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There were a lot of weird and spooky happenings at the Rotary Building last Thursday, with everyone dressed up for our costume contest and the first Interact Pumpkin Carving Contest. The decorators had done their usual fabulous job; we had to walk through cobwebs and cobwebs to get through the door, where a skeleton served as our (remarkably quiet) welcome.

As a first order of business, President Bruce welcomed the newly refreshed Interact club members after the pandemic hiatus, and introduced the club’s leaders and advisors. About 30 young people attend BRHS meetings and they have already completed their first service project of the school year – collecting and delivering pet food to the pantry for Fidos and Fluffys in need.

We had other guests at the meeting, although it was hard to tell who was who since everyone was in costume. We were joined by Melody (combining business and pleasure by dressing as a doctor); Ellis (an all-American cowboy); and Charlotte (a sea creature).

Did I mention dinner? Pinkham Gourmet Market provided incredibly delicious burgers for the entire team. Thank you, Pinkham! You are the best!

Among the crowd was a brilliantly red lobster, a standout among the now-habitual hippies, witches, and lumberjacks. Also noted was Robin Reed, who came dressed as himself. Impressive and amazing gold trophies were handcrafted by Tory (a monarch butterfly witch) – the trophies were definitely worth fighting for. President Bruce (an astronaut) chaired the costume contest, and although the voting was somewhat spotty, everyone agreed that the winners were wonderful. Top prizes went to the scariest costume (Irene, a dodgy angel with removable wings); Silliest (Karen and Julie as Minions) and Most Creative (Grace as – well, you get it).

Then the Interactors – who were on deck carving – lined up to compete for the best carved pumpkin in the shortest possible time. Again, Bruce presided over what is better called a popularity contest than a serious competition. Top Pumpkin went to Duncan, although frankly they all seemed like winners to me!

Not with us during the festivities but not forgotten: our very own Billy Dodge celebrates his birthday next week. Lots of happy feedback, Billy!

But it’s not all about Halloween. In other club news, Mr. Gorey of the BRHS asks Rotarians to watch the debating practice – President Bruce will send out a sign-up sheet and instructions.

Judi White, aka Dorothy, commented on the Community Pantry, which opened earlier today next to City Hall. The idea is that anyone can access food at any time, no questions asked. All donations are welcome; Judi will get a list of the most needed items as she develops.

And Laurie Zimmerli, who came dressed as a Rotary barn, asked for volunteers to help out this Saturday. She said the barn was full – and our pick-up crews nodded in agreement – so now it’s time to deal with the sale.

This Thursday, John Ward of Coastal Senior College will be our speaker. Coastal Senior College offers classes, events and activities to learners primarily ages 50 and older in Knox and Lincoln counties. Several Rotarians enjoy these courses and have recommended Coastal Senior College for a program. The program committee loves your recommendations. Contact Irene or Nicole.

Ed Harmon and Arthur Clarke of Boothbay VETS, Inc (temporary emergency shelter for veterans) recently asked us for eight more 20-pound propane tanks to keep the trailers warm and 10 Hannaford gift cards which are given to every veteran fighting for food and necessities when they move into a trailer. Thanks to all the donations of furniture, boats, trailers, pots/pans, jewelry, etc. from our neighbors at the rotating barn, we were happy to help support this amazing organization. Call or text Deb at 207-380-3550 to arrange a pick up or drop off.

Rotarians work hard and we play hard! And we give back to the community in so many ways! Interested in joining us? Ask any Rotarian or just show up at 6 p.m. Thursday night for one of our meetings at the Rotary Building – 66 Montgomery Avenue. And don’t forget to shop for bargains and flights every Saturday morning at the Rotary barn – same address. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. sharp and close just as quickly at 11 a.m. See you soon !

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