Our guest speaker Zack Weil, founder and owner of Contact Light Films. #ellsworthrotary #wearerotary #peopleofaction
On Tuesday, January 12th 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 Marian Wells.
The Pledge Allegiance was led by Marian Wells and Tony and Julie Bouchard took attendance.
Visiting Rotarians: Dave and Betty Parsons
Guests: Dale Joyce
Club Anniversaries: Carol Jordan and Carolyn Swertka 2 Years on January 15th. Ray Williams 43 Years on January 17th. Congratulations!!
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: Dave Wells, Larry Johnston, Marian Wells, Debbie Ehrlebach, Julie and Tony Bouchard, Rachel Bousquet, Carl Lusby and Laura Pellerano.  
Don’t forget about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
Rotary Business:
  1. Vocational Minute: Debbie Ehrlenbach  
  2. Membership Update: An email was sent out of the 2020-2021 Rotary Passport. Also we will be 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 will email a sign-up sheet looking for help for both days.
  6. KidsPeace: Dan Frye and Rachel Bousquet thanked the club for their generous donations to KidsPeace for Christmas through Happy Dollars, food donations and supplies. This was probably the best Christmas the kids had! THANK YOU!
  7. Fundraising Update: To date our club has raised over $15,000! Despite the pandemic, we are doing well! The money raised includes our Business Partner's Program,  Haven’s Candies, Loaves and Fishes Food Drive, Wheelchair Project and the Gifting Experience. Thank you to all the club members who have been involved! We appreciate everyone’s hard work!
  8. 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: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ASTE82C8NAFK8
Guest Speaker:   This week’s guest speaker was Zachary Weil. Zachary is the founder and owner of Contact Light Films.
Zack's debut documentary feature, "When We Were Apollo," premiered nationally on PBS in the summer of 2019 with subsequent airings on History Channel Australia, Sky, Histoire and other international broadcasters. 
An intimate and personal story highlighting the memories and experiences of nineteen individuals who dedicated themselves to putting a human being on the moon before the end of the 1960s, "When We Were Apollo" recently won an Emmy in the historical documentary category from the Academy of Television Arts & Science Suncoast Chapter. 
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson