September 17, 2018
President-Elect Scott Williams rang the bell to call the meeting to order.
John Snider gave the Pledge and Invocation.
Frank Ward introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians.
Ridge Whitehurst introduced the visiting Interact Students.
Brad Means gave the Sunshine Report.
At our last meeting the inside challenger was Chris Melcher and club member Eddie Bussey, with State Farm Insurance, was the outside challenger. This week the inside challenger is club member Dave Brendza and the outside challenger is ADP.
- President-Elect Scott called on Jeff Simless for an update on our weekly football pick’em. After having won the first week, Susan Rice is our first repeat winner having won in a tiebreaker for week 3. If you are not getting the email to participate from Ashlee Duren please let Jeff know.
- President-Elect Scott reminded the club that John Whitwell is coordinating the Smash Alzheimer’s event to raise money. September 21st is Alzheimer’s Awareness Day. More info on the event can be found at smashalzheimers.com.
- Our GRSP student received her official Rotary badge today. Congratulations to Linnea!
President-Elect Scott Williams called on Dr. Gretchen Caughman to introduce our speaker, Dr. Alexander Schwartzmann, the new Dean of the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Augusta University.
Dr. Schwarzmann is a nationally recognized expert in computer technology whose work primarily focuses on cybersecurity of electronic voting, distributed computing, survivable distributed information systems, and fault-tolerant systems. Having been in his new role with AU for only a few short weeks, Dr. Schwartzmann focused his remarks on the history of election voting from the early days of pre-printed colored tickets to electronic voting machines today.
He shared many of the challenges related to the voting process, which include reliability, security, and the ability to audit the systems. As a computer scientist, he stated that his sole focus was on the technology and not the politics of election voting. Once the scientist gets involved in the political side of voting, such as voter ID laws and fraud related to deceased voters, then he loses credibility.
Our next meeting will be September 24 and our speaker will be Dirk Meyer with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra.
The meeting was adjourned with the Four Way Test.
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Inside Challenger: Dave Brendza
Outside Challenger: ADP
Dr. Alexander Schwarzman
S.W. Pacific County Rotary Club
Richmond County Interact Club
Faye Hargrove 9-17-18 Rotary Board of Directors Meeting
Brett Montroy 9-17-18 Rotary Board of Directors Meeting
Brad Means 9-10-18 Emcee, United Way