Del Mar Toastmasters honors Doug Kinnear for highest level of achievement

The Del Mar Toastmaster Club recently honored Doug Kinnear, a 10-year member, for his recent achievement of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), the highest level of achievement obtainable from Toastmasters International. The award acknowledges outstanding accomplishments in both leadership and public speaking. Of 292,000 Toastmaster members worldwide, only 3 percent reach this level.

In the course of 10 years at Toastmasters, Doug Kinnear has given 55 speeches, served in hundreds of roles, and won numerous awards, most recently first place at district level in the Tall Tales Competition. According to club President Patricia Prahm, “Doug is the soul of our club. In 10 years he has only missed 6 out of 460 meetings, arriving early to set up the space and staying late to take it down. He has been a past president and Area Governor. This year alone he has mentored 15 new members. “

When asked what inspired him to join Toastmasters, Doug Kinnear shared that his father was “a great speaker, an admiral in the navy, who could make people laugh and reflect.” His favorite part of being a Toastmaster is mentoring others. Says Kinnear: “I am inspired to help others find their authenticity.”

As author of “The Handbook of How It Is,” Kinnear has made a career of inspiring others by presenting healthful opportunities for young people to work hard, be creative and excel. In keeping with this commitment, Kinnear helped establish the Toastmaster’s Youth Program locally, and taught at it for three years.

Del Mar Toastmasters is the largest Toastmasters club in San Diego County. It has a long history of producing outstanding speakers and leaders. It meets every Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Del Mar. Guests are welcome. Visit for more information.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills worldwide. Since 1924, it has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has nearly 300,000 members at 14,350 clubs in 122 countries.