Our guest speaker was Managing Editor Cyndi Wood of The Ellsworth American. 
Opening Ceremonies: President Jo Cooper called the meeting to order.  Invocation by Laurie Fogelman and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
Greeter: Jodie Cushing
Well Wisher: Linda Fuller
Sargent at Arms: Julie and Tony Bouchard
Visiting Rotarians: Kathy Cook from the Ellsworth Noontime Club
Birthdays: Tracy Shaffer 1/1, Tony Bouchard 1/5, Gene Pellerano 1/9
Club Anniversaries: 1/6 Alan Baker 35 Years, 1/7 Cindy Shoppe 17 Years, 1/6 Ashley Johnson 11 Years, 1/6 Rebecca Sargent 11 Years, 1/6 Arlyn Whitelaw 11 Years
Wedding Anniversaries: David and Marian Wells 1/10
Door Prizes: Lucky Winners were Allegra Pellerano, Jack Frost, Rod Fox, Scott Kimball, Marian Wells and  Ashley Johnson
50/50:  $15 to Terri Stephens
Happy Dollars Highlights: Terri Stephens, Laurie Fogelman, Alicia Johnson,  Clyde Cushing, Laura Pellerano, Ashley Johnson, Nancy Mayo, Gene Pellerano, Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Marian Wells, Dave Wells, Ken Huitt, Jackie Sinclair, Marshall Smith, Fred Beyer, Kathy Cook, and Jo Cooper. All happy dollars will go towards “Pack A Bag Program” for our  upcoming Wheelchair Project.
Rotary Business:  
  • Paul Harris Update: Marian Wells received her Paul Harris +3 Pin!
  • Wheelchair Project: Dave Wells updated the club that our next wheelchair project will take place in April/May.
  • Our Club’s 70th Anniversary: Jo Cooper stated our club will be celebrating 70 Years in February. If you would like to help out with organizing this celebration, please let her know.
  • Membership Update: Marian Wells stated we will be having a Membership Orientation Training for members on Saturday, February 29th. More details to come soon!
  • Foundation Update: Ashley Johnson shared a Thank You Card from the American Wheelchair Mission thanking our club for the contribution of $6,045.00 toward the mission of delivering life changing wheelchairs to people and families in dire need of mobility.
Program/Speaker:  Ellsworth American Managing Editor Cyndi Wood was our guest speaker this week. Cyndi spoke about how The Ellsworth American has undergone some major changes in the past 18 months, including the paper's sale and the retirements of longtime Managing Editor Stephen Fay and General Manager Terry Carlisle. What is unchanged is the paper's commitment to reporting on the community news that matters to you. In this age of gloom and doom about the print newspaper business, we're proud to say that your weekly hometown newspaper is thriving.
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson