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Rotary E-Club of District 7255

What is a Rotary E-Club?
Rotary E-clubs are Rotary clubs that meet electronically.

What is the difference between Rotary clubs and Rotary E-clubs?

Rotary E-clubs follow the same policies as all Rotary clubs. The key difference is that an E-club conducts its weekly meeting on the club’s website. Rather than being physically present at an appointed day and time, members may attend meetings at any time and any day of the week.

As all Rotary clubs do, Rotary e-clubs meet weekly, perform service projects in local and international communities, support The Rotary Foundation, and enjoy fellowship among members. And the keys to their effectiveness are also the same: service-minded members, opportunities for fellowship, and strong leadership.

During the 2004-10 pilot, E-clubs performed 355 community service projects, 106 international service projects, 55 vocational service projects, and 70 youth service projects. E-clubs gave more than US$150,000 to The Rotary Foundation, including more than $21,500 to Rotary’s $200 Million Challenge.

How do E-clubs work?
E-club meetings are hosted on a unique website. The official meeting time is considered to be when the Club President posts material for weekly discussion, but members may access the site at their convenience at any point during the week. E-club members discuss the item and any other club business online. To respect the privacy of E-club members, some meeting content or member data is protected from public view.

Who participates in E-clubs?
For business, professional, and community leaders who are unable to attend a weekly meeting in person, the E-club option offers the opportunity to meet, conduct service projects, and participate in Rotary fellowship. From time to time, Rotarians who miss their regular Rotary club meeting may make up a meeting by attending an E-club meeting online, a valuable service for all members. As of August 2010, 360 Rotarians located in 30 countries are e-club members. Of these, 146 had previously been members of Rotary clubs, including four past district governors. Membership in an e-club requires a basic Internet skills set, including the ability to navigate websites with ease.

Members should also have a working knowledge of the principles of protecting privacy online, so that no club member compromises another’s sensitive personal information.

What are the policies for E-clubs?
Rotary E-clubs are considered by the RI Board to be worldwide. While each E-club is assigned to a district, Rotary members can come from any country or geographical area where Rotary maintains a presence.

What are the technical requirements?

Because the meeting venue is on a website, e-clubs must have:
• A dedicated website
• Online meeting software to host a meeting (Rotary International  established a partnership with Citrix Online)
• Private sections of the website that protect members’ online  personal data that only members can access
• Online financial transaction systems for dues payments from  members, contributions, and remittances.
• E-clubs are responsible for all costs associated with maintaining a website address and  hosting their website on the Internet.

 
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