River Forest Service Club honors four

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By BILL DWYER

The River Forest Service Club honored four village residents with Community Service Awards for their long histories of volunteer service last Thursday night.

Honored Thursday with Waterford Crystal bowls representing the club's Distinguished Service Award were Russell Nummer, David Hanson, Joseph Organ, and Tom Cusack.

"These four people have given volunteer service to the village and to the Chicago area in general," said Service Club President John Hagensick. "Their work should be acknowledged."

David Hanson said he compiled a long list of service to local institutions out of a sense of appreciation and responsibility for all the positive experiences he had growing up and being educated in Oak Park and River Forest. Hanson served as president of both the District 90 board of education and the Oak Park and River Forest High School board of education. He was also president of the Oak Park and River Forest Community Foundation, and president of the Service Club. He is currently president of the board of directors of the OPRF Scholarship Foundation, one of four civic organizations he currently serves.

Besides serving as a village trustee in the 1970s and as president in the 80s, Tom Cusack served on a long list of civic, government, school and church boards. In the 1960s Cusack was appointed to the Fire and Police Commission. He takes particular pride in initiating the practice of honoring military veterans at the Memorial Day Parade. Cusack also researched a comprehensive list of River Forest veterans and arranged for plaques honoring them to be installed at the River Forest Library.

Native Oak Parker Joseph Organ's name became synonymous with the River Forest Park District as a commissioner for more than 32 years, most of them as board president. A past president of the Service Club, he remains an active member of the River Forest Republican Organization. He was also a member of the River Forest Legion Post 730.

Russ Nummer, a former River Forest Fire Chief and current village trustee, told the club members that he was pleased to be able to say that in his 32 years as a village resident and 30 years as a firefighter, he was "proud to have given more than he took.

"I feel honored that I'd been selected and singled out for recognition," he said.

Hagensick said Monday that many other residents are deserving of recognition, saying, "There's a dozen more names we could have added Thursday night."

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