We inducted a new member Rebecca Greenlaw and had the clubs very own Bill Casale as our speaker with his lovely assistant Jennie Casale  #ellsworthrotary #wearerotary #maineauthors #peopleofac #district7790
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
Greeter: Grace Robinson 
Invocation by read by Gene Pellerano and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Guests: John Shoppe, Grace Robinson, Rebecca Greenlaw and Jennie Casale.
Birthdays: Ralph Farrar and Jane Langley. Happy Birthday!
Wedding Anniversaries: Michael and Judy Povich. Happy Anniversary!
Door Prizes: Winners were John Shoppe, Jodie Cushing, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Lincoln Ehrlenbach and Julie Bouchard.  
50/50: $12 to Rebecca Greenlaw
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Next Step.
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Rebecca Greenlaw, Carl Lusby, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Dave Wells, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Marian Wells, Bill Casale, Scott Kimball, Laura Pellerano and Gene Pellerano.
Rotary Business:  
  • Member Induction: Rebecca Greenlaw was inducted into our club. Congratulations!
  • Foundation Update: Cindy Shoppe was recognized for receiving her Paul Harris +1. Thank you for your contribution and Congratulations!
  • Clubrunner Mobile App Reminder: ClubRunner Mobile is a wonderful tool allowing membership directory data to be available at your fingertips as well as other club information such as weekly newsletters, upcoming events, guest speakers and meetings.   It is a great companion to our ClubRunner website. Click on the link below to get started! 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
  • Blue Hill Fair Pie Booth: September 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Jodie Cushing will email the sign-up sheet. We also need pies made.  
  • Northern Light Maine Coast Schoodic Scramble: September 10-11,2021 – A sign-up sheet was passed around this week. Please contact Jodie to sign up.  
  • Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, September 25th. More information to come and help is needed! Please contact Dave Wells to sign up. We have put applications to both the Moore Center and the EEMS for use of their buildings. We have not heard from them yet.
  • Blood Drive: Max Dietshe thanked everyone for continued help with the Blood Drives. He will send out an email to sign up for future dates. Please help if you can.
Guest Speaker: Rotarian Bill Casale and his wife Jennie were guest speakers this week. Bill spoke about his recent book he wrote with the help of his wife Jennie.
Jennie read out loud one short story to the club. Anyone interested in purchasing Bill’s book, please contact him or you may purchase online. Click on the link below to purchase online.
Below is an Overview:
No, the title is not a quote from Shakespeare, but rather from the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. If you don't believe me, you can Google it. Nevertheless, it is appropriate to this book.
They say the gods laugh when we make plans. And all 28 short stories in this book involve the gods somehow laughing at us. We set our hopes, dreams, and desires along a certain path only to find them careening over the edge of an unseen cliff like Wile E. Coyote in his attempts to capture the Road Runner.
Our lives are filled with Wile E. Coyote-like moments that can best be summarized by his resigned despair as he stares directly at the viewer just before gravity kicks in and sends him hurtling down to the canyon below followed by a distant "thump" and a circular cloud of expanding dust. The gods then take the role of the Road Runner who peers over the edge of the cliff, smiles, and takes off with a loud "Meep Meep!" While I don't mean to suggest that falling off a cliff, literally or figuratively, is funny, watching people colossally fail in their endeavors, even with the help of overly elaborate plans and the Acme Corporation, can be humorous indeed.
Most of these stories belong to a rich oral history that is shared by the protagonist in a bar or at dinner. Details may have become blurry and situations "slightly" exaggerated. But, as any storyteller knows, these are not news reports but rather a fun way to spend some time.
Telling funny stories in bars has generally been associated with males. However, if you listen carefully you can find women regaling their companions with absolutely hysterical life experiences. In an effort to provide gender equality, approximately half the stories are based on women's lives and told from their point of view.
The stories do not appear in any particular order, although some have multiple parts. Some of them took place over fifty years ago. Some are far more recent. It's OK to start in the middle and work your way forward or backward. Or to keep this book in the bathroom to read in the porcelain library. I won't mind. But don't forget to wash your hands!
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson