Become a District Leader
Explore new opportunities outside your club.
Enhance Your Leadership Skills
If you’d like to expand your leadership skills, District 101 provides many opportunities to gain new experience and hone your leadership skills outside your club. Consider taking on one or more of the roles described below.
If you’re ready to take your leadership journey to the next level, click on the button below to start.
Step into Leadership
When you step into leadership, you’ll learn how to:
- Stretch yourself as a speaker. You’ll speak in front of a whole new group of people outside of your club.
- Relate to your audience. As a leader, the members you listen to and help will help you better understand your audience.
- Take your time. As a leader, you’ll learn to appreciate the gift of time when speaking with your members and audience.
- Understand the power of storytelling. The story is what everyone is here for. Whatever you’re talking about, it’s a story, a narrative. In leadership, you’re always involved in storytelling.
- Learn the “music between the notes.” Silence is one of the most powerful tools that you can use as a leader and in public speaking. Mastering the art of silence helps tell your audience that you are confident. Speaking of which….
- Become more confident. Leadership is not a cakewalk, and that’s a great thing if you want to improve in any aspect of your life. By learning how to effectively overcome obstacles, you will naturally increase your self-confidence.
- Here’s the topper: You’ll also learn tons about leadership and how to persuade others — skills you can use to help you with your career.
Chair a District Event
Chairing a district event is a great way to get started with new leadership opportunities outside your club. Our district hosts several events throughout the year, including club officer training, contests, conferences, workshops, and other special events.
Opportunities range from serving as chai for the entire event to managing one of the supporting activities for an event, such as food, facilities, decorations, registration, and opportunity drawings.
These short-term roles allow Toastmasters to work with other district leaders, meet other members, and help plan important events that benefit members across the entire district.
Get Involved in Club Growth Programs
Our district sponsors several Club Growth Programs that require a short-term commitment and have specific objectives.
Each club is unique and we have more than 140 clubs in District 101. Visit new clubs and bring back new ideas to your own club! Find new opportunities to participate as a speaker or functionary at the club. Learn more about the Club Ambassador Program here.
Help a new Club charter and become a Club Sponsor. With this, you can enhance your leadership skills, develop project-management abilities and expand your marketing expertise. Contact our Club Growth Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring your experience as a Toastmaster and help a newly formed club establish a good structure and maintain best practices. This is a great opportunity to develop leadership and management skills. Learn more about being a Club Mentor here.
Share your Toastmasters expertise by coaching a Club with 12 or fewer members to become Distinguished or better. This role will help build your mentoring skills. Learn more about being a Club Coach here.
Become a District Officer
As you gain more experience, you might consider becoming a candidate for one of the elected positions in our district.
As the District’s chief officer, the District Director assists all members of the District Executive Committee in their roles. The role involves planning a District Success Plan with the team, help create a strong Leadership team. Some of the goals include achieving the mission of the district in a manner that motivates volunteer leaders and promotes a standard of excellence in all district activities.
Program Quality Director
The Program Quality Director (PQD) works on helping Clubs and members achieve their goals. The Program Quality Director also leads efforts in designing District Trainings, Contests, Conferences and other special events.
Club Growth Director
The Club Growth Director (CGD) makes the benefits of Toastmasters membership available to greater numbers of people. The role involves planning, developing and implementing District Club Growth objectives. The Club Growth Director leads the District’s efforts to build new clubs and to work on strengthening existing membership.
A Division Director provides support to the Area Directors in that division. (Typically, each division has about five areas.) The term for a Division Director lasts one year (July 1st to June 30th). This role will give you an opportunity to help Area Directors grow their leadership skills and help sharpen your own leadership skills.
If you’d like to learn more about how to nominate yourself or another Toastmaster for a district officer position, click on the button below.
Help as an Appointed District Leader
If elections aren’t your thing, there are several other opportunities to serve in leadership roles and help the district.
An Area Director provides District contact, support and assistance to the clubs in an Area (typically 5-6 Clubs). An Area Director term is one year (July 1st to June 30th). This role will provide you a great opportunity to hone your leadership and communication skills.
Public Relations Manager
The Public Relations Manager focusses on internal and external publicity. The position will give you an opportunity to work on your creative side. The PR Manager plays a critical role in ensuring District Success through a detailed planning and execution.
The Administration Manager helps the district function effectively and achieve its mission by recording and maintaining accurate minutes of district council, executive committee, and other meetings. The Administration Manager serves as upholder of the District Administrative Bylaws and policies.
The Finance Manager establishes and maintains effective fiscal management of the district, promotes the growth of Toastmasters by providing sound fiscal guidance to the district. The Finance Manager is also responsible to produce monthly reports reflecting the district’s financial status, and ensure that expenditures remain within the budget approved by the district council.