2020 Proposals FAQ
Would you like a sneak peek of the proposals that will be voted on? The Toastmasters International Executive Committee answers pertinent questions in an informative video; click here to watch on YouTube and here if you are in China and cannot access the first link.
How does Proposal A benefit individual members, clubs, and Districts?Back to Top
Proposal A is part of a greater strategy to improve leadership development in the organization from the club level to the Board. The Board has been considering the roles and responsibilities of club and District officers and creating an evaluation system for leaders at all levels. Together with Proposal A, these initiatives will improve leader development throughout the organization. Stronger leaders at all levels, including the Board, will result in an organization that will better support clubs and members.
How will Proposal A improve leadership development on the Board?Back to Top
Two International Directors per region will strengthen the continuity in knowledge and awareness on the Board of each District in the region. Two International Directors per region will also increase the number of Board members working with each team of District leaders, providing the District leaders with a greater number of perspectives to consider and to strengthen the District.
How does Proposal A benefit Toastmasters International?Back to Top
Expanding the geographic area covered by each region will increase the number of perspectives the International Directors are exposed to through their routine interactions with District leaders.
International Director candidates will not have to wait for a specific year to run for the Board of Directors; they will be able to run when they are ready to continue their leadership journey. This could result in more members seeking the International Director role and an expanded pool of candidates for the voting membership to consider at the Annual Business Meeting.
Did the Board consider other options?Back to Top
The Board of Directors reviewed multiple scenarios in depth before adopting one to put forward to the voting membership as Proposal A.
How are our Member Clubs distributed globally?Back to Top
Please see the map of the Total Clubs by Country on the Statistics and Data Hub for a visual representation of the global distribution of Member Clubs.
The proposed regions reflect the distribution of the clubs better than our current alignment.
Why does the maximum percentage of clubs per region need to change?Back to Top
As the regions will be increasing in size, the percentage needs to increase to continue allowing for growth.
What is the benefit of Board Members serving staggered terms?Back to Top
Having first- and second-year International Directors allows for continuity of knowledge on the Board from year to year.
If Proposal A is adopted by the voting membership:
When would the region realignment take effect?Back to Top
The region realignment would take effect on July 1, 2021.
How many Region Advisors will there be per region?Back to Top
The Region Advisor Selection Committee will recommend at least one Region Advisor for every nine Districts in a region.
Which regions will the 2021–2022 Region Advisors be appointed to support?Back to Top
The 2021-2022 Region Advisors will be appointed to support the proposed new regions.
Will regions still be combined for Mid–year Training?Back to Top
There will continue to be seven Mid-year Training locations. With the new region structure, this means there will be one region per location.
How will the new structure impact the International Speech Contest region quarterfinals?Back to Top
At this time, the impact to the International Speech Contest is still under review by the Board of Directors.
Which of the proposed regions would the second-year International Directors on the 2021-2022 Board serve?Back to Top
The International President will designate which of the proposed regions the second-year International Directors will serve on the 2021-2022 Board.
After the 2021-2022 transition year, International Directors will serve the regions for which they are elected.
How do I know if I qualify to be an International Officer or Director candidate under the new structure?Back to Top
Please see the Candidate Qualifications page for the qualifications to run for International Officer or Director. With the new structure, an International Director position in all regions will be up for election every year.
My club will be in a new region after the realignment, will I be eligible to run for International Officer or Director?Back to Top
As an International Director position will be up for election in all regions in 2021 and all years after, you will be eligible as long as you have been a member of your home club for the entire 12-month period immediately preceding nomination by the International Leadership Committee or at the Annual Business Meeting.
As an International Officer or Director candidate, which region should I indicate on my Letter of Intent?Back to Top
Candidates for the 2020-2021 election cycle should indicate as their home region on their Letter of Intent the post-realignment region in which their home club will reside. Please see the Districts by Region chart.
As an International Officer or Director candidate, which clubs and Districts may I visit during my campaign?Back to Top
You may visit the clubs and Districts in your declared home region, based off the post-realignment regions.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions on running for an International Officer or Director position?Back to Top
Questions regarding running for International Officer or Director can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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