On Tuesday, October 13th at 6 PM, our club had a virtual meeting over the telephone and internet via Zoom.  President Laura Pellerano started the meeting.
Invocation was read by Ashley Johnson.
The Pledge Allegiance was led by Tricia Quirk, Ashley Johnson notes and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons

Guests: Lisa Lutts
Checking In/Happy Dollars:  Ashley Johnson, Clyde Cushing, Pam Cushing, Jodie Cushing, Allegra Pellerano, Tony and Julie Bouchard, Melody Pereira, Iris Simon, Rod Fox, Laura Pellerano, Jane Langley, Linda Fuller, Tricia Quirk, Carl Lusby, Lincoln and Debbie Ehrlenbach, Dave and Marian Wells, Gene Pellerano, Tracy Shaffer, Dan Frye, JoAnn Brown, Fred Beyer, Jack Frost and Scott Kimball.
All Happy Dollars goes towards KidsPeace for Christmas gifts for the kids this quarter. Dave Wells, Tricia Quirk, Iris Simon, Gene Pellerano, Ashley Johnson, Jack Frost, Tracy Shaffer, Carl Lusby, Laura Pellerano, Dave and Better Parsons all gave happy dollars this week.
Don’t forget about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
Rotary Business:
  1. 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.
  2. Blood Drive at Ellsworth Elks Lodge: Tuesday, October 13th and 27th from 1:00-6:00pm. Scott Kimball is looking for volunteers for both dates. A sign-up sheet will be emailed.
    Community Service Update: Saturday, October 24th at 10am at EHS will be our Polio Walk. $20 to participate. Will be walking 1 mile to raise funds for Polio Plus. Please contact Jodie Cushing to sign-up
 Loaves and Fishes Food Drive at Ellsworth Hannaford on Saturday, November 21st. Jodie Cushing will email a sign-up sheet for those who are able to help.  
  1. Membership Update: The Rotary Passport was emailed to all club members. Please look it over. October 20th is Membership Game Night.
  2. ClubRunner Passport: The Clubrunner Passport was emailed to all club members. We encourage all members to complete to be entered into a weekly $20 Visa Gift Card drawing! ClubRunner Mobile is wonderful tool allowing membership directory data to be available at your fingertips as well as other club information such as weekly newsletters, upcoming events, guest speakers and meetings.   It is a great companion to our ClubRunner website.
  3. Nominating Committee: The committee will be meeting soon to discuss next year’s officers for our club. If anyone is interested, we have a vacancy for secretary and vice president.
  4. International Update: the 115 wheelchairs have arrived at Panama from the shipping container. The Panama Rotary Club will distribute these wheelchairs to those that need "the gift of mobility."
The Bar Harbor, Bangor Breakfast and Ellsworth Rotary Clubs have joined forces to provide these wheelchairs for the people of Panama. We had planned to travel and help in the distribution but COVID-19 has prevented us from traveling. This distribution will complete our Club's 7th distribution for a total of 1,000 wheelchairs.
  1. Foundation Update: Lincoln Ehrlenbach reminded club members that our club goal is to raise $6,000 to the Annual Fund. Lincoln believes we can and will do more than that. He would like to see 100% club participation towards Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY).
He reminded everyone that if you donate to the Annual Fund, 50% of it comes back to the District in 3 years. Money is distributed to clubs for grants for their communities. $70,000 came back to our district in 2019/2020. $60,000 has been approved for 2020/2021.
  1. In-Person Meeting Update: Laura Pellerano shared with club members that the Board met earlier today and agreed to start meeting in-person again at China Hill every other week. Guidelines and dates will be emailed to everyone soon.
  2. Fundraising Update: Our club is partnering with Haven’s Candies in Scarborough Maine to help raise money for the club during this challenging year.  Haven's Candies has generously agreed to donate 20% of all Ellsworth Rotary Club sales back to the Club. If you purchase $100 of candy or other items, Haven's will donate $20 directly to the Ellsworth Rotary Club. An email will be out soon with more information!
  3. Vocational Minute: JoAnn Brown gave her vocational minute. 
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson