Toastmaster Member Earns ‘Distinguished’ Designation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Miki Thomas, a 25-year member of Toastmasters who belongs to Executive Club 408 Toastmasters Youngstown and Warren Toastmasters, has earned the Distinguished Toastmasters designation awarded by the international organization.

Thomas and 19 others who achieved the DTM designation were honored Oct. 2 by the governing body of the Northeast Toastmasters clubs, in a virtual ceremony called “The DTM Bash.”

Thomas is the third Toastmaster from the Mahoning Valley to earn of the DTM designation. She retired in 2018 from her position as a workshop specialist for the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disability.

Toastmasters is a nonprofit international club that provides an environment for the improvement of public speaking and leadership. There are 324,000 Toastmasters who belong to 16,200 clubs in 145 countries. 

To acquire the DTM designation, a member must give 40 speeches, complete 10 leadership projects, mentor a new member, serve as a club and district officer, and provide specific support to another club. Only 1% of Toastmasters members worldwide have earned the designation.

Executive 408 and Warren Toastmasters are conducting meetings on Zoom, which non-members are invited to attend for free. For more information, contact Debbie Tolich at or Andrea Wells at

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