Opening Ceremonies: President Carl Lusby called the meeting to order.  Invocation by Rod Fox and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.  Thank you to Cindy Shoppe, Sergeant at Arms and Scott Kimball, taking notes this evening.
Greeter: Gene Pellerano
Make-ups: Food Drive Participants, Lincoln Ehrlenbach
Guests: Brain Langley, Allegra Pellerano, Julie Bouchard, Jackie Clough
Birthdays: Cindy Shoppe and Cheryl Callnan ( we need to improve our singing).
Door Prizes: Cindy Shoppe – YMCA Tee Shirt: Dr Bruce Hamilton-Dick – Merlot: Brian Langley – Homemade Bark: Scott Kimball – Scented candle: Ashley Johnson – Coveted Dear River Calendar …2017 Edition.
50/50: Charlene Churchill and she was $18 Happy!
Happy Dollars Highlights: Project Hope receives happy Dollars this Quarter – Laurie Fernald, Clyde Cushing, Micki Sumpter, Iris Simon, Cheryl Callnan, Linda Fuller, Larry Barnes, Dan Hurley, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Dave Wells, Carl Lusby, Dr Bruce Hamilton-Dick.
Rotary Business:
  • Movember – Next week is the last week to pledge.
  • WHCA Thaw Fund pool to predict first Ellsworth school system snow day - $2 per guess. 
  • Gifting Experience is set for Saturday December 10 from 9:30 to Noon – Contact Jack Frost. 
  • Nominating Committee will meet tonight after the board meeting: 
  • Charlene Churchill gave a presentation of the duties involved as Club Secretary.
  • Wheelchair Project – Dave Wells updated that we will send 123 chairs with asst canes and walkers – 4 clubs with 22 Rotarians are participating – The trip to distribute the chairs will be February 23 thru March 4 should you wish to go.
  • Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry sign-up sheets for December were passed around.
  • SPCA Building Project sign-up sheet for Saturday, November 19 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM were passed around – more people are needed if you can attend – contact Ashley Johnson.
  • Cheryl Callnan was presented a President’s Citation  and a special “Women in Rotary” pin by President Carl in recognition of all she has done since joining the Rotary Club of Ellsworth.  Cheryl and her family are relocating to New Hampshire as she has accepted a position with a hospital in the Granite State.
Program/Speaker: Jack Frost introduced the surgeons from Frenchman Bay Orthopedics: Dr Bruce Hamilton-Dick, Dr Elaine Mau, Dr Peter Copithorne, and Dr Paul Benoit.  A brief update of progress made since our meeting a year ago was provided by Dr Hamilton Dick and then each of the four doctors explained how they arrived in Down East Maine and what keeps them here.  This is a major medical practice which we are very lucky to have right here in Ellsworth.
Club members enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving Meal and the turnout was great!
Respectfully submitted by Scott Kimball