This week's guest speaker at our meeting was Aaron Bolster, President for the Maine Association of Realtors in 2021. #ellsworthrotary #district7780 #peopleofaction #rotaryinternational
On Tuesday, March 9th at 6 PM, our club had a virtual meeting over the telephone and internet via Zoom.  President Laura Pellerano started the meeting.
Laura Pellerano passed the podium to Vice President Gene Pellerano.
Invocation was read by Rob Hemenway.
The Pledge Allegiance was led by Rob Hemenway and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
Guests:  Bob and Mary Thomas
Birthdays: Larry Fernald on 3/9 Happy Birthday!
Rotary Anniversaries: Lee Beal on 3/9 and Ken Huitt Happy Anniversary!
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: 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: Dave Wells, Larry Johnston, Carl Lusby, an Iris Simon.
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. 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 and sign up with Northern Light. If you do end up volunteering please make sure to send Jodie your hours.
  1. Rotary Leadership Institute: This has been adapted to a virtual program this year, making it more accessible than ever! Rotary Leadership Institute Northeast America has several sessions scheduled during the next month:
February 27th 2021 - Dist 7190 - Schenectady, NY - Virtual Meeting
March 6th 2021 - Dist 7170 - Owego, NY - Virtual Meeting
March 13th 2021 - Dist 7430 - Pottstown, PA - Virtual Meeting
Each of these sessions is offering Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and the Graduate Program.
Additional dates will be announced at
If you are interested in signing up, please let Laura Pellerano know.
  1. Membership Update: Our club will be displayed at the new Ellsworth Chamber office next month!
  2. Fundraising Survey: The survey was emailed out from Clyde Cushing. Please take a moment and fill out online.
  3. 4th Quarter Happy Dollars: If anyone has a suggestion please let Laura Pellerano know.
  4. Blood Drive: Max Dietshe has sent out an email to sign up for the Blood Drives during the month of March. Please help if you can.
  5. Walk for Happy Dollars: April 17th at EHS. $10 to walk.
  6. Rotary Wheelchair Update: The Panama Rotary Club mailed a progress report to our club but the report has not yet been received. The slow distribution of wheelchairs continues because of the Covid 19 lockdown resulting in limited time allowed for distribute.
The Panama Club is also volunteering at the Covid vaccination process in Panama City and the surrounding area. At the vaccination sites in the poorer communities, President Ricardo Gago explained that some of the people receiving the vaccination had wheelchairs that were in a very bad condition or worn out.  Ricardo also explained that these wheelchair bound people have little chance of getting repairs or parts that are needed to keep their wheelchairs functioning. Ken and Dave agreed that this would be a great opportunity to exchange worn out wheelchairs for new.
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was Aaron Bolster.  Aaron is a Designated Broker and President of Allied Realty.
A native of Maine, he is as excited today as the first day of his career to work in the real estate industry!  Over the decades, this lifestyle has taught him that relationships are the very most important part of his journey.  His wife Melissa has supported him through the hills and valleys of getting licensed in 2000, purchasing Allied Realty in 2008, and opening additional offices in Central and Western Maine. 
In 2013, Aaron was the president of Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors.  Now in 2021 he is the President for the Maine Association of Realtors that represents 5,500 members statewide.
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson