Friday, October 23, 2015

Toastmasters Fall Executive Time

It's that time again!

If you're a Toastmasters club that has bi-annual elections (executive terms from July to December, and terms from January to June) then you will have just struck your executive nominating committee. Your Club Leadership handbook will outline the process here.

In a nutshell, your club president will create a committee of at least three members. These members will talk with the club members to find anyone who is interested in serving on the club executive. They will then present the list of people interested in serving at the business meeting immediately preceding the election.

So what if your club doesn't do this? If the committee doesn't present a report on time for any reason... for example, that your club doesn't form the committee, that the committee doesn't manage to get a comprehensive list together, or whatever reason... then all nominations will come from the floor. That is, any active individual member in good standing can nominate any other active individual member from the floor of the election.

The nominating committee does not present the exclusive list - that is, nominations must always be allowed from the floor.

I'd encourage you to talk with your members over the next couple weeks. Many times the current executive will continue as-is without interruption but sometimes you'll have a keener in the club who wants to step up to the executive or sometimes you'll have an executive member who is struggling and wants to step down. It's a great opportunity to shake up your executive. :)

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