Posted by Nancy Riedel on Aug 22, 2017
President Ben Shelton, called the meeting to order.
Brian Goode offered the prayer and led the pledge.
Membership - Kristin Keller reported a meeting was held last week.  Discussion of welcoming visitors and introducing more people to our club was held
Social - the committee plans something for every month. John Farrenkopf reported that the social last week at Lagerhead Tavern was very successful with about 40 people in attendance.  Some of our members came away with a new found juggling skill, others not so much.  The next social will be September 14 which will be a wine and beer tasting.  It will be at Rollers (on Palmetto Bay Road) from 5:30 to 7:30.  Cost $5 per person with more information to come.
Youth - Ivan reported that the dictionaries have arrived and the labels will be put in them on September 10.  They will be delivered some time after that.  A sign up sheet for Rotary Readers was circulated.
Auction & Drawing - the two phases of our big fund raiser will be separate.  The tickets for the drawing, which will be a cash prize, are being printed and the drawing will be on October 19th. More to come on that and the auction as well.
Program Committee will meet at 5:30 at Reilleys South
Board Meeting is tonight at 5:15 at the Hickory Tavern
District Foundation/Membership/Public Image Seminar will be held on Friday September 8 in Mt. Pleasant SC.  Committee Chairs are encouraged to attend.  Sign up is available online at the District Database.  This year sessions will be simultaneous breakout sessions so a minimum of five people should attend to cover all the sessions that are offered.  Also TWO people must attend the Foundation Grants Management session for the club to qualify to receive a district grant. 
Past President Brian Neumann presented Kristin Keller with a Paul Harris recognition
Sgt. at Arms, Chuck Wiseman welcomed visiting Rotarians, told a short bad joke, and collected Happy $
Visiting Rotarian:  Richard Rorschach from Kilgore TX.
Alicia Taylor introduced Chris Kehrer, our speaker.  He is a naturalist, education coordinator, works with programs and school field trips at Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center. His topic was storm water and how it affects our waters and animals.
Photo courtesy of Barry Davis
We live in a unique area which is about 55% water with no up stream pollution, because we don't have major rivers feeding our waters.  Consequentially, our waters are considered to be among the most pristeen.  Storm water brings with it herbicides, pesticides, fecal matter, sewage, bacteria, insects.  Oysters filter 50 gallons of water a day.  Whatever goes into the water goes into our food.
Storm water, in addition to the pollution, can put too much fresh water into our saline waters. This will cause the oysters to die off, harm the crabs, and cause thermal stress. The May River is high salinity and a major rain event can compromise the system. Oysters do not move so are susceptible to harm.  What can we do to to prevent fertilizer/chemical/bacterial runoff? 1. Minimize the use of chemicals, 2 read labels 3 follow instructions, 4 don't fertilize before a rain, 5 maintain septic systems, 6 pick up after pets
Other threats to oysters are boat wakes and poor harvesting practices.  Threats to blue crabs are fresh water, habitat loss and over harvesting.  Some other things that we can do are: have a rain barrel, rain garden, buy local seafood.  
Upcoming this weekend is the STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) festival.  It is on August 26  from 10 am to 3pm at the Maritime Center in Okatie SC It is sponsored by Lockheed Martin.  It will provide a free hands on innovative and super cool activities for the kids and their families to enjoy.  For more info go to: 
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Past president Tim Ridge filled in for president Ben Shelton who was conspicuously absent, and made the following announcements:
1. The district training session is slated for September 8 in Mount Pleasant. Tim encouraged attendance and promised a learning experience.
2. John Farrenkopf reminded all of tonight's program committee meeting. Riley's (south) at 5:30. John promised a good time will accompany important committee business.
3. Membership chair John Carroll is also hosting a committee meeting. Same time and place as above.
4. Cory Malphrus thanked the 9 members who helped clean the high school parking lot this past weekend; just in time for the new semester.
5. Ivan Bennett announced that he has 400 "complements of VanLandingham Rotary" labels ready to affix inside dictionaries for fifth graders. Ivan can use your help.
Following the announcements was none other than sergeant-at-arms Chuck Wiseman who introduced visiting Rotarians Richard Rorschach (Kilgore, TX) and Ken Nykiel (Schaumburg, IL); collected Happy Dollar$; and, back by popular demand, rounded up four (somewhat) willing participants for Rotary Karaoke. Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline never sounded so good, so good, so good.

From left: Chuck Wiseman, Sonny Huntley, Tim Ridge, Neil Castellane, Julie Camp
Today's program featured membership chair John Carroll who made a graphic pitch for new-member recruitment. In his presentation, John urged all to visit Rotary International's website where you will find good membership-related resources. He played a short video to demonstrate the quality of these resources. You will also find links to many social media outlets for RI.
The thrust of the membership committee will be be to recruit 7 new members this Rotary year, which will bring our total to 70. We currently have several gals in our club (12.8%) and hope to recruit several more. In addition to recruiting efforts John emphasized the importance of improving member engagement and maintaining member satisfaction. You can improve your engagement and satisfaction by attending the informal committee meeting/social gathering tonight at Riley's at 5:30. Feel free to bring your significant other or invite a friend (prospective member?)
Editor's note: Bulletin Editor Nancy Riedel was away on important District 7770 business and will also be away next week.
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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.  
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
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)
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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