Posted by Jamie Arkins


President Jasmine Mills kicked off the meeting with the 4-way test and reminded us the following:

  • Goal- Every Member on a committee. Get plugged in!
  • Lunch purchase policy
    • If absent but already paid, members can buy lunches and pay via Venmo/cash to Treasurer at $10 discounted price.
    • Absentees need to alert Leigh beforehand @
  • Re-Purpose Rendezvous raised over $17,000 for our ASP and other Rotary-related charitable endeavors this year!
  • Club Social/World Polio Day FUNdraiser brought in $1,275 in just a couple of hours. Our club members and guests showed up and showed out!
  • GRSP: The selection process for next year has begun! Kristen Crawley, our PE, is reviewing the hundreds of applications. She would appreciate any of your input/support. Reach out to her directly if you want to be on the committee.  We are sharing a student with 2 other clubs, Richmond Hill & Savannah East.
  • Keep an eye on our FB page where you can see what our club has been up to lately! Jamie Arkins keeps this updated so if you have anything to share, please send them to Jamie.
  • Jessica Pedigo has agreed to chair Roastary, anyone interested in joining the committee please reach out directly to Jessica.
  • District conference in Jekyll: lots of fun activities and dynamic speakers: April 26th-28th, 2024
  • Oslo Summer 2024 GRSP Scholarship Opens for Georgia college students
    • Spend summer attending school & exchanging cultural customs in Norway, 6/24 - 8/2/2024
    • Application is now open & closes Jan. 5, 2024.
    • Applicants must have completed sophomore year of college by Spring 2024 & have the recommendation of a Georgia Rotarian.
  • Classification Talk soon by Fitz Hale, Data and analytics consultant, United Way. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley, Jordan Chase
  • New Member Program:
    • Ruth Hutson, outside sales rep for SESCO Lighting. Sponsors: Laure Lee Bocade & Denise Grabowski
    • Katie Rudder Fender, Director of Community Outreach for South University. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley & Jamie Arkins
  • **If you are interested in sponsoring a member, reach out to Zerik Samples, Kristen Crawley, or Jasmine!
  • January 2024:
    • 1/2: ***No meeting*** Happy New Year!
    • 1/9: Taco Tuesday Lunch Munch @ Java Burrito (in the basement), 11:45am-1pm - drop in or stay the whole time!
    • 1/16: Club Meeting @ JEA
    • 1/23: Social - location TBA
    • 1/30: 22 Square Meal (FOR)- Family friendly, bring a dish, BYOB
  • (Note: service projects and dates listed in separate section below)​​​​​​​
  • Ro Patrick reported that reading at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary was a big success and they were very appreciative of the mugs and hot cocoa. She honored Jasmine with the Superlative Service Award for being a Triple Duty Reader!
  • Joint service project with the Interact Clubs @ St. Andrew’s School:
    • Thursday, January 18, 4pm-7pm
    • Empty Bowl Fundraiser for “Children Inspiring Hope”
    • Needs: setup, help prepare & serve dinner, 10 x $20 gift cards to Publix or Kroger
  • 15th anniversary in 2027, currently saving $ for this
  • Currently have 8 nominated projects
  • Project nominees are acquiring more information from “owners”, Dec. 15 deadline, top 2-3 will be presented to club
  • Next meeting: Thursday, January 18 at 10am via Teams
FEATURED SPEAKER: Scott Scheidt, Chief Security Officer at Seimitsu (click here to view Scott's presentation from the meeting)
Scott has presented to six Rotary chapters in our area recently and and has really enjoyed learning about what everyone is doing in the community. He didn’t anticipate being so inspired and excited to learn about all our Rotary programs. He is a member of the Lions Club. 
“Protecting Your Business Through a Strong Cybersecurity Posture” is designed to help business owners:
 • discern if their information is on the dark web.
 • understand the cost of a cyber breach.
 • discover different ways the organization may be at risk.
 • learn the measures to take to better protect their organizations for clients as well as in-house and remote workforce members.

 “Cyber-attacks occur every 39 seconds and as a small business you need to protect yourself, your staff and your clients,” said Scheidt. “Business owners work endlessly to build the trust of their clients and employees and if there is a security breach of private information, there is nothing more grounding than having to send out a mass email to all of your clients and employees that there was a breach of security on your client’s private information.” 

Scheidt of Seimitsu says the ‘clean-up’ of a cyber-attack can be as or more costly than the ransom requested as well.
The FTC broadened their definition of a “Financial Institution” and extended compliance to June of 2023 (this has been in the works for 23 years “Bank Holdings Act of 1956”)
There are nine things that are required by these entities revolving around risk management and securities. This will put a financial burden on these businesses, especially small businesses. Fines associated with lack of compliance to these activities will be comparable to HIPPA fines.
Steps to Business Compliance include Designating a Qualified Individual, Conduct a Risk Assessment, Have a Written Incident Response Plan, Provide Security Awareness Training and Security Policy Compliance (documented, Trackable by Employee, Managed Update)
Implement Safeguards to Reduce Risk, Monitor & Test Effectiveness of the Security Program, Manage & Maintain Infrastructure, Monitor 3rd Party Systems & Service Providers, Annual Reports to your Board of Directors or Senior Management.