Rotary Recognizes Leadership in Hudson Community and in its Club

The Rotary Club of Hudson celebrated its “changing of the guard” recently at the Blue Canyon restaurant with the swearing in of its next President and the recognition of this year’s Jimmy Sutphin Award winner. The Rotarian of the Year plaque was also presented. Each of these recognitions is part of the annual Rotary celebration banquet.
 
Liz Murphy, founder of Destination Hudson was chosen as this year’s recipient in honor of her contributions to the community over the past 28 years and her meaningful and compelling communications with the public regarding a variety of Hudson opportunities and events. She has been the driving force behind the Downtown Merchants for many years, seeking ways to help our small retail businesses thrive. Previous owner of the Learned Owl, Liz has always been one of our community’s most sincere and active advocates.
 
Liz assured the assembled that “I love Hudson as Jimmy did, and I am honored that the Rotary Club of Hudson felt I deserved this year’s award. Hudson’s spirit of volunteerism is a result of many who feel the same way. One positive that came out of Covid is that the Hudson Chamber, Destination Hudson, City and the Merchants of Hudson are working together more effectively than ever before---Jimmy would approve!”
 
The Jimmy Sutphin Award was established in 2015 to recognize deserving Hudson community leaders who closely reflect the Rotary “Service Above Self” standard. The initial recipient was Jimmy “Inky” Sutphin, a friend and colleague of both the Rotary Club and the community at large. Jimmy was universally loved by local citizens who benefited by his communication skills and empathy for all he encountered.
 
The Rotarian of the Year plaque was presented to James Yard who has been responsible for the Club’s marketing and public relations for the past five years and led the Strategic Planning Committee during 2021. He assured attendees that he has had “the privilege of simply reporting all the good deeds performed by the Club’s members”. 
 
Regarding community service over the past year, it was recognized that outgoing President Patrick Scherer led the Club in staging a “comeback” Rotary Annual Gala that raised over $65,000, coordinated the ongoing Scout Cabin restoration project that has secured $240,000 in funding and supervised the planting of two elementary school pollinator gardens, all efforts being part of the Strategic Plan. In addition, his Speakers Committee, Chaired by John Adams, has provided highly engaging and meaningful weekly presenters throughout the year.
 
Father Joseph Boysel, a longtime community leader, was sworn in as the Club’s next President and promised to engage more of our young, diverse and business members of the Hudson community. He encouraged all members to invite a friend to attend one of our meetings to see firsthand what an active, sharing and congenial group we are.
 
Learn more about Rotary and its community projects at www.rotaryhudson.org.
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Robert G Hills Scholarship Fund

Posted by James Yard on Jun 16, 2022
The Rotary Club of Hudson is excited to announce they have awarded six bright, talented, hardworking and adventurous young students each a $3,000 scholarship from the Robert G Hills Scholarship Fund.
The selection committee consisted of Ron Strobl, Kathryn Sines, and the late Dr. Dan Williams. The committee was very impressed by all candidates, and had a very difficult time making the selections. The students who are recipients of the scholarships are: Peyton Binns, Delaney DeGeronimo, Audrey Fuller, Andrew Hartline, Benjamin Parnell, and Caroline VonVille.
 
Delaney DeGeronimo, Andrew Hartline, Benjamin Parnell, and Caroline VonVille are all planning to attend the Ohio State University, while Peyton Binns plans to attend Ohio University and Audrey Fuller plans to attend Miami University.
 
(From Left to Right) Andrew Hartline, Benjamin Parnell, Delaney DeGeronimo, Marty Hills, Audrey Fuller, Caroline VonVille and Peyton Binns.
 
Robert G Hills Scholarship Fund James Yard 2022-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Reviews 2021 Activities & New Meeting Venue

Posted by James Yard on Jan 26, 2022
A working strategic plan, new members, a state-of-the art meeting place, high profile community projects and monthly charitable giving define the Rotary Club of Hudson’s accomplishments in 2021. President Patrick Scherer presides over a group of citizens dedicated to improving life, living and scholarship in our vital town of Hudson. Meeting every Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m., the Club enjoys networking, speaker programs and challenging community projects. Currently 62 members strong, the Club includes many professionals, community leaders and successful business retirees as well as school administrators and board members. The informal weekly discussions are always lively and informative.
 
Since July, the Club has convened at the new Hudson Meadows Retirement Community on Barlow Road that provides a cafe setting for a continental breakfast and a plush high tech theater for our speaker programs. Meetings continue to be offered on Zoom for those who are concerned with Covid infections or have work/family restrictions that prevent attending live sessions. All interested community members are welcome as guests.
Rotary Reviews 2021 Activities & New Meeting Venue James Yard 2022-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Celebrates a Successful Year, Recognizes Awardees

The Rotary Club of Hudson staged a Club dinner at the Blue Canyon restaurant to conclude the 2021 fiscal year, install a new President and celebrate two Rotary award winners. The past year was difficult for the Club with the loss of members and spouses, but President Marilyn Orr skillfully led the club to a higher level of planning, programming and membership, all without face to face meetings. Incoming President Patrick Scherer will return the Club to in person meetings at the new Hudson Meadows Retirement Community and re-institute the 36 year Annual Gala tradition with a dinner and auction at the Hilton Garden Inn on May 20, 2022.
 
Rotary Celebrates a Successful Year, Recognizes Awardees James Yard 2021-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Membership Allows Hudson Citizens to Get Involved

Posted by James Yard
Want to lead or participate in a community project? The Rotary Club of Hudson offers many opportunities to give back to our community while enjoying the programs, events and social interaction with like-minded Rotarians. Many levels of involvement are available as a Club member.
 
Recently concluded strategic long-range planning for the Rotary Club established eight committees for leading and participating in Club activities. All members are encouraged to contribute their experience and knowledge to one of the committees for the betterment of our community. 
 
The following are brief descriptions of Rotary’s working committees, their tasks, projects and expected results:
 
  • Programs Committee--responsible for Rotary’s monthly theme and weekly speakers. Expectations include engaging community/business leaders and accomplished youth for weekly presentations.
  • Community Service Projects Committee--responsible for major undertakings such as the Scout Cabin refurbishing, Ellsworth School pollinator garden and conservancy efforts. Expectations are to maintain a high profile of service to Hudson.
  • Youth Leadership Development and Education Committee--responsible for HHS Service Learning and college scholarships, the 4 Way Speech Contest, the WRA Interact Club and Scouting. Expectations are to promote and sustain all of Rotary’s youth programs.
  • Community Health and Safety Services Committee--responsible for charitable projects including support for Gift of Life NEO, Hudson EMS, Hudson Food Bank and  Hudson Job Search. Expectations are for the continued support of the critical needs of the community and guidance for those in need.
  • Fundraising Committee--responsible for the Annual Gala, the Fall Fund Raiser and Fine Day. Expectations are that significant funds will be raised to support the Hudson Rotary Foundation’s many grants to community causes.
  • Membership Development Committee--responsible for recruiting, orienting and mentoring new Rotary members. Expectations are that the Club’s growth will continue and include increasing numbers of women and minorities.
  • Community Events Committee--responsible for Rotary’s involvement/support of annual community social events and celebrations such as Santa on the Green, Art on the Green parades and concerts. The expectation is that Rotary will continue to be an “involved citizen”.
  • Marketing and Public Relations Committee--responsible for continuing communications with the community regarding all Rotary activities. Expectations are that Rotary will be prevalent in local publications, Facebook, YouTube, HCTV and on the Rotary website.
 
As an example of the cross section of Hudson citizens recently joining the Club, here are the profiles of some new members:
 
  • Phil Butto--Treasurer of Hudson Schools
  • Terry Bortnik--Real Estate Professional, Humane Society
  • Chris Foster--Hudson Council, Publisher, Bee Keeper
  • Nikki Kowalski--Hudson Council, Graphic Arts Marketing, Leadership Hudson
  • Geoff Korff--Entrepreneur, Lawyer
  • Pat Goetz--MD Psychiatry
  • Jane Howington--City Manager
  • Chuck Nnabuife--Home Health Care Finance
  • Bill McClure--Retired, Bikes for Christ
  • Bill Libby--Veteran Cleveland Club Rotarian
 
In addition to these recent new members, the Rotary Club of Hudson includes educators, business owners, financial advisors, attorneys, accountants, printers, foundation principals, food retailers, hospital executives, marketers, entrepreneurs and retired professionals anxious to contribute their ideas and skills.
 
Joining Rotary is easy. All citizens concerned with the welfare and social communications in the community are welcome to apply by contacting Mike Swain at swainmp1448@gmail.com. A simple application, a casual interview over coffee and an expression of your interests will suffice to establish your candidacy.
 
The club has a very relaxed attendance requirement recognizing that many busy professionals and parents of young children might find it difficult to participate every week. The current Zoom broadcasts of weekly meetings will also continue after the pandemic has subsided and the Club returns to in-person sessions
 
You are invited to join our Zoom meetings on Wednesdays at 7:30 am to enjoy one or more of our programs. Our website www.rotaryhudson.org features our upcoming speakers. Please contact Marilyn Orr, President at marilynjorr@me.com for a link. We look forward to meeting you.
Rotary Membership Allows Hudson Citizens to Get Involved James Yard 2021-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

Hudson Rotary Thriving After 90 Years of Community Service

The year 2020 has presented the ultimate challenge to the Rotary Club of Hudson, testing its strengths in engaging its members, attracting new members, presenting meaningful weekly speaker programs, raising funds for community needs, serving local youth and planning for the future.

The club reports it had a successful 90th year in most regards including an evolving strategic plan for the coming years. Some of the areas embraced by the club’s membership include the following:

Weekly meetings:

Using Zoom technology, a meeting has been held every week since the pandemic “stay at home” order featuring many of the typical topics from past years. Speakers from a variety of professions, businesses and institutions provided engaging, enlightening and useful presentations that got high marks from Club members. Major topics included medical/psychological guidance, summer fun parks and activities, educator advice, local foundation focuses, major league sports insights, candidates for office debates, local business success stories and panels of our own members sharing ideas. Typical on-line weekly attendance has averaged 35 members and guests. 

New members:

The club lost a few longtime contributing members, but gained some participants from various professions including: John Adams, finance; Phil Butto, HHS administration; Chris Foster, Hudson Councilman; Bill Libby, veteran Cleveland Club Rotarian; Pete Spacagna, General Manager auto dealership; Jane Howington, City Manager; Keith Viers, banking; Chuck Nnabuife, home healthcare finance; and Bill McClure, retired. All have committed to becoming involved in a chosen service area of the Club. 

 

Fundraisers:

Even though the club had to cancel its Annual Gala from which generates a majority of its funds to support local causes, the club in conjunction with the Clock Tower Rotary and EMS Outreach Hudson raised over $25,000 from the public and internally to purchase personal protective equipment for Hudson EMS and Fire Departments. The Gala will return in 2021 honoring our past presidents many of whom are still active with the club.

The group also successfully solicited contributions from club members this fall, in lieu of the annual roses and popcorn sale, to bolster its Hudson High School college scholarship program.

The Hudson Rotary Foundation continues to contribute to community causes even though, understandably, less foundation funding has occurred this year. However, over the past 20 years, the Foundation has granted over $750,000 for Hudson area community needs.

Youth Education support activities:

The Rotary Club of Hudson continues to be involved with Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy educational programs.

A Rotary Interact Club was recently established at WRA with the students choosing service projects in line with Rotary guidance. Both HHS and WRA participate in the Rotary Four Way Test speech contest providing entertainment and enlightenment for Rotary Club members.

Scouting is also very important to the Rotary Club of Hudson who built the original log cabin on Main Street in 1931 and continues to support Scouting activities in Hudson and at Camp Manatoc. Scouts regularly appear at Rotary meetings to report on their activities and assist with fundraising events.

Strategic Planning:

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered life in the community and in the Rotary Club of Hudson. Consequently, it was decided to develop a strategic plan for the next 3-5 years that would anticipate the club’s challenges and opportunities going forward. A strategic planning committee has been meeting since August and has examined all facets of programming, membership, fund raising and community involvement. Recommendations for the future will embrace its sustainability, leadership, new member recruiting, fund raising and community commitments. A major high profile community project will probably be in the club's future.

All who are interested in the work the club does and the community and school involvement it is involved in are invited to examine the website www.rotaryhudson.org

Hudson Rotary Thriving After 90 Years of Community Service James Yard 2020-12-22 05:00:00Z 0

Hudson Rotary, EMS Outreach Exceeds Fire Department PPE funds goal

Hudson Fire/EMS Chief, Jerry Varnes needed $25,000 to purchase a 90 day supply of Personal Protective Equipment for Fire/EMS personnel. The Rotary Club of Hudson, the Rotary Clocktower Club and EMS Outreach of Hudson successfully campaigned to raise that sum, and more, in approximately 90 days.
 
Major Rotary Club of Hudson donors include Akron Children’s Hospital, Northwest Bank, University Hospital Portage Medical Center and the Tobin Family Foundation. Significant donations were provided by individual Hudson citizens through EMS Outreach totaling over $3000. This campaign is an example of how various community organizations can work together for the common good, each reaching varied public and private sectors. The Hudson community as a whole desperately needed this support and will now benefit by better equipped Fire/EMS services.
 
The Hudson Clocktower Rotary Club is currently undertaking a fundraiser in support of the Fire/EMS Department by selling facemasks featuring the Hudson Clocktower that can be ordered online at www.rdpsports.com. Both the Rotary Club of Hudson and EMS Outreach will also continue the campaign. Donations can be mailed to EMS Outreach Hudson at 118 W. Streetsboro St. Suite 209, Hudson 44236.
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2020 Awards go to SAGE Community, Retirepreneur founders

Two Hudson residents have been recognized this year for their work to help senior citizens find fulfillment during their later years.
 

Jimmy Suthpin Award

In 2015, the Rotary Club of Hudson established the Jimmy Sutphin Award to recognize a deserving Rotarian or Hudson Community leader who most closely reflects dedication to the “Service Above Self” Rotary standard. The initial recipient was Jimmy “Inky” Sutphin, a friend and colleague of both the Rotary Club of Hudson and the Hudson Community. Jimmy was universally loved by local citizens who benefited by his communication skills and his empathy for all he encountered. The Sutphin Award once again recognizes a local leader who has made a difference in so many lives in our community. The criteria for consideration of an individual for the award include:

  • Is actively involved in the Hudson community (not necessarily a resident).
  • Exhibits the general objectives of Rotary in his or her personal and business life.
  • Exhibits the ideals of the 4-way test in his or her personal and business life.
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities.
  • Makes a significant impact on the overall community.
  • Demonstrates creativity and initiative.
  • Demonstrates responsibility and dependability.
  • Doesn’t have to be well known, but could be an “unsung hero” doing good deeds throughout the community.

The 2020 recipient of the Jimmy Sutphin award is Iris Whittington Gold, founder of Hudson’s SAGE Community a senior outreach program dedicated to lifelong learning. SAGE stands for stimulation, adventure, growth and education for like minded intellectual seniors. It is built on the premise that seniors “need more as we stay older longer.” The program grew out of an initiative by Cuyahoga Community College where Iris started its first Senior Adult Education program employing college students, advisers and educators. 

After a period of 12 years living in Savannah, Georgia, Whittington Gold returned to Ohio settling in Hudson and reuniting with Tri-C to develop an Encore Campus Hudson Lifelong Learning Program. Three years later, the program became a non-profit organization changing its name to SAGE Community. Iris led this evolving program for 13 years and loved being involved with Hudson seniors. Her SAGE friends describe her as an inspirational shepherd with the “disposition of a warm puppy”. Announcing the award, the club said the city is fortunate to have such a qualified and dedicated leader in our community.

 

Rotarian of the Year

The Rotary Club of Hudson was additionally pleased to bestow its annual Rotarian of the Year award on Club member Donna Kastner, who has also dedicated her recent years to local seniors by launching the Retirepreneur, offering guidance to forward thinking executives for establishing new income generating professions in retirement. See www.Retirepreneur.com for networking and upcoming conferences.

Kastner was recognized by Rotary for leading the Club’s transition into the stay-at-home COVID-19 period by establishing Zoom meetings and educating its 55 members in the subtleties of on-line protocols. With Donna’s hands-on assistance, the club continues to feature weekly community speakers and to conduct the club’s community service projects. Kastner leads the Rotary flock with kindness, patience and and a determination to bring all into the cyber communication age. It has been a great success.

To view replays of the weekly Rotary meetings, see YouTube Rotary Hudson.

2020 Awards go to SAGE Community, Retirepreneur founders James Yard 2020-07-06 04:00:00Z 1

Gala Update

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In light of the health directives responding to the Coronavirus pandemic, our Board of Directors has just made a decision to reschedule the Gala from May to October. We fully appreciate the severity of the risks to the health and economic vitality of our community. We also feel that we all have more important concerns facing us right now and, therefore, the decision was appropriate to postpone our event.
 
The Gala is the major fund raising vehicle of The Rotary Club of Hudson. It allows us to continue our 90 year tradition of supporting children, safety services, the elderly, college-bound students and many other community activities. We also assist with charitable projects throughout NE Ohio and the World. Every year we are honored and humbled by the overwhelming support from businesses, foundations and individuals within our community. We thank you for your understanding and will be back in touch when this time of trouble has passed. We look forward to working together to strengthen our community.
 
Best Regards,
 
Kris Barker, Co-Chair                                Marilyn Orr, Co-Chair
330-810-8531                                         513-236-8505
kbarker4117@icloud.com                      marilynjorr@me.com
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Thirty sixth Annual Gala Celebrates Rotary’s 90th year

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The Rotary Club of Hudson announced that it will honor its past Club Presidents and Gala Chairs at this year’s celebration to be held May 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Twinsburg. It will also recognize the many Hudson citizens that have faithfully supported the Gala over 35 years by sponsoring, donating auction gifts and regularly participating in the silent and live auctions. As a result of the Gala and other fund raisers, $1,000,000 plus has been donated by Rotary to local and international charities and to college scholarships over the 35 year period.     
 
With Ron Strobl, Marilyn Orr and Kris Barker co-chairing last year’s Gala, over $45,000 net was generated for grants to Community First, The Gift of Life of Northeast Ohio, Boy Scout Troop 321, Hudson High School college scholarships and Service Learning programs and many community activities. Marilyn and Kris along with the Gala Committee will continue their dedicated efforts this year.
 
The featured beneficiaries of the 2020 Gala will be:
1.) The Gift of Life of Northeast Ohio, a program that the Rotary of Hudson has supported for many years. Funds raised at the Gala provide needed heart surgeries for medically struggling children in underdeveloped countries such as Haiti. Doctors from the area, some of whom live in Hudson, as well as local hospitals, donate their skills and provide facility access.
 
2.) Hudson Community First’s “Uncharted Waters: What Every Senior Needs to Know Before Entering College”, a comprehensive full day workshop for all Hudson High School seniors to examine the challenges young people may face upon starting their college years. Topics include anxiety and depression, binge drinking, drugs, date rape, fire safety and overall wellness. Speakers include psychologists, lawyers, safety counselors, college administrators and college students.
 
3.) Boy Scout Troop 321’s planned restoration of the historic Boy Scout Cabin located at Hudson’s Green on Main street downtown used by the Scouts for meetings and by the Hudson community for various activities. The log cabin was originally built by the Hudson Rotary in 1931 and is considered an important Hudson landmark. Founded in 1918, Troop 321 has developed leadership, personal and life skills in thousands of Scouts. Over the years, 145 local members have achieved Eagle Scout, a rank attained by less than two percent of all Scouts nationally.
 
Major sponsors for the 2020 Gala are currently being developed with the following committed to supporting Rotary again this year:
  • Kaulig Giving: Platinum Sponsor
Supports more than 30 non-profit organizations that assist the well-being of children, educational and health care institutions and non-profit organizations having a positive impact on the local community. Kaulig Cos. operates brands across a spectrum of businesses including consumer discretionary products, sports and entertainment, media and marketing services and finance and financial services. Some of their high profile brands include LeafFilter, Kaulig Racing, Kaulig Media, Kaulig Capital, LLC and Ellsworth Advisors. 
  • Northwest Bank: Silver Sponsor
Providing J.D. Power award-winning retail banking services in the region, offers a team of people that like to take problems off their clients’ shoulders, “doing what it takes to make something happen, even when it is not easy”.
  • Akron Children’s Hospital: Silver Sponsor
Ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the country, taking a compassionate approach to treatment. Through a combination of treatments and patient experiences, their care does more than heal--it brings the entire family together for emotional support and understanding across multiple locations. A new facility opened in Hudson late 2019.
  • University Hospitals, Portage Medical Center: Silver Sponsor 
UH, one of the nation’s leading health care systems, provides high quality, patient-centered medical care throughout Northeast Ohio. They offer the region’s largest network of primary care physicians, outpatient centers and hospitals and is an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University.
  • The Forhan Family Foundation: Silver Sponsor
Established by Drew Forhan founder, President and CEO of ForTec Medical Inc, created to provide mobile access to technology and highly trained technicians on an as-needed basis for hospitals, surgical centers, medical offices and patients in more than 40 states.
     
    Major gifts for the live auction have already been announced including:
    • A comprehensive orthodontic care package for a child or an adult provided by John White DDS, MSD, owner of Smiles by White, worth $6500. White offers both Invisalign and traditional metal braces in that he can achieve the same results with both options at the same cost. He lets patients choose which treatment they prefer. White is recognized as one of the top orthodontists in the country.
    • An overnight stay, dinner and breakfast at the Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn, Hanoverton, valued at $500. Golf at the Zoar Golf Club, rafting on the Tuscarawas river and tickets to the Football Hall of Fame are available.
    • A sports convertible for the month of June or July generously donated by Don Sitts Auto Sales in Cuyahoga Falls, valued at $2500. Last year’s “ride” was a red 2019 Camaro convertible.
    • A unique dining experience for up to 14 guests created by celebrity chef Mitch Firis of The Blue Door in Cuyahoga Falls. Prepared at the host’s home, dinner will feature 4-5 courses of paired food and wine valued at $150 per guest.
    • A basket of assorted vintage wines chosen by Rotarians to please a range of palates, donated by the Rotary Club of Hudson Board and the Gala Committee valued at $500.
    For information about becoming a sponsor, providing auction gifts or attending, please go to www.rotaryhudson.org or contact Marilyn Orr at marilynjorr@gmail.com or Kris Barker at kbarker4117@icloud.com
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    Rotary Expects Santa to Visit Hudson on December 7th

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    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.
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    Scholarships Awarded to Five HHS Seniors

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    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.
     
     
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    Rotary Gala a Great Success in its 35th year

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    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.
     
    Rotary Gala a Great Success in its 35th year James Yard 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
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    The Jimmy Sutphin “Service above Self” Rotary Award Goes to HHS’s Lani Banner

    Posted on Feb 27, 2019
    In 2015, the Rotary Club of Hudson established the Jimmy Sutphin Award to recognize a deserving Rotarian or Hudson Community leader who most closely reflects dedication to the “Service Above Self” Rotary standard.
     
    The initial recipient was Jimmy “Inky” Sutphin, a friend and colleague of both the Rotary Club of Hudson and the Hudson Community. Jimmy was universally loved by local citizens  who benefited by his communication skills and his empathy for all he encountered. The award has not been bestowed again since then.
     
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    2019 Gala Beneficiaries and Major Sponsors

    Posted on Feb 04, 2019
    The Rotary Club of Hudson has selected three primary beneficiaries for its 35th annual Gala to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg on May 17, 2019. The 2018 Gala raised more than $65,000 in gross revenues to allow major contributions to community services. Ron Strobl continues to chair the Gala effort with the help of co-chairs Kris Barker and Marilyn Orr.
     
     
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    Rotary Entertains Sports Theme Speakers

    Posted on Jan 09, 2019
    The Rotary Club of Hudson led off their current focus on regional sports with an update by Bob Dibiasio, Senior Vice President Public Affairs with the Cleveland Indians who provided a positive outlook for the 2019 season and discussed some of the significant changes occurring in major league baseball.
     
    The first meeting in January featured Ben Curtis, local retired PGA tour golfer who won the 2003 British Open and helped win the Valhalla Ryder Cup for the USA. Ben revealed his secrets to succeeding in golf and described his new Golf Academy associated with the Country Club of Hudson. He expects his students to build mental toughness, learn course management and adopt good nutrition habits. Ben and his wife Candace are also growing their Family Foundation to benefit needy Kent school children providing “Birdie Bags” of food and a “Very Merry Dinner” at holiday time.
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    French Rotary Youth Exchange Student reflects on High School life in Hudson
     

    Posted on Dec 10, 2018
    Lea Lafond lives in Saint-Raphael located in Southern France between Nice and Marseille where the weather is always “perfect”. Don’t ask how she is enjoying our lake effect blasts in northern Ohio!
     
    Lea graduated from high school in science in three years and will study graphic arts at Haute Ecole Albert Jacquard in Belgium after attending Hudson High School for a year. Passionate about photography, Lea publishes her nature pictures on a Facebook page. She also enjoys dance competition, playing the cello and the piano, drawing and writing.
     
    Hoping to become more independent, confident and cultured during her stay in the USA, Lea also looks forward to becoming accomplished in our language. Her stepfather is her role model, currently president of the youngest Rotary Club in France created in 2007.
     
    Interviewed by a Rotary Club of Hudson member, Lea offered her thoughts in response to the following questions:
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    Santa on the Green

    Santa on the Green, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hudson, is a long standing tradition in Hudson started over 45 years ago. Last year more than 350 children visited with Santa assisted by numerous Rotarians who enjoyed the celebration as much as the parents and children.
     
     
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    The Benefits to the Hudson Community and to you of being a 2019 Gala Sponsor

    The Rotary Club of Hudson invites you to join a select group of individuals, community organizations and businesses that have supported the Annual Gala for 34 years. Held in May each year, the Gala features a silent auction accompanied by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a full course dinner with open bar followed by a rousing live auction of big ticket donated gift packages.
    Typically 300 of your Hudson area friends and community leaders attend this festive evening to support their community. A Gala booklet highlights the beneficiaries, sponsors, advertisers and the live auction items. Patrons can also review the sponsors and auction items on-line before and during the event using their I-phones to place bids.
     
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    Rotary Helps Celebrate Scouts' 100th Anniversary

    Hudson Boy Scout Troop 321 in partnership with the Rotary Club of Hudson recently staged a picnic and open house at the Scout built log cabin historical center on Main street downtown.
                                                        
     
     
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    Arts and Culture Speakers Entertain Rotary

    Summertime is entertainment time for Hudson families with theater, art shows and concerts aplenty.
    The Rotary Club of Hudson heard from some of the organizations that offer and support these summer events at its recent meetings.
                                                                         
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    July Speakers

    The Rotary Club of Hudson, which conducts breakfast meetings every Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community, offers weekly programs tied to topical monthly themes. July programs will feature local Arts and Culture.
     
    July Speakers 2018-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Welcomes New Members

    The Rotary Club of Hudson inducted four new members with impressive records of community involvement. They each have become involved in various Rotary projects and are integrated into the Club’s weekly programs. Two of these new members bring 20 years of experience with other Rotary clubs--we are fortunate that they relocated to Hudson.
    Left to right: David Schweighoefer, Marilyn Orr, Pat Scherer, Bill Benoit.
     
    Rotary Welcomes New Members 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

    WORK DAY AT CAMP MANATOC

    Rotary again helps Boy Scout Camp Manatoc open up the pool and locker room area in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Assisting on Saturday May 26 were Joe Rusnak, Rich Warfield, Clint Samuel with son Landon Samuel, Brad Nelson and RYE student Lucas DeCarli. Taking photo- Joe Avella
    WORK DAY AT CAMP MANATOC Joe Avella 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY GALA RAISES FUNDS AT AUCTION

    Generous sponsors, gift contributors and auction participants made the Rotary Club of Hudson’s 34th annual Gala another success providing over $67,000 in gross revenues for the community. Bidding on major gifts was exciting as various excursions, professional services, golf outings and wine tastings were captured by enthusiastic competitive bidding.
     
    Attended by 270 local citizens and dignitaries, the silent auction cocktail hour offered a wide selection of gifts to bid upon and delicious hors d’oeuvres to sustain bidders until the unveiling of a tasty steak and shrimp repast topped by a gourmet dessert.
     
         
     
    ROTARY GALA RAISES FUNDS AT AUCTION 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

    34TH ANNUAL GALA LIVE AUCTION ITEMS

    The Rotary Club of Hudson released a partial listing of major gifts to be auctioned during its upcoming 34th annual Gala at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg, May 18. Last year’s Gala was the most successful ever, raising more than $75,000 in gross revenues. The event features both silent and live auctions along with a full course dinner and complimentary bar open throughout the evening. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres start at 6:00 pm along with the silent auction.
                                                     
    34TH ANNUAL GALA LIVE AUCTION ITEMS 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY COMPLIMENTS HHS SERVICE LEARNING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    The Rotary Club of Hudson was recently treated to an impressive review of the Hudson High School Service Learning Program by teachers Lani Banner and Marty Bach who announced that the program will be receiving a proclamation from the Ohio Senate at the upcoming prom. Started in 2002, the HHS course is considered a role model in the state and has, in the past, received an award for Ohio’s best high school service learning program.
     
                                                                           
    ROTARY COMPLIMENTS HHS SERVICE LEARNING ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

    MAY & JUNE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

    The Rotary Club of Hudson, which conducts breakfast meetings every Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community, offers weekly programs tied to topical monthly themes. May programs will explore “Social Issues”, while June speakers will highlight “Summer Fun In Our Own Backyard.”
     
    MAY & JUNE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY LEARNS ABOUT FOOD PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION

    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.
     
                                                                                         
    ROTARY LEARNS ABOUT FOOD PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION 2018-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
     2018 ROTARY GALA INFORMATION 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY HIGHLIGHTS 2018 GALA SPONSORS

    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
     
    ROTARY HIGHLIGHTS 2018 GALA SPONSORS 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

    HUDSON BOY SCOUTS CELEBRATE 100TH ANNIVERSARY

    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.
     
    HUDSON BOY SCOUTS CELEBRATE 100TH ANNIVERSARY 2018-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY SELECTS 2018 GALA BENEFICIARIES

    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)
                     
    ROTARY SELECTS 2018 GALA BENEFICIARIES 2018-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
    FEBRUARY SPEAKERS - FOOD PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION 2018-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY LEARNS ABOUT WORKPLACE CULTURE

    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.
                                                                       
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    NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED

    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.
                                                                    
    NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED 2017-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

    PLAYHOUSE SQUARE SUCCESSES REVEALED

    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.
                                                                                   
    PLAYHOUSE SQUARE SUCCESSES REVEALED 2017-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

    SANTA ON THE GREEN SET FOR DECEMBER 2, 2017

    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.
                                                                                   
    SANTA ON THE GREEN SET FOR DECEMBER 2, 2017 2017-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
    NOVEMBER SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED 2017-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

    OCTOBER SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

    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.
    OCTOBER SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

    SPEAKERS REVIEW STATE AND NATIONAL ENERGY ISSUES

    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                                               
    SPEAKERS REVIEW STATE AND NATIONAL ENERGY ISSUES 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

    AN INTERVIEW WITH THE 2017 ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENT

    Check out an internet with Jasiek Dolkowski, the exchange student that is participating in the Youth Exchange Program with Hudson High School.
     
                                                                                                  
    AN INTERVIEW WITH THE 2017 ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENT 2017-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR

    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.
     
                                                                                                   
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    ROTARIANS LEARN ABOUT FOOD AND HEALTH

    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.
     
                                                                                     
    ROTARIANS LEARN ABOUT FOOD AND HEALTH 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY DONATES TO GIFT OF LIFE NEO

    The Rotary Club of Hudson provided a special donation to Ken Fogle with Gift of Life NEO.
     
                                                                                     
    ROTARY DONATES TO GIFT OF LIFE NEO 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY EXPLORES BIOMEDICAL INDUSTRY

    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.
                                                                                     
    ROTARY EXPLORES BIOMEDICAL INDUSTRY 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY SEEKS HOST FAMILIES FOR EXCHANGE STUDENT

    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.
    ROTARY SEEKS HOST FAMILIES FOR EXCHANGE STUDENT Joe Avella 2017-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY WORK DAY AT CAMP MANATOC

                                                                           
    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.
    ROTARY WORK DAY AT CAMP MANATOC Joe Avella 2017-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY FOUNDATION MAKES GIFTS

    The Rotary Club of Hudson Foundation presented checks to three local organizations in recognition of the charitable services that they provide to the community.
      
    ROTARY FOUNDATION MAKES GIFTS 2017-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY CLUB OF HUDSON INDUCTS NEW MEMBER

    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.
     
                                                      
    ROTARY CLUB OF HUDSON INDUCTS NEW MEMBER 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY CLUB OF HUDSON AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO HHS SENIORS

    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.
     
                                                                     
    ROTARY CLUB OF HUDSON AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO HHS SENIORS 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY GALA SUCCESS

    The Rotary Club of Hudson staged its 33rd annual Gala Auction last Friday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn attended by a record 275 local citizens who generated more than $75,000 in gross revenue. This year's beneficiaries of the funds raised include: The Gift of Life, Hattie Larlham Foundation, Hudson Community First, Hudson High School college scholarships and Service Learning Class and Boy Scout Troop 321.
     
     
     
    ROTARY GALA SUCCESS 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

    ORTHODONTIC WELLNESS AND GOLF PACKAGES TO BE AUCTIONED AT MAY 19 GALA

    The Rotary Gala in its 33rd year, will once again offer highly sought after gifts at auction, including:
     
    • Comprehensive orthodontic care provided by well respected authorities, Dr. John White, owner of “Braces by White” and his partner Dr. Aminoshariae valued at $6480 for a child or adult. White has treated more than 10,000 patients over the past 30 years, and, as a professor at Case Western Reserve, has taught hundreds of other dentists entering the profession.
                                                           
                                                           Dr. John White(left) and Dr. Aminoshariae(right). 
    ORTHODONTIC WELLNESS AND GOLF PACKAGES TO BE AUCTIONED AT MAY 19 GALA 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

    KENT STATE LEGENDARY GOLF COACH SPEAKS

    Herb Page, Director of Golf at Kent State University, revealed to the Rotary Club of Hudson, during a recent meeting, that his men's and women's teams are both in the NCAA playoffs this year. For more than 37 years, Herb has coached the Kent men's team which has won the Mid-America Conference Championship for the past seven years. This year’s men's team set a MAC team record of 20 under par and is ranked 6th in the nation going into the NCAA playoffs.
                                                                               
    KENT STATE LEGENDARY GOLF COACH SPEAKS 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY CLUB ENDORSES NEW PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

    The Rotary Club of Hudson will raise funds at its May 19th Gala Auction to help support an important new program offered by Hudson Community First to make all Hudson High School seniors aware of the challenges they may face upon entering college. Main topics addressed are anxiety/depression, binge drinking, drugs, date rape, fire safety and overall wellness.
     
                                    
    ROTARY CLUB ENDORSES NEW PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS Elizabeth Kwolek 2017-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

    HUDSON ROTARY STAGES 4-WAY-TEST SPEECH CONTEST

    The Rotary Club of Hudson and the Clocktower Rotary Club combine annually to conduct a speech contest involving students from Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy. Two finalists from each school are chosen based on the content, organization and delivery of their presentations to compete in a final contest that determines which student moves on to the District. Cash prizes are awarded for each of the four finalists.
     
                                            
    Names left to right in the picture: Matt Peterson English (teacher WRA), Casey Semple (student WRA), George Wiggam (student WRA), Winner Maria Zou (student Hudson HS), Subi Simmons (hudson Hudson HS), Bryan Carr (teacher Hudson HS)
    HUDSON ROTARY STAGES 4-WAY-TEST SPEECH CONTEST Elizabeth Kwolek 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

    ROTARY CLUB ENJOYS WORLD AFFAIRS SPEAKERS

    The month of February featured four World Affairs speakers at the Rotary Club of Hudson’s regular weekly meetings. The distinguished presenters were:
    • Todd Hiser − Senior International Trade Specialist, Department of Commerce US Commercial Services Field Office                                         
    • Karen Leith − retired Director of Social Action of Summit County and an authority on Cuba’s political situation                                                
    • Dr. James Stanley − Professor of International Studies at Cleveland State, Akron and Kent State Universities                                              
    • Heather Hodges − former US Ambassador to Moldova and Ecuador and current President of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs
               
              Todd Hiser                                        Karen Leith                                Dr. James Stanley                               Heather Hodges
    ROTARY CLUB ENJOYS WORLD AFFAIRS SPEAKERS Elizabeth Kwolek 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

    LEARNING ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

    Tom Schorgl, President & CEO of the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture located in Cleveland, recently detailed for the Rotary Club of Hudson his organization’s comprehensive strategy and goals for Northeast Ohio. CPAC is a nonprofit service organization offering competencies in public policy, business development and research. CPAC provides business training and support to individual artists as well as business assessment and diagnostic services to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
     
    LEARNING ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP FOR ARTS AND CULTURE Elizabeth Kwolek 2017-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

    LEARNING ABOUT LAUREL LAKE CAMPUS DEVELOPMENTS

    David Oster, Executive Director of the Laurel Lake retirement community, recently updated the Rotary Club of Hudson regarding ongoing and planned developments at the Hudson campus. Many major capital improvements have been completed and further additions are scheduled for completion in the next year.
     
    LEARNING ABOUT LAUREL LAKE CAMPUS DEVELOPMENTS Elizabeth Kwolek 2017-01-20 00:00:00Z 0

    CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF SANTA ON THE GREEN

    During 2001, The Rotary Club of Hudson took over the traditionally successful presentation of Santa on the Green, working with the legendary Jimmy Sutphin. Sharon Blackford, former Rotary member and Hudson Schools Administrator, assisted Jimmy and loved working with him through the years. Ed Sogan, Hudson’s Citizen of the Year, also worked with Jimmy and eventually assumed responsibility for the annual appearance of Santa.
     
    CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF SANTA ON THE GREEN Elizabeth Kwolek 2016-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
    THE ROTARY CLUB OF HUDSON LEARNS HOW EDWINS OF SHAKER SQUARE BUILDS CHARACTER AND JOBS Elizabeth Kwolek 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

    THE ROTARY CLUB OF HUDSON BRIEFED ON DEVELOPMENT FINANCE AUTHORITY OF SUMMIT COUNTY SUCCESSES

    Christopher J. Burnham, President of the Development Finance Authority of Summit County since 2000 described the various ways the Authority has led creative financing of numerous public and private projects in Ohio. With over 30 year’s experience in economic and community development, Chris has been instrumental in building the DFA into one of the most active economic development financing programs in the State of Ohio. During his tenure at DFA, the Authority has issued $871 million in economic development bonds, leveraging over $803 million in investment to support community and economic development activity in Summit County and Northeast Ohio.
     
    THE ROTARY CLUB OF HUDSON BRIEFED ON DEVELOPMENT FINANCE AUTHORITY OF SUMMIT COUNTY SUCCESSES Elizabeth Kwolek 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
     THE ROTARY CLUB OF HUDSON CONTINUES TO INDUCT NEW MEMBERS Elizabeth Kwolek 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
    UNIVERSITY OF AKRON NEW PRESIDENT SHARES EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY WITH THE ROTARY CLUB OF HUDSON Elizabeth Kwolek 2016-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
    THE ROTARY CLUB OF HUDSON INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS Elizabeth Kwolek 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0

    LEADERSHIP- PROGRAM TOPIC FOR SEPTEMBER

    September begins our new program series on Leadership. On September 7 we heard from Kevin Smith, founding Director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement in the College of Business Administration at the University of Akron.
    LEADERSHIP- PROGRAM TOPIC FOR SEPTEMBER Joe Avella 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
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    ROTARY FAMILY PICNIC

    Our annual picnic will be held on Saturday, August 20th from 3:00 to 6:00pm at Cascade Park. Festivities will include a scavenger hunt, lots of games for the family, free ice cream and of course good picnic food. See the attached for more information and see Gail Royster or Tom Page to sign up.
    ROTARY FAMILY PICNIC 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0

    HUDSON SENIOR WINS ROTARY SPEECH CONTEST

    A passionate plea for students to put down their iPhones, iPads, etc and pick up a book won the Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest on March 9 at the joint Rotary Club of Hudson and Hudson Clocktower Rotary Club breakfast meeting at Laurel Lake Retirement Community. 
     
    HUDSON SENIOR WINS ROTARY SPEECH CONTEST Joe Avella 2016-03-09 00:00:00Z 0

    Santa on the Green a Big Hit!

    Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus visited Hudson on a perfect December day on Saturday, December 5, 2015. They arrived by firetruck at 9am and invited boys and girls to visit them at the Gazebo. The Rotary Club of Hudson sponsored this event as they have done annually for many years. Rotarian Ed Sogan the committee chair reported that children of 140 families had a chance to give their gift wishes to Santa. Over 30 Rotarians participated as Elves passing out tickets, hot chocolate and candy canes. Tickets were available at 8:00am and were “sold out” by 9:30. The ticket process allows families to visit the downtown area and not wait in a long line to see Santa. Special thanks to our Santa families Jack Belby, Sandy Rexroad, an d Sharon and Gene Blackford. Also a big thanks to Hudson’s Restaurant for donating the hot chocolate and to the Hudson Fire Department for providing the early morning transportation to the Green for Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

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    Mark Your Calendars!

    Posted by Joseph P. Avella on Oct 19, 2015
    October 23 is World Polio Day. The fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication initiative, which includes Rotary International, UNICEF, the Us Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and many governments of the world. Bob Evans Restaurants in northeast Ohio is supporting our Polio Plus campaign efforts on October 23.Just dine at any Bob Evans Restaurant and present the flyer and Bob Evans will donate 15% of your bill to Polio Plus.
    Mark Your Calendars! Joseph P. Avella 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

    Hudson Senior Wins Rotary Speech Contest

    A passionate plea for students to put down their iPhones, iPads, etc and pick up a book won the Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest on March 9 at the joint Rotary Club of Hudson and Hudson Clocktower Rotary Club breakfast meeting at Laurel Lake Retirement Community.  Hudson High School senior Kate Greer won the $400 prize after a panel of Rotarian judges selected her speech as the first place speaker out of four finalists.  Kate will now go on to compete on April 2 at the Rotary District 6630 competition against other local winners from northeast Ohio.
     
    The other winners in the speech contest were WRA junior Jianne Kang, second place ($300), WRA junior Paul Schumacher, third place ($200) and HHS sophomore Maria Zou, fourth place ($100).  Each of these four contestants competed previously against students from their own school and then moved on to the local finals.  The students were instructed to pick a topic that they are passionate about and then apply the Rotary 4-Way Test...Is it the Truth?  Is it Fair to All Concerned? Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships? and, Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?  
     
    The timeframe was 4-7 minutes and none of the contestants used a single notecard during their speech.  Jim Ahern and Ted Olson, Rotary Speech Contest organizers thank Western Reserve Academy English teacher Matt Peterson and Hudson High School English teacher Bryan Carr for their help in coordinating the event at the schools.
     
    The Rotary Club of Hudson strives to offer informative and entertaining programs for each weekly club meetings.  Visitors are welcome to attend the meetings and see what Rotary is all about.
    The Rotary Club of Hudson meets weekly at 7:15am at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community’s Main Dining Room on Boston Mills Road in Hudson, Ohio.
     
    Hudson Senior Wins Rotary Speech Contest Joe Avella 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0

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