Hudson Clocktower Rotary selling masks to raise money for EMS

Sale Extended by Popular Demand! These Masks are Perfect Stocking Stuffers and Holiday Gifts!

In an effort to help Hudson EMS raise money for the purchase of PPE equipment, Hudson Clocktower Rotary has entered the mask business. We are selling two versions of a mask: one has the clocktower on it, and the second version has both the clocktower and the Rotary International logo on the other cheek.
The masks are made by RDP Sports in Twinsburg. Cost is $12 or $14 depending on the style selected, and all net proceeds will be donated to EMS. You can order your mask online directly from RDP Sports through November 4. The masks will be available for pickup at The Learned Owl bookstore after November 18. 
Order your mask today at RDP Sports! Remember: You MUST pre-order your mask directly from RDP Sports. Masks will not be available for sale at The Learned Owl!

Thank you for supporting Hudson EMS!

September Update from Our President
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
The highlight of our month was the surprise recognition of Bob Carter for the many years that he volunteered as a facilitator for the Leadership Hudson classes: 2002-2020---eighteen years of diligent service to Leadership Hudson, which is such a well-respected and well-liked program in the Hudson community.  
We met in Bob's front yard on a warm September evening and presented Bob with gifts from our Clocktower Club members.  Thanks to Jim for the champagne toast and to Jake for making the plaque.  Thanks also to John Murphy for taking photos. Check out our web page for John's summary and photos.  We had a lot of fun planning the event and keeping it a surprise!
Our Rotary International theme this year is "Rotary Opens Opportunities."  Indeed, we have several great opportunities this month!

We continued our "lunch and learn". 

Kristina Dooley, a member of the 2019 Leadership Hudson Class told us about the plans for the second Hudson State of Mind week, beginning on October 4th.  Check out their Facebook page and our Calendar page for details. There are several events and presentations scheduled for the entire week. Special thanks to the sponsor of this series of events, Peg's Foundation.
Fire Chief, Jerry Varnes took us into the world of the Hudson EMS operations during Covid-19.  We heard about several instances of community support to make this volunteer organization successful under some very difficult circumstances.  As a Rotary Club, we have had the opportunity to support the Hudson EMS by our monetary contributions for the purchase of protective equipment; and by our face masks project, which Kathy organized.
Finally, we completed the month with a presentation taking us out of this world by Allison DeVito, an attorney in the general counsel's office of the Air Force at the Pentagon, speaking about the new branch of the military, the Space Force.    
We were guests at a Leadership Hudson Alumni event at which a  representative from GOJO, the local company headquartered in Akron that manufactures Purell products, told how the leadership of the company has dealt with the challenges of the Covid-19 era, expanding and reorganizing its resources to provide sanitizing products to the world. Additionally, we heard how the company founder, never wanting the employees to be hungry, daily provided  bread, peanut butter, and similar items which is a tradition that continues. The founder also wore two watches because "there is never enough time."

Looking ahead:

October 7th---we will participate in the Leadership Hudson 2019 class project, Hudson State of Mind presentation,  "Mental Health Resources for Families."  Join our regular meeting by zoom at 11:45 a.m. and at noon we will join the online presentation.
October 14th--Casey Weinstein, candidate for Ohio State Rep.

October 21st--Beth Bigham, candidate for Ohio State Rep.

October 28th--Kathy Thomas, Vice-President, Leadership Hudson Board. Kathy recently retired from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; and formerly had a radio program on an Akron radio station. Kathy is preparing a thought provoking presentation. This is an opportunity for us to get to meet one of the Leadership Hudson Board members.
We completed the face masks project that Kathy Cybulski organized. I hope you had an opportunity to order your "Clocktower" mask. Just a reminder: the masks will be available to pick up at Learned Owl after October 21st.
Another service project opportunity....
A group of Hudson High School students are collecting young adult and children's books as well as DVDs for distribution in Cleveland areas where  Covid-19 have made libraries inaccessible. The students are working with an existing Cleveland nonprofit began in 2017 which has already provided 60,000 free books. The students are collecting to make a donation by Thanksgiving.
If you'd like to know where to drop off books for this project, or if you like to request to have books picked up, please send us an email and we will get the information to you.
The students are not taking adult books at this time due  to the large initial response of adult book donations. They are checking into the possibility of donating books to prisons. I hope to have one of the students involved in this project speak to our club.
On the business side...
We began the month completing the discussion about club goals for 2020 and 2021.  A summary document will be issued to members as well as posted on Clubrunner. Now that we have goals, I am organizing  committees. 
We are now incorporated as the Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower, Inc.  Incorporation papers were filed in July with the Secretary of State.  We are exploring the possibility of filing for charitable organization status with the IRS as a 501 (c)(3).  Please share any thoughts you have about this possibility.
Several of our members attended the Tri-District Membership Conference. One of the sessions was "Sharing the Joy of Rotary." For me, the  joy stems from the many opportunities to meet interesting people, learn about interesting topics, and participate in many beneficial service projects. I will always remember a statement by one of our members, Phil Leiter, that he is involved with Rotary because he goes to bed every night knowing that Rotary is doing good around the world.
October 24th is World Polio Day. Rotary is known for its world-wide efforts to eradicate polio. You can watch Rotary's World  Polio Day Online Global update on October 24th on Facebook or
October 24th is also United Nations Day. Rotary was instrumental in the creation of the United Nations and still holds a seat at the United Nations. A very noble feat!
Rotary offers us many opportunities! I hope that you are able to experience those that are of interest  to you.
Thank you!
Cheryl Maimona
Hudson Clocktower Rotary Club Honors Bob Carter for his Work with Leadership Hudson
On Sunday, September 27, several member of the Hudson Clocktower Rotary Club paid a surprise visit to the home of Bob Carter to honor him for his tireless work on behalf of Leadership Hudson. Bob is leaving his position as a facilitator for the Leadership Hudson program.

Being careful to maintain social distancing,  masked Rotarians thanked Bob for his service. President Cheryl Maimona presented Bob with a plaque and a gift certificate to Gervasi Vineyard. Jim Knauf, one of the original founders of the Hudson Clocktower Rotary Club and a main driver behind the establishment of the Leadership Hudson program, toasted Bob with a glass of champagne.

Congratulations to Bob and many thanks for your years of service to Rotary, to Leadership Hudson, and to the entire community. Your work is an inspiration for many who follow in your path.

Best wishes for continued success with everything that comes your way!

Top Photo: President Cheryl Maimona reads from the plaque before presenting it to Bob Carter. Bottom Photo: Bob and Tracee Carter raise a glass of champagne with a toast from Jim Knauf.
Join us at a virtual Lunch Meeting
Our meetings are now being held each Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Check back here periodically for any changes. On the second Wednesday of each month, we have a social Zoom meeting to discuss club business and socialize. That meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to eat pizza that night!
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What is Hudson Clocktower Rotary?

Naturally, we are members of Rotary International. And because of this, we are committed to the goals of Rotary, the largest of which is the eradication of polio worldwide through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

But if you attend one of our meetings, you’re likely to think we’re just a friendly group of people who live or work in and around Hudson who enjoy getting together for lunch once a week. This is true. But we’re much more than that.

The video you see here does a great job of capturing exactly what we’re all about. Enjoy it, and we hope you’ll decide to come to one of our meetings to see what we’re all about.

Hudson Clocktower Rotary Club Goals

Are you ready to give back to your community?

We would love to have you in our club! You'll enjoy the experience and will help us achieve our goals, a few of which are described below.

  • Maximize our relationship with Leadership Hudson
  • Increase community awareness
  • Promote club growth
  • Work with the Hudson Community Food Bank
  • Collaborate with the District on Rotary Day

We have positions open on a number of committees, and we welcome your help. We encourage you to come forward, attend up to three of our Rotary meeting lunches without obligation, and decide for yourself if Rotary is for you.