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One of the most fun, no pressure, golf outings will again be held at Moon Brook Country Club on Monday July 14, 2014. All the information is here so why not put together a foursome, play golf at as good a course as anywhere and also consider being and encourage others to be a sponsor. 100% of the net funds will go to local or international Rotary projects some of which are listed on the sign up form. Don't wait, come and join us a Moon Brook the country club that the Jamestown Rotary Club founded in 1920! All the information you need is below to have a fun day with friends and leave with that good feeling of supporting the work of one of the worlds top service organizations! So call or copy and paste the sign up and send to the address given. 


Michael Ganske gave a presentation entitled Spies, Lies, and Myths. Because he worked for the CIA, there will be no photo! Or they'll know ... and we won't know that they know.
As he began his presentation, Mr. Ganske said there are some questions he can't answer -- first, he doesn't know who killed President Kennedy and second, he has never been to Area 51.
He described an intelligence cycle that progresses from identification of direction, needs, and requirements to collection, processing and exploitation, analysis, dissemination, and then progresses back to identification. The process is accomplished using yet another process -- that of recruiting individuals to work on behalf of the United States and gather intel. That process includes spotting, assessing, developing, and recruiting. Mr. Ganske said all 137 intelligence organizations in the world use this process. 
He discussed three types of people who do espionage:
  1. The Infiltrator: A person sent with the sole purpose of infiltrating a group or a country to commit espionage. The United States has security countermeasures in place to prevent this from happening to us.
  2. The Exploiter: This shows the frailty of the human condition. Those who are most vulnerable can have those vulnerabilities exploited, whether it be something in their character, their background, etc.
  3. The Volunteer: This is the predominant type of person who performs espionage. They have been trusted insiders, have earned security clearance and have been trusted with valuable information. They typically volunteer for the role on behalf of another country or group.
The top reason why people become spies -- money. 
Mr. Ganske showed a video of an infamous case featuring Aldrich Hazen Ames, a former CIA agent who was arrested in 1994 and is serving life in prison in Pennsylvania for giving up the identification of 25 CIA and FBI officers who were providing information on Soviet activities in the mid-1980s. His actions led to the deaths of 10 of those officers and the failure of more than 100 operations between 1985 and 1994.
To close out his presentation, Mr. Ganske identified the following myths about spies:
  • They get rich
  • They're insane
  • They control their own destiny
  • They display suspicious behavior
  • They suffer poor job performance
  • It's not like the movies
Mr. Ganske served in the U.S. Army where he was assigned to the White House Communications Agency, serving under President Ford and President Carter. In August 1978, he entered the Central Intelligence Agency as a professional, multi-disciplined security officer. He held a variety of positions during his career and has managed counterintelligence programs and has performed two tours of duty overseas. He retired in November 2000 and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal. After retiring in 2000, he and his family moved to Clymer, where he now runs a firm consulting on federal background investigations, security evaluations, threat analysis, and security vetting. He now lectures on espionage for universities and civic groups and is the lead instructor for the Director of National Intelligence's Personnel Security Seminar.


President Todd and Sponsor Steve Sandberg welcomed new member Dave Painter to the Noon Rotary Club on May 8th. Dave is active in the IBEW Electricians Union and is one of the new owners of Ahlstrom Schaeffer, a long standing electrical contracting company in Jamestown. We are pleased to have another community minded person joining our club. Welcome Dave!


Twelve hard working Rotary members on Saturday May 2nd. were greeted by clear blue sky and very nice cool temperature for our stroll along interstate 86. In addition to that our esteemed leader Dick Johnson welcomed us with a nice selection of Tim Horton's donuts! Nice!! Given the reasonable number of workers we were able to clean up both sides of our area on the highway in just 80 short minutes, so thanks to all. No great treasures were found which is always a disappointment for some. 
A Few Photos From Our Adopt-A-Highway Event


On Saturday April 25th we held our annual Jamestown Weekend for District 7090. While the outgoing students were attending briefings on the do’s and don’ts of being an exchange student, the in country students were taken on a tour of Amish Country. Again this year the tour guides were our own Lee Harkness and the knowledgeable Carol Lorenc. The following is a pictorial of the many stops that made up the tour. Additional stops included a cheese factory, quilt outlet and an Amish furniture factory.

Miller's Baked Goods - Oh those Amish Donuts

Shoeing a Horse at Raber's Blacksmith Shop

A Stop at Trillium Lodge for Lunch
The Seneca Nation Museum in Salamanca NY

The Now Very Famous Scary Lucy Statue in Celoron NY



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