by: Don Smith

THIS WEEK IN REVIEW ....June 1, 2006
This weeks Reporter-Carl Duncan

Mason   Perkins     Duncan

GUESTS: Nick Morrone brought his grandson Luke Morrone and Doug Harder introduced his grandson Jackson White. In order to avoid being fined for dereliction of duty, Bezjak immediately imposed the "motley crew" fine which passed overwhelmingly.

DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS: A tour of Mile Hi stadium is scheduled for Sunday June 11. District leadership conference will be held at the E Orchard campus of Regis Univ on Sat June 17.  Newly elected officers are expected to attend.  See below for a list of the slate of new officers.  Plan ahead for the Fall district conference on Sep 23. (more details at end of newsletter, along with a downloadable registration form).

            NEW OFFICERS::
Board of Directors Chairman: Jack Marshall
Club President: Bob Hogge
Vice presidents: Carl Duncan, Jim Rees, George Hannes
1 year Director: Jim Perkins, Dave Penland
2 year Director: Nick Morrone, Don Smith, Tim Pollak
Bingo: Dick Enslow
Secretary: Sterling Cain
Treasurer: Rick Campbell

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mason thanked those members who volunteered to help A team during bingo last Monday. But even with the extra help the "take" was disappointing since only $4,000 was deposited .

Dave Penland, chairman of the growth committee, is promoting a new approach in his quest to increase the club's membership. There will be a special "bring a guest day" during each of the 4 quarters of the coming year. Special programs will be selected that will encourage the members to invite guests. For example, plan now to hear Bob Beauprez on August 6.

CORRECTION: The installation banquet will indeed take place on the 23rd of June, but contrary to prior pronouncements, the 23rd of June is on a FRIDAY, not Saturday. Adjust your schedules accordingly.

HANDSHAKE PRIZE: Today there was no Handshake prize nor Sertoman of the Day. All of the handshake prizes were stolen and the Sertoman of the day did not show. This meant that the "flying five" did not fly.



PROGRAM:  The club's very own Mighty Mike Magee, sailor extraordinaire, presented a slide/narration of a trip to forbidden Cuba in 1998. At that time Mike and Barbara owned a 33 foot catamaran that was well enough equipped to serve as a residence. They named it "Maranatha" . In addition to canvass sails, the boat was equipped with a 15 hp yamaha motor. Navigational equipment included a GPS or global positioning system.

Mike and Barbara joined 193 other boats in a race/flotilla jaunt from Florida to Cuba. They left at night in order to avoid the "confused seas" created in the crossing by the conflict between the gulf stream and the high winds during the day. Upon arrival, there were many levels and types of custom and immigration procedures that had to be completed. In order not to have their boat confiscated for violating the Cuban embargo, they were under orders to not buy anything, including water and gasoline. Actually all they had to do was just say they did not buy anything.

They spent 3 days touring the island. Mike was impressed by the lack of cars and those that were there were old and used. The general state of homes and commercial buildings was one of disrepair. Income ranges from $5 to $15 per month and food is rationed. Other than that Cuba is a very beautiful piece of real estate.

Mike's narration kept everybody's attention and his photography was great.


n/a   Bob Schlageter   n/a

          On the calendar ..   
        (SOD list is in limbo, hopefully it will straighten out soon.
SOD Rick Jacobus

         June 8 - Regular Meeting - SOD Howie Kelsall
                Program: Mary Schreiner, House Exchange
         June 13 - Board Meeting
         June 15 - Regular Meeting - SOD Dick Laskey
         June 22 - Regular Meeting - SOD Mike Magee
         June 29 - Regular Meeting - SOD Don Marshal


June 5  - B Team
June 12 - C Team
June 19 - D Team
June 26 - E Team


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SERTOMA District Leadership Conference

(Download Registration Form)

The Combined Central Colorado and Front Range District's Leadership Conference will be held Sat., June 17, 2006, from 8:00am to 12:00 noon (registration, coffee, and rolls 8:00 to 8:30).

The conference will be held in the Harlequin Bldg. at the Regis University Tech Center campus which is at 7600 E. Orchard, just west of I-25 on the south side of Orchard. After entering, go down one floor (main entrance on 2nd floor) and go to Room #89.

All members of the District's Clubs are invited and encouraged to attend with emphasis on members who will be in Leadership positions (Officers, Board members, committee chairs, etc.) for the upcoming FY 2006-2007.

Details will follow with the agenda and other information.

For questions, please call Jerry Wheeler at 303-741-5378; Marty Morgan at 303-752-2088, or Merritt Sherer at 303-757-2134.

Subject: Sertoma Baseball Camp Info

LODO Field of Dreams June 22-24, 2006. We are also holding a 2-hour soccer camp with the Colorado Rapids on the afternoon of July 26 in Westminster. I'll have more info on that a little later.
Thank you.
Kathy Matlack

Also, the Littleton club has its annual golf tournament at Heather Ridge on Monday, June 12th. If you would like to play or put a foursome together, contact any of the fine folks at the Littleton club. If you need contact info, just let me know, Mike Ballew

Webroot uncovers thousands of stolen identities
FBI investigates as banking Trojan runs wild, claiming victims in 125 countries

By Paul Roberts
May 09, 2006

Spyware researchers at Webroot Software. have uncovered a stash of tens of thousands of stolen identities from 125 countries that they believe were collected by a new variant of a Trojan horse program the company is calling Trojan-Phisher-Rebery.

The FBI is investigating the stolen information, which was discovered on a password-protected FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server in the U.S. and is believed to be connected to a Trojan horse that is installed from the Web site teens7(dot)com. The information, organized by country, includes names, phone numbers, social security numbers, and user log-ins and passwords for tens of thousands of Web sites, according to information provided to InfoWorld by Webroot.

The discovery is just the latest evidence of rampant identity theft by online criminals who use malicious Web sites, common software vulnerabilities and keylogging software to harvest information from unsuspecting Web surfers.

The Trojan was discovered on April 25 by Dan Para, a member of Webroot's Threat Research Team, who was investigating one of a number of malicious files installed using "drive by downloads" from the teens7(dot)com Web site. In drive by downloads, software vulnerabilities in Web browsers are exploited so that malicious software can be pushed down to the machine running the Web browser, usually without any warning to the computer's owner.

The Rebery malicious software is an example of a "banking" Trojan, which are programmed to spring to life when computer owners visit one of a number of online banking or e-commerce sites, said Gerhard Eschelbeck, CTO at Webroot.

Webroot notified the FBI after it discovered the stolen information, which had been groomed and organized in folders by country where it was "ready to be sold," Eschelbeck said. The stolen data was hosted on an FTP server hosted by nLayer Communications in New York, according to Webroot. However, the company does not know who is behind the scam, Eschelbeck said.

"It's probably an individual who set it up," said Eschelbeck. However, it is unlikely that the individuals running the Web site or hosting the FTP server have any direct knowledge of the scam, he said.

Rebery is still "running wild" on the Internet, Webroot said. The company believes there are more than 12,000 systems infected with the Trojan, 1,200 of them in the U.S.

The stash of stolen identities is just one of many that have been uncovered in recent months, as identity theft has evolved into a lucrative operation for online criminal groups.

Researchers at antispyware firm Sunbelt Software have also uncovered stashes of stolen information harvested by keyloggers on more than one occasion, and company employees have, in the past, informed some consumers that their identities have been stolen.

Catching the perpetrators is a different matter, however. Often, criminals conduct their affairs from afar, connecting to their servers through one or more compromised machines, which are often scattered around the globe, making criminal investigation and enforcement difficult, experts say.