Posted by Nancy Riedel on May 16, 2018
Wednesday May 9, the Heritage Library had a thank you event for their donors.
VLR is a donor so some from the club attended the event which was held at the Cemetery .  Food, drink, tours and period dress were on the menu for the evening.
Heritage Library Thank You Nancy Riedel 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Riedel on May 16, 2018
Bell was rung at 8:00 and the meeting was presided over by President Ben Shelton
Nasser Shaheen offered the prayer and led the pledge to the flag.
 
photo credit Barry Davis
 
A pledge check for $200,000 was presented to People for Parks signifying that they will be the beneficiary of our 2019 Auction.  Accepting the pledge for People for Parks is Frank Soule and Alan Perry.  Our donation will be used to fund the second floor of the gym area of the Island Rec Center renovation.
 
Filling in as Sergeant at Arms,  Past President Tim Ridge welcomed visitors, visiting Rotarians, and collected Happy $$
Visiting Rotarian: Richard Green from Kentucky
 
Announcements:
Next week's meeting will be at the Museum.  We will meet in the Sea Island Room for breakfast then tour the Discovery Lab.  VLR contibuted $100.000 to this facility and it will be wonderful to see what the money went for
 
This Saturday is trash pick up at the high school.  Meet there at 8:30.  If it is raining, it will be rescheduled.
 
State of the Club:
 
Matt Murphy  - the final number for the auction and raffle is we brought in $83,000 to net $63,287.  It will be determined when the distribution will be made to First Tee.
 
Treasurer Roger Burns reported that the club is in a good financial position.  We do not have the final numbers in from the Heritage but we hope to net around the same amount as we did last year, which was $30,286.  Membership invoices will be going out next week.
 
PI Chair, Lynn King reported that we have been using facebook, however have not used Instagram as we wanted to as yet.  Want to expand its use for the auction as well as develop a notebook for the auction which would be a "how to" do it with documented timed line and needed tasks.  Trying to figure out how to reach more people via social media.
 
Membership for this year is down 6% this year to 61.  Will try to make sure all current members are plugged in to the areas that they want to be.  Invite people that you think would be good Rotarians to our meetings.
 
Ivan Bennett, New Generations Chair reported on the five programs in that area.  May 31 will be the last day of school for students so there will be a little break for the summer.  The five areas are:  Dictionary Project - we spent $1800 to distribute dictionaries to students and next Rotary year will be distributing them in October again;  Early Act was a brand new project this year and $600 was spent on start up.  Next year E A will go down to third grade and fourth and fifth will continue to be involved.  T-Shirts are in the plans; Rotary Reader, cost $0, but will continue to need Rotarian Volunteers; Exceeding Expectations is the most challenging program and is hard to measure its success. There were 30 students in middle school that need role models and guidance that participated this past year.  Next year, with the help of Jennifer Stupica and Lynn King, the group will go to Discovery Lab in the fall and the Maritime Center in Spring; Scholarship - a $10,000 scholarship was awarded and next year will be looking for more applicants.
 
Social committee - there will be no socials before the end of the year.
 
Founders' Night is scheduled for Saturday June 23 at the Shipyard Beach House.
 
International Service, Programs, Vocational Service, Sunshine Committee  no reports 
 
President Ben thanked all who chaired committees, members of the committees and all who contributed to the club's success this year.
 
 
Meeting Notes, May 15, 2018 Nancy Riedel 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barry Davis on Mar 15, 2018
Alright! In case you were not in attendance last Tuesday, you missed a nice tribute to Jennifer DeHart (Leaving soon for a promotion to Fidelity's Jacksonville office. We don't want to keep you in a state of perpetual disappointment so here is a replay of the tribute. Thanks to Ronzo for editing this short video. Alrighty?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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We would like to send our weekly bulletin to friends and visiting Rotarians, and to that end we are inviting those interested in receiving
club news to provide an email address. Forms are available at the check-in desk at every meeting. You can also sign up at the bottom of the home page or click the Subscribe button at the top of each bulletin.
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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!
 
Meeting Notes, July 11, 2017 Nancy Riedel 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
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