District 72 Leadership
This page describes the District Team which administers Toastmasters District 72 (South Island plus Greater Wellington) and how to make a nomination for a position on that team.
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 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, 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.
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 as one of Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Division Director or Area Director.
The District Director, at the time of taking office, shall have served at least six (6) consecutive months as a Club President and at least twelve (12) consecutive months as any one of Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Division Director or a combination of Program Quality Director or Club Growth Director and Division Director positions.
3. Do I get appointed or elected?
For Area Directors, District 72 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 should be sent to the Chair of the relevant District Leadership Committee, no later than December 15, 2018. Nominations for District 72 are received by Sarah Bate at Sarah.Bate@xtra.co.nz.
A nominee who either fails to send in their nomination form before the closing date of 31 January, 2019 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 should advise the Chair of the District Leadership Committee at least a week before the Annual Conference to allow sufficient time for preparations to be made.
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. 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. Terms in these offices are also requirements for achieving Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) under the Pathways educational program.
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, then complete the nomination form and release. Once nominations are closed, the District Leadership Committee (DLC) Chair will contact each nominee individually to explain the process from here on. Links to all information and requirements will be provided at that time. Meanwhile any questions concerning the process should be addressed to the DLC Chair.
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