Posted by Kenneth Macy on May 04, 2024

Beth Thaxton Gemeny

Club member Beth Gemeny holds the CISSP certification in Cyber Security, administered by the ISC2 organization.  Beth started out in the cyber security field at Hewlett-Packard Company where she worked on several Public Key Infrastructure projects implemented in HP computing systems.  She moved from there through several other tech companies in Silicon Valley and is now an independent consultant in this area.  Tonight she led a discussion on the various types of online scams, security threats and personal information threats that all of us face today.  

Heather Goode
Heather Goode is the Co-Founder, Executive Director and Pastor at the Arukah Project.  The Arukah Project is dedicated to Restore, Renew and Rebuild the lives of survivors of sex trafficking in Santa Cruz County and beyond.  Arukah's integrated approach engages and empowers the local church, businesses, government agencies, and community stakeholders to collaborate to bring wholeness and freedom to survivors.‚Äč

Scot Smithee
Scot Smithee, Rotary Club of Gilroy and former Police Chief of Gilroy updated the club on Youth Protection Guidelines.  Rotary District 5170 is committed to doing the hard work necessary to keep our young people, volunteers, and members safe.  For us this includes Club Certification for every club, individual certification for all volunteers who have more than casual contact with youth, training for all volunteers, and the Rotary Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth.  
In order to make compliance as simple as possible, a roadmap has been for each type of volunteer in Rotary Youth Protection Programs. 
  • Club President
  • Club Youth Protection Officer / Youth Services Chair
  • Any Rotarian requiring Full Youth Protection Certification
The Livescan protocol is key to all volunteer types and is available at numerous locales now in addition to the Santa Cruz Sheriff's department for 5170.  This is not the case for all Rotary Districts though.