The Distinguished Club Program (DCP) was established by Toastmasters International as a general measure of club success. Each year the Distinguished Club Program recognizes club achievements in education, membership growth, club leadership and club communication. This measure is not the whole of what makes a club successful, but it does reflect the activities that required for success.
To help members achieve their personal goals, clubs are encouraged to define a mission statement and create a Club Success Plan, which for many clubs will be based on the targets outlined in the Distinguished Club Program. The Distinguished Club Program, therefore, has the duel benefit of helping both the club and its members.
Distinguished Club Program Goals
In the Distinguished Club Program, there are ten goals that serve as targets to help a club become a stronger organization.
|1.||Achieve two Competent Communicator (CC) awards|
|2.||Achieve two more CC awards|
|3.||Achieve one Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB), Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) or Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG)) award|
|4.||Achieve one more ACB, ACS or ACG award|
|5.||Achieve one Competent Leader (CL), Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB), Advanced Leader Silver (ALS)or Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award|
|6.||Achieve one more CL, ALB, ALS or DTM award|
|7.||Add four new members|
|8.||Add four more new members|
|9.||Have a minimum of four officers trained during each of the two Club Officer Training periods|
|10.||Submit one membership dues renewal report and one club officer list to Toastmasters International before the deadline|
By achieving a certain number of the targets in this program, a club can earn one of three levels of recognition:
|Achieve five of ten goals||=||Distinguished Club|
|Achieve seven of ten goals||=||Select Distinguished Club|
|Achieve nine of ten goals||=||President's Distinguished Club|
To be eligible for recognition under the Distinguished Club Program, a club must end the Toastmasters year on June 30 with twenty or more members OR with a net increase of at least five members since beginning of the Toastmasters year July 1.
Tracking Your Club's Success
In October, January and April your club president will receive an e-mail reminder to check your club’s progress online. The report will show your membership base, current membership and progress toward the 10 goals. Following the June 30 close date, and after all data received has been processed, your club president will be sent a final, year end report showing how the club did and any recognition it earned.
Any club member can track how his or her club is doing in the Distinguished Club Program by visiting the Dashboard on the Toastmasters International website.