Club Meetings

Weekly Meetings


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Meeting Time:  6:00-7:15 PM every Wednesday

Meeting Location:  The Hudson Portuguese Club, 13 Port Street, Hudson, MA 01749

Roaming Dinners

Occasionally, our club will meet at a different restaurant in the Hudson area for a night of fellowship.  See some of our past roaming dinners below in our past meetings section. Contact us for information on our upcoming roaming dinners.

Past Meetings and Events

9/21/22– Kristina Johnson – Hudson’s Director of Planning & Community Development. She has over 15 years of experience in community planning and is also the Chair of the Framingham Planning Board. Kristina is also the President of the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors. She will talk to the club about contemporary issues she’s assisting with in the Town of Hudson. She also invited Tom Gregory, our town Administrator, to join us that night as well. Plenty to talk about!

9/28/22 – Andy Dowd – Andy is a Northborough Rotarian and during the day he’s the long time Northborough Town Clerk. He’s also President of the Town Clerk’s Association of Massachusetts. His talk will be on the unique history of vital record keeping in New England and the sacred duty of keeping our elections secure. He has also invited Joan Wordell, our Town Clerk in Hudson, to join us. I’ve known Andy for over ten years and he’s a class act.

10/5/22 – Stephen Burney – owner of Hudson Hives. He will talk to us about the “The Fascinating World of Bees” – If you’ve never heard a professional beekeeper explain what happens when bees work their magic you’re in for a treat. It’s really quite interesting. Steve is a lifelong resident of Hudson and you can find his delicious jars of honey all over the place including Mullahy’s Cheese Shop downtown or Nan’s Market in Stow.

10/12/22 – Malcolm Purinton PhD – Dr. Purinton is an accomplished professor of world history at Northeastern University, however his true passion is lecturing on “The History of Beer”. In his spare time he writes a column for the Yankee Brewer newspaper. Everything you’d ever want to know about the sociocultural relationships of world empires, global trade, and the technology of beer brewing can be answered by Malcolm when he speaks at Hudson Rotary.

April 23, 2019 – We gathered at Ground Effect Brewing Company for and Art Supplies and Book Drive to support UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. We were thrilled at the turnout and outpouring of support. We filled a truck and collected over $200 from our raffle and tips donated by Lindsey at Ground Effect. Our club will donate an additional $500.

Arts Event 2

April 9, 2019 – Members met at the Horseshoe Pub & Restaurant to present our first Community Paul Harris Award to Nick Pizzimento. Nick, owner of the Pub was shocked at the presentation. Our club recognized Nick for his assistance with the Brewfest which has raised over $200,000 for Hudson and Nashoba Valley.


January 8, 2019 – We heard from representatives at Fresh Start Furniture Bank.  They have gone through a lot in 2018, and are at a new location in 2019.  Our club donated over $500 in new sheets, blankets, silverware, and pillows.

December 18, 2018 – We spoke about things upcoming in 2019 and how to make it a great year.  

December 11, 2018 – We had our annual holiday party for our members and spouses.  This year, we ventured to Clinton Bar and Grille for something new and exciting.  Members had a great time and we loved the food and atmosphere at the restaurant. 

December 4, 2018 – We spent the meeting discussing club business and planning things for 2019.  

December 1, 2018 – Hudson’s annual downtown Holiday Stroll.  Our club was at at Robinson’s Hardware toasting marshmallows. 

November 27, 2018 – We welcomed representatives from Hudson Youth Baseball and Softball to discuss their upcoming season and what their needs are from the community.

November 20, 2018 – A few of us met at Finnegan’s Pub due to many members being away for the holiday.  We discussed a little further in an informal fashion the membership and service project ideas we have and how to make them a reality.  It’s nice switching it up every now and then and supporting local businesses.   

November 13, 2018 – We had a good round table discussion on some membership ideas and service project ideas that we will try to implement in the new year.  

November 6, 2018 – Dr. Brian Lisse joined us and updated us on his organization, Bridges to Malawi.  This is a great organization that Dr. Lisse devotes his life to, and we are always happy to support them.  


October 30, 2018 – A few of us met at Cafe 641 in place of our regular meeting due to many members not being able to attend.  We had some informal talks about what our club can do in the future to help the community.  

October 25, 2018 – We were set up by Town Hall at the Cellucci Memorial handing out candy to children during Hudson’s annual downtown trick or treat event.  This event is so much fun for the kids, and we love being able to participate and support the community.  

October 23, 2018 – We spent our meeting putting together packets of candy to hand out to children at the annual downtown trick-or-treat.  

October 20, 2018 – We participated in Hudson’s 21st annual Pumpkinfest at Morgan Bowl at Hudson High School.  We held potato sack races for all the children (and some adults too) and had some giveaways.  One more way we are able to give back to the community.  

October 16, 2018 – We celebrated our newly formed Interact Club.  The students (Interactors) from Hudson High School joined us as we recognized them as being charter members in this club and welcome them to the Rotary family.  Following the celebration Rotarians and Interactors worked together making Halloween Safety Kits for Pumpkinfest.

October 13, 2018 – The first “Meet the Scarecrows” event was held at Liberty Park in Hudson.  We are joined the Hudson Public Library to help put on this fun event for families. Everyone enjoyed cider, donuts, and activities with the Hudson Interact Club.

October 9, 2018 – The club  decorated our own scarecrow for our joint event with the Hudson Public Library on October 13, 2018 and inducted new member, Denise Brodeur.

October 2, 2018 – We had a normal club meeting to discuss club business.  

September 25, 2018 – Members and family enjoyed our annual end of the summer outing at member Marty Libby’s house.  Each member brought a dish and we grilled and enjoyed a nice evening together.

September 18, 2018 – The club was informed of the decisions made by the board of directors at their last meeting.  We also discussed upcoming events.

September 11, 2018 – Members of the Marlborough Rotary Club joined us as we held our annual Marlborough-Hudson bocce tournament.  This tradition has been going on for a long time, and it’s always a good time to get together with our neighbors in Marlborough and have some fun.

September 4, 2018 – We gathered for a social meeting at Amaia Martini Bar.  It was a terrific night where we had great food and spoke about some upcoming events in a nice informal setting.

August 28, 2018 – We broke into small groups to discuss membership ideas and to come up with ideas for future service projects.  We will discuss the findings with the entire group at a later event.  Small group discussions can be very helpful so everyone feels like they are getting a say.  

August 21, 2018 – We had a normal club meeting to discuss club business.  

August 14, 2018 – We completed a Service Project where club members put together 20 back packs for the Hudson Public Schools. Back Packs will go to those students in need.

August 11, 2018 – We had our 6th Annual Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest. The Food and Beer event is a joint fundraiser with the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley. It was a very successful day, and a great time was had by all.  Visit the Spirit of Hudson webpage for additional information.

August 7, 2018 – We had a club assembly to discuss club business and prepare for our Spirit of Hudson event.

July 31, 2018 – The club had a booth at the Hudson Farmer’s Market in front of Hudson Town Hall to promote our Brewfest and to talk to residents about our club.  We met in the community room at the Avidia Financial Center in place of our normal meeting.

July 24, 2018 – Members met at Medusa Brewing Company to enjoy some local beer and food from the downtown.

July 17, 2018 – District 7910 Governor, Steven Sager, visited the club to offer his support and discuss things going on within Rotary International, the district, and to see what our club has planned for the year.

July 10, 2018 – We had out first official meeting of new President, Trevor Rank.  Trevor outlined his goals and vision for the upcoming year.  Assistant Governor Diana Nestorova visited with us to support the new leadership team.  We also had our first board meeting of the year to go over the budget for the year and some other upcoming tentative projects.  

July 3, 2018 – We took the night off from meeting to spend time with our families and to celebrate Independence Day.

June 26, 2018 – We inducted the club’s new President, Trevor Rank as well as our new Board of Directors at the 110 Grill at Highland Commons.  

June 22-24, 2018 – The RYLA conference took place at Fitchburg State University.  Our club sponsored five students at the leadership conference. 

June 23, 2018 – Inaugural Hudson Touch-a-Truck event was held at Riverside Park/Morgan Bowl with just over 30 trucks and 800 attendees. The event showcased Big Trucks, Small Trucks, and Food Trucks. In addition to the trucks guests enjoyed balloon twisting, face painting, bubbles, and chalk. The Annual event was organized by the Hudson Rotary Club and the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce.

June 12, 2018 – Steve Santos, Director of the Hudson Recreation Department visited our club to speak about their ongoing projects around town.  They have reached out to the community with a survey on how to improve services, programs, and facilities.

June 9, 2018 – 28th Annual Herbert “Skip” Conrad Memorial Lucky Duck Race. We had a fun filled family day at the Hudson Community Fest. Ducks were dropped in the Assabet River at 1pm from the Washington St Bridge.

June 5, 2018 – We spend our meeting preparing for our annual lucky duck race.  Looking forward to a great day

May 29, 2018 – Rotarians welcomed Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan as our guest speaker. The event was well attended by the public with over 40 people listening to the DA speak about the Opioid Crisis. Thank you to the DA, State Representative’s Kate Hogan and Danielle Gregoire, and Hudson Police Chief Michael Burks for attending.

May 22, 2018 – Rotarians were on the road and attended the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Biz & Brews event at Medusa Brewing Company. Over 50 people attended this fun networking event and enjoyed pizza from the Rail Trail.

May 15, 2018 – Rotarians hosted high school students and their families to honor the five recipients with $5,500 in scholarships.  State Representative Kate Hogan joined us as well for this special evening. Congratulations to Elizabeth, Brianna, Samantha, Lauren, and Jared.

2018 Scholarship Recipients

May 12, 2018 – Rotarians were joined by Hudson High School students for a food packaging event at Nashoba Regional High School sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley.  This event benefited the organization Rise Against Hunger and is something we are proud to support.


May 1, 2018 – We hosted a free breakfast for senior citizens at the Hudson Senior Center.  This is a tradition we have done annually for the senior citizens and is always a well-attended, well-loved event. 

April 24, 2018 – We hosted students and their parents from Hudson High School and Assabet Valley Regional Technical School on our Student Achievement night.

April 17, 2018 – Jim and Karen Fusco spoke to the club about a Rotary Exchange program called Bandey-Hefler.

April 13, 2018 – The club participated in a reality fair at Hudson High School for students to get a glimpse of some real life situations.  It helps students figure out how to manage a monthly budget, and we’re glad to participate as the non-profit so students can see how rewarding it is give back to the community.  Big thanks to Pam Cooper for taking charge on this and speaking to all the students.

March 20, 2018 – Leo Quinn, one of the coordinators of the Worcester St. Patrick’s Day Parade, spoke to the club about the intricacies of organizing that event.  We also conducted our final RYLA interviews and made our decision on which students will be attending the conference.

March 13, 2018 – The wonderful weather of New England forced us to cancel this meeting.

March 6, 2018 – We conducted some of our interviews for applicants that want to attend the RYLA conference in June.

February 27, 2018 – Lorne Bell from the Assabet Village Co-op Market spoke to our club about what they are all about and what they are trying to do in our area.

February 13, 2018 – Hudson Police Department Chief Michael Burks spoke to our club regarding safety and how to be aware and avoid identity theft and various scams.

January 9, 2018 – Attorney Eloa Celedon spoke to our club about immigration issues that she comes across on a daily basis. 

December 5, 2017 – We had a club assembly, where we just went over some club happenings and discussed upcoming projects.  

November 28, 2017 – We inducted our first corporate member, Main Street Bank, to the club.  Donna Driscoll, branch manager of the Hudson location, and Kathy Schreck, VP of Retail Lending, will be the participating members for this corporate membership.  Congratulations to Donna and Kathy!  We look forward to serving the community with you.

November 14, 2017 – Member Trevor Rank introduced our brand new website to the club before going live with the site.  The club is excited to have it’s own website finally and will try to keep it relevant and updated as much as possible.

November 7, 2017 – Our club visited the new Hudson DPW and Police Department building to get a tour.  We met with DPW Director Eric Ryder and Police Chief Michael Burks to discuss the new building and how it helps them do what is needed for Hudson.  We really enjoyed seeing the new building and learning from them some of the intricacies of their departments.

October 31, 2017 – We took the night off so that everyone could enjoy handing out candy to all the children in their neighborhoods, and so that some of our members could enjoy taking their young children trick or treating.

October 24, 2017 – Rotarian Richard Harrity spoke to the club about his travels in Europe and gave us some great insight about European culture.  Our club also inducted a new member, Holly Kiernan.  Holly works for the State of Massachusetts, and we are thrilled to have her join our club.  Welcome Holly!

October 17, 2017 – The club had an in service project during dinner, where we packaged up our candy goody bags to hand out during the Downtown Trick or Treat.  We love giving back to the community, and this event is wonderful for the town, especially the little ones that enjoy Halloween so much.

October 10, 2017- We had a roaming dinner at Welly’s in Marlborough.  The food was terrific and the company was even better.  Big thanks to Rotarian Lee Dinner for organizing these great nights.

October 3, 2017 – Student Achievement Night: Twice a year, our club recognizes students from Hudson High School and Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School.   Pictured below is Elizabeth from Hudson High and Melissa from Assabet with current club president, Pam Cooper. 

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