What’s new about the Rotary website? Everything!

"I hope you find our new website exciting as well as a big step forward," says RI President Ron D. Burton. The site is organized around what you need to connect with leaders, exchange ideas, and take action in your community and around the world.
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Welcome to your new Rotary website. We’ve heard from many corners that Rotary needs a faster, improved website that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for and helps you get your Rotary business done.  We listened – and we hope you’re as excited as we are about its clean, modern look and state-of-the-art features.

The site reflects valuable input from Rotary members like you–plus some new ideas we’ve developed to help you get more out of the site. The result is a website that’s organized around what you need to connect with leaders, exchange ideas, and take action in your community and around the world.

"I'm excited about the new face this will give Rotary as well as the new opportunities for Rotarians to connect with one another," says RI President Ron D. Burton.

The website is actually two sites: one for the public and one for the Rotary family. The new Rotary.org tells Rotary’s story in a clear and compelling way to help potential members, volunteers, and donors understand what makes Rotary unique and how they can get involved.

The member site, known as My Rotary, is where you’ll find everything you need to conduct your Rotary business. By creating an account and signing in to the site, you’ll access all the same reports and tools, and you’ll also be able to:

And you don’t have to be a member to get a My Rotary account. Access to certain areas is determined by membership and role, but anyone can register. It’s one way we’re making it possible to connect with people around the world who want to make an impact through Rotary.

You’ll also notice the redesigned site has a fresh look, with new colors, typography and logo, and inspiring and inviting voice. These are part of telling Rotary’s story, an initiative to help strengthen Rotary’s image and our ability to engage the public and our members.

If you use a tablet or smartphone to access the site, you’ll see it’s designed to display on screens of different sizes, so the mobile experience is greatly improved. The desktop version of the site must be viewed on modern browsers – Internet Explorer 9 or higher, Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

Easier to search and navigate

Among the critical improvements for the online experience:

  • Information on the site has been reorganized to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
  • Navigation has been redesigned to help you find your way – deeper menus at the top and in the footer that show multiple levels of the site, shortcuts that connect you to common tasks based on role
  • Improved search provides faster, expanded, and more relevant results and lets you narrow your search based on content type, category, and other filters. (Search is brand new and will improve even more as you help us “fine tune” the search engine by using the site.)
  • A dedicated Document Center makes it easier to search for important resources by category and highlights popular documents
  • Tools and applications from the Member Access Portal have been built into the new site to make it easier to carry out your Rotary tasks in one integrated, secure site. (You’ll find most MAP links under Club & District Administration.)
  • Content on the site has been streamlined and written in an active, engaging voice with strong calls to action, so you can move quickly through the pages.

Dive right in

There’s a lot more we could say about the site, but the best way to find out what’s new is to use it. Explore the sections. Add your voice to a discussion group. Post your club project or browse community projects from across the Rotary world. And let us know what you think. Like any undertaking of this scope, it won’t be perfect. But rest assured that we haven’t finished with the site. In fact, we’re already working on new features and improvements to make your experience the best it can be.

"I encourage you to register and review your profile, update it, and pay special attention to the club profile in Rotary Club Central," say Burton. "I hope you find our new website exciting as well as a big step forward."

Take a tour of the site with three new videos: Choose a quick overview or spend more time and explore in-depth the public and My Rotary sites. 

Rotary News

22-Aug-2013
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