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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
United States of America
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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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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.

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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Ellsworth Rotary at the YMCA Trunk or Treat
 
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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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!
 
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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!
 
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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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.
 
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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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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.
 
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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!
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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The Banner is Up!
 
Thank you to Rotarians Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Dave Wells and Clyde Cushing for getting the banner up on Sunday morning!
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
 
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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 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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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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Rotary Club of Ellsworth
P.O. Box 741
Ellsworth, ME 04605