At our January 19th virtual meeting we had guest speaker Matt Donahue of United Way of Eastern Maine. #ellsworthrotary #peopleofaction #wearerotary
On Tuesday, January 19th at 6 PM, our club had a virtual meeting over the telephone and internet via Zoom.  President Laura Pellerano started the meeting.
Invocation was read by Ross Baldree.
The Pledge Allegiance was led by Ross Baldree and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
3rd Quarter Happy Dollars: Happy Dollars will go towards the THAW Fund. The Heating And Warmth Fund helps people stay warm and stay safe.  THAW is a community fund created in 2006 to help people afford heat through Downeast Community Partners.
The Heating and Warmth (THAW) fund provides emergency heating assistance to people in Hancock and Washington counties. THAW funds step in when all other aid has been exhausted.
The following Rotarians gave Happy Dollars: Carl Lusby, Iris Simon, Dave Wells, Marian Wells, Dan Frye, Tony and Julie Bouchard and Laura Pellerano. 
Don’t forget about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
Rotary Business:
  1. PayPal: Our club has Paypal. If anyone you know would like to donate to our club online.  This has been shared on our social media pages and on the front page of our website. Here is the link:
  2. Membership Update: Reminder we are doing a “Member Spotlight” each month on our social media pages and Website to increase interest in Rotary from the community. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact JoAnn Brown.
  3. 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.
  4. Community Service Update: Please help out at the Rotary Blood Drives or you can help out at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. They are still in need of help this month. This will count towards community service hours for our club.
  5. Rotary Blood Drive Update: The next blood drive is Tuesday, January 26th. Max Dietshe has sent emails to sign-up. Please help if you can.
Guest Speaker:   This week’s guest speaker was Matt Donahue of United Way of Eastern Maine (UWEM) . He is the Chief Impact Officer and is responsible for leading, overseeing and innovating the organization’s community impact and investment initiatives.
Matt provided a great power point presentation about the history of the organization and it’s partnerships for the community.
UWEM’s focus is to make a difference in education, income and health resources in our community. The ultimate goal is improving the lives of children, families and seniors in Eastern Maine.
For more than 80 years, UWEM has worked in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington counties to improve the lives of people in Eastern Maine by mobilizing the caring power of people and communities.  Today, United Way of Eastern Maine is the largest private funder of education, income, and health services in the five-county area.
Every 5 years, UWEM conducts a community mapping process to identify needs, root causes, prioritize needs and develop a plan to address the prioritized needs.
This process allows UWEM to identify the areas in which we have a unique position to leverage our relationships and community resources to create solutions through collective impact.
They encourage donations and are always looking for volunteers!
Please visit if you are someone who would like to volunteer.
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson