Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest

The Rotary 4-way speech contest was an opportunity for students to show off their public speaking abilities.

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             Annual Rotary Gala

Planning continues for the Rotary Club of Hudson’s Gala to be held May 13, 2016 at the Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn from 6:00 to 10:00 pm benefiting various community causes.

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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.  Hudson High School senior Kate Greer won the $400 prize after a panel of Rotarian judges selected her speech as the first place speaker out of four finalists.  Kate will now go on to compete on April 2 at the Rotary District 6630 competition against other local winners from northeast Ohio.
The other winners in the speech contest were WRA junior Jianne Kang, second place ($300), WRA junior Paul Schumacher, third place ($200) and HHS sophomore Maria Zou, fourth place ($100).  Each of these four contestants competed previously against students from their own school and then moved on to the local finals.  The students were instructed to pick a topic that they are passionate about and then apply the Rotary 4-Way Test...Is it the Truth?  Is it Fair to All Concerned? Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships? and, Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?  
The timeframe was 4-7 minutes and none of the contestants used a single notecard during their speech.  Jim Ahern and Ted Olson, Rotary Speech Contest organizers thank Western Reserve Academy English teacher Matt Peterson and Hudson High School English teacher Bryan Carr for their help in coordinating the event at the schools.
The Rotary Club of Hudson strives to offer informative and entertaining programs for each weekly club meetings.  Visitors are welcome to attend the meetings and see what Rotary is all about.


Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus visited Hudson on a perfect December day on Saturday, December 5, 2015. They arrived by firetruck at 9am and invited boys and girls to visit them at the Gazebo. The Rotary Club of Hudson sponsored this event as they have done annually for many years. Rotarian Ed Sogan the committee chair reported that children of 140 families had a chance to give their gift wishes to Santa. Over 30 Rotarians participated as Elves passing out tickets, hot chocolate and candy canes. Tickets were available at 8:00am and were “sold out” by 9:30. The ticket process allows families to visit the downtown area and not wait in a long line to see Santa. Special thanks to our Santa families Jack Belby, Sandy Rexroad, an d Sharon and Gene Blackford. Also a big thanks to Hudson’s Restaurant for donating the hot chocolate and to the Hudson Fire Department for providing the early morning transportation to the Green for Mr. and Mrs. Claus.


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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.
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Laurel Lake Retirement Community
200 Laurel Lake Drive
Hudson, OH  44236
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