2015-07-29, Rick Jackson, Identity Theft

Lya Jordan  Patty GrothPres. Alex Keatts rang the bell to begin our meeting at 12:10 p. m. Bill Wheeler gave the invocation, and Alex led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Paul Comeau led the club in singing “America, the Beautiful.” We circulated in the room and greeted one another.  Janet Green was selected as the mystery greeter as she was walking in the door. 

We had no visiting Rotarians, but Dinus Briggs brought Glenn Duff as his guest.

Happy Bucks

John Hernandez was again “mighty glad to be here.” Bob Seaton reported that Elaine Szalay is out of the hospital and is in rehab. Bob was happy to have his son in town for a visit. Jim Parks returned home from a cruise trip in which they visited Greece.  He was happy that they did not get into the middle of the riot going on at the time. Harry Hansen was happy for a fun trip in the Caribbean.  Ross Ramsey was happy that he is retired as the high schools are preparing to open for the fall semester. Ross has been helping some students with their music, “but as soon as the teachers arrive, it’s bye-bye.”

The Program:  Rick Jackson on Identity Theft

Jodie Brdecko introduced Rick Jackson, a former member of our club. She noted that Rick has been in the document storage business for 14 years.

In his opening remarks, Rick asked us to remember a couple of statistics 1,800 and 43,200. The first number reports how many identity thefts are taking place in one hour.  The second statistic is the number of identity thefts taking place each day. Identity theft and its prevention is a big business today.

Rick JacksonThe speaker suggested that we don’t buy into solicitations which guard our identities.  “Lifelock “is such a company.  They keep track of your identity alright, but they don’t do anything until you have an attack on your identities.  Then it is too late.  Rick recommends keeping your own records and trusting banks that are vigilant in fighting off unauthorized charges to your accounts. Banks will take care of you.

In terms of keeping your own records, he means writing down your entire credit/debit card numbers, with expiration dates included.  Place this document in a safe place away from your wallet and purse. Even your name and address is something you should protect.  Junk mail is a good example.  Don’t just toss your junk mail. Destroy it.  His company offers free shredding of personal junk mail.

In a proactive sense, there are things you can do to protect yourself.  Check your credit bureau reports regularly to be sure that your credit has not violated.  You can also use RFID blockers to prevent criminals from getting data from your wallet as it sits in your pants or in your purse.

After the ProgramThe can collected $68 for Hospice. Jay Jordan won the raffle. The meeting was closed with the 4-way test.

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Guests of Rotarians



Barney Fife

Jay Jordan

Glenn Duff

Dinus Briggs

Visiting Rotarians


Home Club



Student Guests-none for the summer








Member Birthday
Alfonso Sanchez August 2
Jackie Becker August 8
Gregory R. Fant August 10
Keith Houser August 13
John W. Hernandez August 17
Ross Ramsey August 29

Wedding Anniversaries-August

Member Spouse Wedding Anniversary Years
Mel Parish Sunny August 1 51 years
James Parks Jacque August 1 51 years
Alfonso Sanchez Cynthia D. Trujillo-Sanchez August 3 30 years
Wanda Mattiace Bill August 7 45 years
Colleen Boyd Jay Chapman August 31 19 years

Club Anniveraries-August

Member Club Anniversary Tenure
Mary Ellen McKay August 1 21 years
Kiel Hoffman August 8 12 years
Donald Dresp August 18 44 years
James R. Gerwels August 25 5 years
Jodie Brdecko August 29 3 years

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