Lutherdale is indebted to countless individuals who have gone above and beyond to support the mission of providing Life Changing Adventure throughout the years. One such person was Mae Herman. Mae was a legacy leader; legacy leaders are pro-active, and Mae was definitely a pro at being active. After time spent in Papa New Guinea as a missionary, she became a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL), one of the first women to enter into a typically male-dominated field. Through her position with AAL, she was able to positively influence many individuals and local organizations. Lutherdale was certainly one of them. When this ministry was facing significant financial issues in the 1980’s, she was the driving force behind what has become Lutherdale’s largest fundraiser of the year; the Lutherdale Quilt Fest. She worked to get matching funds from AAL chapters and to recruit AAL volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the Quilt Fest a success. 30 years later, the Quilt Fest has now raised a cumulative total of over $1,000,000 to support Lutherdale’s ongoing ministry.
To honor and remember Mae’s legacy at Lutherdale and in the local community, Mae’s family has pledged a gift that will name the Welcome Center of Lutherdale Lodge in her memory. This gift is a blessing to the campaign, and will allow for Mae’s legacy to continue to be at work in years to come.