Our September Business of the Month: The Farmer's Rail

We are pleased to welcome to Hudson a new Main Street business, The Farmer's Rail, located at 98 North Main Street. The Farmer's Rail is a farmer owned and operated butcher shop and bakery. The meats you find there, including poultry, beef and lamb, come from animals that are raised sustainably on pasture at Brunty Farms in Ashland, Ohio.

This is the third location for The Farmer's Rail. They also have stores in Bath and in Cuyahoga Falls. Kal Bowers, director of marketing, said the company is excited about opening the newest store. "Right now we are still in the 'soft opening' phase of the business," he said. "We have many exciting things to come, including the full restaurant, bar, and being open seven days a week. We are so excited to be part of the Hudson community!"

The Farmer's Rail is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also shop online – check out their extensive selection of products. Know someone with butcher, bakery or restaurant skills? The Farmer's Rail is looking for butchers, front of house restaurant workers, servers, bartenders and bakery staff. 

You can reach The Farmer's Rail at 330-576-3333 or visit their website. The Farmer's Rail – what a tasty addition to the Hudson business community! 
Join Us at the Clocktower Bourbon Fest coming in October
If you like Bourbon, good food, good music and the chance to make new friends, you'll want to attend our inaugural Clocktower Bourbon Fest, Wednesday, October 13. We've got a fun evening lined up for you!
The Clocktower Bourbon Fest was conceived in response to the growing popularity of Bourbon Whiskey, especially those distilled locally. This is a bourbon-tasting fundraising event to raise money for the philanthropies of the Hudson Clocktower Rotary Club.
The main event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Manotoc Scout Reservation located at 1075 Truxell Road in Peninsula (44264). Trained and knowledgeable representatives from Cleveland Whiskey, Seven Brothers Distilling Company and other fine Bourbon distillers will be on hand to talk about their brands, including their private stock of fine Bourbon Whiskey. Your $75 ticket will get you 10 to 12 half-ounce tastes from any of the participating distillers. Find one you love? Great! We'll also have cocktail mixes available so you can purchase a mixed drink of your choice.
Now, if you really have a thirst for knowledge AND fine spirits, you may choose a $100 ticket option which gets you in at 5:30 p.m. – an hour before the main event starts. During this time, distillers will be featuring their premium offerings, and you'll get to spend more time talking with each distiller and savoring their Bourbon. Of course, you'll also have first dibs on great food by Robert J. Events & Catering, and bluegrass music by the Good Knights.
We are also offering a non-alcohol ticket for $25 for non-drinkers or designated drivers, which still entitles you to great food, soft drinks and music. 
This event will wrap up by 10 p.m. Security will be on hand, and absolutely no one under 21 will be admitted.
Here's the catch! You MUST buy your tickets in advance. There will be NO sales at the door. Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, October 8.
We hope to see you at the Clocktower Bourbon Fest!
You can purchase your tickets using this SECURE link to our fiscal agent, The Hudson Community Foundation. Click the link to purchase your tickets.
Pay Myers honored for work as District Governor
On Wednesday, June 30, members and guests of the Hudson Clocktower Rotary Club honored Pat Myers – one of our very own members – for the work she did on behalf of all Rotarians while serving as District Governor. To say Pat worked tirelessly is an understatement!
Who could have imagined coming into office while the entire world was in the throes of a pandemic? The challenges were enormous, but with Pat's hard work, the clubs in District 6630 managed not just to survive but to thrive. Pat helped all of us overcome what many saw as insurmountable obstacles. In fact, despite having to meet via Zoom for the entire year, our clubs inducted 100 new members.

To honor Pat's service, we presented her with an engraved stone that will be placed in the pollinator garden at Ellsworth Hill Elementary school. The 50-pound stone will be a lasting testament to Pat's hard work and dedication to the values and ideals of Rotary International. 
All of us are grateful to have had Pat at the helm during the turbulent year just passed. Congratulations, Pat, for a job very, very welll done!
At the same social meeting, we celebrated the induction of John Laird as our President for 2021-2022. John already has ambitious goals for the club, which we will be writing about in the weeks ahead. Congratulations, John, and best wishes for success in the year ahead
Our July 2021 Business of the Month: Ohio Organics & Nature
Hudson Clocktower Rotary is pleased to have Ohio Organics & Nature as our July Business of the Month.

Founded in 2019, the company offers healthy and safe clothing, groceries, and gifts for you, your family and friends, and your home. Ohio Organics & Nature has a robust e-commerce website filled with a wide range of products from Health and Beauty offerings, to Kitchenware, Home Decor, and even groceries.

If you're interested in living a clean and healthy lifestyle, you've got to pay Amy Miklos a visit. Read her story to learn more about her own inspiring journey into such a lifestyle. 

Amy is a proud resident of Hudson and grateful for the great community support she's received since opening her store. She says that about 80 percent of all online purchases come from Hudson residents. "They kept us in business during the pandemic," she said in an interview. "We made it through the year because of the great support from the community."    

Learn more by visiting the company's website or stop into the store at 220 North Main Street at Owen Brown. Open Monday through Friday 11 to 6; Saturday 10 to 6; and Sunday 11 to 4. Have a question? Call them at 216-218-1141.
Rotary's Hidden Influences
The May Rotary magazine has an interesting article about seven organizations that got their start because of Rotary----organizations including the Easter Seals (begun by the Rotary Club of Elryia), Shelter Boxes, and Little Libraries, stating: 
     Rotary's positive influence on the world extends beyond its members and its clubs. Frommedical missions to disaster relief to combating climate change.  Rotary plays a role in a vast array of initiatives that help humanity.  The reach and impact of Rotary's work are a testament to Rotary members' leadership, passion, and drive  to help others.
We are also able to "use our Rotary voices" in support of community organizations or initiatives, which we have recently done for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and the Trail Advocates, who will be speaking at meetings in July and August.  

What did Rotary Clocktower do in May?

On May 5th, we welcomed Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine.  Information was provided about why the Supreme Court matters; how cases get to the Supreme Court; and why judges do not see things the same way.  Justice DeWine offered to come to  our club and speak in person.  He provided his e-mail address, rpdewine@gmail.com if anyone has questions.
May 12th--No meeting so members could attend Phil Leiter's pizza party at Zeppe's.
May 19th---We celebrated a couple of summer fun activities by hearing from two active groups in the Hudson community.
Phil Mikita, President of Friends of Hudson Parks shared a schedule of upcoming events planned for 2021. For details: friendsofhudsonparks.org website; or contact Phil at phil.mikita@gmail.com.

The year 2021 has been declared the Year of the Pollinators. The Friends, partnering with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, are converting six acres of Darrow Rd. park into a pollinator meadow.
Phil also mentioned that he had pollinator garden seeds which he has given to me. Let me know if you would like some of the seeds.
Jay Hudson, Manager, Hudson Farmers Market provided an update on what is in store this summer.  Both greens will be used; one-way traffic, social distancing, and hand sanitizing stations.  Masks will not be required. Coming back are more "ready to eat" vendor booths. Poster sales help fund the market. They are in need of board members and volunteers.
May 26th---We heard from Peter Jacobson, owner of Arlington Valley Farms, our May business of the month. Peter shared how the business came to be located in Hudson and provided information about its products. Thanks to John Murphy, we have a summary on our website giving additional details.
Our meeting speaker was Chris Banweg, a Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Chris is a civil affairs officer managing money and projects. He has had three combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. His current employment is a Sr. Program Manager, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, primarily involved in global transformations in technology and operations.
Chris shared how service became important to him; opportunities arise thru service; and when opportunities arise go after them.  Regarding service, be prepared; listen to determine what needs to happen (not necessarily what is being said); and most importantly, be clear in your purpose.
Our monthly segment of What is Rotary? consisted of our annual review of the Adult Harassment policy which was adopted in 2020.
The meeting concluded with a moment of reflection and remembrance as we were heading into the Memorial Day week with a reading of "Why is the Poppy a Symbol of Memorial Day?"  In the war-torn battlefields of Europe, the common red field poppy was one of the first plants to reappear. Its seeds scattered in the wind and sat dormant in the ground, only germinating when the ground was disturbed--as it was by the very brutal fighting of World War 1. John McCrae, a Canadian soldier and physician, witnessed the war first hand and was inspired to write the now-famous poem "In Flanders Fields" in 1915.
Looking ahead:
June 2nd--11:45 a.m.---Val Renner, Assistant Director, Akron Civic Theatre will be our featured speaker. Thanks to Mavis for lining up Val!
We will also hear from Allison Lanzilotta, Executive Vice President, Fleet Response, our June business of the month.
June 9th--5:30 a.m.--- No Rotary meeting.  Phil Leiter pizza party at Zeppe's porch.
June 16--11:45 a.m.--We are looking forward to welcoming our District Governor, Pat Myers to hear about her year!
June 23--11:45 a.m.--Mystery Guest.
June 30th--5:30 p.m. Rotary meeting at Zeppe's porch.  Induction of John Laird, 2021-2022 President by District Governor, Pat Myers.
 Dues reminder--Please send your 2021-2022 dues to Jake Jackson, Treasurer, by June 15th.
Update on pollinator garden at Ellsworth Hill Elementary School. The garden has been planted!  Thanks to our members, John, Ted, and Denny for your work!
Save the date: The morning club is planning its annual Gala on Friday, September 10th at Camp Manatoc. I will share more information when received from Marilyn Orr, President.
Our active Membership and Marketing committee members are working on a fun fundraiser, a Bourbon Trail, likely in early October. The next planning meeting will be on Thursday, June 17th at 1:30 outside Panera.  Please join us if you would like to assist with this project.
I hope that you are finding some opportunities in Rotary! 
Cheryl M.

Join us at a Lunch Meeting
Beginning Wednesday, June 16, our meetings will be held each Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lager & Vine. Check back here periodically for any changes. On the second Wednesday of each month, we have a social meeting to discuss club business and socialize. That meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and takes place at Zeppe's Pizza. 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.