On Tuesday, November 10th 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.
Wedding Anniversaries: Iris and Gerald Simon on November 8th. Happy Anniversary!!
Birthdays: Heidi Omlor on November 5th and Carol Jordan on November 18th. Happy Birthday!
Club Anniversaries: Iris Simon 29 Years on October 29th and Rod Fox 20 Years! Congratulations!!
All Happy Dollars goes towards KidsPeace for Christmas gifts for the kids this quarter. Ashley Johnson, Marian Wells, Dave Wells, Iris Simon, Gene Pellerano, Carl Lusby, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Ken Huitt, Julie Bouchard, Laura Pellerano, Jack Frost and Fred Beyer.  
Don’t forget about Polio Plus and EREY! Please consider making a donation.
Rotary Business:
  1. In Person Meeting Update: The Board of Directors at their meeting on Tuesday, 11/10/2020 chose to suspend any further in person/hybrid meetings until further notice and continue with Zoom only.  The Board gave the subject much thought and deliberation and felt it was the best choice at this time with the virus presenting in our local communities. Going forward the board will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly. If you have questions please reach out to Laura Pellerano or any board member.
  2. 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.
  3. Blood Drive at Ellsworth Elks Lodge: Tuesday, November 24th from 1:00-6:00pm. Scott Kimball is looking for volunteers. Sign-up sheet will be emailed.
    Community Service Update:  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.  
  4. 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.  Debbie Ehrlenbach won this week’s gift drawing!
  5. 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. www.havenscandies.com
  6. Foundation Update:  Lincoln Ehrlenbach shared and reminded members that The Rotary Club of Ellsworth applied for a 501(C)(3) and was granted the status in December 2006.  This status allows donors to contribute to the Ellsworth Rotary Club Foundation and receive a tax deduction.  Since 2006 the Foundation has distributed funds to student scholarships, wheelchair projects and local projects in the community.
The current Board of Directors are:Ashley Johnson, Board Chair, Carl Lusby, Vice Chair, Lincoln Ehrlenbach, Treasurer, Jack Frost, Scott Kimball, David Wells, and Raymond Williams.
This past year our club awarded (8) $1,000 scholarships, and the Ellsworth Rotary Foundation pledged to fund four of these scholarships.
It seems our Club’s foundation is a well kept secret or just not truly understood.We haven’t been clear in explaining or promoting the Club’s Foundation. Going forward, in these times of COVID 19, he feels our foundation is just as important as the Rotary International Foundation. His goal is to better communicate the Rotary Club Foundation and with your help our foundation can continue help a student with the cost burden of higher education. He encourages all of you to consider supporting our foundation. He is happy to meet with anyone who may have questions.
Vocational Minute: Iris Simon
Guest Speaker:  This week’s guest speakers were Lincoln and Debbie Ehrlenbach. They gave an excellent power point presentation about “Celebrating Maine” a very interesting look at our State’s 200th Birthday in a Game Format!!
Respectfully submitted by Ashley Johnson