Our guest speaker  was Michael Reisman of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. #ellsworthrotary #peopleofaction #wearerotary #district7790
On Tuesday, May 25th at 6:00 PM, our club had a virtual meeting over the telephone and internet via Zoom.  President Laura Pellerano started the meeting.
Invocation was read by Jo Cooper.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jo Cooper and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
Rotary Anniversaries: Allison King 11 Years on May 25th, Rhonda Parker 1 Year on May 26th, Tony Bouchard 14 Years on May 29th and Bill Casale 14 Years on May 29th.  Happy Anniversary!
Guests: Bob and Mary Thomas
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: The Ellsworth Rotary Foundation
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Dave Wells, Jo Cooper, Carl Lusby, Gene Pellerano, Fred Beyer 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.  Upcoming Events:
  • Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Night – via Zoom June 8th at 6:00pm
  • June 26,2021 - Kidspeace Golf Tournament - At the Lucerne Golf Course. Looking for volunteers to help and golfers too. More information to come. 
  • July 20, 2021 – Private Charter Cruise with Linda Greenlaw: Save Tuesday, July 20th on your calendar from 6-8 PM for a Rotary Sunset Cruise on the boat “Select” with Captain Linda Greenlaw, author and owner of Linda Greenlaw Charters. The two-hour cruise will launch from Perry’s Dock on Newbury Neck and parking will be available at the Sea Shed Gift Shop at 1049 Newbury Neck in Surry. More details to follow with a chance to reserve your space.  An opportunity to reserve a lobster roll or chicken sandwich will be included during registration.
  • September 10-11,2021 - Northern Light Maine Coast Schoodic Scramble. Friday 10/11 set up and 9/11 tournament volunteers would need to be there 7am until 5pm. Shifts can be shared! Please contact JoAnn Brown to help out.
  1. Blood Drive: Max Dietshe thanked everyone for continued help with the Blood Drives. He will send out an email to sign up for future dates. Please help if you can.
Foundation Update: Lincoln Ehrlenbach encourages all members to donate to the Annual Fund.  Lincoln congratulated Jo Cooper for receiving her Paul Harris +3 and Dave Wells for his Paul Harris +8. The Winner for this month’s $10 gift card was Laura Pellerano.
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was Michael Reisman. Michael has been the Executive Director of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center since 2004.
When he was hired as its first Executive Director, there were few resources and support services in Hancock and Washington counties for people with a cancer diagnosis.
Working with a dedicated Board of Directors, a small but dedicated staff, and a large cadre of volunteers, he has led an effort that has created many support services and programs that are now available to cancer survivors during and after treatment.

They provide excellent education and support services, often in collaboration with partner organizations, for all stages of the cancer journey throughout every community in Washington and Hancock counties;
  • Newly diagnosed cancer patients, their families and caregivers learn about our Center from numerous informed sources;
  • They keep our services current via ongoing assessment of community needs;
  • They have a well-organized and dedicated cadre of volunteers who skillfully carry out the Center’s mission and are accountable to and overseen by a Volunteer Coordinator;
  • The Center maintains financial stability through the aggressive pursuit of endowments and grants and by development of a multi-faceted fundraising strategy;
  • An energetic and visionary Board of Directors brings experience and dedication to advise, govern, and oversee the operation of the Center.

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth is one of only three freestanding cancer resource centers in Maine. It serves Hancock and Washington Counties where the incidence, prevalence, and mortality rates for cancer far exceed both the state and national averages. The Beth C. Wright Center is the place to turn for education and support in making sense of a cancer diagnosis and proceeding with your life.

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center provides a comfortable place for cancer patients, families, and friends to meet their educational and emotional needs. Our staff is almost entirely volunteer; professionals and caring community members donate their time to offer classes, meetings, and programs that are free to people with cancer, their families, and friends. They offer books, brochures, video and audio tapes as well as a computer with access to the internet.

Their center is a place of serenity and compassion for all. We serve both Hancock and Washington Counties. The Center is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday all year round.

 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson