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Ellsworth Rotary Club Awards Seven Paul Harris Fellows

L=R Clyde Cushing II, Todd Wagstaff, Gene Pellerano, Stu Marckoon, Bob Hessler, Chuck and Belinda Lawrence, Janet Stratton

ELLSWORTH – The Rotary Club of Ellsworth held its 42nd annual Paul Harris Fellow Recognition event on Tuesday, June 11 in Ellsworth. Paul Harris Fellows were awarded to Todd Wagstaff, Janet Stratton, Robert Hessler, Stu Marckoon, Clyde Cushing II, Gene Pellerano, and Tradewinds Marketplace.

Named for the founder of Rotary International, this award is given to community members, Rotarians, and this year for the club’s first time, a local business, that exemplify the ideals of the Rotary Foundation through work and service to the club and/or the community. Since 1977, it has been a practice of the Rotary Club of Ellsworth to recognize Paul Harris Fellows as advocates of the foundation’s goals of world peace and international understanding.

Todd Wagstaff was recognized for his work in establishing and developing with the Ellsworth Challenger Little League and Downeast Adaptive Youth Recreation, two non-profit organizations focused on providing sports experiences for those with physical and mental challenges.

Janet Stratton received the award for her work as a hotline volunteer with The Next Step Domestic Violence Project for four years and her work as a court appointed advocate for children who may be taken from their parents due to abuse or neglect.

Robert “Bob” Hessler was honored for his volunteer work with many local organizations including Everybody Eats, Friends In Action, the City of Ellsworth’s Recreation Committee, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, and assistance rendered to our club.

Stu Marckoon for his work, both as an employee and a volunteer, for the Town of Lamoine and the Lamoine Volunteer Fire Department and assistance to our club.

Rotarian Clyde Cushing II was honored for his work at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, as a volunteer with the Ellsworth Fire Department and Senator Hale Hose Company, and his service to our club as Community Service Director and in other roles.

Gene Pellerano for his service with the Trenton Vol. Fire Dept., the Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library, and as the International Service Director for our club, going on and organizing several wheelchair projects.

For the first time in the club’s history, a Paul Harris Fellow certificate of appreciation was awarded to a local business:  Tradewinds Marketplace and its owners, Chuck and Belinda Lawrence. They have dedicated a percentage of the profits from gasoline sold at their stores to cancer care at local hospitals. These donations have totaled over $1 Million to date. They are committed to building a community center for the Blue Hill peninsula to be operated by the Down East Family YMCA and have made significant donations to many other area non-profits.

The club’s first Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation, Debra and Lincoln Ehrlenbach were also recognized for their contributions.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps to build goodwill and peace in the world. Clubs represent a cross section of the community and are nonpolitical and nonreligious. The Rotary Club of Ellsworth was chartered in 1950 and has 70 members. Since 1977, the Club has recognized 107 individuals and 1 business as Paul Harris Fellows. For more information about the club visit its website at:


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