Club News
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 much anticipated holiday event since 2001 initially lead by the legendary Jimmy Sutphin, beloved former Hudson citizen. In past years more than 350 children visited with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves with numerous Rotarians assisting with the celebration. It is always an exciting time for kids and photo snapping parents.
To avoid long lines, a ticket system has been established for Santa to be able to chat with 20 families per hour for a total of 120 visits during the six hour period from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are available at 8 a.m. by the Gazebo where visitors will be given a specific time to get in line for Santa. This helps to avoid long lines and allows families to enjoy the festivities and their visit with Santa.
Hot chocolate will be supplied by Hudson’s Restaurant and there will be candy canes for all. Come join in the holiday spirit and experience the excitement starting with Santa’s arrival by fire truck at 9 a.m.
Five Hudson High School seniors were chosen by the Rotary Club of Hudson to receive $3000 scholarships to state-supported colleges. They were introduced at a recent Rotary meeting by their teachers and then offered their thanks and detailed their plans for the future. This year 19 applicants presented their rationales and qualifications for recognition and five were chosen.
Generous sponsors, gift contributors, attendees and auction participants created another successful Gala for the Rotary Club of Hudson and for Hudson community projects. Major gifts donated included lake and rail excursions, professional services, golf outings, swim parties, use of luxury cars, sporting events, wine tasting and exclusive dining. The evening was marked by a lively silent auction cocktail hour, a delicious dinner of steak, shrimp and gourmet desert, piano music and a live auction with enthusiastic competitive bidding.
Attended by 260 local citizens, Hudson leaders, Boy Scouts, artists and local dignitaries, the event generated over $72,000 in funds for this year’s beneficiaries: The Gift of Life program of Northeast Ohio; Hudson Community First’s Workshop “Uncharted Waters…What Every Senior Needs to Know Before Going to College; and the Boy Scout Cabin on the Green renovations.