Our guest speaker was Lori Calderone, a volunteer of the League of Women Voters of Maine. 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
Greeter: Lincoln Ehrlenbach
Invocation by read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Guests: John Shoppe, Grace Robinson, Carol Yancey, Moira Whalen,
Wedding Anniversaries: Peter and Nancy Farragher on September 1st, Marc Rich and Daniel Antonelli on September 2nd.    Happy Anniversary!
Club Anniversaries: Allegra Pellerano on September 5th.
Door Prizes: Winners were Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Tony Bouchard, Rebecca Greenlaw and Moira Whalen.
50/50: $11 to Dave Wells
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Next Step.
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Dave Wells, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Clyde Cushing, Carl Lusby, Scott Kimball, Gene Pellerano and Marian Wells.
Rotary Business:  
  • Club Committee Summary Lists: President Gene Pellerano reminded everyone to take a look at the club committee summary list that was emailed out. Please join a committee!
  • Membership Update: Marian Wells passed out “I AM ROTARY” signs and bumper stickers to members who were present. Please display the sign at your office, when you’re out volunteering or at home! Please place the Bumper Sticker on your vehicle. We are hoping to see these in our community to get the word out about Rotary!
Rebecca Greenlaw spoke about “Each One Bring One” Challenge! Bring a guest to Rotary and be entered in a drawing to win a prize! For each guest that attends with you at a Live Meeting, via Zoom, or brings a potential member to a Rotary Service, you’ll be entered into a drawing that many times to win a Dozen Home Baked Whoopie Pies! Questions, please contact JoAnn Brown.
  • Greeter Sign-Up: Debbie Ehrlenbach is looking for Greeters for the month of September and October. Please let her know if you are available to help.
  • Invocation Sign-Up: Rob Hemenway is looking for members who can help with the weekly invocations at our meetings. He has sent out an email for the month of September to sign up. 
  • Rotary Board Meeting: The next Rotary board meeting is on Tuesday, September 7th at 4:30pm at China Hill.
  • Foundation Minute: Lincoln Ehrlenbach reminded everyone to please donate to the Annual Fund.  Congratulations to Marian Wells for receiving her Paul Harris +6 Pin!
  • Partner Program: Debbie Ehrlenbach spoke about our Annual Partner Program. As of this week, 16 businesses have sent in donations for this year! An updated list of businesses who have donated are displayed at our weekly meetings by the podium. 
  • Clubrunner Mobile Reminder: ClubRunner Mobile is a wonderful tool allowing membership directory data to be available at your fingertips as well as other club information such as weekly newsletters, upcoming events, guest speakers and meetings.   It is a great companion to our ClubRunner website. Click on the link below to get started! 
  • Reminder - Rotary.org: We encourage all members to visit https://www.rotary.org/en to sign-in using your email address and create your own password. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary International, the Foundation, the District we are a part of, what our club is working on for this year and so much more! An email was sent out on how to set this up. If you have questions, please contact Ashley Johnson. 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
  • Blue Hill Fair Pie Booth: September 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Help is needed. Please sign up with Jodie Cushing. An email has been sent out to sign up.
  • Northern Light Maine Coast Schoodic Scramble: September 10-11,2021 – Please contact Jodi Cushing to sign up.  An email has been sent out to sign up. 
  • Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, September 25th at the Moore Community Center from 7am to 10am. All donations raised will go towards scholarships for local graduates of Ellsworth High School and the Hancock Technical Center. More information to come and help is needed! Please contact Dave Wells to sign up.
  • Blood Drive: Max Dietshe thanked everyone for continued help with the Blood Drives. He will send out an email to sign up for future dates. Please help if you can.
Guest Speaker: Lori Calderone was our guest speaker this week. She joined us via Zoom and shared a presentation on the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact initiative.  This initiative is nonpartisan and worked within the Electoral College to ensure that the candidate who wins the most votes across all 50 states and DC would win the presidency.
The League of Women Voters of Maine is a long time national, state and local organization, the national LWV has supported voting rights throughout the country, encouraged candidate debates and offered nonpartisan candidate profiles. Lori has volunteered with the LWV for past three years.
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson