I have released the first wave of updates to our website. I plan to do quite a bit more, but some of the new stuff is pretty important and I didn't want to hold off the release until everything was in place. Here's a brief summary of what's changed: New Look and Feel This still needs a bit of tweaking, but for the most part I think it's an improvement over what we were using before. New Forums We switched from the free forum system we were using before to a nicer commercial one. This should bring the capabilities of our forums in line with those on Reef Central and they might even be a bit better in some regards. New Private Messaging System You can now send PM's to other members on the GIRS site (and no, there aren't limits on the size of your PM box here). You can even send PM's from the forum just like on RC. New News Article System Now anyone can submit news articles to be posted on the website and anyone on the board (or in the webmaster group) can simply approve it. This should be handy for people outside of the group that want to post information on our site and I'm hoping that everyone (members included) will put it to good use. Here's a list of what's coming soon: GIRS WIKI A place where GIRS members can colaborate on creating a fantastic information resource for all of use to use. Improved Subscription/Membership Tools This should allow the Board members to keep track of all group memberships through our website rather than having to hassle with doing it by hand. Improved Image Gallery This should provide some nice new functionality for us.