Today starts a project that will involve everyone in the club. Don't worry, it won't hurt a bit. At Monday's board meeting we stepped through the list of all the organizations and projects with which we are involved, sometimes sporadically, sometimes on a regular basis. Usually we dive deep into a particular organization twice a year: when we allocate funds for the giving budget and when an advocate speaks on its behalf at a Rotary meeting. We want to make sure that information is front and center at all times for our members and anyone else who wants to know more.
Simply listing all of those projects and organizations is easy, and it's been done many times, with a different version of that spreadsheet sitting on countless computers. Next step is to assign a Rotarian to provide as much information as possible about those with which they have personal ties. We'll create pages on our website for each, showing pictures, contact information, links to websites and social media pages, past and upcoming events, and descriptions of what they are all about.
That same information also needs to get to the other regional Rotary clubs, as we are starting to work together on sharing speaker schedules, organizing our giving priorities, and starting more significant projects spanning multiple counties. All of that information can then be used for myriad cross-purposes: recruiting for volunteers at the Run With Rotary and the Somerset County 4H fair, putting people in touch with industry experts, helping those in need find the right resources, and getting dollars to those who need it most.
We never want that web to go away, but we do need to understand where each strand starts and where it ends. In fact, this may spur the creation of a much more vast web that truly makes lives better for the people in our community.
More to come on Thursday.
Yours in Rotary,