When you visit our website, odk.org, you’ll notice that things look a little different. We’ve launched a brand new website, and we’re excited to share it with all of you at our Biennial Convention and Centennial Celebration.
I’m so excited about the new site—partly because of the fact that it so meaningfully conveys the Omicron Delta Kappa brand. The feature stories, blog posts and news and events it serves up help us tell a fuller story about the ODK Idea and what it takes to be an effective leader.
In addition, I’m excited about what the site allows us to do. We’ve taken a lot of the backend processes and streamlined things, making it easier for circle officers to get at the information they need without a lot of log-ins. Circle officers should be sure to check out the Circle Officers section of the website. There they’ll find everything they need to effectively run their local circle. I’d also encourage you to check out our branding and editorial guidelines, which may help you as you implement your own local communications.
In the coming weeks, we’ll also be unveiling a new membership management tool called MemberPlanet which will provide circle officers with the ability to upload new member information through that portal. Stay tuned for more information, which will be released later this summer.
Remember, we couldn’t bring our members great stories—either on the website or in publications like The Circle—without you. I encourage you to get in the habit of sharing campus news and the accomplishments of individuals affiliated with your circle. Often, it’s the local stories that provide inspiration to circles across the country.
If you’re a circle officer, you’ll also want to be sure to check out your circle’s webpage. Each of our circle’s has a presence on our site, and it’s important to us that we share consistent information about each circle’s history, programs and honors as well as current contact information and links to the circle’s website and social media platforms. We’re encouraging a representative from each circle to submit updates via a submission form.
Lastly, if you have comments about the website, I encourage you to share them with us. As you know, websites constantly change and grow depending on the needs of an organization. We’re eager to hear your thoughts. We’ve created a website feedback form to make it easy for you to share issues, bugs, ideas for improvement and compliments too.
I look forward to seeing many of you in person at the convention and many of you online as well.