The Distinguished Toastmaster Club Program
Taking Care of 'Our Stuff' by Barbara Schumacher
You'd think that in a Toastmasters club, where all we have to do is give a speech every few weeks, perform various functionary roles and have a wonderful time with people we love to be with - we would only be taking care of "our stuff" concerned only with one project at a time as the programmer schedules us.
The big picture is so much more than that. When one of us completes a manual, that Toastmaster receives an achievement award. Our club is also recognized for our achievements, and therefore keeps track of who did what and when. Perhaps you noticed the chart our Vice President of Education keeps. One of his duties is to have a permanent record of the achievements we earn because of their effect. Each award you receive gives our club one more point toward the the Distinguished Club Program.
It's an easy to do program that has earned Dobson Ranch Toastmasters Club the President's Distinguished Club award every fiscal year (July 1st through the following June 30th) for quite some time. The simple truth is - all we do is take care of 'our stuff'.
Distinguished Club Program Goals
Membership Requirement: At year-end (June 30), the club must have at least 20 members OR a net growth of at least five members AND achieve the following goals:
|1.||Two Competent Communicator (CC) awards|
|2.||Two more CC awards|
|3.||One Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB), Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS), or Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) award|
|4.||One more ACB, ACS, or ACG award|
|5.||One Competent Leader (CL), Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB), Advanced Leader Silver (ALS), or Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award|
|6.||One more CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM award|
|7.||Four new members|
|8.||Four more new members|
|9.||A minimum of four club officers trained during each of the two training periods|
|10.||On-time payment of membership-renewal dues accompanied by the names of renewing members for one period and on-time submission of one club officer list|
|5 goals achieved:
|7 goals achieved:
||Select Distinguished Club
|9 goals achieved:
||Presidents Distinguished Club
You'll find all the requirements for each one of these designations in your Competent Leadership manual on pages 78 and 79.
Our club officers review the DCP chart at every Executive Council meeting to make sure we know what we need to maintain our club pride. If you're one project away from completing a manual, be sure to tell us so we can get you scheduled on the program.
Curious to know where we stand? You can always find out where we are at any time by verifying our club's progress at www.toastmasters.org or by asking our Vice President of Education.
Remember the cause and effect rule? It isn't only our club that celebrates DCP accomplishments. Our Area Governor also follows our numbers, as does our Division Governor and the District...and the Region...you get the idea. It does go all the way...expanding just like the universe...yet it all begins with each one of us.
It's possible for our district to be a President's Distinguished District! That happens when we take care of "our stuff".
Another nicety in maintaining our President's Distinguished Club status is that when you register at the Fall and Spring Conferences, as a club member of this elite status, you wear a ribbon all weekend long announcing to the whole world that your club is successful. You are also invited to an exclusive party for only those clubs that have achieved this distinction before the formal dinner on Saturday night. See you there!
To "see" Dobson Ranch Toastmasters's status-to-date on each of the ten criteria, click here