“The DTM designation is given only to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and communication skills and have used these skills to mentor others in their self-development efforts,“ said Lisa Pantano, DTM and District 83 Governor. “Anne has met all of Toastmasters International rigorous requirements to become a Distinguished Toastmaster. I congratulate her for achieving this honor.”
To earn the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation, a member must demonstrate excellence in public speaking in many formats, including multiple presentations, mentoring up-and-coming speakers and helping newly chartered clubs. To become a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), Gilson gave more than 40 public presentations in her club and in the community, and also performed 27 leadership projects.
“The most rewarding part of achieving this award has been the opportunity to meet and help other Toastmasters on their own personal journeys. I joined Toastmasters to become a better speaker, and never would have anticipated everything else I have learned from this experience”, said Gilson.
Anne also received an award from District 83 as 2010-2011 Area Governor of the Year.
“Hats off to Anne for achieving the honor of DTM,” said Laura Healy Santo, CC, CL and President, FRX Networkers. “Anne serves as an exemplary Toastmaster for our club, as well as the entire Toastmaster community. Watching Anne evolve, as a top-notch speaker and leader, has been a pleasure to observe.”
Earning the Distinguished Toastmasters award typically requires five to eight years of service to the organization. Gilson is a charter member of FRX Networkers Toastmasters Club. Anne has been a member of Toastmasters for five years. She works for Forest Research Institute as a Principal Scientist.
About District 83
District 83 includes 150 clubs in Metropolitan New Jersey, Staten Island, NY, and Rockland County, New York. For more information, please visit the District 83 website at http://www.toastmasters83.org.
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 270,000 members in 13,000 clubs in 116 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit http://www.toastmasters.org.