Our March 2021 Business of the Month: Ross Farm Mercantile
If you're looking for top quality yarns and fibers, look no further than Ross Farm Mercantile located at 46 Ravenna Street, Unit B7, in the Evaporator Works. Owner Amy Manko is a fifth generation expert who runs the store and online shopping. Her adult son Drew manages operations at The Ross Farm in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
 
"Drew handles everything 'on the hoof' and I handle everything 'off the hoof'," said Amy in an interview. 
 
In 1910, Frank L. Ross wanted to build a 'model farm' to practice the latest methods of animal husbandry and farm design. He built the Old Barn in 1911 for his bride, Margaret L. Condit Ross, who insisted that she have a proper house to live in. The farm now boasts a beautiful red brick American Four Square with dormers, a slate roof, and four grand white pillars.
 
The Ross Farm raises heritage breeds that produce yarns and fibers of the highest quality. "We shear the sheep and have it processed into yarns for knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers," Amy added. "We sell those online and in the shop, and in the years before Covid, on the road across the country at fiber festivals."
 
Ross Farm Mercantile is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 3 and offers curbside pickup for those who prefer it. Or you can shop hundreds of products online to your heart's content at the Ross Farm online store.

Best wishes to Ross Farm Mercantile, our March 2021 business of the month!

Here are just a few of the hundreds of products from their website!
What did Hudson Clocktower Rotary do in February?

Rotary in the news!

I begin this month by sharing information from a recent news article which caught my attention about vaccines which included information about the importance of  Rotary in the fight to eradicate polio.   
 
The March of Dimes, founded by President Franklin Roosevelt, who was diagnosed with polio, funded development of the first polio vaccines, which were created in the 1950s.  Polio numbers in the U.S. fell off dramatically, with the last recorded case in 1979.
 
Around the world, infections were still widespread.  Rotary International and the United Nations established the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988.  The group aimed to make polio the second human disease after smallpox to be vanquished.  The alliance was joined later by more partners including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and it has provided more than $173 billion towards the eradication of polio. 
 
What did Rotary Hudson Clocktower do in February?
 
On February 3rd, we welcomed Lisa Sabol, President of the Leadership Hudson Board. As Leadership Hudson is the primary service project of our club, it was a good opportunity to get an update on the planning for the next class and changes being addressed by the Board.
 
We also heard from Cynthia Peeples from the Emergency Overnight Shelter in Akron, a service opportunity that was brought to our attention by 2020 Leadership Hudson class members, Melanie Johnson and Jenn Scheeser.   
 
For our member spotlight we heard from our President-elect John Laird about his business career that took him to many different locations.  
 
On February 10th, our book discussion group continued with a focus on the Malcolm Gladwell books, "Tipping Point" and "Blink".  Thanks to Jim Knauf and Kate Schlademan for leading this conversation where aspects of both books were highlighted including that people can be connectors or salespeople; but raised the questions of "What is the tipping point for our club?" and  "What are our broken windows--what do we need to fix?"
 
Books were selected for future months---March and April:  "Start with Why", by Simon Sinek; and  May: "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown.
 
On February 17th, we were fortunate to have as our speaker Donna Skosa, the Health Commissioner for Summit County. Donna reviewed various aspects of the Covid-19 vaccination process and other responsibilities of the Health District. 
 
We continued our monthly segment of "What is Rotary?" by Ted Olson sharing the details of the upcoming 4-way speech contest involving students from Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy. The  WRA students will compete  on Thursday, March 11th at 8:00 p.m. Thanks to the Rotarians who have volunteered to be a judge.  All Rotarians are invited to observe the competition even if you are not a judge. The final competition will occur on April 7th at 7:30 a.m. Thanks Ted for organizing!
 
On February 24th, our member  and resident tax expert, Bob Drew presented the annual and popular tax update. Thanks to Bob for his work in providing a comprehensive overview of the tax changes in the past year!
 
During a club assembly, the following officers were elected for 2021-2022:
 
President:  John Laird
President-elect: Kate Schladerman
Co-President-elect:  Cheryl Maimona
Club Administrator:  Gerry Sawyer
Secretary:  Kathy Cybulski
Treasurer: Jake Jackson
Board member: Jim Knauf
Board member: Ted Olson
Board member: Gerry Sawyer
 
My best wishes to John as he continues the process of planning for his year as President which begins on July 1, 2021!
 
Also, during the club assembly, the 2020 Leadership Hudson class members were accepted into membership as associate members.  The formal induction of the members will occur on March 3rd.
 
Looking ahead...
Wednesday, March 3rd--11;45 a.m. J.R. Campbell, Executive Director, Design Innovation Initiative, Professor, The Fashion School, Kent State University; Induction of Leadership Hudson 2020 Class by District Governor and member, Pat Myers; and Business of the Month, Amy Manko, owner of Ross Farm Mercantile.
                                                             
Wednesday, March 10th--5:30 p.m.  Book Discussion: "Start with Why" by Simon Sinek. Jake Jackson and De-de Mulligan discussion facilitators.
 
Wednesday, March 17th--11:45 a.m. St. Patrick's Day music by Mavis; and "Baseball!", by Wayne Nieman
 
Wednesday, March 24th--11:45 a.m. Susan Licate, U.S. Census Bureau
 
Wednesday, March 31st--5:30 p.m.  Elaine Marsh, Summit Metro Parks Watershed Specialist: removal of Gorge Dam and impact on environment 
 
Borrowing from the Rotary International webinar of February 25th on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:  Be engaged! Be an example!
 
I hope to see you soon!
 
Cheryl M.
Leadership Hudson Alumni Association Puts Snowman in Tour
The Hudson Shop Local/Shop Hudson team is putting together a "Tour of Snowmen" in downtown Hudson as a fundraiser for the Hudson Community Service Association. Community organizations and business are decorating and adopting snowmen, which will then be put on display throughout the downtown area. Residents and visitors are encouraged to get out to see more than 60 decorated snowmen located throughout First and Main, vote for their favorites, and patronize local businesses from January 24 through February 28. Don't miss our Leadership Hudson snowman as you do!
 
Congratulations and thanks to Kristina Dooley, a member of the Leadership Hudson Alumni, for taking on this project for both Rotary and the Alumni Association to support the Hudson businesses. Great job!
 
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!
 
Please check the CALENDAR for information about our upcoming speakers.
 
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Click on DISTRICT NEWS to get additional information and news from Rotary District 6630 and Rotary International.
 
We encourage our members to join the Paul Harris Society. Learn more here.
 
 
 
 
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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.