Members of Toastmasters and Rotary will have a chance to enhance their skills, broaden their networks and increase their positive impact in communities through a new collaboration. It will begin at the grassroots level with local club members learning and working together and visiting each other’s club meetings. Additionally, Toastmasters will eventually create a set of eight structured communication and leadership development courses for Rotary.
“The strategic alliance with Rotary is exciting and allows both organizations to leverage our unique and similar strengths,” says Deepak Menon, Toastmasters’ 2019-20 International President. “We look forward to providing our current and prospective members with ongoing additional offerings that meet their evolving needs.”
“Collaborating with Toastmasters will provide our members with even more opportunities to develop and improve their leadership and communication skills,” said John Hewko, general secretary and CEO of Rotary International. “In turn, members of Toastmasters can connect with more people, take advantage of new speaking and learning opportunities, and make a difference in their communities through Rotary.”
Rotary provides its members opportunities to develop professionally, gain world understanding, and make lifelong friendships – all while volunteering to improve lives and bring lasting, positive change to communities. Founded in 1905 in Chicago, Ill., Rotary is a global network of people committed to improving lives and bringing positive, lasting change. Each year, Rotary members contribute millions of dollars and volunteer hours to promote health, peace and prosperity in communities across the globe. Through volunteering, they make lifelong friendships that transcend political, cultural and generational boundaries and foster global understanding and respect.
Providing members with more opportunities for personal and professional growth is at the core of the newly formed Rotary/Toastmasters strategic alliance. There is much excitement to leverage unique and similar strengths and meet the evolving needs of current and prospective members. Get behind the efforts to establish fellowship and connections, and potentially strengthen your clubs and diversify membership! You can help support this partnership by:
- Welcoming a Rotarian to visit your club
- Considering a joint Toastmasters/Rotary club meeting
- Inviting a Rotarian to be a guest speaker
- Requesting a guest speaking spot at a Rotary club meeting
Additional resources about the partnership can be found at https://www.toastmasters.org/about/partner/rotary-resources