A dignitary is an individual who is on the Protocol List and who is given recognition at Toastmasters events. Dignitaries include District officers, Division Directors, Area Directors, Past District Governors and some other categories of people. See Protocol List.
Since there are over 1,000 club officers (as of 2016) in Founders District, club officers are not usually recognized as dignitaries because of time limitations. However, there is no prohibition against recognizing club officers who are not contestants.