Formed in 1990, the Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club has served the community through local and international service and by raising money for local organizations. Over the years, our Club members have raised more than $1.5 million for local organizations and scholarships while traveling the world to provide service alongside other Rotarians.

Members of Hudson Daybreak Rotary include current and retired leaders from business, government, and non-profit organizations in the St. Croix Valley who are dedicated to enhancing opportunities for youth and creating a better community for all. The club meets each Wednesday morning and hosts several fun social events throughout the year to grow friendships and connect with community members.

A few local organizations we’ve supported:

Big Brothers Big Sisters 
BRIDGE for Hudson Youth 
Christian Community Home 
Family Resource Center 
Friends of St. Croix County Fairgrounds
Hudson Boosters 
Hudson Community Foundation 
Hudson Food Shelf-Pantry 
Hudson Hockey Association 
Hudson Hospital 
Hudson Backpack Program 
Hudson Police K9 Unit 
Hudson Police Explorers 
Hudson Soccer Association 
Hudson Schools 
Junior Achievement
Operation Help 
Phipps Children’s Theater 
Rotaract–St. Croix Valley 
Rotary Youth Exchange
Sexual Assault Response Team 
St. Croix County Drug Court 
St. Croix County Historical Society 
St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice 
St. Croix Valley Youth Court 
United Way St. Croix Valley 
Youth Action Hudson 
YMCA in Hudson 
YMCA Camp St. Croix 
YMCA Skate ParkYouth Action Hudson

Our Hudson Daybreak Rotary Creed:

WE ARE: a group of dedicated leaders who represent the community fabric of the St. Croix Valley.

WE BELIEVE IN: enhancing opportunities for youth, creating a better community for all.

WE DEMONSTRATE:  honesty, integrity, goodwill, fellowship and fun through local and international service.

A Brief Timeline of Rotary in Hudson

1951:  Rotary Club bought what is now known as Coon's Hill as a public recreation area  
1952:  Rotary sponsors "Pushmobile derby" - a popular children's event for many years
1953:  First Halloween Parade - Still a popular Hudson event
1956:  Club launches annual Heart Fund Drive, a program overseen by American Heart Association; local chapter chaired by Rotarian Clarence "Buck" Malick
1958:  Rotary institutes two annual scholarships - $200
1963:  Hotel Hudson dining room closes, Rotary moves to Sports Club   
1965:  Rotary begins Junior Achievement program in area schools
1976:  Rotary celebrates silver anniversary (Doug Stohlberg story).  Brochures of the time geared toward "Rotary wives"
1990:  Discussion over meeting times leads to a survey in which a group of Rotarians indicated an interest in morning meetings; out of this survey comes the Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club, which charters in July 1990.  Charter officers included:  Dan Dixon, president; Steve Wilcox, past president;  Bob Zientara, vice president; John Duntly, sec./treas. and directors Jim Richardson, Julie Lohman and Barbara Butler
1990-present:  Hudson's two clubs set up a joint board & have cooperated on major fundraisers such as golf outings, galas and rose sale
1995:  Daybreak Club commits to the "Developmental Assets" concept, a set of positive values &experiences that help youth grow into productive, caring adults; outgrowths of that program include a $100,000 blacktop park for skateboards & in-line skates (co-sponsored by both clubs), career exploration day and Interact club for youth