Dekle presents identity theft program to Kiwanis

Dekle presents identity theft program to Kiwanis

Dekle presents identity theft program to Kiwanis


Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 3:45 pm

Dekle presents identity theft program to Kiwanis


The Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro held its weekly meeting Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Catered Creations at 7 p.m. With President-Elect Tim Goodman presiding in the absence of President Dess Smith III, they had 18 members in attendance. Guests for the evening were Division 17 Lt. Governor June Hunter and an interclub from the Statesboro Kiwanis Club that included Danny Foglio, John Karrh, Carl Sellers, and Charles Dunn. Lt. Governor Hunter presented a certificate to the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club for participation in the Kiwanis One Day Project this April. Their project was Pre-K FunDay, held at the Swainsboro Primary School. She also gave the 2012-2013 Distinguished Club patch to the Club and Distinguished President and Secretary pins to Chip Durden and Edwin Canady. She also presented 2012-2013 Membership Growth and 5 of 5 District Projects patches to the Club. She thanked the Club for their support of the Georgia District last year and for their support this year. 

   Goodman reminded the Club that there will be no meeting on July 1 in celebration of Independance Day, July 4. The next meeting will be on July 8. Goodman also announced that the Drop-in-the-Bucket for the Eliminate Project is still under way. 

   The club had the cookout for the Herrington Homestead scheduled for Thursday, June 26. Be there no later than 11:30 a.m. if you want to help. They also have the hot dog cookout for the Library’s Summer Reading Program on July 24. Remember to register for the Kiwanis District Convention that will be held on August 15-17 in Savannah. See Goodman if you are interested in raffle tickets for the drawing at the convention. You do not have to be present to win the $5,000. Also, the winning member’s Club also wins $1,000. Anyone who is interested in donating something to the District Silent Auction needs to see President Dess. 

   Jean Weise continues to be resting well; Pepper Fields and Brenda Van Arsdale are

expected to be back very soon. Chip Durden is recovering in University Hospital in Augusta from his surgery, but is not doing as well as last week. 

   The program for the evening was hosted by President Smith. In his absence, Goodman introduced Marnie Dekle, UGA Extension Agent Serving Emanuel and Candler County. Dekle presented a very interesting program on identity theft and what we can do to protect ourselves against theft of our personal information. Using information provided by the Federal Trade Commission, she outlined how we could use the information to deter, detect, and defend our credit and avoid identity theft. The most important thing to protect is your social security number. That is the easiest way for a thief to steal your identity is with your social security number. Shredding financial documents, checking your credit scores regularly, and taking quick and comprehensive action when identity theft occurs is also very important. Putting

fraud alerts on your credit report, reporting identity theft to the police, and closing compromised accounts all work to save your credit rating. 

   If you would like to join the Swainsboro Kiwanis club, please contact membership chair Jane Durden at 478-237-2635 or e-mail her Also, if you would like to find out more information about the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club, organized on May 31, 1922, and its many community service projects that they do each year, go to their website at or to the Swainsboro Kiwanis Facebook page.

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