Ten Month Anniversary of the Rapidan District’s Online Presence

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From the Desk of Lt. Governor and Publicity Chairperson of the Rapidan District:

Ten months ago today, the Rapidan District went “online” with a temporary, unofficial website and associated Facebook page to “test the waters” to see if such a website would be of value to Ruritans. As of this writing on December 3, 2014, 1:57 pm there have been 5166 “hits” on that unofficial website.

On August 22, 2014, the “official” website (this one) went online and the content of the original website was copied over to this site. As of today, there have been 1842 “hits” on this new website. Combined, that is a total of 7008 “hits!” Not bad, if we say so ourselves!

We would like to thank our readers for coming to visit our website(s) and encourage everyone to sign up to be a “follower” of this official website. You can do so by entering your email in the “Follow this by email” text box in the right sidebar near the bottom of this website. By “following” (or subscribing) new posts will automatically appear in your email inbox. Doing this will give you the convenience of being able to keep up-to-date on what is going on without having to physically come to the website every few days to see what is going on! We would like to encourage our readers to “bookmark” or “save” this website and use this one to keep abreast of what is happening in the District.

We would like to discontinue using the original one in the near future. We have noticed, however, that the original one is continuing to be used frequently by our readers, so we will not be de-activating it until we are more confidant that people have become comfortable with coming to this new one instead of the old one. We have posted on the original website a notice urging the readers that arrive there to come to this website.

We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage all of the twenty-four local Ruritan Clubs in the Rapidan District to send us press releases and notices about their events and meetings before AND after they are held so we can help spread the word about our great clubs! This is a great opportunity to help promote awareness and increase attendance and membership in our clubs!


Nine Month Anniversary of Rapidan District Going Online!

9 candle cake (free clip art)

9 candle cake (free clip art)

From the Desk of the 2014 Lt. Governor and Publicity Chairperson of the Rapidan District:

Nine months ago today, the Rapidan District went “online” with a temporary, unofficial website and associated Facebook page to “test the waters” to see if such a website would be of value to Ruritans. As of this writing on November 3, 2014, there have been 4941 “hits” on that unofficial website.

On August 22, 2014, the “official” website (this one) went online and the content of the original website was copied over to this site. As of today, there have been 1106 “hits” on this new website. Combined, that is a total of 6047 “hits!”

We would like to thank our readers for coming to visit our website(s) and encourage everyone to sign up to be a “follower” of this official website. You can do so by entering your email in the “Follow this by email” text box in the right sidebar near the bottom of this website. By “following” (or subscribing) new posts will automatically appear in your email inbox. Doing this will give you the convenience of being able to keep up-to-date on what is going on without having to physically come to the website every few days to see what is going on! We would like to encourage our readers to “bookmark” or “save” this website and use this one to keep abreast of what is happening in the District.

We would like to discontinue using the original one in the near future. We have noticed, however, that the original one is continuing to be used frequently by our readers, so we will not be de-activating it until we are more confidant that people have become comfortable with coming to this new one instead of the old one. We have posted on the original website a notice urging the readers that arrive there to come to this website.

We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage all of the twenty-four local Ruritan Clubs in the Rapidan District to send us press releases and notices about their events and meetings before AND after they are held so we can help spread the word about our great clubs! This is a great opportunity to help promote awareness and increase attendance and membership in our clubs!


Eight Month Anniversary of the Rapidan District Going Online!

Pink 8 candle cake

Pink 8 candle cake

From the Desk of the 2014 Lt. Governor and Publicity Chairperson of the Rapidan District:

Eight months ago today, the Rapidan District went “online” with a temporary, unofficial website and associated Facebook page to “test the waters” to see if such a website would be of value to Ruritans. As of this writing on October 3, 2014, there have been 4714 “hits” on that unofficial website.

On August 22, 2014, the “official” website (this one) went online and the content of the original website was copied over to this site. As of today, there have been 713 “hits” on this new website. Combined, that is a total of 5427 “hits!”

We would like to thank our readers for coming to visit our website(s) and encourage everyone to sign up to be a “follower” of this official website. You can do so by entering your email in the “Follow this by email” text box in the right sidebar near the bottom of this website. By “following” (or subscribing) new posts will automatically appear in your email inbox. Doing this will give you the convenience of being able to keep up-to-date on what is going on without having to physically come to the website every few days to see what is going on! We would like to encourage our readers to “bookmark” or “save” this website and use this one to keep abreast of what is happening in the District.

We would like to discontinue using the original one in the near future. We have noticed, however, that the original one is continuing to be used frequently by our readers, so we will not be de-activating it until we are more confidant that people have become comfortable with coming to this new one instead of the old one. We have posted on the original website a notice urging the readers that arrive there to come to this website.

We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage all of the twenty-four local Ruritan Clubs in the Rapidan District to send us press releases and notices about their events and meetings before AND after they are held so we can help spread the word about our great clubs! This is a great opportunity to help promote awareness and increase attendance and membership in our clubs!


Club Officer Training Online

Training (free clip art)

Training (free clip art)

From the Desk of the Lt. Governor, Linda Bradshaw

As October approaches, local Ruritan Clubs are preparing to hold their elections for their officers for next year. One of the most important considerations at this point in time is the availability of the elected officers to complete their training. As I have been honored and blessed by the majority of the clubs in the Rapidan District to visit with their clubs this calendar year, I have discovered that some club officers feel that they have not received “any appropriate training” for their position.

As you can imagine, there are a variety of reasons for this situation, but that is not the point of this post. I am using this medium to utilize this opportunity at this time – election and training time, to write about the training for the club officers that is available online, through the MMS website. “MMS” is short for “Membership Management System.” You can access the website by clicking on this link: MMS.

Each club member, upon joining their local Ruritan Club, is added to the MMS database. Each member should have access to their own record in MMS. Each member is assigned a USER ID and password to access their own record. If the member has not been given that information, they should be able to get it by asking one of the club officers for the information.

For some reason the MMS program does not like the Chrome Browser – you can not see the entire record, and you cannot edit and save an edited record using Chrome. The preferred browser for MMS is Internet Explorer. So if you are planning to actually “do” anything to modify the records (like update your email address) you would be well advised to use Internet Explorer.

Once you access your record, if you are interested in taking the online training, look at the upper right hand side of the screen for the word “training.” You may see the word in two places, once in black letters under what appears to be a graduation cap, and once in white letters inside a blue bar (under that graduation cap image) in between the words “Club” and “Fund.” please click on the word that is in the blue bar.

That should open up a screen in the upper right hand corner that looks like the example screen shot below:

MMS training screen example

MMS training screen example

If you click on the link beside the desired training, it will take you to the online training course. It is a self-paced course, like a slide-show. At the end of the training course, there is a short quiz. You can take the quiz as many times as you would like to take it. Upon passing the quiz, your records in MMS will show that you have completed the course.

Ruritan National encourages all club officers to take this training every year – even if they have held their position for many years! Clubs can even become eligible to win an award for having their officers do this training (even as a refresher) every year!

For more information, please reference the PDF file (below) taken from the most recent (rev 8/13) Ruritan Club and District Officers’ Handbook:

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