If the Drive for Excellence is in your wheelhouse, then achieving your Distinguished Toastmaster status (DTM) should be too. Why? Because achieving that goal is just the start of an amazing journey.
Some view achieving the DTM as the pinnacle of your career in Toasmasters, but for me it’s just reaching the precipice! Once the DTM is achieved, the member is ready to give back to the organization by leading, and mentoring, and coaching new members. It is in giving back that one gains far more than expected or anticipated.
As of August 2019, District 48 has 206 Distinguished Toastmasters – that’s 7% of our total membership to date.
Here is the breakdown by Division:
- Division A 46 DTMs
- Division B 33 DTMs
- Division C 41 DTMs
- Division D 44 DTMs
- Division E 49 DTMs
If you are among the numbers listed above, I challenge you to continue on your path of personal growth and development by giving back to the organization. Stay active and involved in your club. Offer to assist your Area and Division Directors in club contests and district events. Let the Trio – Robyn, Freeman, and Nick – know who you are and what you can bring to the table in terms of leadership and support. Be a shinning example for others to follow.
If you are still working toward completing your DTM, stay the course! When the road gets rocky, and it will get rocky, just remember what Tom Hanks said in A League of Their Own: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard … is what makes it great.”
I invite you all to the top 7% – together let’s move that number to 10%!