Recently, I added an update to the District 22 blog on Pathways.
That FAQ has some useful information on the new program, and it has led to a number of questions about completing your Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award before Pathways rolls out. Specifically, should you finish in the existing system or, if not, how do you decide when to transition to Pathways? In this article, I’ll try to tackle that question for a majority of members. Your individual case may require additional information, so don’t take this as the one and only answer for all.
First, let’s cover the basics.
How do you earn a DTM in the existing program?
Competent Communicator award (10 Speeches)
Advanced Communicator Bronze (10 Speeches)
Advanced Communicator Silver (10 speeches and 2 modules)
Advanced Communicator Gold (10 speeches, 1 advanced program and mentor a new member)
Competent Leader (10 Leadership projects completing about 20 individual tasks)
Advanced Leader Bronze (6 months-1 year as a club officer and 2 modules)
Advanced Leader Silver (1 year as a district officer, leadership project w/2 speeches and serving as a club sponsor, mentor or coach)
Complete both tracks, and you have earned your DTM.
How do you earn a DTM in the new program?
Complete 2 learning paths (~14 projects each)
One year as a Club Officer (could be 2 six month terms)
Serve as a Club Mentor or Coach
Serve as Club Sponsor, or conduct a Speechcraft or Youth Leadership Program
One year as a District Officer (or six months as a Pathways Guide)
Complete a Capstone DTM project
Is there a translation from the current program to the new program?
Unfortunately, no. With one caveat – TI HQ has confirmed that club officer roles, district service, and club support (sponsor, mentor or coach) completed before the new system rolls out can be applied in the Pathways program (as long as they were not submitted for an award in the current program).
Simply put, there are too many differences in how the communication and leadership tracks are integrated in the new system.
Ok, next I’m going to go out on a limb and give some advice. Keep in mind that there is no simple formula, and no single answer that applies to every member.
So… what should you do?
Here’s my opinion, based on what I’ve learned as Chief Ambassador and from testing the new projects and the new assessment tool during the pilot testing. I want to stress that if you fit into a category I define below, and you don’t agree with my answer, you are free to choose another answer for yourself. The category of “Further Discussion” means I think that scenario may need to be handled on a case-by-case basis more often than not.
|Finish current award in existing program||Finish DTM in
|Determined to finish DTM quickly||X|
|CC, ACB with no HPL||X|
|7 or more speeches done (at rollout)||X||Then|
|ACS without HPL||X|
|CL, ALB and CC||X|
|CL, ALB and ACB||X|
Should I keep working on my CC (or other award) right now?
Yes! Keep imporving your skills (the reason you joined, right?) and remember that all awards completed will remain valid, and any awards in progress through June 2020 can still be submitted for credit and will be recognized as they are today. Also, club officer roles, district service, and club support (sponsoring, mentoring or coaching) credit will be applicable in the new paths.
I want to reiterate that this is not meant to truncate discussion about your specific goals and situation. If you feel this advice is wrong for you, then let’s talk about your goals as the rollout occurs and make sure we help you find the right path.
Hopefully, you see from this that there is no single answer for every member. Moving to the new program is likely to be the best answer for a large percentage of members. The Pathways program will give you more flexibility toward achieving your goals, and allow you to measure progress better while completing achievements in a timelier fashion.
For more info from TIs website, click here.