District WA

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.

David Nicholas
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 – the district should outline key benefits and expected outcomes of reforming.
Growth plans and market segments – the district should illustrate projected growth plans for the newly formed district, discussing key market segments.
District leadership – 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 – 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?)
–Educational achievements
–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

Toastmasters: The Courage to Conquer!

Stephanie Demiris
Manager, Volunteer Support Services
Toastmasters International
P (949) 858-8255, ext. 280
F (949) 858-1207

7 Responses to “District WA”

  1. Avatar for Robyn Richards Robyn Richards says:

    I believe we have a strong base of leaders here in the west. We have been developing them for a while now with new members always willing to step up to the plate when we need Area Govervors, Division Governors & District Executives or even other roles like Club Coach coordinator & Speechcraft coordinator. As we have been holding our own Club officer training for many years and District Officer training the last year or so, I see no problem in this area. We do need to continue the advancement in club growth and this will require these emerging leaders to take that vital step to become a Club Sponsor or Mentor. Let’s all catch this train of “Success in the West”.

  2. Avatar for Alan Smith Alan Smith says:

    Wonderful news! We had the vision for District WA and now we have an achievable goal with time lines to keep us focussed on the requirements. Leadership will not be a problem. We have several advanced TM Clubs that can act as sub committees to put the plan into action by involving their members. WA Governors TM Club accepts past, current and future district leaders as members to pool their experience, resources and drive. Meetings are focussed on District WA challenges. Western Founders TM Club has the resources for workshops and in-depth evaluation of speech content and delivery. The meeting focus of Netmasters and Marketers TM Clubs is to improve club membership and access to modern communication for potential members. Fremantle Gourmet TM Club also has a special role – to celebrate our achievements towards District WA.

  3. Avatar for Mika Liddle Mika Liddle says:

    Fantastic news!

    While it is disappointing that we will not be able to unveil ourselves in our natural glory for the International Convention, we might even make a bigger impact when we sneak in teh back door (so to speak).

    Any way that it occurs, this will be a huge coup for Western Australia. I would like to thank and congratulate all the dedicated supporters of this plan, that have made things happen, and will continue to drive us forward to success.

  4. Avatar for Billy Griffiths Billy Griffiths says:

    Congratulations to all of you that have contributed to this result so far. If you have had the drive to get this far, hold the vision splendid and watch it materialise. As Napolean Hill was credited with saying “What the human mind can conceive, earnestly believe, it will achieve” Here’s to the successful manifestation of the splitting into two Districts in Western Australia!!

  5. Avatar for Damian Chong Damian Chong says:

    Awesome news, as the decision and ultimate implementation means benefits for the current D73, and will also benefit both the reformed Districts in the future. Look forward to assist in providing all the support to a smooth application submission process.

    Great work done by all to date. Well done.

  6. Avatar for Eric Davies Eric Davies says:

    Thank goodness this news has finally arrived and congratulations to all those who have been pushing this change. I am quite sure that Toastmasters in WA will prosper under the envisaged structure. But we are not there yet. We must continue our growth in clubs, without many more clubs we will not have the numbers to prosper. This year, with three divisions, we are already feeling the pinch in numbers, for such things as judges for speaking comps. Sadly there are no new clubs chartered in WA so far this TM year.

    So let’s roll up our sleeves and get more clubs happening!

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