Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Laura Pellerano
 
Invocation by read by Max Dietshe and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Guests: Carol Yancey, Grace Robinson and John Shoppe
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Grace Robinson, Scott Kimball, Gene Pellerano, Allegra Pellerano, Pam Cushing and Cindy Shoppe.
 
50/50: $11 to Allegra Pellerano
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Next Step.  
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Allegra Pellerano, Scott Kimball, Mary Thomas, Dave Wells, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Max Dietshe, JoAnn Brown and Gene Pellerano.
 
 
Rotary Business:
 
  • Membership Update: “Each One Bring One” Challenge: Bring a guest to Rotary and be entered in a drawing to win a prize! For each guest that attends with you at a Live Meeting, via Zoom, or brings a potential member to a Rotary Service, you’ll be entered into a drawing that many times to win a Toll House Pie! Questions, please contact JoAnn Brown.
 
Last month’s winner of the Dozen Whoopie Pies was Tracy Shaffer who then decided to auction them off for Polio Plus. Carl Lusby was the winner who donated $70!
 
  • Foundation Minute: Ross spoke about World Polio and Alison King was this month’s winner of thye $10 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card. To be entered into the drawing please donate to EREY. As of this week, 22 members have donated. Please consider giving!
     
  • “I AM ROTARY” signs and bumper stickers are available: Please display the sign at your office, when you’re out volunteering or at home! Please place the Bumper Sticker on your vehicle. We are hoping to see these in our community to get the word out about R
     
    otary!
     
  • Greeter Sign-Up: Debbie Ehrlenbach is looking for Greeters for the month of September and October. Please let her know if you are available to help.
     
  • Invocation Sign-Up: Rob Hemenway is looking for members who can help doing the weekly invocations at our meetings. He has sent out an email for the month of September and October.
     
  • Partner Program: As of this week, 26 businesses have sent in donations for this year! An updated list of businesses who have donated are displayed at our weekly meetings by the podium.  This has been posted to our website and social media pages.
     
  • Clubrunner Mobile Reminder: ClubRunner Mobile is a wonderful tool allowing membership directory data to be available at your fingertips as well as other club information such as weekly newsletters, upcoming events, guest speakers and meetings.   It is a great companion to our ClubRunner website. Click on the link below to get started! 
    https://site.clubrunner.ca/page/clubrunner-mobile-app-now-available
     
  • Reminder - Rotary.org: We encourage all members to visit https://www.rotary.org/en to sign-in using your email address and create your own password. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary International, the Foundation, the District we are a part of, what our club is working on for this year and so much more! An email was sent out on how to set this up. If you have questions, please contact Ashley Johnson. 
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
  • Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. We are all set for September. Please sign up for the month of October.  Max Dietshe thanks everyone for their continued help.
     
  • Walk for Polio – Saturday, October 23rd at Ellsworth High School. Funds raised will go towards Polio Plus.  
     
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry: The pantry is looking for volunteers to help stock the shelves and pick up food donations from the stores. If you are able to help, please contact Jodie Cushing.
 
Guest Speakers: Tonight’s guest speakers were Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz. They spoke about the origins the Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook, the process of putting it together, and the sequel they are working on now:  200 More Recipes Celebrating Home Cooking in the Pine Tree State.
 
If there’s one thing that brings Mainers together, it’s the flavors of this great state. Whether we’re teaching our kids to cook family recipes, or gathered together and sharing them at the table, we know that our food traditions bring us together as a community. The Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook celebrates Maine’s rich culinary traditions—old and new— exploring indigenous foodways, hearty Yankee cuisine, community cookbook classics, and favorite dishes of new Mainers.
 
This collection of more than 200 recipes spans kitchens across the state: pulling dishes from grandma’s recipe box, award-winning chefs, Maine personalities, and rustic fishing camps. Celebrating the state’s whole community with recipes from all 16 counties, this cookbook includes heartwarming stories and dishes from both prominent and everyday Mainers, and is beautifully illustrated with family photos, handwritten recipe cards and historic community cookbook covers. 
Proceeds from community cookbooks have historically gone to benefit a cause within the community. Working with food security advocates within the state, $2 from every book sold will support organizations fighting hunger in Maine.  With the support of many, we’ve been able to distribute more than $12,000 to organizations fighting hunger throughout the state of Maine!
 
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
 
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