Opening Ceremonies: President Scott Kimball called the meeting to order. The invocation was given by Larry Fernald and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. The greeter was Larry Fernald.
Club Anniversaries: David Wells – March 23, 2010, Marian Wells and Bruce Fischer – March 25, 2014
Birthdays: Becky Sargent – March 22 and DG Lincoln Ehrlenbach – March 23
Rotary Minute: Lincoln spoke about the rewards of working on an international project like the wheelchair distribution in the Dominican Republic. Hard work from 8:30 am to 6 pm and riding through the country in a van with three languages being spoken: translators in the front speaking Spanish; Rotarians from our club in the middle talking in English, and Rotarians from the District 7790 club in Saganuay, Quebec in the back speaking French!

50/50: $15 went to Cindy Shoppe, who donated it all back. Happy Dollars this quarter will go toward Lincoln’s DG wheelchair project.                                                                                           
Door Prizes: Chocolate bunnies – Charlene Churchill, a book of recipes – Dom Efter, a roll of toilet paper (indispensable item on wheelchair projects!) – Iris Simon, and chocolates – Allegra Pellerano.

Happy Dollars: Carl Lusby was happy that underdog Syracuse was doing well in the NCAA tournament; several people were happy about the successful trip to the Dominican Republic; JoAnn Brown was happy for a nice vacation in Florida and noted that some tickets are still available for the Chef’s Gala and volunteers are needed too; Gene Pellerano was happy that the Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library four hour book sale made $550; Tracy Shaffer was happy to welcome Scott back and to welcome our auction partners from Maine Coast Memorial Hospital; and Scott Kimball was happy that the had an enjoyable and relaxing visit to California once the weather here cleared.
Rotary Business:
Clyde Cushing circulated the Greeter sign-up sheet for April, May, and June.
Carl Lusby said he was happy to be co-chairing this year’s Paul Harris committee. The committee is still accepting suggestions of community and club members who should be considered for the award. Members can contact: Carl, Jack Frost, Laurie Fogelman, Dave Wells, Ray Williams, or Charlene Churchill with suggestions.
Nominating Committee will meet next Tuesday, March 27 at 5:15 pm.
Program: JoAnn Brown introduced John Ronan, President of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. John thanked our club for the great auction effort last year to assist with funding improved breast cancer diagnostics. He introduced Dr. Martin Curlik from the Urology Department at MCMH.
Dr. Curlik spoke about the services currently provided to both men and women by the department at our hospital. He noted that many conditions, including prostate cancer and enlarged prostate, can be detected early and dealt with well with proper screening. He is hoping that our auction this year will provide funds for the hospital to lease or purchase equipment that will make procedures for dealing with prostate procedures safer.
Tracy Shaffer, this year’s auction chair, spoke about this year’s auction and answered questions about soliciting auction items. Drawings will be held every two weeks for those who have turned in auction items to possibly win some prizes. Packets were handed out to those members in attendance.
Respectfully submitted,
Charlene Churchill