News & Notes
The Rotary Club of Hudson Gala Committee is planning for its 33rd annual fundraising event May 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn.
Last year’s record setting event was attended by 275 citizens and raised over $50,000 by auctioning 250 gifts from numerous local individuals, businesses and services.
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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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brandon Chrostowski, Director of Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute on Shaker Square, like all of his "associates" at Edwins, had some trouble with the law in his early years. Then, he got a chance to redeem himself by going to work for a master chef in Detroit who taught him that life has no limits and that a person can always do better if they work hard.
The Rotary Club of Hudson announced the induction of two Hudson citizens into its organization dedicated to community service.
Recently appointed President, Matthew J. Wilson, outlined his vision for the future of the university and his student centered approach to administration.
The Rotary Club of Hudson announced the induction of three Hudson citizens into its 55 member organization dedicated to community service.
New member: JIM LANG
Our exchange student Jasiek Dolkowski arrived from Olsztyn, Poland for his year in Hudson High School.
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. 
Speaker Program
SPEAKER PROGRAM - Hudson Rotary usually has a main speaker at each meeting and strives to present high-level, high-quality discussions on a wide range of monthly topics designed to educate, inform and entertain both members and guests about Hudson, northeast Ohio and the world.
Weekly Meetings

Hudson Rotary

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Laurel Lake Retirement Community
200 Laurel Lake Drive
Hudson, OH  44236
United States
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Upcoming Events
Proposed New Member
coming soon
Upcoming Speakers
Patty Harris
Apr 26, 2017
CEO Camp Quality
Dave Basil
May 03, 2017
Club Assembly
Herb Page
May 10, 2017
Director of Golf, Kent State University
Past Speakers
Ed Sogan
Apr 19, 2017
Brandt Evans
Apr 12, 2017
My rise to a successful restauranture
Judge Teodosio
Apr 05, 2017
Human Trafficking
Dr. Eric J. Amis
Mar 29, 2017
Dean Univ of Akron, College of Polymer Science and Engineering
John West
Mar 22, 2017
Trustee Professor and Interim Director, KSU Liquid Crystal Institute
Jim Weisman
Mar 15, 2017
CEO-In-Residence, Bio Enterprise
4 Way Speech Contest
Mar 08, 2017
Jim Ahern
Ron Strobl / Gail Royster
Mar 01, 2017
Gala Kickoff Meeting
US Ambassador Heather Hodges
Feb 22, 2017
President, Cleveland Council on World Affairs
Dr. James Stanley
Feb 15, 2017
Professor (ret) International Studies
Dr. Karen Leith
Feb 08, 2017
Cuba: Still a ? South of us
Todd Hiser
Feb 01, 2017
International Trade, US Dept of Commerce
Tom Shorgle
Jan 25, 2017
Community Partnership for Arts
Marcus Yoder
Jan 18, 2017
Director Amish-Menonite Heritage Center
Donald Wayne McLeod
Jan 11, 2017
President, Perceptionology
Jan 04, 2017
Hudson High School Show Choir
Dec 14, 2016
Christmas concert
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Mondays @ Noon & 6 pm
Wednesdays @ 10 pm
Fridays @ Noon
Sundays @ 6 pm