CHICAGO, IL - May 31, 2012 - The United Service Organizations (USO) received a big boost today from the Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare after Club President Paul Bertucco presented a $2,000 check to Lindsay Wadas, USO O'Hare Center Director during the Rotary's weekly meeting. The money will fund programs and provide supplies to service members and their families as they travel through O'Hare International Airport.
Michael Boland, First Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), attended the event and thanked Bertucco and Wadas for their work in the O'Hare community and beyond.
CDA First Deputy Commissioner Michael Boland, O'Hare Rotary President Paul Bertucco and USO O'Hare Director Lindsy Wadas
The Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare was chartered in 1973 and meets every Thursday at the Great Escape Restaurant in Schiller Park. The club financially supports the USO and Travelers Aid at O'Hare, as well as the Leyden Food Pantry; Schiller Park Scouts; Mercy Housing; Lakefront Shelters; Feed the Children Worldwide; and YMCA summer camps.
The 35 members all support the club's largest single project - providing scholarships to needy, graduating high school seniors whose parents work at O'Hare and/or attend one of the Leyden high schools. This year the club plans to spend $20,000 on these scholarships and free dictionaries that will be provided to local grade schools. Funds are raised from an annual golf outing, which will be held this year on June 14. Please call (847) 980-8668 for more information.
The Rotary organization was started in 1905 by Chicago lawyer Paul Harris. Today there are more than 1.2 million members in over 34,000 clubs worldwide with headquarters located in Evanston, Illinois.
For more information about how to get involved with the Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare, please visit the organization's web site.