What is the District Council?
Sometimes called the DC, the District Council is comprised of the following members of District 65:
- All DEC members (see below)
- All club Presidents
- All club Vice Presidents Education
District 65 holds two District Council meetings each year, one during each district conference. These are often listed in the conference agendas as Business Meetings. These meetings are used to consider and vote on items such as approving budgets, electing district officers, changing district procedures and bylaws, re-aligning clubs, and other district business.
Any Toastmaster may attend a District Council meeting and a conference registration is not required to do so. However, only the voting members of the District Council (listed above) may make motions, discuss motions, vote, and transact other business. At times, non-DC members may be asked to deliver reports of some kind and these Toastmasters will be notified in advance of the need for them to speak.
What is a Proxy?
Either the club president or vice president education of any member club may designate, in writing, any active individual member of the club to act as a proxy for him or her at any district council meeting. This form is then handed in at the credentials desk to recieve a ballot for casting votes.
Why is a Proxy important?
It is necessary that we have a quorum of votes in attendance at the council meetings. Without a minimum number of ballots necessary, the district can not put any new business to a vote for approval and acceptance.
What is the District Executive Committee?
Often referred to as the DEC (pronounced like “deck”,) the District Executive Committee is comprised of all District 65 officers:
- All Area Directors
- All Division Directors
- Public Relations Manager
- Administration Manager
- Finance Manager
- Club Growth Director
- Program Quality Director
- District Director
- Immediate Past District Director
Committee chairs such as those of the Audit Committee, District Leadership Committee, Conference Committee, etc, are not members of the DEC unless they are also district officers. Apart from these leadership roles, only individuals who are invited by the district director and have specific business before the committee may attend district executive committee meetings. In order to conduct business at these meetings, a quorum is required. A quorum is established when a majority of district executive committee members attend the meeting.
The district executive committee reviews and approves the District Success Plan; approves the budget and oversees the financial operation of the district; recommends the assignment of clubs to areas and divisions; reviews recommendations and reports of district committees, including those of the audit committee; and performs any duties assigned by the district council.