This week at Rotary our guest speaker was Rebecca Palmer, the new Executive Director of Downeast Community Partners. Also, our club has recently donated $500.00 to HCTC SkillsUSA and $500.00 to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital towards their birthing center.
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.

Invocation was read by Cindy Shoppe and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
Guests:  Rebecca Palmer, Sharon Catus, Phil Bailey
Birthdays: Marc Rich, Julie Bouchard and Jo Cooper. Happy Birthday!
Club Anniversaries: Dana Reiter 15 Years, Debbie Ehrlenbach 6 Years and Gene Pellerano 6 Years. Congratulations!
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Jodie Cushing, Clyde Cushing, Laura Pellerano, Cindy Shoppe
50/50: $9 Jack Frost
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Jack Frost, Jodie Cushing, Dave Wells, Marian Wells, Laura Pellerano, Rebecca Greenlaw, Carol Jordan and Gene Pellerano.
Rotary Business:
Membership Update: Jim Vickers wife-Barb, passed away last week. He is staying with family in Orono. Larry Johnston is back home. Jo Cooper is officially retired. Bill Casale reached out and thanked club members for the card.
Greeters: Please sign up to be a greeter at our weekly meetings. The help is needed.
Foundation Update: Since July 1, we have had 35 club members contribute $10,545 to the annual fund, bringing the member per capita to $199. The club has raised $2043 for polio.  We had 18 club members contribute $3200 to the Ukraine Disaster Relief Fund.  The Rotary Foundation has added the Ukraine funds to our annual fund column.
Upcoming Service Projects:
Boggy Brooke 5k for HCTC: May 15th @9am details on the link
Bike Rodeo: May 21st at the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School. More info to come.
Indian Point Trail Clean-up:  June 4th at 9:00am
Bar Harbor Rotary Club:  The club has asked for help for their annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast starting at 530am to 10:30 am. They can also use help for their lunch immediately following.
Make-Ups and Community Service Hours: Please let Jodie Cushing and Marian Wells know if you do any community service or makeups throughout the week.
Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Max Dietshe thanks everyone for their continued help. Please sign up for April and May!
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry: The pantry is looking for volunteers to help out at the Pantry. Please call them to sign up to help.
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at:
Guest Speaker: Rebecca Palmer, Executive Director of Downeast Community Partners. Downeast Community Partners (DCP) was formed in 2017 with the merging of two of the most venerable organizations in the region, Child and Family Opportunities and the Washington Hancock Community Agency. With a mission to improve the quality of life and reduce the impact of poverty in Downeast communities, DCP is committed to creating and delivering services and programs that treat community members with dignity and compassion and offer them the possibility of achieving their goals and dreams.
Some of the services provided by DCP includes: low income fuel assistances such as the THAW Fund, transportation, financial support, elder services, child/young adult education programs, home repairs and food security.
Other support for families and individuals: Christmas program, Family Futures Downeast and the School supply program.
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson