This morning Phil Blohm stood in for President Dave Doyle to lead the meeting. Our visiting Rotarian Tripp Pound led us in the flag salute and Pete Pulos gave us our thought for the day.
Robert Howk introduced his guest and this morning’s speaker Brian Horton and Jacque Smith Garcia introduced Marilyn Branford as her guest and possible new member.
Joe Villareal did happy bucks and received numerous contributions.
Alan Uyemura reported on the 5/15K Chocolicious run to be held this Saturday at Woodward Park. Alan thanked Tim Conboy and Tripp Pound for their contributions to our fund raiser. Alan also reported that the location of the run has been moved to Shinzen Japanese Gardens in the park.
Bob Garcia reported that Dennis Falk is on a leave of absence. He was scheduled to have speakers for the last two Thursdays in March but has asked to trade with someone until he returns in May. If anyone has already secured a speaker and can move them to March 21st or 28th to please let him know.
Hy Wood reported that Dennis Falk will be making his trip to Guatemala in May and $2000 has been committed to him for this trip.
Elva Carlos introduced Sarah Cha and Erik Ramirez as Cambridge High School’s outstanding students of the month. The outstanding staff person was Anjanetta Green. All received a certificate of appreciation and the students received a $40 gift card to Target.
Elva also reported on her interview with NBC Channel 24 and her work with Cambridge High School. The three-minute report can be seen on You Tube. Click here to see it.
Robert Howk introduced Brian Horton, founder and CEO of Bread Crumb Cyber Security. Bread Crumb helps protect the infrastructure, critical data and reputation of organizations from hackers seeking to do them harm. Brian reported that most businesses or individuals are not usually specific targets of hackers but often are caught in a net of a mass search looking for a way into their computers. Brian gave several examples of local businesses that had been hacked, what it cost them in time and money and what they could have done to prevent it. Many hackers are large and sophisticated organizations whose only business is to hack into the computers of businesses to obtain a ransom. Brian suggested several ways individuals and businesses can protect themselves including using a multifactor authentication when available, using a paid email service, changing pass words often and using more sophisticated passwords such as a long phrase. He also stated that once hacked, an individual or business has approximately 48 hours or less to notify their bank and the FBI before they lose money.
Next week we will have Nick Andritch, grandson of Mike Andritch, our past district governor, giving a power point presentation on the Jewish Holocaust. Our greeters will be Joe Villareal and Hymman Wood. Our thought for the day will come from Gary Instanboulian.