We stay with Founders District, though
We, and other clubs below Bell Road, are going to remain in Founders District – but all of the Founders District clubs above Bell Road will belong to District 100 in 2017. This change, prompted by the District’s growth, was ratified by a quorum of voting members at the District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting November 7th.
As Alfred Herzog explained the District split plan and the reasoning behind the choice of a dividing line he noted that individual members received most of the benefits from their membership and participation from their clubs. The clubs will not change, so members will suffer no consequences from dividing the District. Areas will change somewhat, with the new District (to be named “District 100”) aligning clubs to divisions that in turn are in a different district. So, Division and Area Directors will find they report to different people and have different telephone numbers and email addresses to remember. And there will be more District and Area Director opportunities.
A change that wasn’t fully addressed is that the Districts will be smaller, and so will have smaller financial resources. However, by being smaller they’ll be easier to manage with fewer “Direct Reports” for each District officer.
A proposal to divide the district into ten, rather than eight, divisions also passed.
This change will allow Divisions to be smaller (and more manageable) and allow Division Directors the ability to establish personal relationships with Area Directors. (It should be noted that both changes will also enhance the ability to – and perhaps increase the temptation to – micromanage Areas.
The Keynote speaker was TI’s President Elect, Mike Storkey, DTM from Australia. He noted that he doesn’t have an accent, but that the people in the audience sure did.
During his talk he mentioned that we lose a lot of members once they complete the CC manual and suggested that we ask them, about midway through their projects (project 5), what they want to learn after they finish CC. Great insight and a great suggestion.
The focus of Storkey’s message was that we are all mentors – or at least can be. He explained how mentoring has been important in his life and career – and in his Toastmasters development. He emphasized mentoring leadership, not just speaking skills.