1 Toastmasters has nine leadership roles that are elected by majority vote at the District Council Annual Meeting, held during the Spring Conference. All candidates for elected positions must attend an interview conducted by the District Leadership Committee. The committee must nominate at least one candidate for the District Director, Program Quality Director, and Division Director. Two candidates must be selected for Club Growth Director. Candidates can self nominate (apply) or be nominated by another District 1 member.
District 1 has a variety of positions that are appointed by the incoming District Director, subject to the approval of the District Executive Committee and the District Council, by September 30, 2021. The positions are officially appointed after the incoming District Director has been elected at the District Council Annual Meeting. All appointments must be reported to Toastmasters International by July 15, 2021. *The District Director may create and appoint other roles as needed, but Toastmasters International credit toward any educational award only applies to particulate roles named under “District Officers.” Applications for appointed positions are also submitted to the DLC Chair.
How to Nominate or Apply for Elected Positions
The nomination and application process for elected positions are now open and must be submitted to the 2020-2021 District 1 Leadership Committee Chair, Evelyn Woolridge, DTM at DLCChair@District1Toastmasters.org. Members can nominate another member for District Leadership by submitting the District Leader Nominating Form below. Individuals who want to be considered for District Leadership must follow the application process below.
- TO NOMINATE AN INDIVIDUAL for District Leadership Complete the following District Leader Nominating Form, and email it to DLCChair@District1Toastmasters.org
- TO APPLY for District Leadership, complete the following three forms and prepare to submit a photograph to be publicly posted.
- Candidate Application
- Candidate Biographical Information (will be publicly posted)
- District Leader Agreement and Release Statement
- A high resolution photograph (will be publicly posted)
Email your three application documents and photograph to DLCChair@District1Toastmasters.org
How to Apply for Appointed Positions
The application process for appointed positions are also now open and must also be submitted to the 2020-2021 District 1 Leadership Committee Chair, Evelyn Woolridge, DTM at DLCChair@District1Toastmasters.org. Individuals who want to be considered for appointed District leader roles must follow the application process below. If you are interested in serving as Area Director, Public Relations Manager, Administrative Manager, or Finance Manager, complete the application process below.
- To APPLY for appointed District leader roles, complete the following three forms and prepare to submit a photograph to be publicly posted.
Email your three application documents and photograph to DLCChair@District1Toastmasters.org. All applications will be reviewed and held for the incoming District Director, who will interview and select individuals for the District leader appointed roles.
District Leader Qualifications
At the time of taking office, District officers must have been an active member of a Toastmasters club in good standing for the entire preceding 12 months, or has been a member for 12 consecutive months within that past three years, in the District in which the officer shall serve. District officers may only be a candidate for elective office in one District at any given time, and may only serve in one position within any District Executive Committee.
- Read more about District Leadership Qualifications & Responsibilities.
- Learn about District Leader Competencies.
- See brief District Leader position descriptions below.
- Review all campaign and election details in Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections.
Elected District Leadership Positions
Division Director A Division Director, under guidance of the District Director, serves the Division clubs by providing District support and resources through effective leadership and support of the Area Directors (typically six Areas per Division). Division Directors ensure that each club achieves its mission and fulfills its responsibilities to its members, as well as coordinates Division activities, set Division goals, and assist in the training of Area leaders and club officers. This role provides leadership development opportunities, while fostering leadership skills in Area Directors.
Qualifications At the time of taking office, the Division Director shall have served at least six consecutive months as a member of a District Council.
Club Growth Director The Club Growth Director (CGD), under guidance of the District Director, makes the benefits of Toastmasters membership available to greater numbers of people. The role involves planning, developing and implementing District Club Growth objectives. The Club Growth Director leads the District’s efforts to build new clubs and to work on strengthening existing membership.
Qualifications At the time of taking office, the Club Growth Director shall have served at least six consecutive months as a Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, a Club Growth Director, Division Director, or Area Director.
Program Quality Director The Program Quality Director (PQD), under the guidance of the District Director, strives to have every club and each member enjoy the benefits of Toastmasters, and reach their goals, by providing direction and counsel to Division Directors, Area Directors, and Club Officers on the educational opportunities in Toastmasters. The PQD also leads efforts in designing District Trainings, Contests, Conferences and other special events.
Qualifications At the time of taking office, the Program Quality Director shall have served at least six consecutive months as a Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Division Director or Area Director.
District Director As the District’s chief officer, the District Director is responsible for directly administering and overseeing the District’s day-to-day operations, finances, an human resources, while empowering the District leadership team to work together toward the District mission.
Qualifications At the time of taking office, the District Director shall have served at least six consecutive months as a Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director or Division Director.
Appointed District Leadership Positions
Area Director An Area Director provides District support and assistance to the clubs in an Area (typically 4-6 Clubs). Area Directors visit their Area clubs often, and submit an Area Director Visit Report at least two times for each club. They serve as a direct liaison between the District and the clubs, helping District leaders understand how to support and meet the needs of each club. Serving in this role provides great opportunity to hone leadership and communication skills.
Qualifications Insofar as practicable, the Area Directors shall have served as members of a District Council.
Public Relations Manager The Public Relations Manager, under guidance of the District Director, is responsible for coordinating publicity efforts in the District, by establishing and maintaining lines of communication between the District and its members, as well as between the District and the public, working to increase awareness of Toastmasters through all available media.
Qualifications At the time of taking office, the Public Relations Manager should possess experience in and core understanding of public relations.
Administration Manager The Administration Manager, under guidance of the District Director, is responsible for maintaining the historical records of the District, recording and distributing meeting minutes, and otherwise maintaining accurate, timely records of District business. The Administration Manager serves as upholder of the District Administrative Bylaws and policies.
Qualifications At the time of taking office, the Administration Manager should be a reliable, prompt, well-organized Toastmaster who can accurately record meeting actions, has access to a personal computer and is able to reproduce materials.
Finance Manager The Finance Manager, under guidance of the District Director, is tasked with the fiscal oversight and management of the District. The Finance Manager produces monthly reports reflecting the district’s financial status, ensuring that expenditures remain within the budget approved by the district council.
Qualifications At the time of taking office, the Finance Manager should have accounting experience and understand basic bookkeeping practices.
See more leadership role details.
November 2020 Updates to the District Administrative Bylaws
As a candidate or interested member regarding the election of 2021-2022 District Leaders, please thoroughly review Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections.
November 18, 2020—The Board of Directors has recently approved the following updates related to the District Administrative Bylaws Article VII and Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections. Please review the major highlights below:
District Administrative Bylaws Article VII
All eligible floor candidates must declare their intent to run to the District Director at least seven (7) days prior to the elections.
All candidates are interviewed by at least two (2) committee members jointly or individually. Candidates for the same position are interviewed by the same interviewers except for the Division Director position.
- Candidates for the same Division Director position (i.e., Division A, Division B, etc.) are interviewed by the same interviewers.
- Division Director candidates who have completed the DLC interview process for any Division(s) are eligible as a floor candidate and may run for any Division Director position.
- If a DLC member resigns or is replaced after interviews have begun, candidates who have completed their interviews do not need to be interviewed again by the newly appointed DLC member in order to meet the requirement as defined by the protocol.
The DLC report is incomplete if the DLC is unable to nominate the required number of candidates for any individual office(s). The nomination report is invalid if any other DLC requirement, process, or deadline is not complied with.
- If the DLC report is incomplete, qualified candidates my run from the floor for any position for which the DLC did not nominate the required number of candidates. Qualified candidates must notify the District Director seven (7) days prior of their intent to run from the floor. Any nominations made by the DLC are valid.
- If the DLC report is invalid, qualified candidates may run from the floor for all positions. Any nomination made by the DLC are invalid. The report may be presented to the District Council as an advisory report at the discretion of the District Executive Committee.
Any protest related to the DLC report must be submitted to the District Director two (2) weeks prior to the elections.
Candidates nominated for one (1) office and not elected to the office may be nominated from the floor for subsequent offices as follows:
- Candidates must have completed the DLC interview process for each office.
- Candidates must have declared their intent to run at least seven (7) days prior to the elections, for each office.
- Upon approval of a new Division or new Divisions, candidates who have gone through the DLC interview process, for any Division, are eligible to run from the floor for the new Division or Divisions.
Please take an opportunity to become familiar with these changes to assist a smooth campaign and election process for the 2020 – 2021 program year. If there are any questions related to these changes, please refer to the Governing documents as the final authority.
Nomination and Election Timeline
|Now||The nomination and application process for elected positions are now open. Applications also accepted for appointed roles.|
|January 2021||Candidate interviews for elected positions will begin|
|Mid-February 2021||Elected District Leader Nomination and Application Deadline|
|April 3, 2021||DLC report to the District Director no later than six (6) weeks prior to the elections (Spring Conference and District Council Annual Meeting is May 15, 2021).|
|April 17, 2021||The DLC report and biographical forms are emailed to all members of the District Council and posted on the District website four weeks prior to the election date.|
|April 17 – May 8, 2021, 9am||Eligible floor candidates shall declare their intent to run in writing to the DLC Chair after the DLC report has been published and at least one (1) week prior to the annual District Council meeting|
|May 14, 2021||Candidates Showcase (evening event)|
|May 15, 2021||District Council Annual Meeting and Election|
A candidate for elected positions may begin campaigning as soon as they have submitted their District Leader Agreement and Release Statement, Candidate Biography Form, and photograph to the DLC Chair.
Candidate and Election Resources
District Leadership Handbook
District Campaigns and Elections FAQ
Candidate Campaign Guidelines
Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections
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