Michael Hingson
Oct 16, 2017
Michael Hingson, NY Times best-selling author, will talk about surviving 9/11.
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The Monday presentation was provided by Michael Hingson with assistance from Africa, a Labrador Blind Guide Dog.  Michael is in town to support the Almost Home fundraiser.  He is better remember as a blind person whose Guide Dog Roselle assisted him to navigate 78 floors of the World Trade Center in 2001.  Michael survived very well because:
  • Even though the World Trade Center swayed over 20 feet after the plane hit and settled six feet after righting itself Roselle did not appear overly upset and Michael knew that time was available;
  • Michael and Roselle navigated down the stairs, comforting many others in their escape and then moved to safety once on the ground;
  • After the buildings began to collapse and the dust ball descended on them Michael and Roselle navigated to safe shelter between buildings, etc. until the dust began to settle;
  • The first plane hit at 8:40 A.M. and Michael and Roselle were home in New Jersey at 7:00 P.M.;
  • After that experience Michael began to engage in sharing his story of escape (five appearances on Larry King) across the world to raise awareness for the abilities of persons with disabilities and to tout the need for additional service dogs;
Labradors make the best guide dogs, but only 50% achieve success.  Roselle retired shortly after the World Trade Center experience because of growing health issues that Michael attributes to the dust storm after the building collapse.  She died several years after retirement.  A second dog was acquired for Michael, but lasted less than 6 months after which Africa arrived to be a constant companion.  The key is that the service dog and the person being guided are a team that must work together.  The service dog does not make decisions for the person; rather, the service dog indicates to the persons safe passages to go after given a direction.  A relevant example was Roselle's stubborn stop during the World Trade Center exodus - the reason was steps leading into a subway station.  Michael emphasized that he has been blind early in life as a premature birth in which high oxygen levels destroyed the retinas in his eyes.  Rather than accept a life of idleness his parents taught him to become aware of his surroundings and accomplish the impossible.  He achieved a Masters in Physics but made his living by becoming a very successful sales person in computer software.  Overall, over 70% of blind persons are unemployed even with the Americans With Disabilities Act. 
When asked about is glasses, Michael demonstrated an amazing new technology that incorporates a lens camera.  He can call a service company that can views what his glasses show to help the person navigate difficult locations or to find items/safe exits.  Rotary appreciated this demonstration of technology.
The following have volunteered to provide the weekly invocation as our meetings start.  If you are unable to make your assigned schedule please contact a substitute that will then check-in with the President prior to the meeting.
October 23 - Laurie Hendricks
October 30 - Ann Lenox
November 6 - John Daniel
November 13 - John Nielsen
November 20 - Elizabeth Stanek
November 27 - Kraig Barber
December 4 - Dave Beekman
December 11 - Gary LeValley
December 18 - Amy Bruno
December 25 - Christmas Day - No Meeting
January 1 - No Meeting
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2017 and 2018 Rotary Years have been posted to the members only section of the Website and are available for viewing by accessing the Members Only Section. 
Rotarian Van Zyl was pictured on the front page of Tuesday's "Messenger" with a discussion of how the Fort Dodge Community Schools hope to proceed with budget preparation when the estimate is for stable funding.  The School Board and Administration are hard at work devising various solutions to pending funding shortfalls.
Along with city staff member Carissa Harvey, David Fierke was pictured on the front page of the Saturday "Messenger" announcing that the City had received a prestigious award from the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association.  The award was for the Northwest Corridor Plan which was done by the City Planning Staff and Snyder Associates.  Congratulations to David and his staff.
Rotary is a service organization comprised of community leaders of various professions dedicated to humanitarian causes locally and throughout the world.  The club budgets funds annually for a variety of local causes that may be made available for requests made throughout the year for which the Board of Directors may want to support.  To make application for funds please use the following application format found over two sections of this applet.  When completed please scan your application narrative and send to Fort Dodge Rotary, Box 935, Fort Dodge, Iowa  50501 .  The first page of the application appears below and the second is found by clicking on the "read more" applet. 
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