Opening Ceremonies: President Scott Kimball called the meeting to order.  Mr. Kimball asked the members present for a moment of silence in recognition of the passing of two community members close to the Ellsworth Rotary Club, including Sharon Grant, who served for many years as the Club’s Sergeant at Arms.
Invocation by Domenic Efter and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
Greeter: Allegra Pellerano
Make-ups: Lincoln and Debbie Ehrlenbach (Quebec club visits 11/15, 11/17, 11/18); Jack Frost (Ellsworth Noontime Club 11/16); Clyde Cushing and Scott Kimball (Rotary Leadership Institute 11/18)
Guests: Jo Cooper introduced her guest, Steve Fuller, a journalist with the Ellsworth American who may become a prospective member in the near future.
Birthdays: Cindy Shoppe on 11/18
Club Anniversaries: Laurie Fogelman, 16 years as of 11/16/17
Door Prizes: Ray Williams, Allegra Pellerano, and Julie Bouchard each won a bottle of wine, Carl Lusby won a Dead River Calendar, and Tracy Shaffer won a Jackson Lab water bottle
Rotary Minute: Jo Cooper gave a brief rotary minute regarding her guest’s experience as an Eagle Scout in talking about service above self.  
50/50: $10 won by Tony Bouchard
Happy Dollars Highlights: This quarter’s Happy Dollars are going to The Next Step Domestic Violence Project’s “Shine a Light” campaign. Charlene Churchill, Peter Collier, Carl Lusby, Peter Collier, Clyde Cushing, Bruce Fisher, Dom Efter, Tracy Shaffer, Marian Wells, Gene Pellerano, Julie Bouchard, Jo Cooper and Scott Kimball all gave Happy Dollars.
Rotary Business:  President Scott Kimball spoke about several fun fundraisers and activities in which Club members are participating, including Movember for Men’s Health, Guessing the First Snow Day to benefit the Heating and Warmth (THAW) Fund; the Gifting Experience to be held in downtown Ellsworth on December 9th; and the Club’s holiday party to be held at China Hill on December 19, 2017, which will include an Ugly Sweater Contest and Yankee Swap.  
Marian Wells next gave an overview of new membership process, followed by Clyde Cushing circulating a sign-up sheet for Loves and Fishes’ Food Pantry shifts for the month of December.
Gene Pellerano closed out the Rotary Business portion of the agenda with a notice that the Wheelchair trip to the Dominican Republic has been pushed back a week until the 6th or 7th of March, 2018, and commitments to participate In wheelchair distribution on that trip must be in by December 1, 2017.
Program/Speaker:  A late cancellation by the evening’s guest speaker left an opening filled by Rotarian Bruch Fisher, who announced earlier in the evening’s program that this would be his last meeting with the Ellsworth Rotary Club until April 2018, when he and his wife expected to return to Ellsworth after traveling the country in an RV. Mr. Fisher spoke about his application of the Rotary 4-Way Test throughout his career as a salesman, noting that the principles of the 4-Way Test can be applied to other vocations with equal success.   
Respectfully submitted by A.E. Whitelaw