Our first meeting of 2021! We had US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Linda Welch as our guest speaker #ellsworthrotary #peopleofaction #wearerotary
On Tuesday, January 5th at 6 PM, our club had a virtual meeting over the telephone and internet via Zoom.  President Laura Pellerano started the meeting.
Invocation was read by Max Dietshe.
The Pledge Allegiance was led by Laura Pellerano and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
Birthdays: Tracy Shaffer on January 1st, Tony Bouchard on January 5th and Gene Pellerano on January 9th. Happy Birthday!!
Wedding Anniversaries: Dave and Marian Wells on January 10th. Happy Anniversary!
Club Anniversaries: 12 Years on January 6th for Ashley Johnson, Becky Sargent and Arlyn Whitelaw. 18 Years on January 7th for Cindy Shoppe. Congratulations!!
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: Laura Pellerano is looking for suggestions for this quarter’s Happy Dollars. Please email her if you have a suggestion.  
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Julie Clark, Dave Wells, JoAnn Brown, Mike Mariano, Carl Lusby, Gene Pellerano, Dan Frye and Laura Pellerano.
Don’t forget about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
Rotary Business:
  1. Rotary Board Meeting: The next Board Meeting is Tuesday, January 12th at 4:30pm via Zoom.
  2. Membership Update: An email was sent out of the 2020-2021 Rotary Passport. Also we will be doing a “Member Spotlight” each month on our social media pages and Website to increase interest in Rotary from the community. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact JoAnn Brown.
  3. Happy Dollars and Polio Donations: Treasurer Debbie Ehrlenbach would like all Happy Dollars and Polio Plus donations to be mailed in a.s.a.p. to Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellswoth, ME 04605.
  4. Community Service Update: Please help out at the Rotary Blood Drives or you can help out at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. They are still in need of help this month. This will count towards community service hours for our club.
  5. Rotary Blood Drive Update: The next blood drive is Tuesday, January 12th and 27th. Max Dietshe will email a sign-up sheet looking for help for both days.
Guest Speaker:   This week’s guest speaker was US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) biologist Linda Welch. She provided an update on Maine seabirds. 
Linda shared how Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge is monitoring the seabirds breeding on our coast, how well they are reproducing, and what they eat. This is helping the USFWS understand how climate change in the Gulf of Maine is influencing seabirds.
The USFWS has also been using the latest tracking technology to document the amazing foraging behavior and migration patterns for many of these species.
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson