Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
Invocation was read by Gene Pellerano   and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
Greeter: Scott Kimball
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
Guests:  Michael Houlsen; Amanda Gardiner; April Harper; Stephanie Baillargean; Shelly Van Camp; John Shoppe, Grace Robinson
Birthdays:  Carol Jordan; Grace Robinson
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were: Clyde Cushing; Tracy Schaffer; Joann Brown Rodick; Bob Thomas; Fred Bryer; Barbara Clark
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome:  Romey is on Vacation in Key West FL this week and is expected to return by next week’s meeting.
50/50: The Lucky winner was: Barbara Clark
Happy Dollars: 2nd Quarter Happy Dollars will go towards Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s Urology Department for Men’s Health.
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Barbara Clark; Kelly Brown, Scott Kimball; Carl Lusby; Mary Thomas; Grace Robinson; Jody Cushing; Tracy Schaffer;  Mike Houlsen; Joann Brown Rodick; Jack Frost; Lori Googins.
Rotary Blood Drives at the Elks Club: Max Dietshe reported sign ups for the blood drive are going well for November, so look ahead to the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Sign up with Max Dietshe.  Please send all your community service hours to Max!
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive at Hannaford: Saturday, November 19th. The sign-up sheet is going around to volunteer. Shifts are 9am-11am, 11am-1pm and 1pm to 3pm. Max Dietshe shared that a few more volunteers are needed for the 11-1 shift.
New this year we are adding a challenge! The Ton of Turkey Challenge! We are asking all Rotarians and members of the community to help donate one ton of Turkeys to the Pantry (134 frozen turkeys or two chickens) can be dropped off at any meeting up to November 15th or at the pantry during operating hours. If you live too far away, you can donate $20 and they will count as a turkey. Donations can be mailed to our club’s address at PO Box 741, Ellsworth.
Fellowship Update:
The Ellsworth Downtown Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm. New this year is late afternoon and to celebrate with lighted floats! The theme is “Christmas at the Movies” All Rotarians are invited to attend to help out!  Jodie Cushing reported that we have not heard back regarding being the escort for Santa’s float…. So we should start planning for decorating a float based on the Christmas Movies theme.
Christmas Party: We are looking for ideas for this year’s Christmas Party. Please send your thoughts to Jodie Cushing.
Annual Gifting Experience: Jack Frost shared that planning is moving into high gear for the December 10th event and that he and Co-Chair Carl Lusby have begun contacting schools for student recommendations for participation. This will be in person this year on Saturday, December 10th. Save the date, more details to come soon! A sign up sheet was passed around and all Rotarians are encouraged to contact Jack or Carl to sign up for our 17th Annual Gifting Experience. Jack also reported that $1100 dollars from individual and business sponsors has been donated so far.
Greeter and Invocation Sign up Lists: We are still in need for Rotarians to help sign up to be a Greeter or give the Invocation at our weekly meetings. Please help.
Movember Update: Gene Pellerano updated the participants and sponsors for the Men’s Health ‘Movember’ beard growth competition. All funds raised will be donated to the Urology Department at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.
Guest Reader:  Gene Pellerano shared three Veterans Day themed readings honoring all veterans.
Fellowship Activity:  President Clyde Cushing led us in an election themed activity where groups developed a political ad for candidates ‘Green Gnomey’ – ‘Blue Gnomey’ – and an emergent write in candidate named ‘Violet’…… after the candidates’ ads were shared a mock election was held where write in candidate Vilolet garnered an upset victory!
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Carl Lusby.