From Protocol 9.0 – In order to ensure successful district elections, the district director must appoint a district leadership committee. The work of the committee is critical in ensuring long-term district success. They must (1) seek out prospective candidates; (2) evaluate and interview candidates; (3) nominate candidates; and (4) provide a complete report of candidates. The district leadership committee report must be presented to the district director at least six weeks before the district’s Annual Business Meeting. The committee nominates candidates for district office and screens candidates for eligibility. The district director appoints the committee chair no later than October 1. Remaining committee members shall be appointed no later than November 1. The district director cannot be a member of the committee. The committee must consist of no fewer than five members, one of whom is appointed the chair. If possible, the chair should be a past district director. No member of the committee can be nominated for a district office in the election at which the committee’s report is presented. District Leadership Committee Member Qualifications: Each committee member must be a member in good standing of a club in good standing and shall be selected from different divisions (or areas in districts without divisions). Each division (or area in districts without divisions) should be represented on the committee. Any committee member(s) may participate by telephone conference, email, or other means of communication when distance is an obstacle to participation. No member may have served on the committee the previous year. International director/officer candidates, region advisors and current members of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors cannot serve on the committee. To avoid the appearance of bias or impropriety, committee members having a personal or professional relationship with a particular candidate shall abstain from the discussion and voting, as a matter of good judgment. Members of the committee cannot participate in any campaign for district office nor endorse any candidate for district office.