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CLUB | AREA | DIVISION | DISTRICT | Distinguished program 7-1-2012

2011-2012 Last Year for This Criteria

The Distinguished Division Program is a complex system designed by Toastmasters International. It is used as a method of recognizing Districts for their outstanding contributions and efforts in helping their members succeed.

What are the goals in the Distinguished District Program?

The Distinguished District Program centers around the 4 basic responsibilities of a District:
  • CCs
  • ACs
  • New members
  • New clubs

The Distinguished District Program consists of a set of goals that a District must meet to become Distinguished. There are some prerequisites that must be met before a District will be considered under this program:

  1. District High Performance Plan submitted to International by September 30
  2. 85% of Area and Division Governors trained by the District
The goals in the Distinguished District Program are as follows:
  1. District membership growth goal -- 2% increase in per capita baseline
  2. District club growth goal -- 3% increase over club baseline
  3. District CC goal -- 3.5% of per capita baseline
  4. District AC goal -- 1% of per capita baseline
Points are awarded to a District based on meeting these goals and how much they exceed them by. Points shall also be awarded to Districts for the following items:
  • Percentage of clubs that are Distinguished (if the percentage is >= 30%)
  • Percentage of Areas that are Distinguished (if the percentage is >= 30%)
  • Ratio of leadership awards to clubs (if the radio is >= 0.5)

What are the recognitions that our District can earn through this program?

There are 3 main recognitions that a District can earn through the Distinguished District Program:
  • Distinguished District -- A District has met the prerequisites for consideration through the program and has met all of the above goals
  • Select Distinguished District -- A District ends up being ranked between 7th and 12th in the world based upon the points calculation system and has met the Distinguished District qualifications
  • President's Distinguished District -- A District ends up being ranked between 1st and 6th in the world based upon the points calculation system and has met the Distinguished District qualifications
Districts that receive any of the above awards will be presented with a patch to put on their District banner (indicating which level of Distinguished they achieved) and a chevron indicating the year the achievement was made. The District is also able to mention this distinction on their official correspondence during the next year. In addition, the District Governor for that year will receive a plaque along with the following:
  • For Distinguished District, 2 free International convention registrations and 2 tickets to the Golden Gavel luncheon
  • For Select Distinguished District, everything associated with Distinguished District plus 2 free nights in the hotel where the convention is being held
  • For President's Distinguished District, everything associated with Select Distinguished District plus round-trip airfare for 2 to the convention site
Note that it is possible for every District to become Distinguished, but only the top-performing Districts in the world will be recognized at one of the higher levels.

In addition to the above awards, there are additional awards that are presented either to the District or to leaders in the District based on the District's accomplishments within the Distinguished District Program:

  • Excellence in Education and Training Award -- Presented to the Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training if the District meets the District officer training, CC, and AC goals under the Distinguished District Program. The LGET is given a plaque for achieving this accomplishment.
  • Excellence in Marketing Award -- Presented to the Lieutenant Governor of Marketing if the District meets the club and membership growth goals under the Distinguished District Program. The LGM is given a plaque for achieving this accomplishment.
  • Excellence in Leadership Award -- Presented to Districts that have been Distinguished for 3 or more consecutive years. The District is presented a banner ribbon for achieving this accomplishment.
All of these awards are presented at the International Convention following that Toastmasters year.

How are points calculated?

Here is a full, yet confusing, explanation of how points are calculated under the Distinguished District Program:

  • PerCaps -- This refers to the number of dues submissions from within a District. Dues are submitted whenever a new member joins Toastmasters (either through a new club chartering or by someone joining an existing club). The goal set by International for a District is 2% higher than the final PerCap count from the previous year*. If a District meets this goal, it receives 4 points. Beyond that, the percentage that the District is over the PerCap goal is multiplied by 1.5 (thus, for each percentage point above the goal a District will receive 1.5 points).
  • Clubs -- This refers to the number of current dues-paying clubs within a District. The goal set by International for a District is 3% higher than the final club count from the previous year*. If a District meets this goal, it receives 4 points. Beyond that, a District will receive 2 points for every club for every club above the goal. Thus, a District that surpasses the club goal by 2 clubs will receive 8 points (4 for meeting the goal and 2x2=4 for the 2 clubs above the goal).
  • CC -- This refers to the number of CCs that a District receives during the Toastmasters year. The goal set by International for a District is 3.5% of the final PerCap count from the previous year*. If a District meets this goal, it receives 5 points. Beyond that, the percentage that the District is over the CC goal is multiplied by 2 (thus, for each percentage point over the CC goal a District will receive 2 points).
  • AC -- This refers to the number of ACs that a District receives during the Toastmasters year. The goal set by International for a District is 1% of the final PerCap count from the previous year*. If a District meets this goal, it receives 5 points. Beyond that, the percentage that the District is over the AC goal is multiplied by 5 (thus, for each percentage point over the AC goal a District will receive 5 points).
  • Distinguished Clubs -- This refers to the number of Distinguished Clubs in a District at the end of the year. The number of points is figured based on the percentage of clubs in a District (using the previous year's final club count*) that are Distinguished (at any of the 3 levels). These percentages are determined by using a lookup table, referenced here.
  • Distinguished Areas -- This refers to the number of Distinguished Areas in a District at the end of the year. The number of points is figured based on the percentage of Areas in a District that are Distinguished (at any of the 3 levels). These percentages are determined by using a lookup table, referenced here.
  • Leadership Awards -- This refers to the ratio of leadership awards (CL, AL-B, AL-S, DTM) that are earned by the clubs within a District to the base club count. Mathwise, the formula is: (#CL + #AL + #DTM)/(base # clubs). The number of points is figured based on the this ratio. These percentages are determined by using a lookup table, referenced here.
*  A District's PerCap base and club base may change if a club that did not pay it's semi-annual dues prior to July 1 pays them on or after July 1. This effectively means that the club was not a new club for the current year, but a holdover from the previous year.

If you are thoroughly confused, we have made calculating the points a little easier for you. A Distinguished District Points Calculator has been developed in Excel that will automatically determine how many points you have towards the Distinguished District Program. This tool can also be used for District planning (Districts that are President's Distinguished Districts tend to have at least 80-85 points -- how can you get there? The #1 District in the world generally has > 95 points -- what would it take to get that many points this year?).

Distinguished Club/Area Point Table
  • % Distinguished >= 75% -- 10
  • % Distinguished >= 70% -- 9
  • % Distinguished >= 65% -- 8
  • % Distinguished >= 60% -- 7
  • % Distinguished >= 55% -- 6
  • % Distinguished >= 50% -- 5
  • % Distinguished >= 45% -- 4
  • % Distinguished >= 40% -- 3
  • % Distinguished >= 35% -- 2
  • % Distinguished >= 30% -- 1
  • % Distinguished <   30% -- 0
Distinguished Club/Area Point Table
  • Ratio >= 0.95 -- 10
  • Ratio >= 0.90 -- 9
  • Ratio >= 0.85 -- 8
  • Ratio >= 0.80 -- 7
  • Ratio >= 0.75 -- 6
  • Ratio >= 0.70 -- 5
  • Ratio >= 0.65 -- 4
  • Ratio >= 0.60 -- 3
  • Ratio >= 0.55 -- 2
  • Ratio >= 0.50 -- 1
  • Ratio <   0.50 -- 0

Is District 25 Distinguished?

The Distinguished District Points Calculator mentioned above will also let you know if we are Distinguished. Simply plug in the values it requests and see what happens!

Download the Distinguished District Program here.



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