Posted by Nancy Riedel on Oct 17, 2017
President Ben started the meeting at 8:10 am
Brian Goode offered the prayer and led the pledge to the flag
 
REPORTS:
Membership - Creighton Stuckart has been approved by the board and today is his first posting.  An orientation will be scheduled.  There will be a membership meeting on November 1, location TBA
 
Youth and Education- Jennifer DeHart met with Assistant Principal at Creative Arts about Early Act.  Need Volunteer to lead group- first through Fifth graders - for more info or if interested in volunteering, let Ivan or Jennifer know
 
Social - Thursday October 19 - Social at Guiseppi's Shelter Cove at 5:30.  Pizza, beer, wine furnished by Guiseppi's.  Drawing will be held at 6:00 pm  and will be streaming live on facebook.  Raffle should net close to $6,000 after payout
 
Otto Farrene presented banners that he got from his travels -  Benettsville SC, and California.
 
Board Meeting today at 5:15 pm at Hickory Tavern
 
Sergeant at Arms Chuck Wiseman welcomed visiting Rotarians, guests of Members, collected Happy $  and entertained us with a  bad joke of the day. 
Visiting Rotarians:  Richard Rorschach from Kilgore TX,  Robert Metzger member of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island (lunch)
Visitors: Creighton Stuckart (First Posting ); Rick Culbreth, guest of Brian Neumann
 
Rotary Karaoke-
The "lucky" winners of bingo, Alicia and Cory got to participate in "Rotary Karaoke", music provided by Chuck on the guitar.  They were joined by Ben and Sonny who added support.  Good singing, Rotarians!
 
SPEAKER:
The speaker today was Jim Gant from the Sandbox, an Interactive Children's Museum.
The Sandbox partnered with the Town of Hilton Head Island about four years ago to build a children's museum as part of the Coligny renovation.    The park, playground and museum will be located at Pope Avenue and South Forest Beach. As is the case with many construction projects there have been challenges and delays.  So far they have raised $115,000, of a total of $150,000 needed. VanLandingham Rotary Club has donated $75,000 of that amount.  The layout of the museum has been designed and refined.  There is a Rotary Room near the entrance with themed exhibits.  The current facility, located at 18A Pope Avenue provides an interactive experience for local and visiting children and the new facility will expand on that experience.  They are working on improving the marketing to reach more tourists and locals. 
VLR presenting the check for $75,000 for the Sandbox project.
 
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Posted by Barry Davis
Past President Tim Ridge began the meeting at 8:10. Kevin Courtney offered a blessing followed by the pledge of allegiance.
 
Sergeant-at-arms Chuck Wiseman introduced visiting Rotarians and guests and collected Happy Dollar$.
 
VISITING ROTARIANS:
Susan Thomas (Charlottesville, VA)
Richard Rorschach (Kilgore, TX)
 
GUEST:
Sunny Hunt (guest of John Carroll)
 
REPORTS:
 
Membership Chair John Carroll reported that we have one prospective member in the pipeline and another soon to be announced.
 
Youth & Education Chair Ivan Bennett (below) was represented by Lou Benfante who announced that our Rotary Reader program is about to kick off. Members are encouraged to become a reader: there is a growing list of students eager to learn .
Ivan exchanges club banners with the president of the Salida, CO Rotary Club.
Did you know that you can view photos of our members in VanLandingham Rotarians On the Move by visiting the Photo Journals link on our home page?
 
The Boys & Girls Club will host a Trick or Treat event at their club on October 21 from 4:00 til 5:30.
 
The social committee invites you to enjoy pizza and suds at Giuseppe's on October 19 from 5:30 til 7:30. Raffle prizes will be awarded at the event.
 
Member (and ADG) Nancy Riedel presented the district foundation award for outstanding giving to past president Tim Ridge who was filling in for Ben Shelton. VanLandingham Rotary was recognized for contributing over $200 per capita to the foundation.
 
Chuck Wiseman introduced today's speaker, Janice Gray, representing the Arts League of Hilton Head Island.
 
A graduate of Auburn University, Janice Gray moved to Hilton Head Island in 1980 to work for a local CPA firm. She was asked by her boss to assist him as treasurer at Evening of the Arts and has been active in the Art League ever since. She is currently the board chair. The Art League of Hilton Head Island promotes and supports the visual arts through education, exhibitions and partnerships for the cultural enrichment of Hilton Head Island and its visitors.
 
The state-of-the-art Walter Greer Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina features monthly artist exhibitions and special events, and the league's Art Academy is the island's premier destination for art classes, workshops, lectures and more. You can learn more about the league, CLICK HERE.
 
Following the presentation Bingo was awarded and the meeting adjourned at 8:55.
 
Note: bulletin editor Nancy Riedel is busy with Rotary district business and will return to write next week's bulletin.
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Posted by Nancy Riedel on Jul 18, 2017
8:00 Opening Bell
8:10 President Ben called the meeting to order
Brian Goode offered the prayer and led the pledge
President Ben announced that this is a club assembly and will be passing out sign up sheets for the various committees.  Two committees need chair people - Vocational Service and International Service

John Farrenkopf reported on the successful social event on July 12.  Members, family and friends boarded a bus at the high school and left at 4:15 to see a Savannah Bananas game.
Thanks to Ray Makalous for arranging the trip and to John Farrenkopf for arranging the refreshments en-route.
All had a great time.  Check out all the photos in the photo gallery on the left.  Photos are courtesy of Ray Makalous, Ivan Bennett and Barry Davis.  
 
Ben handed out sign up sheets for the following committees - chair is listed following:  Social - John Farrenkopf; Membership - John Carroll; Program - Chuck Wiseman; PR - Lynn King; Vocational Service - needs one; Auction - Kristen Kelly/Matt Murphy; Popcorn - David Pierce; Heritage - Alicia Taylor/Matt Murphy; Service - Maxine Parsons-Kogut; International Service - needs one; Scholarship - Ivan Bennett; Youth Programs - Ivan Bennett  There is still time to volunteer for various committees, so if you didn't get a chance to sign up today, let Ben know how you would like to be involved. 
 
Sgt. at Arms Chuck Wiseman introduced visiting Rotarians, collected Happy$, and told a "bad joke of the day".  He also introduced a new feature "Rotary Karaoke" featuring the voices of Ben, Jennifer, John Farrenkopf and John Meyer. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Richard Rorschadte and Ken Nykiel
 
Ben spoke of the good works that the VLRC has done over the past year and the fact that it has donated over $140,000 to local charities.  He named many of the recipients of our efforts.  
 
Speaker
Barry Davis, web master was our speaker today.  He relayed to the members that our website has a new design - a clean, modern look and the reviews have been favorable.  
He explained how to use the email function in ClubRunner - which makes it easy for you to email any of the members.  He also showed how to look at and print the club directory which is always a handy tool.  All members are encouraged to login and check their profile information and make any updates as needed.  If you have forgotten your password, contact Barry
 
 
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Posted by Nancy Riedel on Jul 11, 2017
HAPPY NEW ROTARY YEAR!
8:00 Opening Bell
8:10 Past President Brian Neumann, filling in for Club President Ben Shelton, called the meeting to order.
Nasser Shaheen offered the prayer and led the pledge.
 
Ivan Bennett reported on the sign ups that have been gotten thus far for the Rotary Reader program.  Remember that spouses are welcome to volunteer as well.  If you have questions or wish to sign up see Ivan.
 
John Carroll, who is the new membership committee chair, shared that there will be three areas of focus for the new year.  They are: Recruitment; Less involved becoming more involved; and Engagement satisfaction.  If you have suggestions, please contact John.
 
Tomorrow, Wednesday July 12, is the Savannah Bananas event.  It is a double header but probably will only be staying for the first game.  The bus will leave at 4:15 from the baseball field at the high school.  There is still time to sign up.  There are 33 going, but there is room for more. Cost is $15 per person which includes tickets, snacks and transportation.  
 
Next week, Tuesday July 18 the meeting will be a Club Assembly.  There is also a board meeting at night at the Hickory Tavern.
 
Tim Ridge reported that Roger Burns fell last Friday and broke his femur.  He is now at MUSC where a successful surgery was performed.   Roger is up and about and in good spirits. He will be at MUSC for a few days yet before returning home. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
 
New Sgt. at Arms Chuck Wiseman started off the year by introducing visiting Rotarians, announcing important milestones, collecting Happy $, and telling a "bad joke of the day".

Visiting Rotarians: Dick Blankenbeher (North Little Rock); Richard Rorschadte (Kilgore TX); Jackie Minotas (Cleveland, Ohio)
Birthdays: Ron Dziekan, Mike Davis, Brian Goode, Lynn King
Anniversaries: Mike and Jeanette Davis
Rotary Anniversaries: Neil Castelland (4), Otto Ferrene (34), Jim Rowe (34), Bob Jones (2)
 
Speaker:
Special Agent George E Graves, Jr. from the FBI  Columbia Field Office was our speaker.  He is a twenty one year veteran with the FBI and is assigned to the Columbia Field Office, Hilton Head Resident Agency.  He is a native of New Jersey and has conducted complex white collar crime investigations, which included public corruption, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud and civil rights. Special Agent Graves has investigative responsibility and Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties.

An expert on fraud,  Special Agent Graves began by putting $5 in Happy$ because he said these days he is happy "just to be invited anywhere".  He has spent most of his career working on fraud and spoke of how technology has contributed to the crime of fraud.  He gave several examples of scams, particularly related to our area, as well as some "red flags" that you should watch out for.
 
One scam is the IRS scam - a phone call is made telling you that your taxes have not been paid and unless you pay them you will be arrested.  First red flag is, the IRS would not make this accusation over the phone.  They would come to your door and make the charge. Second red flag is they will tell you to make payment by using a "green dot" card.  This is a card that you put money on and they will be able to get the money when you give them the number.  Not traceable to them.  Another red flag is if they ask for you to wire the money via Western Union - money gram.  If you get a phone call from the IRS - don't panic - that is not how they do business.
 
Another local scam which took place 2015-16 was the "jury Duty Scan".  Again a phone call telling you that you missed jury duty and need to pay the fine.  This particular scam was being pulled off by inmates at a correctional facility in Georgia.  Several correctional officers smuggled smart phones into the inmates who then extracted real names of law enforcement and judges in the lowcountry and used this information to attempt to get payments wired to them.  Many were arrested in this case and it involved hundreds of thousands of dollars.
 
Another scam locally was an online dating scam, dubbed the "lonely heart romance scam".  The perpetrator created a profile on a dating site, and for months developed a relationship with a wealthy lady.  After gaining her trust, he told her about a business venture that he had needing money.  He asked her to wire money to a third party (again a red flag).  Several payments were made to him totally almost a half a million.  After his guilt was revealed to the lady she found it difficult to believe.  
 
Realtors and lawyers are another target for scammers.  A phony email page will be sent to the business, with an appealing service or something related to business.  When the link to the "information" is followed, malware is introduced and the frauder captures the email and begins monitoring email traffic.  Eventually will take over the account at an opportune time to change links to forward payments to.  Hundreds of thousand of dollars have been scammed in this way.  Always DOUBLE CHECK who the emails are coming from (every single character in the email) before following payment information.
 
Some tips from Special Agent George Graves:
Don't respond to account requests to update information 
Change passwords regularly
When traveling, do not use kiosks to check bank account or enter other login information
Be aware that skimmers often attempt to get your info when you are charging a purchase at gas pump
Credit cards offer more protection than debit cards
Watch for the red flags : Green dot cards, request to wire money, request to send money to third party
Phone call (fraudsters use phones that cannot be tied back to them
 
Lots of great information -  be aware!
 
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