Yorktown Indiana Chamber of Commerce
October 17, 2017
Mellott Family Center
INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME: Ryan Ballard, Mark Goodpaster, Sarah McCord, Keith Gary, Mary Ann Stroeh, Carly Acree-King, Kallie Sulanke, Greg Hinshaw, Laura Mickler, Maureen Walby, Rick Yencer, Fran Bullock, Liz Rozelle, Carolyn “Buffy” Grieves, Donna Penticuff, Pete Olson, Megan O’Connor, Brendon Comp, Rachel Tucker, David Riggs, Todd Blevins, Cameron Grubbs, Don Nicholson, Leslie Baim, Steve Perry, Dustin Humm
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Are you going to dress up for Halloween and participate in the festivities? Those with younger children will be participating but most were not going to dress up just provide treats.
BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Cardinal Capital Management – Sarah McCord – Handouts were provided about the organization with contact information and overview of services. McCord thanked those who prepared the breakfast meal.
MEMBER APPRECIATION DRAWING: Rachel Tucker won the Lowery’s candy.
SECRETARY REPORT: Approved as submitted.
TREASURER REPORT: Approved as submitted.
AMBASSADORS REPORT: Ambassador’s meeting held on October 9, 2017, with overview of events attended and community participation. Invited Ambassadors to participate in upcoming Luminary Festival in December. Ambassadors were thanked for their participation. Upcoming Yorktown Chamber After-Hours Event to be held November 2, 2017, 5 p.m. at Lowery’s Home Made Candy on Kilgore Ave.
SCHOOL REPORT: Greg Hinshaw – Yorktown School enrollment currently at 2,592, with highest enrollment since 1979. Test scores are very good, with school district receiving a “B” overall, with no systems in East Central Indiana receiving an overall “A” rating. Sports activities very successful with girls’ sports excelling in soccer, volleyball and cross-country.
TOWN REPORT: Pete Olson – Budget approved with property tax base remaining level. Discussed efforts for acquiring property in downtown Yorktown. Firefighters are conducting a second fundraiser including at twenty-four hour workout on October 26, 27, promoting safety in the community. Approval received for expansion of trail on River Road with work beginning immediately. Trail will extend to entrance of Woodland Trails Addition.
BRE (Business Retention and Expansion): Todd Blevins – Meeting to follow immediately after Chamber meeting to discuss upcoming events and future programs.
PROGRAM: E-Keepers – Dustin Humm – Cyber Security – Humm indicated that when an individual or company is on-line they are connected to the entire world and the public has potential access to information. Humm indicated that basic protection entails using secure passwords which should include the following: creating a pattern, use of special characters and numbers, using a familiar theme to the password, additional numbers and characters, and a suffix. Humm provided an example of *Wars@ESI!2017, and to periodically change password by adding information to current password. Use of Malware discussed indicating there are free programs but all advertising cannot be scrubbed from most of them. Humm noted that Ransomware usually came in the form of an attachment.
It was suggested that files should be backed up often. To avoid identity theft it was suggested that private information not be accessed in public areas. Sharing private information on social media was discussed with warnings about the fact that sites are not secure and one should never provide personal data by email or text.
Information was provided about how to spot identity theft and that a rider can be attached to insurance policies for a nominal fee that covers personal identity theft. If identity theft is suspected always contact your bank, insurance agent, creditors and the police.
Humm warned that software updates were very important and should be kept current. It was also suggested that work data and personal data be kept separate for protection of information and that purchasing items on line should always be done through a reputable Website. Use of public Wi-Fi was discouraged with caution extended to use of phones as well as computers. Humm responded to additional questions about cyber-security from Chamber members.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Yorktown Public Library – beginning a capital improvements campaign with suggested expansion to accommodate larger groups, including a current middle school group that numbers 15-50 students. Information on line about the project as well as other programs and services offered by the library; Ball State University Homecoming scheduled for October 21st with all events listed on BSU Website.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Mark Goodpaster discussed safety and security in public areas with suggestion to always report any suspicious behavior, to keep personal belongings close to your body, walk in well-lighted public areas, don’t talk to strangers or provide transportation to hitchhikers, and to keep car doors locked when driving or stopping for traffic signals.
NEXT MEETING: November 21, 2017 – BRING A GUEST!