This page describes the District Team which administers Toastmasters New Zealand (District 72, South and District 112, North) and how to make a nomination. It is currently (June, 2018) in transition and will be revised once the new, dual-District structure is implemented on July 1, 2018.
All Toastmasters interested in becoming an Area Director in the 2018-2019 year can find information about the role in the D72 and D112 Area Director Information Sheets at the end of this page. Please also refer to the District 72 PROPOSED Realignment and the District 112 PROPOSED Realignment in the District Executive Committee Meeting papers. This document gives details of the proposed allocation of Clubs to Areas and Divisions under the Realignment Proposals which will be voted on at the May District 72 and District 112 Council Meetings.
Please note that to gain credit for this role you must assume office prior to September 1, 2018.
Each District in Toastmasters New Zealand is run by a District Team consisting of the District Director, the Immediate Past District Director, the Program Quality Director and Club Growth Directors, the Finance, Administration and Public Relations Managers, one Division Director per Division and one Area Director per Area. These people are the leaders of Toastmasters in New Zealand, learning to lead by serving the organisation.
Find out what's involved in being a District Officer, and the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
- What is a District Officer?
- What qualifications are required?
- Do I get appointed or elected?
- What will it cost me?
- What will I get out of being a District Officer?
- OK I'm interested, what should I do now?
1. What is a District Officer?
A district officer must be an active individual member of member clubs and must be in good standing with Toastmasters International. A district officer holds one of the following offices: District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Finance, Administration and Public Relations Managers, a Division Director or an Area Director. It is their responsibility to run the District and report directly to Toastmasters International.
For the 2017-18 Toastmasters year, two Program Quality and Club Growth Directors were elected, to help with the transition of District 72 (all of New Zealand) becoming two districts. These directors have worked across the whole of the country.
For the 2018-2019 Toastmasters year, separate elections (at the May conference) took place across the two districts. Please read this newsletter for details of how this was done.
2. What qualifications are required?
Insofar as practical, an Area Director should have served on a District Council (Club President or VP Education). An Area Director is eligible for re-election or re-appointment for one succeeding term only.
A Division Director shall have served at least six (6) consecutive months as a member of a District Council. A Division Director is eligible for re-election for one succeeding term only.
The Club Growth Director shall have served at least six (6) consecutive months as a Club President and at least twelve consecutive months in elected District Officer roles.
The Program Quality Director shall have served at least six (6) consecutive months as a Club President and at least twelve (12) consecutive months in elected District Officer roles .
The District Director, at the time of taking office, shall have served at least six consecutive months as a Club President and at least 12 consecutive months in elected District Officer roles (other than Area Director).
3. Do I get appointed or elected?
Area Directors. New Zealand follows the recommendation from Toastmasters International, that Area Directors are appointed by the incoming District Director. Applications are sent to the current District Director, who passes them on to the candidate/s for District Director.
Division Directors, Club Growth Director and Program Quality Director along with the District Director must all be nominated for Office, members may nominate themselves. Formal nominations may be sent via the Chair of the relevant District Leadership Committee, while those nominations are open. Nominations for District 112 (North) were received by firstname.lastname@example.org, those for District 72 to email@example.com.
A nominee who either fails to send in their nomination form before the closing date or is not nominated by the district leadership Committee may stand from the floor at the District Council meeting in May. A floor candidate wishing to participate in the candidates showcase and/or the candidates corner must advise the Chair of the District Leadership Committee by the 27th of April, as advised in this letter.
Under no circumstances will any nomination be accepted without a signed official Toastmasters International Officer Agreement and Release Statement.
Only nominated and accepted candidates may use the District mailing system or website for displaying their campaign materials.
4. What will it cost me?
The biggest cost will be your time. There are Executive meetings during the year, which are held on the same weekends as the District Conferences. There is also a training session in June for all incoming Area and Division Directors. Area Directors are also required to visit each of their Clubs at least twice during the year. All District Officers are entitled to have their travel costs reimbursed. However, the details are at the discretion of the District Director each year, and must be in line with the District Policy Resolutions. Currently there is a schedule for the reimbursement of some expenses for travel to District Executive and the District Council meetings. Area Director visits to Clubs are also reimbursed for travel, as are expenses related to toll calls and photocopying.
5. What will I get out of being a District Officer?
The detail of that is up to you; the more you put in, the more you will benefit. Your term as a District Officer will be enhanced as you learn how other Clubs have different cultures while fulfilling the Toastmasters program. Meeting and getting to help other Toastmasters from around your Area will also help extend your communication and leadership skills. As a District Officer, you will have the opportunity to have a real say in how your District is run. You'll also gain credit for your Advanced Leader Silver Award, and can use your term as a District Officer to complete the High Performance Leadership Award.
6. OK, I'm interested, what should I do now?
Contact your Division or Area Director to discuss how you can help provide District Leadership by becoming an Area or Division Director for the next Toastmasters year.
Links to More Resources (all documents in PDF format)
Toastmasters International District Leadership Handbook
Toastmasters International District Officer Nomination Form
Toastmasters International Officer Agreement and Release Statement
DISTRICT 72 AREA DIRECTOR INFORMATION SHEET
DISTRICT 112 AREA DIRECTOR INFORMATION SHEET
DISTRICT 72 District leadership COMMITTEE REPORT FOR 2018-2019
DISTRICT 112 District leadership COMMITTEE REPORT FOR 2018-2019
CALL FOR FLOOR CANDIDATES FOR DISTRICT OFFICE