What is Polaris?

Friday, November 25, 2022

Team Polaris

Polaris is a modern, club management system for Rotarian communities introduced in January 2021 as a follower of previous the RCMS (Rotary Club Management System), which has been successfully used for 20 years.

Polaris serves as a collaborative multi-language Web platform, connecting more than 60'000 members in 8 European countries. It is available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Icelandic and Bosnian. Other languages can be introduced easily.

Polaris is available on any device, adapting automatically the layout to mobile devices, tablets, laptops and desktops. Most members use it as a Web-App on smartphones.

It offers features which cover the whole Rotarian community life, including organizing events and projects, distributing newsletters, collaborating within the community and of course also covers all aspects of membership management. It enables interaction between national web-sites, districts, metropolitan clubs, regular clubs, satellite clubs, special clubs, services committees and fellowships for Rotary, Rotaract and Inner Wheel.

Since April 2012, the system has been certified by Rotary International (RI) for automatic synchronization of data with Rotary International. The synchronization is performed through the Swedish SEMDA-Interface.

Polaris is subject to the European regulations "GDPR" applicable to the processing and protection of personal data as of May 25, 2018. Polaris complies with GDPR.

The continuous development of Polaris is ensured by a process whereby members can announce their needs for new functionalities by putting them on a "common list". These proposals are taken up by the Polaris Team  which is responsible for development of future upgrades and versions.

Polaris is provided as a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution to districts, not to individual clubs. It is managed by Rotarians. The system is developed and operated by independent companies mandated and paid for that purpose. The support is provided by volunteers in the clubs (CICOs), in the districts (DICOs) and by the Polaris Team.

The system and the software is owned by the “Association Rotary Media” (ARM), a non-profit legal entity fully controlled by the three Rotary Districts Switzerland/Liechtenstein.

Polaris is available on all devices