Alignment

Final Alignment Proposal for District Council

You can find a 2 page summary of the full realignment proposal here.

DAP Summary Final

District Realignment Proposal 2016/2017

Building the Future

The District Realignment Proposals for 2016/2017 are available in advance of the District Council Meeting on 7 May 2016.

Comments and questions to be directed to Paul Walsh of the Alignment Committee

Two reports linked below:-

District Realignment Summary

District Realignment Proposals for 2016 2017

London Divisions’ Alignment Proposals

Building the Future

Any successful enterprise, like District 91 needs to plan its future growth and that is why this year, as we do every year, we review and amend, if necessary the alignment of the clubs, areas, and divisions within our district boundaries.

Alignment provides us with the structure and the capacity for our district to grow. We are ‘Building the Future’ for Toastmasters UK South!!

And what that means is:

  • More clubs;
  • More opportunities for people in UK South to join Toastmasters International;
  • More opportunities for members to complete educational pathways
  • More Leadership opportunities for members

 

Please find below London Divisions B, K, L  Alignment Proposal for 2016/2017, which are currently at consultation. We believe these proposals will enable toastmasters in District 91 to grow and develop and give more opportunity.

If you would like to pass comment on the consultation, you can:

  • leave a comment in the comment box below;
  • For club members, contact a club officer;
  • For club officers, contact your area director.

General Comments

The District Alignment Committee is recommending to create two new divisions within the district:

  • – one outside of central London that makes it easier to support the geographically dispersed clubs in the West of our district; this addresses the a key concern of clubs and area and division directors who have found the sheer geographic expanse of Division J challenging.
  • – one in central London that creates capacity for medium-term growth, without the need to continuous alignment; this addresses the concern of clubs that frequent realignment weakens areas and this stands in the way of developing strong collaboration and cohesion among clubs.

The DAC’s recommendation to form two new divisions prioritises the area as the key organisational unit and aims to ensure that clubs can develop lasting relationships.

Overview of London Divisions

The table explains the proposed rearrangement of areas to form four London divisions and the alignment of the two areas in southern London into Division H.

 

Division B Division K Division L Division C Division H
B6 K31 B9 L33 K35
B8 K58 L47 L34 B53
B29 K59 L56 B45
B52 L61

This results in four balanced and equally-sized divisions in central and northern London.

 

Specific alignment proposal for Division B

Division B has seen continuous growth during the past years – chartering 12 new clubs in the past two years, resulting in a division with more than 30 thriving clubs organised into 7 areas. After the rearrangement to form the four central London divisions, Division B is left with four strong areas. These areas will benefit from some adjustment that ensures a sustainable platform for the future.

Below is the recommended alignment in Division B into four balanced areas.

Alignment Proposal

DIVISION B previous alignment Comment
AREA 6
Corinthians B6 Athenians and West London join Area 6.

JP Morgan joins clubs in the Fleet Street area in new Division C.

Olympians B6
Sytel B6
Athenians B29
West London B29
AREA 8
Cardinals B8 Remains unchanged.
Phoenix B8
Victorians B8
Ofgem B8
AREA 29
Riverside B29 Area 29 has grown to six clubs and should be aligned.  The proposed alignment leaves area B29 with a smaller, more manageable geographic coverage which permits stronger support of the four clubs and establish strong cohesion within the area.
Trojans B29
Toast Rack B29
Discovery Soap Box B29
AREA 52
104 Debaters B52 Remains unchanged.
Grosvenor Square B52
Imperial B52
King’s B52
Polish B52

 

Specific alignment proposal for new Division C

Division C is the newly formed division in central London.  It is formed from three existing areas currently located in Division B and Division L, and will include approximately 20 thriving clubs.  These areas will benefit from some adjustment that ensures a sustainable platform for the future.Below is the recommended alignment in Division C into four balanced areas, by forming a new area.

Alignment Proposal

DIVISION C previous alignment Comment
AREA 33
            St Paul’s L33 Area 33 has grown to seven clubs and must be realigned.

 

CFA Institute will be aligned geographically with clubs near London Bridge/Southwark in Division K.

ACCA will be aligned with clubs near Holborn.

            Cass L33
            Connected London L33
            ICF L33
            Ropemaker L33
AREA 34
            Bloomsbury L34 Area 34 has grown to six clubs and should be aligned.  This creates capacity to accommodate the alignment of Russian English Speakers.
            Clerkenwell L34
            King’s Cross L34
            GS London L34
            Russian English K31
AREA 45
            Early Bird B45 Area 45 has six clubs and should be aligned.  Its geographic focus is Holborn.
ACCA and Tube Talk join from Area 33 and Area 34.RLC will be aligned geographically with clubs near London Bridge/Southwark in Division K.Amway is a prospective club, likely to charter before June 2016.
            Society B45
            Amway L33
            ACCA L33
            Tube Talk L34
AREA 63 new
            City Limits B45 Area 63 is formed from clubs from Area 45 around the Chancery Lane and Fleet Street area.  These are joined by Holborn from L34 and JP Morgan from B6.
            Covent Garden B45
            Strand Speakers B45
            Holborn L34
            JP Morgan B6

Specific alignment proposal for Division K

Division K is a strong division with more than 23 thriving clubs organised into 4 areas.  Area 35 and up to two clubs from Area 59 will join Division H.  The remaining three areas will form one of the four central London divisions. In order to offer better support, address the imbalance between the areas and provide a basis for sustainable growth, Division K will be aligned into four areas.

Below is the recommended alignment in Division K into four balanced areas with four or five clubs each

DIVISION K previous alignment Comment
AREA 31
            Credit Suisse K31 Unchanged, except for the alignment of Russian English.
            WIBF Canary Wharf K31
            Canary Wharf Communicators K31
            Woodford Green K31
            Stratford London K31
AREA 58
            City of London K58 Area K58 retains four of six clubs.

 

Barings Asset Management is a prospective club likely to charter before June 2016.

            Broadgate K58
            1st London K58
            PMI UK K58
            Barings K58
AREA 59
            Citi Criers K59 Area K59 retains four clubs.  One or two (Lewisham and possibly Meridien) join Area 35 in Division H.
            Speakers Corner K59
            State Street London K59
            London Toastmasters K59
            Meridien K59
AREA 60 new
            MLP K58 Area 60 is formed formed from clubs around the London Bridge area.
            London Public K58
            RLC B45
            CFA Institute L33

 

Specific alignment proposal for Division L

Division L has shown strong growth and now has 29 clubs organised into 5 thriving areas.  Six clubs have chartered just this year.  Two areas will become part of the new division in central London.  One area will join Division L from Division B to ensure that all four London divisions are equally balanced.  The four areas that will form Division L going forward do not need further alignment.  They are already balanced and thus provide a solid basis for the future development of the division.  Below is the recommended alignment in Division L into four balanced areas.

Proposed Alignment

 

DIVISION L previous alignment Comment
AREA 9
            Berkeley Square B9 Area 9 remains unchanged in moved as whole from Division B into Division L
            Excalibur B9
            Experience French B9
            Speak Out B9
AREA 47
            London Communicators L47 Remains unchanged.
            London Business School L47
            Northern Lights L47
            Angel Speakers L47
            CB&I Paddington L47
AREA 56
            WIBF City L56 Remains unchanged.
            NZCIA L56
            BlackRock L56
            Data Science L56
            Deutsche Bank L56
AREA 61
            HOD L61 Remains unchanged.

 

(*) Croxley has no members – likely to be suspended.

            Harrovian L61
            Watford L61
            TJXpressions L61
            Croxley (*) L61

 

Divisions H & J Alignment Proposals consultation

 

Divisions H & J Alignment Proposals for consultation

Building the Future

Any successful enterprise, like District 91 needs to plan its future growth and that is why this year, as we do every year, we review and amend, if necessary the alignment of the clubs, areas, and divisions within our district boundaries.

Alignment provides us with the structure and the capacity for our district to grow. We are ‘Building the Future’ for Toastmasters UK South!!

And what that means is:

  • More clubs;
  • More opportunities for people in UK South to join Toastmasters International;
  • More opportunities for members to complete educational pathways
  • More Leadership opportunities for members

 

Please find below Divisions H & J alignment proposals, which are currently at consultation. We believe these proposals will enable toastmasters in District 91 to grow and develop and give more opportunity.

If you would like to pass comment on the consultation, you can:

  • leave a comment in the comment box below;
  • For club members, contact a club officer;
  • For club officers, contact your area director.

 

Division H alignment proposal

Key points:

  1. Areas 14,21 & 32 are aligned to Division J.

This enables Division J to align into 2 divisions and supports the development of District 91

  1. Area 53 is aligned from Division B and Area 35 from Division K.

This enables clubs south of the River Thames to be better served, as the growth of B and K is predominantly north of the River Thames

  1. Area 55 has one new pre-charter club in Horsham.

4. Worthing speakers is aligned from Area 32 to area 55 and remains with Division H

5. Tunbridge Wells Speakers move to Area 37 as a club was not formed in Ashford which leaves area 37 with only 3 clubs

The conclusion from the realignment is that Division H is geographically smaller and more defined as the South East Division.

 

Division H

Area 55 Brighton & Hove Speakers, Eastbourne Speakers, Battle Speakers, Lewes Speakers, Worthing Speakers  (Moved from area H-32) Horsham pre-charter club

Area 53 Moved from Division B: Epsom Speakers, Mole Valley Speakers, Leatherhead, Surbiton Speakers.

Area 35 Moved from Division K: Bromley Speakers, Speakers of Croydon, Croydon Communicators, Purley Speakers, Connected Speakers Bromley, Lewisham Speakers (Moved from area K-59), Fairfield Speakers pre-charter club.

Area 37 Canterbury Communicators, Toasted Sandwich, Kent Speakers, Tunbridge Wells Speakers (Moved from area 55)

 

Division J alignment proposal

 

Key points:

The proposal splits the Division into two on a north-south border. Parts of Division H are added to the East so that both new Divisions will have five areas.

The proposal particularly affects clubs in current Areas 22, 46 and 62, but of course all are affected.

 

Proposed Division J North Realignment

Div JN

Area 62 North  Voice of Wales, Cardiff, Valleys and Vale pre-charter, Porthcawl pre-charter

Area 22 Malvern Speakers, Gloucester Speakers, Cheltenham Speakers, Thamesdown Speakers

Ludlow pre-charter

Area 7 Croughton pre-charter, Bicester Speakers, Bardwell, Abingdon, Oxford Speakers, Oxford Orators

Area 4 Leighton Buzzard, Berkhamsted, Swan Speakers, Aylesbury Speakers, Thame Speakers

Area 21 FM Global, Windsor, Chiltern, Maidenhead, Ascot pre-charter

 

Proposed Division J South Realignment

160314 DivJS


Area 62 South Armada Speakers, Bath Spa Toastmasters, South West Speakers, North Avon

Area 42 Chaseside, Ferndown, Hallmark ,Casterbridge

Area 32 Arun Speakers, County Communicators, Spinnaker, Hamwic Speakers, Solent Speakers, Wessex Speakers

Area 14 Farnham, Guildford, Woking, Camberley
Area 46 Reading Speakers, Microsoft Reading IBP pre-charter, Basingstoke, Basingstoke – Tech Data pre-charter, Newbury Speakers,           CDK Global Hungerford


 

 

Alignment update

The Division Alignment Proposals will be available for consultation during March.

All Club Presidents will be informed and Presidents whose clubs are affected by alignment will be consulted.

The Division Alignment Proposals will be published on this website as soon as they are available.

Next Steps:

March 2016 – Consultation

20th March – District Executive Committee recommends that the division alignment proposals are put forward to the District Council (Subject to completion of consultation)

7th May – Division Alignment Proposals are presented for approval

 

Watch this space for updates!

 

 

 

Alignment update

From Paul Walsh

You may recall in our last Alignment Update that we are moving towards preparing division alignment proposals, which will be put to respective division club officers and members for consultation.

During the Christmas and New Year break, members of the District Alignment Committee took the opportunity to further develop the overall approach for these proposals.

This proposed approach to Alignment for 2016/2017 will be illustrated at District Officer Training on Saturday 23rd January and the Division Alignment Proposals’ consultation period is scheduled for February.

The Division Alignment Proposals’ will be published on this website.

In the meantime, you may wish to partake in a survey on alignment. As well as gathering your views on your preferences for   communicating alignment, there are some really interesting questions.

You can access the survey on this link below and please contact me for the answers to those interesting questions!!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCKVNCP

 

 

Alignment Update

 Welcome to the Alignment update.

A lot of groundwork has been done since July.

 

           Alignment timetable

151212 Alignment timetable

  1. Form DAC

We have appointed an excellent District Alignment Committee (DAC).

You will find details of the DAC members on the Alignment page and I am very pleased that we have a strong team which has really good representation from all divisions and also comprises Toastmasters who have a lot of experience  in  district leadership, alignment and reformation within District 71 and now District 91.  Every DAC member is making a positive difference to the growth and development of Toastmasters International in South England and South Wales!

  1. Gather data – identify potential changes

Division Representatives have completed their initial analysis and we have now had an opportunity to share and discuss some initial ideas for alignment. This discussion will occur for another month or so.

  1. Prepare alignment proposals. Consult, DEC

This is the ‘Next Step’ we are moving towards.  In early 2016, we will meet and agree for each division and District 91 overall, draft alignment proposals – how we see the structure of areas, divisions and District 91 commencing 1st July 2016, our next Toastmaster year

These draft alignment proposals are designed and produced by each division.

There is then a consultation process, which is led by each division. The draft alignment proposals will also be available on this website. We want to ensure that the draft alignment proposals can be accessed by every Toastmaster within District 91  and that a reasonable process of consultation has occurred.

  1. Further information

The next alignment update will be published w.c. 4th January 2016.  In the mean  time, if you would like to discuss or find out some more on alignment, please contact either me on this link click here to contact Paul or your Division Representative  (Their names are on the Alignment page).

Alignment consultation on proposals

From Paul Walsh, District Alignment Committee

Alignment – What it is

Alignment is when districts review and amend, if necessary the alignment of the clubs, areas, and divisions within their boundaries. Consultation on changes for next year is going on right now. You can see the proposals relating to your area and division below. To see the current picture look at the dashboard which shows where each club fits within District 91 at the moment.

Why it is alignment important?

It is a vital process as it ensures that Areas, Divisions and Districts are structured for growth – this is especially important for District 91, which is growing at approximately 10% per year.
Guidelines:
There are 4 – 6 clubs per area and clubs are assigned to areas:
• so that they are in geographical proximity to other clubs;
• so that there is ease of (Area Governor) support and management;
• based on current club strength;
• where there is potential for club growth.

Forms of Alignment

Alignment takes several forms, dependent upon its scale – it may be:
• moving a club from one area or division to another as it has relocated;
• splitting an area into 2, as it has more than 6 clubs;
• splitting a division into 2 or more, as it is more than 6 areas which are at or near capacity of 6 clubs per area

The Benefit of Alignment

Its key benefit is providing a structure for growth – This happened 3 years ago, when Division B, which at the time covered London, was aligned into Division B, K. and L.
Division B comprised 39 chartered clubs. Today, Divisions B,K and L comprise 71 chartered clubs, an 82% increase in just 3 years!! Imagine trying to manage 71 clubs in 1 division!!

The impact on club members

Alignment is for the benefit of club members and their clubs and hopefully, they should be blissfully unaware of it!! This is because it provides seamless support for clubs, most tangibly in the form of a local Area Governor.

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