Guest speaker Rebecca Sargent of Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC  spoke about Estate Planning.
On Tuesday, May 19th at 6 PM, our club had a virtual meeting over the telephone and internet via Zoom. 
Invocation was read by Carl Lusby.
The pledge was led by Carl Lusby, Ashley Johnson took notes and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
Birthdays: Jim Vickers 5-19, Dave Wheaton 5-22and Debbie Ehrlenbach 5-23. Happy Birthday!
Club Anniversaries: Heidi Omlor on May 24th for 4 Years and Alison Young on May 25th for 10 Years!
Checking In/Happy Dollars: Jo Cooper started the meeting by asking each person to give a recap of how they were doing.  We heard from Ashley Johnson, Debbie and Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Carl Lusby, Clyde Cushing, Dan Frye, Iris Simon, Jodie Cushing, Ken Huitt, Laura and Gene Pellerano, Tracy Shaffer, Scott Kimball, Julie and Tony Bouchard, Rod Fox, Marian and Dave Wells, Jane Langley, JoAnn Brown, Allegra Pellerano, Fred Breyer and Becky Sargent.  
All Happy Dollars goes towards Everybody Eats this quarter.  Don’t forget about Polio Plus!
Rotary Business:
  1. Blood Drive at Elks Lodge is, Tuesday, May 26th An email will be sent out to everyone about volunteering.
  2. Membership Committee Update: Marian Wells reported that we will be inducting two new individuals on May 26th via Zoom. She also encourages all Rotarians to bring a guest to any future Zoom meetings.
  3. Resolution for Community Support: Dave Wells reported the following District 7790, has a Covid 19 Grant process. As a club, we can spend up to $5,000 for community support and be reimbursed up to $2,500 from a District Covid 19 Grant. The Covid 19 Grant program allows clubs to give support NOW and then apply for the grant. Reimbursement from the district will require proof of financial support with cancelled checks, letters of thanks and/or receipts . It is suggested that the club support Everybody Eats, Friends in Action and the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank:
The membership voted unanimously that The Rotary Club of Ellsworth make an immediate distribute of $5,000 from the saved wheelchair funds to:
  • Everybody Eats for $1,500
  • Friends In Action for $1,500
  • Loaves and Fishes for $2,000
The Rotary Club of Ellsworth will apply for a District Grant for community support. The District Grant reimbursement of $2,500 would then be used to support the Student Grants for HCTC.
  1. Vocational Committee Update: Debbie Ehrlenbach reported the committee will be having a Zoom meeting this Thursday at 7:00pm to go over the scholarship applications.
  2. Paul Harris Committee: Carl Lusby reported the committee met via Zoom and are moving forward with selections. The next meeting is Friday May 22nd at 1:00pm. If you have a community member or club member you would like to nominate, please be in touch with Jack Frost. It is helpful if you can write a bit about the person and why you are nominating them.
  3. Jo reminded everyone to please reach out and contact any fellow Rotarian to stay in touch with those who have not been part of the weekly Zoom meetings.
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was Rebecca Sargent of Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC. Rebecca’s practice centers on estate planning and all of its related areas like real estate transfers, trust administration, probate estates, and corporate entities.
Rebecca spoke to the membership about Estate Planning, What the goals are, Who needs estate planning and What is disability planning and What is Asset Protection.
Proper estate planning allows you to plan for your death or disability without giving up control of your affairs.  Rebecca and her team work to help families, business owners, and individuals control and preserve their wealth through comprehensive counseling and legal strategies.
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson