Evan Hodson, a resident of Harker Heights and member of the Harker Heights Rotary Club, recently was named to the prestigious Rotary District 5870 Roll of Fame.
Hodson is a charter member of the club since it began in February 2010. He served as the 2015-2016 club president and was selected as the club’s Rotarian of the Year in 2012-2013.
In the nomination letter, written by current president Linda Angel, it states, “His passion is to help kids get a better start in life.”
Hodson has been the lead of the local Early Act First Knight programs since 2009. In addition, he has been the chair of the Rotary Dodgeball Challenge Committee and is the person who designed the initial event and agreed to lead the entire effort since its inception.
Club President Angel said, “He demonstrated the value of his effort in 2016 when the event cleared over $12,000 after expenses.”
The funds were used to pay for fees for Early Act First Knight for low-income schools, RYLA Leadership Youth Camp for four-to-five participants, purchasing more than 100 coats for homeless/low-income Killeen ISD students and paying for 100 hygiene kits for Killeen students.
Hodson said, “The big honor for me is to be esteemed by others that I value in my club. I would refer to fellow member Earl Williams as the George Washington of our club who set the precedent for everything.
He served as charter president for two years. For me to be mentioned in the same sentence with this great man is the real honor.”
Fellow club member Lou Best said, “Evan is a rare individual who combines a mind that is quicker than anyone else’s but more than that he is a visionary. As president, he took the club to a new height of participation and community support and we had fun doing it.”
“Look at the ideas he brought to the club such as the dodgeball tournament. He was a great president because he was willing to take on the tough jobs and make them work,” said club member Mike Pinson.
The Herald asked current president Linda Angel why Hodson deserved this honor and she said, “The dodgeball tournament was the feather in the cap because it brings this community and other surrounding cities together to have a fun time while doing good things for other people.”
Hodson said, “Rotary is a way to effect the quality of life for people in your community without specifically leaving your personal imprint on it. The legacy you want is for good things to continue without you getting credit for it,” he said.
“Williams was very reluctant to receive this same honor. I look at this as you are the point man on behalf of the club and what they’ve accomplished.”
Heights Rotarian Diana Miller said, “Evan puts service about self and makes it fun while he’s doing it. I enjoy being a Rotarian with Evan because he’s a good team member.”
Horace Grace said, “Evan is type of guy I admire and like working with him at anytime especially during the days of my chairmanship of the scholarship program.”
“Evan is very passionate about the mission of Rotary and does everything in his power to make it successful,” said fellow member Richard Bean.
Hodson will officially become a member of the Roll of Fame at the district conference on Sunday in Corpus Christi.
Hodson is married to Joyce, who is the director of the Killeen ISD Foundation for Excellence.