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ROTARY CLUB OF ELLSWORTH, MAINE
Ellsworth
SERVICE ABOVE SELF
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
China Hill
301 High Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
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NO MEETING - November 22nd
Rotary Food Drive - November 19th
On Saturday November 19th the Rotary Club of Ellsworth held its annual food drive for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. This year the club added  "The Ton of Turkey Challenge" - asking community members to donate a turkey to the challenge.  The food drive was a complete success, receiving $2,078.34 in cash donations and 210 Turkeys total!
 
 
November 15, 2022 Newsletter
This week’s guest speaker was Bonnie Harris. She is the project coordinator for the Penquis foster grandparent program.
 
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation was read by Gene Pellerano   and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Greeter: Tricia Quirk
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Michael Houlsen; Amanda Gardiner; John Shoppe, Grace Robinson, Bonnie Harris, Maria Staples.
 
Birthdays:  Cindy Shoppe - Happy Birthday!
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were: Fred Beyer, Rebecca Greenlaw, Gene Pellerano and Carol Jordan
 
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome:  Tricia Quirk found him!
 
50/50: The Lucky winner was: Lincoln Ehrlenbach - $10.
 
Happy Dollars: 2nd Quarter Happy Dollars will go towards Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s Urology Department for Men’s Health.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Marian Wells, Carl Lusby, Jack Frost, Bob Thomas, Jodie Cushing, Lori Googins, Laura Pellerano, Gene Pellerano and Rebecca Greenlaw.
 
ROTARY BUSINESS:
 
Donation to Kids Peace: Our club applied for a grant earlier in the year and received $518.00. The club matched he grant amount. A check in the amount of $1,036.00 was presented to Rebecca Greenlaw of KidsPeace for purchasing gifts for Christmas.
 
 
Movember: There is still time for participants and sponsors for the Men’s Health ‘Movember’ beard growth competition. All funds raised will be donated to the Urology Department at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive at Hannaford: Saturday, November 19th. Please be there to help!
 
Thank you Letter from Downeast Horizons: Our club received a Thank You Letter from Downeast Horizons. Clyde read it out aloud. The letter is thanking our club for the 1st quarter happy dollar donations to go towards their Special Olympics Program.
 
Fellowship Update:
 
The Ellsworth Downtown Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm. New this year is late afternoon and to celebrate with lighted floats! The theme is “Christmas at the Movies” All Rotarians are invited to attend to help out!  Jodie Cushing reported we have the honor of escorting Santa at the Christmas Parade this year!
 
Line-up will start at 3pm that’s right it’s a night parade!!! We will have a trailer, Reindeer and couple Elves. We will need two people to carry our banner and several people to help pass out candy. As asked at Tuesdays meeting if anyone has a small generator that’s a little less noisy then Clyde’s please let us know. We are going to need power for all the lights!! The route this year starts at Knowlton Park, goes down State St to School St right onto Main St down and back up State St. Please let Jodie know if you can attend as we need to know if we have enough people to hand out candy.
 
Christmas Party: We are looking for ideas for this year’s Christmas Party. Please send your thoughts to Jodie Cushing.
 
Annual Gifting Experience: Jack Frost shared that planning is moving into high gear for the December 10th event and that he and Co-Chair Carl Lusby have begun contacting schools for student recommendations for participation. This will be in person this year on Saturday, December 10th. Save the date, more details to come soon! A sign-up sheet has passed around and all Rotarians are encouraged to contact Jack or Carl to sign up for our 17th Annual Gifting Experience. Jack also reported that $1100 dollars from individual and business sponsors has been donated so far.
 
Rotary Blood Drives at the Elks Club: Max Dietshe reported sign-ups for the blood drive are going well for November, so look ahead to the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Sign up with Max Dietshe.  Please send all your community service hours to Max!
 
Greeter and Invocation Sign up Lists: We are still in need for Rotarians to help sign up to be a Greeter or give the Invocation at our weekly meetings. Please help.
 
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was Bonnie Harris. She is the project coordinator for the Penquis foster grandparent program which is sponsored through AmeriCorps seniors.
Penquis is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1967 to alleviate and eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty. Through its programs and subsidiaries, Penquis impacts all of Maine’s sixteen counties, but primarily serves low- and moderate-income individuals in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties.
 
Foster Grandparents volunteer with children who are a few months old up to age twenty-one! The program began in 1965, to provides tutors and mentors to children and youth who are disadvantaged or have disabilities. Our Foster Grandparents share their love, time and experience with these little one who soak it up like a sponge. They are a role model, a mentor and a friend.  Put simply, they give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.
 
Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends.  Studies show that volunteering helps individuals live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life. This inter-generational program utilizes our only increasing natural resource—seniors—who are assisting our future resource–our children.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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November 8, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation was read by Gene Pellerano   and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Greeter: Scott Kimball
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Michael Houlsen; Amanda Gardiner; April Harper; Stephanie Baillargean; Shelly Van Camp; John Shoppe, Grace Robinson
 
Birthdays:  Carol Jordan; Grace Robinson
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were: Clyde Cushing; Tracy Schaffer; Joann Brown Rodick; Bob Thomas; Fred Bryer; Barbara Clark
 
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome:  Romey is on Vacation in Key West FL this week and is expected to return by next week’s meeting.
 
50/50: The Lucky winner was: Barbara Clark
 
Happy Dollars: 2nd Quarter Happy Dollars will go towards Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s Urology Department for Men’s Health.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Barbara Clark; Kelly Brown, Scott Kimball; Carl Lusby; Mary Thomas; Grace Robinson; Jody Cushing; Tracy Schaffer;  Mike Houlsen; Joann Brown Rodick; Jack Frost; Lori Googins.
 
ROTARY BUSINESS:
 
Rotary Blood Drives at the Elks Club: Max Dietshe reported sign ups for the blood drive are going well for November, so look ahead to the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Sign up with Max Dietshe.  Please send all your community service hours to Max!
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive at Hannaford: Saturday, November 19th. The sign-up sheet is going around to volunteer. Shifts are 9am-11am, 11am-1pm and 1pm to 3pm. Max Dietshe shared that a few more volunteers are needed for the 11-1 shift.
New this year we are adding a challenge! The Ton of Turkey Challenge! We are asking all Rotarians and members of the community to help donate one ton of Turkeys to the Pantry (134 frozen turkeys or two chickens) can be dropped off at any meeting up to November 15th or at the pantry during operating hours. If you live too far away, you can donate $20 and they will count as a turkey. Donations can be mailed to our club’s address at PO Box 741, Ellsworth.
 
Fellowship Update:
 
The Ellsworth Downtown Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm. New this year is late afternoon and to celebrate with lighted floats! The theme is “Christmas at the Movies” All Rotarians are invited to attend to help out!  Jodie Cushing reported that we have not heard back regarding being the escort for Santa’s float…. So we should start planning for decorating a float based on the Christmas Movies theme.
 
Christmas Party: We are looking for ideas for this year’s Christmas Party. Please send your thoughts to Jodie Cushing.
 
Annual Gifting Experience: Jack Frost shared that planning is moving into high gear for the December 10th event and that he and Co-Chair Carl Lusby have begun contacting schools for student recommendations for participation. This will be in person this year on Saturday, December 10th. Save the date, more details to come soon! A sign up sheet was passed around and all Rotarians are encouraged to contact Jack or Carl to sign up for our 17th Annual Gifting Experience. Jack also reported that $1100 dollars from individual and business sponsors has been donated so far.
 
Greeter and Invocation Sign up Lists: We are still in need for Rotarians to help sign up to be a Greeter or give the Invocation at our weekly meetings. Please help.
 
Movember Update: Gene Pellerano updated the participants and sponsors for the Men’s Health ‘Movember’ beard growth competition. All funds raised will be donated to the Urology Department at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.
 
Guest Reader:  Gene Pellerano shared three Veterans Day themed readings honoring all veterans.
 
Fellowship Activity:  President Clyde Cushing led us in an election themed activity where groups developed a political ad for candidates ‘Green Gnomey’ – ‘Blue Gnomey’ – and an emergent write in candidate named ‘Violet’…… after the candidates’ ads were shared a mock election was held where write in candidate Vilolet garnered an upset victory!
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Carl Lusby.
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November 1, 2022 Newsletter
 
This week our guest speaker was Diane Lebson. Diane is the CEO and Co-Founder of Evergreen Philanthropic Solutions.
 
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Ashley Johnson
 
Invocation was read by Ashley Johnson and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson, John Shoppe
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Clark of South Portland and Diane Lebson of the Camden Rotary Club.
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Jack Frost and Grace Robinson
 
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome: Marian Wells was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
50/50: $10 to Gene Pellerano
 
Happy Dollars: 2nd Quarter Happy Dollars will go towards Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s Urology Department for Men’s Health.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Gene Pellerano, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Dave Wells, Mary Thomas and Jack Frost.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Movember: It’s time for the Annual Movember Challenge for Men’s Health. $20 donations. Men grow facial hair and women to have a fake beard or mustache. All donations go towards MCMH.
 
Rotary Blood Drives at the Elks Club: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Sign up with Max Dietshe.  Please send all your community service hours to Max!
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive at Hannaford: Saturday, November 19th. The sign-up sheet is going around to volunteer. Shifts are 9am-11am, 11am-1pm and 1pm to 3pm.
 
New this year we are adding a challenge! The Ton of Turkey Challenge! We are asking all Rotarians and members of the community to help donate one ton of Turkeys to the Pantry (134 frozen turkeys or two chickens) can be dropped off at any meeting up to November 15th or at the pantry during operating hours. If you live too far away, you can donate $20 and they will count as a turkey. Donations can be mailed to our club’s address at PO Box 741, Ellsworth.
 
Fellowship Update: The Ellsworth Downtown Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm. New this year is late afternoon and to celebrate with lighted floats! The theme is “Christmas at the Movies” All Rotarians are invited to attend to help out!
 
Club Christmas Party: We are looking for ideas for this year’s Christmas Party. Please send your thoughts to Jodie Cushing.
 
Annual Gifting Experience: This will be in person this year on Saturday, December 10th. Save the date, more details to come soon!
 
Guest Speaker:  This week our guest speaker was Diane Lebson. Diane is the CEO and Co-Founder of Evergreen Philanthropic Solutions, a woman-owned firm based in Maine that helps clients achieve their philanthropic goals. Diane provided a presentation about “Ten Things You Can do to be more Impactful Philanthropist”
  1. Be Intentional
  2. Do your Homework
  3. Get Sensitive
  4. Get Oriented
  5. Define your Philanthropic Brand
  6. Focus – Don’t Scatter your resources
  7. Understand what motivates you may not motivate others
  8. Mobilize others
  9. Draw boundaries to avoid burnout
  10. Understand your impact
Diane is a member of the Camden Rotary Club and in addition to speaking about women’s philanthropy, she talked about fundraising in general during this post-pandemic environment.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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Ton of Turkey Challenge
 

From now through Thanksgiving, the club is looking for help collecting 134 frozen turkeys for families served by the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Frozen chickens are also welcome. For the purpose of the challenge goal, two frozen chickens equal one frozen turkey.

Turkeys may be dropped off at the pantry at 137 Downeast Highway. Hours are Monday 9:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. and Friday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Frozen birds may also be dropped off at Rotary’s Tuesday night meetings through Nov. 15. The club meets at China Hill at 6 p.m. Financial contributions may be made at https://www.loavesandfishesellsworth.org/donate.

October 25, 2022 Newsletter
 
This week our guest speaker was Hannah Walen of the Maine Community Foundation.
 
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation was read by Rhonda Parker and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson, Shelly VanCamp, Virginia Ritnam and Amanda Gardner
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Clark of South Portland.
 
Club Anniversaries: Iris Simon 33 Years and Rachel Bousquet 4 Years
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Carl and Anne Lusby. Celebrating 50 Years!
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Scott Kimball, Jack Frost, Dave Wells and Nancy Mayo
 
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome: Gene Pellerano was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
50/50: $10 to Ashley Johnson
 
Happy Dollars: 2nd Quarter Happy Dollars will go towards Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s Urology Department for Men’s Health.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Ashley Johnson, Grace Robinson, Scott Kimball, Bob Thomas, Lori Googins, Rhonda Parker, Gene Pellerano, Nancy Mayo, Fred Beyer, Jack Frost, Dave Wells and JoAnn Brown-Rodick.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Rotary Blood Drives at the Elks Club: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Sign up with Max Dietshe.  Please send all your community service hours to Max!
 
Walk for Polio Update: This year’s walk raised $700.00 with 25 in attendance. Thank you!
 
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive at Hannaford: Saturday, November 19th. The sign-up sheet is going around to volunteer. Shifts are 9am-11am, 11am-1pm and 1pm to 3pm.
 
New this year we are adding a challenge! The Ton of Turkey Challenge! We are asking all Rotarians and members of the community to help donate one ton of Turkeys to the Pantry (134 frozen turkeys or two chickens) can be dropped off at any meeting up to November 15th or at the pantry during operating hours. If you live too far away, you can donate $20 and they will count as a turkey. Donations can be mailed to our club’s address at PO Box 741, Ellsworth.
 
Fellowship Update: Trunk or Treat is October 29th at 4pm at the Ellsworth YMCA. All are invited to attend and dress up! Our theme is “Western” We are looking for a wagon wheel, hay and other western decorations. Please contact Jodie Cushing! We are looking for candy donations!
 
The Ellsworth Downtown Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm. New this year is late afternoon and to celebrate with lighted floats! The theme is “Christmas at the Movies” All Rotarians are invited to attend to help out!
 
Christmas Party: We are looking for ideas for this year’s Christmas Party. Please send your thoughts to Jodie Cushing.
 
Annual Gifting Experience: This will be in person this year on Saturday, December 10th. Save the date, more details to come soon!
 
Greeter and Invocation Sign up Lists: We are still in need for Rotarians to help sign up to be a Greeter or give the Invocation at our weekly meetings. Please help.
 
Guest Speaker:  This week our guest speaker was Hannah Walen of the Maine Community Foundation. She is the Director of Donor Engagement and consults with donors to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. Based in Ellsworth, Hannah covers Hancock and Washington Counties. She gave a presentation of the foundation and spoke about its mission and goals.  
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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October 18, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation was read by Rhonda Parker and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson and Dale Basher
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Clark of South Portland.
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Carl and Anne Lusby. Celebrating 50 Years!
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Debbie Ehrlenbach, Grace Robinson, Lori Googins
 
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome: Dale Basher was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
50/50: $7 to Lincoln Ehrlenbach
 
Happy Dollars: 2nd Quarter Happy Dollars will go towards Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s Urology Department for Men’s Health.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Carl Lusby, Scott Kimball, Jodie Cushinh, Max Dietshe, Rhonda Parker, Rebecca Greenlaw, Lori Googins, Dave Wells, Clyde Cushing and Dale Basher.
 
Rotary Business:
Happy Dollars 1st Quarter Check: Our club presented a check to Downeast Horizons in the amount of $570.00 towards their Special Olympics program from the 1st Quarter Happy Dollar donations.
 
 
Rotary Blood Drives at the Elks Club: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Sign up with Max Dietshe.  Please send all your community service hours to Max!
 
Walk for Polio: Saturday, October 22nd at 9:00am. All walkers will meet at Knowlton Park.  We will proceed down State Street to the lower light on Main Street, walk up Main Street to School Street and return to Knowlton Park.  A $20 donation is suggested to participate.  Bring your family and friends along to help raise money to eradicate polio.  Dogs are also welcome.  Funds raised will go toward Rotary International’s End Polio Now efforts.
 
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive at Hannaford: Saturday, November 19th! Save the date!
 
Fellowship Update: Trunk or Treat is October 29th at 4pm at the Ellsworth YMCA. All are invited to attend and dress up! Our theme is “Western” We are looking for a wagon wheel, hay and other western decorations. Please contact Jodie Cushing! We are looking for candy donations!
 
The Ellsworth Downtown Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm. New this year is late afternoon and to celebrate with lighted floats! The theme is “Christmas at the Movies” All Rotarians are invited to attend to help out!
 
Greeter and Invocation Sign up Lists: We are still in need for Rotarians to help sign up to be a Greeter or give the Invocation at our weekly meetings. Please help.
 
Guest Speaker:  This week our guest speaker was Rotarian Scott Boucher of the Bangor Rotary Club.  He currently sits on the District Foundation Committee as the Polio Plus Chair for the Maine side of District 7790.  Scott provided an excellent presentation on Polio Plus and how it's important to spread awareness about it.
 
Rotarian Lincoln Ehrlenbach reminded everyone of our Annual Polio Walk THIS SATURDAY (October 22nd)  at 9:00am at Knowlton Park. Please come!
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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Ellsworth Rotary at the YMCA Trunk or Treat
 
2022 World Polio Day
 
Today is World Polio Day. One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio.
 
World Polio Day is a time for #Rotary members from all over the world to come together, recognize our progress in our fight to #endpolio, and talk about the action we need to take to end polio for good. Watch our #WorldPolioDay 2022 Global Update: https://on.rotary.org/3fs7gFiW
 
2022 Polio Walk
 
Rotarians have been the leaders in the eradication of Polio world wide. Today’s walk provided 950 doses of Polio vaccine. With a 2:1 matching grant from the Bill and Melina Gates foundation that 950 doses becomes 2850! Way to go Ellsworth Rotarians!
 
Check out the photos from our Polio Walk on Saturday!
October 11, 2022 Newsletter
 
Click on the link below to see photos from Membership Night!
October 4, 2022 Newsletter
 
Barbara Clark and Kelly Brown were inducted into the club as our newest members!
 
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation was read by Rhonda Parker and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson, Kelly Brown, Barbara Clark
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Clark of South Portland.
 
Birthdays: Tricia Quirk on 9/29.  Happy Birthday!
 
Wedding Anniversary:  Jack and Brenda Frost on 10/4.  Happy Anniversary!
 
Club Anniversary: Domenic Efter 15 Years and Carol Yancey 1 Year.
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Rebecca Greenlaw, Grace Robinson, Lincoln Ehrlenbach and Laura Pellerano.
 
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome: Jodie Cushing was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
 
50/50: $11 to Jack Frost
 
Happy Dollars: 2nd Quarter Happy Dollars will go towards Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s Urology Department for Men’s Health.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Jack Frost, Carl Lusby, Laura Pellerano, Tricia Quirk, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Gene Pellerano, Kelly Brown, Jodie Cushing, Grace Robinson, Marian Wells, Dave Wells, Lori Googins and Clyde Cushing.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Induction of New Members: Barbara Clark and Kelly Brown were inducted into the club as our newest members! Barbara was sponsored by Rotarian Dave Wells and Kelly was sponsored by Rotarian Debbie Ehrlenbach.
 
Rotary Blood Drives at the Elks Club: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Sign up with Max Dietshe.  Please send all your community service hours to Max!
 
Walk for Polio: Saturday, October 22nd at 9:00am. All walkers will meet at Knowlton Park.  We will proceed down State Street to the lower light on Main Street, walk up Main Street to School Street and return to Knowlton Park.  A $20 donation is suggested to participate.  Bring your family and friends along to help raise money to eradicate polio.  Dogs are also welcome.  Funds raised will go toward Rotary International’s End Polio Now efforts.
 
Foundation Update: Lincoln explained what EREY is (Every Rotarian Every Year) and why everyone is encouraged to donate. The Annual Fund-SHARE is the primary source of funding for a broad range of local and international Rotary Foundation activities. Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) is the fundraising initiative designed to encourage support for the Foundation’s Annual Fund. EREY aims to engage every Rotary club member by: Encouraging members to contribute to the Annual Fund every year and Encouraging them to participate in a Foundation grant or program every year. Through the SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants for projects that change lives. At the end of every Rotary year, contributions to the Annual Fund- SHARE from all Rotary clubs in a district are directed into two funds: Fifty percent is credited to the World Fund. Fifty percent is credited to the District Designated Fund. The Foundation uses the World Fund portion to pay for the worldwide grant and program opportunities available to all Rotary districts. Your district uses the District Designated Fund portion to fund the Foundation grants and programs of its choice. The Rotary Foundation’s funding cycle makes district contributions available for use three years after they are received. The three-year cycle gives districts time to plan projects and activities and allows the Foundation to invest the contributions. Your district Rotary Foundation committee decides how to use the District Designated Funds in consultation with the clubs in the district.
 
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
 
Membership Night: Tuesday, October 11th at Union River Lobster Pot in Ellsworth.  Please sign up to RSVP and you guest to JoAnn asap! Invitations, menu and program were emailed last week. $15 per person and please pre-pay next week to Bob and Mary Thomas.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive at Hannaford: Saturday, November 19th! Save the date!
 
Fellowship Update: Trunk or Treat is October 29th at 4pm at the Ellsworth YMCA. All are invited to attend and dress up! Our theme is “Western” We are looking for a wagon wheel, hay and other western decorations. Please contact Jodie Cushing! We are looking for candy donations!
 
The Ellsworth Downtown Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm. New this year is late afternoon and to celebrate with lighted floats! The theme is “Christmas at the Movies” All Rotarians are invited to attend to help out!
 
Greeter and Invocation Sign up Lists: We are still in need for Rotarians to help sign up to be a Greeter or give the Invocation at our weekly meetings. Please help.
 
Guest Speaker:  Kenny Lemoine, Captain of the Ellsworth Fire Department was our guest speaker this week. He spoke to us about Fire Safety regarding furnace cleanings, wood stoves and more.
 
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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September 27, 2022 Newsletter
 
This week’s guest speaker was Sherry Billings of Habitat Humanity. She is the Executive Director of the Hancock County area.
 
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation was read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson, John Shoppe, Kelly Brown, Andrea and Frank Gude
 
Birthdays: Tricia Quirk on 9/29.  Happy Birthday!
 
Wedding Anniversary:  Domenic Efter and Arlyn Whitelaw on 10/1. Happy Anniversary!
 
Club Anniversary: Marshall Smith on 10/1 - 24 Years!
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Scott Kimball, Benedetta Pellerano, Jodie Cushing and Clyde Cushing.
 
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome: Benedetta Pellerano was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
50/50: $10 to Tony Bouchard
 
Happy Dollars: 1st Quarter Happy Dollars will go to Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Tony Bouchard, Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Andrea Gude, Fred Beyer, Max Dietshe, Rebecca Greenlaw, Lori Googins, Bob Thomas and Clyde Cushing.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast Update: Thank you to everyone who volunteered! $1,000 was raised and $100 from tip jars for Scholarships!  
 
Rotary Blood Drives at the Elks Club: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Sign up with Max Dietshe.  Please send all your community service hours to Max!
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: Contact Clyde Cushing to send in suggestions for the next non-profit to send Happy Dollars to.
 
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
 
Membership Night: Tuesday, October 11th  at Union River Lobster Pot in Ellsworth. Please sign up to RSVP and your guest to JoAnn asap! Invitations, menu and program were emailed last week. $15 per person and please pre-pay next week to Bob and Mary Thomas.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive at Hannaford: Saturday, November 19th! Save the date!
 
Fellowship Update: Trunk or Treat is October 29th at 4pm at the Ellsworth YMCA. All are invited to attend and dress up! Our theme is “Western” We are looking for a wagon wheel, hay and other western decorations. Please contact Jodie Cushing!
 
The Ellsworth Downtown Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm. New this year is the parade is now in the late afternoon and to celebrate with lighted floats! The theme is “Christmas at the Movies” All Rotarians are invited to attend to help out!
 
Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, October 4th at 4:30pm at China Hill.
 
Greeter and Invocation Sign up Lists: We are still in need for Rotarians to help sign up to be a Greeter or give the Invocation at our weekly meetings. Please help.
 
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was Sherry Billings of Habitat Humanity. She is the Executive Director of the Hancock County area.
 
Hancock County Habitat for Humanity is a well-respected nonprofit which has continued to serve the community since its founding in 1989.  They have been able to do so through the generosity of numerous individuals, faith groups, businesses, and foundations, as well as through the monthly mortgage payments made by our Habitat homeowners.
 
They are committed to keeping overhead costs to a minimum and to maximizing our donors’ contributions.  They have one 3/4-time employee (our Executive Director) + a PT independent contractor who helps to supervise our worksite.  All other work is performed by their dedicated volunteers. 
 
“You don’t need to swing a hammer to help residents of Hancock County have decent, affordable homes.”
 
They are looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, become and board member or help with building homes!
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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September 20, 2022 Newsletter
 
This week at Rotary we had a Club Assembly where members were given an update from each Committee Director of how the club is doing for the 1st quarter of the year.
 
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation was read by Clyde Cushing and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson and Kelly Brown
 
Birthdays: Jackie Sinclair and Nancy Mayo. Happy Birthday!
 
Wedding Anniversary: Jo and Donald Cooper 45 Years on 9/24
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Scott Kimball, Benedetta Pellerano, Jodie Cushing and Clyde Cushing.
 
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome: Julie Bouchard was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
 
50/50: $10 to Dave Wells
 
Happy Dollars: 1st Quarter Happy Dollars will go to Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program. 
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars:  Dave Wells, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Kelly Brown, Carl Lusby, Scott Kimball, Grace Robinson, Mary Thomas, Gene Pellerano, Rebecca Greenlaw and Lori Googins.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, September 24th 7am – 10am at Ellsworth Elementary School. Please contact Dave Wells to sign up.
 
Rotary Blood Drives at the Elks Club: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Sign up with Max Dietshe.
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: Contact Clyde Cushing to send in suggestions for the next non-profit to send Happy Dollars to.
 
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
 
Club Assembly: This week at Rotary we had a Club Assembly where members were given an update from each Committee Director of how the club is doing for the 1st quarter of the year.
 
The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is hosting its first ever fill the Grand food drive.  The hope is to fill each seat in the Grand with a bag of food.  Club members brought in non-perishable food items and were delivered on Wednesday to The Grand!
 
Bangor Savings Bank is collecting Peanut Butter and Jelly to distribute to local food pantries.  Club members brought in Peanut Butter and Jelly and were delivered on Wednesday to Bangor Savings Bank!
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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September 13, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter:  Rebecca Greenlaw
 
Invocation was read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  John Shoppe, Grace Robinson and Barbara Clark,
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Carol Jordan, Fred Beyer, Cindy Shoppe and Laura Pellerano
 
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome: Jodie Cushing was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
 
50/50: $10 to John Shoppe
 
Happy Dollars: 1st Quarter Happy Dollars will go to Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program. 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars:  John Shoppe, Grace Robinson, Gene Pellerano, Larry Johnston, Ashley Johnson, JoAnn Brown-Rodick, Rebecca Greenlaw, Lori Googins, Bob Thomas and Clyde Cushing.
 
Rotary Business:
Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, September 24th 7am – 10am at Ellsworth Elementary School. Please contact Dave Wells to sign up.
 
Rotary Blood Drives at the Elks Club: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11am – 5pm. Sign up with Max Dietshe.
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: Contact Clyde Cushing to choose the next non-profit to send Happy Dollars to.
 
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
 
Guest Speaker: Membership Chair JoAnn Brown-Rodick spoke to club members about the upcoming Membership Night scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th at Union River Lobster Pot in Ellsworth at 5:30pm. Appetizers and drinks will be available.
 
Everyone brainstormed how to attract members to join our club. JoAnn shared with members the “Identifying Prospective Members Worksheet” (This was emailed out to everyone prior to meeting)
Membership Night Invitations will be sent out soon to invite potential members to the event. RSVP is required.  Please send further ideas to JoAnn about Membership Night. The membership committee is currently working on the program.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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Out in the Community!
 
Thank you to Rotary club members for volunteering at the Schoodic Scramble! Not pictured: Bob Thomas and Kelly Brown who also volunteered.
 
 
Ellsworth Rotarians helping to welcome the Freshman class at Ellsworth High School!
 
August 30, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter:  Carl Lusby.
 
Invocation was read by Ashley Johnson and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dan Hurley of CT!
 
Guests:  Mary Jakes, Grace Robinson, John Shoppe
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were: Carl Lusby, Clyde Cushing, Carol Jordan, Grace Robinson, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Cindy Shoppe.
 
Ashley Johnson was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
50/50: $9 to Jodie Cushing
 
Happy Dollars: 1st Quarter Happy Dollars will go to Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program. 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars:  Jodie Cushing, Dave and Marian Wells, Lincoln Ehrenbach, Carl Lusby, Jodie Cushing, Rebecca Greenlaw, Lori Googins, Grace Robinson, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Dan Hurley.
 
Birthdays: We sang Happy Birthday to Dan Hurley!
 
Wedding Anniversary: Fred and Leslie Beyer 53 Years!
 
Rotary Business:
Weekly Greeter and Invocation Sign-ups:   Signup sheets went around this week. Please help out.
 
Freshmen BBQ at EHS: 11am to Noon on Wednesday, August 31st. Come help if you can!
 
Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast: Dave Wells is sending around a sign up sheet. This event is Saturday, September 24th from 7am to 10am at EEMS.
 
Schoodic Scramble: At Grindstone Neck Golf Course in Winter Harbor. Multiple volunteers opportunities available from early til late. Sign up here.
 
Downeast Horizons Color Fun 5K: Saturday, September 10th. Rotarians are welcome to sign-up to help with this community event. Volunteer options are to help pass out water at a water station, help with parking or direct runners and walkers on the race route. Volunteer hours will be from 8:00am to 11:00am. Here is the  signup sheet 
 
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
Loaves and Fishes are putting the finishing touches on their new building… watch from an email from Max for a volunteer service opportunity.
 
Fellowship Night: This week was Fellowship Night at Rotary! Club members enjoyed playing a round of Mad Libs followed by BINGO.  Drinks and appetizers were provided before dinner.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
 
 
 
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September 6, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter:  Carl Lusby
 
Invocation was read by Gene Pellerano and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace and Eli; Kelly Brown; April Hartford
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of Portland
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were: Laura Pellerano; Benedetta Pellerano; Rebecca Greenlaw; Ray Williams
Gene Pellerano was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
50/50: Pam Cushing
 
Happy Dollars: 1st Quarter Happy Dollars will go to Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program. 
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars:  Pam Cushing; Grace; Carl Lusby; Gene Pellerano; Kelly Brown; Bob Thomas; Rebecca Greenlaw; Lori Goggins; Clyde Cushing
 
Rotary Business:
Weekly Greeter and Invocation Sign-ups:   Signup sheets went around this week. Please help out.
 
Schoodic Scramble: At Grindstone Neck Golf Course in Winter Harbor. Multiple volunteers opportunities available from early til late. Sign up here.
 
Downeast Horizons Color Fun 5K: Saturday, September 10th. Rotarians are welcome to sign-up to help with this community event. Volunteer options are to help pass out water at a water station, help with parking or direct runners and walkers on the race route. Volunteer hours will be from 8:00am to 11:00am. Here is the  signup sheet 
 
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
Loaves and Fishes are putting the finishing touches on their new building… watch from an email from Max for a volunteer service opportunity.
 
Guest Speaker:  April Hartford, CDM; CFPP is Food Service Director and Volunteer Program Coordinator of Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.
April’s presentation focused on the Impact Team for Hancock County which was formed a year ago and whose focus is to make an “Impact” through supporting and volunteering community and agency efforts to help make a difference in the lives of fellow citizens. The goal is to grow the team from its current 18 members to from both the Blue Hill and Maine Coast Hospital employees to 36 members which will include community members. Contact April if you are interested in joining the Impact Team and making a difference while supporting the local communities.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Carl Lusby
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August 23, 2022 Newsletter
 
The guest speaker was Gretchen Wilson of The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce. 
 
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter:  Laura Pellerano
 
Invocation was read by Carl Lusby and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Kelly Brown, Barbara Clark and Grace Robinson
 
Club Anniversary: Jodie Cushing on 8/20
 
Wedding Anniversary: Ashley and Aaron Johnson on 8/23
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Grace Robinson, Barbara Clark and Carol Jordan
 
Find Romey: Rebecca Greenlaw was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
50/50: $10 to Carl Lusby
 
Happy Dollars: 1st Quarter Happy Dollars will go to Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program. 
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars:  Carl Lusby, Gretchen Wilson, Bob Thomas, Barbara Clark, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Dave Wells, Marian Wells, Rhonda Parker, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Ashley Johnson and Clyde Cushing.
 
Rotary Business:
Freshmen BBQ: Wednesday, August 31st 11am-Noon at Ellsworth High School.
 
Membership Meeting – Thursday, August 25th via Zoom.
 
Weekly Greeter and Invocation Sign-ups:   Signup sheets went around this week. Please help out.
 
Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, September 24th 7am – 10am at Ellsworth Elementary School. Please contact Dave Wells to sign up.
 
Loaves & Fishes Pie Booth at the Blue Hill Fair, Thursday, September 1 - Saturday, September 3. We need folks to staff the booth and we also need pie bakers (fruit pies and anything that doesn't need refrigeration). Volunteers should wear their Rotary shirts and enter through the Green gate. If you volunteer, you get free admission! Sign up here
 
Schoodic Scramble on Saturday, September 10th: At Grindstone Neck Golf Course in Winter Harbor. Multiple volunteers’ opportunities available from early til late. Sign up here.
 
Downeast Horizons Color Fun 5K on Saturday, September 10th: Rotarians are welcome to sign-up to help with this community event. Volunteer options are to help pass out water at a water station, help with parking or direct runners and walkers on the race route. Volunteer hours will be from 8:00am to 11:00am. Here is the  signup sheet 
 
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
 
Guest Speaker: Gretchen Wilson of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce was our guest speaker. Gretchen spoke about the upcoming Autumn Gold Weekend in September. The event schedule is currently being worked on and to expect a great weekend full of fun! Our pancake breakfast is part of the schedule!
 
Gretchen shared with us about how businesses are doing in the Ellsworth area with shortage in staff and ideas on how to get volunteers to help at local events.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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August 16, 2022 Newsletter
 
This week's guest speaker was Chris Young of FAME (Finance Authority of Maine).
 
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Invocation was read by Clyde Cushing and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  John Shoppe and Kelly Brown
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of Portland
 
Birthdays:  Happy Birthday to Carolyn Stwertka and and Marshall Smith
 
Wedding Anniversary: Ashley and Aaron Johnson on 8/23
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Laura Pellerano and Larry Fernald.
 
Scott Kimball was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
50/50: $7 to Clyde Cushing
 
Happy Dollars: 1st Quarter Happy Dollars will go to Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program. 
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars:  Clyde Cushing, Ashley Johnson, Mary and Bob Thomas, Rebecca Greenlaw, Max Dietshe, Carol Yancey, Rhonda Parker, Jack Frost, Scott Kimball, Gene Pellerano, Carl Lusby, and Ray Williams.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Weekly Greeter and Invocation Sign-ups:   Signup sheets went around this week. Please help out.
 
Loaves & Fishes Pie Booth at the Blue Hill Fair, Thursday, September 1 - Saturday, September 3. We need folks to staff the booth and we also need pie bakers (fruit pies and anything that doesn't need refrigeration). Volunteers should wear their Rotary shirts and enter through the Green gate. If you volunteer, you get free admission! Sign up here
 
Schoodic Scramble: At Grindstone Neck Golf Course in Winter Harbor. Multiple volunteers opportunities available from early til late. Sign up here.
 
Downeast Horizons Color Fun 5K: Saturday, September 10th. Rotarians are welcome to sign-up to help with this community event. Volunteer options are to help pass out water at a water station, help with parking or direct runners and walkers on the race route. Volunteer hours will be from 8:00am to 11:00am. Here is the  signup sheet 
 
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
 
Guest Speaker: Chris Young of FAME (Finance Authority of Maine) was our guest speaker this week. Chris is the NextGen College Savings Counselor and is reaching out to Rotary Clubs all over Maine in an effort to provide information to club members. Fame is working with the Alfond Scholarship Foundation to get the word out about The Alfond Grant (Maine Babies born since Jan. 1, 2013) and the Maine's NEXT GEN 529 Educational Savings plan.
 
NextGen 529 is Maine’s Section 529 plan which many families use to save for higher education. 529 plans are tax-advantaged college savings plans. NextGen 529 offers multiple investment options.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
 
 
 
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August 9, 2022 Newsletter
 
Thank You to Rotarian Rebecca Greenlaw for providing a fun game of Family Feud this week!
 
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter:  Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Invocation was read by Clyde Cushing and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Tony and Julie Bouchard (filling in for Bob and Mary)
 
Guests:  Brielle Johnson, Grace Robinson, Barbara Clark and Kelly Brown of The Next Step
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of Portland
 
Birthdays:  Happy Birthday to Jane Langley!
 
Club Anniversary: Rebecca Greenlaw 1 Year in Rotary!
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Julie Bouchard, Gene Pellerano, Grace Robinson, Lincoln Ehrlenbach and Tony Bouchard.
 
Julie Bouchard was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
50/50: $11 to Benedetta Pellerano
 
Happy Dollars: 1st Quarter Happy Dollars will go to Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program. 
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars:  Bendetta Pellerano, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Lori Googins, Gene Pellerano and Dave Wells.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Pancake Breakfast: Lincoln and Dave thanked everyone for supporting Rotary at the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 6th.  We really appreciate everyone taking time on Friday and from your weekend to help.  We also appreciate everyone selling tickets. The breakfast certainly was a success due to your participation.  An event like this brings the community together.  It was really nice having all the extra outside volunteers help! Early counts support over 700 individuals attending and currently we collected $6,600 in ticket sales with many Rotarians still bringing in funds.  After 3 years, we feel this was a great success!!
 
Community Service:  Max Dietshe reported that the Maine Coast Hospital is seeking volunteers for the Schoodic Scramble in September.  More details to come.  As always opportunities to volunteer from noon to 6:00 pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays at the Red Cross Blood Drive are available.
 
Loaves & Fishes Pie Booth at the Blue Hill Fair, Thursday, September 1 - Saturday, September 3. We need folks to staff the booth and we also need pie bakers (fruit pies and anything that doesn't need refrigeration). Volunteers should wear their Rotary shirts and enter through the Green gate. If you volunteer, you get free admission! Sign up here
 
Schoodic Scramble: At Grindstone Neck Golf Course in Winter Harbor. Multiple volunteers opportunities available from early til late. Sign up here.
 
Downeast Horizons Color Fun 5K: Saturday, September 10th. Rotarians are welcome to sign-up to help with this community event. Volunteer options are to help pass out water at a water station, help with parking or direct runners and walkers on the race route. Volunteer hours will be from 8:00am to 11:00am. Here is the  signup sheet 
 
Zoom Committee: Clyde is looking for Rotarians who would like to be on the Zoom committee to help do some research for a hotspot for the club to have better internet at China Hill and look into how much it would cost to get an upgrade on equipment. If you are interested in helping, please contact Clyde.
 
Guest Speaker: Rotarian Rebecca Greenlaw organized a fun game of Family Feud! Everyone participated and the winners with the most corrected answers won a prize were Clyde Cushing, Brielle Johnson, Jodie Cushing and Tony Bouchard.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
 
 
 
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Rotary Blueberry Pancake Breakfast
Thank you so much for supporting Rotary at the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 6th.  We really appreciate everyone taking time on Friday and from your weekend to help.  We also appreciate everyone selling tickets. The breakfast certainly was a success due to your participation.  An event like this brings the community together.  It was really nice having all the extra outside volunteers help! Early counts support over 700 individuals attending and currently we collected $6,600 in ticket sales with many Rotarians still bringing in funds.  After 3 years, we feel this was a great success!!  Thank you! -Rotarians Lincoln and Dave
 
 
Click on the link below to see the photos from the breakfast!
The Banner is Up!
 
Thank you to Rotarians Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Dave Wells and Clyde Cushing for getting the banner up on Sunday morning!
August 2, 2022 Newsletter
 
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter:  Scott Kimball
 
Invocation was read by Clyde Cushing and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Tony and Julie Bouchard (filling in for Bob and Mary)
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson, John Shoppe and Kelly Brown of The Next Step
 
Birthdays:  Happy Birthday to Jodie Cushing, Larry Johnston and Alan Baker
 
Wedding Anniversary: JoAnn Brown got married last week. Congratulations!
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Ray Williams, Pam Cushing, Clyde Cushing, Grace Robinson, Tony Bouchard and Marian Wells.
 
Julie Bouchard was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
50/50: $7 to Scott Kimball and he donated it all to the cause
 
Happy Dollars: 1st Quarter Happy Dollars will go to Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program. The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Scott Kimball, Clyde Cushing, Dom Efter, Fred Beyer, Marian Wells, and Dave Wells.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Pancake Breakfast:  Dave Wells updated the club on the status of planning the breakfast.  He encouraged all Rotarians to purchase tickets and donate them to business colleagues, family, friends or donate them to the club for Downeast Horizon’s consumers.  The banner is up on Main Street! On Friday, August 5th at 1:00 pm all able-bodied Rotarians are asked to meet at U-Haul Storage on 1A to help transport grills and other equipment to the tent at the YMCA.  We need to have all grills set up before 3:30 as that is when Dead River will be there to hookup the bulk tank to the larger grills.  Remember all hands-on deck Saturday, August 6th at 6:00 am.
 
Schoodic Scramble at Grindstone Neck, Saturday, September 10. Multiple volunteers opportunities available from early til late. Sign up here.
 
Loaves & Fishes Pie Booth at the Blue Hill Fair, Thursday, September 1 - Saturday, September 3. We need folks to staff the booth and we also need pie bakers (fruit pies and anything that doesn't need refrigeration). Volunteers should wear their Rotary shirts and enter through the Green gate. If you volunteer, you get free admission! Sign up here
 
Blood Drive at the Elks: Thanks in advancing for signing up and making this a continued win for our club. Sign up here.
 
Downeast Horizons Color Fun 5K: Saturday, September 10th. Rotarians are welcome to sign-up to help with this community event. Volunteer options are to help pass out water at a water station, help with parking or direct runners and walkers on the race route. Volunteer hours will be from 8:00am to 11:00am.
 
Guest Speaker: Local Author Jay White spoke about his published book that is available ton Amazon “Poems of a Gentle Soul” Jay spoke about his journey of writing and publishing the book. His book is a collection of poems written over several years, featuring themes of Kindness, Education and Bravery. The original, meaningful illustrations are in sympathy with the poems. He read a few poems from his book to club members.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
 
 
 
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July 26, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies:  President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter:  Grace Robinson aka Penny the Pancake
 
Invocation was read by Clyde Cushing and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson and John Shoppe
 
Birthdays:  Happy Birthday to Jodie Cushing – we sang happy birthday to Jodie.
 
Club Anniversary:  Max Dietshe 1 year
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were John Shoppe, Lori Googins, Mary Thomas, Bob Thomas and Cindy Shoppe
 
Pam Cushing was the winner of the Rotary Gnome this week. 
 
50/50: $9 Carol Yancy and she donated it all to the cause
 
Happy Dollars: 1st Quarter Happy Dollars will go to Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program.  Several Rotarians gave to the cause.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Pancake Breakfast:  Lincoln Ehrlenbach updated the club on the status of planning the breakfast.  He encouraged all Rotarians to purchase tickets and donate them to business colleagues, family, friends or donate them to the club for Downeast Horizon’s consumers.  On Sunday, July 31st at 7:30 am a banner will be hung across Main Street if anyone would like to help.  On Friday, August 5th at 1:00 pm all able-bodied Rotarians are asked to meet at U-Haul Storage on 1A to help transport grills and other equipment to the tent at the YMCA.  We need to have all grills set up before 3:30 as that is when Dead River will be there to hookup the bulk tank to the larger grills.  Remember all hands-on deck Saturday, August 6th at 6:00 am.
 
Community Service:  Max Dietshe reported that the Maine Coast Hospital is seeking volunteers for the Schoodic Scramble in September.  More details to come.  As always opportunities to volunteer from noon to 6:00 pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays at the Red Cross Blood Drive are available.
 
Partner Program:  Debbie Ehrlenbach updated the members on the status of the program.  Letters were mailed to area businesses last week.  Business partners who donated last year were send 2 complimentary tickets to the upcoming pancake breakfast.  Partner letters will be sent to Rotarians in August. 
 
Pancake Trivia Game:  A Pancake trivia game was played on Kahoot and “old school”.  The winners of the game were Benadetta Pellerano and Lori Googins.  Each won a Rotary apron. 
During the meeting club members wrapped 1,000 silverware servings for the upcoming breakfast.  Lots of great conversation and fun was had by all.  Debbie Ehrlenbach made blueberry cake for all to enjoy.
 
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Debbie Ehrlenbach
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July 19, 2022 Newsletter
This week's guest speaker was Will Hutchins. 
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Grace Robinson

Invocation was read by Clyde Cushing and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave & Betty Parsons.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson and John Shoppe
 
Birthdays: Happy Birthday to Rebecca Greenlaw and Ray Williams!
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Bill and Jenny Casale
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Ray Williams, Benedetta Pellerano, Carol Jordan, Clyde Cushing, Lincoln Ehrlenbach and Laura Pellerano
 
50/50: $10 to John Shoppe
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: John Shoppe,  Carl Lusby, Grace Robinson, Laura Pellerano, Rebecca Greenlaw, Max Diestshe, Lincoln Ehrlenbach and Clyde Cushing.  
 
Rotary Business:  
 
July 26th Club Meeting: At next week’s meeting we will be wrapping silverware for the Pancake Breakfast. Please come and help out!
 
2022-2023 Membership Passports: JoAnn Brown shared this year’s Membership Passports. This will was emailed out to the membership.
 
Pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Update on the Ellsworth Rotary Blueberry Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, August 6th under the Tent at the Ellsworth YMCA parking lot.7am – 10am. Tickets are available! Please sell or buy!
 
Friday, August 5th – meet at the Storage building to get the grills and supplies at 4:00pm and set up. For Saturday morning -Please arrive at the breakfast to help at 6am. Everyone needs to help stay to clean-up too!
 
The Pancake Breakfast Banner will be going up on the morning of July 31st (Sunday)
 
All Rotarians are needed to help! Please save the date and bring your family and friends to volunteer as well. Lincoln sent an email of what each member can sign up for on the day of the event.  A sign-up sheet has been passed around for those who can bring propane tanks for the grills. We will need 12.
 
We are working on getting donations and items for the breakfast. Cost of tickets are $9.00 for Adults and Under 10 years is $5.00.
 
Major Sponsors for the Pancake Breakfast/Events: Instead of having major sponsors for club events, our Partner Program was created. If you or a business would like to be part of the Partner Program, please contact Debbie or Ashley. Partner Letters will be mailed out next week to businesses.
 
Rotary Gnome: New FUN activity!  Starting at our weekly meetings…  if your ticket gets drawn you will need find the hidden Rotary Gnome! If you do, you get to take it home with you for a week and take a picture of you and the gnome with the “My Rotary sign” in the community! If you can’t find the Gnome then you will need to donate a dollar to Polio Plus. Let’s have some fun!
 
Help with Door Prizes: We are getting low on door prizes for the weekly meetings. Please bring in a few items in.
 
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.
 
Guest Speaker: This week's guest speaker was Will Hutchins. Will is a senior at Sumner Memorial High School and Hancock County Technical Center in the welding program.  At Sumner, he has participated in soccer, baseball and basketball during his high school years. Will currently participates in golf. At HCTC, Will completed Diesel I and II programming during his sophomore and junior year.
 
In his community, he is a volunteer firefighter with the Winter Harbor Fire Department. Will also earned his Eagle Scout badge in the 8th grade in Troop #86 by completing baseball dugouts for Ellsworth Elementary Middle School.
 
He has been enthusiastic and motivated by the fishing industry since he was a young boy. Will would jump on his stepfather's and grandfather's boat to help fish/drag for lobsters, halibut, scallops and years ago Maine shrimp. He obtained his student lobster license at the age of 8 and has worked his way up to where he is now with his own lobster boat named F/V Meridian, commercial fishing license and 400 traps.
 
 
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July 12, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Bob and Mary Thomas

Invocation was read by Marian Wells and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Visiting Rotarians: District Governor Denis Blouin, Assistant District Governor Jennifer Saunders and Dave & Betty Parsons.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson, Barbara Clark and John Shoppe
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were JoAnn Brown, Clyde Cushing, Carol Yancey, Jane Langley, and Ray Williams
 
50/50: $10 to Debbie Ehrlenbach
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Debbie Ehrlenbach, Jane Langley, Jo Cooper, Carl Lusby, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, JoAnn Brown, Rhonda Parker, Jodie Cushing, Gene Pellerano, Rebecca Greenlaw, Jack Frost, Fred Beyer, Dave Wells and Clyde Cushing.
 
Guest Speaker: District Governor Denis Bouin is a member of the Rotary Club of Sept-Îles and was President in 2002-2003. He has been the secretary since then, as well as the operation of the advisory committee for a few years. In 2012, he went on a humanitarian mission with a group of Rotarians in Guatemala, as a volunteer at "Safe Passage" and to visit completed District projects.
 
Denis invites everyone to the 2023 District Conference from June 22nd to June 25th, 2023. You will be able to register online at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50110 soon!
 
Denis shared with us the District Citation, his goals and introduced the District Project.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Up Town Market: $600.00 was raised from the Up Town Market fundraiser. Thank you to all who donated and worked at the yard sale.
 
Paul Harris Recognition: Benedetta Pellerano was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations!
 
July 26th Club Meeting: We will be wrapping silverware for the Pancake Breakfast. Please come and help out!
 
2022-2023 Membership Passports: JoAnn Brown shared this year’s Membership Passports. This will be emailed out to the membership as well.
 
Pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Ellsworth Rotary Blueberry Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, August 6th under the Tent at the Ellsworth YMCA parking lot. All Rotarians are needed to help! Please save the date and bring your family and friends to volunteers as well. Lincoln will be sending an email of what each member can sign up for on the day of the event. Dave will be passing out a sign-up sheet for those who can bring propane tanks for the grills. We will need 12. We are working on getting donations and items for the breakfast. Cost of tickets are $9.00 for Adults and Under 10 years is $5.00.
 
Major Sponsors for the Pancake Breakfast/Events: Instead of having major sponsors for club events, our Partner Program was created. If you or a business would like to be part of the Partner Program, please contact Debbie or Ashley. Partner Letters will be mailed out next week to businesses.
 
Help with Door Prizes: We are getting low on door prizes for the weekly meetings. Please bring in a few items in.
 
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.
 
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July 5, 2022 Newsletter
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Grace Robinson

Invocation was read by Ashley Johnson and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson and John Shoppe
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Rod and Cindy Fox and Jackie Sinclair and her husband Michael 
 
Birthdays: Fred Beyer and Iris Simon. The club sang Happy Birthday!
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Carl Lusby, Ray Williams, Grace Robinson, Dom Efter and Cindy Shoppe.
 
50/50: $10 to Grace Robinson
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Downeast Horizons Special Olympics Program.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Grace Robinson, Rebecca Greenlaw, Rhonda Parker, Dom Efter, Carl Lusby, Marian Wells, Dave Wells, Tracy Shaffer, Ray Williams and Clyde Cushing.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Membership Dues are due end of June: Reminder Club members voted in favor of raising the annual dues for Fiscal/Rotary year 2022-2023 to $300 for an individual, $350 for family and $450 for corporate membership.  Bills will go out Jun 1, 2022 and dues will be Due June 30, 2022.  If you want to split the dues into two payments the second payment will be due by December 31,2022.
 
Pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Ellsworth Rotary Blueberry Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, August 6th under the Tent at the Ellsworth YMCA parking lot. All Rotarians are needed to help! Please save the date and bring your family and friends to volunteer as well. Lincoln will be sending an email of what each member can sign up for on the day of the event. Dave will be passing out a sign-up sheet for those who can bring propane tanks for the grills. We will need 12. We are working on getting donations and items for the breakfast. Cost of tickets are $9.00 for Adults and Under 10 years is $5.00.
 
Help with Door Prizes: We are getting low on door prizes for the weekly meetings. Please bring in a few items.
 
Upcoming Service Projects:
 
Ellsworth Uptown Market: July 9th and 10th - Our club will have a table to sell crafts, antiques and yard sale items. Please donate and help! This event is held at the TJ Maxx Parking Lot in Ellsworth.  Items we don’t sell we will donate to Goodwill.
 
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!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0
 
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.
 
Guest Speaker: President Clyde Cushing
 
Clyde introduced this year’s officers and directors:
 
Debbie Ehrlenbach – President Elect
Jodie Cushing – Vice President
Marian Wells – Secretary
Rhonda Parker – Treasurer
Rebecca Greenlaw – Club Service Director
Max Dietshe – Community Service Director
Dave Wells – International Director
Tracy Shaffer – Vocational and Youth Services Director
JoAnn Brown – Membership Director,
Lincoln Ehrlenbach – Foundation Chair
Cindy Shoppe – Community Support Chair
Ashley Johnson – Publicity and Public Relations Chair
Bob and Mary Thomas – Sergeants at Arms
 
The Rotary International theme for the new year is “Imagine Rotary” All members who were present at tonight’s meeting receive the new theme pin.
 
 
New Ideas and Changes for the Club:
 
New Committee: Fellowship Committee
Purpose: To help facilitate Fellowship activities among the members.
  • Send out Birthday Cards and Get Wells Cards
  • To help recognize our members both inside and out of Rotary
  • To create “Fellowship Moments” throughout our meetings and functions
  • To help keep the FUN in Rotary
Chair: Vice President Jodie Cushing. Any members who are interested in joining this committee, please see Jodie!
 
Clyde shared the District Governor’s Citation for this year. Ways to get bronze, silver or gold.
 
Weekly Club Meetings:
Two guest speakers per month only
1 Fellowship activity per month
1 Business Presentation per month
 
Would like to see an increase of 25% of members to attend weekly meetings and functions within the club. We would like to see everyone again! 
 
Fundraising: Need to create and successfully hold fundraising events this year. If any members have ideas please let Clyde know! 
 
Would like to see a increase in youth engagement from our club at the local schools: EHS, EEMS, HCTC. Strengthen the EHS Interact Club and start a new interact Club at Sumner High School. 
 
Final Goal: HAVE FUN!!!
 
District 7790 Club Goals:
 
Members and Engagement Goals:
  • Add 2 members
  • 4 Members will participate will participate in leadership development programs or activities
  • 2 Members will attend the district conference
  • 3 club committee chairs will attend a district training
  • The club will hold 4 social activities
 
Rotary Foundation Goals:
  • The club will donate $7,000 to the Annual Fund
  • The club will donate $1,500 to Polio Plus
 
Service Goals:
  • 23 members will participate in a service project
  • The club will participate in 12 service projects
 
Young Leaders Goals:
  • The club will continue to sponsor the Interact Club at Ellsworth High School
 
Public Image Goals:
  • The club’s online presence will continue to reflect our activities
  • The club will update its website and social media 4 times a month
  • The Club will attempt to have the media cover 3 of our events
  • The club will use Rotary branding
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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June 28, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.

Invocation was read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard / Bob and Mary Thomas
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
 
Club Anniversaries:  Jim Vickers 22 Years
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Laura and Gene Pellerano 42 Years June 29th
 
Birthdays: Laura Pellerano June 28th
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Rhonda Parker, Rebecca Greenlaw, Fred Beyer, Lori Googins and Marian Wells.
 
50/50: $11 to Debbie Ehrlenbach
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Debbie Ehrlenbach, Laura Pellerano, Carl Lusby, Lori Googins, Ray Williams, Dave Wells, Jack Frost, Carol Yancey, Grace Robinson, Rebecca Greenlaw, Carol Jordan, Fred Beyer, Rhonda Parker and Gene Pellerano.
 
 
Rotary Business:
 
Membership Dues are due end of June: Reminder Club members voted in favor of raising the annual dues for Fiscal/Rotary year 2022-2023 to $300 for an individual, $350 for family and $450 for corporate membership.  Bills will go out Jun 1, 2022 and dues will be Due June 30, 2022.  If you want to split the dues into two payments the second payment will be due by December 31,2022.
 
Pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Rotary Facebook Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
Greeters: Please sign up to be a greeter at our weekly meetings. The help is needed.
 
Upcoming Service Projects:
 
 
Ellsworth Uptown Market: July 9th and 10th - Our club will have a table to sell crafts, antiques and yard sale items. Please donate and help! This event is held at the TJ Maxx Parking Lot in Ellsworth.  Items we don’t sell we will donate to Goodwill.
 
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. Click on the link below to sign up. 
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0
 
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.
 
Transition Ceremony: Gene Pellerano thanked all club members for a great year! He thanked the Board of Directors for their service and leadership.
 
Gene then installed Clyde Cushing as President for our 2022-2023 Rotary year. Clyde thanked Gene for all his hard work and leadership. He presented Gene the President’s Plaque.
 
Clyde introduced and installed the new slate of officers and directors for the year:
 
Debbie Ehrlenbach – President Elect
Jodie Cushing – Vice President
Marian Wells – Secretary
Rhonda Parker – Treasurer
Rebecca Greenlaw – Club Service Director
Max Dietshe – Community Service Director
Dave Wells – International Director
Tracy Shaffer – Vocational and Youth Services Director
JoAnn Brown – Membership Director,
Lincoln Ehrlenbach – Foundation Chair
Cindy Shoppe – Community Support Chair
Ashley Johnson – Publicity and Public Relations Chair
Bob and Mary Thomas – Sergeants at Arms
 
The Rotary International theme for the new year is “Imagine”
 
 
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June 21, 2022 Newsletter
 
This week's guest speaker was the new Executive Director of Friends in Action, John Lindquist.
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.

Invocation was read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard, incoming Bob & Mary Thomas

Visiting Rotarians: Emily Birdsall, Rotoract from UNE, and Al May, her mentor.

Club Anniversaries: Julie Clark 14 years and Jane Langley 15 years

Wedding Anniversaries: Lincoln and Debbie Ehrlenbach, 46 years on June 26.
 
Birthdays: Rod Fox and Mark Remick on June 21, Benedetta on June 27.

Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Benedetta Pellerano, Dom Efter, Ray Williams.

50/50: $12 won by Carol Jordan, contributed back to the cause of Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.

4th Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Loaves
and Fishes Food Pantry.

The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Carl, Dom, Dave, Laura, Jo, Mary,
Jack (who earned $3240 for Trek Across Maine for Lung Cancer), Gene, who said our
club has exceeded our goal of $2500, to be able to have our Rotary Club name on a room
at the new L&F site.

Rotary Business: “Imagine” is the new Rotary International theme for 2022-23,
and the new president spoke via Zoom about her choice of the theme.

Photo and article of the new Paul Harris Fellows in the Ellsworth American on June 15,
2022.

Guest tonight, Emily Birdsall, president of UNE Rotoract Club. She reactivated the club
at UNE after meeting several Ellsworth Rotarians serving at the Red Cross Blood Drives.
She is researching in Ellsworth and Hancock County what disabilities look like here and
will try to connect with Ashley of Downeast Horizons and other organizations that work
with the disabled. Banners were traded and Gene also gave her a speakers mug.

Carolyn Yancey gave us a banner from the Rotary Club of Dallas (Park City, TX, where
she lives half the year) and Gene gave her one of your banners to give to that club when
she returns in the fall.

Membership Dues are due end of June: Reminder Club members voted in favor of
raising the annual dues for Fiscal/Rotary year 2022-2023 to $300 for an individual,
$350 for family and $450 for corporate membership. Bills will go out Jun 1, 2022 and
dues will be Due June 30, 2022. If you want to split the dues into two payments the
second payment will be due by December 31,2022.

Pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://
www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8

Membership meeting June 30, at 8am on Zoom. JoAnn will send out an invite to all.

Rotary Facebook Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary
Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information
on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.

Greeters: Please sign up to be a greeter at our weekly meetings. The help is needed.

Upcoming Service Projects:
Boy Scouts: looking for help this weekend building a playground at a church on
Downeast Highway.

Kid’s Peace: Needs help this Saturday for a golf tournament at the Lucerne golf
course; see Rebecca.

Ellsworth Uptown Market: July 9th and 10th, 9am to 4pm - Our club will have a table to
sell crafts, antiques and yard sale items. Please donate and help! This event is held at the
TJ Maxx Parking Lot in Ellsworth. Items we don’t sell we will donate to Goodwill. Need
items to sell, can drop off at Cushing’s house on Hillside Ave. or Rotary
meetings.

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!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/
1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0

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. They also need help to install vinyl
laminate flooring; call the pantry to offer help and for more details.

Guest Speaker: This week's guest speaker was John Lindquist, the new Executive
Director of FIA. He wants to revitalize programs and classes and needs more volunteers
for transpiration services. The major concerns of their clientele are access to food,
socialization, transportation and exercise programs.

Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Marian Wells
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June 7, 2022 Newsletter
 
Check out the photos from the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Ceremony. Click on the link below. 
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.

Invocation was read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Guests:  Family of Alison King, Donald Cooper, Jessica Remick, Barbara Clark, Phyllis Young, Grace Robinson
 
Birthdays: Marian Wells on June 7th. Happy Birthday!
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Tricia Quirk, Nancy Mayo, Benedetta Pellerano, Carl Lusby, Jo Cooper, Jodie Cushing, Pam Cushing, Clyde Cushing, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Scott Kimball, Phyllis Young, Dave Wells, Larry Johnston, Carol Jordan, Carol Yanksy, Ray Williams, Rebecca Greenlaw and Gene Pellerano.
 
Paul Harris Recognition Ceremony:
 
This week’s meeting was the Annual Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Ceremony held at Chippers Restaurant in Hancock.
 
Club President Gene Pellerano gave the opening remarks and thanked Dave Wells and Carl Lusby for organizing the event. Gene also thanked Chip and his crew for the delicious meal.
 
Marian Wells recognized all Past Presidents who were present.
 
Lincoln Ehrlenbach explained that the Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in 1957 in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary in 1905, as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Rotary Foundation’s charitable and educational program. This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the foundation’s goals of world peace and international understanding.
 
Paul Harris Fellows were awarded to Jodie Cushing, Julie Bouchard, Tony Bouchard, Tricia Quirk and Alison King at its weekly meeting held at Chippers Restaurant in Hancock.  Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow.
 
This award recognizes the person's contributions to their community and their vocation and their commitment to Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self." These awards are made possible by the annual donations that our club members make to the Rotary Foundation.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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June 14, 2022 Newsletter
 
This week's guest speaker was Kenny Lemoine, Captain of the Ellsworth Fire Department.
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.

Invocation was read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson and Kenny Lemoine with his wife.
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Ray Williams, Lori Googins, Carol Yancey and Lincoln Ehrlenbach
 
50/50: $11 to Dom Efter
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Dom Efter, Carl Lusby, Gene Pellerano, Grace Robinson, Clyde Cushing, Debbie Ehrlenbach and Lori Googins.
 
 
Rotary Business:
 
Paul Harris Fellows: Mary and Bob Thomas were both awarded Paul Harris Fellows. Congratulations!
 
 
Membership Dues are due end of June: Reminder Club members voted in favor of raising the annual dues for Fiscal/Rotary year 2022-2023 to $300 for an individual, $350 for family and $450 for corporate membership.  Bills will go out Jun 1, 2022 and dues will be Due June 30, 2022.  If you want to split the dues into two payments the second payment will be due by December 31,2022.
 
Pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Rotary Facebook Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
Greeters: Please sign up to be a greeter at our weekly meetings. The help is needed.
 
Invocations: Please sign up to help with the weekly invocations. Contact Rob Hemenway via email.
 
Upcoming Service Projects:
 
Ellsworth Uptown Market: July 9th and 10th - Our club will have a table to sell crafts, antiques and yard sale items. Please donate and help! This event is held at the TJ Maxx Parking Lot in Ellsworth.  Items we don’t sell we will donate to Goodwill.
 
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. 
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0
 
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.
 
Guest Speaker: This week's guest speaker was Kenny Lemoine, Captain of the Ellsworth Fire Department.
 
The focus of Kenny’s presentation was about the rapid growth and intensity of today's fires and the dangers they cause. 
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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Indian Point Clean-Up
On Saturday, June 4th,  Ellsworth Rotarians did a clean-up at the Indian Point Preserve in Ellsworth. This is an annual event club members enjoy volunteering at.
 
Click on the link below to see all the photos!
May 31, 2022 Newsletter
 
This week's guest speaker was Tracy Crossman of Healthy Acadia and Project Hope.
 
Opening Ceremonies: Rotarian Jodie Cushing 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:  Grace Robinson
 
Club Anniversaries: Bob and Mary Thomas 1 Year on June 1st.
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Cindy and John Shoppe 49 Years on June 1st.
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Carol Jordan, Cindy Shoppe, Rhonda Parker and Tracy Crossman.
 
50/50: $10 to Pam Cushing
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Pam Cushing, Gracie Robinson, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Dom Efter, Scott Kimball, Laura Pellerano, Rebecca Greenlaw, Marian Wells and Dave Wells.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Membership Dues are due end of June: Reminder Club members voted in favor of raising the annual dues for Fiscal/Rotary year 2022-2023 to $300 for an individual, $350 for family and $450 for corporate membership.  Bills will go out Jun 1, 2022 and dues will be Due June 30, 2022.  If you want to split the dues into two payments the second payment will be due by December 31,2022.
 
Pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Rotary Facebook Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
Greeters: Please sign up to be a greeter at our weekly meetings. The help is needed.
 
Paul Harris Recognition Night: Next week, Tuesday, June 7th at Chippers Restaurant. Our club will be awarded 7 Paul Harris Awards. Please arrive at 5:30pm. In person only, no Zoom.
 
Rotary Board Meeting: The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 14th at 4:30pm at China Hill.
 
Upcoming Service Projects:
 
Indian Point Trail Clean-up:  June 4th at 9:00am. Bring your own rake and gloves.
 
Ellsworth Uptown Market: July 9th and 10th - Our club will have a table to sell crafts, antiques and yard sale items. Please donate and help! This event is held at the TJ Maxx Parking Lot in Ellsworth.  Items we don’t sell we will donate to Goodwill.
 
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!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0
 
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.
 
Guest Speaker: This week's guest speaker was Tracy Crossman of Healthy Acadia and Project Hope.
 
Project Hope is a collaboration of the Ellsworth Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, along with the Baileyville and Pleasant Point police departments.
 
The Project's approach is to allow those struggling with opioid addiction to discard their drugs and paraphernalia without fear of arrest.  Participants who visit the Project Hope center at the Ellsworth Police Department will be screened during intake and then paired with a volunteer "angel" who will work with the participant to find an appropriate treatment program, detox facility or support service.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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Red Cross Blood Drive - June/July 2022
Blood Drive - May 24th
 
Rotarians Debbie Ehrlenbach, Marian Wells and Jack Frost volunteered at the Blood Drive yesterday at the Ellsworth Elks Lodge. Club members are seen volunteering every month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from Noon - 6pm.
May 24, 2022 Newsletter
 
This week  at Rotary,  Lori Googins was inducted as our newest member and our guest speaker was Kathy Young, Executive Director of the Woodlawn Museum, Gardens, and Park.
 
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
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of Portland
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson, John Shoppe, Kathy Young, Charles Alexander, Lori Googins
 
Club Anniversaries: Heidi Omlor 6 years, Alison King 12 Years, Rhonda Parker 2 Years and Tony Bouchad 15 Years
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Laura Pellerano, Marian Wells and Gene Pellerano.
 
50/50: $10 to Bendetta Pellerano
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Benedetta Pellerano, Carl Lusby, Jack Frost, Grace Robinson, Clyde Cushing, Marian Wells, Scott Kimball, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, JoAnn Brown and Gene Pellerano.
 
Rotary Business:
 
New Member Induction: Lori Googins is our newest member, welcome Lori!
 
Membership Dues: Club members voted in favor of raising the annual dues for Fiscal/Rotary year 2022-2023 to $300 for an individual, $350 for family and $450 for corporate membership.  Bills will go out Jun 1, 2022 and dues will be Due June 30, 2022.  If you want to split the dues into two payments the second payment will be due by December 31,2022.
 
Greeters: Please sign up to be a greeter at our weekly meetings. The help is needed.
 
Paul Harris Recognition Night: This event is Tuesday, June 7th at Chippers Restaurant. Our club will be awarded 7 Paul Harris Awards. Space is limited, please sign up now with Dave Wells or Carl Lusby. $22 per person, please pre-pay. Below is the menu.
 
 
Rotary Board Meeting: The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 14th at 4:30pm at China Hill.
 
Upcoming Service Projects:
 
Indian Point Trail Clean-up:  June 4th at 9:00am
 
Ellsworth Uptown Market: July 9th and 10th - Our club will have a table to sell crafts, antiques and yard sale items. Please donate and help! This event is held at the TJ Maxx Parking Lot in Ellsworth.  Items we don’t sell we will donate to Goodwill.
 
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!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0
 
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: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Guest Speaker: Kathy Young, Executive Director of the Woodlawn Museum, Gardens, and Park was our guest speaker this week.
 
She spoke about the many current projects being done at Woodlawn and future projects being planned as part of the Campaign for Woodlawn.  The Community Barn will be built in 2022, the grounds and trails will be enhanced, and community programming with an emphasis on historical and environmental education will be expanded.  The Woodlawn Museum intends to develop the outreach opportunities to schools throughout Hancock County as well as year round historical and environmental education programs such as events, exhibits, workshops, fairs, and gatherings of all kinds for all to enjoy.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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May 17, 2022 Newsletter
 
This week our club held it’s meeting at Loaves and Fishes’ new Building located at 137 Downeast Highway in Ellsworth. 
 
Click on the link below to see all the photos!
 
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.

Invocation was read by Marian Wells and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Guests:  Grace Robinson, Lesile Beyer and family
 
Birthdays: Clyde Cushing, Jim Vickers and Debbie Ehrlenbach
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
 
The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Grace Robinson, Clyde Cushing, Dom Efter, Jack Frost, Laura Pellerano, Fred Beyer, Tracy Shaffer, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Lincoln Ehrlenbach,  Dave Wells, Benedetta Pellerano.
 
Rotary Business:
 
District Conference: Gene Pellerano attended the District Conference via Zoom on May 14th.
 
Greeters: Please sign up to be a greeter at our weekly meetings. The help is needed.
 
Paul Harris Recognition Night: This event is Tuesday, June 7th at Chippers Restaurant. Our club will be awarding 8 Paul Harris Awards. More details will be shared soon!
 
Rotary Board Meeting: The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 14th at 4:30pm at China Hill.
 
May 24th Meeting: We will be inducting a new member into the club and will be voting to raise the annual dues. Please attend in person or on zoom to vote.
 
Foundation: 35 club members contributed $10,545 to the annual fund, bringing the member per capita to $199. The club has raised $2,043 for polio.  We had 18 club members contribute $3,200 to the Ukraine Disaster Relief Fund.  The Rotary Foundation has added the Ukraine funds to our annual fund column. Thank you to everyone who has donated!
 
Upcoming Service Projects:
 
Bike Rodeo: May 21st at the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School from 9am – Noon. Our club is a sponsor for this event by donating bike helmets.
 
Indian Point Trail Clean-up:  June 4th at 9:00am
 
Ellsworth Uptown Market: July 9th and 10th - Our club will have a table to sell crafts, antiques and yard sale items. Please donate and help! This event is held at the TJ Maxx Parking Lot in Ellsworth.  Items we don’t sell we will donate to Goodwill.
 
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!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0
 
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: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
 
This week our club held it’s meeting at Loaves and Fishes’ new Building located at 137 Downeast Highway in Ellsworth. Members received a tour of the planned facility and helped sort food collected by the USPS food drive from last weekend.
 
The club recognized Joey Ciciotte the Humanitarian Award for his dedication to the People of Ukraine by baking 200 macarons, sugar cookies and rice krispie treats and then sold them and raised $525.00 which he donated to UNICEF to support Ukrainian refugees.
 
 
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May 3, 2022 Newsletter

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!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0
 
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: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
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
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May 10, 2022 Newsletter
 
Melanie Dresser, Executive Director of Camp CaPella was our guest speaker this week. 
 
Opening Ceremonies: Rotarian Max Dietshe called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation was read by Cindy shoppe and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.
 
Sergeants at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Guests: Viisting Rotarians Dave & Betty Parsons; Francesca Dresser, daughter of guest speaker.
 
Birthdays: Doug Kell
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Dana Reiter
 
Door Prizes: Francesca Dresser and Ross Baldree
 
50/50: won by Cindy Shoppe, who turned it back to our quarterly non-profit recipient of Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy dollars: Dave Wells, Cindy Shoppe, Ross Baldree and Dom Efter
 
Rotary Business:
  • The Red Cross Blood Drive has enough volunteers through May.
  • The vote by all members regarding increasing our annual dues will be done at our May 24th meeting at China Hill.
  • May 17th Meeting: Next week’s meeting will be held at the new Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry located at 137 Downeast Highway in Ellsworth. Members are encouraged to bring snacks and food to share. BYO Beverages, no alcohol
 
Greeters: Are needed. Please help and sign up at our weekly meetings.
 
Foundation Update: Lincoln reports we have 35 club members who have contributed $10,545
to the RI Annual fund, bringing the member per capita to $199. The club has raised $2043 for Polio Plus and 18 club members have contributed $3200 to the Ukraine Disaster Relief Fund. The rotary Foundation has added the Ukraine funds to our annual column.
 
Upcoming Service Projects:
 
  • Bike Rodeo: May 21 at EEMS. Our club provides the helmets for the kids, and adults may ride too, if they bring a bike.
  • Library Open House: May 11, 4-6pm. Help needed.
  • Indian Point Trail Clean-up: June 4 at 9am. Wear boots and gloves.
  • Bar harbor Rotary Club: Has asked for help for their annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast starting at 5:30am to 10:30am. They can also use help for their lunch immediately following. They now offer free parking in a lot near the site.
  • Community Service Hours and Makeups: Please let Jodie and Marian know if you do any community service or makeups during the week.
  • Blood Drive: Held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Max appreciates the volunteers who sign up and help.
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry: They are looking for volunteers and need help.
 
Guest Speaker: Melanie Dresser, Executive Director of Camp CaPella.
 
Camp Cappella was started in 1960 by the Miller’s Drug Store family of Bangor to serve the disabled and developmentally challenged people and is located on Lake Lucerne in Dedham. Its Mission is to provide quality of life experiences for people with disabilities and their families by providing year-round recreational and educational experiences.  In spite of Covid-19, the camp was open last year and is preparing for another grand season this year. Renovations going on include new floors in the lodge, new decking for the dock, a sewer project that includes a new bath house, new bathrooms, and the Alex Hooper Memorial.
Activities at camp include wilderness adventures, hiking, canoeing, campfires, etc.
 
The camp costs $2600 a week to attend, but much financial assistance is provided through fundraising activities and generous donors. Last year the camp needed $260,000 to run and this year it has climbed to $360,000. Tuition this year is $2,000.
Camp Cappella means the world to those who attend, and some have attended for 42 years!
 
Ways to support Camp Cappella: volunteer, host a fundraiser, use the camp Clynk bags for returnables, use AmazonSmile when shopping there, sponsor a camper, memorial donations,
you just want to help donations.    Camp CaPella, PO Box 552, Holden, ME 04429
 
Meeting adjourned at 6:42pm.
 
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April 26, 2022 Newsletter
 
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.

Invocation was read by Mary Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony Bouchard
 
Guests:  HCTC Students with their Families and HCTC Staff, Lori Googins
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Mary Thomas, Lori Googins, Rebecca Greenlaw, Benedetta Pellerano, and HCTC families
 
50/50: $8 to Hope High
 
Tonight’s Happy Dollars went towards Skills USA.
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Hope High, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Ashley Johnson, Clyde Cushing, Jack Frost, Dave Wells, Max Dietshe and Gene Pellerano.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Greeters: Please sign up to be a greeter at our weekly meetings. The help is needed.
 
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!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0
 
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: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
HCTC Recognition Night: Our club honored three outstanding students from Hancock County Technical Center (HCTC) in the following programs:
 
Haris Plasvic, a sophomore from Bucksport High School was introduced by his Automotive Instructor Hunter Havel.
 
Addison LeClair, a Junior from Mount Desert Island High School was introduced by his Culinary Instructor Bill Baker.
 
Kjell Vikberg, a Senior from Connections Academy was introduced by is Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Instructor Tara Mason.
 
Each student received a Certificate, $50 gift card and a Service Above Self Rotary Coin.
 
Students from the Culinary program made a delicious meal and our guest speaker was Director Amy Boles. It was another great night partnering with HCTC to recognize and encourage excellence in technical education. 
 
Thank you to our host Debbie Ehrlenbach and the vocational committee for organizing this event!
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
 
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April 19, 2022 Newsletter
 
Our guest speaker was Tom Judge, Executive Director of LifeFlight of Maine.
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.

Invocation was read by Dave Wells and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Guests:  John Shoppe and Eli Robinson
 
Club Anniversaries: Carl Lusby 13 Years on April 21st and Jackie Sinclair 3 Years on April 23rd.
 
Birthdays: Julie Clark on April 19th and Paul Harris 154 Years old on April 19th. Marian gave a brief History of Paul Harris.
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Ashley Johnson, Tom Judge and Cindy Shoppe  
 
50/50: $8 to Rebecca Greenlaw
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Rebecca Greenlaw, Tom Judge, Mary Thomas, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Dave Wells, Cindy Shoppe, Julie Bouchard, Carl Lusby and Gene Pellerano.
 
Those who are on Zoom and give Happy Dollars, please send in your donation by mail to the Club at: Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
 
Rotary Business:
 
EHS Honor’s Banque Recap: The evening went well and a photo was in last week's Ellsworth American. Debbie Ehrlenbach received a thank you email that evening from student Elena Springer thanking our club for a wonderful evening.
 
KidsPeace Thank You Card: Clients and staff enjoyed tickets donated from the club to the Portland Sea Dog Baseball game and had a great time!
 
April 26th Meeting will be at HCTC: Everyone can arrive at 5:30pm This is our HCTC Honor’s Night to recognize students from Automotive, Culinary and Hospitality, Travel and Tourism.   Zoom will not be provided.
 
The Culinary Program will be preparing a delicious meal for us! The menu will be fresh green salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, roll and butter, Petite filet mignon with Au Jus, Grilled Chicken Breast Florentine, Stuffed Shells, twice baked potatoes, glazed carrots and strawberry shortcake for dessert!
 
Greeters: Please sign up to be a greeter at our weekly meetings.
 
Foundation Update: As of this week, we have raised over 9,000 towards the Annual Fund and $1,900 for Polio Plus. Thank you for your continued support!
 
Rotarians Respond to Ukrainian Crisis:  11 members have donated to the Ukraine! Donate to Rotary's Disaster Response Fund to support refugees and victims of the Ukraine crisis here: https://lnkd.in/eQTexMPG.
 
 
Upcoming Service Projects:
 
Green Ellsworth: Saturday, April 23rd – Planting 60 Trees at 1:00pm. Meet at Jordan Homestead on the Bayside Road. Sign up with Jodie Cushing.
 
Green Ellsworth: Friday, April 29th – Planting trees with 2nd Graders. Time to be determined. Sign up with Jodie Cushing.
 
Card Brook Clean-up: April 23rd (rain date 4/30) 930-1200pm
To register contact Kerri Taylor 669-6615 or email taylor@ellsworthmaine.gov. Meet at On the right side of Hannaford wear boots comfy clothes.
 
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.
 
Frenchman Bay Trail Clean-up:  Proposed for June 3rd. More info to come.
 
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!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0
 
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: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Guest Speaker: Our guest speaker was Tom Judge, Executive Director of LifeFlight of Maine.  LifeFlight of Maine is the state’s only emergency air ambulance service. LifeFlight’s three helicopters, an airplane, and specialty ground vehicles are equipped as fully functioning mobile intensive care units, bringing advanced skills, medical technology, pharmacy, blood, and more—directly to a patient’s side.
 
Over the past 23 years, LifeFlight has safely cared for 33,000 patients of all ages—from premature infants and critically injured children, to adults and seniors who need specialty care. The calls for help come from all points in Maine—from the mountains to the lakes and coastal islands, from highways, trails, main streets, and, importantly, from hospital to hospital.
 
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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April 12, 2022 Newsletter
 
The Rotary Club of Ellsworth Honored the Top 30 Students from the 2022 graduating class of Ellsworth High School.
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.

Invocation was read by Bob Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Dinner and Dessert: Everyone enjoyed a buffet dinner and Cheesecake from Momo's.
 
Guests:  Students of EHS
 
Program Introduction – Debbie Ehrlenbach
 
Guest Speaker – Superintendent Katrina Kane
 
Introduction of Students – Dave Wells, Julie Bouchard, Mary Thomas, Carl Lusby, Rebecca Greenlaw and Peter Farragher.
 
Awarding of Rotary Scholarships -  Clyde Cushing, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Rhonda Parker and Robert Thomas.
 
The $1,000.00 scholarships were awarded to Madeline Henry, Paige Sawyer, Alicia Havey and Elena Springer.
 
Awarding of Jerry Kaufman Service Above Self Scholarship – Ashley Johnson
 
The $1,000.00 scholarship was awarded to Amber-Rae Pesek.
 
Door Prizes: The luck winners were Students of EHS throughout the evening.
 
Gene thanked Debbie Ehrlenbach and the Vocational Committee for all their help on organizing tonight's event. 
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
 
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April 5, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.

Invocation was read by Ashley Johnson and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Guests:  John Shoppe and Gracie Robinson
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parson of Portland
 
Birthdays: Linda Fuller on April 11th
 
Club Anniversaries: Larry Johnston joined the club 33 Years ago on April 1st and Jo Cooper joined the club on April 8th 8 years ago.
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Lincoln Ehrlenbach and Dave Wells.  
 
50/50: $10 to Grace Robinson
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Grace Robinson, Jodie Cushing, Rhonda Parker, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Bob Thomas, Carl Lusby, Scott Kimball, Marian Wells, Dave Wells and Gene Pellerano.
 
Those who are on Zoom and give Happy Dollars, please send in your donation by mail to the Club at: Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
 
Rotary Business:
 
EHS Honor’s Banquet: The Honor’s Banquet is set for April 12th at China Hill. We will be honoring the top 30 Students from EHS. If you are a host, please contact your student. All dinners need to be pre-paid before April 12th.  Please arrive at 5:15pm. Contact Debbie Ehrlenbach for questions.
 
April 26th Meeting will be at HCTC: This is our HCTC Honor’s Night to recognize students from Automotive, Culinary and Hospitality, Travel and Tourism.   
 
The Culinary Program will be preparing a delicious meal for us! The menu will be fresh green salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, roll and butter, Petite filet mignon with Au Jus, Grilled Chicken Breast Florentine, Stuffed Shells, twice baked potatoes, glazed carrots and strawberry shortcake for dessert!
 
Greeters: Please sign up to be a greeter at our weekly meetings.
 
Rotarians Respond to Ukrainian Crisis:  11 members have donated to the Ukraine! Donate to Rotary's Disaster Response Fund to support refugees and victims of the Ukraine crisis here: https://lnkd.in/eQTexMPG.
 
Foundation Update: As of this week, we have raised over 9,000 towards the Annual Fund and $1,900 for Polio Plus. Thank you for your continued support!
 
Upcoming Service Projects:
 
Card Brook Clean-up: 4/23 (rain date 4/30) 930-1200pm
To register contact Kerri Taylor 669-6615 or email taylor@ellsworthmaine.gov. Meet at On the right side of Hannaford wear boots comfy clothes.
 
Boggy Brooke 5k for HCTC: 5/15 @9am details on the link
 
Bike Rodeo: 5/21 at the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School. More info to come
 
Frenchman Bay Trail Clean-up:  Proposed for 6/3. More info to come.
 
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.
 
Stay tuned for more opportunity’s as we get better weather. We have things in the works with the Green Club and possibly Woodland.
 
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!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0
 
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: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Guest Speaker: President Elect Clyde Cushing was our speaker this week.  Clyde spoke about his vision for next year and would like to see more Fellowship and Service. 
 
Clyde organized a breakout session where club members got into small groups and were provided questions to answer about how we can change our club for next year that included projects, fundraising and weekly meetings. Members on Zoom also participated.
 
Everyone turned in their answers with Clyde and he will share with us the information soon.  
 
Reminders: Next week is the Honor’s Banquet. Please arrive at 5:15pm at China Hill. 
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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March 29, 2022 Newsletter
 
Tabatha White of Green Ellsworth was our guest speaker this week.
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.

Invocation was read by Mary Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Guests:  John Shoppe and Kelly Summers
 
Club Anniversaries: Larry Johnston joined the club 33 Years ago on April 1st.
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Bob Thomas and Kelly Summers
 
50/50: $10 to Laura Pellerano
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Laure Pellerano, Marian Wells, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Mary Thomas, Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Gene Pellerano, Fred Beyer and Dave Wells.
 
Those who are on Zoom and give Happy Dollars, please send in your donation by mail to the Club at: Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Greeters: Please sign up to be a greeter at our weekly meetings.
 
EHS Honor’s Banquet: The Honor’s Banquet is set for April 12th at China Hill. We will be honoring the top 30 Students from EHS. If you are a host, please contact your student. All dinners need to be pre-paid before April 12th.  Contact Debbie Ehrlenbach for questions.
 
Rotarians Respond to Ukrainian Crisis:  Over 10 members have donated to the Ukraine! Donate to Rotary's Disaster Response Fund to support refugees and victims of the Ukraine crisis here: https://lnkd.in/eQTexMPG.
 
Foundation Update: As of this week, we have raised over 9,000 towards the Annual Fund and $1,900 for Polio Plus. This is the 4th year in a row our club is at the top in the district in per capita Annual Fund giving to the Rotary Foundation. Thank you for your continued support!
 
Service Projects for the month of May: An email will be sent out with information about the Indian Point Clean-up, EEMS Bike Rodeo, and the Chamber Open House at the Ellsworth Library. Stay tuned!
 
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: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Guest Speaker: Tabatha White of Green Ellsworth was our guest speaker this week. In January 2017, the Ellsworth Garden Club launched the Ellsworth green planning process after a popular public forum. The first forum was an instant success.  It included city staff, non-profit representatives, and individuals with expertise in a range of areas. At the end of the forum, they all agreed to help “make Ellsworth a model green community.” 
 
In April 2017, the Ellsworth Green Plan Steering Committee formed. The Steering Committee was comprised of community members leading subcommittees in ten focus areas. These subcommittees gathered input from hundreds of citizens and numerous experts, hosted two dozen public forums and countless hours of meetings, and conducted substantial field research, small projects, surveys, mapping, inventories, and analysis—all with the aim of completing a comprehensive Green Plan for Ellsworth.
 
Green Ellsworth released a Green Plan for the City of Ellsworth, Maine early in 2021.  It provides a ten-year road map for sustainable development with strategies and recommendations in four primary areas:  Water, Land, Food & Farming and Infrastructure.
 
The plan was developed by volunteers from the input of hundreds of citizens and numerous experts, two dozen public forums, countless hours of meetings, substantial field research, small projects, surveys, mapping, inventories, and analysis—all in aid of moving Ellsworth closer to becoming a model green community.
 
Our club would like to help plant trees in June with Green Ellsworth.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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March 22, 2022 Newsletter
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Mary Thomas
 
Invocation was read by Mary Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of Portland
 
Guests:  John Shoppe
 
Birthdays: March 22nd Rebecca Sargent, March 23rd Lincoln Ehrlenbach, March 26th Ken Huitt. Happy Birthday! Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Lincoln and he was surprised with a slice of cheesecake! 
 
 
Door Prizes: The lucky winners were Carl Lusby and Debbie Ehrlenbach
 
50/50: $7 to Lincoln Ehrlenbach
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Debbbie Ehrlenbach, Max Dietshe, Rhonda Parker, Benedetta Pellerano, Carl Lusby, Mary Thomas, Bob Thomas, Gene Pellerano and Fred Beyer.
 
Those who are on Zoom and give Happy Dollars, please send in your donation by mail to the Club at: Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Rotarians Respond to Ukrainian Crisis: More than half of the 2.5 million refugees fleeing Ukraine have arrived in Poland where Rotary members are organizing shelter, transportation, and basic necessities for the incoming refugees.

Rotary Club of Olsztyn is collecting and managing donations for refugees, primarily unaccompanied children, staying at Ostróda Camp. Within a few hours, four cars full of donated items were collected— including food, clothes, bedding, personal hygiene products, as well as some toys.

The Rotary Foundation has received thousands of donations, totaling over $1.1 million. These donations support efforts like that of Rotary Club of Olsztyn as well as provide medical supplies in Ukraine and support refugees who have fled to neighboring countries. 

Donate to Rotary's Disaster Response Fund to support refugees and victims of the Ukraine crisis herehttps://lnkd.in/eQTexMPG.
 
EHS Honor’s Banquet: The Honor’s Banquet is set for April 12th at China Hill. We will be honoring the top 30 Students from EHS. Contact Debbie Ehrlenbach for questions.
 
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! Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uHRm4BMdfnqzgtfZDjD0V7iql9YLlOEXUc5ua1tPGX0/edit#gid=0
 
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.
 
Rotary Each One Bring One: For each potential member you bring to a Rotary meeting (whether in person or via zoom) or a Rotary community service project in the month of March, you will be entered to win an amazing prize!
 
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal athttps://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Guest Speaker: Our guest speakers this week were Rotarians Tina Chapman and Suzanne Uhl-Melanson from the District 7790 our club is part of. They both Zoomed in. 
 
There was a great group discussion about ideas and strategies to recruit new members and increase engagement and retention.  
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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March 15, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Lincoln Ehrlenbach
 
Invocation was read by Rotarian Mary Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of Portland
 
Guests: Grace Robinson
 
Birthdays: March 22nd Rebecca Sargent, March 23rd Lincoln Ehrlenbach, March 26th Ken Huitt. Happy Birthday!
 
Club Anniversaries: Dave Wells on March 23rd, Marian Wells on March 25th. Congratulations!
 
Door Prizes: The luck winners were Benedetta Pellerano, Laura Pellerano, Pam Cushing and Jodie Cushing.
 
50/50: $8 to Carl Lusby
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Carl Lusby, Jack Frost, Clyde Cushing, Ross Baldree, Bob Thomas, Benedetta Pellerano, Debbie Ehrlenbach, and Rebecca Greenlaw.
 
Those who are on Zoom and give Happy Dollars, please send in your donation by mail to the Club at: Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Thank you Card with Certificate and Banner: The District thanked and recognized our club for being number two in the district in per capita Annual Fund giving to the Rotary Foundation in the District for the year 2020-2021. Thank you all for your continued support!
 
 
EHS Honor’s Banquet: The Honor’s Banquet is set for April 12th at China Hill. We will be honoring the top 30 Students from EHS. An email was sent out asking club members to sign up to help host a student. Please contact Debbie Ehrlenbach.
 
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 March!
 
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.
 
Rotary Each One Bring One: For each potential member you bring to a Rotary meeting (whether in person or via zoom) or a Rotary community service project in the month of March, you will be entered to win an amazing prize!
 
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Guest Speaker: Andy Matthews, Board President of Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry was our guest speaker this week. She gave us an update on the New Building Campaign and are in hopes to move to their new location in the Fall of 2022.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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Donation to Northern Light Pediatric Care
 
On Wednesday March 9th, Members of the Rotary Club of Ellsworth donated four bags of new stuffed animals to Northern Light Pediatric Care at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital. The stuffed animals were collected as part of a Mardi Gras Celebration at the March 1st Rotary Club of Ellsworth Meeting.
 
Members in beads, masks and some in costumes enacted a Mardi Gras parade featuring the stuffed animals. The Rotary Club of Ellsworth felt this Mardi Gras stuffed animal parade was both a fun activity for the club and helped a worthy cause.
 
Vanessa Hawkins at Northern Light Pediatric Care stated the primary idea is to give the stuffed animals to kids who are there for DHHS intake visits. Kids who are scheduled for an exam with them by DHHS are being put into foster care. In addition, they would like to use them for any child seen in the office that needs to be transferred via ambulance.
 
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March 8, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Laura Pellerano
 
Invocation was read by Rotarian Mary Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Guests: Grace Robinson and Lori Googins
 
Club Anniversaries: Ken Huitt 3 Years on March 8th. Congratulations!
 
Door Prizes: The luck winners were Carl Lusby, Debbie Ehrlenbach and Rebecca Greenlaw.
 
50/50: Lori Googins
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Lori Googins, Grace Robinson, Rebecca Greenlaw, Marian Wells, Benedetta Pellerano, Debbie Ehrlenbach and Gene Pellerano.
 
Those who are on Zoom and give Happy Dollars, please send in your donation by mail to the Club at: Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Rotary Each One Bring One: For each potential member you bring to a Rotary meeting (whether in person or via zoom) or a Rotary community service project in the month of March, you will be entered to win an amazing prize!
 
Rotary Facebook Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
 
EHS Honor’s Banquet: The Honor’s Banquet is set for April 12th at China Hill. We will be honoring the top 30 Students from EHS. An email was sent out asking club members to sign up to help host a student. Please contact Debbie Ehrlenbach.
 
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 March!
 
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: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Guest Speaker: Rotarian Lincoln Ehrlenbach shared a presentation of photos and information about the History of our Club. Below is his speech.
 
The first regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Ellsworth was held February 20, 1950.  The club was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bangor.  The charter night celebration was held at the Lucerne Inn, April 22, 1950.  There were 206 people in attendance, and the admission price for the entire evening was $5, which included dinner and dancing.
June 23, 1951 was the first ladies Night. Grindstone Inn, Winter Harbor was the location, with 20 couples attending.  The cost was $2.50 per person and the entertainment was a magic show.  Over the years the club held ladies’ night at different location around Hancock County with different entertainment.  Other fun activities were fashion shows, variety shows, Lobster Bakes, cookouts, progressive dinners, and snowmobile rides.  The club took several field trips over the years to different locations in eastern Maine.  The club would host and visit other rotary club over the years.
 
In 1952 was the beginning of the Father and Son night.  Later becoming known as offspring night.  (I attended many of these nights with my father and grandfather.)
 During the Christmas season the Rotary would erect a large electric Star with white lights and at Easter a large 9 Ft electric Cross with white lights on Bridge Hill.
The club held its first fund-raising auction to benefit a youth center project in April 1952.  In 1953 the Rotarians helped install the floor at Ellsworth City Hall and the Rotary Auction began and has grown into an annual event.
 
During the summer of 1955 the club started the Little League program at Whitney Field.  In 1960 the club bought a 10 aces field by Boggy Brook off Rt 1A for $600 and put another $1000 into fixing it for a suitable ball field, later the Little League Field became to be known as the Fred DeMeyer Field, an honor to the man who had done so much to make the field possible.  Later in 1974 the DeMeyer Little League Field was transferred to the City of Ellsworth Recreation Committee. (My brother and I played 4 years of Little League on this field.)
 
Christmas 1959 was the beginning of Rotarians buying gifts for children.  These gifts were to be distributed to needy families of the area by the Ellsworth Lions Club.
The first Honors Banquet was held in 1960 at the Hancock House, Colonial Cleaves was the guest speaker.  The dinner was for the National Honor Society Students.
 
On July 20, 1962, the Board of Directors voted to sponsor the Blue Berry Pancake Breakfast.  The date of the breakfast was August 18th.  The YMCA put on the breakfast and the club backed it financially.  The guest of honor was Aunt Jemima.  The breakfast has been held in different location throughout Ellsworth over the years.  City Hall Lawn, Reny’s Parking Lot, City Hall Parking lot, RF Jordan Parking lot, Knowlton Park, and the Down East Family YMCA Parking Lot.
 
In 1967 the first rotary scholarship was given out to a local high school student, since then thousands of dollars been given to deserving students annually at the honors banquet.
 
In 1968 the club sponsored the Bar Harbor Rotary Club and later in 2008 the club sponsor the Ellsworth Rotary Noontime Club.
 
The State of Maine Fireman’s Convention was held in Ellsworth in September 1975.  As its part of the affair, the Ellsworth Rotary served 1100 people at the Pancake Breakfast held at the Dr. C. C. Knowlton School.
 
 Phil Eaton was our first Paul Harris Fellow in 1977, since then our club has awarded 118 Paul Harris Fellows, 29 Multi – Paul Harris Fellows, 4 Benefactors, and 3 certificates of appreciation to businesses in the community for a total monetary giving of over 207 thousand dollars.
 
By 1977 the Ellsworth Rotary Club had contributed more than $30,000 to the Little League Program.  During the 1980’s, in addition to its annual auction, blueberry pancake breakfast and honors banquet, the club had a 50/50 raffle and a drawing for flowers every week.  The game of choice for many Rotarians was bowling and golf and the annual boat cruise sailed every August.
 
In November 1981 the first hunter’s breakfast was held at the Knowlton School.  The next month the club supported the Red Cross blood drive.
 
In June 1984, the club held a work bee at the Riverside Park Project.  Later that year in September, the State Firemen’s Convention was held in Ellsworth, again the club put on a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast.
 
In October 1985, planning for JUMP – The Community Playground Project – was under way and by June the project was complete.  In later years a new Community playground replaced the old one at Knowlton Park and adult exercise equipment added. Several thousands of dollars have been raised and donated to this project by Rotary.  Today you can visit the park, sit on the Ellsworth Rotary Club Granite Bench and watch the young and old enjoy the park.
 
In 1987, money was raised and given to have the cannon and flagpole in place on Bridge Hill before Memorial Day weekend.
 
Women were not allowed to join Rotary until 1987.  Prior to 1987, the wives played a very important role in supporting their husbands and were called Rotary Anns.  They helped at the auction and pancake breakfast. 
 
In 1992 Carolyn “Cookie” Patten was our first women president, since then our club has had many out-standing women presidents over the years.
 
Happy Dollars were started by the club in December 1993 as a fund raiser and continues today.  The first joint auction with YMCA was also held in that year.
 
In 1994 and 1995, the Kid Care ID and Loaves and Fishes were added to the group’s service projects.  During 1995 and 1996, The Ellsworth Rotary Club donated $10,000 to the YMCA during their major campaign.  The Pancake Breakfast took their show on the road and served pancakes to the 5th Armored division at the Cole Museum in Bangor. 
 
In 2000 the club celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Union River Lobster Pot and the club received a 50-year certificate from Rotary International.
 
For the Rotary Centennial Project, the club built a garden and dedicated a granite monument in memory of Rotarian Lee Pittle at the parking lot at Indian Point.  Every spring the club participates in a clean-up project at Indian Point.
 
In 2006 the gifting experience was started, an opportunity for low-income children to receive resources and shop for gifts for their family at Christmas time.  That same year the club started the HCTC recognition night.  A student from each technical program is recognized for outstanding performance.
 
Ellsworth Rotary Club applied for a 501(C) 3 and was granted the status in December 2006.  This status allows donors to contribute to the Ellsworth Rotary Club Foundation and receive a tax deduction.  Since 2006 the Foundation has distributed funds to student scholarships, wheelchair projects and local projects in the community.
In 2010 the club celebrated its 60th anniversary at the Lucerne Inn.  All living Past Presidents, and active club members were invited. The evening included awarding two Paul Harris Fellow Awards and the reading of the 60 years of history of the club.  Everyone who attended received a 60th anniversary coffee mug.
 
In 2015 the club started to raise money and apply for Rotary District Grants to purchase wheelchairs and distribute them to third world countries in the Western Hemisphere.
The Ellsworth Club is part of District 7790, this district includes Central Maine and the Province of Quebec, which gives the club an international flavor at district events.
Over the years, several Ellsworth Rotarians have served at the district level.   Most notable was Malcolm Noyes served a District Governor 1962-1963 and Lincoln Ehrlenbach served as District Governor 2017-2018.
 
Over the years we have enjoyed many hours of fellowship and many, many laughs. During these past 72 years we have had many interesting (and some uninteresting speakers).  The club has moved from restaurant to restaurant in Ellsworth and finally found a home at China Hill. 
 
The Rotary Club of Ellsworth has given out hundreds of thousands of dollars to area non-profits and student scholarships.
 
As I was going through the records of the club, I was amazed at all the wonderful things the club has done over the years.  The Rotary Club of Ellsworth is making a different in and around our community and the world.
 
A lot of the Club History that was read this evening is taken from my father, Howard L Ehrlenbach’s original documentation of the first 30 years.  Additionally, many thanks to Iris Simon, who followed up to write the 60-year history. Thank you to Ashley Johnson for helping with creating the slideshow which as I mentioned was presented at our 60th anniversary.
 
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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March 1, 2022 Newsletter
 
Click on the link below to see all the photos from the party!
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation was read by Rotarian Mary Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of Portland
 
Guests: Gracie Robinson
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Carl Lusby, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Marian Wells, Dave Wells, Jodie Cushing and Gene Pellerano.
 
Those who are on Zoom and give Happy Dollars, please send in your donation by mail to the Club at: Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
 
 
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
 
MARDI GRAS PARTY!
 
Our club celebrated Mardi Gras this week. Members enjoyed playing trivia, participating in group activities, wearing Mardi Gras masks, beads and costumes!
 
Food and beverages were provided and everyone had a great time!
 
Thank you to all members who brought in stuffed animals this week! They will be delivered to the Pediatric Ward at MCMH to provide smiles for the children.
 
Special thanks to the Membership Committee for organizing tonight’s party!

Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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February 22, 2022 Newsletter
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation was read by Rotarian Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of Portland
 
Guests: Gracie Robinson
 
Club Anniversaries: Nancy Mayo, Laura Pellerano, Marc Rich, Julie Boucharad and JoAnn Brown.
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Rebecca Greenlaw, Jodie Cushing, Fred Beyer, Gracie Robinson
 
50/50: $7
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Dave Wells, Carl Lusby, Rebecca Greenlaw, Gene Pellerano and Julie Bouchard.  
 
Those who are on Zoom and give Happy Dollars, please send in your donation by mail to the Club at: Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
 
 
ROTARY BUSINESS:
 
 
Mardi Gras Celebration: Our club will celebrate Mardi Gras at the March 1st club meeting. There will be a trivia, Mardi Gras masks, beads, food and beverages.
 
Stuffed Animals for Pediatric Ward for Hospital: Please bring in a stuffed animal(s) at the March 1st club meeting. We will then deliver them to the Pediatric Ward at the hospital at MCMH to provide smiles for the children.
 
Annual EHS Honor’s Banquet: The Honor’s Banquet is set for April 12th at China Hill. We will be honoring the top 30 Students from EHS.
 
Stem Cell Donation for Danny Dunn: Passing this along for Linda Fuller, there will be an opportunity to swab to see whether you might be a match for Danny Dunn who needs a stem cell donation. Individuals under 40 are the target group. As the Dunns continue their effort to find a match for Danny and others, they’re holding a couple of in-person donor drives next month. The first is on March 8 at the Elks Lodge in Ellsworth. There will be a blood drive and stem cell donor swabbing event from noon until 6. Then on March 12, they’ll be doing swabbing only from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
 
2022 Rotary Pancake Breakfast: SAVE THE DATE! We will be having the pancake breakfast this year. The event will be on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at the Downeast Family YMCA Parking lot.
 
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
Make-Ups and Community Service Hours: February will continue the “your own service project month”. 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 February and March!
 
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.
 
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker were Amy Bergeron and Jaynelle Smith who work with the A Family for ME program.
 
A Family for ME partners with Spurwink and the Maine Department of Health/Human Services whose primary goal is to increase the number of available foster and adoptive families for children statewide.  By spreading awareness and educating the public, A Family for ME is able to help find safe and loving homes for Maine children.

Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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February 15, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Rotarian Lincoln Ehrlenbach
 
Invocation was read by Rotarian Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Tony and Julie Bouchard
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of Portland
 
Birthdays: JoAnn Brown on February 16th and Pam Cushing on February 17th.  Happy Birthday!
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Debbie Ehrlenbach, Rebecca Greenlaw, Carl Lusby and Gene Pellerano.
 
50/50: $8 to Lincoln Ehrlenbach
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Carl Lusby, Mary Thomas, Dave Wells, Rebecca Greenlaw, Julie Bouchard, Ray Williams and Gene Pellerano.
 
Those who are on Zoom and give Happy Dollars, please send in your donation by mail to the Club at: Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
 
 
ROTARY BUSINESS:
 
Thank You Card: Our club received a Thank You card from the Luke Gross Family thanking us for the $1,066 donation from our 2nd quarter happy dollars.
 
Valentine's Day Quiz with JoAnn Brown: Winner of the quiz was Rebecca Greenlaw. Club members enjoyed Valentine’s Day Cookies.
 
Mardi Gras Celebration: Our club will celebrate Mardi Gras at the March 1st club meeting. There will be a trivia, Mardi Gras masks, beads, food and beverages.
 
Stuffed Animals for Pediatric Ward for MCMH Hospital: Please bring in a stuffed animal(s) over the next few meetings. We will then deliver them to the Pediatric Ward at the MCMH in Ellsworth to provide smiles and comfort for children.
 
Annual EHS Honor’s Banquet: The Honor’s Banquet is set for April 12th at China Hill. We will be honoring the top 30 Students from EHS.
 
Stem Cell Donation for Danny Dunn: Passing this along for Linda Fuller, there will be an opportunity to swab to see whether you might be a match for Danny Dunn who needs a stem cell donation. Individuals under 40 are the target group. As the Dunns continue their effort to find a match for Danny and others, they’re holding a couple of in-person donor drives next month. The first is on March 8 at the Elks Lodge in Ellsworth. There will be a blood drive and stem cell donor swabbing event from noon until 6. Then on March 12, they’ll be doing swabbing only from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
 
2022 Rotary Pancake Breakfast: SAVE THE DATE! We will be having the pancake breakfast this year. The event will be on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at the Downeast Family YMCA Parking lot.
 
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
Make-Ups and Community Service Hours: February will continue the “your own service project month”. 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 February and March!
 
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.
 
Guest Speaker: Jessica Valdez, Executive Director, of Community Compass in Blue Hill was our guest speaker. Community Compass is a collaboration of community members, Neighborhood Navigators, and partner organizations working collectively to break the cycle of poverty by engaging the financially struggling, reducing barriers to prosperity, and building opportunity for all citizens of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Orland, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington, and Surry.
 
They have strong collaborative partnerships with Downeast Community Partners, Healthy Peninsula, Healthy Acadia, Friends in Action, local elementary schools, and several local churches. They work together to serve those in need.

Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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February 8, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Rotarian Lincoln Ehrlenbach
 
Invocation was read by Rotarian Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Sergeant at Arms: Clyde Cushing covered for Tony and Julie Bouchard.
 
Visiting Rotarians: Jim of the Bar Harbor Club
 
Birthdays: Perri Huitt on February 8th and Carolyn Yancey on February 14th. Happy Birthday!
 
Guests: HCTC Instructors and Students with their families.
 
Door Prizes: Several HCTC Families were winners along with Carl Lusby, Lori Googins, Dave Wells and JoAnn Brown.
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Gene Pellerano, Rebecca Greenlaw, Carl Lusby, Dave Wells, Lori Googins, Debbie Ehrlenbach and a few HCTC families.
 
Those who are on Zoom and give Happy Dollars, please send in your donation by mail to the Club at: Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
 
 
Rotary Business:
 
Stem Cell Donation for Danny Dunn: Passing this along for Linda Fuller, there will be an opportunity to swab to see whether you might be a match for Danny Dunn who needs a stem cell donation. Individuals under 40 are the target group. As the Dunns continue their effort to find a match for Danny and others, they’re holding a couple of in-person donor drives next month. The first is on March 8 at the Elks Lodge in Ellsworth. There will be a blood drive and stem cell donor swabbing event from noon until 6. Then on March 12, they’ll be doing swabbing only from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
 
2022 Rotary Pancake Breakfast: SAVE THE DATE! We will be having the pancake breakfast this year. The event will be on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at the Downeast Family YMCA Parking lot.
 
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Valentine's Day Cookie Exchange: For our February 15th meeting, members are encouraged to do a cookie exchange or would like to bring in a homemade treat to share to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Also, any members who would like contribute to 86 care packages being delivered to Meadowview residences on Feb. 14th. Suggestions bring in candy, diabetic candy, some type of treat; a collection box at Rotary meetings on Feb. 1 and 8th. JoAnn Brown can pick up other donations or they could be dropped off at the hospital to JoAnn.
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
Make-Ups and Community Service Hours: February will continue the “your own service project month”. 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 February and March!
 
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.
 
HCTC Recognition Night: Rotarian Debbie Ehrlenbach was our host this evening.
 
Our club honored outstanding students from Hancock County Technical Center in the following programs:
 
Early Childhood Education: Instructor Meagan Stubbs introduced Emily Keniston. She is a Senior at Bucksport High School.
 
Cybersecurity: Student Scotland Farmer. He is a Senior at George Stevens Academy.
 
Multimedia Design: Instructor Jamie Anderson introduced Madeline Springer. She is a Sophomore at Ellsworth High School.
 
Biomedical Science: Instructor Sarah Petroulis introduced Megan Huff. She is a Senior at Mount Desert Island High School.
 
Our guest speaker was Lori Googins of UMA and it was another great night partnering with HCTC to recognize and encourage excellence in technical education.
 

Respectfully submitted by Rotarian Ashley Johnson
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February 1, 2022 Newsletter
 
This week's guest speaker was Linda Napier from the DownEast Treatment Center, she spoke on substance abuse disorder. #ellsworthrotary #wearerotary #peopleofaction #district7790
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Rotarian Dave Wells
 
Invocation read by Rotarian Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of South Portland
 
Birthdays: Bob Casale on February 6th
 
 
Club Anniversaries: Tracy Shaffer (7 Years); Mark Remick (19 Years)
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: David Wells; Rebecca Greenlaw; Scott Kimball; Laura Pellerano; Julie Bouchard; Iris Simon; JoAnn Brown; Carl Lusby; Gene Pellerano
 
 
Rotary Business:
 
Valentine's Day Cookie Exchange: For our February 15th meeting, members are encouraged to do a cookie exchange or would like to bring in a homemade treat to share to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Also, any members who would like contribute to 86 care packages being delivered to Meadowview residences on Feb. 14th. Suggestions bring in candy, diabetic candy, some type of treat; a collection box at Rotary meetings on Feb. 1 and 8th. JoAnn Brown can pick up other donations or they could be dropped off at the hospital to JoAnn.
 
A Get Well Card for Bill Casale was distributed and will be sent to Bill in Florida.
 
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Make-Ups and Community Service Hours: February will continue the "your own service project month". Please let Jodie Cushing and Marian Wells know if you do any community service or makeups throughout the week.
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
Be Our Guest Cards: Cards are available to be given out to invite someone to Rotary as your guest. Dinner is provided by the club!
 
Greeter Sign-Up List: We are looking for Greeters for our weekly meeting. Please sign-up to help! A sign-up sheet is going around at the meeting.
 
Rotary Each One Bring One: Tonight’s winner for the month of January is Rebecca Greenlaw.
 
Rotary Facebook Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
“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 Rotary!
 
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
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 February and March!
 
Friends in Action: is hosting a vaccination clinic and could use a couple of volunteers to assist participants with registration and filling out forms.
 
 
Guest Speaker: Rotarian Scott Kimball introduced this week’s guest speaker Linda Napier, FNP with Downeast Treatment Center. Linda spoke on Substance Abuse Disorder / Addiction. Linda focused on Opioid Addiction and in particular Fentanyl.
 
Statistics:  623 Maine overdose deaths in 2021; 8900 Maine overdose s were saved in 2021 through the administration of Naloxone (Narcan) and 1876 of those overdoses were administered by non-medical persons
 
Causes:   Peer Pressure; Prescription opioids after surgery / injury; Emotional Pain; Childhood Trauma / Neglect; PTSD; Mental Health Disorders
 
Success Stories:   Linda shared approximately 33% of addicted individuals are able to achieve long term success in breaking opioid addiction
 
Narcan:    Linda shared with Rotary members how Narcan works in the brain… how to analyze overdose symptoms to determine whether or not to administer Narcan… How to administer Narcan in nasal spray form and to immediately call 9-1-1 after administration… Rotarians present were offered a two pack of Narcan to take home with them if interested.
 
Questions:   Linda answered multiple questions from members present and on Zoom
 
Handouts:   Multiple informational handouts were made available and anyone desiring help or support with substance abuse disorder can contact OPTIONS at 207-498-0824.
 
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.

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January 18, 2022 Newsletter
 
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation read by Cindy Shoppe and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of South Portland
 
Guests: Grace Robinson and Leisa Tucker
 
Birthdays: Rhonda Parker on 1/20. Happy Birthday!
 
Club Anniversaries: Ray Williams 44 Years on January 17th and Zanny Stwertka 3 Years on January 22nd. Congratulations!
 
Door Prizes:  This week’s lucky winners were Jodie Cushing, Tony Bouchard and Cindy Shoppe.
 
50/50: $6 to Pam Cushing
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Pam Cushing, Grace Robinson, Rebecca Greenlaw, Rhonda Parker, Bob Thomas and Gene Pellerano.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
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.
 
Be Our Guest Cards: Cards are available to be given out to invite someone to Rotary as your guest. Dinner is provided by the club!
 
Greeter Sign-Up List: We are looking for Greeters for our weekly meeting. Please sign-up to help. A sign-up sheet is going around at the meeting.
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
Rotary Each One Bring One: For each potential member you bring to a Rotary meeting (whether in person or via zoom) or a Rotary community service project in the month of January, you will be entered to win an amazing prize. We are also going to present a Rotary magnet to potential members who attend a meeting.
 
This month, Laura Pellerano will be making and donating a dozen home-made bagels for the prize! Also, Gene Pellerano will add to the prize some fresh coffee from Rooster Brother. Dave and Marian Wells will be contributing a bottle of wine.
 
Let JoAnn Brown know the name and email of any interested members prior to them attending a meeting, she can forward them some information on joining Rotary. Also, remember you can always invite potential members to a Rotary Club meeting and their meal will be paid for by the club. Prize will be drawn at Feb. 1 meeting.
 
Rotary Facebook Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
“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 Rotary!
 
Valentine's day Cookie Exchange: For our February 15th meeting, members are encouraged to do a cookie exchange or would like to bring in a homemade treat to share to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Also, any members who would like contribute to 86 care packages being delivered to Meadowview residences on Feb. 14th. Suggestions bring in candy, diabetic candy, some type of treat; a collection box at Rotary meetings on Feb. 1 and 8th. JoAnn Brown can pick up other donations or they could be dropped off at the hospital to JoAnn.
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
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 January and February!
 
Guest Speaker: These week’s guest speakers were Cathy Flesh and Amy Kurman of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Center.
 
They updated the membership on the programs offered by the Center as well as introducing a new program - Home Cooked Healing.  To help with their recovery, participating cancer patients are given home cooked meals prepared by volunteers.  The meals are prepared based on the patient's preferences and medical needs. 
 
Do you love to cook? Would you like to share your healthy specialty dishes with others in need? If you do, there is a perfect opportunity for you. The center is currently looking for new volunteer cooks for their Home Cooked Healing Program to help us carry out the programs mission.
 
For several years, home cooks have generously given their time and talents to prepare healthy meals for cancer patients and their families on MDI and the Ellsworth area. Recipients receive meals at no charge for an eight-week period while the patient is undergoing treatment or recovering.  Home-cooked meals are prepared according to individual dietary needs and preferences with complete confidentiality.  Meals are delivered directly to the client’s door or can be available for pick-up at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center (BCWCRC.)
 
The center is also looking for drivers to help deliver the meals to the clients as well!
 
If you would like more information or to sign up to support people in our community with nutritious food that are living with a cancer diagnosis, please contact the Beth C. Wright Center by February 25, 2022 by calling 207-664-0339 or email: akurman@bethwrightcancercenter.org.
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
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January 25, 2022 Newsletter
 
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Ashley Johnson
 
Invocation read by Gene Pellerano and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of South Portland
 
Birthdays: Zanny Stwertka on January 30th.  Happy Birthday!
 
Club Anniversaries: Clyde Cushing and Pam Cushing 6 Years on January 26th, Tricia Quirk 9 Years on January 29th and Fred Beyer 5 Years on January 31st. Congratulations!
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Dave Wells, Laura Pellerano, Carl Lusby, Iris Simon, Carol Yancy, Gene Pellerano and Ashley Johnson.
 
Rotary Business:
 
February Board of Directors Meeting: The next board meeting is Tuesday, February 2nd at 4:30pm at China Hill. 
 
Membership Committee Meeting:  The next membership meeting is Thursday, January 27th at 8:00am via Zoom. All are welcome. Please contact JoAnn Brown.
 
Valentine's day Cookie Exchange: For our February 15th meeting, members are encouraged to do a cookie exchange or would like to bring in a homemade treat to share to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Also, any members who would like contribute to 86 care packages being delivered to Meadowview residences on Feb. 14th. Suggestions bring in candy, diabetic candy, some type of treat; a collection box at Rotary meetings on Feb. 1 and 8th. JoAnn Brown can pick up other donations or they could be dropped off at the hospital to JoAnn. If you are currently out of town you can mail a check to the club at: Rotary Club of Ellsworth, PO Box 741, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
 
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal athttps://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
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.
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
Be Our Guest Cards: Cards are available to be given out to invite someone to Rotary as your guest. Dinner is provided by the club!
 
Greeter Sign-Up List: We are looking for Greeters for our weekly meeting. Please sign-up to help! A sign-up sheet is going around at the meeting.
 
Rotary Each One Bring One: For each potential member you bring to a Rotary meeting (whether in person or via zoom) or a Rotary community service project in the month of January, you will be entered to win an amazing prize. We are also going to present a Rotary magnet to potential members who attend a meeting.
 
This month, Laura Pellerano will be making and donating a dozen home-made bagels for the prize! Also, Gene Pellerano will add to the prize some fresh coffee from Rooster Brother. Dave and Marian Wells will be contributing a bottle of wine.
 
Let JoAnn Brown know the name and email of any interested members prior to them attending a meeting, she can forward them some information on joining Rotary. Also, remember you can always invite potential members to a Rotary Club meeting and their meal will be paid for by the club. Prize will be drawn at Feb. 1 meeting.
 
Rotary Facebook Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
“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 Rotary!
 
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
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 February and March!
 
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was Tom Day of California. He shared a great presentation about  the Ice at The North Pole. He spoke about the basics of melting ice at the North Pole and the seasonal changes of the Arctic ice cap. Tom shared a few satellite images and graphs showing effects on Greenland and Antarctica.
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
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January 11, 2022 Newsletter
 
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Laura Pellerano
 
Invocation read by Cindy Shoppe and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of South Portland and Deborah Walters of Unity.
 
Guests: Dom Efter
 
Club Anniversaries: Carol Jordan 3 Years on January 15th and Carolyn Stwertka 3 Years on January 15th. Congratulations!
 
Door Prizes:  This week’s lucky winners were Cindy Shoppe, Laura Pellerano and Clyde Cushing.
 
50/50: $6 to Tony Bouchard
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Tony Bouchard, Carl Lusby, Dave Wells, Rod Fox, Arlyn Whitelaw, Dom Efter, Dave and Betty Parsons, Tracy Shaffer and Gene Pellerano.
 
Rotary Business:
 
50/50 Raffle for Snow Days: $5 per day. All proceeds go to the THAW Fund. There were 6 Winners for the January 7th School Snow Day!
 
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
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.
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
Membership Update:
 
Rotary Each One Bring One: For each potential member you bring to a Rotary meeting (whether in person or via zoom) or a Rotary community service project in the month of January, you will be entered to win an amazing prize. We are also going to present a Rotary magnet to potential members who attend a meeting.
 
This month, Laura Pellerano will be making and donating a dozen home-made bagels for the prize! Also, Gene Pellerano will add to the prize some fresh coffee from Rooster Brother. Dave and Marian Wells will be contributing a bottle of wine.
 
Let JoAnn Brown know the name and email of any interested members prior to them attending a meeting, she can forward them some information on joining Rotary. Also, remember you can always invite potential members to a Rotary Club meeting and their meal will be paid for by the club. Prize will be drawn at Feb. 1 meeting.
 
Rotary Facebook Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
“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 Rotary!
 
Valentine's day Cookie Exchange: For our February 15th meeting, members are encouraged to do a cookie exchange or would like to bring in a homemade treat to share to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Also, any members who would like contribute to 86 care packages being delivered to Meadowview residences on Feb. 14th. Suggestions bring in candy, diabetic candy, some type of treat; a collection box at Rotary meetings on Feb. 1 and 8th. JoAnn Brown can pick up other donations or they could be dropped off at the hospital to JoAnn.
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
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 January and February!
 
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was was Dr. Deborah Walters. Deborah currently chairs our district’s Rotary Foundation committee and she shared her travel experience kayaking from Maine to Guatemala.
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
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January 4, 2022 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Carl Lusby
 
Invocation read by Cindy Shoppe and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of South Portland
 
Guests: Grace Robinson and Irv Hodgkin
 
Birthdays: Tracy Shaffer on January 1st, Tony Bouchard on January 5th and Gene Pellerano on January 9th.
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Mary and Bob Thomas on January 2nd, Marian and Dave Wells on January 10th. Congratulations!
 
Club Anniversaries: Alan Baker 37 Years on January 6th, Cindy Shoppe 19 Years on January 7th, Ashley Johnson 13 Years on January 6th, Becky Sargent 13 Years on January 6th, Arlyn Whitelaw 13 Years on January 6th. Congratulations!
 
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were Pam Cushing, Clyde Cushing and Jodie Cushing.
 
50/50: $9 to Jack Frost
 
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund for students at Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center.    
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Jack Frost, Laura Pellerano, Dave Wells, Marian Wells, Carl Lusby, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Benedetta Pellerano and Gene Pellerano.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition: Irv Hodgkin and Jodie Cushing both were awarded a Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations!
 
 
50/50 Raffle for Local School Snow Days: $5 per day. All proceeds go to the THAW Fund.
 
Gifting Experience Update: Jack Frost and Carl Lusby thanked everyone for their support. $3,000 was donated from the community and Club members. 19 families were assisted. Gift cards from Reny’s and Angelo’s Pizza were given out as well.
 
Haven’s Sweet Rotary Fundraiser Update: Debbie Ehrlenbach thanked everyone for their support. Haven’s Candies donated $1,000 to the club.
 
The Ellsworth Rotary Foundation: Ashley Johnson reported the Foundation donated $500.00 to the Mayfield, KY Rotary Club to use to help those affected from the tornado that ripped through the town a few weeks ago.
 
Reminder to pay your dues: You can send in a check or pay online using PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
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 January and February!
 
Make-Ups and Community Service Hours: Jodie Cushing reminded everyone to please let her and Marian Wells know if you do any community service or makeups throughout the week.
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was Lincoln Ehrlenbach. Lincoln provided a presentation about our District Projects and Global Grants. He provided detailed information on what clubs have done in our District over the years for local projects and global grants.
 
A few Global projects named were Water Sanitation in several countries, Providing Wheelchairs to those affected from Polio, Building Classrooms, Education on Cooking and Farming, Literacy Programs and Safe Passage – an educational support program that makes it possible for 550 children whose parents are pickers on the dump in Guatemala City, to go to school and become the first generation of their families who are gaining literacy. 
 
Below is a link to our District Website with information on how to apply for a local or global grant and resources:
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
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Merry Christmas!
 
The next meeting will be on January 4, 2022. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
December 14, 2021 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Lincoln Ehrlenbach
 
Invocation read by Mary Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Guests: Grace Robinson, Aaron and Brielle Johnson
 
Birthdays: Ashley Johnson on 12/16 and Dave Wells on 12/25. Happy Birthday!
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department for Deputy Luke Gross’s Family.   
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Jodie Cushing, Carol Jordan, Max Dietshe, Debbie Ehrlenbach, JoAnn Brown, Cindy Shoppe, Dave Wells, Marian Wells, Carl Lusby, Jo Cooper, Bob Thomas and Gene Pellerano.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Our club presented a check to JoAnn Brown of Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital for Men’s Health in the amount of $875.00. This is for Movember.
 
50/50 Raffle for Snow Days: $5 per day. All proceeds go to the THAW Fund.
 
Foundation: The winner of the monthly drawing is Rod Fox. 
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. The month of December has been filled! Max Dietshe thanks everyone for their continued help. Please sign up for January!
 
Gifting Experience: Jack Frost and Carl Lusby are encouraging donations from Businesses and Club Members for this year’s Gifting Experience. Contact them if you would like to donate.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry for December: Our club will be helping at the Food Pantry on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of December. Jodie Cushing will be sending out a sign-up sheet.
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
Holiday Party: This week club members enjoyed the Annual Holiday Party! Everyone had fun playing games, participated in the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, wrapped presents for KidsPeace and signed Christmas Cards for Bangor Veterans Home.
 
The next meeting will be on January 4, 2022. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
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December 7, 2021 Newsletter
 
At this week's meeting, The Rotary Club of Ellsworth honored outstanding students from Hancock County Technical Center. Our guest speaker was Shawn Moody and it was another great night partnering with HCTC to recognize and encourage excellence in technical education.
 
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Rhonda Parker
 
Invocation read by Gene Carl Lusby and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons of South Portland
 
Guests: Grace Robinson and several family members of HCTC Students
 
Birthdays: Ashley Johnson on 12/16 Happy Birthday!
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Debbie Ehrlenbach, and families/student of HCTC
 
50/50: $6 Guest of HCTC Student
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department for Deputy Luke Gross’s Family.   
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Debbie Ehrlenbach, Dave Wells, Bob Thomas, Max Dietshe, Kasey Jordan, Rhonda Parker, Clyde Cushing, Jodie Cushing, Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Gene Pellerano and Marian Wells.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Our club presented a check to Loaves and Fishes in the amount of $2,400. This is from the Food Drive.
 
 
50/50 Raffle for Snow Days: $5 per day. All proceeds go to the THAW Fund.
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. The month of December has been filled! Max Dietshe thanks everyone for their continued help.
 
 
Gifting Experience: Jack Frost and Carl Lusby are encouraging donations from Businesses and Club Members for this year’s Gifting Experience. Contact them if you would like to donate. To date we have raised $2,500!
 
KidsPeace Christmas Presents: Rebecca Greenlaw has info for those who would like to start shopping for Christmas presents for Kids at KidsPeace. We plan to wrap all presents at our Holiday Party on December 14th.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry for December: Our club will be helping at the Food Pantry on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of December. Jodie Cushing will be sending out a sign-up sheet.
 
Haven’s Sweet Rotary Fundraiser: Our club is partnering with Haven’s Candies in Scarborough Maine to help raise money for the club.  Haven's Candies has generously agreed to donate 20% of all Ellsworth Rotary Club sales back to the Club. All orders placed between now and December 14, 2021 will qualify the club for a 20% donation. An email was sent out with more info. 
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
HCTC Honors Night: The following students were awarded:
 
Diesel -Andrew Trowbridge, Instructor.  - Henry O'Neil, GSA Junior
 
Welding -Joel Pelletier, Instructor.  - Griffin Werner, GSA Senior and Tyler Hallett, BHS Senior
 
Law Enforcement - Scott Baillargeon,Instructor and Eugene Fizell, Instructor - Kasey Jordan, MDIHS Senior
 
CNA/Health Occupations -Michelle Cote, Instructor.  - Maddison Kelley, EHS Senior
 
 
Shawn Moody was the guest speaker. Shawn was a small business owner, property tax payer and had a mortgage payment of $67.44 a month before he was old enough to vote. Fast forward to 2001 after learning Social Security may be at risk Shawn Moody responded by establishing an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) in 2003. Today the co-workers at Moody’s collectively own 54% percent of the Company. Having co-workers thinking and performing like owners has produced an average growth rate of 18% per year since 2003. Moody’s has also practiced open book management since the 90’s giving back 10% of their after tax profits to all their co-workers. Today Moody’s has over 240 co-worker owners and 14 locations across Maine. We believe teamwork makes the dreamwork.
 
In 2014 Shawn became the first person in the State’s history to serve on the Board of Trustees for not only the University System but also the Community College system as well. Through increased collaboration the two systems have signed a milestone agreement finally allowing the universal transfer of credits between the two systems. UMS was one of only two public universities that kept tuition flat 6 out of 7 years. They guided USM out of a 14 million budget shortfall and double digit enrollment drop to restoring 8 million in the budget stabilization fund and gradually increased enrollment.
 

 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
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Downtown Ellsworth Christmas Parade - December 4th
Check out the photos from the Parade! Click on the link below. 
NO MEETING - 11/23/2021
 
Reminder there is no meeting this week. Happy Thanksgiving and we hope to see everyone next week on Tuesday, November 30th. 
November 30, 2021 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: JoAnn Brown
 
Invocation read by Gene Pellerano and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Guests: Grace Robinson
 
Birthdays: Happy Birthday to Brielle Johnson. Jack Frost 12/2, Scott Kimball 12/3 Alison King 12/3 and Carl Lusby 12/5 Happy Birthday!
 
Club Anniversaries: Doug Kell 26 Years on 12/1 and Peter Farraher 23 Years on 12/1. Happy Anniversary!
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Ken Huitt, Gene Pellerano, Marian Wells and Laura Pellerano.
 
50/50: $8 Grace Robinson
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department for Deputy Luke Gross’s Family.   
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Carl Lusy, Ken Huitt, Marian Wells, Jack Frost, Linda Fuller, Jane Langely, JoAnn Brown, Dave Wells, Clyde Cushing, Jodie Cushing and Gene Pellerano.
 
Rotary Business:
 
The Nominating Committee presented the Slate of Officers for 2022-2023:
President: Clyde Cushing
President Elect: Debbie Ehrlenbach
Vice President: Jodie Cushing
Treasurer: Rhonda Parker
Secretary: Marian Wells
 
Movember Judging: Winners
Ladies –
1st Benedetta Pellerano
2nd Rebecca Greenlaw
3rd Laura Pellerano
 
Gentleman-
1st Gene Pellerano
2nd Dave Wells
3rd Scott Kimball
 
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  Max Dietshe thanks everyone for their continued help.
 
 
Gifting Experience: Jack Frost and Carl Lusby are encouraging donations from Businesses and Club Members for this year’s Gifting Experience. A sponsor form will be emailed out soon. More info to come soon!
 
KidsPeace Christmas Presents: Rebecca Greenlaw has info for those who would like to start shopping for Christmas presents for Kids at KidsPeace. We plan to wrap all presents at our Holiday Party on December 14th.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry for December: Our club will be helping at the Food Pantry on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of December. Jodie Cushing will be sending out a sign-up sheet.
 
Haven’s Sweet Rotary Fundraiser: Our club is partnering with Haven’s Candies in Scarborough Maine to help raise money for the club.  Haven's Candies has generously agreed to donate 20% of all Ellsworth Rotary Club sales back to the Club. All orders placed between now and December 14, 2021 will qualify the club for a 20% donation. An email was sent out with more info. 
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
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Emmaus Center Donation
 
Rotarian Cindy Shoppe presented a check in the amount of $600.00 to the Emmaus Center. The donation will go towards their Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets and their Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program. 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive: 11/20/2021
 
Thank you to all members who helped with the event and donated to this cause.  Also thank you to the Interact Students who stood outside with us collecting the donations.  The total proceeds of the food drive is $2,400.00! 
 
 
 
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November 16, 2021 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Laura Pellerano and Grace Robinson
 
Invocation read by Rhonda Parker and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons and Caroline King
 
Guests: David Brown, Grace Robinson and John Shoppe
 
Birthdays: Cindy Shoppe 11/18, Rob Hemenway 11/23, and Peter Farragher 11/26. Happy Birthday!
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Max and Wendy Dietshe 31 Years on 11/23, Heidi and Peter Omlor 6 Years on 11/28. Happy Anniversary!
 
Door Prizes: Winners were David Brown, Rhonda Parker, Cindy Shoppe, and Rebecca Greenlaw.
 
50/50: $8 Carol Jordan
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department for Deputy Luke Gross’s Family.   
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Carol Jordan, Carl Lusby, Dave Wells, Scott Kimball, Grace Robinson, Gene Pellerano, and Jack Frost.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Please sign up for the month of November and December.  Max Dietshe thanks everyone for their continued help.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive: Saturday, November 20th at Ellsworth Hannaford. A sign-up sheet has been around to sign up. Shifts are 9-11am, 11-1pm, 1-3pm the last shift stops at 2pm then follows the van back to the pantry to unload. Contact Jodie Cushing.
 
Downtown Ellsworth Christmas Parade: Our club will be in the Christmas Parade again this year escorting Santa! If you would like help out, please let Jodie Cushing know. The event is Saturday, December 4th at 11:00am.
 
Gifting Experience: Jack Frost and Carl Lusby are encouraging donations from Businesses and Club Members for this year’s Gifting Experience. A sponsor form has been emailed.
 
KidsPeace Christmas Presents: Rebecca Greenlaw has info for those who would like to start shopping for Christmas presents for Kids at KidsPeace. We plan to wrap all presents at our Holiday Party in December.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry for December: Our club will be helping at the Food Pantry on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of December. Jodie Cushing will be sending out a sign-up sheet.
 
Haven’s Sweet Rotary Fundraiser: Our club is partnering with Haven’s Candies in Scarborough Maine to help raise money for the club.  Haven's Candies has generously agreed to donate 20% of all Ellsworth Rotary Club sales back to the Club. All orders placed between now and December 14, 2021 will qualify the club for a 20% donation. An email was sent out with more info. 
 
Rotary Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
“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 Rotary!
 
Greeter Sign-Up: Debbie Ehrlenbach is looking for Greeters for the month of November and December. 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 November and December. Contact Rob!
 
Movember: It’s time for the Annual Movember Challenge for Men’s Health. $20 donations. Men grow facial hair and women to have a fake beard or mustache. All donations go towards MCMH. Contact Dave Wells to become a sponsor!
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
Guest Speaker: Our guest speakers were Caroline King and David Brown. Caroline is the Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Northern and Eastern Maine.
 
Caroline has been this district's executive director since 2015 and is a proud Rotarian from the Bangor Breakfast Rotary Club having recently served as its President from 2020-2021.  Her presentation focused on the American Red Cross as a humanitarian organization that prevents and alleviates human suffering around the corner, across the country, and around the world.
 
Volunteers are needed! Help out at a local blood drive, give blood or donate.  The Red Cross thanks our club for our ongoing partnership!
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
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November 9, 2021 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Rebecca Greenlaw
 
Invocation read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
 
Guests: Grace Robinson, Brielle Johnson, John Shoppe and Ruth Calas
 
Birthdays: Grace Robinson and Carol Jordan.  Happy Birthday!
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Allegra Pellerano, Brielle Johnson and JoAnn Brown
 
50/50: $7 Ashley Johnson
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department for Deputy Luke Gross’s Family.   
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Ashley Johnson,  Grace Robinson, Bob Thomas, Max Dietshe, JoAnn Brown, Rebecca Greenlaw, Gene Pellerano and JoAnn Brown.
 
Rotary Business:
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Please sign up for the month of November and December.  Max Dietshe thanks everyone for their continued help.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive: Saturday, November 20th at Ellsworth Hannaford. A sign-up sheet has been around to sign up. Shifts are 9-11am, 11-1pm, 1-3pm the last shift stops at 2pm then follows the van back to the pantry to unload. Contact Jodie Cushing.
 
Downtown Ellsworth Christmas Parade: Our club will be in the Christmas Parade again this year escorting Santa! If you would like help out, please let Jodie Cushing know. The event is Saturday, December 4th at 11:00am.
 
Gifting Experience: Jack Frost and Carl Lusby are encouraging donations from Businesses and Club Members for this year’s Gifting Experience. A sponsor form will be emailed out soon. More info to come soon!
 
KidsPeace Christmas Presents: Rebecca Greenlaw has info for those who would like to start shopping for Christmas presents for Kids at KidsPeace. We plan to wrap all presents at our Holiday Party in December.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry for December: Our club will be helping at the Food Pantry on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of December. Jodie Cushing will be sending out a sign-up sheet.
 
Haven’s Sweet Rotary Fundraiser: Our club is partnering with Haven’s Candies in Scarborough Maine to help raise money for the club.  Haven's Candies has generously agreed to donate 20% of all Ellsworth Rotary Club sales back to the Club. All orders placed between now and December 14, 2021 will qualify the club for a 20% donation. An email was sent out with more info. 
 
Rotary Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
“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 Rotary!
 
Greeter Sign-Up: Debbie Ehrlenbach is looking for Greeters for the month of November and December. 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 November and December. Contact Rob!
 
Movember: It’s time for the Annual Movember Challenge for Men’s Health. $20 donations. Men grow facial hair and women to have a fake beard or mustache. All donations go towards MCMH.
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
Guest Speaker: John Ronan, FACHF, President of Maine Coast Hospital was our guest speaker.  He gave an overview of Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital and Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital Capital Campaign which should bring significant medical care improvements to this area.
 
Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital has started their Building on Promise, a campaign to renovate and refresh key inpatient spaces at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital. With the help from longtime hospital supporter Edith Dixon, who is challenging the community to donate and pledge a total of $1 million by December 31, 2022. Mrs. Dixon will match campaign gifts dollar-for-dollar up to the million-dollar milestone.
 
Every gift and pledge made to the Challenge will support Maine Coast’s modernization. The project will include an all new spacious, family-focused birthing center with modern amenities, close proximity to the operating room when emergency C-sections are needed, and a centralized parent and infant monitoring system. The project also includes renovations to patient rooms, increasing the availability of private rooms and improving patient and family comfort and privacy.
The project will be funded by campaign donations and support from Northern Light Health.
 
To support the campaign, please click here or call JoAnn Brown, philanthropy officer, at 207.664.5548, or Ruth Calas, director of philanthropy, at 207.664.5577.
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
 
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November 2, 2021 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Bob Thomas
 
Invocation read by Bob Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
 
Guests: Grace Robinson and John Shoppe
 
Birthdays: Heidi Omlor.  Happy Birthday!
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Iris Simon 58 Years
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Carl Lusby, Grace Robinson, Dave Wells, Ashley Johnson, Marian Wells.
 
50/50: $9 to Gene Pellerano
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department for Deputy Luke Gross’s Family.   
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Mary Thomas, Clyde Cushing, Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Marian Wells, Dave Wells, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Carol Jordan, Gene Pellerano
 
ROTARY BUSINESS:
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Please sign up for the month of November and December.  Max Dietshe thanks everyone for their continued help.
 
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive: Saturday, November 20th at Ellsworth Hannaford. A sign-up sheet has been around to sign up. Shifts are 9-11am, 11-1pm, 1-3pm the last shift stops at 2pm then follows the van back to the pantry to unload. Contact Jodie Cushing.
 
Downtown Ellsworth Christmas Parade: Our club will be in the Christmas Parade again this year escorting Santa! If you would like help out, please let Jodie Cushing know. The event is Saturday, December 4th at 11:00am.
 
Gifting Experience: Jack Frost and Carl Lusby are encouraging donations from Businesses and Club Members for this year’s Gifting Experience. A sponsor form will be emailed out soon. More info to come soon!
 
KidsPeace Christmas Presents: Rebecca Greenlaw has info for those who would like to start shopping for Christmas presents for Kids at KidsPeace. We plan to wrap all presents at our Holiday Party in December.
 
Haven’s Sweet Rotary Fundraiser: Our club is partnering with Haven’s Candies in Scarborough Maine to help raise money for the club.  Haven's Candies has generously agreed to donate 20% of all Ellsworth Rotary Club sales back to the Club. All orders placed between now and December 14, 2021 will qualify the club for a 20% donation. An email was sent out with more info.  
 
OTHER ROTARY BUSINESS:
 
Foundation Minute – Ross Baldree gave the Foundation minute and Lincoln Ehrlenbach did the monthly raffle. Dave Wells was the lucky winner of a $10 gift card to Rooster Brothers.
 
Rotary Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
 
“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 Rotary!
 
Greeter Sign-Up: Debbie Ehrlenbach is looking for Greeters for the month of November and December. 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 November and December. Contact Rob!
 
Movember: It’s time for the Annual Movember Challenge for Men’s Health. $20 donations. Men grow facial hair and women to have a fake beard or mustache. All donations go towards MCMH.
 
Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
 
 
Guest Speaker: Dr. Sean Todd of the College of the Atlantic was our guest speaker.
 
Sean’s presentation was about Right Whales.  Right whales, common visitors to the Gulf of Maine, were so dubbed because of the extraordinary yield of oil and baleen that an individual kill provided. 
Some of the same factors that led to their demise as a target of whaling over the past millennium, now continue to plague this species' recovery.  With less than 350 individuals left in the entire world, we are at a pivotal point in this species' history.
 
Sean provided a brief history and what we can do to help them by using rope-less fishing as a future solution.
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
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Ellsworth YMCA Trunk or Treat - 10/31

Trunk or Treat at the Ellsworth YMCA with members, Clyde Cushing, Jodie Cushing, Pam Cushing and Ashley Johnson with their families. 
KidsPeace Trunk or Treat - 10/29

Trunk or Treat at Kids Peace with members Rebecca Greenlaw and President Gene Pellerano.
October 26, 2021 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation read by Mary Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
 
Guests: Grace Robinson, Kasey Jordan, Laurie Jordan
 
Birthdays: Max Dietshe on 11/1. Happy Birthday!
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Carl and Anne Lusby 49 Years on 10/28, Tony and Julie Bouchard 9 Years on 11/1.
 
Club Anniversaries: Iris Simon 30 Years on 10/29, Rachel Bousquet 3 Years 10/30, Perri Huitt 3 Years 10/30, Rod Fox 21 Years on 10/31.
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Allegra Pellerano, Laurie Jordan, Cindy Shoppe, Debbie Ehrlenbach
 
50/50: $8 to Mary Thomas
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department for Deputy Luke Gross’s Family.   
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Mary Thomas, Clyde Cushing, Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Marian Wells, Dave Wells, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Carol Jordan, Gene Pellerano
 
Rotary Business:
 
  • Foundation Minute – Ross Baldree gave the foundation minute and Lincoln Ehrlenbach did the monthly raffle. Dave Wells was the lucky winner of a $10 gift card to Rooster Brothers.
     
  • Rotary Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
     
  • “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 Rotary!
     
  • Greeter Sign-Up: Debbie Ehrlenbach is looking for Greeters for the month of November and December. 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 November and December. Contact Rob!
     
  • China Hill Tipping: President Gene Pellerano sent an email out to membership about a problem with our relationship with China Hill regarding the payment of the server. The board will deal with this issue at the next couple of board meetings.
     
  • Movember: It’s time for the Annual Movember Challenge for Men’s Health. $20 donations. Men grow facial hair and women to have a fake beard or mustache. All donations go towards MCMH.
     
  • Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
  • Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Please sign up for the month of October.  Max Dietshe thanks everyone for their continued help.
     
  • Kids Peace Trunk or Treat – October 29th at 1pm. Candy donations are needed and anyone who can be there to help. Contact Gene Pellerano.
     
  • YMCA Trunk or Treat – October 30th – Set-up 4-5pm. Event is from 5- 7pm. Candy donations are needed and anyone who can attend to help. Contact Jodie Cushing.
     
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Drive: November 20th at Ellsworth Hannaford. A sign-up sheet has been around to sign up. Shifts are 9-11am, 11-1pm, 1-3pm the last shift stops at 2pm then follows the van back to the pantry to unload. Contact Jodie Cushing.
Guest Speaker: This week's guest speaker was Kasey Jordan.  Kasey is an MDI High School senior working on her Girl Scout Gold Award.
The prestigious Gold Award is Girl Scout's highest achievement, and Kasey's project -Tiny Steps, is to build a 24x24 two bedroom house aimed for homeless female veterans. This house allows them to stay off the streets and in a safe environment.  Our club donated $500.00 towards this project.
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
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Rotary Club of Ellsworth Polio Walk - October 23rd
 
Thank you to all Rotarians who attended and donated to the Polio Walk!
October 19, 2021 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation read by Mary Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Andrea Gude
 
Guests: Grace Robinson, Frank Gude, and Members of the Ellsworth Fire Department
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Debbie Ehrlenbach, Tony Bouchard and Carl Lusby.
 
50/50: Lincoln Ehrlenbach
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department for Deputy Luke Gross’s Family.   
 
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.
     
  • Rotary Spotlight: Contact JoAnn Brown to sign up for the Rotary Spotlight on our Social Media pages. You send her a picture of yourself with information on why you join Rotary and it will be posted online.
     
  • “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 Rotary!
     
  • 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 October and November. Contact Rob!
     
  • China Hill Tipping: President Gene Pellerano sent an email out to membership about a problem with our relationship with China Hill regarding the payment of the server. The board will deal with this issue at the next couple of board meetings.
     
  • Movember: It’s time for the Annual Movember Challenge for Men’s Health during the month of November. $20 donations please. Men grow facial hair and women to have a fake beard or mustache. All donations go towards MCMH.
     
  • Rotary Apparel on Sale: Contact Dave Wells to order any Rotary Hats, Shirts and Sweatshirts!
Upcoming Community Service Events:
  • Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Please sign up for the month of October and November.  Max Dietshe thanks everyone for their continued help.
     
  • Walk for Polio – Saturday, October 23rd at Ellsworth High School at 10:00am. $20 to walk. Funds raised will go towards Polio Plus.  
     
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry Building: We have an opportunity to help our friends from Loaves and Fishes on Sunday, October 24th beginning at 10am. This will be a construction job of ripping up and disposing of carpet in their new building. The new buildings address is 137 Down East Highway next to Darlings used vehicles. Please let Jodie Cushing know if you are able to come help!
     
  • Kids Peace Trunk or Treat – October 29th at 1pm. Candy donations are needed and anyone who can be there to help. Contact Gene Pellerano.
     
  • YMCA Trunk or Treat – October 30th – Set-up 4-5pm. Event is from 5- 7pm. Candy donations are needed and anyone who can attend to help. Contact Jodie Cushing.
     
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Drive: November 20th at Ellsworth Hannaford. A sign-up sheet has been around to sign up. Shifts are 9-11am, 11-1pm, 1-3pm the last shift stops at 2pm then follows the van back to the pantry to unload. Contact Jodie Cushing.
 
Guest Speakers: The Ellsworth Fire Department was going to be our guest speakers this evening but they had to leave for a call.
 
Classification Talk: Dave Wells shared his classification talk with club members.
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
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October 12, 2021 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Jodie Cushing
 
Invocation read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
 
 Guests: Grace Robinson
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Jodie Cushing, Allegra Pellerano, Dave Wells and Scott Kimball.
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department for Deputy Luke Gross’s Family.   
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Dave Wells, Marian Wells, Allegra Pellerano, Carl Lusby and Scott Kimball
 
Rotary Business:
 
  • 1st Quarter Happy Dollars: A check in the amount of $835.00 was presented to Kelly from The Next Step for our 1st Quarter Happy Dollars!

  • Weekly Guest Speakers: Rhonda Parker is looking for Weekly Guest Speakers starting in January 2022 to July 2022. If anyone knows someone who would be a great speaker, please let her know. Next week's speaker will be from the Ellsworth Fire Dept. to talk about Fire Safety.
     
  • RLI – Rotary Leadership Institute: Carl Lusby encourages club members to sign-up for this year’s RLI. An email will be sent out for details. Classes are remote this year. Please let Carl or Gene know if you would like to sign-up!
     
  • Haven’s Candies Fundraiser: Back again this year! Our club is partnering with Haven’s Candies in Scarborough Maine to help raise money for the club during this challenging year.  Haven's Candies has generously agreed to donate 20% of all Ellsworth Rotary Club sales back to the Club. If you purchase $100 of candy or other items, Haven's will donate $20 directly to the Ellsworth Rotary Club. This will start in mid-November!
     
  • 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.
     
  • “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 Rotary!
     
  • Greeter Sign-Up: Debbie Ehrlenbach is looking for Greeters for the month of October and November.  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 October and November. Contact Rob!
     
  • Holiday Club Party: This year our club will be wrapping presents for Kids Peace at the Party! Our club will be receiving a list of items children would like for Christmas from Kids Peace to shop for and we will wrap them at the party. Food and drinks will be provided.
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
  • Blood Drive: The Blood Drive is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. 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 at 10:00am. $20 to walk. Funds raised will go towards Polio Plus.  
     
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry Building: We have an opportunity to help our friends from Loaves and Fishes on Sunday, October 24th beginning at 10am. This will be a construction job of ripping up and disposing of carpet in their new building. The new buildings address is 137 Down East Highway next to Darlings used vehicles. Please let Jodie Cushing know if you are able to come help!
     
  • Kids Peace Trunk or Treat – October 29th at 1pm. Candy donations are needed and anyone who can be there to help. Contact Gene Pellerano.
     
  • YMCA Trunk or Treat – October 30th – Set-up 4-5pm. Event is from 5- 7pm. Candy donations are needed and anyone who can attend to help. Contact Jodie Cushing.
     
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Drive: November 20th at Ellsworth Hannaford. A sign-up sheet has been around to sign up. Shifts are 9-11am, 11-1pm, 1-3pm the last shift stops at 2pm then follows the van back to the pantry to unload. Contact Jodie Cushing.
 
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was Brian Langley. Brian is the Executive Director of Bridge Academy, a program that facilitates the delivery of early college academics into secondary career and technical schools in Maine via high school teachers.
 
The mission of Bridge Academy is to provide a seamless pathway for students to gain real world technical skills at their local technical centers and enter into post-secondary programming prepared for success.  Currently, Bridge Academy operates in 8 of Maine's 27 Career and Technical regions with plans to be in all 27 regions.
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
 
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October 5, 2021 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Scott Kimball
 
Invocation read by Ashley Johnson and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Scott Boucher of the Bangor Club
 
Guests: Grace Robinson
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Jim and Barbara Vickers on 10/8 - 44 Years! Happy Anniversary!
 
Club Anniversaries: Marshall Smith - 23 Years! 
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Allegra Pellerano, Ashley Johnson, Jodie Cushing and Carol Yancey
 
2nd Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department for Deputy Luke Gross’s Family.   
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Dave Wells, Max Dietshe, Mary Thomas, Cindy Shoppe, Carl Lusby, Scott Kimball, Grace Robinson, Tracy Shaffer, Clyde Cushing, Jodie Cushing, Rebecca Greenlaw, Laura Pellerano, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Ross Baldree, Jo Cooper and Gene Pellerano.
 
Rotary Business:
 
  • New Member Induction: Carol Yancey was inducted into the club! Welcome Carol! We are happy to have you as our newest club member!

  • 1st Quarter Happy Dollars: $835.00 was raised for our 1st Quarter Happy Dollars to The Next Step! Thank you to everyone who donated!
     
  • RLI – Rotary Leadership Institute: Carl Lusby encourages club members to sign-up for this year’s RLI. An email will be sent out for details. Classes are remote this year.
     
  • HCTC Night: December 7th will be our first honors night to recognize students from HCTC at China Hill. Mark your calendars!
     
  • Haven’s Candies Fundraiser: Back again this year! Our club is partnering with Haven’s Candies in Scarborough Maine to help raise money for the club during this challenging year.  Haven's Candies has generously agreed to donate 20% of all Ellsworth Rotary Club sales back to the Club. If you purchase $100 of candy or other items, Haven's will donate $20 directly to the Ellsworth Rotary Club. This will start in mid-November!
     
  • 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.
     
  • “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 Rotary!
     
  • 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 October and November. Contact Rob!
     
  • Holiday Club Party: This year our club will be wrapping presents for Kids Peace at the Party! Our club will be receiving a list of items children would like for Christmas from Kids Peace to shop for and we will wrap them at the party. Food and drinks will be provided!
     
 
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 at 10:00am. $20 to walk. 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.
     
  • Kids Peace Trunk or Treat – October 29th at 1pm. Candy donations are needed and anyone who can be there to help. Contact Gene Pellerano.
     
  • YMCA Trunk or Treat – October 30th – Set-up 4-5pm. Event is from 5- 7pm. Candy donations are needed and anyone who can attend to help. Contact Jodie Cushing.
     
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Drive: November 20th at Ellsworth Hannaford. A sign-up sheet has been around to sign up. Shifts are 9-11am, 11-1pm, 1-3pm the last shift stops at 2pm then follows the van back to the pantry to unload. Contact Jodie Cushing.
 
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was Scott Boucher. Scott joined the Rotary Club of Bangor, Maine back in 2006.  He has served as the Club Foundation Chair, Secretary and was the President during the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  Scott has served District 7790 as Assistant Governor, Assistant Governor Coordinator and has been a part of the District Training Team.  He currently sits on the District Foundation Committee as the Polio Plus Chair for the Maine side of District 7790.
Scott gave us a brief history of Polio and an update on the status of the virus.
 
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years, and we’ve made incredible progress in the fight to rid the world of it forever.
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've helped to reduced polio cases by more than 99.9 percent.
 
It’s crucial to eradicate polio from the last two countries where it remains endemic and to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.
 
Scott reminded us to get out in the community this month for World Polio Day. Our club will be walking for Polio on Saturday, October 23rd. Please come to spread awareness and raise money for Polio Plus! Lincoln Ehrlenbach wore his END POLIO NOW T-shirt, Hat and Socks tonight! 
 
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
 
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September 28, 2021 Newsletter
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Laura Pellerano
 
Invocation 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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September 21, 2021 Newsletter
 
Jeremy Clough from Machais Savings Bank speaking on cyber security and how to protect yourself.
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Rebecca Greenlaw
 
Invocation read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Guests: Carol Yancey and Grace Robinson
 
Birthdays: Jackie Sinclair on 9/24 and Nancy Mayo on 9/24. Happy Birthday!
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Jo and John Cooper celebrating 44 Years on 9/24. Happy Anniversary!
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Grace Robinson, Scott Kimball, Gene Pellerano, Allegra Pellerano, Pam Cushing and Cindy Shoppe.
 
50/50: $9 to Rebecca Greenlaw
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Next Step.
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Rebecca Greenlaw, Carl Lusby, Max Dietshe, Scott Kimball, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Dave Wells, Marian Wells, JoAnn Brown and Gene Pellerano.
 
 
Rotary Business:
 
  • A Thank You Card was sent to the club from local Girl Scout Kasey Jordan thanking us for the $500 donation towards her Gold Award Project. Her gold award is aimed towards homeless female veterans. She will be building a 24 by 24 home. This house allows them to stay off the streets and in a safe environment.
     
  • Machias Rotary Club Visit: Clyde Cushing and Jodie Cushing traveled to the town of Machias to meet with the Machias Rotary Club to welcome to our district.
     
  • “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 Dozen Home Baked Whoopie Pies! Questions, please contact JoAnn Brown.
     
  • “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 Rotary!
     
  • 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 Speaker: Jeremy Clough, SVP, Information Security Officer at Machias Savings Bank was our guest speaker this week.
 
His presentation focused on the simple things a person can look for and the steps you can take to protect your digital identity.  You don't need to be an expert hacker to protect yourself, your family, and your business from cybercrime and fraud.
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
 
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EVENT CANCELED
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IMPORTANT: The Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast has been canceled due to the increase risk of COVID-19.
September 14, 2021 Newsletter

 
Dale Hamilton, Executive Director and Amie Hasham, Clinical Supervisor of Community Health and Counseling Services were our guest speakers at this week’s meeting.
 
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Debbie Ehrlenbach
 
Invocation read by Dave Wells and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Guests: Carol Yancey and Dom Efter
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Bob Thomas, Carl Lusby, Laura Pellerabo and Dom Efter.
 
50/50: $10 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, Carl Lusby, Cindy Shoppe, Dom Efter, Arlyn Whitelaw, Debbie Ehrlenbach, and Dave Wells.
 
 
Rotary Business:  
 
  • Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast Update: After much discussion from the committee and board members, the Board of Directors voted to cancel the Pancake Breakfast due to the increase risk of COVID-19.
     
  • Foundation Minute: Congratulations to Arlyn Whitelaw for receiving her Paul Harris +6 Pin!
     
  • Machias Rotary Club Visit: This week Clyde Cushing and Jodie Cushing will travel to the town of Machias to meet with the Machias Rotary Club. They have recently been added to our district.
     
  • Schoodic Scramble Update: Due to the amount of rain the day before the event, the golfers were not able to play golf. But everyone was invited to attend to participate in putting and chipping contests and play other golf related games. Golfers were able to pick up their Schoodic Scramble hats, the silent auction was still a go and lots of food was provided! JoAnn Brown sends her Thanks to everyone who volunteered and donated!
     
  • 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 Dozen Home Baked Whoopie Pies! Questions, please contact JoAnn Brown.
     
  • “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 Rotary!
     
  • 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, 24 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: Dale Hamilton, Executive Director and Amie Hasham, Clinical Supervisor of Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS) were our guest speakers at this week’s meeting. Each of them has vast education and experience in the mental health field. With mental health being such an important topic, they gave us a broad overview of terminology, statistics, different types of mental illness, what to look for, and what is available for community resources.
 
Dale and Amie passed out handouts about Therapeutic Treatments Modalities/Interventions, Resources in Hancock County, Emotional Coping Tools and CBT/DBT Core Coping Tools. For club members who weren't present at the meeting, please contact Ashley Johnson if you would like them emailed to you. 
 
Click on the link below to visit the CHCS Mental Health Services Page
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
 
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September 7, 2021 Newsletter
 
Jo Cooper, Executive Director of Friends in Action (FIA) was our guest speaker this week.
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Dave Wells
 
Invocation read by Tricia Quirk and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Guests: Grace Robinson and Carol Yancey
 
Birthdays: Dana Reiter on September 7th. Happy Birthday!
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Grace Robinson, Julie Bouchard, Laura Pellerano, Marian Wells and Rhonda Parker.
 
50/50: $13 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, Jim Vickers, Carl Lusby,  Clyde Cushing, Jodie Cushing, Rhonda Parker, Jane Langely, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Ross Baldree and Gene Pellerano.
 
Rotary Business:  
  • International Update: At of the end of August, The Panama Club has distributed 40 wheelchairs to the people of Panama and have 75 wheelchairs awaiting distribution. Much of this distribution has been at COVID vaccination sites where "trading" worn out wheelchairs for new serviceable ones has been taking place. We also received an update forwarded by Bar Harbor Club Past Pres. Susy Del Cid "Today they delivered 4 more at the Hospital del Nino (child hospital). The current President is planning to donate 20 wheelchairs more in a month period (Sept.)."

    We have not received any information from the Calais Rotary Club concerning partnering with us to conduct a water project in eastern Maine. At the August Club BOD meeting, President Gene expressed interest in contacting the Machias Rotary Club about partnering on this water project. An email has been sent to their President to see if they are interested.
     
  • Membership Update: “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 Rotary!

    “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 Dozen Home Baked Whoopie Pies! Questions, please contact JoAnn Brown.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Foundation Minute: Lincoln Ehrlenbach reminded everyone to please donate to the Annual Fund.  Congratulations to Max Dietshe for receiving his Paul Harris +1 Pin!
     
  • Partner Program: Debbie Ehrlenbach spoke about our Annual Partner Program. As of this week, 19 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 http:// 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:
  • Northern Light Maine Coast Schoodic Scramble: September 10-11, 2021 – A sign-up sheet was passed around this week. Please contact Jodie or JoAnn to sign-up.  
     
  • Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast – HELP NEEDED - Saturday, September 25th at the Moore Community Center from 7am to 10am. All donations raised will go towards scholarships for local graduates of Ellsworth High School and the Hancock Technical Center. More information to come and help is needed! Please contact Dave Wells to sign up.
     
  • 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.  
     
  • Walk for Polio – Saturday, October 23rd at Ellsworth High School. Funds raised will go towards Polio Plus.  
Guest Speaker: Jo Cooper, Executive Director of Friends in Action (FIA) was our guest speaker this week. FIA is an Ellsworth-based nonprofit organization that supports seniors and people with disabilities across Hancock County with programs, services and activities.
 
Jo shared a presentation of photos of the newly built Senior Playground that is located at Knowlton Park in Ellsworth. The playground is accessible to the entire community and is nearby senior housing and Seaport Village assisted living center. The playground features eight pieces of equipment designed for senior use, including those in wheelchairs, and game tables.
 
FIA raised $40,000 from private donations and small, matching grants, including through the AARP Age-Friendly Ellsworth effort and our Rotary Club. The city applied for and won a $40,000 matching grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Land &Water Conservation Fund. R.F. Jordan constructed the project.
 
If you haven’t been to see the Senior Playground, please take a visit!
 
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
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THANK YOU!
We Thank our 2021-2022 Rotary Partners
 
Gold Partners
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Darling’s
LEP, Inc – Laura Pellerano
 
Silver Partners
Acadia Law Group, LLC
Cleary Law Office
Dennis J. King Masonry Inc.
Full Circle Printing Solutions
Jones Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC
Maine Storage Plus
Merrill Furniture Company
Sargent Real Estate
The Winter Harbor Agency
Willey’s Sport Center
 
Bronze Partners
Brown Appliance & Mattress
Hawkes & Quirk, LLC
King Electric
Momo’s Cheesecakes, Inc.
Rudman Winchell
Sew & Save, Inc.
 
 
 
 

 

                      

 
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Each One Bring One Challenge!
August 31, 2021 Newsletter
 
Our guest speaker was Lori Calderone, a volunteer of the League of Women Voters of Maine. 
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Lincoln Ehrlenbach
 
Invocation by read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Guests: John Shoppe, Grace Robinson, Carol Yancey, Moira Whalen,
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Peter and Nancy Farragher on September 1st, Marc Rich and Daniel Antonelli on September 2nd.    Happy Anniversary!
 
Club Anniversaries: Allegra Pellerano on September 5th.
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Scott Kimball, Carl Lusby, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Tony Bouchard, Rebecca Greenlaw and Moira Whalen.
 
50/50: $11 to Dave Wells
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Next Step.
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Dave Wells, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Clyde Cushing, Carl Lusby, Scott Kimball, Gene Pellerano and Marian Wells.
 
 
Rotary Business:  
 
  • Club Committee Summary Lists: President Gene Pellerano reminded everyone to take a look at the club committee summary list that was emailed out. Please join a committee!
     
  • Membership Update: Marian Wells passed out “I AM ROTARY” signs and bumper stickers to members who were present. 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 Rotary!
Rebecca Greenlaw spoke about “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 Dozen Home Baked Whoopie Pies! Questions, please contact JoAnn Brown.
 
  • 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 with the weekly invocations at our meetings. He has sent out an email for the month of September to sign up. 
     
  • Rotary Board Meeting: The next Rotary board meeting is on Tuesday, September 7th at 4:30pm at China Hill.
     
  • Foundation Minute: Lincoln Ehrlenbach reminded everyone to please donate to the Annual Fund.  Congratulations to Marian Wells for receiving her Paul Harris +6 Pin!
     
  • Partner Program: Debbie Ehrlenbach spoke about our Annual Partner Program. As of this week, 16 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. 
     
  • 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:
  • Blue Hill Fair Pie Booth: September 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Help is needed. Please sign up with Jodie Cushing. An email has been sent out to sign up.
     
  • Northern Light Maine Coast Schoodic Scramble: September 10-11,2021 – Please contact Jodi Cushing to sign up.  An email has been sent out to sign up. 
     
  • Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, September 25th at the Moore Community Center from 7am to 10am. All donations raised will go towards scholarships for local graduates of Ellsworth High School and the Hancock Technical Center. More information to come and help is needed! Please contact Dave Wells to sign up.
     
  • 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.
Guest Speaker: Lori Calderone was our guest speaker this week. She joined us via Zoom and shared a presentation on the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact initiative.  This initiative is nonpartisan and worked within the Electoral College to ensure that the candidate who wins the most votes across all 50 states and DC would win the presidency.
 
The League of Women Voters of Maine is a long time national, state and local organization, the national LWV has supported voting rights throughout the country, encouraged candidate debates and offered nonpartisan candidate profiles. Lori has volunteered with the LWV for past three years.
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
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August 24, 2021 Newsletter

Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation by read by Jo Cooper and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Guests: John Shoppe, Grace Robinson, Carol Yancey, Moira Whaten
 
Visiting Rotarians: Joseph Kellogg and Jacqueline Kellogg
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Fred and Lesile Beyer.  Happy Anniversary!
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Allegra Pellerano, Larry Johnston, Grace Robinson, Dave Wells and Jodie Cushing.
 
50/50: $11 to Cynthia Vaughan
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Next Step.
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Dave Wells, Laura Pellerano, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Clyde Cushing, Carl Lusby, Jo Cooper, Carol Jordan, Tracy Shaffer and Gene Pellerano.
 
 
Rotary Business:  
 
  • Exchanging of Banners: President Gene Pellerano did an exchange of Banners with our Visiting Rotarians Joseph Kellogg and Jacqueline Kellogg. Also while on vacation, Gene and Laura Pellerano shared the Banner they received while visiting the San Diego Breakfast Club.
     
  • September Rotary Board Meeting: The next Rotary board meeting is on Tuesday, September 7th at 4:30pm at China Hill.
     
  • Foundation Minute: Lincoln Ehrlenbach reminded everyone to please donate to the Annual Fund.  Allegra Pellerano won this month’s drawing of $10 to Dunkin Donuts.
     
  • Partner Program: Debbie Ehrlenbach spoke about our Annual Partner Program. Several 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.  The partner program has helped our club  especially during COVID-19 when we couldn't fundraise for the Auction and Pancake Breakfast. 
     
  • 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:
 
  • Blue Hill Fair Pie Booth: September 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Help is needed. Please sign up with Jodie.
     
  • Northern Light Maine Coast Schoodic Scramble: September 10-11,2021 – A sign-up sheet was passed around this week. Please contact Jodie to sign up.  
     
  • Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, September 25th at the Moore Community Center from 7am to 10am. All donations raised will go towards scholarships for local graduates of Ellsworth High School and the Hancock Technical Center. More information to come and help is needed! Please contact Dave Wells to sign up.
     
  • 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.
Guest Speaker: Cynthia Vaughan from Project Linus was our guest speaker. Cynthia is the project coordinator for the Bangor chapter of this national organization that provides new handmade blankets to children in need. The chapter serves four counties in Maine including Hancock County.
 
At Project Linus, their blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources.
 
Their mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
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Member Spotlight: Jack Frost
Jack joined the Rotary Club twenty years ago.  Ellsworth High School Principal Lee Beal encouraged him to join and he never looked back.  Jack’s first assignment was helping to support the annual Pancake Breakfast which was then held under a tent at Ellsworth’s City Hall.  He went on to serve as Treasurer for several years and became Club president in 2008-2009.  Jack was very proud to join the international wheelchair project when the Club partnered with the Bar Harbor Club to distribute chairs in Belize and his daughter Abigail participated as a 2016 high school senior.  The Rotary Club of Ellsworth granted a Paul Harris Fellow to Jack in 2009.
 
Jack has been a resident of Ellsworth for nearly thirty years.  He serves as Vice President, Director of Community Giving with Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Previously, he was Executive Director of Maine Coast Hospital Foundation (2006 – 2017), where he was responsible for fundraising initiatives, including: planned giving, capital campaign, grant writing, annual fund, and charity events.  While serving as Director, he aided leaders of the Hospital to successfully complete two significant capital campaigns for the construction of the F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Emergency Center and the Mary Dow Cancer Center. Prior to joining Hospital in 2006, he served as Program Manager with Training & Development Corporation (1992 – 2006) for state and federal Department of Labor job training programs in the northeast region of Maine.
 
Jack is a graduate of the University of Maine at Machias (’89) and obtained a Master of Public Administration from the University of Maine (’92).  In the past two decades, he has served on numerous boards and committees, including: Child & Family Opportunities, Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce; Ellsworth Business Development Corporation; Ellsworth Knowlton Park Campaign Committee; Ellsworth Sestercentennial Committee; Frenchman Bay Conservancy; Good Shepherd Food Bank Campaign Advisory Committee; Healthy Acadia; Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Maine Volunteer Foundation; Northern Light Health Corporators; University of Maine at Machias Board of Visitors; University of Maine Black Bear Athletics; and The Bay School. 
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August 17, 2021 Newsletter
State Representative Nicole Grohoski was our guest speaker and  Rotarian Clyde got some practice in for his presidential year next year as he hosted our meeting while the club president was not able to attend. #ellsworthrotary #peopleofaction #wearerotary #district7790
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Elect Clyde Cushing called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation by read by Rebecca Greenlaw and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
 Guests: John Shoppe, Grace Robinson
 
Visiting Rotarians: Helen and Dick Anderson of California
 
Birthdays: Marshall Smith and Carolyn Stwertka. Happy Birthday!
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Ashley and Aaron Johnson. Happy Anniversary!
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Scott Kimball, Pam Cushing, Jodie Cushing, Ashley Johnson, Jim Vickers, and Mary Thomas.
 
50/50: $12 to Bill Casale
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Next Step.
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Bill Casale, Carl Lusby, Rebecca Greenlaw, Marshall Smith, Clyde Cushing and Helen Anderson
 
 
Rotary Business:  
 
  • 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
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
  • Blue Hill Fair Pie Booth: September 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Help is needed. Please sign up with Jodie.
     
  • Northern Light Maine Coast Schoodic Scramble: September 10-11,2021 – A sign-up sheet was passed around this week. Please contact Jodie to sign up.  
     
  • Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, September 25th. More information to come and help is needed! Please contact Dave Wells to sign up. We have put applications to both the Moore Center and the EEMS for use of their buildings. We have not heard from them yet.
     
  • 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.
Guest Speaker: Rep. Nicole Grohoski is serving her second term in the Maine House.
 
Grohoski is a geographic information system (GIS) specialist and cartographer and works for a small, Maine-based mapping company. She grew up in Ellsworth and graduated from Middlebury College, where she studied environmental studies and chemistry with a minor in math.
 
She has served as a volunteer firefighter and now volunteers with Green Ellsworth, the Heart of Ellsworth, and Meals on Wheels and is a board member for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which she was the first woman to thru-paddle in 2006.
 
In her first term, Grohoski served as a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, where she has been a passionate advocate for affordable and reliable electricity, universal broadband, and internet privacy and against the CMP Corridor. Her other policy priorities include more affordable health care, lower property taxes, and environmental protection.
 
Rep. Grohoski is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy Utilities and Technology.
Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Energy policy, including energy resources, efficiency and conservation; insulation; electric industry, including supply, transmission and distribution; natural gas industry; telecommunications industry, including mobile, telephone, Internet, broadband and cable television services; E-9-1-1; water and sewer utilities, including district charters; Public Utilities Commission; Office of the Public Advocate; Governor’s Office of Independence and Security; and Efficiency Maine Trust.
 
Legislation
Click on the link below to see all bills, joint resolutions and orders Nicole sponsored or cosponsored this session, as well as legislative sentiments that honor and recognize people from our district and throughout the state.
 
Contact Nicole:
PO Box 1732, Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 358-8333
Nicole.Grohoski@legislature.maine.gov
 
Clyde reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
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Exchanging Banners
 
President Gene Pellerano and Past President Laura Pellerano visited the San Deigo Rotary Breakfast Club and exchanged Banners.
August 10, 2021 Newsletter
 
We inducted a new member Rebecca Greenlaw and had the clubs very own Bill Casale as our speaker with his lovely assistant Jennie Casale  #ellsworthrotary #wearerotary #maineauthors #peopleofac #district7790
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.
 
Greeter: Grace Robinson 
 
Invocation by read by Gene Pellerano and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Guests: John Shoppe, Grace Robinson, Rebecca Greenlaw and Jennie Casale.
 
Birthdays: Ralph Farrar and Jane Langley. Happy Birthday!
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Michael and Judy Povich. Happy Anniversary!
 
Door Prizes: Winners were John Shoppe, Jodie Cushing, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Lincoln Ehrlenbach and Julie Bouchard.  
 
50/50: $12 to Rebecca Greenlaw
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Next Step.
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Rebecca Greenlaw, Carl Lusby, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Dave Wells, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Marian Wells, Bill Casale, Scott Kimball, Laura Pellerano and Gene Pellerano.
 
 
Rotary Business:  
 
  • Member Induction: Rebecca Greenlaw was inducted into our club. Congratulations!
     
  • Foundation Update: Cindy Shoppe was recognized for receiving her Paul Harris +1. Thank you for your contribution and Congratulations!
     
  • Clubrunner Mobile App 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
 
Upcoming Community Service Events:
 
  • Blue Hill Fair Pie Booth: September 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Jodie Cushing will email the sign-up sheet. We also need pies made.  
     
  • Northern Light Maine Coast Schoodic Scramble: September 10-11,2021 – A sign-up sheet was passed around this week. Please contact Jodie to sign up.  
     
  • Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, September 25th. More information to come and help is needed! Please contact Dave Wells to sign up. We have put applications to both the Moore Center and the EEMS for use of their buildings. We have not heard from them yet.
     
  • 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.
Guest Speaker: Rotarian Bill Casale and his wife Jennie were guest speakers this week. Bill spoke about his recent book he wrote with the help of his wife Jennie.
Jennie read out loud one short story to the club. Anyone interested in purchasing Bill’s book, please contact him or you may purchase online. Click on the link below to purchase online.
 
 
Below is an Overview:
No, the title is not a quote from Shakespeare, but rather from the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. If you don't believe me, you can Google it. Nevertheless, it is appropriate to this book.
 
They say the gods laugh when we make plans. And all 28 short stories in this book involve the gods somehow laughing at us. We set our hopes, dreams, and desires along a certain path only to find them careening over the edge of an unseen cliff like Wile E. Coyote in his attempts to capture the Road Runner.
 
Our lives are filled with Wile E. Coyote-like moments that can best be summarized by his resigned despair as he stares directly at the viewer just before gravity kicks in and sends him hurtling down to the canyon below followed by a distant "thump" and a circular cloud of expanding dust. The gods then take the role of the Road Runner who peers over the edge of the cliff, smiles, and takes off with a loud "Meep Meep!" While I don't mean to suggest that falling off a cliff, literally or figuratively, is funny, watching people colossally fail in their endeavors, even with the help of overly elaborate plans and the Acme Corporation, can be humorous indeed.
 
Most of these stories belong to a rich oral history that is shared by the protagonist in a bar or at dinner. Details may have become blurry and situations "slightly" exaggerated. But, as any storyteller knows, these are not news reports but rather a fun way to spend some time.
 
Telling funny stories in bars has generally been associated with males. However, if you listen carefully you can find women regaling their companions with absolutely hysterical life experiences. In an effort to provide gender equality, approximately half the stories are based on women's lives and told from their point of view.
 
The stories do not appear in any particular order, although some have multiple parts. Some of them took place over fifty years ago. Some are far more recent. It's OK to start in the middle and work your way forward or backward. Or to keep this book in the bathroom to read in the porcelain library. I won't mind. But don't forget to wash your hands!
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
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August 3, 2021 Newsletter
 
District Governor spoke at our club on the District Project and goals. He also presented the club gift to Annie Sargent for adult literacy. #ellsworthrotary #peopleofaction #wearerotary #district7790
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.  
 
Invocation by read by Jo Cooper and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Jen Saunders and Ann Sargent both of the Ellsworth Noontime Club. District Governor Doug Curtis and his wife Ferolyn of the Rockland Club.
 
Guests: John Shoppe, Grace Robinson, Rebecca Greenlaw
 
Birthdays: Jodie Cushing, Larry Johnston and Arlyn Whitelaw. Happy Birthday!
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Julie Bouchard, Laura Pellerano, John Shoppe, and District Governor Doug Curtis.  
 
50/50: $14 to Ashley Johnson
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Next Step.
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Ashley Johnson, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Ann Sargent, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Bill Casale, Scott Kimball, Larry Johnston, Rebecca Greenlaw, Dave Wells, Jo Cooper, Carl Lusby, District Governor Doug Curtis and Ferolyn Curtis.
 
 
Rotary Business:
  1.  Upcoming Community Service Events:
     
  • Blue Hill Fair Pie Booth: September 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Jodie Cushing will email the sign-up sheet. We also need pies made.  
     
  • Northern Light Maine Coast Schoodic Scramble: September 10-11,2021 - Please contact JoAnn Brown to help out. An email has been sent out by Jodie Cushing with all the latest information.
     
  • Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, September 25th. More information to come and help is needed!
  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.
     
  2. 2021-2022 Vice President: Debbie Ehrlenbach has been selected to be the Vice President for the Club this year. Congratulations!
     
  3. District Governor Doug Curtis presented the club gift of $100.00 to Ann Sargent for adult literacy.
     
  4. Club Dues: Rotarians need to pay their club dues by August 11th. Emails were sent out last month as a reminder.
Guest Speaker: District Governor Doug Curtis, Jr, has been a Rockland Rotarian since 1999.  He has held a myriad of positions in his club to include International Board Chair, Past President (2011-12), and a 3-year term as Assistant Governor for Area 10.  He is a Paul Harris fellow +3 and has been named Rotarian of the Year in his club twice. Both he and his wife, Ferolyn have attended three International Rotary Conventions.  Ferolyn is a retired elementary school teacher and she is also a Rotarian.  They also have hosted a Rotary Exchange student from Sweden.
 
Doug's passion has always been serving the youth of the community and the world.   As a Rotarian in 2008, Doug deployed to Colima and the poverty-stricken village of Cofradia de Suchitlan, Mexico with six other members of his club where they were able to distribute clothes to over 400 children at Christmas, and provide them with books for four elementary schools to include a migrant camp in Queseria, Mexico; and put on a Christmas Fiesta for the children.  The club was also able to purchase three water purification wells for rural towns in Mexico and Doug helped build a patio for a dormitory for students attending the University of Colima.  His Rotary moment came when he was hand pouring cement in a Mexican street in Colima.
 
Both he and his wife, Ferolyn, have worked on two service projects in the slums of Cape Town, South Africa, planting spinach plants for a local elementary school and by bringing clean water to another school in the Dominican Republic through his work at his company, Edward Jones.
 
Doug shared a slideshow presentation about the upcoming year 2021-2022 and a few of his goals including to create a District 7790 Foundation. He spoke about his District Project – The Environment. He invites everyone to attend the District Conference – May 13-15, 2022 in St. Georges, Quebec. More information to come soon!
 
 
2021-2022 District Governor’s Citation
 
Your club will automatically be eligible for the 2021-2022 District Governor’s Citation if it sponsors a new Rotary, Rotaract or Interact Club or averages $100 per member to the Annual Fund.
 
Service: Serve to Change Lives (Min 2/5)
  • Do a Rotary Multi-club service project in your local community
  • Complete an environmental project
  • Partner with an outside organization on a service project
  • Participate in an International Service Project in person or by helping to fund one
  • Have at least 25% of your club membership participate in District 7790’s Rotary Day of Service
Foundation: (Min 2/5)
  • Contribute an average of $60 per member to the Annual Fund
  • Contribute a minimum of $1,500 to the Polio Plus Fund or average $75 per member
  • Attendance of at least one member to the District Foundation Seminar
  • Add one member to the Rotary Bequest Society
  • Contribute at least $500 to benefit the Rotary Peace Center
Public Image (Min 2/4)
  • Be published at least 3 times in your local paper or online newspaper
  • Have one television or radio spot on your club’s work
  • Promote your service Project(s) on your club’s Facebook or social media platforms such as Instagram or Twitter
  • Replace or implement the Rotary brand logo sign in your community
Membership: (Min 2/5)
  • Establish a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team or committee in your club
  • Attendance of at least one member to the District Membership Seminar or a training event
  • Conduct at least one activity to retain members of your club that have not been participating
  • Conduct one activity to recruit new members
A net gain of one member for the Rotary year
 
Gene reminded everyone about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
 
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July 27, 2021 Newsletter
 
For the first hybrid meeting of the year, we had Mary Laury the outgoing executive director of Schoodic Arts for All #ellsworthrotary #peopleofaction #wearerotary #district7790
 
 
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.  
 
Invocation by read by Bill Casale and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Greeter: Scott Kimball
 
Guests: John Shoppe, Grace Robinson, Rebecca Greenlaw and Nick Tonti
 
Birthdays: Ray Williams and Jodie Cushing. Happy Birthday!
 
Club Anniversaries: Max Diestshe
 
Door Prizes: Winners were Bob Thomas, John Shoppe, Clyde Cushing and Mary Laury.
 
50/50: $13 to Nick Tonti
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter all happy dollars will go towards The Next Step.
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Allison King, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Carl Lusby, Rebecca Greenlaw, Scott Kimball, Rhonda Parker, Bill Casale, JoAnn Brown and Laura Pellerano.
 
 
Rotary Business:  
 
  1.  Upcoming Community Service Events:
  • Blue Hill Fair Pie Booth: September 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Jodie Cushing will email the sign-up sheet. We also need pies made.  
     
  • Northern Light Maine Coast Schoodic Scramble: September 10-11,2021 - Please contact JoAnn Brown to help out. An email has been sent out by Jodie Cushing with all the latest information.
     
  • Autumn Gold Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, September 25th. More information to come and help is needed!
  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.
     
  2. Rotary Minute: Ross Baldree
 
Guest Speaker: Mary Laury, Executive Director of Schoodic Arts for All, has led the cultural and performing arts institution for 20 years. 
In her tenure, Schoodic Arts for All has flourished even during the global coronavirus pandemic.
 
She is an artist and works in watercolors, silver, and wood, as well as other media that pass her way. A lifelong learner, Mary thinks of a great vacation as one spent at an arts center, standing in front of a wood lathe, or working with a tank of acetylene near her bench. Mary has been engaged in many aspects of the arts sector for years; as a watercolor painter and instructor, a ballroom dance teacher, and a member of several arts organizations around the region. She is an avid vegetable gardener and has 25,000 square feet of land under cultivation.
 
The mission of Schoodic Arts for All is to bring artists and community members together to provide year-round cultural events and activities that hold value for our community.
Schoodic Arts for All will nurture a vital arts center offering diverse programs and activities that inspire a wide range of enthusiastic participants. We will continue to be a creative and economic magnet, drawing people to live, work, and visit Downeast Maine. Multi-generational involvement in Schoodic Arts for All will develop leaders of the future who carry forward the original dream of honoring and sustaining the vibrant communities of the Schoodic Peninsula.
 
 
Don’t forget about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
 
 
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July 20, 2021 Newsletter
 
First in person meeting. Aboard Select. Thank you to Captain Linda Greenlaw , First Mate Keith and Donna Doyen who made our wonderful lobster rolls!
 
July 13, 2021 Newsletter
 
Chris Offer was our guest speaker. Chris is Vice Chair of the Rotary Peace Centers committee. #ellsworthrotary #wearerotary #peopleofaction
 
Opening Ceremonies: President Gene Pellerano called the meeting to order.  Invocation by Mary Thomas and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Sargent at Arms: Julie and Tony Bouchard
 
Birthdays: Laura Pellerano, Fred Breyer, Iris Simon, Ray Williams
 
Club Anniversaries: Larry Fernald, Rob Heminingway, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Meredith Bishop, Richard Afton, Ralph Farrar, Daniel Susina, Michael Marino, David Jardine, Max Dietshe, Irv Hodgkin. 
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Carolyn and Zanny Swertka, Linda and Jeff Fuller, Rodney and Cindy Fox, Jackie Sinclair and MT Nevenham, William and Jennifer Casale. 
 
Happy Dollars Highlights: All happy dollars this quarter will go towards Next Step. Dave Wells, Laura Pellerano, Carl Lusby, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Mary Thomas, Marian Wells, Gene Pellerano, Linda Fuller
 
Rotary Business: 
  • August 3rd is District Governor’s visit, we will resume in person meeting starting on July 20 with a meeting with Linda Greenlaw on her boat, the select. 
  • Jodie went over upcoming volunteer opportunities, including the blood drive, blue hill fair, and blueberry pancake breakfast
  • Lincoln on foundation goal of 8,000 for foundation annual fund 1500 for polio plus, came in second for foundation giving on annual funds.
 
Gene reminded about dues and every Rotarian every year. 
 
Tracy spoke on community need assessment survey
 
 
Program/Speaker: Chris Offer from the Rotary Peace Center Committee 
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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

 
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!! There is NO MEETING on Tuesday, July 6th. We hope to see everyone on July 13th via Zoom! 
Member Spotlight: Max Dietshe
 
Max is “from away,” having been born and raised in Pennsylvania. He began visiting the Pine Tree State in the 1980s, when he courted and wed local author Wendie Winslow. Max and Wendie have an adult daughter who lives and works in Portland (our Portland, not the one in Oregon).
 
 
Max spent his professional career in New York City and San Francisco, working in corporate communications and user experience design. He and Wendie winterized their camp in Trenton and became full time residents in 2019. Retired from full-time work, he maintains a consulting relationship with a few clients in health care and finance.
 
Max was introduced to Rotary in Rome (the one in Italy, not upstate New York) during the pre-pandemic winter, when a friend extended an invite to an event there. From there, it was a short step to finding the Ellsworth club – which has been a great avenue into the community as well as to fantastic service opportunities.
 
Here in the Trenton-Ellsworth metroplex, Max has been volunteering with NextStep, Loaves & Fishes and of course the Red Cross; his past volunteer activities centered on tutoring kids in underserved and refugee communities.
Max enjoys the outdoors, camping, kayaking and yoga. A guitarist who also dabbles in banjo and mandolin, he is the veteran of many bar bands in New York and California.
 
Max has a BA and an MA from Columbia University, as well as the Cambridge University certification to teach English as a second language.
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June 29, 2021 Newsletter
 
Tonight we transitioned from the term of President Laura Pellerano to the term of Eugene Pellerano #ellsworthrotary #wearerotary #rotaryinternational #peopleofaction #district7790
On Tuesday, June 29th 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 Allegra Pellerano.
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Allegra Pellerano and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
 
Guests: Rebecca Greenlaw from Kids Peace
 
Wedding Anniversaries: David and Susan Wheaton 14 Years on June 30th and Gene and Laura Pellerano 41 Years on June 29th.  Happy Anniversary!
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: This quarter we raised $2,055.00 forThe Ellsworth Rotary Foundation! THANK YOU!!
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Dave Wells, Dan Frye, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Gene Pellerano, Rod Fox, Mary Thomas 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:  
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: President-Elect Gene Pellerano is looking ideas for the 1st Quarter Happy Dollars. If you have a non-profit in mind that could use the help, please let him know.
 
NO MEETING - JULY 6th: There is NO MEETING next week, Tuesday, July 6th due to the holiday. The next meeting will be on July 13th via Zoom. There is a Board of Directors meeting on July 13th at 4:30pm via Zoom.  
 
IN-PERSON MEETINGS: We will start meeting In-Person at China Hill on July 27th! 
 
  1.  Upcoming Events:
     
  • 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. Sign up with Ashley Johnson!
     
  • 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.
 
Transition Ceremony: Laura Pellerano thanked all members for a great year! She spoke about all the service projects we did and how we stay strong and continued to help the community during COVID-19. She thanked the Board of Directors for their service and leadership.
 
Laura then installed Gene Pellerano as President for our 2021-2022 Rotary year. Gene thanked Laura for all her hard work and leadership. He presented Laura the President’s Plaque and a bouquet of Roses.
 
Gene introduced and installed the new slate of officers and directors for the year:
 
Clyde Cushing – President Elect
Marian Wells – Secretary
Debbie Ehrlenbach – Treasurer
Rhonda Parker – Club Service Director
Jodie Cushing – Community Service Director
Dave Wells – International Director
Debbie Ehrlenbach – Vocational and Youth Services Director
JoAnn Brown – Membership Director,
Lincoln Ehrlenbach – Foundation Chair
Cindy Shoppe – Community Support Chair
Ashley Johnson – Publicity and Public Relations Chair
Julie and Tony Bouchard – Sergeants at Arms
 
Gene reviewed his goals for the coming year for the club. The Rotary International theme for the new year is “Serve to Change Lives”
 
 
 
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
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Kids Peace Golf Tournament
 
Volunteers for the Kids Peace Golf Tournament! THANK YOU!
June 22, 2021 Newsletter
On Tuesday, June 22nd 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 Mary Thomas.
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bob Thomas and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
 
Guests: Rebecca Greenlaw from Kids Peace
 
Birthdays: Allegra Pellerano on June 27th.  Happy Birthday!
 
Wedding Anniversaries: Irv and Helen Hodgkin 59 Years on June 23rd, Lincoln and Debbie Ehrlenbach 45 Years on June 26th. Happy Anniversary!
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: The Ellsworth Rotary Foundation
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Dan Frye, Dave Wells, Larry Johnston, Carl Lusby, Julie  and Tony Bouchard and Marian Wells.
 
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:  
 
1st Quarter Happy Dollars: President-Elect Gene Pellerano is looking for ideas for the 1st Quarter Happy Dollars. If you have a non-profit in mind that could use the help, please let him know.
 
  1.  Upcoming Events:
     
  • 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. Sign up with Ashley Johnson!
     
  • 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.
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speakers were Gretchen Wilson of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce and Paula Coyle of the Red Cross.
 
Gretchen Wilson spoke about the new location and hope everyone will come check it out! This summer will be busy and crowded in the Ellsworth area and Bar Harbor.  Expect lines, traffic delays and to give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going.
 
Paula Coyle expressed the Red Cross is still in need of blood and volunteers. She thanked our club for the continued help at the Ellsworth Elks Lodge twice a month. If you know anyone who can help in Penobscot, Knox and Waldo counties, please volunteer there as well!
 
Ellsworth Rotary Club Wheelchair update: Dave Wells gave a brief history.
 
This project started with a Canadian Wheelchair Foundation presentation at the 2013 District Conference. A DVD that had parts of the presentation was brought back to club and we have been moving forward ever since.
 
In 2014 at PETS Training AG Annette suggested Bar Harbor and Ellsworth partner on a wheelchair project and 11 months latter we were distributing 120 wheelchairs in Santiago Panama.
 
To help raise funds for our matching part of a District Grant, we started the 2nd pancake breakfast during Autumn Gold.
 
In 2016 we distributed 118 wheelchairs in Belize. Rotarian Cisco said we were the 1st distribution to work with all the Rotary Clubs in Belize.
 
2017 we distributed 115 wheelchairs in Costa Rica and distributed from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica.
 
2018 found us in the Dominican Republic this was the first of 3 distributions our club was involved in. The 2nd and 3rd distributions were for 420 wheelchairs organized as DG Lincoln's District Project. Again we covered most of the country and spent many hours traveling to Rotary Clubs that organized the local distribution for those in need.
 
We have worked with the Rotary Clubs of Bar Harbor, Bangor Breakfast, Old Town, the Husson Interact Club, Dawson Creek and Sagany Canada and many individual Rotarians from our district.
 
Our current project is with the Panama City Rotary Club in Panama. Covid has hindered us from traveling and helping with the distribution of the 115 wheelchairs delivered in 2020. The Panama City club is making wheelchair distributions at Covid 19 Vaccination sites, where club members are assisting with registration, monitoring after the injection and helping their fellow countrymen. With the current increase of covid cases in South American, it may be sometime before we can travel to Panama. We have encouraged the Panama Club to continue with their distribution.
 
It is estimated that ONE wheelchair has a direct impact on the lives of TEN people. Each wheelchair provides independence, possible employment and joy to each recipient. The Ellsworth Rotary Club has helped organize, fund and overseen the distribution of 1000 wheelchairs to those that need "The Gift of Mobility."   
 
 
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
 
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June 15, 2021 Newsletter
 
This week's guest speaker was Chris Newell of the Abbe Museum. 
 
On Tuesday, June 15th 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 Rob Hemenway.
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Rob Hemenway and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
 
Birthdays: Marian Wells on June 7th, Rod Fox and Mark Remick on June 21st. Happy Birthday!
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
 
4th Quarter Happy Dollars: The Ellsworth Rotary Foundation
 
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Dave Wells, Carl Lusby, Marian Wells, Julie and Tony Bouchard, Debbie and Lincoln Ehrlenbach 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:
  • June 26,2021 - Kidspeace Golf Tournament -  We will be helping Kidspeace with their Golf Tournament. This event will take place at the Lucerne Golf Club from 7am - noonish. We are hoping to have at least 12 volunteers. Please email Jodie Cushing or Clyde Cushing to sign up for this event, even if you can not commit for the full time part time help is always appreciated! You do not need to have any knowledge of golf to help! 
     
  • 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. Sign up with Ashley Johnson!
     
  • 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. You can sign up on the website as well.
Guest Speaker: This week’s guest speaker was Chris Newell Chris is Executive Director and Sr. Partner to Wabanaki Nations for the Abbe Museum in Moneskatik (Bar Harbor, ME).  He is a multi-award-winning museum professional born and raised in Motahkmikuhk (Indian Township, ME) and a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township. 
 
He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the New England Museum Association, Tides Institute and is a current member of the Maine Arts Commission.  Chris is a long-time singer with the acclaimed Mystic River singers based out of Connecticut and has travelled the US and Canada singing and participating in cultural celebrations, pow wows, and live stage performance.
 
Chris is a co-founder of Akomawt Educational Initiative, an educational consultancy working with schools, universities, museums, and all areas of education to incorporate Native perspectives in a culturally competent manner. 
 
The Abbe opened its downtown museum on September 29, 2001, with permanent and changing exhibitions including the major installation of Wabanaki: People of the Dawn. All exhibitions at the Abbe are accompanied by a variety of educational programs for adults and families. The Abbe downtown location presents special programs for school groups designed to meet the objectives of Maine Learning Results. It serves the community year-round, while the trailside Abbe at Sieur de Monts Spring is open seasonally from mid-May to mid-October.
 
 Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson
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Rotary Club of Ellsworth
P.O. Box 741
Ellsworth, ME 04605