Ferguson receives Distinguished Service Award

June 27th, 2015 1:42 am

First Posted: 8/28/2013

United Methodist Homes’ Wesley Village Campus resident Charlie Ferguson was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for Volunteer of the Year by LeadingAge PA. This award recognizes an individual who has enhanced the quality of life of seniors through volunteer work for the benefit of the residents, member organization and/or greater community.

Ferguson was nominated for the honor by Wesley Village Activity and Volunteer Director Tami Chesniak.

“Charlie volunteers in the gift shop, delivers mail and runs games in the evening for independent and personal care residents. His real passion is the campus library – he fundraises to continually enhance the large-print book collection. He is an extraordinary volunteer who has given the campus more than 1,300 hours annually for the past nine years – this was an honor he richly deserved,” Chesniak said.

Ferguson’s friend Bonnie Roe accepted the award on his behalf at LeadingAge PA’s conference on June 19 in Hershey.

Ala kazam! at Wesley Village

Residents and staff at United Methodist Homes’ Wesley Village Campus enjoyed a performance by Damian the Magician on July 8. One of Damian’s crowd-favorite tricks was connecting the rings of two residents and one employee and then making the employee’s ring appear in a little box inside two other boxes. He also made a bird cage disappear while people were touching it.

Said Activity Director Tami Chesniak, “He was fabulous and the residents and staff were amazed.” Special thanks to the Friends of the United Methodist Homes of Pennsylvania for sponsoring the performance.

A century on the move

Anderson Personal Care Facility resident and retired teacher Rose Martorelli observed her 100th birthday on June 21, and celebrated by keeping herself on the move during the campus’ almost-daily exercise program. She’s an exercise regular, enjoys participating in word game activities and faithfully visits her little sister Magdalene Angelella at the Partridge-Tippett Nursing Facility. Happy birthday, Rose!