Our May 2021 Business of the Month: Arlington Valley Farms
Our Hudson Clocktower Rotary Business of the Month is Arlington Valley Farms!
 
Based in Hudson, Ohio, Arlington Valley Farms’ unique approach to scratch cooking and individually baked products is rooted in a strong connection to farms and the source of our premium ingredients. “AVF” produces nearly everything it makes from fresh premium ingredients. We combine this dedication to scratch cooking to produce super-innovative, super-delicious, individually wrapped, grab-n-go, premium frozen food products. 
 
Arlington Valley Farms is a "family centric team-based company dedicated to our employees, our customers, our community, to making the world a bit better each day, and to making the best-in-class products in our categories."
 
Visit the Arlington Valley Farms website and check out the company's Snack'n Waffles and S'Wiches. The Snack'n Waffles come in three flavors: buttery maple, sweet cinnamon, and wild blueberry. S'Wiches Crafted Sandwiches come in nine flavors that are sure to please even a picky eater. 
 
All of the products are individually wrapped and made from scratch in a nut-free facility. Made with 100 percent organic grains, each product delivers outstanding taste and gourmet quality. Arlington Valley Farms has food service clients throughout the United States, including Hawaii and is steadily building a retail presence in grocery stores across America.
 
Manufacturing is done at the company's facilities on Hudson Drive, which opened in January 2020.
 
You can buy Arlington Valley Farms products are select Acme stores and at Marc's throughout the area. Want to learn more? Sign up to get product updates when you log onto the website. It's fast and easy, and you'll be the first to get news from this innovative company with roots in Hudson.  

Paul Harris, Rotary and Trees
I begin this month with some Rotary history.  Paul Harris, in addition to being known as the founder of Rotary, also has the legacy of Friendship Trees--a lasting symbol of goodwill. Here is the story.  
 
Paul Harris, as Rotary's president emeritus traveled extensively during the 1920s and 1930s. During these trips, the nature-loving Harris planted trees to symbolize goodwill and friendship. In the fall of 1932, Harris embarked on a five-week tour of European Rotary clubs and planted trees along the way.  Ever since, Rotarians have planted trees in the name of fellowship, friendship, and community service. These trees, which can be found worldwide, have grown into enduring monuments of Rotary's ideals.  Harris recalled, "With the cooperation of Rotarians and local governments, I have planted friendship trees in the parks and playgrounds on five continents of the world and even on some of the major islands of the seas.  Our trees stood as symbols of international understanding and goodwill."
 

What did Rotary Clocktower do in April?

On April 7th,  we welcomed Doug Piekarz,  the President and  CEO of the Akron Zoo. We learned that Doug has worked in the Zoo field for over 30 years, with the last 22 years at the Akron Zoo.  The environment and conservation has been a focus of Doug's work including being a part of international conservation efforts in Venezuela, Brazil, and Spain.  Additionally, he has locally and nationally focused on growing awareness of conservation of wildlife and wild places. Doug displays an excellent example of leadership for all that he has done to make the Akron Zoo such as asset in our community. In case you missed it,  Doug's presentation is on our Facebook page.
 
We also heard from Brian Howie, the owner of PodPopuli, our April business of the month.  Brian explained how he came to locate his podcast business in Hudson and the tremendous response that he has received from the community.  Check our website for further details prepared by our webmaster, John Murphy.
 
Additionally, Ted shared the results of the 4-way speech contest held earlier in the day jointly with the morning Rotary club.  The winner was David King from Western Reserve Academy.
 
April 14th provided another opportunity for the book discussion group to tackle the book, "Start with Why."   Watch for further details about an upcoming time, perhaps during the summer, where, as a club, we will be asking the questions raised by this book.  The book discussion group will be taking a pause, and picking up again in September with the book, "Daring Greatly", by Brene Brown.
 
No meeting was scheduled on April 21st since the District Conference was held on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th presided over by our District Governor and member, Pat Myers, who lead  a very impressive assembly of Rotarians. The conference provided a unique opportunity to see  new and different aspects of Rotary as well as  leaders and members from all over Ohio. Thanks to Pat, and to John, for all of the work towards making the conference such a success!
 
April 28th gave us an opportunity to hear Tim Dimoff, President and founder of SACS Consulting and Investigations. Tim is one of the nation's leading authorities in high-risk workplace and human resource issues, security, terrorism, and crime.  He is utilized as an expert witness in court cases and for media analysis about violent crimes and other security issues. He has been an expert commentator on CNN and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USAToday. The focus of Tim's presentation was a discussion of strategies to use to defuse and deal with difficult people. This informative presentation is available on our Facebook page.
 
We ended the meeting with our monthly segment of "What is Rotary?"   The annual shelter boxes project was reviewed with a decision by the members to support this worthwhile service project again by our individual donations. 
 

Looking ahead:

May 5th--11:45--Pat DeWine, Ohio Supreme Court Justice
 
May 12--5:30--No meeting.  Phil Leiter's social event at Zeppe's.
 
May 19th--11:45--Summer fun:  Phil Mikita, Friends of the Hudson Parks and Jay Hudson, Hudson                                 Farmers Market.
 
May 26th--Chris Banweg,  Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Recognition of Veterans.
 
Update on 2020 Cluster Project.  The Summit County North Cluster of Rotary Clubs acquired new wood-burning stoves and assisted in the removal and replacement of wood-burning stoves in the historic cabins at Camp Manatoc Scout Reservation.  The local benefactor is the Great Trail Council BSA.  Hudson Clocktower took the lead in initiation and completion of this project.  Thanks to Jake for his work in organizing and implementation of this cluster project.
 
Update on pollinator garden at Ellsworth Hill Elementary School.  The weeds have been pulled, ground tilled, and planting is to begin soon.
 
Creation of Veterans Multi-user Trail. Our club is supporting the creation of the Veterans Multi-user Trail led by the Trail Advocates of Summit County. The trail will connect our Hudson community with Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Silver Lake and Akron. It will also provide a connection to the already established popular Hike and Bike Trail of the Summit Metro Parks. A letter of support will be sent to Bill Sepe and Ron Brubaker, Co-Directors of the Trail Advocates of Summit County, who will be speaking at an upcoming meeting.
 
I am looking forward to seeing you soon!
 
Cheryl
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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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.