• Winner: WINNER
  • Date: 1/27/2021
  • Rotary Year: 2020-2021
  • Award Category: Club Web Site
  • Club NameBlacksburg
  • Member First NamePaula Alston
  • Address: 
    325 Diamond Avenue Northwest
    Christiansburg, VA 24073
    United States View on Map
  • Email: paulakalston@gmail.com
  • Brief Description: 
    We realize that websites are still important and a way for the community to connect with us and learn about Rotary and our Club. Our old website was short and sweet; short on professional polish...still sweet, though. We looked at many club websites and realized that so many in our district and beyond, used the website function offered through DACdb. They are nice and preloaded with all the Rotary stuff, but there was not much to distinguish them from one another, and it was clear that many clubs do not keep their websites up-to-date. We opted to hire a graphics person who also works for one of members to design a functional and easy-to-maintain website. Jury is still out on the easy-to-maintain but he created a website using Square Space. It is attractive, uncluttered, and aesthetically pleasing, however, still a work in progress. Website address https://www.blacksburgrotary.org/
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  • Participation of Club Members: 
    The five members of the Public Relations committee and the Board (10%) planned and approved the design. The Public Relations chair is the only one keeping it up-to-date but the plan is to bring others in soon. All 100 members were able to see the website before we went live and had the chance to weigh in on the look and feel. They offered good insight and suggestions that we were able to incorporate.
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    In the past, we had two websites.....one for the club and one for our signature event, our Chocolate Festival. We are working on combining them under one roof and are in the process of adding e-commerce to the site so members can make their contributions to our local foundation and pay their dues and members of the public can purchase Chocolate Festival tickets for our fundraiser. Our new website provides a way for people to get in touch with us to learn more about Rotary:
    • Gives our members a link to RI website
    • Rotary eClubOne for makeups
    • DACdb
    • The district website.

    They also have access to:
    • Club bylaws
    • Committee descriptions
    • List of past presidents
    • Applications for Citizen of the Year Award
    • Applications for First Responder of the Year Award
    • Member news
    • Weekly bulletins

    We have a page for our Chocolate Festival that is still under construction so currently it goes to our old site for the Festival. Website address https://www.blacksburgrotary.org/