Public Website

Say Cheese! The importance of club website photos

This blog is part one of a two part series about photos and your club website.

A simple photo can say so much more than a paragraph of text. The point is made quickly and emotion is conveyed without a single word. After all, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Photos can help you to share information, communicate about what your club does, get the attention of potential members and even engage with volunteers join your cause.

Here are 4 tips for using photos on your club website:

1.    Keep it simple – The old saying says to keep things simple and your club homepage is no exception. Text is good and details are important so that members, potential members and volunteers have the information they need. However, use other pages for the text-heavy information. Keep your homepage visually interesting with updated and relevant photos or images.

2.    Keep it real – Show real people, real events, and real volunteers. Your readers love to see reality. Real photos help convey the culture of your club. Take photos that capture an emotion. There is a reason why some YouTube videos “go viral”.  Most times it’s something interesting, fun or cute. Those videos encapsulate an emotion and they get the viewer to engage with it. So the next time you tell the group to gather up in a lineup for a photo that will look like… a lineup, think about snapping a photo that captures your group in action instead.

3.    Keep it in focus – Don’t post fuzzy photos. Crisp photos look great on different types and sizes of devices and computers. Enough said.

4.    Fix it – That’s a great photo of the president, but the back of Larry’s head is showing at the bottom; crop your photo. The snapshot of the members manning the table at the Christmas Tree Lighting shows the members having a great time and serving in the community but it’s very dark;  lighten it up.  That great photo of your town is tilting to the right; adjust it. Sometimes a photo just needs a little help. Even professional photographers touch up photos. Use a free photo editor like to touch of your photos and getting them looking great!

Here are a couple of questions to ask about the photos on your homepage:

  • Are there any photos on the homepage? If not add one or two.

  • Are there photos in the news column? Photos or images are a great way to call attention to a news item.

  • Are the photos updated and relevant?

  • Could the photos use a little adjustment?

  • How do YOU feel when you look at the photos on your homepage? Do they capture your club story? If not, take out your camera or your phone and snap a few new shots. Say cheese!

How are you using photos in your club website? We'd love to know your comments and suggestions.

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5 Easy ways to thank and appreciate your members

Happy club; Happy members. Members make your club happy, and involved members make your club better.  Your members are volunteers. They spend a lot of time making your club and your community better, so help keep your members happy. There are so many easy ways to thank members and show your appreciation. 

Let's face it, as club members, we are all different. However,  there are a few things that bind us together. We want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, perhaps we want to give back to the community or cause and may also want to use skills acquired over the years. It's not supposed to be stressful and yet many times it is. Many time volunteers and club members talk about feeling unappreciated. Then they stop coming to events, rarely come to meetings and either quit or just fade out. Being a part of a club is about community and a sense of belonging.

Member appreciation is a vital aspect of running and being a part of a great and thriving club. You need to express your appreciation and gratitude on a regular basis to keep your members happy, engaged and productive. 

Here are 5 easy ways to help members feel appreciated:

  1. Recognition in a meeting. Saying a simple “thank you” and acknowledging your members can go a long way. Share an accomplishment, praise or recognition during a club meeting. 
  2. Spotlight members on your club website. Write a "member of the month" or "volunteer of the quarter" article. Post a short article in the News column or a dedicated page in the website (Title suggestion: Member Spotlight/Member of the Month) where you can write the contribution of the member to the club.  Include the member's photo or a photo of them "in action" during the event.
  3. A quick email or text.  Emails, texts and social media provide easy and fast opportunities to recognize members for a job well done or emphasizing dedication to the club goals.
  4. Share "Kudos".  From time to time we all get feedback about an event or activity. Make sure members know what a great job that they are doing. 
  5. Check on your inactive members. If you have members who have been inactive for a while, contact them to let them know that they are remembered and appreciated. If they need help or require assistance, let them know you would be happy to assist them.

A simple and sincere "Thank you" and a genuine smile go a long way in thanking your members and showing them appreciation. . 

These are some of the simple yet effective ways to show your appreciation towards your members. How about you? How do you show your club members that you appreciate them? 

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4 Ways to Update Your Website - Easily

On a hot day, nothing refreshes like a swim. Maybe it's time to refresh your website too. Is your website a little outdated and you don't know where to start? 

If you have 15-30 minutes, you can easily make a few changes that will provide updates and give your public website a quick refresh.

Here are 4 ways that your can quickly update your website:

  1. Change the look of your club website. Sometimes a simple change can make all the difference in the world. Changing the template takes just a couple clicks. Take a look at some of the new templates. The process is the same as when you originally set your public website template
  2. Share something interesting. Add news or an announcement to the news column. Is there an upcoming club event or picnic? Who's birthday is coming up? Did your group just do something noteworthy? Add a short news blurb and a recent photo (smart device photos work just fine!) to show that your club is active. This type of quick update also helps with SEO (Search Engine Optimization). The News module on the Portalbuzz website was created to make it easy to manage news
  3. Add events or meetings to the member portal. When meetings or events are added to the member portal in association with a public website control, events and meeting will also show on the club website. If you are already using the member portal to schedule meetings and events, this is an easy way to also keep your club website updated.
  4. Add a photo to your club website homepage. A picture is worth a thousand words. What has your club done this summer? Add photos - Add photos of your group working together, serving together or just plain having fun. People love to see photos, don't they?

Once you refresh the club website, keep it up-to-date easily. Add an entry to your calendar to spend 15 minutes making some updates to your website once a month. At a minimum, those 15 minutes will keep your website looking fresh! #PBTip1

If you don't have a website for your club, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial at With your trial you'll have access to club website templates and a private member portal to help your club organize and tackle just about everything your club does. Come see what great clubs are buzzing about!

Questions? Just email us at or message up through the Portalbuzz help area; We're happy to help!