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ROTARY CLUB NEWS: Youngest ever honorary Rotary member inducted

September 22, 2017
By SUSAN FRIEDMANN , Lake Placid News

For the past two years, now-9-year-old Holly Erenstone has been attending the Lake Placid Rotary Club weekly Thursday morning breakfast meetings accompanied by her mother, Debbie Erenstone.

Because of her dedication to attending meetings prior to starting her school day, the club recently decided to make Holly an honorary member. In a small ceremony they inducted her, making her weekly attendance more official and, more importantly, making her the youngest ever honorary Rotary member.

The club grants honorary membership to members of the community who show their dedication to further Rotary's key mission of "Service Above Self."

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From left are Debbie Erenstone, Joe McAvoy, Holly Erenstone and Martha Spear, Lake Placid Rotary Club president.
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A fourth-grade student at the Lake Placid Elementary School, her favorite subject is reading. She loves to read fiction and is currently immersed in the "Land of Stories" series. Asked what it is about this series that piques her interest, she said that it draws her into the stories that are packed full of thrilling, realistic-style adventures mixed with magic spells, and humor.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Holly, quite an amazing young lady, to better understand her motivation for being the only child attending the Rotary meetings.

Q: You've been coming with Mom to Rotary for over two years. What is it that excites you about attending the meetings?

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A: I like talking to people. I like to listen to what's going on, and I love to help other people.

Q: Why is helping others important to you?

A: My teacher once told me that you need to "act like you want to be treated." I really like that idea and want to do that.

Q: How does it feel being the only child at the meetings?

A: I really like being the only child. I love to meet and spend time with grown-ups. I now know everyone and feel very comfortable because everyone is very kind to me.

Q: What does it mean to you to be an honorary member of the club?

A: It means I can do more stuff to help, and meet more people. I can be a part of everything that's going on in Rotary, and I like that.

Q: At last year's Dam Duck Race (Rotary's major annual fundraiser), you decided to man a lemonade stand. How much did you raise, and where would like to see that money go?

A: I made $120, and I want the money to go to support my school's summer reading program.

Q: Why is that important to you?

A: I feel that it's important the kids read to help them gain knowledge. I think it's a lot better than playing video games.

Q: And finally, what do you want to be when you grow up?

A: I recently decided that I want to carry on the family tradition and become a scientist or a science teacher. My mom was a science teacher. My dad, granddad, aunt and uncle are all scientists. I'm really proud of that and want to continue that family tradition.

The Rotary Club of Lake Placid is part of a global network of 1.2 million people who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities locally, nationally and internationally.

The club meets every Thursday at 7:20 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard hotel. For more information, go to



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