History of Leadership Hudson
Leadership Hudson was formed in 2002 as the primary community service project of The Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower, chartered by Rotary International in 2002. Rotary International’s motto is “Service Above Self.” The stated purpose and goals of Leadership Hudson are:
- To educate interested residents of Hudson and persons who work in Hudson about its various community organizations and businesses
- To encourage participation in volunteer and/or civic organizations
- To build a leadership resource to serve future community needs
- To give future leaders the means to share their talents and ideas to better the community
We accomplish those goals through a nine-month educational program, bringing approximately 50 volunteer speakers to present to classes ranging in size from six to 14 students. For a number of years we have contracted with the Institute for Creative Leadership to facilitate our opening session.
In addition, classes had participated in a regional leadership day with 12 other Leadership programs in Northeast Ohio, though that program is no longer available. Each class also develops a project whose goal is to benefit the Hudson community. Class projects have included a volunteer interest survey and application system, Taste of Hudson, a marketing program to place benches in public areas, a Veterans’ Memorial, Hudson Farmers Market, Junior Leadership Hudson, Safety Town Village, Screen on the Green, 5K run/Veterans” Park Playground, Race to the Taste, and the HeAERT of Hudson.
To date, there are 154 alumni of 15 Leadership Hudson classes. Alumni serve in many elected, appointed, and volunteer positions in civic, community and governmental organizations.
Leadership Hudson is coordinated by two volunteers: Bob Carter and Jill Centrello. Long-term issues are managed by a Board that meets monthly. Leadership Hudson became a nonprofit public charity in 2015, allowing it to become eligible for grant funding and to serve as fiscal sponsor for class projects.