Waverley Communicators is a Select Distinguished Club

Selected DCP titleI am delighted to share Waverley Communicators recent designation as Select Distinguished Club, courtesy of the Distinguished Club Programme (DCP). This status is indeed as prestigious as it sounds 🙂 and signifies the club’s achievement of key goals mapped against the Toastmasters International criterion for a successful club.

The DCP is essentially a framework the club works within and serves as  a way for clubs to measure itself. The idea is that, quality clubs where members have a better experience and the club achieves more as a whole strive to tick off 10 key goals (aka a club success plan) within the year.  These goals can vary, but generally tend to fall under four main categories:

  • Education: ensure members progress through communication and competency manuals
  • Training: A minimum of four club officers trained during training periods
  • Membership: Increase members
  • Administration: On-time payment of membership dues.

Waverley Communicators achieved 8 out of the 10 goals which comes with the prestigious title of Select Distinguished Club, a shiny ribbon (pictured above) and bragging rights :).

“As a group motivated by individual goals to develop communication and leadership skills, and a shared goal to succeed in the DCP. Your club meet and exceed the objectives of the program. Your club truly exemplifies the Toastmasters International brand and mission, and all club members should be proud”.

Mohammed Murad, DTM International President

This recognition not only serves as a pat on the back but a reminder of the wider responsibilities of the club to members and for the sustainability of the Toastmasters International brand.

We are very proud of this achievement and will strive to meet the next set of targets. Waverley Communicators club has its members development at it’s core which makes for a much happier community. Indeed, turnout, every other Thursday is a good indication in my books, and take it from me it’s always busy around the biscuit table in our meeting 🙂

Of course, we couldn’t have achieved this without club officers; the people behind the scenes cookiespropelling the success of club members and Toastmasters International as a whole! – Thank you, you deserve extra tasty treats (*hint*) at our forthcoming meeting (29th October, at 28 York Place).


Well Done!

New Members Deliver Their IceBreakers

Edward Kutas receives his IceBreaker ribbon from Club President Kevin Miller

Edward Kutas receives his IceBreaker ribbon from Club President Kevin Miller


Michael McLernan receives his Icebreaker ribbon from Club President Kevin Miller

As Martin Luther King Jnr said:

‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.’

Edward Kutas and Michael McLernan took that first step on Thursday evening at the club meeting when they delivered their Icebreaker speeches.

Their next step on the staircase leading to the Competent Communicator (CC) award is CC2 which is one of the most important speeches in the CC manual.  Every speech you will ever give needs a structure, and in CC2 members learn how to organise their content and build their speech on a strong foundation.

See the post on Ted Corcoran’s workshop and the insights he shared with us.

Congratulations to Edward and Michael for taking the first step.

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM

Vice President Public Relations


Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Ritchie Brown: Competent Communicator

004Congratulations to our first Competent Communicator of 2014 – Ritchie Brown CC.

With a speech How To Be More Like The Germans Ritchie completed speech 10 in the CC manual to achieve his award.

Ritchie delivered his speech at the last meeting, in spite of being in a small, hot room (see the last post), with confidence. He was relaxed, smiling and, throughout, appeared to be enjoying himself.

His connection with the audience was apparent from the start and he used humour, steady eye contact and inclusive language to achieve this.

The CC10 speech is a landmark for members as, by the time they reach CC10, they are supposed to have learned the basic skills in the nine preceding projects.

Ritchie demonstrated that since he joined the club, he had been diligently building on the skills learned in each project until he was able to deliver a speech that showed all of them off to advantage.

Club President Kevin Miller congratulated Ritchie on his award, presented him with his CC certificate and invited him to a meeting of Scotland’s advanced speakers club – Thistle Speakers – which, as an advanced speaker, Ritchie is now eligible to join.

Also as an advanced speaker, Ritchie can deliver speeches from any of the fifteen advanced manuals and work towards Toastmasters International advanced awards – ACB (bronze), ACS (silver), ACG (gold). There’s no end to it!

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM

Vice President Public Relations

President’s Distinguished Club

Congratulations to all of us!!!

I am proud to confirm that Waverley Communicators has achieved President’s Distinguished Club Status in Toastmasters International’s Distinguished Club Program (DCP) during 2012/13, the highest accolade available.

Through the DCP, there are 10 goals that are set for each club to achieve over the Toastmaster year, including members’ accomplishments, numbers of new members, paying renewals on time, submitting required club reporting on time, and so forth.

Achieving 5 or 6 of these goals gives a club Distinguished Club status, 7 or 8 is Select Distinguished Status, and 9 or 10 is President’s Distinguished Club status.

We achieved 9 out of 10, and again, well done to all of us!

Thanks in particular to those members that have met particular development milestones during this past Toastmasters’ year. They include the following:

  • Members who completed their CC manual: Paul Bailey; Graeme Buck; Stephen Dix and most recently Kevin Miller;
  • Members who completed their CL manual: Stephen Dix and Brian Duffy;
  • Members who achieved a new Advanced Communication level: Finlay Cooke (now with Haymarket Toastmasters);
  •  And thanks to the committee members who attended the Club Officer Training.

Waverley Communicators is a special club with a wealth of talent and lots of keen and supportive members.

Our achievement this year I believe is a reflection of our combined personal and group efforts.

It has been another great year for the club, building on the hard work and commitment of past members and committees.

I look forward to seeing the club continue to grow and evolve in the forthcoming year under the stewardship of the new committee.

Post written by Brian Duffy, Immediate Past President

Competent Communicator – Kevin Miller

Congratulations to Kevin Miller who achieved his Competent Communicator award at the last 2012/2013 club meeting on Thursday evening.

All members who achieve awards, especially the first award of Competent Communicator (CC), are an inspiration to other members.

They know first-hand the dedication it takes to reach that goal – going to meetings, preparing speeches, delivering the speeches and being evaluated by the other members.

Not only will attending regular meetings help members to progress but they will also inspire other members with advice on how to reach that goal, the coveted CC.

Kevin delivered his 10th speech on Thursday – Dare To Be Happy.

The objectives of the speech are to “Inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives, challenge the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement; Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes and quotes to add drama”

Kevin certainly achieved all the objectives, and more.

It was a heartfelt and brave speech, and it’s a testament to the club that Kevin felt he was with good friends, and comfortable enough to share his topic in public for the first time.


Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, VPPR