Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare

Speaker Date Topic
Kathleen Bush-Joseph Dec 08, 2016
Open Arms - a school for refugees in Ouidah, Benin
 My name is Kathleen Bush-Joseph and I am a University of California President's Public Service Law Fellow with Bras Ouverts - Open Arms (BOOA), a school for refugees living in Ouidah, Benin. As a Chicago area native, I am presently organizing local support for the school, and I will move to Benin in January to work on the ground. 
Kathleen Bush-Joseph‚Äč
Bras Ouverts - Open Arms
University of California Presidential Fellow
+1 (630) 589 - 6023
Bring Cans of Soup Dec 08, 2016
for Leyden Township Food Pantry

"Soup's On" food drive at our Club meeting for the Leyden Township Food Pantry.  Any one can bring any food item, but only the cans of soup will count toward winning 5 free raffle tickets!

Holiday Party Dec 09, 2016
Rocco Vino

See information under Events

Meeting in Main Restaurant/private room booked Dec 15, 2016
11:00 AM Board Meeting

Club Assembly

No speaker Dec 22, 2016
We are packing Welcome Baskets for Mercy Housing


Pat Ranttila will be organizing an assembly line and she'll furnish all the parts we need to pack First Aid Kits for Mercy Housing Welcome Baskets.


Eldon Tracy - Feeding Children Worlwide Jan 05, 2017
Bi-Annual Food Packaging

The Great Escape will serve sandwiches. In the past, our club participated in packaging hundreds of meals for Feeding Children Worldwide. Eldon Tracy will again bring his helpers to set up our room for this food packaging project. Bring your spouse, coworkers to help.

Anne Laredo Jan 19, 2017
New Member Ice Breaker

Anne Laredo is President/ C.E.O. of Alf Cartage Inc. located in Franklin Park, a compy for all your underground piping needs.

Mark Angelini, President Mercy Housing Lakefront Feb 02, 2017
Solving Social Issues with Housing First Strategies


t: 312.878.1911


Mark Angelini is the President of Mercy Housing Lakefront (MHL), one of the largest and most innovative community development organizations in the Midwest. MHL has developed and manages 28 affordable rental properties enabling more than 5,000 people to live in hope. By completing construction of four new buildings and assuming ownership of another housing ministry, MHL will double in scale by 2017.


Mark grew up in the Little Italy neighborhood of Chicago, and has invested over 30 years in economic, community and real estate development and revitalization of Chicago’s communities. 


After beginning his career as the Executive Assistant for Economic Development to U.S. Senator Paul Simon, Mark served as the chief-of-staff for Ald. Gerald McLaughlin. He later worked at The Shaw Company where he contributed to a neighborhood revitalization effort when Sears, Roebuck & Co. moved their headquarters out of Homan Square. Today, nearly 25 years later, Mercy Housing Lakefront is renovating the old Sears & Roebuck building to serve as a service-enriched affordable housing residence for 181 Chicago families.


Mark holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a M.S. in Engineering from Northwestern University.