Every Rotary member has a story, whether it be why you joined, why you stay, advice for others, or a moment that impacted your life.
Whatever the story, Rotary wants to hear it and share it!  Read on to learn how you can contribute to the Rotary Voices blog
As Rotarians we know the benefits of service, see the impact of our projects, and understand the power of our partnerships across the world.  But how often do we share these with others?  Our stories of first hand experiences help to increase the public's understanding of who we are and how we unite to take action and create lasting change.  Any member, program alumni, or person who has served with Rotary on a project can submit a story to be considered for the Rotary Voices blog. 
Contributor guidelines:

Add photos

Photos add interest to a blog post. Send action photos (at least 960 x 440 pixels, with captions included) as separate .jpg attachments, making sure to sign and include our artist release form. (Please ensure you have the rights to use submitted photos.) Find tips on taking better photos in these blog posts.

Blog posts should meet the following requirements:

1) Keep it short. Posts should be 300 to 700 words and be about one topic or idea.

2) Posts should be written for a wide audience and avoid jargon or technical language. Write like you speak using conversational language to explain things clearly, and include specific examples to illustrate a point.

3) Write in the first person ā€œIā€™ voice and include personal observations and impressions. The best posts tell a story, that will inspire other people to want to know more about Rotary.

4) Write for an online audience. Online attention spans are short, and readers scan a page more than they read word-by-word. Keeping that in mind, employ scannable tactics such as:

  • Short paragraphs (one idea a paragraph)
  • Short sentences
  • Highlighted keywords
  • Sub-headings
  • Bulleted lists

5) Be direct. Most blog readers decide if an entry is worth reading in just a few seconds. State your main point in the beginning of your post and include supporting information in subsequent paragraphs.

6) Include links to other sites, blogs, partner organizations.

7) Encourage reader interaction by providing a clear call to action, such as asking readers to post their thoughts in the comments section or to share the piece on social media with their networks.

Read one story written by Steve Solbrack from our very own Twin Cities Eco Club!
To explore other stories on a variety of topics, visit the Rotary Voices blog
These stories are excellent pieces to share on your websites and social media, and to utilize when searching for new ideas for your clubs.