This week our guest speaker was Diane Lebson. Diane is the CEO and Co-Founder of Evergreen Philanthropic Solutions.
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
Greeter: Ashley Johnson
Invocation was read by Ashley Johnson and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
Guests:  Grace Robinson, John Shoppe
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Clark of South Portland and Diane Lebson of the Camden Rotary Club.
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Jack Frost and Grace Robinson
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome: Marian Wells was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
50/50: $10 to Gene Pellerano
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: Gene Pellerano, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Dave Wells, Mary Thomas and Jack Frost.
Rotary Business:
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 Blood Drives at the Elks Club: 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.
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!
Club Christmas Party: We are looking for ideas for this year’s Christmas Party. Please send your thoughts to Jodie Cushing.
Annual Gifting Experience: This will be in person this year on Saturday, December 10th. Save the date, more details to come soon!
Guest Speaker:  This week our guest speaker was Diane Lebson. Diane is the CEO and Co-Founder of Evergreen Philanthropic Solutions, a woman-owned firm based in Maine that helps clients achieve their philanthropic goals. Diane provided a presentation about “Ten Things You Can do to be more Impactful Philanthropist”
  1. Be Intentional
  2. Do your Homework
  3. Get Sensitive
  4. Get Oriented
  5. Define your Philanthropic Brand
  6. Focus – Don’t Scatter your resources
  7. Understand what motivates you may not motivate others
  8. Mobilize others
  9. Draw boundaries to avoid burnout
  10. Understand your impact
Diane is a member of the Camden Rotary Club and in addition to speaking about women’s philanthropy, she talked about fundraising in general during this post-pandemic environment.
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson