Who are the global visitors to our website?

Rotary PassportThe SRC website is regularly visited by club members seeking calendar items, event information, contact data, etc. But, those are not its only visitors. So far this year we have welcomed 359 visitors (no doubt a few of them repeats) from 40 countries.

We get the most visits from Nigeria (60), followed by the United Kingdom (32), and South Africa (21).

A quick review of our statistics for 2019 show visitors from the following, listed alphabetically:

• Australia (9)
• Bangladesh (8)
• Brazil (3)
• British Virgin Islands (2)
• Bulgaria (1)
• Canada (11)
• China (21)
• Colombia (2)
• Côte d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast (1)
• Czech Republic (2)
• Egypt (4)
• France (6)
• Germany (14)
• Hong Kong (1)
• India (33)
• Indonesia (5)
• Israel (5)
• Ireland (19)
• Japan (7)
• Jordan (4)
• Kenya (14)
• Lebanon (2)
• Malaysia (3)
• Netherlands (6)
• New Zealand (8)
• Nigeria (60)
• Pakistan (8)
• Philippines (19)
• Portugal (3)
• Russia (2)
• Serbia (1)
• South Africa (21)
• Sri Lanka (5)
• Sweden (2)
• Switzerland (1)
• Togo (1)
• Uganda (6)
• United Arab Emirates (1)
• United Kingdom (32)
• Zimbabwe (6)

SRC website adds another name to visitors list

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The official WordPress.com indicator of an international visitor to our website.

Over the past few years, the SRC website has received plenty of  non-member visitors.

In addition to those from  throughout the U.S., we have had visitors from such far-flung spots as Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Ireland, Israel, France, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Morocco, Ghana, the Netherlands, Hungary, Japan, the Philippines, and maybe a few others I’ve forgotten along the way.

Today, we can add another Middle Eastern visitor — two, actually — now that we’ve been visited by a pair of people from Jordan. To them we say, “HELLO, JORDAN!” and thanks for looking us up.

FYI, the first Rotary club in Jordan was created in the capital city of Amman, chartered with 25 members on April 13, 1956.

— Bill Dowd, webmaster


A website modification you need to know about


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Circled: The new drop-down menu icon on cellphone version of our club website.

Since more and more people prefer to access the Internet via smartphones as opposed to using larger PC/Mac computer screens or iPads and other such devices, occasional tweaks are needed to how our website home page is displayed.

The latest is the addition of links to some key inside pages and social media accounts that now appear on top of the home page when viewed on desktop/laptop screens or pads. On cellphone screens, you should see a listing at the top left that, when touched, provides a drop-down menu of those links to provide you with quicker access.

Note: The original, longer list of links to inside pages remains in place for your use as needed.

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Selected links as now displayed on computer and tablet screens.

Do you know Rotary has a monthly online magazine?

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Every Rotarian in the world receives a copy of The Rotarian monthly magazine. But, in this electronic age many people like the alternative of perusing news and information online.

No problem. You may not be aware of it, but Rotary International produces something called Rotary News each month. It’s a full-color online magazine loaded with features, photos, information listings, profiles, and interesting activities. Some inside pages from the October issue are shown above.

To access Rotary News, simply click here.


2 SRC Rotarians among artist’s painting series

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Jim Leyhane (top right) and Burke Adams (bottom left) are among local volunteers included in a series of paintings on display at the East Greenbush Public Library.

Two members of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Cub — Jim Leyhane and Burke Adams — are shown among an array of original paintings by local artist Robert Bode honoring local volunteers and now on display at the East Greenbush Public Library.

Says Bode, “This group of volunteers are some of the nicest people I’ve painted.”

Here is a look at the full collection.

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Our Twitter page is a content+ source

Early returns from the social media survey that was sent to all members a few days ago show that very few SRC members avail themselves of the Twitter social media platform.

So, why does our club have a Twitter page? For two main reasons: (1.) To make our information available on the most heavily-used social media platform in the world, and thus potentially more appealing to the generations who use such things on a regular, even daily, basis; and, (2.) to provide you with news and information beyond what we have on our club website from Rotary International, partner organizations, and some other philanthropic organizations from around the globe.

The accompanying screen grabs show just a few of the most recent Tweets posted by SRC, RI and others. If you are interested in setting up a Twitter account, which is very easy to do, simply go here and follow the step-by-step instructions.


Rotary.org getting a new year makeover


Rotary’s official public website hasn’t had a facelift in a long time, and it looks it. But, that will be remedied when a redesign now getting the finishing touches is unveiled in January. Above is an example of just one new-look page you’ll be seeing.

And, once that rollout is accomplished, the web designers will be creating a new version of the My Rotary site available to members only.


Be careful, motorists, Troy is going back in time again

James Franco

Attention Rotarians (and everyone else, for that matter).

First Street in Troy will be transformed with a 1970s-1980s look and be closed to traffic on Tuesday and Wednesday for yet another movie shoot. That area cuts through the downtown  campus of Russell Sage College.

In the recent past, Troy has been a shooting locale for scenes in such films as “Scent of a Woman,” “The Time Machine,” “Age of Innocence,” “Ironweed,” “The Bostonians” and so on. This week, it will be for “The Pretenders,” starring James Franco, who has been scene in the area recently.

If you’re among the few who are unfamiliar with Franco’s work, go here for some help.