History of Leadership Hudson
Leadership Hudson was formed in 2002 as the primary community service project of Hudson Clocktower Rotary, 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.
Each class develops a project whose goal is to benefit the Hudson community. Class projects have included a wide range of initiatives. Visit the Projects page to see a list of recent class projects.
To date, there are approximately 200 alumni of 18 Leadership Hudson classes. Alumni serve in many elected, appointed, and volunteer positions in civic, community and governmental organizations.
Leadership Hudson is coordinated by volunteer facilitators and a volunteer board. 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.