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The Distinguished Club Program

The purpose of a Toastmasters club is to provide an environment in which members learn communication and leadership skills.

The Distinguished Club Program and Club Success Plan helps clubs promote quality, ensure productive meetings, provide structure and guidance and increase the enthusiasm of the club.

Every year, high-performing clubs are recognized, and may proudly display a Distinguished, Select Distinguished or President's Distinguished ribbon on their club banner.

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. The 10 goals have been grouped into four areas:


  • Members who have the opportunity to earn education awards are reaching their goals.


  • When new members join, everyone's experience is enhanced because your club has enough members to provide leadership and fill meeting and committee assignments.


  • Trained club officers are better able to serve and support your club because they know how best to fulfill their roles.


  • 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. The program consists of 10 goals your club should strive to achieve using the Club Success Plan (in the back of this manual) as your guide. To help you keep track of your progress toward these goals throughout the year, your club's president is sent quarterly progress reminders. (Updated reports are posted daily on the Toastmasters International website at 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.

Qualifying Requirement:

A qualifying requirement is a prerequisite or prior condition for participation in the program. If a qualifying requirement is not met, your club may not earn Distinguished recognition even if all of its goals are met. 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. Clubs that achieve Distinguished or better status for 3 or more years are considered a 3D Club.

Achievement Recognition Earned Years earned
Achieve 5 of 10 goals Distinguished club 2003-2004
(charter year)
Achieve 7 of 10 goals Select Distinguished Club  
Achieve 9+ of 10 goals President's



Qualifying Requirement not met but 9 of 10 goals achieved. None 2012-2013


View our current DCP status here.

The Goals:

Member Educational Goals:

1. Two Competent Communicator (CC) Awards

2. Two more Competent Communicator (CC) Awards

3. One Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB), One Advanced Communicator Silver (ACB), or One Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) award

4. One more Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB), One Advanced Communicator Silver (ACB), or One Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) award

5. One Competent Leader (CL), Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB), Advanced Leader Silver (ALS), or Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award

6. One more Competent Leader (CL), Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB), Advanced Leader Silver (ALS), or Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award

Membership Goals:

7. Four new members

8. Four more new members

Training Goals:

9. A minumum of four club officers trained during each of the two training periods (6 months).

Administration Goals:

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.

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