Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
Monday, Jan 20th, 5:00 PM, Board of Directors Meeting, Gianni Buonomo Vintners
Monday, Jan 20th, 6:00 PM, Monthly Monday Evening Event & Membership Dinner, Gianni Buonomo Vintners
Tuesday, 28th, 7:00 AM, Breakfast Meeting at SDYC. Speaker: Alan Ziter, Executive Director, NTC Foundation
Mark your calendars:
Friday, Feb 28th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Annual Jensen’s Winetasting Fundraiser
Tuesday, Mar 10th, 7:00 AM, Annual Optimist Oratorical Contest
Saturday evening, May 2nd, Golden Grand – Tropical Paradise fundraiser at the Bali Hai
This morning’s well-attended breakfast meeting was highlighted by our guest speaker, FBI Special Agent Parker Scott. He described his background, having been with the San Diego FBI since 2004 and before that a Special Agent with the Secret Service and an Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Army. In his “spare time” he is trying to learn to play the cello. He emphasized was how unique San Diego was, with its appeal to business, tourism, and adventurism (good and bad) due to its weather, attractions, and convenient location between Los Angeles and the largest international border crossing in the world. As a result the FBI is very busy here, with its three highest priorities being countering terrorism, espionage, and cyber/IT issues. For instance, industrial espionage networks result in technology thefts of $24 billion that reduce US business profits by more than $700 billion annually. Social media exploitation is another area of great concern. Special Agent Scott brought up how a good way to defeat these threats of networking exploitation is to create a strong counter-network. One the FBI is promoting in that regard is the InfraGard program, in which any of us over 18 can participate after passing a background check and receiving free training. It’s a program geared toward addressing security and threats. If interested, the link is www.InfraGard.org. Cards with helpful information were provided and are copied below for reference. Thank you, Special Agent Scott and all your colleagues who keep us safe!
We also had a short public service announcement by Point Loma resident and guest Don Sevrens, who described how funds are being sought for the local Voltaire Bridge aesthetic improvement project. Since it’s not allowed to be funded by the city, the remaining $12,000 needed is being sought, to add to the $80,000 donations raised so far. Individuals may contribute through the Point Loma Association at Pointloma.org (scrolling down to Voltaire Street Bridge).