Our April 2021 Business of the Month: PodPopuli Recording Studios
Say hello to our new Business of the Month, PodPopuli Recording Studios, located in the heart of Hudson at 238 N. Main Street. There's nothing like it in town! PodPopulli is the full-service retail podcast production hub of Great Love Media. This is where you get top-quality recording, producing, consulting, distribution and marketing services under one roof in your own back yard. 

If you own a business, have an avocation or a burning passion, a cause or simply want to share your voice, you need a podcast, and the folks at PodPopuli have everything you'll need to get started. They offer comfortable studios, state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise you'll need to create exciting content and get it distributed.

Brian Howie, founder, and PodPopuli just blew up every excuse you had for putting off podcasting!

"Academy Award and Emmy Winners, entrepreneurs, stylists, realtors, celebrities, coaches, divorcees, dreamers, moms, dads, teachers, hobbyists, students, therapists, best friends, social clubs, and community leaders; we produce shows hosted by people from all backgrounds, walks of life, and experience levels," he writes.

"In 2015, we launched our first show - “The Great Love Debate Podcast with Brian Howie” - which is now the World’s #1 Dating & Relationship Podcast, and since then have created and consistently grown countless other shows to top rankings across a wide array of categories on the podcasting charts."
Check out the Pod Populi website, or call them to book a session at (833) PODS123.
The International Language of Rotary
Rotary provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with other people in so many ways.  A unique example was demonstrated in the March Rotary.  A Covid-19 unit nurse received a Rotary bracelet from her Dad when she joined her club.  She wore the bracelet to work and had a patient who did not speak English.  The language barrier was preventing the nurse from connecting with him.  The patient then pointed at her bracelet.  At first, the nurse did not understand.  Then he said, "Rotary."  From then on, beyond being a nurse, he know who she was.  The symbol made him recognize the kind of person she must be.  It is wonderful to know that we are part of an organization that has the  universal "language" of Rotary! 

What did Rotary Clocktower do in March?

On March 3rd, we welcomed J.R. Campbell, Professor and Executive Director of the Design Innovation Initiative at Kent State University.  Kent State's DI Initiative brings together students, faculty, staff, community members, and leading experts from diverse disciplines who are thoughtfully addressing technology and society through design to become creative, intersectional problem solvers and fearless collaborators in the face of complex, messy problems.  This presentation was live streamed and is available for viewing on our Facebook page.
We also welcomed Amy Manko, a former Rotarian from Washington, Pa., who came to speak about her new Hudson business, Ross Farm Mercantile, our March business of the month.  This local yarn shop sells many different yarns from sheep on the Ross Farm as well as fine British and other wool yarns.  Amy plans to have trunk show collections and will be teaching knitting. 
Finally, our District Governor and member, Pat Myers, lead an induction of new members from the 2020 Leadership Hudson class. Pat provided inspirational comments including that all Rotarians share the same core values.  Thanks again to Pat for leading this induction and to the sponsors of these new members! 
On March 10th, we continued our book discussion, turning our attention to the book,  "Start with Why"  by Simon Sinek.  De-De Mulligan and Jake Jackson led an interesting discussion of the questions:  "Why did you join Rotary?" and "Why do you stay in Rotary?"  This discussion will continue on April 14th on a different aspect of the book.  Thanks De-De and Jake for your work!
The next evening our club held the 4-way speech contest for students at Western Reserve Academy.  The two winners with compete with the two winners from Hudson High School on April 7th.
March 17th, St. Patrick's Day provided an opportunity to celebrate some of our members.  Wayne Nieman shared about his involvement with the Northeast Ohio Roy Hobbs Baseball,  Not only did we learn a lot about Wayne's activities outside of work, but we also learned how every year as part of tournaments, he gets to play at MLB spring training sites, including the Jet Blue Stadium, the training facility for the Boston Red Sox, with its own "Green Monster."  Local championship games are played at the Ballpark of Hudson.  We hope to catch Wayne play in the local championship.  Thanks Wayne for providing such interesting information!
Kate Schlademan, continued our monthly member spotlight segment of "When in your life did you feel most vibrant?"  Kate shared about her time living in South Korea for five years and encouraged anyone having such as opportunity to take advantage.
Mavis Jennings concluded the meeting with some special St. Patrick's Day fun by leading us in St. Patrick Day songs. In addition to  music, Mavis, having traveled and performed with Cique du Soleil,  shared stories from his travels in Ireland. Thanks Mavis for celebrating St. Patrick's Day with us and allowing all of us to be Irish for the day!
March 24th provided an opportunity to hear from Susan Licate, a Media, Partnership and Congregational Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau.  Key information provided included business resources available from the Census Bureau.
Our monthly "What is Rotary?" segment highlighted the cluster and cluster projects.  Jake shared information about the status of last year's project, which was delayed because of Covid, is ready to be completed.  Eighteen camp stoves were purchased for the cabins at Camp Manatoc.  They will be installed on April 13th at 9:00 a.m.  All Rotarians are invited to come and assist with the completion of this project on the 13th!
Additionally, the next project has been selected by the cluster of clubs which is the installation of bare root stock for 1.7 acres at Wood Hollow Metro Park in Hudson.  The Cuyahoga Falls club is heading this project.
On March 31st, Elaine Marsh, Summit Metro Parks Watershed Specialist, discussed the removal of Gorge Dam and what it means for the environment and the region in her presentation, "Bringing Down the Dam, Freeing the Falls."
Looking ahead:
April 7th, 11:45 a.m.--Speaker:  Doug Piekarz, CEO Akron Zoo.  We will
                                     also hear from the April business of the month 
                                      owner, Brian Howie, PodPopuli
                  7:30 a.m.--4-way speech contest finals at Hudson morning club meeting
April 14th, 5:30 p.m.    The book discussion of "Start with Why" .
April 21st,  No meeting due to District Conference
April 22-24th,  District Conference.  Pat Myers, District Governor and our member, presiding.
                          Registration is open on District 6630 website.  Virtual; no fees.
April 28th, 11:45 a.m. Tim Dimhoff, SACS Consulting
Rotary Clocktower provided a letter of support to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, which is the largest land trust in Ohio, in its efforts to acquire and preserve the 55 acres by historic O'Brien Cemetery in the city of Hudson.   This O'Brien Preserve promotes conservation elements such as: protecting forest, wetlands, and streams, providing habitat for over 130 bird species; and offering outdoor recreation opportunities to the public.  Additionally, it is adjacent to the Summit County's Hike and Bike Trail.   A representative will be speaking to our club later this year.
Update on pollinator garden project.  The two Rotary clubs of Hudson and Hudson Clocktower are moving forward with the creation of pollinator gardens at each of the Hudson Schools.  For 2021, the first garden will be created at Ellsworth Hill Elementary. Representatives of the two clubs met with Hudson school representatives, including Curt VanBlarcum, the Hudson Schools arborist, to begin the planning process.  We are looking forward to creating a great learning experience for the students which aligns with Rotary's new area of focus on the environment.  If you would like to assist, the initial work at Ellsworth will occur Tuesday, April 6th and Wednesday, April 7th at 5:30 p.m. to remove the invasive plants and weeds from the designated area.
Update of Hudson High School Students collecting used books.  Jeremy Lavoie contacted me to share that the students have decided to restart the book drive, and are running it until April 15th.  Anyone wishing to donate books can drop them off at Jeremy's house, 7165 Colesbrooke Dr.  To date, the students have donated over 12,000 books to organizations, including the Findley Learning Center, Cleveland Literacy Project, various Ohio prisons, and Bright Star in Akron.
I hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming Rotary meetings!
Cheryl M.
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.
Click on CLUB NEWS to get all the latest club information!
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.
Our Leadership Team
President Elect
Secretary / Board
Foundation Liaison
Web Administrator
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Immediate Past President
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.