The Distinguished Club Program includes 10 goals that your club should strive to achieve each year. When your club incorporates the Moments of Truth into every meeting, you are already well on your way to reaching these annual goals. For your convenience, the 10 goals have been grouped into four areas:
- Education: Members who have the opportunity to earn education awards are reaching their goals.
- Membership: When new members join, everyone’s experience is enhanced because your club has enough members to provide leadership and fill meeting and committee assignments.
- Training: Trained club officers are better able to serve and support your club because they know how best to fulfill their roles.
- Administration: Fulfilling administrative duties, including submitting information on time, helps your club run more smoothly, which benefits members.
How it works
The Distinguished Club Program is an annual program, running from July 1 through June 30. At year-end, the number of goals the club achieved is calculated. Based on this and the number of members it has, the club may be recognized as a Distinguished, Select Distinguished, or President’s Distinguished Club. To be considered for recognition, your club must either have 20 members or a net growth of at least five new members as of June 30. Transfer and charter members do not count toward your club’s membership goals.
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10 Goals to Achieve
Following are the goals your club should strive to achieve during the year:
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
Your club achieves Goal 1 when two members receive CC awards during the Toastmasters year and achieves Goal 2 when an additional two members receive CC awards.
When one member receives an ACB, ACS, or ACG award during the year, your club achieves Goal 3; it achieves Goal 4 when an additional member receives an ACB, ACS, or ACG award.
Your club achieves Goal 5 when one member receives a CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM award during the year and achieves Goal 6 when an additional member receives a CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM award.
Only members in good standing are eligible to earn education awards. A member in good standing is one whose dues have been paid by the club and received by World Headquarters by May 31 for the April-September period and by November 30 for the October-March period. All award applications must be complete and received by World Headquarters by June 30.
Your club receives credit for only one type of education award per member per year. This encourages all members to progress in the education program, not just a few.
Credit for an award may be given to only one club. Members who belong to more than one club must choose which club receives credit for any one of their awards.
7. Four new members
8. Four more new members
When four new members join the club during the Toastmasters year, your club achieves Goal 7. It achieves Goal 8 when an additional four members join during the year. Your club must submit a membership application to World Headquarters, along with corresponding membership dues for each new, dual, and reinstated member who joins during the Toastmasters year. (Transfer and charter members do not count toward your club’s membership goals.) For your club to receive credit in the Distinguished Club Program for the current Toastmasters year, membership applications and new membership dues must be received by World Headquarters no later than June 30.
9. A minimum of four club officers trained during each of the two training periods.
Your club achieves Goal 9 when at least four of its club officers—president, vice president education, vice president membership, vice president public relations, secretary, treasurer, and sergeant at arms—are trained in their responsibilities. Officers must attend and fully participate in two district-sponsored training sessions. Credit is not given for non-officers attending in place of elected officers, and credit is given only for one person per office. Officers must be trained for the position to which they were elected.
The first training session occurs between June 1 and August 31, and the second is held between December 1 and February 28 (or February 29 in leap years). Districts are encouraged to submit training reports online through District Central no later than September 30 and March 31, respectively.
Training reports submitted directly to World Headquarters by clubs will not be accepted. Club officers attending a training session are responsible for giving the person conducting the training session their names, offices, and club numbers.
Officers must be trained by authorized district representatives in a live training session. Audiovisual aids may be used to enhance training, but they may not be the sole method of training. Therefore, club officers who simply view a video that describes their responsibilities are not considered trained, even if the video was provided by a district leader.
10. On-time payment of membership dues accompanied by the names of eight members (at least three of whom must be renewing members) for one period and on-time submission of one club officer list. For new clubs that are chartered between October 1 and June 30, the charter submission fulfills the requirement for an on-time officer list and payment of membership dues.
When payment of membership dues accompanied by the names of eight members (at least three of whom must be renewing members) for one period and one club officer list are submitted on time, your club achieves Goal 10.
For the membership dues portion of Goal 10, your club receives credit when:
- Your club’s October–March membership dues accompanied by the names of eight members (at least three of whom must be renewing members) are received by World Headquarters on or before October 10
- Your club’s April–September membership dues and names of eight members (at least three of whom must be renewing members) are received by World Headquarters on or before April 10
For the portion of Goal 10 that addresses club officer lists, keep in mind that, while some clubs elect officers annually, clubs that meet at least weekly may hold semiannual elections. If your club holds annual elections, your club officer list must be received by World Headquarters by June 30 of the previous Toastmasters year to earn credit toward Goal 10. This means that clubs whose club officer lists are received by June 30 earn credit in the Distinguished Club Program in the upcoming Toastmasters year, not in the previous year. If your club holds semiannual elections, your club officer lists must be received by World Headquarters by June 30 of the previous Toastmasters year and/or by December 31 of the current Toastmasters year to earn credit toward Goal 10.
Annual terms are from July 1 through June 30. Semi-annual terms run from July 1 through December 31 and January 1 through June 30. Clubs that elect officers contrary to this schedule are operating in violation of the Club Constitution for Clubs of Toastmasters International and are not eligible for credit in the Distinguished Club Program for submitting club officer lists.
When your club meets the qualifying requirement, it is eligible for Distinguished Club recognition at year-end:
Achieve five of 10 goals = Distinguished Club
Achieve seven of 10 goals = Select Distinguished Club
Achieve nine of 10 goals = President’s Distinguished Club
If your club earns recognition as a Distinguished, Select Distinguished, or President’s Distinguished Club, World Headquarters will send your club’s president an attractive ribbon for display on your club banner and a congratulatory letter. The ribbon and letter will be included with a year-end report, showing how your club did and the recognition it earned.