Rotarians volunteer at USO on FLW

Marianne Ward Announcements

Kelly Brownfield, facility manager of the FLW USO, is pictured with Club President David Lowe.

Kelly Brownfield, facility manager of the FLW USO, is pictured with Club President David Lowe.

On the third Sunday of each month, members of the Rotary Club of Pulaski County can be found welcoming new soldiers, serving food, cleaning tables, taking out the trash and offering a friendly smile and encouraging words at the USO Club on Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

“Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self’ and the Fort Leonard Wood USO is fantastic opportunity for our members to give of our time to support our military for the tremendous sacrifices they make,” says Club President David Lowe.

A couple of years ago, the Pulaski County Rotary Club committed to volunteering each month at the USO, and since then, other service organizations have followed by helping provide volunteers at the USO, says Kelly Brownfield, facility manager, who spoke to the club in June. “We have used the Rotary model in establishing a relationship with several service organizations throughout Pulaski County,” said Brownfield.

The Fort Leonard Wood USO – the first to be established on a military base – provides a “touch of home,” offering morale, welfare and recreation-type services to soldiers stationed on the post. From food, to Internet access to game rooms, the FLW USO provides a large variety of entertainment and is the second largest USO in the nation. The Fort Leonard Wood USO served more than 85,000 service members in 2012.