Hilton Head’s Fast Trackers led Beaufort County’s four Toastmasters International clubs to earn the highest possible honor for the fiscal year ending June 30. Of the 26 Areas in South Carolina, only two attained the distinction of President’s Distinguished Area.

To attain that status, an area must have more than 50 percent of its clubs earn Distinguished Club status, and the area must grow by at least one additional club. Area 15, Beaufort County’s scores for the year ending June 30 were:

  • Fast Trackers of Hilton Head for the ninth time in 10 years earned the distinction of being a Presidents’ Distinguished Club. To attain that status, a club must earn nine of 10 possible points related to member achievement. Fast Trackers garnered all 10 possible points for the year.
  • Bluffton Speech Achievers also attained the status of President’s Distinguished Club, earning nine of the 10 possible points
  • The Leadership and Public Speaking Toastmasters Club of Beaufort earned five points to reach Distinguished Club status.
  • First Service Toastmasters, a closed corporate club, received its charter in May.

Club status is based primarily on the educational achievements of individual members, plus some administrative club functions.

One of the advanced awards went to Kathy Diello, who was honored by Toastmasters International for her achievements in the fields of communication and leadership.

The Bluffton resident is the first member of Fast Trackers Toastmasters of Hilton Head, formed in 1988, to attain the pinnacle of achievement in Toastmasters, the Distinguished Toastmaster award (DTM). Less than 1.0 percent of all Toastmasters members reach the DTM level, which she reached in June.

In recognition of the Area 15 performance, Diello was named Toastmaster International’s Area Governor of the Year for the State of South Carolina.