Rotary Club Awards Middle Schoolers

From left (front row): Adam Edalati, NSHA; Tali Dardashtian, NSHA; Lieile Mizrahi, NSHA; Kelly Chu, North Middle; Avery Park, North Middle; Patrick Rau, South Middle; Ariel Butman, SHA; Eli Goodwin, South Middle; Menachem Yaghoubian, SHA; and David Wang, South Middle; (center row): Rotary Club of Great Neck members Neo Botvinik, Arnie Swartz, President-elect Roger Chizever, Immediate-Past President Leonard N. Katz and Lidia Epel; (back row): Rotary Club members Secretary Richard Karpf; Ed Nissan; President Ron Swartz, Phil Raices and Jerry Marcus

The Rotary Club of Great Neck recognized graduating students from Great Neck North Middle School, Great Neck South Middle School and North Shore Hebrew Academy, as well as students from the first ninth-grade class to graduate from the Sonya and Max Silverstein Hebrew Academy, for their community service efforts at the Rotary Club’s annual Rotary Youth Merit Awards (RYMA) Breakfast, which was catered by Bagel Mentch.

The Rotary Club annually recognizes students who have demonstrated “an exemplary level
of community service, as determined by their school administrators.” These students have shown a willingness to put “Service Above Self,” which is the Rotary Club motto. They exemplify the best aspects of character as they work with seniors, help with food collection for the needy, lead their peers in various school activities, tutor younger students and set an example for others to follow.

This year’s Rotary Youth Merit Award recipients are Kelly Chu and Avery Park from North Middle School and Eli Goodwin, Patrick Rau and David Wang from South Middle School, who are pictured with Great Neck Public Schools administrators, teachers and Rotary Club officers. (Photo by Jeff Barlowe)

“It is our extreme privilege and pleasure to recognize the dedication and commitment of these students for their efforts in living up to the Rotary motto, ‘Service Above Self,’” said Rotary Club Past President Leonard Katz.

The Rotary Club of Great Neck is a community service organization affiliated with the 112-year old Rotary International, which has 29,000 chapters internationally in more than 160 countries with more than 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. The nonsexist, nonsectarian and interracial group is comprised of people living and working in the Great Neck area who have joined together to give back to the community that has been so supportive to them.

The Rotary Club of Great Neck awarded North Shore Hebrew Academy students Lielle Mizrahi, Tali Dardashtian and Adam Edalati, who are pictured with Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin, Rosh HaYeshiva/Head of School and Rabbi Adam Acobas, Middle School Principal, and Rotary Club officials.

New members are always welcome at the networking/social dinners, which are held on the second Wednesday evening of each month at neighborhood restaurants to help support local businesses. Breakfast meetings are scheduled on all other Wednesday mornings. To attend a meeting or enjoy an evening on the town with neighbors and friends, call 516-487-9392 or email

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