October 23, 2015 – Carroll Lutheran Village residents John Newcomb and Dr. Hermine Saunders have been inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. They were among 48 older adults in Maryland to be inducted at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie on October 22.
Newcomb was nominated for his ongoing volunteerism, most notably for his efforts with Volunteers for Medical Engineering; the Never Too Late band; the Carroll Lutheran Village Men’s Club; and veteran’s initiatives.
He attends most meetings of Volunteers for Medical Engineering (VME), an organization that meets monthly to find solutions to problems faced by people with disabilities. “He is always there, ready to assist in any VME activity,” said John Staehlin, VME founder and president emeritus. Newcomb is the drummer for the all-volunteer Never Too Late Band based at Carroll Lutheran Village, volunteering his time for practices and performances and to drive band equipment to performance sites in the greater community. He is also the current president of the Carroll Lutheran Village Men’s Club, is instrumental in planning Veterans Day events and other veterans events at the Village, and arranges for an honor guard to be present at the memorial service when a veteran who lives at the Village passes away.
Dr. Saunders was nominated for her service to Carroll Lutheran Village, Carroll Lutheran School and the Carroll County Commission on Aging and Disabilities, among other organizations.
She 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. Dr. Saunders helped lead the Village through two expansions and chaired the committee that first investigated and pursued accreditation in the early 1990s. Today, 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 is currently 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 financial and other challenges; has helped to strengthen several board committees; and has been instrumental in acquiring several grants to sustain and grow the mission of the school. “Hermine always brings perspective to all the board business and works tirelessly in making the education provided at CLS the best around,” said fellow board member Rev. David Schafer, pastor at St. Benjamin Lutheran Church in Westminster. A priority for Hermine has been to open up communication and encourage cooperation and collaboration between and among the parents, school staff and the Board of Trustees.
Most recently, she has been appointed by the Carroll County Commissioners to serve on the Carroll County Commission on Aging and Disabilities
The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors Maryland residents age 65 and over who are active volunteers and have made an outstanding contribution to improve the lives of others in their community.