This week’s guest speaker was Sherry Billings of Habitat Humanity. She is the Executive Director of the Hancock County area.
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
Invocation was read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob Thomas
Guests:  Grace Robinson, John Shoppe, Kelly Brown, Andrea and Frank Gude
Birthdays: Tricia Quirk on 9/29.  Happy Birthday!
Wedding Anniversary:  Domenic Efter and Arlyn Whitelaw on 10/1. Happy Anniversary!
Club Anniversary: Marshall Smith on 10/1 - 24 Years!
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Scott Kimball, Benedetta Pellerano, Jodie Cushing and Clyde Cushing.
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome: Benedetta Pellerano was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
50/50: $10 to Tony Bouchard
Happy Dollars: 1st Quarter Happy Dollars will go to Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program.
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Tony Bouchard, Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Andrea Gude, Fred Beyer, Max Dietshe, Rebecca Greenlaw, Lori Googins, Bob Thomas and Clyde Cushing.
Rotary Business:
Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast Update: Thank you to everyone who volunteered! $1,000 was raised and $100 from tip jars for Scholarships!  
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!
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: Contact Clyde Cushing to send in suggestions for the next non-profit to send Happy Dollars to.
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
Membership Night: Tuesday, October 11th  at Union River Lobster Pot in Ellsworth. Please sign up to RSVP and your guest to JoAnn asap! Invitations, menu and program were emailed last week. $15 per person and please pre-pay next week to Bob and Mary Thomas.
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive at Hannaford: Saturday, November 19th! Save the date!
Fellowship Update: Trunk or Treat is October 29th at 4pm at the Ellsworth YMCA. All are invited to attend and dress up! Our theme is “Western” We are looking for a wagon wheel, hay and other western decorations. Please contact Jodie Cushing!
The Ellsworth Downtown Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm. New this year is the parade is now in the late afternoon and to celebrate with lighted floats! The theme is “Christmas at the Movies” All Rotarians are invited to attend to help out!
Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, October 4th at 4:30pm at China Hill.
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 Sherry Billings of Habitat Humanity. She is the Executive Director of the Hancock County area.
Hancock County Habitat for Humanity is a well-respected nonprofit which has continued to serve the community since its founding in 1989.  They have been able to do so through the generosity of numerous individuals, faith groups, businesses, and foundations, as well as through the monthly mortgage payments made by our Habitat homeowners.
They are committed to keeping overhead costs to a minimum and to maximizing our donors’ contributions.  They have one 3/4-time employee (our Executive Director) + a PT independent contractor who helps to supervise our worksite.  All other work is performed by their dedicated volunteers. 
“You don’t need to swing a hammer to help residents of Hancock County have decent, affordable homes.”
They are looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, become and board member or help with building homes!
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson