May 11, 2015 – The 18th Annual Celebrate Ministry Awards Program recognizing outstanding Lutheran lay ministry in the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was held on May 3, 2015 at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster. A total of 12 awards were presented by the Synod Bishop, the Rev. Wolfgang D. Herz-Lane.
Carroll Lutheran Village resident Dr. Hermine Saunders, also a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Hampstead, was honored with a Social Ministry Organization Award. Dr. Saunders has been involved with Carroll Lutheran Village for more than 30 years, serving on the Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1990 and 1991 to 1997, and as its president from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 1997. Her contributions include leading the due diligence, planning and/or execution for the construction of the 205 St. Mark Way apartment building; the renovation of the 201 St. Mark Way apartment building; and an expansion that included assisted living and memory care additions as well as Krug Chapel. Dr. Saunders chaired the steering committee that investigated and pursued accreditation in the early 1990s. The Village achieved its first accreditation by CARF-CCAC in 1991. Only about 15%, or 225, of continuing care retirement communities in the country are accredited, and Carroll Lutheran Village continues to be among this elite group. Dr. Saunders joined the staff of the Village serving first as a communications associate in 1998 and finally as director of church and public relations until her retirement in 2012. She moved to the Village in 2004.
Today Dr. Saunders is serving her second year as president of the Board of Trustees for Carroll Lutheran School. She is regarded as a strong leader who has helped the school overcome challenges to position the school to move to a higher level. She has helped to strengthen several board committees and has been instrumental in writing several grants that have provided funding to sustain and grow the mission of the school. A priority for Dr. Saunders has been to open up communication and encourage cooperation and collaboration between and among the parents, school staff and the Board of Trustees. She regularly attends the parent group’s monthly meetings and has included the president of that group as an ex-officio member of the Board.
In addition to her volunteer work Dr. Saunders writes a monthly column for the Carroll County Times on aging issues and is searching for a publisher for her recently completed book about Mandy Kent, the inspirational story of a young girl facing her own mortality.