Two Charlestown Residents Inducted into Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

CATONSVILLE, MD---Elizabeth Fuller once advised to "never reach out your hand unless you're willing to extend an arm." Through a lifetime of extending their arms in service to others, two residents of Charlestown retirement community earned statewide recognition. Teresa deKowzan and Katherine Henderson were inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on October 20th.  The Charlestown residents were part of the Class of 2011 comprised of thirty-eight citizens from all corners of Maryland. The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, Inc., is a nonprofit organization whose officers and board of director members are all volunteers.  The Hall of Fame corporation seeks to immortalize men and women and to record their names in the Archives of the Hall of Fame for all time because of their caring and volunteer efforts in improving the lives of others.  For more information, please visitwww.mschf.org. The Class of 2011 from Charlestown: Teresa deKowzan: As Ms. deKowzan says, "Once a nurse, always a nurse.  If there is a need, fill it."  She began her lifetime of helping others by enlisting in the Cadet Nursing Corps during World War II, serving American military personnel in the Philippines and Japan.  She returned to the United States to raise a family with her husband John and returned to nursing eventually at Mercy Hospital.  Through the years, Ms. deKowzan has volunteered with the Boy Scouts, the Prefect of the Sodality and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).  She also served as president of both the Reserve Officers Association Ladies and the Retired Mercy Nurses Association.  At Charlestown, Ms. deKowzan shares her talents by teaching a ceramics class, volunteering at Renaissance Gardens and coordinating the Lighthouses of Prayer group. Katherine Henderson: A retired social studies teacher from Catonsville High School, Ms. Henderson has served both locally and internationally.  She volunteered with the Red Cross Blood Mobile in Howard County for twenty years.  Further, Ms. Henderson devoted her energy to Habitat for Humanity in foreign locations, including Tijuana during a visit by former President Jimmy Carter and later in Guatemala.  She has tutored Korean-Americans to learn English via a program through the Baltimore County Board of Education, and at Charlestown, she is a passionate volunteer with the Treasure Sale and is known as the "Butterfly Lady" for her extensive work with the Nature Trail Committee. About Charlestown: Charlestown, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a full service retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's refundable entrance deposit and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into every community, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  And the company's wide-ranging employee programs have earned Erickson Living numerous awards, including Fortune magazine's "Best Companies to Work For®" in 2008 and 2009.