september, 2023

mon25sep7:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedVirtual EventOnline Leadership Elective (OLE) - How to Earn Your DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) Award!Register now to attend.7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Organized By: Elizabeth Ruiz, DTM, 2023-2024 Program Quality Director

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The Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Award represents the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters.

Earning this achievement takes planning and commitment. To earn the DTM, you are required to:

  1. Complete two learning paths in Pathways.
  2. Serve as a club officer for two six-month terms or one annual term, participate in the preparation of a Club Success Plan, and participate in a District-sponsored Club Officer Training.
  3. Serve a complete one-year term as a District leader.
  4. Serve successfully as a club mentor or coach.
  5. Serve successfully as a club sponsor or conduct a Speechcraft or Youth Leadership program.
  6. Complete the DTM project. (Members are required to create and implement a project of their own design, in which they demonstrate the skills and expertise they have gained.) Members can receive access to the DTM project on Base Camp once they have completed one path and Levels 1, 2, and 3 in a second, unique path. To receive this project, email [email protected].

District 56 recently updated the Pathways section of our website to include information about the Path to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Visit HERE and click on the “Path to DTM” tab.

For more Distinguished Toastmaster details visit here. Please refer to the Distinguished Toastmaster Award Application for a complete list of requirements.

For additional information, please review the Education Program FAQs.



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(Monday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Elizabeth Ruiz, DTM, 2023-2024 Program Quality DirectorHonored to serve as your Program Quality Director (PQD)! The Program Quality Team will leave no Toastmaster behind. For example, we have planned new member orientations, club officer information sessions for aspiring club leaders to help all clubs have 7 club officers at all times, Pathways training and enrollment for Toastmasters who are not enrolled, speech contest and functionary training well before the season begins to help all clubs plan, prepare and lead a successful and fun club contest, and form a full pipeline of trained speech contest functionaries. The Program Quality Team will include all Toastmasters in recognitions earned; no Toastmaster will be left behind. As the PQD, I am responsible for all aspects of education and training within the District. This includes supporting quality club programming efforts, promoting the Distinguished Club Program, and planning and executing the District conference. Education Goals: I promote all members in achieving education awards and recognizing those achievements. I oversee and promote training for club, area, and division officers. Training Programs: I plan, organize, and direct the district's training programs. District Conference: I am responsible for all aspects of the district conference. I plan, organize and direct the event. Speech Contests: I coordinate and supervise the International Speech Contest at the district level and facilitate a smooth flow of information at speech contests. This is the year to elevate a strong foundation of quality clubs! The PQD Team will help every club meet its educational goals and become a Distinguished quality club. Ready for some FUN? Register now on the District calendar for our fun and exciting events and training in the 2023-2024 year.

Speakers for this event

  • Cynthia Abdon, DTM, DTM Chair

    Cynthia Abdon, DTM, DTM Chair

    How to Earn Your DTM

    Cynthia Stephanie Abdon, DTM, is a long-time Toastmaster. Outside of Toastmasters, she has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA). She was a business strategy consultant, project manager, intelligence analyst, and tax advisor in companies belonging to engineering, high-tech, oil and gas, and oilfield services. She is currently concentrating on international VAT taxes. In Toastmasters, her past district roles included: Toastmasters Pathways Ambassador, Public Relations Officer, TLI Chair, Realignment Chair, and other district chair roles. She was a Past Distinguished Area Governor and Past President’s Distinguished Division M Governor --“Division Governor of the Year Awardee 2013-2014”. In recent years, she served as District 56 Speechcraft Chair and Club Officer Trainer. Last year she served as Area R64 Director and a Club Officer Trainer. This Toastmasters year, Cynthia is the DTM Chair, and serving on the Club Officer Training Team. She is currently a member of four clubs: Deerwood Toastmasters, Master Evaluators (where she was Past President), her home club, C&F (Current and Future) Leaders Club, an advanced President’s Distinguished Club (9 years in a row since inception) which she founded and sponsored in 2014, calling it, “The Leaders’ Ship, and her most recent club she chartered, and is a charter member, club sponsor, and club member of, POP Houston Toastmasters Club. She created the One-Day-5-Hour Speechcraft and the C&F Valentine and Fall DTM-a-Thons that served her club (C&F) and other clubs for seven years, contributing at least 10 DTMs per year to District 56. Beliefs: She strongly believes in Toastmasters' values of Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence. Passion: Help other Toastmasters as a District 56 Trainer using the prescribed training materials and sharing years of experience as a leader and Toastmaster.

    How to Earn Your DTM


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