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
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
"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