The Rotary Club of Hudson completes its fiscal year ending June 30 and is pleased to report accomplishments in multiple areas of importance to the Hudson community. 

Going forward, President Fr. Joseph Boyle will turn the reins over to President-elect Terri Bortnik of Howard Hannah Real Estate. Terri has been chairing Rotary’s Community Services Committee raising donations for various charities and area projects.
The 37th Annual Rotary Gala was a success, including high quality silent and live auction items, an enjoyable social hour and dinner, exciting raffles and a chance to hear about the featured beneficiaries. We met our financial goals to be able to continue scholarships for HHS seniors, purchase medical equipment needed by Hudson EMS and to support Akron Children’s Hospital/NEO Gift of Life, in their efforts to provide life-saving cardiac surgery to underprivileged children from the third world.
In 2015 the Rotary Club of Hudson established the Jimmy Sutphin Award to recognize a deserving 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 Rotary and the Hudson community. Sutphin was universally loved by local citizens who benefited from  his communication skills and empathy for all he encountered. This year, on the night of the Gala, the award honored Fire/EMS Chief Jerry Varnes on his 10th anniversary as Chief. Jerry has made a difference in many lives in Hudson and was a courageous leader during the Covid pandemic that changed so many lives in our community.
One Vocational and Six College Scholarships were awarded in May to deserving HHS seniors in honor of Professor Dan Williams who guided this Rotary program for many years, participating in the extensive interview and selection process. At the awards ceremony each
recipient introduced a teacher who had influenced their development and then gave a synopsis of their high school experiences. The awardees for 2023 were Kirra Janecek, Gabrielle Hantzlicek, Kati Babitsky, Maxwell Gyurky, Zane Zarges, Anthony Yohos and Alyssa Zumbo.
Another piece of Hudson history has been restored through the fund-raising efforts of the Rotary Club of Hudson and will be dedicated on August 19. The historic wormy chestnut log cabin along Main Street was built by Rotary in 1931 for the Boy Scouts and has been used for weekly Scouting meetings since then. Over $250,000 was pledged for the cabin restoration by various Foundations, individual contributors to the 1913. 1931 and 1953 Cabin Societies, Scouting families, The State of Ohio and many community individuals who bought  engraved pavers. The cabin has been the germinating site for over 130 Eagle Scouts, many of whom have become recognized Hudson citizens.
Even though the Rotary Club lost a few members over the past couple of years due to illness and relocation, it has added six new members who are already contributing their skills to meaningful Club projects. The current membership stands at 55, meeting each Wednesday morning from 7:00 to 8:30 at Hudson Meadows on Barlow Road for a networking continental breakfast and a speaker in the theater. Various committees meet monthly after the speaker presentations and would be happy to have new members with ideas for community projects.
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