Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Days 6 - connecting through Groups

By this time next week we will be a full day into the new rotary online experience. Hopefully, many (if not all) of you will have logged in, created a profile, and started exploring the new site. Today, we will focus on the ‘groups’ function of My Rotary. As you might have noticed the common thread of all our new features is to broaden our impact; and joining or creating a group will make it easier to do so.

Once you join the community, you will be able to search groups by keywords. If you can’t find a group that meets your needs then you can create one.

Groups can be focused around causes, clubs, interest, location, language, etc… Group administrators can make groups open to all community members or by invitation only. All Rotarians and Rotaractors can participate in open group discussions.

You will be able to update group information and invite new members. We recommend clear group names that make it easier for others to find your group and a picture never hurts.

Now you might be asking yourself how can groups help me and my club broaden Rotary’s impact? Let’s consider an example:

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Your club is interested in starting water service project but don’t have any members with water project experience. You will be able to search for groups on water and start discussions, ask questions and make connections with those who are interested or have experience working on water projects. This will help you plan a better (and more successful!) water service project.

Groups will be a great central location to have global conversations about Rotary. We envision Fellowships and RAGs creating groups and inviting current and prospective members to join the conversation and help raise awareness on specific issues.

The Early Adopters group will be up and running as soon as we launch so make sure you join me there so we can share tips and tricks and likes and gripes about the new site