At this week's meeting we recognized students from HCTC in Health Occupation, Early Childhood Education and Welding Technology. #ellsworthrotary #wearerotary #peopleofaction #hancockcountytechnicalcenter
On Tuesday, December 1st 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 Gene Pellerano.
The Pledge Allegiance was led by Gene Pellerano and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
Birthdays: Peter Farragher  on Noveber 26,  Scott Kimball and Jack Frost on December 2nd, Alison King and Carl Lusby on December 5th.  Happy Birthday!
Wedding Anniversaries:  Heidi Omlor 5 Years on November 28th.Congratulations!
Club Anniversaries: Peter Farragher 22 Years on December 1st. Congratulations!
All Happy Dollars goes towards KidsPeace for Christmas gifts for the kids this quarter. Carl Lusby, Dave Wells, Jo Cooper, Rod Fox and Laura Pellerano.
Don’t forget about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
Rotary Business:
  1. 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.
  2. Community Service Update:  December Loaves and Fishes: An email was sent by Jodie Cushing of signing up on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings during the month of December. Please contact her if you can help.
  3. Haven’s Candies Fundraiser: 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.
  4. Movember: $1,000.00 was raised for Men’s Health this year! Dave Wells, Jack Frost, Scott Kimball and Gene Pellerano participated in the No-Shave event during the month of November. Many club members sponsored the participants and it was voted Scott Kimball to win the contest! Congratulations! Donations will be sent to MCMH.
  5. Ellsworth Christmas Parade: Our club will be escorting Santa once again this year on Saturday, December 4th! Please contact Clyde Cushing to help!
  6. Club Holiday Party: Laura Pellerano and Jo Cooper are currently planning our annual club holiday party. It will be via Zoom this year on Tuesday, December 15th.
  7. Rotary Blood Drive: Tuesday, December 8th. Scott Kimball will email a sign-up sheet looking for help.
  8. Gifting Experience: Jack Frost and Carl Lusby are coming up with different ideas and options of this year’s Gifting Experience. This will be our 15th Year!  It will be different due to COVID-19. They were thinking that we may wish to find a way to keep some (or all) of the funds with our downtown businesses.  Please give some thought to this idea of purchasing gift certificates at shops such as: Union River Book & Toy, Rock & Art, Bud Connection, Rooster Brother.  This option would allow either the family to shop directly or the nonprofit staff could aid with the shopping.  By having the Club purchase the gift certificates, local businesses would know that Rotary is supportive of shopping local. This idea will need more flushing out for consideration, but wanted to toss it out for your initial reaction.
There is consideration of the option to donate some of the Gifting Experience donations for gift certificates to local downtown businesses that could be given to the Ellsworth Police Department. They could use these when out in the community as a small token of support for those they encounter that could use some additional cheer during the holiday season.
Guest Speaker:   Debbie Ehrlenbach hosted our 1st HCTC program of the year. There were many guests including instructors, students with their families who joined us. The following students were recognized and will receive their award, gift certificates and T-Shirt in the mail soon.
Health Occupation: Instructor Michelle Cote introduced Megan Gammill.
Early Childhood Education: Instructor Meghan Stubbs introduce Sophia Gagnon da Silva
Welding Technology: Instructor Joel Pellietier introduced Brody Mercier.
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson