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The Distinguished Club Program
The Distinguished Club Program (DCP) was established by Toastmasters International as a general measure of club success. Each year the Distinguished Club Program recognizes clubs that have outstanding achievements in education, membership and club building, club leadership, and club communication. This measure is not the whole of what makes a club successful, but it does reflect some of the more common activities that help make a club successful.
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 dual benefit of helping both the club and its members.
In the Distinguished Club Program, there are ten goals that serve as targets to help a club become a stronger organization. By achieving a certain number of the targets in this program, a club can earn one of three levels of recognition:
(In addition to reaching a number of targets, a club must also satisify a basic membership requirement to receive a Distinguished Club award.)
Tracking Your Club's Success
In October, January, April, and July, Toastmasters International sends a club progress report to your club's president. This progress report includes a list of the DCP goals currently reached by your club during that Toastmasters year (June to July). The top district officers in District 4 also receive a monthly progress report for all clubs in the district.
Additionally, any club member can track how his/her club is doing in the Distinguished Club Program by visiting the Club Performance Reports page on the Toastmasters International web site.
Last updated: July 14, 2010
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