Getting District News

Your News on Your Time

District Governor Aimee and this new website are focused on communication.

  • So what is the best way for the district to communicate with you?
  • For you to communicate with the district?
  • For clubs to connect with each other?


The email newsletter isn’t getting opened by very many members. To see the news on Dacdb you have to log in. Kinda hard to fit that one into your day. You can visit the website (and we hope you will – often) but there has to be an easier way. And there is.

Enter the news feeds.

You can have the district news on your club website, your computer, tablet and mobile phone where you can read it when you want. “Your news on your time.”

Here is a new/old technology that can give you back your time. It’s called Real Simple Syndication or RSS, also called News Feeds, and its been at the core of the internet since it began. Sometimes popular, sometimes not so much. Now, thanks to podcasting, it is quickly growing in popularity again.

Interested in just RYLA, or the environment, the latest on district grants; you can grab any one of these (or all of them) and have the news to read when you have a spare minute. (My guess is you are probably going to like this so much you’ll want to get all your news this way.)

Below are some of the pros and cons from and article in Next Tech. When you’re ready we have all the feed set-up and some instructions on how to add them.

So now you have two options, have the District news any time you like on your mobile phone or computer or if you prefer to receive your news in an email, you can sign-up for it right here.

Email Newsletter

I want to have the District Newsletter emailed to me every Tuesday morning, and I promise to open it.

District News Feed

News Feed Quick Start

Since we released the News Feed as an option to the email newsletter a lot of members have asked for a fast way to get started. Spoke with Bill Grile, who has an iPhone, and the RSS reader I use on Android is also available on Apple.

There are a lot of options, and I don’t want to influence (or take legal responsibility) for your personal decision, but if you’re looking for a quick way to test drive News Readers, this is an option. Its called Inoreader. The free version gets you:


– Add up to 150 feeds and organize into folders
– Search inside your own subscriptions for FREE
– Use on any device with web and mobile apps
– Day and night reading modes
– Free search and full archive of your subscriptions
– Save articles to third-party tools like Dropbox, etc.
– Share to social networks or scheduling tool like Hootsuite

Set-up is easy:

  • Download the App from the App Store
  • Install it
  • Set-up a free account
    Copy this link
  • Go to the Reader > Feeds and click + to add a new feed
  • Paste the link in the top bar
  • Save

You can also add any other news feeds from anywhere in the world, up to 150. So now you can get all your news instantly and when you want. 

You might have heard the calls to embrace RSS once more, but if you’ve never used an RSS feed reader before, you might be apprehensive.

Is RSS even the right fit for me? Trust us when we say everyone can benefit greatly from adding RSS to their daily life.

What am I getting out of it? Just about anything you want, but we’ll cover the basics down below.

What are some of the drawbacks to RSS? Yes, nothing is perfect in this world and RSS has some cons worth exploring, but ultimately it’s well worth your time.

What is RSS?

RSS has a long history and dates back to the early days of the Internet. Think of it as the blueprint for how we subscribe to newsletters, follow each other on social media or even listen to podcasts on a single platform. All this is thanks to Really Simple Syndication. The little protocol that could and changed the world.

Pros of using RSS

It’s a user-friendly tool with a lot of applications for professionals and casual users as well. The main takeaway is that RSS makes content consumption easy!

1. All news in one place

The main selling point is that you have all the information channels in one place. Follow breaking stories as they develop across multiple sites for an unbiased view, where all viewpoints are fully represented. That depends on what news sources you wish to follow, but the opportunity is there. It’s also a much less stressful way to consume news.

2. Saves time

RSS has a cumulative effect. It takes some time to set up and add all your subscriptions, but then you’re done. All set and ready to go on its own. You save precious seconds from checking each site individually and then scrolling through the front page. RSS readers reduce all this to a single dashboard.

3. Spam free

Subscribing to a newsletter means daily interruptions by emails you’re unlikely to open in the first place even though you willingly subscribed to a site’s mailing list. It’s because emails are hardly the most convenient format. Add more than one newsletter and you’re getting notifications about new mail, which are nothing more than spam. RSS lets you decide what you want to have in your subscriptions – no spam!

4. No email overload

The sight of an empty inbox can transport a person to nirvana instantly. The quest for inbox zero has been greatly emphasized in productivity circles and one way to achieve it is to remove email subscriptions altogether. Rather than commit to a full cull, RSS steps in to house your newsletter subscriptions. It’s easy to migrate your subscriptions to an RSS and only leave important work-related emails without having to dig around under a mountain of newsletters.

5. Increases productivity

Think about it. The less time you spend on your browser, hopping around open tabs, the more time you actually have to do your job. RSS structures not just your reading, but your daily routine. With a lot less time and mental energy devoted to online distraction, you gain a bit of your valuable focus back and increase the quality of your work. It’s the perfect office addition.

Cons of using RSS

As with most things in life… you can’t have it all. The same applies to RSS. For all its usefulness, there are some drawbacks for both end-users and site owners.

1. Graphics and photos do not always appear

RSS has been designed to strip down articles from all the frills to ensure optimal readability – fine in theory, a bit cumbersome in practice. Images, graphics, animations, embedded video, and social media posts are easily de-formatted or fully erased. Now more than ever there’s a pressing need to consume more than written text, so to that end, RSS might make the process a bit unpleasant.

2. Content can easily be copied (site owner)

Content drives the Internet. Google and SEO professionals have for the longest of times maintained the mantra of ‘content is king’.

As a valuable resource, you want your content to remain yours recognizably. RSS feeds open up the risk (or possibility depending on how you look at it) to have your content syndicated to another aggregator site completely, which takes credit from you and dilutes the information chain.

3. Tracking subscribers is difficult (site owner)

Site owners rely on user interactions and metrics. RSS generally drives traffic away from the site itself, so it’s hard to gauge exactly how many people are reading what you post. Yes, there’s a tool that gives you access to the number of subscribers your RSS feed has like Feedburner, but it’s just not reliable. The algorithm behind Feedburner can generate wildly different numbers each day.

4. Not all websites offer feeds

Users might have a hard time subscribing to every website they encounter as RSS has fallen out of favor due to the current ad model. Fewer and fewer websites support it, which means there’s an inherent barrier to the content you want to consume. However, it’s not insurmountable trouble as there are available tools and even built-in features to overcome this.

District 5110 News Feeds

News feeds are data formats used to publish digital content, such as blogs, news, podcasts, or other information. These feeds update automatically and immediately when we publish information.

You can add the District news to your clubs website, your computer, tablet or mobile phone and have District news whenever you want.

To view the information in an easy-to-read format, you have a lot of options, but you need a reader. You can download and install one of many “RSS news readers” on your computer, tablet or cell phone and configure it to read our feeds. All free. For club websites we have some help here on the most popular platforms.

Mobile Phones – Apple and Google have lots of apps available for your phone.

Browsers – to get your news on your computer Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Edge and many more have extensions and add-ons available free from your web browser’s “web store”.

Search Engines – You can also do a search on your favorite search engine to find readers and reviews to help you choose one that’s right for you.

Once you have a reader or reader extension installed, you can copy the link or links you want to add.

Not sure which ones you want? With the reader on your computer you can click on the RSS icon on the right-hand side of the table below and see the news from that feed.

Get all the Latest District News.

[Copy the link and paste it into yout news reader]

Or choose just the news you want.

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Your Clubs News Feeds

There are two sides to a news feed – posting the district news (or any news) on your club website and posting your news on the district website. Both depend on the platform your site is built on.

Everyone needs content for their website. With a RSS news feed you can have content on your club site that updates every day (or every hour if you like). News from the district, Rotary International, the Rotary blog where they read the articles from the Rotary newsletter. You might even be able to grab the news from your international partners and thousands of news feeds from around the world. Its all up to you.

On the district site we have the Club Corner. It’s where all the clubs share their news and events with each other. Sharing ideas, inspiration and projects. The great thing, it doesn’t take one extra minute of anyone’s time. Once the news feed is set up the instant an article is added to your clubs blog that article is posted on the district website.

You only need two things – a news reader on your site and the link to the news you want.

There are so many different platforms for websites that we can’t give you detailed instructions, but we can point you in the right direction for the major platforms. Your Webmaster and Tech Support should be able to get it set up for you. In most cases its really quite easy. We are always here if you need someone to “talk tech” with them.

The really good news – Once these readers are set up you can “send and receive” news. Some websites even use this to “Auto-blog” and build an entire website.

This is the most popular website platform in the world. You can download and add free RSS news readers from Go to Plugins and enter “RSS” or “News Feed”. Take a look at the number of installations, last updated, the rating, read the reviews and the description to find one you like.

Here are four the have a lot of installations and good reviews:

Most of these are commercial products with a scaled down version for free. The free version will probably be just fine but if you want to take this to the next level its well worth the cost.

This is from their website:

Joomla! is the only major CMS that is built entirely by volunteers from all over the world. We have a strong community bond and all take pleasure in building something that has a large global impact.

If your website is built on this platform your Webmaster is probably connected with this community. Here are some sites that might help:

This is from their website:

“Drupal is an open source platform for building amazing digital experiences. It’s made by a dedicated community. Anyone can use it, and it will always be free.”

Here are some links that might help:

Wix is an Israeli software company, publicly listed in the US, that provides cloud-based web development services.

Here is an article on adding a RSS reader