As area director, you serve as the direct liaison between the district and the clubs. The District Administrative Bylaws provide for the selection of area directors either by appointment by the district director or by election by the area councils. Toastmasters International recommends that district directors appoint area directors.
Area directors conduct club visits twice a year within their respective areas to understand and support club needs. In turn, these visits help district leaders understand how to support and meet the needs of each club. It is important that area directors have the support they need to serve clubs. The success of the district depends on it.
Area directors are eligible for re-election or re-appointment for one succeeding term only. Ideally, area directors have served as members of a district council. See District Administrative Bylaws, Article VII: Officers.
AREA DIRECTOR RESPONSIBILITIES
As area director, you are responsible for leading your area by serving the needs of clubs. In order to understand clubs’ needs, the area director contacts club presidents monthly to discuss their performance in the Distinguished Club Program. The area director also discusses district training and other district events with the area clubs. As area director, you follow up on items identified during previous contact with club presidents.
The area director is the area council chair and holds at least two area council meetings each year. At area council meetings, the area director discusses each club’s plans and goals in the Distinguished Club Program and reviews attendance at club leader training.