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(Introduced on July 1, 1997; Click here for Old Style requirements below)
To receive the Distinguished Toastmaster Award, a member in good standing of a club in good standing must complete the following:
The requirements for the Competent Toastmaster award (10 speeches from The Communication and Leadership Program);
The requirements for the Advanced Toastmaster Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards (including a total of 30 speeches from six different Advanced Communication and Leadership Programs);
The requirements for the Competent Leader and Advanced Leader awards (including having served a full term as a Club officer and as a District officer).
After the DTM award candidate has completed all the requirements, the Vice President Education (by another club officer if the member is the Vice President Education) signs the application, the member or a club officer mails the application to Toastmasters International World Headquarters. This is the highest educational achievement offered by Toastmasters International.
After Toastmasters International World Headquarters receives the application, the member receives a certificate (see below). The member may opt to have TI send his/her employer a letter of commendation. Recipients are recognized in the Hall of Fame section of The Toastmaster magazine.
Toastmasters Club members were eligible to earn the old style Distinguished Toastmaster award until June 30, 1999. Starting July 1, 1999, Toastmasters Club members could only apply for the new style Distinguished Toastmaster award, which was introduced two years earlier (Click here for New Style requirements above). The passage below explains the historical requirements for the old style Distinguished Toastmaster award.
To receive the Distinguished Toastmaster award, a member in good standing of a club in good standing needed to complete the following:
The requirements for the Competent Toastmaster and Able Toastmaster awards (10 C & L Program speeches, 15 Advanced C & L Programs speeches, and three presentations before non-Toastmasters audiences);
Have presented at least five speeches before non-Toastmasters audiences (excluding the three required for the Able Toastmaster award);
Have four years' continuous membership to date of the DTM award application;
Have coordinated and conducted at least one registered Speechcraft within two years of the DTM award application;
Have coordinated and conducted at least one registered Youth Leadership Program within two years of the DTM award application;
Have served a complete term (six months or one year) as an elected Club officer (President, Vice President Education, Vice President Membership, Vice President Public Relations, Secretary, Treasurer, or Sergeant At Arms); this is in addition to the complete term served in order to receive the Able Toastmaster award;
Have served a complete one year term (July 1 to the following June 30) as a District officer (District Governor, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training, Lieutenant Governor Marketing, Division Governor, Area Governor, District Secretary, or District Treasurer);
Have sponsored five new members within one year of the DTM award application (may not be charter members from the Club of which the DTM award applicant was either a sponsor or mentor);
EITHER Have served co-sponsor (up to two were allowed) or mentor (appointed by the District Governor) of a new Club within four years of the DTM award application OR Have served as Club specialist (appointed by the District Governor) of an existing Club with nine or fewer member determined by the Club's Semiannual Report). The specialist became eligible for DTM credit when the Club had reached 20 or more members (as shown on the District Performance Report) within one year from the appointment date. Specialists were not permitted to be members of the Club to which they were assigned at the time of appointment. DTM candidates needed to have successfully served as a Club specialist within four years of the DTM award application.
The member needed to complete the DTM award application, have the Club President sign it (by another Club officer if the applicant was the Club President), and mail it to Toastmasters International World Headquarters. After Toastmasters International World Headquarters received the application, the member received a certificate (Click here for DTM award certificate, above). The member could have TI send his/her employer a letter of commendation. Recipients were recognized in the Hall of Fame section of The Toastmaster magazine.
Composed with care by Peter Bunce, DTM/ATM-S/CL
Updated: Thursday, January 1, 2004