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Community Relations Manager
Better Business Bureau
This week at Rotary we partied like it was 2020 with an all Zoom virtual meeting featuring speaker Danielle Bass from the Better Business Bureau. Danielle is the Community Relations Manager for Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. She has been with the organization since 2019. 
She spoke at length about scams targeting There is no real way to stop them. Some tactics though including not answering and reporting spammers to the FTC. Even answering the phone can get recipients on an "active number" list that is simply resold to other spammers. These calls are hard to police because they often come from overseas, though the FTC has been working with providers to identify and stop spammers. Another scam we are seeing more now is via text, usually referencing an order from a large company such as Amazon, FedEx, or Target, and clicking the link often leads to scammers getting login information. Do not click on links sent via text. For messages referring to deliveries, verify the information in your confirmation email sent when you ordered a product for delivery. Email scams are common but are easier to identify by simply looking at the entire email address, looking for extended email addresses or minor misspellings. 
Danielle went into shopping fraud. A common example is a skimming device which can be inserted into credit card readers and ATM machines. They can be identified because tampering is evident with damage around the reader, discoloration, or anything obvious. Often the skimming device is large and bulky. The proper reader should look normal. Chip readers are You can get an RFID cover to protect chip readers on Generally speaking credit cards are easier to get money returned than debit cards as well as tend to be more difficult to draw money from.
Danielle encourages everyone to take steps to protect ourselves from data breaches by going over bank and credit card statements, as well as changing password on a quarterly basis. These passwords should not be easy or obvious. Be sure to store them in a safe place or a password app. If you feel like someone got ahold of your information, you can take the step of freezing your credit lines.
Bob Anthony, who apparently has some dirt on the powers that be at Rotary, will have his birthday celebrated next week, presumably with root beer floats. 

Rinus Oosthoek was clearly wearing is Chamber of Commerce hat when he played a role in the insulting felling of the Rotary flag. Here we see the deed in progress. Once again, note the Rotary flag falling in the background. We assume charged have been filed. 


You can now pay for your 50/50 Raffle tickets and Happy Dollars with your credit card. There will be a nominal fee for raffle tickets. Thanks to Doc for getting us one of those cool Toast devices!

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Besides our speaker, Carolyn had a guest Tyler Hains from Marblehead who is a prospective member of the Salem Rotary.

CAlendar winner!

No drawing this week

50:50 Raffle

No raffle this week



  • Kristen Armstrong was so proud of the Salem 7th grade travelling team who won the Cape Ann title Congrats
  • Carolyn Shapiro gave a shoutout to Jane Stirgwolt for broadcasting the upcoming evening event at the Real Pirates Museum. Jane called Carolyn "an inspiration."
  • Jennifer Close just returned for PET training for President Elects and encouraged us all to check out upcoming Rotary events. 
  • Scott Grover reminded everyone that the invitation as well as the sponsorship form are on the website. Tickets can be purchased online as well. 

Club Announcements and events

March 21
Salem Rotary Meeting Time
The DEI and Membership Committee will be leading a discussion on additional options for membership, such as a community service membership. Be sure to attend so your voice is heard!
March 28 5:30-7:30
Real Pirates of Salem Museum
We will be having a meet and greet at the Real Pirates of Salem Museum. This will be the next evening meeting of the Salem Rotary. Snacks will be served. 
April 22
Burlington Marriot
On Saturday, April 22, 2023, Rotary Districts 7890, 7910, and 7930 will come together at the Burlington Marriott for a 3 District Conference with Keynote Speaker Evan Burrell.  Suggestions:  1. Watch the short promotional video below.  2. Register before the March 1st early-bird deadline.
Spring Into Action
May 11
Hawthorne Hotel
Stay tuned. We will have much more for you in the coming weeks! SAVE THE DATE!
Melbourne, Australia
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In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.
Member Birthdays
John Fisher
March 1
William Kielbasa
March 6
Robert Anthony
March 17
Upcoming Speakers
Mar 14, 2023
Better Business Bureau
Mar 28, 2023 5:00 PM
Evening meeting!
Apr 11, 2023
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Upcoming Events
Spring Into Action Dinner & Auction
The Historic Hawthorne Hotel
May 11, 2023 6:00 PM
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Club Information
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
United States of America
NOTE: The fourth Tuesday of the month is an evening meeting, beginning at 5:15. If you are interested in learning more about Salem Rotary, please email
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