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eMembership Roster Creator

Welcome to eMembership Roster Creator

This site is dedicated to all the hardworking servants of the Cause of Baha'u'llah who tirelessly help to maintain their local communities roster. If your community is using the eMembership online membership system, you know that you can export your roster to a Comma Separated Value (csv) file. You can open this file in a spreadsheet program like MS Excel or Apple Numbers and even use it as the data file for a mail merge to generate letters and a printed roster. If you know how to do that then this site is probably not of much use to you. But if the thought of Mail Merge is MS Word makes you cringe, then read on.

This site allows you to create a formatted community roster using the eMembership export file as the input file. The resulting roster file can be printed or downloaded and emailed. In our community we've been using the eMembershp system for several years now. During these years I've created several different form letter templates. My initial versions required much manual manipulation of the export data in order to be able to group the records the way I wanted them to look in the roster file. Each time I went back to the templates I tried to make them easier to use but Excel and Word didn't provide the type of manipulations that I needed to perform.

Eventually I wrote my own web scripts using the ColdFusion CFML markup language. The initial versions of these scripts for very rough. They did the job but were not very pretty or have any error checking in them. They were basically hacked together for my own use but they served me well for several years. For a while now I've been wanted to take those initial CFML scripts and turn them into a website that others could use.

The site you are now on is the result of that effort. I hope you find it useful.

In His service,
B. Peter Amiri
peter [at] alurium [dot] com