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Our View: Rotary's motto is 'service above self'

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Next Thursday the Rotary clubs of Hudson volunteer their time and services to provide the annual Halloween parade for the youths and parents of Hudson.

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The event comes and goes each year without a lot of fanfare, but this year is something special. This year marks the 60th annual Halloween parade. As far as we can tell, it’s the oldest continuous community celebration -- older than Booster Days, the Pepper Fest and anything else we can think that comes to mind! For details, see the article in today’s Community section.

Hudson actually has two Rotary clubs. The original club started in Hudson on March 6, 1951. That club, the Hudson Rotary Club, is commonly referred to as the “Thursday Noon Club.” It meets Thursday noon each week and recently moved its luncheon meeting location to the Hudson House Grand Hotel.

A second club was organized in Hudson and was activated July 1, 1990. That club, the Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club, meets Wednesday morning each week for a breakfast meeting at the Hudson Golf Club.

Rotary is a worldwide service organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.

Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries.

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The main objective of Rotary is service: in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.

Both Rotary clubs have generously supported countless causes locally and internationally. It would take too much space to list everything, but here are a few of the local highlights (Some are one-time donations, but many organizations are supported annually): Willow River Owls, Cub Scout Pack 211, Have A Heart Farm, Hudson Food Shelf, Hudson Police Dept., Hudson Soccer Association, YMCA St Croix Valley, Camp Enterprise, Hudson School District, HHS All Night Party, Junior Achievement, HHS—Scholarships, St Croix Valley EMS, Royalty Wheel Park—YMCA, SOS, Community Action--Youth Action Hudson, HHS-STRIVE, Hudson Community Fund, Bridge for Youth with/Disabilities, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Community Built Playground, Hudson Hockey Association, Habitat for Humanity, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), United Way--St Croix Valley, Hudson Boosters, Operation Help, Phipps Center for the Arts, HHS DECA, Hudson Police Explorers, Students of the Month, Salvation Army – the list goes on and on.

On the international front, Rotarians support causes like Polio Plus, ShelterBox, Books for Africa, Fast For Hope and a multitude of others.

We salute the Rotary clubs of Hudson and encourage everyone to live by the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

At every meeting Rotarians recite Rotary’s Four Way test of the things we think, say or do:

--Is it the TRUTH?

--Is it FAIR to all concerned?

--Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

--Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
(715) 426-1066
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