About Toastmasters Club #499

Mission Statement

The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

Toastmaster International

Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality. Through its member Clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking — vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment of mankind. It is basic to this mission that Toastmasters International continually expand its worldwide network of Clubs, thereby offering ever-greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from its programs.

Distinguished Club Program

Toastmasters Clubs serve to help members improve their speaking, listening, and thinking skills to enable them to become better communicators and leaders. One of the tools used to measure a club’s health and success at creating an environment conducive to improving these vital skills is the Distinguished Club Program. Set by Toastmasters International, the program outlines 10 goals each club sets out to achieve during the Toastmaster year of July 1 through June 30. A club’s ability to achieve these goals is an indication of the strength and vitality of the club and the level of the club’s excellence.

In addition to the 10 goals show below, there is a membership requirement of club charter strength (20 members) or better, or a net gain of 5 members as of the end of the Toastmaster year (June 30th). Clubs that achieve 5 or 6 goals plus the membership requirement are awarded the status of “Distinguished Club.” Clubs that achieve 7 or 8 goals plus the membership requirement are awarded the status of “Select Distinguished Club.” Clubs that achieve 9 or 10 of the goals plus the membership requirement are awarded the status of “President’s Distinguished Club.”

At Gilbert, we don’t just strive for excellence, we make a habit of it!

Gilbert achieves 10 out of 10 goals every year!
1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016,

For the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 years, we achieved 9.5 of the goals in less than 6 months and were 10 out of 10 as of the end of January!

Here are Gilbert’s goals for the July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 year:

2 Competent Communicators
2 More CCs
1 Advanced Communicator
1 More AC
1 Competent Leader, Advanced Leader or Distinguished Toastmaster
1 More CL, AL, or DTM
Four New Members
Four More New Members
Minimum of 4 Club Officers Trained
Summer 2013 Training Season
Winter 2013-2014 Training Season

On-Time Administrative Reports
1 Semiannual Membership Dues Report
1 Club Officer List

5 or 6 out of 10 goals = Distinguished Club
7 or 8 out of 10 goals = Select Distinguished Club
9 or 10 out of 10 goals = President’s Distinguished Club