Every year our Toastmasters district looks for a new set of servant leaders to take us another year into the future. We need new ideas, new visions, new inspirations. We need you.
This article covers the steps for nominating a district officer candidate in District 23 and the candidate interview schedule and process.
Nominating a District Officer
The first step is to decide how you wish to serve your fellow Toastmasters. The District Leader Qualifications and Responsibilities document (PDF format) from Toastmasters International is a good starting place. You will get a quick overview of each office in our district. A quick review of the District Leader Competencies document can give insight into the expected skills, knowledge, and characteristics of district officers. Another great resource is current and past district officers. They can tell you all about the office you’re interested in pursuing and you might even find a mentor for your term in office. If you don’t know a current district officer, contact your District Director (click the “District Officers” menu above and choose “Current District Officers”) and they’ll make sure you get in touch with someone near you.
After you’ve selected an office, it’s time to get nominated. You can nominate any active Toastmaster in good standing in our district – including yourself. Yes, you may definitely nominate yourself. The process is simple. Just fill out the District Leader Nominating Form and turn it in to the head of the District Leadership Committee (DLC) or your current District Director before the deadline for the coming year.
Note: Nomination forms for Area Director, Administration Manager, Finance Manager, and Public Relations Manager should be sent directly to the current District Director. The DLC will not be interviewing these candidates.
Contact information for the current DLC Chair, current District Director, and this year’s nomination schedule are in the box to the right.
If you are nominating yourself, go ahead and fill out the Candidate Application and Officer Agreement and Release Form. If you are nominated by someone else, the DLC will be in touch soon and ask you to fill them out.
After your nomination form is submitted, someone from the DLC will be in touch to schedule your interview. Don’t expect to be contacted before the deadline, though. The DLC will wait until all forms have been submitted to begin scheduling interviews. If you do not hear from someone within two weeks of the nomination deadline, please contact your District Director to make sure your form was received.
The DLC will conduct interviews over the course of a couple of months. Their job is to interview and vet all candidates for the elected positions of
- District Director
- Program Quality Director
- Club Growth Director
- All Division Directors
The DLC’s deadline for making a decision on the nominations is six weeks prior to our district’s spring District Council meeting. The results must be turned into the District Director at that time. The District Director must publish the results to the district no later than four weeks prior to the spring District Council meeting.