Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield,
Rhode Island
Thursday, 05/07/2020
Place & Time:
Arturo Joe's
140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI  02882
Meeting Thursday @ Noon

Moderator: Glen Zibolis,
President: Bob Cruz
Virtual Meeting : Zoom
U-Tube of Star Spangled Banner
Members: 27
Guests: (6) Karen Bertrand, Larry Forton, Trisha Driscol, Gene Corl, Anne and Helene Vincent
Happy Bucks
  • Judy Fortier is 60 years young on Saturday.
  • Dr. Chris is 65 years young on Monday
  • Bob Cruz has almost finished his honey do list
  • Beth Leconte has been RV camping in her back yard instead of the trip they were planning to take.
Don Wisehart has a May birthday
Jim Blackerby’s anniversary in joining Rotary in 1984
Club Business and Announcements
To all Rotarians,
In accordance with CDC recommendations supported by Mark Daniel Maloney, President Rotary International our weekly meetings are cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.  Our next ZOOM  meeting will be Thursday, April 30th. This decision was made in attempts to keep us all safe and healthy.
Yours in Rotary,
Fellow Rotarians
So far, these virtual meetings have been working out great. We've successfully held two virtual membership meetings and one board meeting with up to 30 members participating at a time, not unlike our regular meetings.
I am aware some of you have never done this before and want to participate,  but are unable to do so because you either don't know how or are having trouble installing the necessary software or app onto your computer or smartphone. 
I can help and it's easier than you think. I'd be delighted to personally walk you through the process over the phone and have a practice session with you to try it out.
If you're interested, shoot me an email or give me a call. It should take no more than 15 -20 minutes. Perhaps we can set a time over the weekend, to do this.
If you call and get my voice mail, please leave a message and I will return your call.
Yours in Rotary,
Glen Zibolis
Presidents Announcements and Club Business:
President Bob Cruz discussed the dates for upcoming District training events.
Bob also had Lori Horton give an update on the club financials.
Judy and Beth
Beth Leconte gave an update on the diaper funds collected.  She thanked Donna and Ed for their help with the project.  Shaw’s supermarket may match the funds.
DGE Charlene Jarest and DG Steve Albright have put together a series of online events offering much of the educational content that was planned for the District Conference and District Business Meeting.
  • May 12 – 7:00 PM Secretaries Training – For all 2020-2021 Club Secretaries
  • May 13, – 7:00 PM Treasurers Training – For all 2020-2021 Club Treasurers
  • May 27 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM “It’s a New Day” aka District Assembly – For all Rotarians. Presenters Include
    --Membership – Louisa Horne, DG District 7820 - Rotary Club of Halifax Harborside
    --Public Image – Laura Spear, ARPIC (Asst. Rotary Public Image Coordinator Zone 32)
    --Foundation – Henry Atterbury, District Polio Plus Chair and George Camp (Tentative)
  • June 17 – 7:00 PM District Business Meeting - For all Current Club Presidents – All Rotarians are invited.
We hope you can join us on some or all of these meetings. They are open to all Rotarians and links will be sent out for each of them. If you don’t receive the link, check with your club President or Secretary.
Club Discussion
Beth Leconte said that Donna would be taking over Community Service next year
Dike Pike asked if any club member knew of a pet food bank or where donations could be sent?
A member asked the status of our installation dinner at Spain restaurant.  Based on current restrictions, an outdoor venue may work.
Bob Cruz said that the Student of the Month didn’t receive their certificate or gift card because they didn’t show up for the presentation.  Spencer will look into this.
Peter and his Sponsor Jim
Peter Swain will be working on our bike path garden at 3:pm today, some members may help him.
Elizabeth and Lori
From club member Lori Horton, Forensic Accounting, speaking on Identity theft and scams
Lori spoke about the many types of fraudulent ways thieves try to steal your money.  She described Tax ID return theft, Phishing-both on-line and over the phone, all designed to get your personal information.  The thieves are excellent at their job of extracting your personal information and your money. 
She spoke about Grandparent scam saying your grandchild is in trouble, Virtual kidnapping of your son or daughter, where the thieves are confident and threatening. A Romance scam for the older age group, when emotional attachment is achieved, here comes the big money request.   Medicare calls selling masks, test kits, or Covid 19 supplies, just to get your credit card information.  The supplies won’t show up.  A Stimulus check call for your bank account so they can make a direct deposit.  Don’t give out your bank information. And emails to get your credit card account information so you can get a nonexistent FED EX package delivered.
So you can check your credit report every year.  Monitor your credit card statements even for the smallest mystery charge.  You can either freeze your credit with the credit agencies, or put a lock on it.  And be vigilant when giving out your date of birth, especially on social media outlets.  Be careful when you get emails from your bank requesting personal information because the email could be a phishing scheme.  Always verify the source yourself.  Do not open an unknown link in an email.  Thank you Lori for a very informative and timely talk.
Next Meeting:  Thursday, May 14, 2020
Many thanks to the reporters and photographers!
Please make every effort to attend our next Wakefield Rotary meeting.
Better yet, bring a friend!
Upcoming Events
Event Planning Committee
Tarzwell Law Offices
Jun 10, 2020 5:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Tarzwell Law Offices
Jun 17, 2020 5:00 PM
Wakefield Rotary Instalation Dinner
Spain Resturant
Jun 18, 2020
5:30 PM – 9:54 PM
Event Planning Committee
Tarzwell Law Offices
Jul 08, 2020 5:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Tarzwell Law Offices
Jul 15, 2020 5:00 PM
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