Opening Ceremonies: President Tracy Shaffer called the meeting to order and immediately ‘passed the podium’ to Rotarian Tony Bouchard to conduct the meeting.
 Invocation by Ray William and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
Greeter: Grace Robinson
Sargent at Arms: Julie and Tony Bouchard
Guests: Ruth Moore; Grace Robinson
Birthdays: Marian Wells; Michael Povich
Door Prizes: The lucky winners are: Julie Bouchard; Jacklyn Sinclair; Ray Williams; Cindy Shoppe; Tricia Quirk; Iris Simon
50/50: Marian Wells
Happy Dollars Highlights: All happy dollars this quarter will go towards the Alan Fitch Scholarship Fund at The Grand for students attending Theatre Camp. The following Rotarians were “Happy”: Marian Wells; Tricia Quirk; Jo Cooper; Charlene Churchill; Gene Pellerano; Iris Simon; Carl Lusby; Jacklyn Sinclair; Tracy Shaffer; Laurie Fogelman; Ruth More
Rotary Business:  
  • President Tracy Shaffer presented a check in the amount of $11,401.95 to this year’s Auction Partner Friends In Action. Tracy reported that the gross take for the auction was $33,501.00 and the net proceeds were $22,803 which are split evenly with our Auction Partner. Another Great Auction by the Rotary Club of Ellsworth!
  • Community Service Director, Clyde Cushing reported that our next project will be Saturday, June 15th installing playground equipment at Special Children Friends. All interested Rotarians should report to SCF on Union Street in Ellsworth by 8:00 a.m.
  • Cindy Shoppe, Pancake Breakfast Chair reported that all planning is currently on track for the August event.
  • Paul Harris Fellow Awards Co-Chair, Carl Lusby, shared that all is ready for this exciting evening to be held June 11th at China Hill. It is hoped that all Rotarians can be in attendance.
  • The following Committee Chairs gave an annual report of their activities for this Rotary Year and  presented certificates to each member of the committee:
  • Community Service… Clyde Cushing shared that our club performed 34 Service Projects totaling 2773 hours of service this year with one project left to go… and that over the last three years 73 Service Projects totaling 6704 volunteer hours has been accomplished.
  • Community Support… Cindy Shoppee shared that $10,000 dollars has been awarded to 13 different local non-profit groups in support of the good works being done by so many in our community.
  • Membership Committee… Marian Wells reported that two new membership categories have been added this year, Corporate and Family. The committee also conducted a new member training seminar as well as a membership night where two new inductees were inducted. This year saw 13 new members added to the club.
  • As part of the Membership Committee presentation the following members were awarded longevity pins for their years of service to the club: Larry Fernald (43 years); Ray Williams (41 years); Larry Barnes (35 years); Alan Baker (34 years); Larry Johnston (30 years); Iris Simon (27 years); Marshall Smith (20 years); Peter Farragher (20 years).
  • President Tracy recognized the By-Law Committee for their work in updating our club’s by laws this year.
  • Wheelchair Project… Dave Wells shared with the membership that 140 of the 280 wheelchairs have been distributed in the Dominican Republic. A challenge with the remaining 140 chairs being released by Dominican Customs has been resolved and the remaining 140 chairs will be distributed the week of June 18th to 21st… Rotarian Volunteers will be needed to make this trip complete and another club / District success… let Dave know if you would like to go or need more information about the trip.
Two “Pop-Up” presentations were delivered:
Rotarian Marc Rich participated in the Leadership Hancock County with club sponsorship. Marc shared the many positive aspects of the program and thanks and praised our club for the support for his attendance in this program and for the support and welcoming received since joining.
Dr. Ruth Moore recently opened Downeast Wellness Holistic Health Services on Store Street in Ellsworth. Ruth shared her background and training and the practice of Integrated Health for all socio-economic ranges of patients. Ruth emphasized that the practice’s objective is to teach and use Complementary Practices, Clinical Aromatherapy, and Integrative Medicine to help you: 1) learn about your current health; 2) identify current challenges; 3) help you make informed choices; 4) ane set / achieve your goals. Brochures were made available for anyone who would like more information and wanted to follow up with Ruth.
Respectfully submitted by Carl Lusby