June 7, 2019

NEXT MEETING: June 7, 2019

Identity Theft

Do you know what to do when your credit card is compromised, or your identity is stolen? In this talk, attorney Jen Lee goes over several ways to protect private information, including credit, financial, and medical details, to reduce the risk of identity theft and fraud.

However, even with the best precautions, it can still happen to almost anyone. We’ll review how to figure out you’ve been a victim and the steps to take to try and fix the unfortunate situation.


The scribe-selection procedure hit a snag last week. Nick held aloft a bag containing 8 white balls and 1 orange one. He explained (with some difficulty, arithmetic-challenged that he is) that although the plan was to use 12 white balls, giving each person a 1-in-13 chance of drawing the orange ball, he figured that those odds were too generous and may result in no one choosing the orange ball. So before the drawing began he removed 4 white balls. But even the 9-1 odds were too generous and no one drew the orange ball.

Nick therefore asked for a volunteer scribe. No one raised a hand. Quickly, our take-charge treasurer David Brown volunteered Mark to be the scribe. He objected. But David claimed his privilege as Mark’s attorney to speak on his behalf, and that was that.

Thank you, Mark! Or, David. (Mark, consider getting a new lawyer.)

Next week, we’re trying something else. (Cue the light bulb over Don’s head.) After drawing a white ball, it will not be returned it to the bag. That means the later people show up, the tighter odds they face.

[Obviously this announcement was not written by Mark, whose Flywheel notes read: “Nick had a bag of balls that a member could win a free lunch if such person selected the right ball?”]

MEETING OF June 1, 2019


Our illustrious president Jerry presided over the meeting today. Tom Butt gave the invocation while. Someone lead that Pledge of Allegiance but who it was not recorded.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Jerry Feagley introduced our guest Fran Smith the director of the Masquers Playhouse who was inducted today by Alan Baer. So she is our newest member. Uncharacteristicly Syd recited a thought-for the day that I did not understand.

Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Erle Brown had contributed a happy $100 for the Peres School teach support program.


Why Do Cars Crash?

Jim Yu at personal injury attorney talked today about why car crashes happen. He used to work at a big firms but now is practicing solo. He said the main reason in order of importance are:

  1. Alcohol. With services like Lyft and Uber there is no excuse for driving drunk.
  2. Distracted driving caused be smartphone use. Jim urges us to not use the phone while the car is moving! Just pull over if it the call can’t wait.
  3. Old age, a condition that all of us are facing now or awaits us in the not-so-distant future.
  4. Speed. Simply driving too fast, often in smaller neighborhood streets.
  5. Sun. The sun is low in the sky early in the morning or late in the afternoon. It can impair vision or cause temporary blindness. Reduce your speed to give yourself more reaction time.
  6. Fatigue. We all know this but don’t necessarily avoid driving when we’re tired or drowsy. Big, maybe very costly mistake.

Mark Howe, Appointed Scribe.