District Elections 2020 - 2021

District Leadership Committee Chair 2020-2021: Cathy Herschell, DTM, PDD

Headshot of DLC Chair

A district leader has one of the most important leadership roles within Toastmasters International. The success of the district, its clubs and the members within each club depends on how well the district leaders execute the responsibilities of their office.

To ensure successful district elections the district director shall appoint the district leadership committee chair no later than November 1. The remaining committee members shall be appointed no later than December 1. The committee shall operate under the procedural rules adopted by the Toastmasters International Board of Directors for the selection of candidates for the elective district offices. The committee’s results shall be reported in writing to the district director no fewer than six weeks before the district council’s annual meeting. The district director shall submit the district leadership committee report to the members of the district council at least four weeks prior to the annual meeting.

Note several changes this year:

At the Board of Directors briefing at the International Convention in Denver on August 21, 2019, it was announced that changes would be made to the District's election processes effective September 2019.

These changes have now been confirmed. Highlights include, the requirement for floor candidates to be evaluated by the DLC no less than 1 week prior to the election, in regards to campaigning all individual members must comply with policy 3: Ethics and Conduct, timeline changes and more.

To read all of the changes to Policy & Protocol 9. District Campaigns and Elections click here>>

and District Administrative Bylaw, article VII: Officers click here >>

This year we will be electing 1 District Director, 2 Program Quality Directors and 2 Club Growth Directors in preparation for the District's reformation in July 2021.

District 86 is also preparing for a Candidate Showcase Interview session virtually during our Annual Business Meeting.

If you are interested to learn more about serving on the committee please contact me before October 30.




District Leadership Committee Members

Member Name Division 
Saima Malik, DTM A
Matthew Ogbulafor, DTM B
Albert Chang, DTM C
Steve Elliott, ACG, ALB D
Samoura Mills, VC1 E
Richard Robart-Morgan, ACG ALB F
Grant Bouchard, DTM G
Shelley Orchin, DTM L
Fleurette Knaggs, DTM M
Colleen Charland, DTM N
Julie Whitely, DTM S
Parveen Johal, EC3 T
Deborah MacPherson, DTM W

The District Leadership Committee invites Toastmasters in good standing to submit their nominations for 2020-2021 to the District Leadership Chair. nominations@toastmasters86.org

Election Forms

Please submit all the following forms to the District Leadership Committee Chair, nominations@toastmasters86.org.

  1. Candidate Application Form 
  2. District Leader Nominating Form
  3. Officer Agreement and Release Form 
  4. District Leader Biographical Information 
  5. Headshot image (JPG, 225 x 150 pixels)

Please Review:

  1. Call for Nominations 
  2. Candidates Campaign Guidelines 

Application Deadlines

Deadline to submit applications (no extensions) for elected officer positions: January 5, 2020.

(Submit to nominations@toastmasters86.org)

Elected District Positions

  • 13 Division Directors
  • 2X Club Growth Director
  • 2X Program Quality Director
  • 1X District director

If you wish to serve in an elected position, please send all the forms, as instructed below, to the District Leadership Committee Chair, nominations@toastmasters86.org.

APPOINTED District Positions

Area Directors, Public Relations Manager, Logistics Manager, Administration Manager, Finance Manager, Parliamentarian, and other positions the elected district director deems appropriate.

If you wish to serve in an appointed position, please send all the forms, as instructed below, to the current District 86 Director, districtdirector@toastmasters86.org

Deadline to submit applications (no extensions) for appointed positions: MARCH 31, 2020


Every club needs leaders who can move the club forward and work with and motivate others. One of your duties as a club officer is to identify members with leadership potential and encourage them to serve.

Hold elections at the first meeting in May, with new officers taking office July 1. In clubs that elect officers semi-annually, also hold elections at the first meeting in November, with new officers taking office January 1.


Article VI: Officers, Section 5

Nominations for club officers shall be made by a club nominating committee appointed by the club president at least two (2) weeks prior to the election. This committee shall consist of three (3) active individual members, when practicable. This committee shall present its report at the regular business meeting immediately preceding the business meeting at which the election is to take place, and shall present only the names of active individual members who have consented to serve if elected.

Further nominations may be made from the floor at the time of the election by any active individual member. All elections shall be by secret ballot, unless a secret ballot is dispensed with by unanimous vote, with a majority vote of all active individual members present and voting necessary to elect each officer.

The chair of the club nominating committee shall be the immediate past club president unless the best interests of the club require otherwise.


At least two weeks before elections, appoint a nominating committee. Any current paid member of the club is eligible to run for office, and members may run for more than one office.

Offices to be filled are president, vice president education, vice president membership, vice president public relations, secretary, treasurer (or secretary-treasurer) and sergeant at arms.

All positions should be filled if possible. However, a club must have a minimum of three officers: the president, vice president and secretary or secretary-treasurer, and each of these offices must be held by a different person.


The nominating committee selects candidates for each of the club offices. The club president appoints a nominating committee of three members in good standing—one of whom is the immediate past president as the chair—at least two weeks before club elections.

Detailed information can be found in the club leadership handbook. (Click Here>>)


Detailed information can be found in the club leadership handbook. (Click Here>>)


The Club Constitution for Clubs of Toastmasters International states that clubs meeting weekly may elect officers annually or semi-annually. Clubs that meet less frequently than weekly must elect officers annually. Annual terms of office must run from July 1 through June 30; semi-annual terms run from July 1 through December 31 and January 1 through June 30.

Club presidents elected for a term of one year may not be re-elected for a successive term. Club presidents elected for a term of a half-year may be re-elected for one successive term of a half-year.

Detailed information can be found in the club leadership handbook. (Click Here>>)


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