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:  Michael Haulsen; April Hartford; Stephanie Baillergeon
Visiting Rotarians:  None
Club Anniversaries: None
Wedding Anniversaries: Marian and Dave Wells
Birthdays:          Carol Jordan
Door Prizes:  The lucky winners were: Dave Wells; Debbie Redmond
Find Romey the Rotary Gnome:  Rebecca Holman located Romey and Jodie Cushing will house Romey until next week’s meeting.
50/50: The Lucky winner was: Clyde Cushing
Happy Dollars: 2nd Quarter Happy Dollars will go towards Rotary Scholarships…The following individuals gave Happy Dollars: Clyde Cushing; Marian Wells; Dave Wells; Debbie Ehrlenbach; Gene Pellerano; Carl Lusby; Bob Thomas; Jack Frost; Lori Googins; Jo Cooper; Fred Breyer.
Rotary Business:
Rotary Blood Drives at the Elks Club: sign-ups for the blood drive are going well
for January, 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!
Weekly 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.
Weekly Newsletter Sign-Up Lists: Ashley needs help with the weekly newsletter. Please sign up.
A Thank You Note from KidsPeace was read to the membership by President Clyde
The February 25th Regular Rotary Meeting will be an Informational Meeting regarding Rotary Basics and be held at Saint Dunstans Church…. More to follow….
Pass the Podium: President Clyde Cushing shared that during the second half of the Rotary Year, we will re-institute the “Pass the Podium” Program where different members will get to conduct the weekly meeting to get a feel for the process and encourage assuming leadership positions within the club. Please contact Clyde with any interest in participating in the ‘Pass the Podium’ Program.
Fellowship Update:  Jodie Cushing Jody shared that the club will be hosting an upcoming “Cabin Fever” fundraiser on March 25 from 9 AM – 2 PM for the indoor craft fair and “yard sale” that The Ellsworth American used to sponsor at the Ellsworth Elementary and Middle School. Crafters are already signing up and table space for each crafter is $25. Food will be available for purchase through a third party group and we will collect $1 at the door for admission.
Be looking for more information on signing up to help at the event or the day before. Set up will be Saturday the 24th at the Ellsworth Elementary and Middle School beginning at 3 PM.
Foundation Chair, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, shared with the members in attendance several examples of how dollars donated to the Rotary Foundation ‘Make a Difference in the World’ and encouraged all members to please consider making a donation this Rotary Year.
Guest Speakers:  Debbie Redmond, Supreme Drill Leader and Supreme Inspector in Maine, IORG and Rebecca Holman, Service Projects and Meeting Planner from the Rainbow Girls.  "Rainbow gets girls ready for life "… Debbie and Rebecca shared a power point presentation giving an overview of the goals and mission of the organization as well as a history of the Rainbow Girls which has been in existence since 1922.
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a part of the Masonic Family open to girls aged 11 to 20 years old. It is a non-profit Leadership Building for Girls fostering Leadership / Confidence / and Citizenship. There are 850 Assemblies world wide with eleven in Maine with one meeting at the Masonic Hall in Ellsworth a couple of Wednesdays per month. Rainbow is open to all religions and nationalities for girls with an open mind and interested in growing and improving.  For more information contact Debbie (207-718-7028 / or visit
Respectfully submitted by Rotarian, Carl Lusby.