Excellence is a quality which is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards. Excellence is a continuously moving target that can be pursued through actions of integrity, being frontrunner in terms of products / services provided that are reliable and safe for the intended users, meeting all obligations and continuously learning and improving in all spheres to pursue the moving target.- Wikipedia
Aiming high, raising the bar, creating benchmarks, if these words are music to the ears, here is something that would help you continuously aim for exceptional performance. By contributing collaboratively towards members achieving excellence you ensure that Clubs, Areas and Divisions achieve excellence.
Vince Lombardi said "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
We at District 98 realise the need for recognising clubs that have consistently achieved educational goals, motivate members to do more and help their Areas, Divisions and the District achieve excellence.
District 98 is proud to announce "Diamond Club Award" – a cut above the rest for clubs that surpass standards and move towards creating benchmarks.
All clubs achieving these ten goals would be recognised at a star studded ceremony at Eloquence 2018.
Wishing you all the best!
Leo, Ravi and Arvind
The club should be a President’s Distinguished Club by achieving 10/10 goals of the Distinguished Club Program by April 30, 2018. The club should also submit its duly filled Club Success Plan to its respective Area Director by August 30 2017.
All 7 club officers must be trained during both the training periods (no proxy allowed). The training information will be taken from the Dashboard and should be completed and updated by the Division Director before August 30, 2017 for the first cycle and February 27, 2018 for the second cycle.
A minimum of 6 unique members of the club must have earned at least one educational or leadership award during the current TM year by March 31, 2018, out of which at least 2 of them should achieve an Advanced Communicator Award or a single member achieving DTM award.
The club must conduct Moments of Truth module from the ‘Successful Club Series’ twice. Once before September 30, 2017 and once before April 5, 2018.The scanned copy of the worksheets of page numbers 2 and 3, which can be found at https://www.toastmasters.org//~/media/1552323ec5b34eee9460a2142e1b1901.ashxmust be submitted to the respective Area Directors on or before October 7, 2017 and April 12, 2018 respectively.
The club should have at least 5 members who should be trained judges having attended Judges training and at least 2 members who should have attended Chief Judges Training, betweenJuly 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. At least three such trained members should have served as a Judge at the home clubs oraway clubs in each of the 2 contest cycles. The data will be picked from the Training Attendance sheets and Chief Judge Reports submitted to the District Chief Judge.Judges must be trained in the current term i.e July 2017- March 2018 for credit towards this criteria
The club should hold a Membership Building Campaign, where an open house is arranged to attract new members to the club in the presence of a District Officer, thus promoting the culture of spreading Toastmasters in the Community/Corporate/Institution. The event should be held between July 2017 and April 2018. The summary of this (with photos) should be sent to the CGD (firstname.lastname@example.org) with cc to the District Officer who attended.
A Club should be able to conduct all the four speech contests in the official TI Contest format. Such clubs must ensureall details in the prescribed form are sent by the Chief Judge of the Contest to the PQD Office and District Chief Judge within 7 days of it being held.
The club shall pay and upload membership dues of at least 20 members by September 30, 2017 for October 2017 to March 2018 period and by March 31, 2018 for April 2018 to September 2018 period. Membership added on or before September 2017 and March 2018 would be considered. Members added effective October 2017 or April 2018 will not be counted as fulfilment of the requirement of the criteria. The club should also be able to conduct a Club Election in the TI prescribed format (Check with your AD on the same) and update the officer list in the TI website before: November 30th and May 15th for clubs having semi-annual term, and May 15th for clubs having annual term.
Both the President and Vice President - Education of the club are required to attend District Council meetings at each of the District conferences or assign a proxy, to members to represent the club on their behalf. Two active members who are members of the same club for the November Conference and for the May conference must be present at each District Conference and need to attend the District Council meeting to earn this point. They must register for the meeting before time (so as to be counted for the quorum) and must be present till the end of the meeting.
The President and the VP Education shall ensure at least 5 members attend the club’s respective Area Conferences, twice a year. These members should be acknowledging their presence by signing the attendance sheet mentioning their details.Attending other Area Conferences will not be considered toward this point.
The clubs that fulfil all the above criteria would be recognised at the "Hall of Fame" awards ceremony at the annual District Conference Eloquence 2018.
Please note: Clubs aiming for Diamond Club Award should submit their intent of participating, after achieving all the necessary points mentioned above by May 15th 2018. An announcement on this regard will also be put up on May 1st through the regular communication channels and on the District 98 Facebook page.