Toastmasters strives to empower individuals through personal and professional development. In the day-to-day activities of a club, it can be a challenge to know where you place your club's focus. Fortunately, Toastmasters provides a way for clubs to track their progress towards excellence. The Distinguished Club Program (DCP) offers a set of goals for which to strive.
Clubs can earn recognition through the DCP for meeting membership requirements and my meeting goals. Clubs must have 20 or more members or net growth of five to qualify. After that, a club must earn at least five points to reach Distinguished. Earning seven points will qualify your club to be Select Distinguished, and 9 points will earn your club the President's Distinguished Club Award.
The first part of the DCP is education. That's the essence of the Toastmasters program. So Toastmasters offers points when members achieve educational goals. In fact, six out of the possible ten points are for education awards.
Next comes membership. A healthy club has at least 20 members. A club this size balances having enough members to fill roles at meetings and support members outside of meetings.
Statistically, a club loses 40% of its membership each year due to any number of reasons. Since 40% of 20 is 8, Toastmasters sets a goal of recruiting eight members per year to account for attrition. You can earn one point for recruiting four members and another point for recruiting four more.
Analysis of data related to the DCP shows that the greatest indicator of success in a club is trained officers. Training is how officers learn the fundamentals of running a successful club and by sending at least four members to training twice a year, Toastmasters offers one DCP point.
Finally, clubs can earn a point for getting club officer lists turned in and for submitting dues on time.
The clubs listed below are on track to earn at least Distinguished.
If your club is not listed below, visit http://dashboards.toastmasters.org to check on your club's progress in the DCP.