Major projects in Communications this year included the establishment of a CMwD Media Team to record and document events at the District Assembly and other District-sponsored events. Several volunteers worked with me and District Assistant David Pyle to cover DA2009. David was even able to coordinate fresh photos from the weekend's events to present in a slideshow theat Sunday morning. We added quite a few audio and video offerings via our Podcast site, www.cmwduua.libsyn.com. We have also recorded online workshops, and photographers have reported on some of the in-person events.
Our website saw a style and structure overhaul in July after much testing and research. A new look was introduced, and several improved functions such as online registration forms and document storage were added, giving the Board, Consultants, and Chalice Lighters Committee an easy way to access some of their important documents. We added online forms for congregation contact info updates and for mailing list update requests. News feeds from the UUA and the Standing On the Side of Love campaign debuted last summer.
CMwD offered help on a website set up for a small congregation in hopes that the process would be streamlined and offered as an example to other congregations in our District who wish for a multi-functional site. This portion of the project will be complete in 2010.
Midwest Leadership School needed a new home for their site, and CMwD pitched in to help. Thanks to hosting donated by hosted by our partner, Creative Core of Algonquin IL, MWLS has a new website, www.mwls.org.
Behind the scenes, we continued to find online solutions for communications questions, researched more possibilities for improvement of our database and information distribution, fended off attacks on our site from spammers, and made improvements to site security.
How can our District website be more useful to you? I invite you to contact us with your ideas and questions.