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Rindge: Hodgson named biz leader

  • Greg Hodgson was named the 2016 Business Leader of the Year by the Rindge Chamber of Commerce.  COURTESY PHOTO



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, November 28, 2016 6:32PM

“Others first.” It’s a simple mantra that Greg Hodgson keeps coming back to day in and day out. Two simple words that have pushed Hodgson to the upper echelon of Rindge leaders. 

Hodgson has been named the Rindge Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Business Leader of the Year recipient, an award he will accept at the chamber’s annual gathering in January. 

“Where I am employed is such a wonderful resource for the community, and I want it to serve as a blessing,” said Hodgson, director of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Retreat Center called Toah Nipi. “I’m so humbled and grateful for this award.”

Since moving to Rindge with his family in 2002 and becoming Toah Nipi’s director, Hodgson has done much for the community. In addition to hosting numerous events at Toah Nipi including JRMS day trips, Conant senior breakfasts, Conant winter sports suppers, Recreation, Police, and Fire Department dinners, and more, Hodgson gladly opened the center’s doors during the 2008 ice storm, serving as an emergency shelter. Hodgson has also served as a coach of numerous community sports teams and is involved with the Rindge Athletic Men’s Social Club (RAMS). 

“In giving, I have received much,” said Hodgson. “I am a forgiven man and that makes me a grateful man. Being a grateful man makes me want to pass on my blessings.”

Rindge Chamber President Roberta Oeser said she was happy to see Hodgson’s name come up during the nomination process, saying he is more than deserving of the award. 

“He is an unsung hero,” said Oeser. “He’s everywhere. He really is a great contribution to our community.”

While Hodgson is committed now more than every to giving back to and building up the community, he is proud that his wife and seven children have joined him in giving to the community.

“My kids get it, they are others oriented,” said Hodgson. “If we want a healthy, loving, and sharing community, we need to invest ourselves into it.”

Hodgson will accepted his award and be honored at the Rindge Chamber of Commerce’s gala and annual meeting, held Jan. 21 at Hidden Hills. The event is open to the public; tickets are available by contacting info@rindgechamber.org.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.