A few weeks ago I gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Chicago Southeast.
2009-2010 Club President Osei Andrews-Hutchinson speaks French and, with his wife, runs daycare centers on Chicago’s South and West Sides. They focus on teaching little kids, many of whom come from low-income families, about other countries and cultures. One of the centers is located two blocks from where I grew up, in West Humboldt Park.
In addition to supporting the Rotary’s international humanitarian efforts, the Rotary Club of Chicago Southeast keeps busy with projects that serve the club’s local neighborhoods.
Always driven by the charge of “Service Above Self”, it is the mission of the Rotary Club of Chicago Southeast…To directly make an appreciable difference in the lives of the people who reside in the Chicago Southeast community, which we serve.
Chicago’s historically black neighborhoods often still experience the long-term consequences of racial segregation and unequal access to education, jobs, and other resources. Rotarians themselves tend to be professionally successful and enterprising, and this is the case with RC Chicago Southeast. Racially, though, the club mirrors the community it serves, in that it’s overwhelming African-American.