The sign for "member"
is done by touching an "M" hand to the side of your chest and then moving it
to the other side of your chest and touching it again. Don't "drag" it
across. Just make contact twice. Once at the beginning and once at the end
of the sign.
Note: The sign can start on either side of the chest. It is correct either
way but it seems to me that more people start on the non-dominant side of
the chest. (The left side if you are right-handed.)
You can vary the handshape of this sign to create other the meanings.
The sign "member" is related to a number of other signs that are done in
the same location and use the same movement (but a different handshape).
COMMITTEE / CONGRESS / COUNCIL:
Question: How do you know whether this sign means "committee,"
"congress," or "council?"
Answer: It depends on the rest of your sentence or the general topic
of what you are discussing. The meaning is generally clear based on
Another variation of the sign for
"MEMBER" uses an "F" handshape.
That version means "FACULTY.
If you use an "S" it might be interpreted as SENATE.
If you use an "S" that changes into
an "F" it means "staff."
Another way to sign "member" is to use the "CONNECT" sign. The CONNECT sign
can also mean: "of, join, own."