News & Notes
Summertime is entertainment time for Hudson families with theater, art shows and concerts aplenty.
The Rotary Club of Hudson heard from some of the organizations that offer and support these summer events at its recent meetings.
As the Rotary Club of Hudson continues to grow, so does the group of incredible past presidents who have each helped forge the path for the club to give more and to be more for the community and the world.
The Rotary Club of Hudson, which conducts breakfast meetings every Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community, offers weekly programs tied to topical monthly themes. July programs will feature local Arts and Culture.
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 again helps Boy Scout Camp Manatoc open up the pool and locker room area in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Assisting on Saturday May 26 were Joe Rusnak, Rich Warfield, Clint Samuel with son Landon Samuel, Brad Nelson and RYE student Lucas DeCarli. Taking photo- Joe Avella
Generous sponsors, gift contributors and auction participants made the Rotary Club of Hudson’s 34th annual Gala another success providing over $67,000 in gross revenues for the community. Bidding on major gifts was exciting as various excursions, professional services, golf outings and wine tastings were captured by enthusiastic competitive bidding.
Attended by 270 local citizens and dignitaries, the silent auction cocktail hour offered a wide selection of gifts to bid upon and delicious hors d’oeuvres to sustain bidders until the unveiling of a tasty steak and shrimp repast topped by a gourmet dessert.
The Rotary Club of Hudson released a partial listing of major gifts to be auctioned during its upcoming 34th annual Gala at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg, May 18. Last year’s Gala was the most successful ever, raising more than $75,000 in gross revenues. The event features both silent and live auctions along with a full course dinner and complimentary bar open throughout the evening. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres start at 6:00 pm along with the silent auction.
The Rotary Club of Hudson, which conducts breakfast meetings every Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community, offers weekly programs tied to topical monthly themes. May programs will explore “Social Issues”, while June speakers will highlight “Summer Fun In Our Own Backyard.”
The Rotary Club of Hudson was recently treated to an impressive review of the Hudson High School Service Learning Program by teachers Lani Banner and Marty Bach who announced that the program will be receiving a proclamation from the Ohio Senate at the upcoming prom. Started in 2002, the HHS course is considered a role model in the state and has, in the past, received an award for Ohio’s best high school service learning program.
The Rotary Club of Hudson is pleased to announce that new sponsors have been added for the 2018 Gala to compliment the sponsors who have supported the annual fund raiser for many years.
Den Rich, prominent Rotarian and Hudson citizen, bids on a Gala auction item using his iPhone
The Rotary Club of Hudson was treated to behind-the-scenes looks at the increasingly competitive food industry from a wholesale marketing manager, a catering chef and a family owner of major food providers in the region.
The Rotary Club of Hudson has supported Boy Scout Troop 321 for many years and recently helped them celebrate their 100th anniversary at a regular Rotary meeting. 
Rob Searson, Scoutmaster, reviewed the past year’s activities, assisted in his presentation by four Life Scouts from Troop 321; (left to right) R J Searson, Arron Duff, Ben Fisher, Spencer Pulte.
The Rotary Club of Hudson announced that it has selected three beneficiaries for its 34th annual Gala to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg on May 18, 2018. The 2017 Gala was the most successful ever raising more than $75,000 in gross revenues. Co-chairs Ron Strobl and Gail Royster were very pleased with the excitement over last year’s silent and live auction gifts and the quality of the five course dinner. They are extremely grateful for the tremendous support of this important Rotary fundraiser by the Hudson community, over the years.
(Photos from the 23rd Annual Gala held May 19, 2017)
The Rotary Club of Hudson was recently entertained by Jan Gusich, Founder and CEO of Akhia, a Hudson-based strategic communications firm serving major corporate clients in the Cleveland area and internationally. Founded in 1996, Akhia boasts record lengths of client relationships and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 places to work.
Santa on the Green returns again this year continuing a Hudson tradition started over 45 years ago. The Rotary Club of Hudson has presented this holiday event since 2001 working with the legendary Jimmy Sutphin, beloved former Hudson citizen. Last year more than 350 children visited with Santa where numerous Rotarians assisted with the celebration. It was an exciting time for kids and parents alike.
The Rotary Club of Hudson announced that five new members will join the community service organization, including two with distinguished service records in other Rotary clubs.
The Rotary Club of Hudson was recently treated to an impressive presentation by Art Falco, President and CEO of the Cleveland Playhouse Square Foundation, who recounted the challenges and rewards of staging entertainment 365 days a year in 10 performances venues.
The October speakers have officially been announce for the Rotary Club of Hudson's breakfast meetings each Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:30 am at Laurel Lake Retirement Community. Entertaining and informative speakers are selected each month to address monthly themes.
The Rotary Club of Hudson, during its five August meetings, learned from energy companies and government presenters about the critical issues facing energy suppliers and consumers.  
Senator John Eklund, Ohio 18th District                    David Zelasko and Michael Smucker, Third Sun Solar                                      Tony Ramos, NOPEC     
                                                      Craig Sundstrom, Apex Clean Energy                                                  Doug Colafella, First Energy                                               
Joe Avella, past president of the Rotary Club of Hudson, was recently recognized as Rotarian of the Year for 2017 based on his initiative in reestablishing the Youth Exchange Program with Hudson High School.
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
District Site
Venue Map
Upcoming Events
Proposed New Members
Upcoming Speakers
J. Atlee Horner III, 1st Vice Pres, WRSSAR
Aug 22, 2018
A Brief History of the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution
Evan McCauley, President Hudson Rotary
Sep 05, 2018
Club Assembly
Past Speakers
Richard Hoffman, History Teacher WRA
Aug 15, 2018
Halbert E. Paine (1826-1905) -Man of Honor
Liz Murphy, Exec Dir Destination Hudson
Aug 08, 2018
Hudson's History in Many Formats
President Evan McCauley
Aug 01, 2018
Club Strategic Planning
Jul 04, 2018
Jun 27, 2018
Awards Dinner at 6:00pm, Hilton Garden Inn
Jennie Vasarhelyi, CVNP
Jun 13, 2018
Off the Beaten Path in CVNP
Jennifer Kramer, Sr Mktg Mgr Destination Cleveland
Jun 06, 2018
A Jam-packed Cleveland Summer
Timothy A. Dimoff, CEO SACS Consulting and Invest
May 30, 2018
Gun Control Pros and Cons
Dan Williams, Chair Scholarship Comm
May 23, 2018
Hudson High Scholarship Program
Major Jackson, Salvation Army
May 16, 2018
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Sue Tucker, Summit Cty Domestic Relations Court
May 09, 2018
Bullying in Schools
Mike Hutson, Shaker Police Dept
May 02, 2018
Building Respect and Trust with Police
Doreen Osmun & students
Apr 18, 2018
3D Printing and Makerspace
Dr. Richard Klosterman
Apr 11, 2018
Current Trends in City Planning
Chuck Mackey
Apr 04, 2018
The Business of Cyber Security
Matt Gerber
Mar 28, 2018
Dean of Faculty Western Reserve Academy
Meeting Broadcasts
Meetings are broadcast on HCTV:
Hudson Community Television
Spectrum channel 1021
Mondays @ Noon & 6 pm
Wednesdays @ 10 pm
Fridays @ Noon
Sundays @ 6 pm
To view recordings from past meetings visit The Rotary of Hudson YouTube page.