Larchmont Rotary Club’s Blum Award for Hommocks Middle School students is in its 30th year according to Rotary coordinator Marian White. The important and challenging topic “empathy” was chosen. Students could either write a poem, essay or short story to illustrate their understanding of this most human of attributes. The winners and their parents were introduced and celebrated at the May 6 luncheon meeting at the Larchmont Yacht Club. The winners (sixth graders: Katie Loga, Nadia Subin; seventh graders Rebecca Herzberg, Mimi Lee; eighth graders Alexis Fazzino and Andrew Rosenthal) each read their creative and thoughtful papers selected by judges Loren Finnell, Alan Sloate and Carolyn Gallaher using the criteria of creativity, expression, ability to address the theme, organization, and grammar. Hommocks Assistant Principal Rob Andrews observed that, “Young writers will look back and remember this moment of recognition and feel a sense of accomplishment.” He observed that is a tremendous honor to support the Rotary Club in this essay contest since it is a good example of adults supporting youth leaders. The event, housed in its gracious setting, was infused with an atmosphere of warmth and community.
Other activities at the meeting included Sandy Wolstein, of New Rochelle, was honored by President Marilyn Masiero for her outstanding contributions to the Rotary Club. Several guests from other Rotary Clubs also attended, including an impressed Rotarian from Rockland who congratulated the students, parents and the Larchmont Rotary Club for an inspiring and exemplary afternoon.
Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.” If you are interested in knowing more about Rotary contact President Marilyn Masiero. Except for the summer months, weekly meetings of Larchmont Rotary are held at the Larchmont Yacht Club at 12:15 p.m. on Fridays.