In a Heartbeat

Written by Patricia H., and Judyth S.

Discombobulated is how PJ, our Chair for the day and Morningstars President, described our meeting while expertly maneuvering our disjointed parts into an unusual order of flow. Despite this, our Grammarian of the day Cathie R. wrapped us up as, “Morningstars is like an advanced club, we take ourselves seriously while having fun.” 

Yes, it was the usual morning bundle of jokes and laughter, possibly infused with the expected pot of coffee prepared by Sergeant at Arms John G., plus our word of the day “vitality” introduced by Cathie. This morning nineteen of us wouldn’t have missed our weekly dose of fun, communication and leadership.

We also come for the challenges handed out by our supportive evaluators. As our General Evaluator said last week, “We are not to apologize for giving a challenge, that is what we are here for.” Today we were challenged with our ums and ahs. Yes, you know them, they’re the filler words we use at an unconscious level.

Several Milestones Today

So, guess where all of this has led Morningstars Toastmasters? Today we reached a milestone, and as one of our proud Distinguished Toastmasters, Patricia H. chose to say:

“Today April 16th, 2014 is a banner day in Morningstars Toastmasters, #1248 in Gibsons BC.

We have been constantly raising the bar in our club, in fact that is our banner, encouraging us to always take the next step. This has truly been a banner day and one that I suggest is possibly unrivaled and unprecedented. In fact possibly in the history of Toastmasters International.

What has come to fruition on this day April 16th 2014, in our club? Literally the awarding and the recognition of three Distinguished Toastmaster’s (DTM’s). Two members took 7 years while the third took 47 years to arrive at this distinction. We have acknowledged two new CC’s today, one Advanced Communication Silver, and one Competent Leader. I believe not only does that place us in President’s Distinguished Club two months early which is prior to the end of our Toastmaster year on June 30, but we believe that we will be three points over the top for a total of thirteen points. That also might be unprecedented in a Toastmasters Club. Clearly a banner day. Congratulations.”

Recognition must also go to those leaders who have mentored and shaped our club to be what it is today and over the years. For today though our VP of Education Katherine S. can be acknowledged for her contribution to gathering and mentoring the loose ends and bundling them together to achieve our present status.

Here is a brief description of these awards given today:

The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the highest our organization bestows and it recognizes both communication and leadership skills. To be eligible for the award a member must have:

  •  Achieved Advanced Communicator Gold award (or achieved Advanced Toastmaster Gold award)
  •  Achieved Advanced Leader Silver award (or achieved Advanced Leader award)

Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) is under the Communication Track:

To be eligible for this award, you must have:

  • Achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze award (or achieved Able Toastmaster award or Advanced Toastmaster Bronze award)
  •  Completed two additional advanced communication manuals
  •  Conducted any two presentations from The Better Speaker Series and/or The Successful Club Series

While under the Leadership Track and as a Competent Leader we learn leadership skills by learning and serving in club roles.

The Competent Leadership manual is the core of the leadership track, and to become a Competent Leader one must complete all 10 projects in the Competent Leadership manual

Distinguished Club Program: is a standard of achievement by individual clubs and recognized by Toastmasters International. This level of achievement is an acknowledgement of the sum of the individual members achievements.

For more information about these tracks and achievements go to:


This weekend on April 19th our International Speech Contest for Division H level is taking place in North Vancouver. Morningstars members Sharon B. and Sandy W, along with Sunshine Club (Sechelt) member Paula H. will be representing the Sunshine Coast. We are all behind all of you.




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