Cybercrime costs U.S. business more than $1.3 billion yearly and often takes the form of bogus e-mails, according to Lt. D. Britt Dove, supervisory agent for the S.C. Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) Computer Crime Center. Dove (at right, talking with Rotarian Tommy Gibbons) was Capital Rotary’s Oct. 18 guest speaker. He said every business connected to the internet is a potential cybercrime victim. Businesses are vulnerable to being scammed by e-mail as criminals expand their ability to steal money directly or to turn stolen data into money. Dove detailed several safeguards that include (1) educate employees to recognize suspicious e-mails; (2) be cautious when e-mails request confidential information or information out of the ordinary; (3) double check e-mail sender details carefully, watching for similar domain names or characters that have been swapped for other letters; (4) forward e-mail responses instead of hitting “reply” so you can type out the genuine e-mail address for the person you wish to communicate with; and (5) confirm details of the e-mail request by contacting the sender using a known phone number. Lt. Dove is a University of South Carolina graduate, a former West Columbia Police Dept. investigator, and is active in the Secret Service Electronic Taskforce, FBI Cyber Taskforce and the S.C. Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.
Adding quality members is the key to success for Rotary clubs, and Columbia’s Capital Rotary must continue to apply that formula, according to past president David Boucher. Boucher, now serving as membership director, focused on the importance of growth at the Oct. 11 meeting. Boucher said international membership numbers were fairly flat for the past five years while Capital Rotary added to its ranks, especially among female members. The club’s attrition rate over the last three years – 8.6% – compares favorably with that of Rotary District 7770 at 14.4%. Boucher believes Capital Rotary’s growth assets include (1) outstanding existing membership, (2) quality speakers each week, (3) a convenient meeting time at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, (4) accessible downtown parking, (5) a good meeting venue at the Palmetto Club, (6) improved social media and public relations and (7) a membership “growth culture.” But noting that “complacency is Rotary’s number one enemy,” Boucher warned that “attrition is real” and the need for “growing clubs with quality Rotarians” must be met to ensure future opportunities for service.
Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. The months of September and October continued to be exciting times in my Rotary story. I have visited, at this point, fifty-nine clubs, even after having postponed seven club visits because of the numerous hurricanes threats.
As we approached October, Rotary’s Economic and Community Development Month, we were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the plans and programs. While we were fortunate that our prayers were answered and we did not have a direct landfall on our coast, many fellow Rotarians, family, and friends were not as fortunate. I want to thank all in the District who have responded with donations, support, and prayers for those less fortunate. Thousands of dollars have been raised and sent to the affected areas for needed supplies, clothing, water and food. Rotarians are always ready to respond to others needs, with whatever resources we have… our time, talents, and money… to provide solutions to others’ pressing problems and unsurmountable situations.
October 24th is World Polio Day. It is an occasion where Rotarians can demonstrate “What Rotary is” … through a focus on eradicating polio, Rotary’s number one priority. Many clubs have already planned programs for that week to raise awareness or money to help complete the mission to eradicate polio. I hope all clubs will take advantage of the District’s $25,000 DDF match of dollars raised during that week; or to be part of the “Polio Sucks” Challenge to either suck a lemon or donate money to eradicate Polio. “The children of the world are counting on us and we can’t stop now”!
October is also a fun-filled season when many clubs are executing Community Development service projects. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events. Several major fundraisers are also being held, as well as, numerous Fellowships.
Clubs have received information on how to submit a member for the 2018/19 Nominating Committee for RI Director for the Zone. Qualified members must be nominated to the DG for presentation at the District Conference. Clubs may also begin the submittal process for Nominations for District Governor for the 2020-21 Rotary year. Nominations are due before December 15th and are sent to PDG Sandee Brooks who will Chair the Nominating Committee meeting on January 26, 18.
Finally, mark your calendars for the annual District Conference in Myrtle Beach March 9-11, 2018 to be held at the Marriott. It will be a fun-filled event focused on celebrating club successes, sharing Rotary stories, and fellowship. It will be a “whole lot of Fun!” I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!
Gary Bradham (email@example.com)
District Governor, 2017-18
World Polio Day is October 24, our District is offering World Polio Week – October 22-28 where all $’s raised during the week of October 22-28 will be Matched by the District’s DDF up to $25,000 (The matching DDF funds will NOT count towards the Club’s Polio Goal. ONLY $’s raised by the Club count towards the Club’s Polio Goal!)
* DDF-District Designated Funds-Money that comes back to our District after 3 years
Here are some options:
Good Option – Raise Polio $’s at Your Weekly Meeting (Member Match?) For the Week of October 22-28
Better Option – Plan a Rotary Club Polio Fund raiser For Tuesday, October 24 (Or that Week)
Best Option -Plan a Community Polio Fundraiser (Public Invited) For Tuesday, October 24 (Or that Week)
Attached is the club submission form to be returned to:
PDG Bernie Riedel
12 Old Fort Ln,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.
Or Fax: 843.681.3784 Cell: 843.816.4450
The Florence Breakfast Rotary is kicking off its annual fundraiser. This is a great chance for you Clemson and Carolina fans to show your colors by purchasing a ticket for $10 per chance, to be raffled off on November 8th, for two tickets to the Clemson/Carolina game plus $250 spend money to use for refreshments, tailgating or whatever your heart desires. Second prize is two of your favorite team shirts plus $50 cash. If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact Jay Lavrinc at firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win. Show your colors and purchase a ticket this funding will be used to support our local All 4 Autism organization.
The World Polio Day is Tuesday, October 24, 2017. It is a one day, one focus, ending Polio operation.
Polio eradication has been a mission of Rotary International since 1985. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
Rotary District 7770, the Eastern District of South Carolina, created the “Polio Sucks Challenge” to raise funds to continue the efforts of giving “two precious drops” to eliminate Polio in the world.
The challenge is to suck a slice of lemon publically or contribute to our GoFundMe account. Share your videos on social media programs with hash tags #PolioSucksChallenge, #RotaryDistrict7770, #WorldPolioDay, #EndPolio, #DoGoodHaveFunTellSomeone and challenge others to do the same.
Current Capital Rotary president Blake DuBose has been recognized for his achievements and community involvement by Columbia Business Monthly magazine. DuBose, 33, is featured in the magazine’s second annual class of the “Best & Brightest 35 And Under.” The class is composed of 29 young professionals who work for success in the Midlands community. DuBose, a graduate of Newbery College, is president of DuBose Web Group, a website design and development firm he began in 2007. In his Business Monthly biographical summary, DuBose noted that this year’s Rotary International slogan is “Making a Difference.” He said his definition of success includes “selfless acts of kindness, building genuine relationships, doing what you’re passionate about, and making a difference in the lives of others. The bottom line is for all of us to work together to make the world a better place.” (Photo courtesy Columbia Business Monthly)
I am PDG David Parsons, the District’s Parliamentarian. At the 2019 RI Convention in Hamburg, Germany, a director will be elected from among the Rotarians in our zone. The RI Bylaws provide the RI directors-nominee be selected by a zone nominating committee comprising one member from each district in the zone. Districts in our zone, including D7770, participate on the director nominating committee once every four years. We will need to select a person to represent D7770 on the nominating committee at our district conference in March.
Some of the guidelines from selecting our district’s member and alternate for the district’s director nominating committee are as follows:
1. The member and alternate will be elected at the District Conference in March, 2018.
2. The member and alternate must:
- be a past governor at the time they are elected
- be a club member from D7770
- have attended at least two Zone 33/34 Rotary institutes and have attended at least on RI convention in the three years before serving on the committee (2016, 2017, or 2018)
- not have served twice previously as a member on the nominating committee for RI director
- not be a past RI director
- agree to attend the nominating committee meeting in September 2018
Should your club wish to nominate a qualified member, please send a letter to DG Gary signed by the club president and secretary listing the name of the member and the institutes and conventions attended. A letter has been sent by DG Gary to each Club President as well.
The candidate receiving the most votes at district conference will be declared the nominating committee member and the candidate receiving the second most votes will be declared the alternate.
The deadline for nominations from clubs to DG Gary is November15, 2017. If you have any questions about the procedures, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone, text or email.
District 7770 Parliamentarian