Posted by RI Membership
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, a time to recognize our members and the amazing work they do in their communities. In 2020, Rotarians around the world are finding ways to open opportunities, showing their incredible dedication and commitment to making the world a safer and better place.
Membership Month is also a great time to consider how people can engage with Rotary.
Here are just a few ideas on how to keep your members involved: (Editor Note: These links should take you to the proper page. But being the RI website, you may have to look around once you get there!)
“Travel”around the world with Rotary.  Many Rotary and Rotaract clubs are holding virtual events and meetings instead of gathering in person. Now is the perfect time to visit.  Find a Club, see if the meeting is online, and request an online meeting invitation link. Whether  you are visiting a different club in your hometown or a club halfway across the world, you will meetnew people and enjoy a new Rotary experience.
Get creative with your own meetings and events.  If your club is thinking about moving club meetings online exclusively or simply offering a virtual option, look at Meeting Online learning topic.(My Rotary login required) for tips on virtual engagement.
Learn something new. You can develop and practice communication skills with new courses in the Learning Center. (My Rotary Login required). The Develop a Speech course teaches ways to organize a speech that will leave a lasting impression on your audience.  The Deliver a Speech course focuses on the use of body language and effective use of vocal variety. These courses, developed exclusively for Rotary members by Toastmasters International, are part of a series on leadership development.

Rotary and Toastmasters have announced an alliance.   The Rotary International Learning Center is incorporating a curriculum from Toastmasters with courses intended to help Rotarians become better communicators.

Make sure you club members are heard.  To be engaged, members need to feel they are getting value out of their Rotary experience.  Clubs should ask their members what they are interested in and how they would like to be involved.  Conduct a Member Satisfaction Survey, host a virtual group discussion, or brainstorm new ideas at an upcoming meeting.  Then start planning how you will use those ideas.
Don’t ignore your club’s challenges.  Answer a few questions in the Club Planning Assistant to get solutions that are tailored to the issues you are facing. Talk with others in your clubabout how to put those solutions into practice.
Find more membership resources in My Rotary.