This week’s guest speaker was Dr. John Califano. 
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
Invocation was read by Grace Robinson and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
Guests:  Amanda Gardiner and Grace Robinson
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were: Ray Williams, Lincoln Ehrlenbach and Carl Lusby
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome:  Tricia Quirk found him!
50/50: The Lucky winner was: Grace Robinson - $9
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: Grace Robinson, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Jo Cooper, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Rhonda Parker, Dave Wells, Carl Lusby, Jack Frost, Scott Kimball, Lori Googins and Ray Williams.
Rotarian Doug Kell passed away on October 29th. Contributions in Doug's memory may be made to Rotary Club of Ellsworth Foundation towards the Rotary HCTC Scholarships, P.O. Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
The membership voted for the following Election of Officers for 2023-2024:
President: Debbie Ehrlenbach
President Elect: Jodie Cushing
Treasurer: Rhonda Parker
Secretary: Marian Wells
Movember Contest: 1st Place: Jack Frost, 2nd Place: Dave Wells, 3rd Place: Scott Kimball. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated! This year’s judges were Jodie Cushing, Carl Lusby and Dr. John Califano. All funds raised will be donated to the Urology Department at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive Update: The food drive was a complete success, receiving $2,078.34 in cash donations and 210 Turkeys total! Thank you to all volunteers!
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 we have the honor of escorting Santa at the Christmas Parade this year!
Line-up will start at 3pm that’s right it’s a night parade!!! We will have a trailer, Reindeer and couple Elves. We will need two people to carry our banner and several people to help pass out candy. As asked at Tuesdays meeting if anyone has a small generator that’s a little less noisy then Clyde’s please let us know. We are going to need power for all the lights!! The route this year starts at Knowlton Park, goes down State St to School St right onto Main St down and back up State St. Please let Jodie know if you can attend as we need to know if we have enough people to hand out candy.
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 has 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.
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!
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.
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was Dr. John Califano. John is a board certified urologist who recently moved to Ellsworth, Maine in June of 2022.  He is a general urologist who treats all urologic issues to include both men and women’s health issues, enlarged prostate, incontinence and many other urological conditions. 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson