Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Bob Thomas
 
Invocation by read by Bob Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
 
Guests: Grace Robinson and John Shoppe
 
Birthdays: Heidi Omlor.  Happy Birthday!
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Iris Simon 58 Years
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Carl Lusby, Grace Robinson, Dave Wells, Ashley Johnson, Marian Wells.
 
50/50: $9 to Gene Pellerano
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department for Deputy Luke Gross’s Family.   
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Mary Thomas, Clyde Cushing, Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Marian Wells, Dave Wells, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Carol Jordan, Gene Pellerano
 
ROTARY BUSINESS:
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Please sign up for the month of November and December.  Max Dietshe thanks everyone for their continued help.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive: Saturday, November 20th at Ellsworth Hannaford. A sign-up sheet has been around to sign up. Shifts are 9-11am, 11-1pm, 1-3pm the last shift stops at 2pm then follows the van back to the pantry to unload. Contact Jodie Cushing.
 
Downtown Ellsworth Christmas Parade: Our club will be in the Christmas Parade again this year escorting Santa! If you would like help out, please let Jodie Cushing know. The event is Saturday, December 4th at 11:00am.
 
Gifting Experience: Jack Frost and Carl Lusby are encouraging donations from Businesses and Club Members for this year’s Gifting Experience. A sponsor form will be emailed out soon. More info to come soon!
 
KidsPeace Christmas Presents: Rebecca Greenlaw has info for those who would like to start shopping for Christmas presents for Kids at KidsPeace. We plan to wrap all presents at our Holiday Party in December.
 
Haven’s Sweet Rotary Fundraiser: Our club is partnering with Haven’s Candies in Scarborough Maine to help raise money for the club.  Haven's Candies has generously agreed to donate 20% of all Ellsworth Rotary Club sales back to the Club. All orders placed between now and December 14, 2021 will qualify the club for a 20% donation. An email was sent out with more info.  
 
OTHER ROTARY BUSINESS:
 
Foundation Minute – Ross Baldree gave the Foundation minute and Lincoln Ehrlenbach did the monthly raffle. Dave Wells was the lucky winner of a $10 gift card to Rooster Brothers.
 
Rotary Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
“I AM ROTARY” signs and bumper stickers are available. Please display the sign at your office, when you’re out volunteering or at home! Please place the Bumper Sticker on your vehicle. We are hoping to see these in our community to get the word out about Rotary!
 
Greeter Sign-Up: Debbie Ehrlenbach is looking for Greeters for the month of November and December. Please let her know if you are available to help.
 
Invocation Sign-Up: Rob Hemenway is looking for members who can help doing the weekly invocations at our meetings. He has sent out an email for the month of November and December. Contact Rob!
 
Movember: It’s time for the Annual Movember Challenge for Men’s Health. $20 donations. Men grow facial hair and women to have a fake beard or mustache. All donations go towards MCMH.
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
 
Guest Speaker: Dr. Sean Todd of the College of the Atlantic was our guest speaker.
 
Sean’s presentation was about Right Whales.  Right whales, common visitors to the Gulf of Maine, were so dubbed because of the extraordinary yield of oil and baleen that an individual kill provided. 
Some of the same factors that led to their demise as a target of whaling over the past millennium, now continue to plague this species' recovery.  With less than 350 individuals left in the entire world, we are at a pivotal point in this species' history.
 
Sean provided a brief history and what we can do to help them by using rope-less fishing as a future solution.
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
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