Distinguished Club Programme

This page outlines the Toastmasters Distinguished Club Programme which every Toastmasters club follows during the year.

Achieve club recognition

The Toastmasters International Distinguished Club Programme helps a Club focus on making sure its members learn the skills they joined to learn, and recognises the Club when it is successful in accomplishing this goal.

The Distinguished Club Program is an annual programme, commencing on 1 July and ending on 30 June.  The programme consists of 10 goals a Club should strive to achieve during this time. Six of these relate to Education, two to membership growth, one to training and one to administration.

Since the introduction of Pathways, an education goal can come from either Pathways OR from the traditional programme, but not both. This means there are twelve ways to achieve the six educational goals, as below:

  1. Two Competent Communicators
  2.  4 members complete Pathways Level 1
  3. Two more Competent Communicators
  4. 2 members complete Pathways Level 2
  5. One Advanced Communicator
  6. 2 more members complete Pathways Level 2
  7. One more Advanced Communicator 
  8. 2 members complete Pathways Level 3
  9. One Competent Leader, Advanced Leader Bronze, Advanced Leader Silver or Distinguished Toastmaster 
  10. One member completes Pathways Level 4
  11. One more Competent Leader, Advanced Leader Bronze, Advanced Leader Silver or Distinguished Toastmaster 
  12. One member completes Pathways Level 5.

The other four goals are not changed:

  1. Four new members.
  2. Four more new members.
  3. A minimum of four Club officers trained during each of the two training periods.
  4. One Dues membership report and one Club officer list submitted on time.

NOTE: The six educational goals can come from either the Pathways or legacy programs, but you cannot mix and match; a goal is either from one programme or the other.

Clubs with at least 20 members OR with a net growth of at least five new members as at 30 June which also do the following, are eligible for Toastmasters International recognition at year end:

  • Achieve 5 of 10 goals - Distinguished Club.
  • Achieve 7 of 10 goals - Select Distinguished Club.
  • Achieve 9 of 10 goals - President's Distinguished Club.

If the Club earns recognition as a Distinguished, Select Distinguished or President's Distinguished Club, the Club President receives a ribbon for display on the Club banner along with a congratulatory letter.

Progress reports available online

Toastmasters International tracks the progress of the Club towards these goals throughout the year.

For a brief summary,  enter your club name or number and click "Search" at top left for a summary of your club's current position - or explore the reporting available (particularly the "Daily Reports")



Who contributes to the Club Success Plan?

Everyone - however the following club officers help everyone (including themselves) contribute to the Club Success Plan by fulfilling their roles.

  1. Educational achievements.
    Vice President Education - Track and recognise educational achivements; organise speaking programme.
  2. Membership Growth.
    Vice President Membership - Stay in contact with members; make guests feel welcome and encourage to join.
    Vice President Public Relations - Produce a club newsletter and club website; promote the club.
    Sergeant at Arms - Maintain club resources.
  3. Club Officer Training.
    All Club Officers - attend a District sponsored training event.
  4. Paperwork and Club Administration.
    President - Submit Dues Reports and Club Officer lists on time.
    Treasurer - Collect dues and maintain club accounts.
    Secretary - Maintain club records.

Benefits of the programme 

  1. Educational achievements.
    When Competent Communicator goals are achieved and recognised, it shows that members are actively participating and contributing to their club.
    When Advanced Communicator goals are achieved and recognised, it  shows that experienced members are being kept interested and they intend to stay in the club.
    When Leadership goals are achieved and recognised, it demonstrates a commitment to leadership within the club.
  2. Membership growth.
    Members remain enthusiastic and guests are encouraged to join when there are quality meetings.
  3. Club Officer Training.
    Attendance at Club Officer Training demonstrates the commitment of club officers to achieving excellence and learning more about their roles.
  4. Paperwork and Club Administration.
    Submitting dues and club officer lists on time shows efficient administration.

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Belonging to a successful Toastmasters club means you will have the opportunity to become a Competent Communicator, a Competent Leader, and gain proficiency in Pathways.