What exactly is District 73?
For most members, Toastmasters is the group of people that they see at the club meeting. It’s a supportive environment where people help each other to become better speakers and leaders.
In reality, the organisation is much larger with policies, procedures, and a structure that enables more than 300,000 members to work together to help the organisation achieve its goals.
The club that you’re a member of is one within an Area. This sits within a Division which in turn sits within the District. Our District then sits within a Region.
So the structure of Toastmasters is as follows:
Club → Area → Division → District → Region
District 73 is comprised of more than 150 clubs across three states – Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. These clubs sit within designated Areas. There are usually 4 – 6 clubs in each Area. The number of clubs in each Area changes each year as new clubs are born and others are lost. As a result, there is a realignment that happens each year in July where clubs may be moved into different Areas.
The Area sits within a Division. A Division is comprised of at least 3 areas. We have 8 divisions in District 73. They are:
Bass – Central – Eastern – Inner City – Metro – Northern – Ranges – Southern
Our District sits within a Region. Our region is Region 12. It contains the following Districts – 73, 17, 69, 70, 72, 87, 90 and 112. This includes all of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.
There are different leadership roles at each level. Just as there are leaders at a club, there are also leaders whose responsibilities span great distances, and large numbers of people.
Above the leadership structure the Toastmasters is the following:
Area Director → Division Director → District Council → District Executive Committee → Region Advisor
District Leadership Committee
The District Executive Committee is comprised of the District Director, the Immediate Past District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Public Relations Manager, Administration Manager, Finance Manager and District Parliamentarian.
The District Council is comprised of the District Executive Leaders Committee, Club Presidents and VPEs. The District Council meets at least twice a year. It’s important to note that the clubs are represented in the decision making process of the District.
Refer to the following document for more information about this organisational structure: