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Come to the District Council Meeting

The Historic District 73 Council Meeting

This historic council meeting is very important for Toastmasters in Western Australia. It will be the last time we meet to conduct business in District 73. The next council meeting in November this year will be a District 17 council meeting, when Toastmasters in Western Australia will be fully in charge of our own destiny. At the council meeting this Saturday afternoon, May 21, we complete important business to set up the new district, as well as some normal District 73 business.

Make sure your club is represented at the Council Meeting

The Council  meets from 2 to 5 PM on Saturday afternoon, May 21.  Each club has two votes at the Council. Initially they go to the President and the Vice President Education.  if only one is present he or she automatically gets the vote of the other. If neither can be present they can proxy their vote to any other club member. Download the Proxy Form and bring the signed form to the  Credentials Desk from Saturday morning to midday.

The new division/area/club alignment structure

There is a proposal to rename our divisions and to make slight changes to areas. Have a look at the Proposed Structure

Elections

We will elect the first district leadership team. The nomination committee has presented its report. Other members may stand from the floor when elections are held, but these are the nominations for the key positions:

District Governor Mark Richards
Lt Governor Education & Training Ross Wilkinson
Lt Governor Marketing Pascale Amberville-Colby
Public Relations Officer Robyn Richards

Central Division Governor Robyn Lloyd
Northern Division Governor Nola Haddrill
Southern Division Governor Vicky Post

Procedures

We will be considering a proposed set of procedures to handle administrative matters in the new district. Check out the proposals at the District 17 Procedures Manual.

More information on the business procedures for this council.

I will be happy to give you any more information and answer any queries.

Posted by David Nicholas DTM
District 73 Parliamentarian
WA Webmaster
0401 011 212

David Nicholas


District 17 Elections 2011/12

Help elect our new team

In July this year Toastmasters WA (our members and clubs in WA) will become a District in our own right – District 17.  Elections for our District leaders will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 21st, at the Parmelia Hotel in Perth.  The elections will be held at the District Council Meeting during the District 73 Convention..

All clubs have two votes.  These are held by the President and the Vice President Education.  If they can’t attend they can sign a proxy to any other club member.  A minimum number of votes is required to reach a quorum, so it is very important that we have a strong attendance from our WA clubs.

Nominations for the elections

This is the report from the Nomination Committee.  At the elections other Toastmasters may stand from the floor and contest the positions.


Nostalgia – Farewell Western Division

Western Division will soon be no more

There are several groups working on planning for the new District 17 which will come into being on July 1 this year.

The Alignment Committee

This committee has prepared a report on the setup of Divisions and Areas in our West Australian District.  I am a member of the committee, so I am supporting its recommendations.  But I have a nostalgic pang that the new District 17 will have no Western Division.  When I joined Toastmasters in 1995 I was in Western Division because that was the only one.  Over the years Western has divided twice – first to set up Perth Division and then Innercity Division.

But now the recommendation is for three Divisions – Central, Northern and Southern.  So, farewell Western Division.

Look at the Committee’s recommended setup

You can find the recommendations at

Club Alignments 2011/12

There are some explanatory notes there, and there will be more supplied by the Committee Chair, Ross Wilkinson DTM.

I hope to get a comment from the very first Western Division Governor, Murray Jorgensen DTM, still very active in Toastmasters.  And another one from the soon to be the very last Western Division Governor, Robyn Richards DTM.

How do you feel about the disappearance of Western Division?

You can add a reminiscence or discuss the alignment proposal in comments box below.

David Nicholas DTM
WA Webmaster
and former Western Division Governor


District 17 elections

WA Toastmasters becomes District 17 on July 1

Right now we belong to District 73, along with Toastmasters from Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. That is about to change. From July on we will be our own District – District 17 – with our own District Officers.

Our elections will be held in Perth on Saturday, May 21

This will be part of the last Council Meeting we take part in District 73.

Nominations are called for the following positions.

Elected at the Council Meeting by our WA delegates

District Governor
Lieutenant Governor Education & Training
Lt Governor Marketing
District Public Relations Officer
Division Governor Innercity
Division Governor Perth
Division Governor Western

Elected by Area Councils before the District Council

Area Governors

Innercity Perth Western
I40 P10 W16
I41 P20 W21
I42 P30 W28
I42 P50 W29
W36

Appointed by the new District Governor

District Secretary
District Treasurer

To be nominated or elected, a person must

    be a member in good standing of a Toastmaster club in good standing
    meet the qualifications of the position
    consent to being nominated
    must sign the Officer Agreement and Release Form

You may submit more than one person’s name (including your own) for each position.  The Nominating Committee will consider all candidates received by the deadline, Monday 28 March 2011

Mail or Email to:  Judith Allen DTM   c.j8@bigpond.com
Chairman, Nominating Committee
12 Gypsy Rise
Swan View, WA 6056

Download the Officer Nomination form Officer Nomination form

Download the Officer Agreement form Officer Agreement & Release form

Details of District Officer qualifications are available on  District Officer Qualifications

David Nicholas DTM
District WA Webmaster
0401 011 212


District 17 in July 2011

WA will be District 17

Toastmasters International has decided – we will be District 17 when we become a full District in our own right.

17? why not 88 or 89?

The most recent new District was 87, so with two new Districts coming onstream, we thought it would be either 88 or 89.  Not so.  We have been given 17 because District 17 in Montana, USA has been folded into District 78 which covers Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

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Apparently, since we are in the “West” it was decided to give the previous number of the North Western State in the USA to us.

Who cares about the reason?

Mark Richards
Mark Richards DTM
Lt Governor
Education & Training

We have our number. From July 1, 2010 we will be functioning independently, the fourth Australia District, part of Region 12 of Toastmasters International. In the meantime, we will be preparing for the changeover, led by our current Lt Governor Education & Training (West) Mark Richards and Lt Governor Marketing (West) Ross Wilkinson. Elections for District 17 will be held in May, 2011 at the District 73 Convention being held in Perth.

A long journey coming to its destination

Quite a few people have been working very hard for the District WA project. At the last District Convention held in Perth in May 2007 then District Governor Geoff Morrissey moved and I seconded the resolution which set the process in motion.. The end of that project is in sight.

July 1, 2011 will be the beginning of a bigger project

It’s rather like a human birth. The child born from its mother was conceived well before the birth. We are coming out of District 73 and will need to grow and mature. Unlike human babies, we will need to be fully independent from the first day, with no parents to provide for us. We have just over six months to prepare for that full independence.

David Nicholas

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Posted by David Nicholas DTM
WA Webmaster


Club Officer Training Thursday 8 July 2010

On the day that Perth’s cold clear days was broken by wild and windy weather a new venue was used for Club Officer training and very popular it proved too. The new Victoria Park Club hosted the event at their venue at The Homestead in Mackie Street in Victoria Park. An attendance of up to 100 was anticipated but Club Officers kept rolling in throughout the event.

The Empty Hall

The Hall is set up and ready

Sgt at Arms Maree Pickens got things underway introducing the Toastmaster for the evening Peter Law whose sartorial elegance set the tone for the night.

Toastmaster Peter Law and Mark Richards discuss the Agenda before the meeting gets underway
Robyn Richards conducted the first session, “Creating a Buzz” which emphasised how important it was to get that essential ‘something extra’ into your meetings to make them fun and enjoyable. Robyn provided lots of useful advice to all assembled.
Mark Richards followed his wife to the front of the audience and used the IT display set up by Martin Lindsay to show Club Officers how to log onto and navigate around the TMI Website. Mark’s presentation was especially relevant to Club Officers who have to log returns with TMI.
Mark Richards with the TMI Website

Mark Richards shows us how to Navigate around the TMI Website

Inner City Divisional Governor Kristin McIntosh then explained to us all what the 10 goals were in the DCP (Distinguished Club Programme) and why they were so important to running a successful club. Like Robyn Kristin gave some hints and tips as to how the goals could be achieved and illustrated how easy some of them were by pointing out that everyone present was contributing towards their club’s DCP by attending COT!

Kristin McIntosh

That's goal number two that Kristin is telling us about!

Martin Lindsay as the Perth Governor then presented a Workshop on how to run Speech Contests. With the Club, Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests due in August this was very timely advice for the many new Club Officers in attendance. Martin pointed out some of the extremely good resources available and advised Clubs on how they could get their own members ‘up to speed’ on acting as Judges.

The last presentation before supper was given by David Nicholas and David told everyone about toastmasterwa.net and what resources were available on the site. With only 15 minutes to present David was only able to brush the surface but he certainly whetted the appetites for information if not for food!

David Nicholas

David Nicholas enthralled the audience with his sales technique for toastmasterswa.net

After a splendid supper, and you could tell it was splendid because there was nothing left, we were treated to an introduction to a “Swansong on the Swan”. Lynette Delane presented a talk about the 2011 District Convention, the last of District 73 with Western Australia included, which is to be held in Perth, hence the title.

Lynette Delane

Lynette Delane tells us all about the "Swansong on the Swan"

The meeting then moved on to a series of ‘break out’ sessions for each Club Officer Role. This proved to be the real ‘meat and veg’” for the new Officers as they were able to leverage off those who had performed the role before.

We were then welcomed back by Ross Wilkinson who told us all about “YOUR Future in Toastmasters” and Ross set out very clearly where the path towards becoming a better speaker, a leader and ultimately a Distinguished Toastmaster lay. Ross reminded everyone that by becoming a Club Officer they were on the first steps of this exciting leadership journey.

Ross Wilkinson

Ross Wilkinson reminded everyone of the importance of working to their Manuals and getting them signed off

Public Relations both within the District and within Clubs was covered by the ubiquitous Pascale Amberville-Colby, the man with more clubs than Tiger Woods. Pascale reminded everyone of the importance of their Website as a promotional tool and ensuring it was up to date. Pascale also related some initiatives that were being taken within WA.

Pascale Amberville-Colby

Pascale sought an affirmation from everyone that they would promote their club

The information and fun packed evening was wound up by Mark Richards relating the future Training opportunities that were available over the coming year.

Overall a fantastic evening packed with  information and with Club Officers. Well done to everyone but especially to Robyn Richards for her wonderful organisational abilities.


A 4th Division for WA Toastmasters?

When and Where will it come?

Currently we have 3 Divisions, 50 active clubs and an active membership of about 800, which is an average of about 16 per club.  You can check out the current nominal membership on the WA DCP page. When the Renewals figures to the end of March are published next month you will find that my estimates are approximately correct.

District WA challenges us to do better

The Toastmasters International Directors have started a process for WA members and clubs to separate from District 73 and form our own Provisional District.  The process is already underway.

    In May this year the District 73 Council will elect a District Governor for the whole of District 73, a Lt Governor Education & Training and a Lt Governor Marketing for WA and a Lt Governor Education & Training and a Lt Governor Marketing for the balance of District 73 – Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

    In May next year, 2011, the District 73 Council will elect the 3 top officers – District Governor, Lt Governor Education & Training and a Lt Governor Marketing – for both WA and the balance of District 73.

    On July 1, 2011, we will be a Provisional District, with all the privileges and responsibilities of Toastmaster Districts.

How do we go from Provisional to Full District status?

Earlier this year the International Directors redrafted the previous rules.  My understanding of their published results is this:

We can apply for full status when we have at least 60 clubs with an average membership of at least 20 members.  When we have reached those two targets, there will be an assessment made of our general efficiency and prospects for further growth.  If we pass that, we’ve made it.

So why do we need a 4th Division?

Essentially a Division needs at least 16 clubs with 4 Areas of at least 4 clubs each.  You can see my Maths – when we go through the 60 club target we will be close to qualifying for a 4th Division.  Further, we will have to show there are prospects for further growth, and the best evidence of that will be more new clubs coming onstream.

We need a challenge, a friendly rivalry between our 3 existing Divisions, to drive the steady growth necessary to become a full District.  Currently I am Western Division Governor and the WA New Clubs Coordinator.  So, I issue these challenges

    To Western Division to be the growth engine which drives us forward to split off the 4th Division

    To the 2010/11 Western Division Governor to continue our current growth and to do even better

    To the current Innercity and Perth Division Governors to galvanise their Area Governors and emerging leaders to match Western or do even better

    To Toastmasters living in the northern corridor based around the railway to Joondalup to seize the opportunities available in that enormous population base which hasn’t had a new Toastmaster Club since Stirling was chartered in 1994.

Ambitious plans for Western Division

Currently I am discussing with Mark Richards, the District 73 Lt Governor Marketing and a prominent Western Division member, a forward plan which will achieve the first of my challenges – for Western to split off a new District.  This year looks like being very successful with the Division on track to be President’s Distinguished along with 3 of our 4 Area Governors, all of whom will finish with a new club.  That involves 3 new clubs with no loss of any current clubs.

The railway to Mandurah is the key to our forward plans.  New suburbs are springing up on either side of the railway.  We are developing a plan to set up new community clubs based on the new suburbs.  Mark and Robyn Richards established a blueprint for publicising and forming such community clubs with their founding of Canning Vale.   Now the Canning Vale club, through member John Palmer, is setting out to follow that blueprint in Southern River.

How do we raise our average membership from 16 to 20+?

Well, that is a different issue.  It wont be easy, but it has to be achieved.  Next week I will have some suggestions.

For any queries or more information
David Nicholas DTM
Western Division Governor
WA New Clubs Coordinator


District WA Approved

Mashantucket, USA – August 12, 2009

Today the Toastmasters International Board approved our application to form a new District in WA.

The board met publicly in front of a large audience which included our District 73 representatives

  • District Governor Damian Chong
  • Lt Governor Education & Training Bruce Hill
  • Lt Governor Marketing Mark Richards

Why is this so important?

Several of our WA leaders have been working very hard in the past few years to form our own individual District WA. Currently we are part of District 73 which covers Victoria, Tastmania, South Australia and Western Australia. We are a long way from the rest of the District. Our activities are seriously curtailed by this geographical separation. We have had support from the other States for our work. At the District Council held in South Australia in May this year, a unanimous resolution was passed authorising our District WA action committee (called the Reformation Committee) to apply for conditional approval. Mike Helm supervised the preparation of the application and now it has been approved.

We have to meet various conditions

The approval is conditional. I haven’t seen the specific conditions yet, but they will probably include these two major matters.

  • Grow our WA clubs to at least 60. Currently we have 51.
  • Grow our club membership to an average of at least 20. Currently the average is 18.

To see all current data on membership go to the the DCP page, and scroll down to see current figures for each Division and for WA as a whole.

Can we do it this year? – in 2009/10

Yes we can. We are already working hard to meet both these conditions. If you are interested in what is being done, have a look at the files on New Clubs Folder

Elections for the transition to District WA

Historic elections will occur in May, next year, at Ballarat, when the District 73 Council meets. These will be the elected officers.

May, 2010 Melbourne District 73 Governor
LGET for District 73 LGET for District WA
LGM for District 73 LGM for District WA
PRO for District 73 PRO for District WA
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May, 2011 Perth District 73 Governor District WA Governor
LGET for District 73 LGET for District WA
LGM for District 73 LGM for District WA
PRO for District 73 PRO for District WA
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May 2012 Perth District WA Governor
District WA Lt Gov Education & Training
District WA Lt Gov Marketing
District WA Public Relations Officer

Post your comments or suggestions in the box below.

David Nicholas
David Nicholas DTM
WA New Clubs Coordinator
9457 6468


New Clubs Action

First Meeting for this year’s Committee

Our first meeting for 2009/10 was held yesterday, July 26, 2009.

It is clear that this is going to be a bumper year for new clubs in WA. A Demonstration Meeting has already been held. Another 5 are already planned for September and October, with another 3 definite prospects about to get under way.

You can read a full report of the meeting at New Clubs Committee July.

If you were one of the 16 people at the meeting, please add your comments below.

If you weren’t able to make it, please post reports of any projects you are undertaking or any additional ideas you have, so we can all benefit.

David Nicholas
David Nicholas DTM
WA New Clubs Coordinator
9457 6468


District WA Strategy

Andrew Bolotin DTM at WA Governors

Andrew Bolotin
Andrew Bolotin DTM

Andrew addressed us at our meeting on Thursday evening, June 18, 2009 – From Divisions to District.

Andrew has some status and authority here. District 73 was formed in 1976 as a breakaway from District 70 in New South Wales, just as we hope to form our District WA as a breakaway from District 73. It began with Provisional District status which it carried for 10 years. Andrew became District Lt Governor Marketing in 1983, Lt Governor Education and Training in 1984, and District Governor in 1985. It was during his term as District Governor that District 73 earned its full District status.

Currently we are in a very early stage, but it is time now to set about planning for the successful achievement of District WA status. You can see some earlier posts on the process at District WA on the way and District WA Prerequisites

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A Plan to gain Provisional District status, and then full District status

Andrew recommended a 3 stage process.

    Stage 1: Devise a strategy
    Stage 2: Produce a detailed plan to achieve the strategy
    Stage 3: Implement the plan

Andrew made some suggestions for Stage 1 – the strategy

    Put together a small group of leaders to initiate a draft strategy
    Circulate this to the much larger group of leaders and potential leaders for feedback and revision
    Start to practise being a District

Some ideas for practising being a District

Appoint a current District Governor, a Lt Governor Education & Training and Lt Governor Marketing
Hold a District Convention including a Council Meeting and Speech finals

Dual membership a no-no

Daniel Andrew walked into the lion’s den with this one. All of us are dual members at WA Governors, since we make it a prerequisite to belong to another home club. He argued passionately that it’s a serious mistake for members to spread themselves too thinly by belonging to multiple clubs. However he made an exception for WA Governors because he sees our members as providing most of the leadership required to drive the District WA program.

This isn’t the last we will hear from Andrew

During supper afterwards several members engaged in energetic discussion with him. Of course he has more to offer, and some preliminary plans were discussed to arrange for it.

David Nicholas
David Nicholas DTM
WA New Clubs Coordinator
9457 6468

Many of our members are taking Andrews suggestions very seriously. What do you think? Post your comments below.


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