On April 10 the Edgemont Community Council awarded David Stern of Old Army Road the silver bowl award for distinguished community service.
“I won’t say who it was who told me that I shouldn’t get too discouraged about receiving the silver bowl and [that if I] kept on working hard at it maybe one day I’d get gold,” joked Stern. “I think this award celebrates two things. It celebrates the community of Edgemont and the spirit of volunteerism, which is a major part of the secret sauce that makes Edgemont the magnificent community that it is.”
Stern, 54, served two terms on the Edgemont Board of Education, from 2010 to 2016, was president in 2015-2016, and made his mark on the curriculum, audit and superintendent search committees, as well as liaison to the Edgemont School Foundation and the Scarsdale Teachers Institute. He has coached over 20 seasons of local youth sports (soccer, lacrosse, basketball and tee-ball), and now serves as president of Edgemont Youth Lacrosse. In the schools, Stern has taught Great Books and volunteered in the Wiggleworks reading program. He currently sits on the School Board Nominating Committee and is a former director of the ECC. He has been an assistant Cub Scout den leader, and a long-time member of Greenville Fire District’s volunteer fire company, where he has served as a volunteer firefighter (as well as secretary and treasurer of the company).
Stern currently chairs the board of Westchester Institute for Human Development, a Valhalla-based organization that works with developmentally disabled men and women, and is on the board of MusicCorps/Renovation in Music Education in Washington, D.C., which uses music to help wounded military veterans recover. He has also been a director of the Scarsdale/Edgemont United Way, and a member of the Woodlands Community Temple School Board.
Ken Orce, a previous member of the Edgemont Board of Education, and his wife Helene both spoke about their longtime friend Stern.
“David is an effective, quiet and unassuming gentleman and his energy, intellect, skill, concern and devotion to everything he does has proven to be the recipe for consistent success,” said Ken Orce. “David, thank you for sharing your time and talent for the benefit of your friends and neighbors in so many ways. You’re truly an inspiration and a true and tireless civic leader.”
“I just wanted to reiterate how proud we are to know you and your family,” added Helene Orce. “How wonderful it’s been over these years to do things with you, from things in the school, to WIHD, to the fire department … you have been a big part of it and I love you for it.”
Stern was also honored by New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who awarded Stern with a proclamation.
“You have certainly been just an outstanding advocate for the community, for things large and small,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “When I come here I’m always really impressed by the talent and the people who are honored and I am very pleased to say you are certainly someone I am proud to represent.”
Westchester Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins and Legislator MaryJane Shimsky also honored Stern with a proclamation.
“I have never seen a list like this before,” said Legislator Shimsky referencing Stern’s volunteer experience. “All of our communities need David Sterns, they do great work and they’re always there to fill in the gaps, they’re always there to make sure that everything runs as well as it should.”
“David, congratulations on the fine honor,” added Deputy County Executive Jenkins.
Legislator Shimsky’s proclamation honored Stern with his own day on Friday, April 12. His name will also be on the Westchester County Center jumbotron.
“I also look around the community and I see volunteers from all walks of life,” said Stern. “So this [award] really is a salute to all of the volunteers in this room.”