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ClubRunner a boon for volunteers

JAN DEAN
Feb 13, 2004

The time and effort required for community organizations to create and maintain a website can be an enormous burden on its members and volunteers.

After finishing the Mississauga Rotary Club's website eight years ago, long-time Rotarian Adel Asterbadi decided to create a web application that would allow computer illiterates to create and maintain websites for their organizations.

Asterbadi, the founder and owner of Doxess, a web applications company based in Mississauga, spent three years to create ClubRunner.

"ClubRunner lets people work like volunteers and produce like professionals," said Asterbadi.

The program was launched in April of 2003 and won the Microsoft Community Leadership Award in November. With the award comes $10,000 that Doxess can donate to the charity of its choice.

Asterbadi is delighted with the award.

"It takes technology, art and knowing what you're talking about to launch and keep a website current," he said.

"ClubRunner removes the art and technology elements required. It means that it's possible for all clubs and non-profits to keep their websites current and keep visitors to those sites coming back."

Asterbadi deliberately kept costs low. Currently, clubs pay him $35-$50 a month to rent ClubRunner and utilize the Doxess web service. That allows them to send e-bulletins, update their website, keep membership information current and register volunteers on line. Most of the clients are Rotary Clubs from as far away as western Canada, Washington, West Virginia and the Caribbean.


ClubRunner is awarded the Microsoft Impact Award for Community Leadership!






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