Posted by James Yard
The Rotary Club of Hudson has begun the year with new members, engaging speakers, major community projects, charitable activities and plans for an enhanced Annual Gala. A combination of new and veteran leaders is strategically implementing the Club’s Long-Range Plan approved in early 2022.
Weekly speakers have addressed the topics of Health and Wellness and community Youth Activities in the first two months of 2023. Upcoming months will be devoted to the Environment, Youth Education, Summer Fun, Public Safety and Northeast Ohio History. These professional presentations are typically complimented by Club member questions after the speech.
New Club members in the past year represent a cross section of the Hudson community, including lawyers, business entrepreneurs, school administrators, a financial director and a bar association administrator. These new members have eagerly taken the opportunities to get involved in Rotary projects that suit their interests and abilities to contribute ideas.
Major community projects as set forth in the Long-Range Plan are well underway with over $250,000 raised for restoration of the historic log cabin on Main Street and the establishment of two pollinator gardens at Hudson elementary schools. In both cases, Rotary members are working with school and scouting members on projects that will enhance our community. Watch for the log cabin renovation and the pollinator garden sites to become active in the Spring. The dedication of the cabin is scheduled for August.
Fun events involving Rotary members will be coming up in the next six months including a Camp Manatoc service day, an Octoberfest Biergarten, the Gala auction and a community parade. These annual events allow Rotary members to participate, side by side, with other Club members and with the public to serve the community. Best of all is the annual Santa-on-the-Green event which became Santa-in-the-Cabin this past Christmas much to the delight of parents and kids alike who enjoyed the warm fireplace and log cabin ambience.
The Annual Gala will take place on May 19 at the Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn, featuring both a silent auction during the cocktail hour and a live auction after dinner. Beneficiaries this year will be Hudson High School college scholarships, Hudson EMS and The Gift of Life Northeast Ohio. Kaulig Giving will once again be the lead sponsor and an exciting gift for the live auction has already been received from Gervasi’s for an overnight stay and dinner. A raffle will again offer a “monthly out-to-dinner date night” package to include many local upscale restaurants.
If you are interested in joining the Hudson Rotary, you can check out our speakers, projects and fun activities at You might also contact any of our Committee Chairs listed on the website to explore your specific community interests. We look forward to talking with you or having you join us for a future breakfast meeting.
Rotary is a worldwide network of 1.4 million people of action who tackle the most persistent problems in our communities while building professional and leadership skills through meaningful connections.
  1. New member introduction
  2. Santa-in-the-cabin
  3. Gala date night for a year poster
  4. Scout cabin restoration banner