Fake email and social media accounts target Rotary members in new scam

Rotary recently learned that scammers have created multiple email and social media accounts that impersonate RI President Barry Rassin, RI President-elect Mark Maloney, and General Secretary John Hewko. The social media accounts have been on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Some of these messages also reference Viber, another messaging platform.

These are not authentic Rotary communications. They are phishing and spoofing attempts to obtain money and personal information.

Rotary monitors for and responds to these attempts as part of an ongoing effort to keep member, program participant, and staff data safe. We also work with LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp to remove imposter accounts.

Neither President Rassin’s, President-elect Maloney’s, nor General Secretary Hewko’s authentic accounts have been compromised.

Rotary members should continue to exercise caution:

  • Disregard any suspicious message that offers money, requests money, or asks for your personal information.
  • Avoid opening attachments or following links in suspicious messages.
  • Pay close attention to the details of the email address and signature block to verify the sender.

If you receive what you believe to be a suspicious message from the president, general secretary, or another Rotary leader, please forward it to Rotary’s chief information officer at fraudreport@rotary.org and then delete it immediately. Please also report any suspicious social media accounts to fraudreport@rotary.org.

 

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Long-term Exchange Student from USA

student exchange

We have been joined by young Hadiyah EMI Nomsa Tolson from Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA, under long term youth exchange program of Rotary. She has been sponsored by our club. She arrived on 20 August and will be studying in Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh.

Cremation ground Toilet project

 

rotary toilet project-02On 10 July 2018, a MOU for the cremation ground toilets block renovation, expansion and provision of hand washing and bathing facilities was signed between Municipal Council Chandigarh and four partners (three corporate entities and Chandigarh Rotary Club Service Trust).

The partners providing funds are: PRIP RK Saboo, Rtn Jagesh Khaitan and Rtn PJ Singh through their companies/trusts, and RC Chandigarh through its Trust.

The project cost is Rs 40 lacs which will be contributed equally by the partners.

This project was initiated by PRIP Saboo on a request and a suggestion by the advisor, UT Chandigarh, and on a further request by the Commissioner MC. It is a first of its kind project where the total cost is being met by CSR and NGO funds. While providing better facilities to people who join in the last journey of those who leave this world, it will be an example of how partnership between the government and the governed can create meaningful infrastructure in the city.

rotary toilet project

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THE ROTARY FOUNDATION RISES ON EXPERT LIST OF TOP NONPROFITS

The Rotary Foundation has continued its steady growth, moving up 35 spots to 85th in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual ranking of the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States. The ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary’s mission.

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Rotary Foundation received $239,576,000 in 2013, a 32.4 percent increase from the previous year.

“This clearly shows our members recognize the unparalleled value of giving to their Foundation,” says John Hewko, Rotary’s general secretary. “They know that by giving to the Foundation their dollars have a much greater impact. And friends of Rotary respect that the Foundation puts their gift to great use.”

The Foundation recently earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. In the 2013-14 Rotary year, 92 percent of the Foundation’s expenditures were applied to programs, with only 6 percent spent on fundraising and 2 percent on administrative expenses. The Foundation funded $23.5 million in district grants and $47.3 million in global grants. These grants support local and international humanitarian projects as well as scholarships.

Together with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has led the effort to eradicate polio, contributing more than $1.3 billion to the initiative since its outset. When an outbreak of polio threatened the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in 2013, Rotary provided emergency funds, including a $500,000 rapid-response grant for Somalia and a $500,000 grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) to cover operational costs in the Middle East. As a result, the outbreak in the Horn of Africa slowed, and Syria reported only one case of polio in the first half of 2014.

Rotary is also at the forefront of efforts to fight other diseases. According to WHO, indoor air pollution causes 4.3 million deaths per year worldwide. To combat it, members of the Rotary Club of Taos-Milagro, New Mexico, USA, mobilized Rotary clubs in several countries to support the Himalayan Stove Project, which has installed more than 3,000 clean-burning stoves in Nepal.

In Tamil Nadu, India, Rotary clubs partnered with clubs in Maryland, USA, to use a Foundation global grant to purchase a large van and outfit it with X-ray equipment to screen women for breast cancer in hard-to-reach communities. The “mammobus” has conducted more than 2,500 free breast cancer screenings and detected and treated early-stage cancer in six women. Rotary members in Malindi, Kenya, teamed up with members in Maryland and Idaho, USA, to work with the Genesis World Mission in creating a rainwater catchment system to provide clean drinking water, irrigate crops, and establish fish farms in Burangi, Kenya.

In Seattle, Washington, USA, Rotary members are diverting millions of pounds of fruit and vegetables from the waste stream and into the hands of those who need it through Rotary First Harvest, a program of District 5030.

Via | rotary.org

By Arnold R. Grahl
Rotary News
26-NOV-2014