Clubrunner co-founders Sarah (left) and Halle Asterbadi

Our Clubrunner software is from an unusual company based in Oakville, Ontario. Founded in 2001 by Rotarian and ex-IBM executive Adel Asterbadi, it’s now run by his daughters and co-founders Sarah and Halle. A third daughter is also in IT business.  
Sarah, a maths graduate, is  chief executive. Halle (right), also a maths and IT whiz, is chief operating officer.

Halle and her father are both past presidents of Rotary at  Mississauga-Dixie, a few kilometres from Oakville, Ontario (I initially assumed it was in the deep south of the USA). Father and daughters are also co-founders of MemberNova, a cloud-based platform for networking by associations.
We paid about $A1300 for Clubrunner for 2020-21 including a one-off setting up fee. We expect Clubrunner will give us good value for money.
Quality-wise Clubrunner’s won two Microsoft awards, which is impressive, as Microsoft doesn’t bother with minor players. 
 Clubrunner, with 5000-plus clients in 30 countries, plays its business cards close to its chest. But it’s really conquered the Rotary world: half of US Rotary Districts use it, as do heaps of Australian Districts. (Districts typically coordinate  50-70 clubs).
We thought Clubrunner had a strong Probus Club client base, perhaps because our neighbour Sunrise Probus went onto Clubrunner a decade ago. But Probus’ Sydney headquarters wasn’t aware of other Australian Probus Clubs using Clubrunner. The Ontaria HQ sent us a handful of its Probus clients’ websites to compare, namely Comox Valley, Kamloops, Saanich Peninsula, and Brentwood Bay, all in British Columbia. 
 In member communications and back-office club management, there is little difference between Rotary and Probus needs, but each Probus Club is stand-alone whereas Rotary Clubs all operate in Districts under of Rotary HQ in Evanston, Chicago. Naturally Bearbrass won’t use that spare functionality.
The software is extremely powerful and once story material is inputted, the formatted story can go automatically onto website and newsletter templates and archives. Emailing from now on will normally be through Clubrunner. The other set of tools will make our Secretary’s life easy in club management, tracking all aspects of membership, committee, dues and billings, meetings data and document storage.
Executive Halle Asterbadi’s profile establishes that she’s a keen follower of management theory and innovation. (Like her we’re fans of Nobel winning physicist Richard Feynman).  After conference-going she posts such insights as
# Wisdom is like a circle. The bigger your circle of knowledge, the bigger your perimeter of ignorance. Aka... the more you know, the more you know what you don’t know.
# We are never definitely right, we can only be sure we are wrong. (That’s from Feynman) 
# We need to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed and discussed. It's OK to say, "I don't know.”
# The more we value things outside our control, the less control we have. (That’s from Epictetus).
# We get more of what we tolerate.
# Sometimes, we fall down because there is something down there we’re supposed to find
# The world is poorly designed, but copying nature helps.
Halle’s one of 28,096,861 followers of Bill Gates and one of 8,149,104 followers of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. #