Rotary Web Services

Welcome!

Rotary Web Services provides Free Software solutions and support for Rotary Clubs, Districts, Zones, and other Rotary affiliated organizations. By utilizing and incorporating Open Source Software and Solutions, your club or organization can wield all the power the web has to offer, just like a multinational, enterprise level corporation can, but at a relative cost of 'pennies on the dollar.' If your club or organization is interested in exploring what we can do for you, contact us at 334-651-0603 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Free Software?

What do you mean Free Software?

Many people do not understand this concept. It seems to run contradictory to anything they have ever experienced. Free software isn't necessarily available 'at no cost.' Free software is more about 'liberty' than the price or cost of it, however the concept does have an impact on its 'cost.'  A good analogy is the idea behind Free Speech. If you have 'Freedom of Speech' you are free to say what you want to say, but your freedom to say these things cannot impinge on someone else's rights to say the same thing, or something similar, or even something totally different. For a thorough treatise on the concept, visit http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html.

 

So how do you make any money by providing free software to someone?

Some 'Free Software' isn't free. If there is a cost, we generally pass that directly on to the client. What we provide, and what we get paid to do involves some or all of he following:

  1. Selecting the appropriate Open Source Software (OSS) for the clients needs.
  2. Installing, configuring, and 'tweaking' that OSS for the client.
  3. Instructing / training the client on how to use the OSS.
  4. Maintaining the OSS in an updated and secure state.
  5. Providing ancillary services such as backup / restore services, web related services such as email, DNS management, or Data storage.

Because our overhead costs are mitigated by a) the low or no cost of the OSS, and b) our familiarity / understanding of the OSS, we are able to keep the fees we charge for these services very competitive and still be profitable.

Why Rotary?

Rotary is the world's first and oldest service organization. As such, Rotary spans the globe, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Each Rotary club is an independent organization of professionals, both men and women, who meet together to socialize, network, and combine their talents, resources and efforts to make the community around them a better place. As Rotarians, they are also members of Rotary International, and through their Rotary clubs and Districts, they contribute funds that provide medical, health, food and economic support to many impoverished and underdeveloped areas around the globe. Rotary's most profound effort is the current eradication of Polio virus from the world. This mission is so close to being finished. You can learn more at www.rotary.org.

But if you're a Rotarian, you knew all that already.

Rotary Web Services started when I (Eric Lewis) took on the task of providing a website for my club, in Montgomery, Alabama (www.sunriserotary.org.) From there, the tasks grew to include site development for the District (District 6880) and eventually registrar duties for the Heart of America Rotary Leadership Institute.

But you don't have to be a Rotary Club, or a Rotarian to qualify to use our services! If you are a individual, organization, small business, or even a multi-million dollar corporation, that wants to take advantage of Open Source Solutions, need someone to assist you in acquiring or managing an Open Source Service, or you just need some consulting on how to go about implementing an Open Source Solution, we're here for you. Don't be surprised though if we try to get you to go to a Rotary meeting once or twice!

Services

The following list is not exhaustive. These are just some of the services we have provided for our clients. If you have something you need done, but don't see it on this list, feel free to inquire.

 

  • Web presence:
    • Website design and development
    • Hosting
    • Website management
    • Search Engine Optimization

  • Graphic Design / Print Services:
    • Design / layout of brochures, pamphlets, invitations, business cards, etc
    • Logo design
    • Photoshop services

 

  • Photography:
    • Photo shoots
    • Event coverage

 

  • Event planning and management
    • Registration
    • Audio / Video support
    • Printing and Publicity