Trustee of Year, CNA of Year named at Lutheran Services

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Two members of Salisbury-based Lutheran Services for the Aging have been recognized by the N.C. Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging for their commitment to quality care and services for older adults.
Kaye Leonard, chair of the Lutheran Services for the Aging Board of Trustees, has been named Trustee of the Year and Betty Lingle, certified nursing assistant at Trinity Oaks Retirement Community, has been named CNA of the Year.
A resident of Tyro, Leonard has been a board member since 1999 and board chair since 2006.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Leonard began working in healthcare as a physical therapist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in 1966. In 1974, she was appointed interim director of physical, occupational and recreation therapy, assumed that position on a full-time permanent basis in 1979 and retired from that position in 2006.
Lingle has worked as a CNA for the assisted living residents of Trinity Oaks Retirement Community since 1993. After many years in the textile industry, she began a career in nursing at the age of 62. Now 80, the Faith resident continues her third shift duties at Trinity Oaks where she has never missed a day of work.
Leonard and Lingle received their awards at the association’s annual conference last week at Asheville’s Grove Park Inn.
The state association of not-for-profit organizations is dedicated to providing quality care, housing, health, community and related services to the elderly. The organization honors individuals in the field of aging services through its annual awards program.
Funeral director honor
Donald M. Carter was honored at the May 28 meeting of the N.C. Funeral Directors Association district meeting in Salisbury.
Carter, president of Summersett Funeral Home and Crematory in Salisbury, was presented a certificate of appreciation and a service award pin for his 67 years of service to the community and the advancement of the goals and objectives of the funeral industry.
A native of Salisbury, Carter was educated in eastern North Carolina schools and graduated from Cincinnati College of Embalming. He was first associated with Summersett Funeral Home in 1941 and then served in the U.S. Army Paratroopers for three years during World War II.
He is a member of First United Methodist Church and has served on the Administrative Board and been active in all aspects of church work. He has been chairman of the Salisbury Planning Board and is a member of the Salisbury Rotary Club and has served on its Board of Directors and as a Paul Harris Fellow.
He has served three terms as district director for the N.C. Funeral Directors Association, was safety director for the American Red Cross and has worked with the United Way Fund for many years.
He is also a member of Fulton Masonic Lodge, Hudson-Miller-Tatum VFW Post 3006 and Samuel C. Hart American Legion Post.Hall of Fame
Mark Shue of Salisbury and David Turner of Albemarle are among Nashville Auto-Diesel College’s 2008 inductees into its Graduate Hall of Fame.
Since 1987, 54 graduates have been inducted.
They are also among the five inductees in the National Association of Trade and Technical School’s (now Career College Association) Hall of Fame in Washington, DC. The induction ceremony was held May 1, on the college campus in Nashville.
Shue is the training department manager at Carolina Tractor in Charlotte, where he is responsible for training 150 technicians annually.
Carolina Tractor is the Caterpillar dealer for central and western North Carolina with shops in Monroe, Charlotte, Greensboro, Hickory, Bryson City and Asheville. Shue is also a recipient of the first President’s Award from Caterpillar.
Turner is the corporate trainer for ASC Construction Equipment USA, Inc., a Volvo construction equipment dealer in Charlotte. In 1995 he placed first in Komatsu Excavators Series 6 national competition earning a position on the team representing the United States competing in Atami, Japan, where he placed fourth. He was invited to Korea as a member of the Technical Design team for Volvo’s EC160B series excavator.
Both graduated from Nashville Auto-Diesel College in 1984.
The college is a part of Lincoln Educational Services Corp., which is a leading and diversified for-profit provider of career-oriented post-secondary education. Lincoln currently operates 34 campuses in 17 states under five brands: Lincoln College of Technology, Lincoln Technical Institute, Nashville Auto-Diesel College, Southwestern College and Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences.
Summer camp funds
Nazareth Children’s Home will use a $750 donation from the National Starch and Chemical Foundation to send four youngsters to camp this summer.
Founded in 1906, Nazareth Children’s Home serves 50 children ages 4-18 on its campus in Rockwell and another 33 children from infancy to age 18 in foster care.
“Our most pressing need is money to operate,” said Josh Regan, Director of Development.
National Starch and Chemical Co. operates a facility in Salisbury, and this donation is part of the company’s commitment to serve the communities in which it operates.