If you enjoyed the exciting speaker we had on October 26th, then don't miss this Thursday's meeting, when international adventurer and author Raymond Greenlaw will tell us about the trials and tribulations of being the first to complete the newest hiking trail established through the Balkan countries of Europe.  Sort of an Appalachian Trail, Balkan-style...
We are delighted to announce that Derek Ahl has officially fulfilled the requirements to become a member of the club.  His initiation ceremony is imminent.
All the rooms at the Mount Washington Hotel have been reserved for the multi-district conference, but there are still other places to select for your lodging if you intend to go.  It's certainly not too late to register.
The first meeting in December will be our club elections.  If you care to serve as an officer, please see Wes Kennedy.
Be prepared to help serve Thanksgiving dinner to the senior citizens on Monday, November 20th, at the Community Center.
The Marshwood High School blood drive in which Interact is very involved will be on November 7th at the school from 1:00-6:00 p.m.  They need donors.
Also, please plan to go out to eat at Johnson's Restaurant in Berwick on Wednesday, November 8th, from 4-8 p.m.  Tell them you are there for the MHS Interact service trip and 10% of the cost of your meal(s) will go towards their fundraiser.   Interact members will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in April to replant coral reefs.  How exciting is that?  Please support them.
Interact is also collecting canned goods on Halloween which they will bring to the food pantry on the Thursday after Halloween.  They also had a successful Purple Pinky drive for Polio Plus and, on October 27th, prepared and served 60 meals at Crossroads House.
Molly Bannon update:  She is in Cleveland awaiting another transplant/procedure for her ailments.  She has had a rough time of it since the stomach transplant but keeps her spirits up.
We have received $275 in donations in honor of Steve Sanborn.  This will be used for RYLA students, a favorite program of Steve's.
Donations in memory of Richard Currier will go towards the scholarship fund established for Matt Kenney's children, following the untimely passing of this pharmacist who had worked with Richard at the South Berwick Pharmacy.
The Rotary Club holiday party on December 17th at the Harmons' home will begin at 3 p.m. and friends and members past and present and potential are invited to come, along with significant adult others.  There will be fine food (which we all will contribute) and special entertainment provided by Skip Cousens' sister, the singing duo "Boogie Two Shoes".  It would be great if everyone brought $10 to help defray some expenses of the party.
Richard Donhauser invited our guest, Lauren Cultrera, to be our mystery speaker.  We had to guess her unique profession.  Although she appeared to be a normal 31-year-old Marshwood High School graduate who is getting married in less than two weeks, she is extraordinary.  After a number of pointed questions we guessed her "line" - she is a serious dragster who spends at least half of her free time competing in drag races.  Although she works in her father's business taking care of racing vehicles, she competes often, reaching speeds of over 160 m.p.h. in her racer.  Her family and fiance support her every step of the way and she is a competitive racer who sometimes finds herself in the winner's circle.  Her brother also competes.  It is not a matter of sitting in a car, turning the key in the ignition and driving away.  She must withstand the heat and vibrations and make calculations so she precisely crosses the finish line at the predicted time, down to the last millisecond.  She has been doing this for years and absolutely loves it.