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 here
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:
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
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