News & Notes
The Rotary Club of Hudson is pleased to announce that new sponsors have been added for the 2018 Gala to compliment the sponsors who have supported the annual fund raiser for many years.
Den Rich, prominent Rotarian and Hudson citizen, bids on a Gala auction item using his iPhone
The Rotary Club of Hudson was treated to behind-the-scenes looks at the increasingly competitive food industry from a wholesale marketing manager, a catering chef and a family owner of major food providers in the region.
The Rotary Club of Hudson has supported Boy Scout Troop 321 for many years and recently helped them celebrate their 100th anniversary at a regular Rotary meeting. 
Rob Searson, Scoutmaster, reviewed the past year’s activities, assisted in his presentation by four Life Scouts from Troop 321; (left to right) R J Searson, Arron Duff, Ben Fisher, Spencer Pulte.
The Rotary Club of Hudson announced that it has selected three beneficiaries for its 34th annual Gala to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg on May 18, 2018. The 2017 Gala was the most successful ever raising more than $75,000 in gross revenues. Co-chairs Ron Strobl and Gail Royster were very pleased with the excitement over last year’s silent and live auction gifts and the quality of the five course dinner. They are extremely grateful for the tremendous support of this important Rotary fundraiser by the Hudson community, over the years.
(Photos from the 23rd Annual Gala held May 19, 2017)
The Rotary Club of Hudson was recently entertained by Jan Gusich, Founder and CEO of Akhia, a Hudson-based strategic communications firm serving major corporate clients in the Cleveland area and internationally. Founded in 1996, Akhia boasts record lengths of client relationships and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 places to work.
Santa on the Green returns again this year continuing a Hudson tradition started over 45 years ago. The Rotary Club of Hudson has presented this holiday event since 2001 working with the legendary Jimmy Sutphin, beloved former Hudson citizen. Last year more than 350 children visited with Santa where numerous Rotarians assisted with the celebration. It was an exciting time for kids and parents alike.
The Rotary Club of Hudson announced that five new members will join the community service organization, including two with distinguished service records in other Rotary clubs.
The Rotary Club of Hudson was recently treated to an impressive presentation by Art Falco, President and CEO of the Cleveland Playhouse Square Foundation, who recounted the challenges and rewards of staging entertainment 365 days a year in 10 performances venues.
The October speakers have officially been announce for the Rotary Club of Hudson's breakfast meetings each Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:30 am at Laurel Lake Retirement Community. Entertaining and informative speakers are selected each month to address monthly themes.
The Rotary Club of Hudson, during its five August meetings, learned from energy companies and government presenters about the critical issues facing energy suppliers and consumers.  
Senator John Eklund, Ohio 18th District                    David Zelasko and Michael Smucker, Third Sun Solar                                      Tony Ramos, NOPEC     
                                                      Craig Sundstrom, Apex Clean Energy                                                  Doug Colafella, First Energy                                               
Joe Avella, past president of the Rotary Club of Hudson, was recently recognized as Rotarian of the Year for 2017 based on his initiative in reestablishing the Youth Exchange Program with Hudson High School.
Check out an internet with Jasiek Dolkowski, the exchange student that is participating in the Youth Exchange Program with Hudson High School.
The Rotary Club of Hudson, Rotary District 6630 is seeking Hudson families to host a foreign exchange student for the school year beginning in August 2017. Each of three families will host the student for a three-month period. Rotary’s inbound exchange student, Lucas, is a 16-year-old boy from Brazil and will be enrolled as a junior in Hudson High School.
The Rotary Club of Hudson welcomed Kathy Wise, director of employee wellness at Summa to present about living healthier today to ensure an enjoyable, longer and more fulfilling life. Wise reviewed the history of advertising related to food and health. As part of her message, she advises everyone to be careful of marketing related to anything you consume. Wise recommended that individuals take small steps everyday in the right direction to be a healthier, happier person.
The Rotary Club of Hudson provided a special donation to Ken Fogle with Gift of Life NEO.
The Rotary Club of Hudson learned about the accomplishments of the Northeast Ohio Biomedical Industry from speaker Jim Weisman, CEO in residence of BioEnterprise. This session is the first in a month-long series on Health and Wellness.
Hudson Rotary had a work day on June 4 to help clean the locker rooms and swimming pool at the Boy Scout Camp Manatoc in Peninsula.
The Rotary Club of Hudson Foundation presented checks to three local organizations in recognition of the charitable services that they provide to the community.
Clinton Samuel, a Financial Advisor with Wentz Financial Group of Hudson, has been inducted into the Rotary Club of Hudson. Working in the Hudson community for the past six years, Clinton has developed many professional and personal relationships that led to his interest in becoming a Rotarian. He is proud to become part of a community organization that places “Service Above Self” and plans to participate in several Rotary programs, including the Hudson High School Service Learning Class and the Four Way Test Speech Competition.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Hudson reviews presentations from Hudson High School seniors and awards scholarships for the Ohio college of their choice.
This year, 19 applicants presented their cases for the recognition and five were selected to each receive a $3000 scholarship.
Speaker Program
SPEAKER PROGRAM - Hudson Rotary usually has a main speaker at each meeting and strives to present high-level, high-quality discussions on a wide range of monthly topics designed to educate, inform and entertain both members and guests about Hudson, northeast Ohio and the world.
Weekly Meetings

Hudson Rotary

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Laurel Lake Retirement Community
200 Laurel Lake Drive
Hudson, OH  44236
United States
District Site
Venue Map
2018 Rotary Gala
Proposed New Members
Patrick Scherer
Lynne Fitzgibbons
David Schweighoefer
John Adams
Upcoming Speakers
Kathleen Seminatore
Apr 25, 2018
Internet Fraud
Mike Hutson, Shaker Police Dept
May 02, 2018
Building Respect and Trust with Police
Sue Tucker, Summit Cty Domestic Relations Court
May 09, 2018
Bullying in Schools
Past Speakers
Doreen Osmun & students
Apr 18, 2018
3D Printing and Makerspace
Dr. Richard Klosterman
Apr 11, 2018
Current Trends in City Planning
Chuck Mackey
Apr 04, 2018
The Business of Cyber Security
Matt Gerber
Mar 28, 2018
Dean of Faculty Western Reserve Academy
Greg Naples, Jr.
Mar 21, 2018
FBI Counter Terrorism Task Force
Gala Kick Off Meeting
Mar 14, 2018
Jim Ahern
Mar 07, 2018
Rotary Four Way Speech Contest
Jeff Heinen
Feb 28, 2018
Co-President Heinen's Fine Foods
Chef Rick Carson and Chef Derek Finnell
Feb 21, 2018
Nosh Eatery and Catering
Julia Petrescu
Feb 14, 2018
Costco- food production and distribution
Boy Scout Troop 321
Feb 07, 2018
100th Anniversary of Boy Scouts- 2018
Jim Stiffler
Jan 31, 2018
Hudson Director of Economic Development
Mike Shearer
Jan 24, 2018
General Manager Record Publishing
Drew Forhan
Jan 17, 2018
President Fortec
Jan Gusich
Jan 10, 2018
CEO Akhia
Nicole Alverson
Jan 03, 2018
President Hudson Chamber of Commerce
Dec 27, 2017
Father Joe Boysel
Dec 20, 2017
Visit to the Holy Land
Hudson High School Swing Chorus
Dec 13, 2017
Christmas concert
Bobbi DiBiasio
Dec 06, 2017
Cleveland Indians
Meeting Broadcasts
Meetings are also broadcast on HCTV:
Hudson Community Television
Spectrum channel 1021
Mondays @ Noon & 6 pm
Wednesdays @ 10 pm
Fridays @ Noon
Sundays @ 6 pm