According to Toastmasters International, the Distinguished Club Program is an annual program, running from July 1 through June 30.
The program consists of 10 goals each club should strive to achieve during this time using the Club Success Plan as a guide. World Headquarters tracks the progress of the club toward these goals throughout the year, sending quarterly progress reminders to each club president.
At year-end, World Headquarters calculates the number of goals the club achieved and recognizes it as a Distinguished Club, Select Distinguished Club, or President’s Distinguished Club based on the number of goals achieved and the number of members it has.
Following are the goals each club should strive to achieve during the year:
1. Two Competent Communicator, CC
2. Two more Competent Communicator, CC
3. One Advanced Communicator Bronze, AC-B, Advanced
4. Communicator Silver AC-S, or Advanced Communicator Gold, AC-G
5. One more Advanced Communicator Bronze, ATM-B, Advanced Communicator Silver ATM-S, or Advanced Communicator Gold, ATM-G
6. One Competent Leader, CL, Advanced Leader, AL or Distinguished Toastmasters, DTM
7. Four new members
8. Four more new members
9. Minimum of four club officers trained during each of two training periods
10. One semi-annual membership report and one club officer list submitted on time
In addition, each club must meet a membership requirement. At year-end (June 30) it must have:
- at least 20 members OR
- a net growth of at least five new members.
Clubs that meet the membership requirement and also do the following are eligible for Toastmasters International recognition at year-end:
Clubs that achieve five of 10 goals will be earn the recognition of
Clubs that achieve seven of 10 goals will be earn the recognition of
Select Distinguished Club
Clubs that achieve nine of 10 goals will be earn the recognition of
President Distinguished Club