November 1, 2016 – Carroll Lutheran Village and community volunteer Sandra “Sandy” Ferguson has been inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. She was one of 49 older adults in Maryland to be inducted at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie on October 27. 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.
Ferguson was nominated by Carroll Lutheran Village for her service to the Village as well as with many other organizations and initiatives within Carroll County.
She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Carroll Lutheran Village from 2002-2008 and again since 2011, including as secretary and chair of the Human Resources and Fund Development Committees. As a member of the former Friends of the Village Auxiliary, Sandy served as president for five years, co-chaired the annual auction for several years that raised tens of thousands of dollars for the assisted living wing building fund and other initiatives, and chaired the Ways & Means Committee.
Sandy is a 25-year member of the Woman’s Club of Westminster. During her tenure with the organization she chaired and served on numerous committees. Under her leadership of the Fundraising Committee, the Club expanded the sale of custom Christmas ornaments featuring historic buildings in Westminster, which has become the major fundraiser for the year. As the Membership Chair, Sandy oversaw all of the membership business and recordkeeping for the Women’s Club. The Club uses its fundraising and membership revenue to benefit philanthropic, cultural, civic and social endeavors in the greater Westminster community.
She and husband Tom chaired the Major Gifts Committee for the Campaign to Care & Comfort Always for Carroll Hospital Center, helping to raise $2.3 million to benefit Carroll Hospital’s cancer and wellness center, hospice endowment, and cardiovascular and stroke initiatives. Sandy joined the Carroll Hospital Auxiliary Gala Committee in 2014 working with two subcommittees, and was appointed to the Board of the Auxiliary in 2015.
Since 1997, Sandy has served on the Board for the faith-based non-profit Westminster Church Homes Foundation, Inc., which operates two apartment communities in Westminster that provide affordable housing for low-income seniors. She was elected vice-president in 1998 and still holds that position today. The organization is responsible for the overall management of 179 apartments for adults aged 62 or better.
In 2000 she became a Stephen Minister for St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and served in that capacity for many years until the church discontinued the program. She visited with members of her congregation who were ill, struggling with crisis, were homebound or otherwise unable to attend church as a way to provide additional pastoral support.
Sandy served on the board for the Carroll County Arts Council from 2003 through 2009 as well as the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County from 1998 through 2003, where she was vice-president three years and assisted with the start-up of the organization’s major fundraiser, A Culinary Experience.