ROCKVILLE, Md. – Not too many seniors can say they have been inducted into the hall of fame, but Rockville resident Birgit Madsen has earned those bragging rights. A resident of The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR), Birgit was recognized on Thursday, October 18 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md. She was one of 43 nominees inducted into the 26th Annual Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, Inc. for 2012.
Birgit has lived at TVAR for 11 years and has served as a volunteer for 10 of those years in a variety of key roles. As a former nurse, Birgit first began volunteering as an outpatient assistant. Five years later she became TVAR’s librarian. She still manages to find time to conduct EKGs, urinalysis and hema screens for TVAR’s medical offices while juggling librarian duties. Additionally, in 2011 she became a trained hospice volunteer with Montgomery Hospice so she can provide emotional comfort to families and patients receiving hospice services at TVAR.
“I’ve taken care of a lot of people in my lifetime and because there was a need for hospice volunteers, I felt like it was the right thing to do,” the 88-year-old Birgit Madsen said.
“Birgit is an invaluable asset to The Village at Rockville and is one of our most diligent volunteers,” Volunteer Manager Felicia Brown said, who nominated Birgit for the award. “Since serving as librarian she helped develop a computer tracking system for the incoming and outgoing books, has increased the volume of residents who utilize TVAR’s library services, and helps train and teach new library volunteers.”
Her 518 volunteer hours in 2011 earned her a Presidential Volunteer Award. To date, it is estimated that Birgit has donated more than 4,500 volunteer hours over the past 10 years.
“I’ve worked all my life and I like to stay busy,” Birgit said. “Although I stay busy, I make sure to keep time set aside for myself.”
The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is a private, non-profit, volunteer-run organization which started in 1987. The sole purpose of the organization is to publicly recognize and honor senior citizens who are at least 65 years of age, living in Maryland and have performed outstanding service in their communities.
About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, assisted living and memory support. For more info visit www.thevillageatrockville.org
About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community under construction opening in early 2013 with 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based services, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org