• Winner: Second Place
  • Date: 1/29/2018
  • Rotary Year: 2017-2018
  • Award Category: Club Web Site
  • Club NameWarren County
  • Member First NameKarl Schwille
  • Address: 
    PO Box 702
    Front Royal, VA 22630
    United States View on Map
  • Email: karl.schwille@gmail.com
  • Brief Description: 
    Our website www.warrenrotary.com (also www.warrencountyrotary.com) provides information for members and an inviting exposure of Rotary and our club to the public. Our meeting time and location, with a link to a map with interactive directions, is at the top of every page.

    A “Learn about Rotary” web form is on every page, and those who supply their email address receive an immediate emailed “thank you” and an invitation to visit our next club meeting. Three days later they receive another automatic email briefly describing larger local and International Rotary projects, with another invitation to visit our next meeting. In 3 more days, they receive another invitation, this time discussing ongoing and recent service projects. Finally, 6 days later, inquirers receive a final invitation describing the fun we have at our meetings, while also raising “Happiness Dollars” for scholarships for local students. All messages are signed by our club president.

    The website is updated throughout every day with a feed from our Facebook page, and weekly with online publication of our club bulletin. Interesting articles from other Rotary sites, social media, and blogs are added to the site on occasion, and there are links on the site to the District site, the DACB site, the District Calendar, and to Rotary.org.

    Starting this Rotary Year, we also add videos of the Programs from most of our meetings, and keep an archive of the past recordings for members and the public to browse.

    We have all of our club documents (bylaws, etc.) available on the website, and the website versions are updated promptly whenever these documents change. Last year we added all of our members to our website along with their Rotary category and place of employment, and include an optional photograph of each with the listing.

    In this Rotary Year, we modified our website to display appropriately on smartphones and tablets as well as traditional computers.
  • Participation of Club Members: 
    All our members (including Honorary members) are listed on our website, and all but 4 (91+%) have provided photos for the website.
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    One measure of the benefit is the exposure of Rotary and our club to the public.

    Our web analytics show an average of 3280 visits to the website per month this Rotary Year (up from 2084 per month for the same period last year). Those visits that we can trace to the nearby area (based on their IP address), displayed behavior indicative of increased interest (viewing multiple pages, etc.).