The District 53 Council is an administrative unit of Toastmasters International. Its existence is governed by the Governing Documents of Toastmasters International, especially Article IX of the District Administrative Bylaws.

District Council Committees

District Executive
Committee
(see below)

District Leadership
Committee
(DLC)

Audit
Committee

District Executive Committee Meeting (DEC)

The District Executive Committee meets at least four (4) times each program year. Online participation options must be made available for remote District leaders, if needed. Online meetings occur as recommended by the District Director and are agreed upon by a majority of the District Executive Committee. Notice of electronic voting is provided to the District Executive Committee members four (4) weeks in advance of the vote. The meeting agenda is posted at least 14 days in advance.

Past District Council Business Meeting Results

The District Council Business Meeting occurs twice a year. These are informal minutes from these meetings, to help members gauge what happens at each meeting.

Fall Business MeetingSpring Business Meeting
2023-2024Informal Results
2022-2023Informal Results (Oct 2022)Informal Results (April 2023)
2021-2022Informal Results (May 2022)

District Council Meetings

The District Council is required to hold at least two meetings each year. One of these meetings, known as the Annual Meeting of the District Council, is conducted either online or hybrid, and takes place between March 15 and June 1. All other meetings are conducted online. The first online meeting must take place no later than September 30 to approve the District budget and confirm District leader appointments. The notice of electronic vote is sent in writing to all District Council members four (4) weeks in advance of the meeting, and the agenda is posted at least 14 days in advance. 

A quorum consists of one-third of all eligible Club Presidents and Vice Presidents Education. A majority of the votes cast is required to pass a motion. In the event that any business is transacted at a District Council meeting when a quorum is not present, the action shall be deemed as valid as if a quorum were present if it is thereafter expressly approved. Approval can be granted by affirmative vote of a majority of the Member Clubs in the District on the basis of two (2) votes per club in writing, personally, by mail, fax, e-mail, electronic transmission, or by any other reasonable means. 

Proxies for District Council meetings are not permitted. The Club President and/or Vice President Education of any member club may vote on behalf of the club as its representative. Either club officer may carry the club’s two (2) votes or each of these club officers may carry one (1) vote, as determined by the club membership. The representative from any Member Club in good standing is entitled to a maximum of two (2) votes. District Executive Committee members are entitled to one (1) vote and may cast up to two (2) additional votes as a Club President and/or Vice President Education.