At the September 8th virtual meeting, we welcomed District Governor Joel Philibert as our guest speaker. #ellsworthrotary
On Tuesday, September 8th at 6 PM, our club had a virtual meeting over the telephone and internet via Zoom.  President Laura Pellerano started the meeting.
Invocation was read by Ashley Johnson.
Laura Pellerano played the national anthem of Canada O’Canada and The Pledge Allegiance was led by Carl Lubsy. Ashley Johnson took notes and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
Visiting Rotarians: District Governor Joel Philibert
Checking In/Happy Dollars:  Ashley Johnson, Dan Frye, Lincoln and Debbie Ehrlenbach, Allegra Pellerano, Carl Lusby, Laura and Gene Pellerano, JoAnn Brown, Iris, Simon, Tony and Julie Bouchard, Pam Cushing, Jodie Cushing, Clyde Cushing, Scott Kimball, Marian and Dave Wells, Tracy Shaffer, Rod Fox and Fred Beyer.
All Happy Dollars goes towards Forgotten Felines this quarter. They rescue and rehome Rehabilitate and provide assistance with spay and neutering stray and feral cats. They are 100% funded by donations and funds raised from yard sales and craft fairs. 
Don’t forget about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
Rotary Business:
  1. Community Service Update: Jodie Cushing emailed all club members about the upcoming Card Brook Clean-Up for 9/12 and the Next Step Playground Service Project for 9/19. Please let her know if you are able to help volunteer.
Guest Speaker:  This week’s guest speaker was District Governor Joel Philibert. A Rotarian since March 2008, he is a club member of St-Nicolas Chutes-de-la-Chaudière. In 2012 he participated in a humanitarian mission to Guatemala for a water project, which changed his Rotary life forever. In 2012-2013 he became President of his Club, from 2013 to 2016 as Assistant Governor, from 2016 to 2019 as Coordinator of the AG-Quebec.
Joel shared and discussed about the District Project for 2020-2021: a water project in Southern Peru. A reservoir will be constructed near Arequipa. 10,000 individuals will be impacted by this project! Our club will donate $500 towards the project.
Joel spoke about the impact of COVID-19 has had on Rotary and the District. He sees the following year as an opportunity to change the ways of Rotary, by being flexible, innovative and adapting to today's reality. He wants to listen to members, help them grow as a club, and help them achieve their goals.
This year’s theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities”
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson