Today’s Meeting: Tim Balconi – Check Presentation from the UPMC Altoona Foundation
July 3rd – Tracie Ciambotti – Military Family Ministries
July 10th – Erin Kelly – Author and Altoona Mirror Columnist
July 17th – Larry Culp – Dairy Farmer in Martinsburg
July 24th – Allan Bassler – Publisher of the Morrison’s Cove Herald
July 31st – Ed Krueger – Publisher of the Altoona Mirror
Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week: Last week our speaker was David Wertz of PC Works Plus – discussing Cyber Security. David, who’s the president and founder of PC Works Plus, began his business 29 years ago. David said that security awareness is very important to a business because even if you’ve spent a lot of money on computers and the best software, any individual’s careless use of the system can cause major problems. Cyber criminals, sometimes referred to as “hacktivists”, cause disruption by disabling/changing systems, which steal your computing power. In 2017, it was estimated that 4,000 ransomware attacks per day caused companies to spend $5 billion paying ransoms to cyber criminals! David stated that phishing, unsolicited assistance, and notices that you are a “winner” are some of the common ways intruders can cause damage.
David provided the following seven suggestions for protecting your computer:
- Don’t use the same password for different sites.
- Enable pin/passwords on mobile devices.
- Don’t allow a link to control where you land.
- Reject offers of unsolicited assistance.
- Be very cautious of unexpected emails.
- Don’t open unexpected attachments or links in emails.
- Use Two Factor authentication.
Guests of the Day:
…..Guests of Alex Seltzer included Grant Rumble of the Boy Scouts of America and former Ambucs George and Judy Savine. Both George and Judy were also past AMBUCS presidents.
News of the Week:
…..Treasurer Paul Dick received the invoice from UPMC for the costs of the recent blood screening and we cleared a profit of $15,146 for the project fund. Event chairman, Ed Farabaugh, devotes a very large amount of his time on this project every year. A big thank you goes out to Ed and to his worker bees that helped with the screening on that Saturday morning! Great effort….Great result.
…..Amtryke Chairman, Michele Lloyd, received four new Amtryke requests last week. Unfortunately, all four of these requests are for trykes that are currently on backorder. This brings our number of backorder requests to fourteen. National AMBUCS is now expecting the Amtrykes to be delivered to them around the middle of August, instead of July as originally thought. Michele’s building team will certainly be busy when these fourteen trykes show up.
…..President Kristan thanked Rachel DiAndrea for her efforts in developing another piece of valuable marketing material for the club. Rachel designed a 4” x 9” two-sided rack card that can be placed in tourism type racks in the area or handed out when talking to a prospective member. The cards are available at club. Why not take a few and try to recruit a new member or two? Thanks Rachel!
…..In several weeks, our guest speaker will be Erin Kelly, a local author, poet, and Altoona Mirror columnist. Erin, who has cerebral palsy, has written a book of poetry entitled “How to Wait”, which bears witness to the art of patience, a trait few of us will ever master. We have a number of copies of this book and we will be selling chances for you to win one. Chances are just $5.00 and will be available starting this week.
…..Last week we had two people take their chance at finding a Joker! The previous week, the ticket of Jim Huff was chosen but Jim had to leave early. So Jim made his selection prior to the meeting and unwisely chose the Three of Spades. Then at the conclusion of the meeting, Bob Reffner’s ticket was chosen by David Wertz and he likewise was a loser when he pulled the Ten of Clubs. Next week’s winner will now pick from a deck of 51 remaining cards to find one of the jokers for a pot of about $80.
…..Mark your calendar….the AMBUCS will face WeCare in the WeCare Softball Marathon on Friday, August 10th, at Seitz field in Eldorado. Tony Miller needs players, and by players Tony says that the only requirement to play is to have a pulse! Details of the event to follow soon.
In Closing: Late one night a guy is speeding down an empty road. A cop sees him go flying past so he chases him down and pulls him over. The cop goes up to the car and when the man rolls down the window, he asks, “Are you aware of how fast you were going, sir?” The man replies, “Yes I am. I’m trying to escape a robbery I got involved in.” The cop looks at him disbelievingly and asks him, “Were you the one being robbed, sir?” The man casually replies, “Oh no, I was the one who committed the robbery. I was escaping.”
The cop is shocked and surprised that the man has admitted this so freely. He says, “So you’re telling me you were speeding…AND committed a robbery?” “Oh yes,” replies the man calmly. “I have all the loot in the back.” The cop is now starting to get concerned and says, “Sir, I’m afraid you’ll have to come with me” as he reaches into the window to take the car keys out of the ignition. The man shouts, “Please don’t do that! I’m afraid that you’ll find the gun in my glove compartment!” At this the cop pulls his hand out of the window and says, “Wait here” as he returns to his car and calls for backup.
Soon there are cars, cops and helicopters all over, everywhere you look. The man is quickly dragged out of his car, handcuffed and taken to a cop car. However, just before he is put in the car and taken away a cop walks up to him and says, while pointing at the cop that pulled him over, “Sir, this officer tells us that you had committed a robbery, had stolen loot in the trunk of your car, and had a loaded gun in your glove compartment. However, we didn’t find any of these things in your car.” The man replies, “Yeah, and I bet that liar said I was speeding too!”