We have a green light for our own District in WA
Below you can read the text of a mail from Stephanie Demiris at World Headquarters. Here is a quick summary of her mail:
Approval The Toastmasters International Board of Directors has approved the District 73 request to split into two Districts.
Preparation There are a series of preparatory steps to be undertaken, culminating in a progress report to the Directors by June 5, 2009.
The Process If the Directors approve the split at their August 2009 meeting, the 2010 Toastmaster year will be a transition, with one District Governor and two Lt Governors Education & Training and two Lt Governors Marketing. From July 1, 2011, there will be two separate Districts, each with a District Governor, a Lt Governor Education & Training and a Lt Governor Marketing.
Wow!! It’s going to happen!
There is a lot to be done in the next 6 months. As you will read below, there are stringent requirements for us to meet, showing that
- there is a need for the split,
- the new Districts will both be viable administrative units
- there is an adequate pool of leaders to do the work
The process to date
- May 2006, then District Governor, Geoff Morrissey, raised the possibility at the District Council held in Perth
- 2007/2008, then District Governor Mike Helm and WA New Clubs Coordinator David Nicholas coordinated the amazing surge of 12 New Clubs in WA
- 2008/2009 Stephanie Demeris from World Headquarters encouraged District Governor Bernard Marmion to submit a preliminary proposal for the split
- November 2008 Approval in Principle
So, what do you think? Can we meet the requirements? Do we have the necessary pool of current and future leaders in WA. Read Stephanies’ email below and make your comments.
WA New Clubs Coordinator
From Stephanie Demiris
Greetings District 73 Leaders,
On behalf of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, I am pleased to report to you that the Board has approved District 73s request to split into two districts.
The next steps are as follows:
The district will need to propose recommendations to the Board of Directors through the development of a proposal and plan for reformation. This should include the proposed boundaries of the reformed districts and a recommendation for the division of all existing funds.
The district governor will appoint a committee to conduct a needs analysis. The needs analysis should support and illustrate the need for reformation. The appointed committee conducting the needs analysis will need to address the following areas, in addition to other questions the district deems important to further investigate:
What factors are contributing to the districts need to reform?
In what ways would a reformation better serve clubs in the district?
Does the district have a pool of leaders that could sustain the district through a reformation?
Once the district can support a reformation, the district will also need to define a plan for reforming. The plan will need to address the following key areas:
Overview and rationale for reforming with an emphasis on current district demographics (e.g., club, area, division and member data) and key district challenges based on the current size of the district.
Benefits of reforming â€“ the district should outline key benefits and expected outcomes of reforming.
Growth plans and market segments â€“ the district should illustrate projected growth plans for the newly formed district, discussing key market segments.
District leadership â€“ the district will need to illustrate long-term plans for ensuring there are a qualified pool of district leaders that will sustain the district.
Recommendations and conclusion for reforming with an emphasis on boundary alignment and final implementation strategy.
Long-term impact â€“ the district will need to identify what strategies it will implement in order to address the following key area:
–District service model (i.e., how will the district serve members and clubs? How will the district train leaders?)
–Other areas the district deems important to discuss
This plan is due to WHQ no later than Friday, June 5, 2009. The plan will go to the Board of Directors for review and approval in August of 2009. If approved the district split would be effective July 1, 2011 with the 2010 year serving as the transition year in which an additional LGET and LGM will be elected in order to serve the district. For more details, please review the policies attached below. I have also included some sample reformation plans that should help give some context around what should be included in the District 73 reformation plan.
I will serve as your main point of contact through this process. If you need assistance or have questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Congratulations!
Policies & Procedures, V1 B1http://www.toastmasters.org/SectionVIB1.aspx
Policies & Procedures V1 B1.1http://www.toastmasters.org/SectionVIB1point1.aspx
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