Brundidge Rotarians talk smart talk

Published 3:00 am Thursday, October 15, 2015

MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELL Dr. Eric Lewis was the program guest of Don DIckert at the Wednesday meeting of the Brundidge Rotary Club.

Dr. Eric Lewis was the program guest of Don DIckert at the Wednesday meeting of the Brundidge Rotary Club.

Dr. Eric Lewis is the practice owner and primary care veterinarian at Bell Road Animal Medical Center in Montgomery.

Lewis was the program guest of Don Dickert at the Wednesday meeting of the Brundidge Rotary Club but he was not talking dog talk. He was talking smart talk, the language of the Internet.

Lewis is the owner/administrator of and District Communications officer/web administrator for Rotary International District 6880.

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Lewis said the website may be used in a variety of ways to keep abreast of district actions and to promote the local Rotary clubs and gain support for the clubs’ activities and events.

“The website is a way to toot our own horns,” Lewis said. “If we don’t let other know what our Rotary Clubs are doing, then they have no reason to know or any motivation to join. We need to let others know. Rotary Clubs are not growing. They are not shrinking but the status quo will not remain that way. We need to increase club membership.”

Lewis suggested a district/club database DACdb as a way to better communication among club members, even those who are “old school.”

Using DACdb, Lewis said those who still prefer printouts might print out information and their club directory.

“Even those with Smart Phones may benefit from printouts,” he said. “Some members print out information and keep it in their vehicles in the event they go out of range and need to refer to the information.”

Lewis said DACdb is especially beneficial for club administrators and, for those who keep financial records, it can be a timesaver and, therefore, a way to recover a part of their day.

The DACdb website is also beneficial for staying in sync with Rotary International.

“My Rotary is the member side of the Rotary International website,” Lewis said. “In order to access the additional features and functions available to Rotary members, you must first create a My Rotary account.”

Lewis offered his assistance to the Rotarians following his presentation and several stayed to accept.

Rotarian Jennifer Garrett said she uses the Rotary International website to find useful information and images for the club’s weekly bulletin.

Don Dickert, club president, said the Rotary website may be used a resource for ideas for Rotary club programs, to get information and to learn about what other Rotary Clubs are doing in the way activities and events.

“It’s a valuable tool if we will learn to use and use it,” he said.