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Social Media and Rotary

March 1, 2014

Googling the phrase "Rotary and social media" elicits 9.960,000 responses. Rotarians have long been aware of the importance of websites, of making up meetings online, but there are even more diverse uses for an organization that is worldwide.

Besides detailing how much they have used their Facebook pages to inform their communities about Rotary's activities, clubs have used it to widen their fund raising projects and to inform their members about other Rotary activities.

Webinars are available for Rotarians through the Internet. These are online education classes taking place at a specific time and allowing interaction among the participants who can post questions or comments. Some Rotary clubs have posted short videos about their activities on youtube. Rotary International has quite a few such videos available. One can often repost them on one's Facebook page or website, making the information available to a larger group.

Other clubs utilize Twitter and Linked In to communicate beyond their membership to find connections internationally.

More and more social media are used by individuals of all ages, but it is particularly important to reach out to younger members of the community in the variety of ways that these media offer.

Bennington Rotary has its own website which is well worth visiting periodically for updates. Copies of the newsletter are available on it as well as contact information about members.

We also have a Facebook page where you can get and share information as well as invite friends to like so that they can see what Rotary is all about. You can comment what you learned from a speaker or remind people of a Rotary project with which you are involved. You can post pictures of your work in Rotary. Others will access this information easily from their computers or phones

Author: Sally Sugarman (Club Member & Windmill Editor)

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