An Introduction to The Rotary Foundation
May 21, 2019 12:15 PM
David Ardam
An Introduction to The Rotary Foundation

David Ardam grew up in New York City and Rockland County. He met his wife, Diane, at SUNY Albany. They married in 1976, and today have two grown children, Jackie and Eric.

An attorney, David graduated from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL and was admitted to the NY Bar in 1979. After a judicial clerkship, David opened the doors of his own law practice in 1984 and for 25 years maintained an office in Smithtown. In 2014, David moved his office to Commack where he concentrates his legal work in the areas of litigation, wills and estate practice, adoptions, criminal, traffic and personal injury matters.​

Dave joined the Rotary Club of Commack-Kings Park in 1983 and was president in 1987-88. At his club, Youth Exchange became David's focus for a number of years. Diane and Dave hosted five inbound Youth Exchange students, and both of their own children were Short Term outbounds. This experience has brought a global perspective to the Ardam household, and has inspired a love of travel and visiting in every corner of the world.

David served the District in a variety of positions, and was District Governor during Rotary year 2007-08. Dave served as Representative to the 2013 RI Council on Legislation and chaired the Merger Committee which was charged with overseeing the merger of Rotary Districts 7250 and 7260 into new District 7255. He is a past Chair of the Greater New York/Bermuda Multi-District PETS, and sat on the Executive Committee of the Mid-NE PETS. He has been District Trainer for four district governors. He is currently the Rotary Leadership Institute District Chair and facilitator, a facilitator for the annual Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (at which over 300 Rotary clubs presidents-elect receive training) and also serves his club as Rotary Foundation Chair, Executive Secretary and Board Member. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. For 2018-19, David also serves the new Rotary District 7255 as its Foundation Polio Eradication Chair and as Secretary and Board Member of the District's Gift of Life program in Suffolk County.

David Ardam is the principal attorney in David M. Ardam, PC, a law firm located in Commack, New York and concentrates in the areas of litigation, wills and estate practice, adoptions, criminal, traffic and personal injury matters. For more information on the firm and its practice, please see

Optional lunch is available for $16