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There are many ways of going forward, but only way of standing still. 
   - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Notes From the February 18th Meeting
President Ghida Neukirch called the meeting to order and welcomed our speaker Anna Evans from Dogs On the Go. Anna and Ghida then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.
Ghida reminded the members that the Curl Up With Rotary event is scheduled for March 21 at Exmoor Country Club from 5:30-8:30pm. Members are asked to share flyers around town. Interact parents have been invited in an opportunity to get to know them. The cost for the event is $35 per person, and there will be appetizers and an opportunity to curl. Cash bar will also be available. Members can put their name on a sign up sheet or RSVP to Ghida at ghidaneuk@gmail.com.
Ghida also updated members on the outcome of a meeting she, along with Paul Munk and Mike Stroz, had with the Northwood Middle School faculty advisors to Northwood Gives Back Service Club. Northwood Gives Back comprises some 85 students who do service projects in our community as well as surrounding areas. Their work has been enthusiastically received, and we will plan a joint service project for later this Spring. We have also shared an invitation to the Curl Up With Rotary event, and hope that some of the parents of Northwood Gives Back kids will attend as well.
Mike Babian reminded those present that our Spring Gala will be held Saturday, April 27 at Exmoor at 6pm. We will be honoring our own Larry Block for his service as a Rotarian and his contributions to the community over the past 40 years. Mike mentioned that the invitations will be going out shortly, and that members will receive four (4) raffle tickets along with the invitation. Members are asked to either purchase or sell the tickets. Raffle ticket sales are a critical component of our club’s fundraising effort, and all members are being asked to participate in making our Gala a financial success.
Finally, Ghida mentioned that Bob Morgan has undergone surgery, and is now at home recovering. Although he is eager to get back, it is unlikely he will be able to attend any meetings for the foreseeable future. A Get well card will be circulated for members to sign at our next meeting.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Anna Evans, Dogs On the Go, Speaker
50/50 Winners
50/50 Winners  
 1st Place: Mike Mills
2nd Place: Gerry Brin
3rd Place: Paul Munk
Happy Dollars
Happy dollars were given by: Karen Dennis who was happy to be back and fully recovered from her illness; Mike Babian was happy to have Karen back and made a donation to welcome her; Mike Mills and Gerry Brin were happy to win the drawing, and they donated their winnings.
The Day's Program
Anna Evans is the founder of Dogs On the Go, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit assistance dog organization. It was founded on the principle that people with physical and mental health disabilities deserve to have access to assistance dogs regardless of the socio-economic status. All of the dogs in Dogs On the Go Assistance Dogs are rescues from partnering animal shelters.
The initial focus of the organization is on providing "hearing dogs". These dogs provide assistance by alerting deaf or hearing-impaired individuals to sounds that they would otherwise miss. Dogs are typically trained to respond to: alarm clocks, kitchen timers, smoke alarms, name call, door knock/doorbell, telephones (for telecommunication devices for the deaf). Some dogs will independently learn to alert their owners to sounds they were not initially trained on (e.g., tea kettle, the toaster, or washer and dryer buzzers). Hearing dogs can also assist in the workplace, or for people who travel in a hotel, although primary placement tends to be in a home. Like guide dogs for persons with visual impairments, hearing dogs have public access eights under the American Disabilities Act an by state law,
Unlike other assistance dogs that require physical strength, hearing dogs tend to be smaller breeds. The main requirement is alertness and high energy level. A typical training cycle for a hearing assistance dog ranges from six to nine months and costs $10,000.
Dogs On the Go is a new organization and is projecting to place its first assistance dog this summer. The organization does not receive any government funding, and has no grants at this point, so it is entirely dependent on volunteers and donations. For further info, please call Anna at 815-770-7300 or visit their web page at www.dogsonthego.us.
Thanks to Paul Munk for his notes!
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February 2
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February 3
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February 4
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February 11
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February 12
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February 15
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February 16
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February 25
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February 26
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February 28
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February 28
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