Guest Speakers Captain Andrew Parker and Jake Turgeon from HSV Alakai {The Cat} speaking.  #ellsworthrotary #peopleofaction #district7790 #wearerotary
On Tuesday, March 30th 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 Rob Hemenway.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Rob Hemenway and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
Rotary Anniversaries: Larry Johnston for 32 Years. Happy Anniversary!
Visiting Rotarians: Annette Higgins of the Bar Harbor Rotary Club.
Guests: George Murray, Bob and Mary Thomas, Mark MacDonald and Emily Parker.
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: (This was the last week) Happy Dollars will go towards the THAW Fund. The Heating And Warmth Fund helps people stay warm and stay safe.  THAW is a community fund created in 2006 to help people afford heat through Downeast Community Partners.
The Heating and Warmth (THAW) fund provides emergency heating assistance to people in Hancock and Washington counties. THAW funds step in when all other aid has been exhausted.
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Larry Johnston, Carl Lusby, Dave Wells, and Laura Pellerano.
Don’t forget about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
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.
Rotary Business:
  1. Foundation Minute: Lincoln Ehrlembach spoke about Shelter Boxes and how they make an impact. Shelter Box provides emergency shelters and other essential items to support families who have lost their homes in disaster. This month’s winner for the $10 Dunkin Donut gift card is Alison King! Congrats!
  2. COVID Vaccine Volunteering: Jodie Cushing has the information for COVID vaccine volunteering. The link below takes you to the Northern Light home page for volunteering. If you would like to help once the hospital gets the mass vaccines rolled out please click the link below and sign up with Northern Light.
If you do end up volunteering please make sure to send Jodie your hours.
  1. Membership Update: A membership survey will be emailed out to all club members soon. Please take a moment and fill out online.
  2. Blood Drive: Max Dietshe thanked everyone for their help during the month of March. He will send out an email to sign up for the Blood Drives during the month of April. Please help if you can.
  3. Walk for 4th Quarter Happy Dollars: April 17th at EHS. $10 to walk. Please sign up with Laura Pellerano.
  4. Pizza Night via Zoom: Order your favorite pizza on May 11th. Two gift cards will be given out on May 4th to go buy your pizza!
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speakers were Captain Andrew Parker and Jake Turgeon, both graduates of Maine Maritime Academy and currently serve on the Alakai (The Cat).
The vessel is currently at port Charleston, South Carolina. Alakai is a High Speed Craft that was built in 2007. Its carrying capacity is 936 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 3.3 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 106 meters and her width is 24 meters.
On February 1, 2021, the Province of Nova Scotia announced the suspension of the Nova Scotia to Maine ferry service for the 2021 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Andrew and Jake gave a tour of the Alakai during the meeting.
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson