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The Distinguished Club Program

The Distinguished Club Program is a set of goals for clubs to achieve in a single term (the 12 months beginning July 1 till June 30).

The 10 goals are:
1. Achieve 
two Competent Communicators.
2. Achieve 
two additional Competent Communicators.
3. Achieve 
one Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Communicator Silver, or Advanced Communicator Gold.
4. Achieve 
one additional Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Communicator Silver, or Advanced Communicator Gold.
5. Achieve 
one Competent Leader, Advanced Leader, or Distinguished Toastmaster.
6. Achieve 
one additional Competent Leader, Advanced Leader, or Distinguished Toastmaster.
7. Add 
four new members.
8. Add 
four additional new members.
9. Have a 
minimum of four officers trained during each Club Officer Training period.
10. Submit one 
Semi-Annual Report and one Club Officer List to TI before the deadline.

The awards given to clubs for fulfilling the goals of this program are:
5 to 6 goals achieved: Distinguished Club
7 to 8 goals achieved: Select Distinguished Club
9 to 10 goals achieved: President’s Distinguished Club

To be considered for an award, the club must have
at least 20 members OR a net growth of 5 members by the end of the term.

The Toastmasters' Journey
The Toastmasters program has two parts: the Communication track and the Leadership track.

Communication Track
Competent Communicator (CC)
Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB)
Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS)
Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG)

Leadership Track
Competent Leader (CL)
Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB)
Advanced Leader Silver (ALS)
Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
(Achieved both Advanced Communicator Gold award and Advanced Leader Silver award)
**Distinguished Toastmaster is the highest recognition a member may receive.
For more information, see the back pages of your Communication and Leadership Program Manual or your Competent Leader manual.

History of Toastmasters International

           In October 1924, a group of men assembled by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley met in the basement of the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, U.S.A., forming a club “to afford practice and training in the art of public speaking and in presiding over meetings, and to promote sociability and good fellowship among its members.” The group took the name “Toastmasters.” Soon men in other communities and states asked for permission and help to start their own Toastmasters clubs. By 1930, a federation was necessary to coordinate activities of the many clubs and to provide a standard program. When a speaking club in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, expressed interest in forming a Toastmasters club, the group became known as Toastmasters International.

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