Reichards Receive ALDE Spirit of Giving Award
Rev. Richard D. Reichard and Mrs. Melba Reichard received the honor of ALDE’s 2014 Spirit of Giving Award earlier this year. Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) is an international community of fundraising and communications professionals that is rooted in the Lutheran tradition of the Christian faith and dedicated to serving God’s people in the church and the world as it inspires, connects and equips Christians for excellence in philanthropy. This award is intended to recognize an individual/family who exemplifies generous contribution of service, time and support that inspires others to greater commitment and involvement, and is presented at their annual International Education Conference.
Rev. Reichard served the organization for 37 years, 28 of which were as the Executive Director at The Village at Rockville (formerly the National Lutheran Home). He was instrumental in leading the community during changing times, including the transition and relocation of the former Home to the Rockville campus. Melba also served the organization for 40 years fulfilling various roles. Even in retirement he has held several pastoral positions and together they have served in various capacities within the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod.