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:
Pat Scherer who joined the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, as Scout Executive July 2017, serving over 13,000 scouting families throughout Mahoning, Medina, Summit and Trumbull Counties. Pat has over 28 years Scouting experience including developing volunteer relationships, recruiting, fiscal management, staff leadership, property stewardship and computer operations.
Pat earned his BA in Economics, Political Science and History from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. He was born and raised in Manitowoc, WI where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.
Pat and his wife Mara reside in Hudson where they and their children Maija and Tyler are members of St Mary Catholic Church. Maija is a student at the University of Wisconsin and Tyler, also an Eagle Scout, is a student at Hudson High School. Pat enjoys hiking, sporting clays and volunteering with his church.
Pat is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, a recipient of the Founder’s Award, James E. West Fellow and Paul Harris Fellow. He has been an active Rotarian for over 20 years, joining The Rotary Club of Hudson when he relocated to Hudson. He is involved in Hudson’s Art on the Green.
Marilyn Orr who retired after a 45 year career in health care administration has lived in Hudson since 2015. She holds a BS degree from The College of St. Mary, Omaha and an MBA from Wright State. Marilyn has become an active volunteer at St Mary Catholic Church, The Friends of the Hudson Library and the Villas of Hudson HOA serving on the boards of each organization.
Marilyn’s interests include reading, literacy, cooking, church choir, classical piano and biking. The widow of a career USAF officer, Marilyn enjoys her three sons and six grandchildren.
Marilyn has previously been a member of the Xenia, Dover and Cincinnati City Rotary Clubs covering 20 years of service. She has worked with Inbound Exchange Students at Dover and chaired the Publicity Committee in Cincinnati. She believes in the international mission of Rotary especially where it concerns healthcare (Polio Plus) and literacy (establishing and rebuilding libraries). Marilyn also endorses the international youth exchanges and leadership programs that build better friendships and understanding among all people involved.
William Benoit who is the President of UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna with a clinical background in Occupational Therapy. He holds a BA from Morehead State and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from The Medical College of Ohio. Bill’s wife Kami is a visiting professor at The University of Akron and has also taught in the religious education program at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Bill serves on regional boards including the Akron Regional Hospital Association, The Treehouse of Bedford and the Child Advocacy Center.
Bill and Kami have resided in Hudson for five years with their daughters Hailey and Addison. They chose Hudson for its welcoming sense of community and the excellent schools.The family engages in many Hudson activities including golf, tennis, swimming, rock climbing, hiking and skiing.
As a member of Rotary, Bill’s goal is to be more involved in and help improve the Hudson community. He states, “it only took one meeting as a guest to decide that the Rotary Club was a group of individuals I wanted to be part of and I could not be more excited to help them achieve their local and international service project goals.”
David Schweighoefer who is the chair of Day Ketterer’s Health Care Law Practice Group providing strategic guidance to physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers regarding regulatory compliance and strategic business decisions. Prior to practicing law, David served as the CEO of hospitals in Wisconsin and Ohio and also served as COO of the Mt. Sinai Health Care System prior to its sale.
David has a Bachelors from Michigan State University, a Masters from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law where he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law for eleven years. David and his wife Heidi and daughter Morgan have lived in Hudson since 1993. Heidi has recently stepped down as President of a hospital consulting firm she founded over 20 years ago. She is the primary driving force behind the formation of the Emergency Medical Services Outreach of Hudson. Morgan is a graduate of Hudson High School, a graduate of the College of Wooster and has a Masters from Kent State. She is attending law school at the University of Akron.
David stays, “my reason for joining Rotary is not related to what benefit I could receive from such membership, but rather what I could contribute to Rotary and the community of Hudson. I hope that membership can assist the EMS of Hudson achieve its goals of improving the health status of its citizens.”
If you are interested in learning more about the Rotary Club of Hudson, please contact Rich Warfield at You may also attend one of the weekly breakfast meetings held at Laurel Lake Retirement Community on Wednesdays at 7:15 a.m. as a guest of the Club.