Club News
The Rotary Club of Hudson will stage its 35 Annual Gala at the Hilton Inn in Twinsburg on May 17, 2019 and the sponsor commitments have already surpassed last year by twenty five percent. This exciting event featuring an open bar, multiple course dinner, silent and live auctions has provided major contributions to community services over the years.
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.
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.
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.