9-Year-Old Future Rotarian Makes a Difference

Jack presents his plan to the North Shore Rotary Club at one of their regular meetings.

The North Shore Rotary Club is thrilled to share the incredible work of Jack Callas, a 9-year-old grammar school student, from Dongan Hills, who has made a lasting impact on the lives of traumatized Ukrainian children.

Moved by the devastating effects of the war on innocent civilians, Jack approached the North Shore Rotary Club, on his own initiative, with a plan to collect items and money, from his friends, family, and peers at P.S. 52, for the refugees. His selflessness and compassion for others were evident, and the club immediately recognized his potential.

Thanks to Jack’s tireless efforts and the generosity of club members, funds were raised to partner with the Zamosc Ordinacky Rotary Club in Poland. The Zamosc Ordinacky Rotary Club administers a therapeutic camp for Ukrainian children who have lost a parent due to the war, where 71 children between the ages of 8-14 received new shoes to help them stay warm throughout the winter/spring.

Although the children are back in Ukraine, facing ongoing hardship and conflict, Jack’s efforts have made a significant difference in their lives. His kindness and thoughtfulness have not gone unnoticed, and he has been recognized as a Future Rotarian, who embodies Rotary’s ideals of Service Above Self.

“Civic engagement and social responsibility know no age limits, and Jack Callas is a prime example of that. His actions should inspire us all to make a positive impact, no matter our age or circumstance. We are honored to recognize Jack as a Future Rotarian, and we look forward to continuing to support his efforts in the years to come.” – Diane Arneth, President of the North Shore Rotary Club.

Jack poses with the flag flown in his honor and Gale Strassberg, Member North Shore Rotary Club, and Nadia Kosovych, US Navy Chief

Recently, Jack was presented with US Flags that were flown in his honor, recognizing his dedication to positively impacting the world. The flags, which flew over the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and on one of its fighter aircraft, were presented to Jack by Nadia Kosovych, a US Navy Chief, at a ceremony held at Rab’s Country Lanes.

“There is a similarity in the significance of President Lincoln having guided the Union through the Civil War to keep our nation existing whole and free and the current struggle of Ukraine to remain free and independent, with its own culture and way of life, from an aggressor that wants to destroy its freedom of choice and its existence,” said Nadia Kosovych.

The Rotary Club of North Shore commends Jack Callas for his extraordinary dedication and commitment to making a difference in the world. He is an inspiration to all of us, reminding us that no matter our age, we can all make a difference in the lives of others.

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