District 39

Where Leaders Are Made

Where Leaders Are Made

Honorable, Eminent, Notable—These are some ways that organizations describe those members who have reached the pinnacle of success. In Toastmasters, we call those people Distinguished Toastmasters (DTMs)—the highest award a Toastmaster can achieve. Webster’s dictionary defines distinguished as: successful, authoritative, and commanding great respect.

Distinguished Toastmasters are a rare breed. Less than one percent of all Toastmasters ever achieve that designation. In District 39 we have about 140 DTMs currently. These members have persisted in achieving all of their educational awards, every leadership goal, and have served the clubs and district by being officers, conducting speech crafts, and starting or helping to start new clubs.

Why become a Distinguished Toastmaster? What makes these people strive for that mountain of achievement? There may be as many reasons as there are Distinguished Toastmasters. Some are life-long learners and want to continue learning. Others are focused on job promotions. Many continue to achieve goals to help their clubs to success. Still others want to have the prestige of the initials, DTM, behind their names.

Whatever the reason, achieving a DTM award is not the end of a Toastmaster’s career but the beginning of an advanced opportunity to apply what they have learned to attain even higher levels of leadership and communication competency. A graduate degree, so to speak.

Are you ready to be a Distinguished Toastmaster? Check out the requirements below. You may already be closer than you think.

Need help? Contact your District leaders and/or look for special training at the Toastmasters Leadership Institutes in June, July, August, December, January and February.

For more information contact:







Noralee Cole, DTM – DTM Encourager
Phone: 916-524-5895