Whew, we made it through the first quarter of the year already and we are making strides towards our goal line. I thought this
would be a good time to let you in on our current district statistics for the year. We are shooting for a distinguished district,
which means we have to meet all of the goals set for us by Toastmasters International. Simply stated they expect us to have 171
paid clubs. 7041 paid membership renewals (3520 in October and 3521 in April). 331 Competent Communicator (CC) awards, 160 Advanced
Communicator (AC) awards, and 182 Leadership (CL, DTM) awards. I believe we can make these goals as we already have a significant
forward position in the game.
As of November 19th, Toastmasters International has posted that district 26 already has 171 clubs on record, but 9 of them are
not yet paid up for October or are short dues. If those 9 clubs were to renew this month, we would meet one goal, go team! We
currently have 3005 paid memberships (85% of the October goal). Assuming each unpaid club has 20 registered members, those 9 clubs
would contribute 180 additional paid memberships, that gives us a total of 3185 paid memberships (90% of the October goal). If each
club adds just two more new or renewing members this year (170 * 2 = 340), that boasts the total to 3525 and we reach our second
goal. Our educational goals stand at 117 Competent Communicators (CC) or 35.3% of the TI CC goal so far, 46 Advanced Communicators
(AC) or 37.5% of the TI AC goal and 72 Leadership (CL, DTM) or 39.5%. All of these numbers are substantially above target so far,
but we need to keep driving to the goal line.
What does this mean to you, the members? Simple, if we meet our goals, it means that your clubs are meeting their goals and every
member is getting out of Toastmasters what they joined for initially, satisfaction! That is the real prize that my team is aiming for
this year, the distinguished district award is just a measurement to help us gauge our progress towards the clubs’ success goals.
One way to determine if your club is successful is to use the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) as a measurement. Think of the DCP
as the goal post, every team needs a goal to aim for. The ten stated goals are overflowing