Peter Orum Steps Into Role as New Board Member
Whether through his decades of service at The Danish Home, or through his fundraising experience, Peter Orum’s dedication to serving others has been a lifelong practice. The Danish Home Foundation’s newest board member has long believed in the boutique continuing care retirement community.
“I have been to many different retirement communities and I have never seen a place like The Danish Home,” Peter says. “It’s small and everyone knows each other. In big places people can get lost. That doesn’t happen here.”
The native of Denmark immigrated to the United States 50 years ago, and hit the ground running, working as a trainee for a nursery in Dundee and finding his way to The Danish Home as a volunteer.
“I was a member of the Danish Junior League, which was a young people’s organization in Chicago,” Peter says. “They went to the Danish Home to help with an event, and I have been involved one way or another over the years ever since.”
Peter has personal ties to The Danish Home, deepening his roots and commitment to the community even further. In addition to he and his wife, Irma, having had relatives who lived at The Danish Home in years past, Irma has been a resident of The Danish Home for the last two years. “
I have learned from my wife how important it is that the staff and residents know each other so well,” Peter says. “We all would like to continue to live well, but it doesn’t always happen. I can see that in my wife, and I thank God that we have a place like The Danish Home.”
He says he has helped from a distance for many years at The Danish Home, either through being a presenter to speak on behalf of retirement community or through his participation in the landscaping committee. As the founder of Midwest Groundcovers, his role on the landscape committee was a natural fit.
“We have a real good committee and we have accomplished a lot,” Peter says. A master plan for the grounds was developed to enhance the landscaping around the historic brick building named The Danish Home since 1891.
During his years working in the nursery and landscape industry, Peter spent time with the Horticulture Research Institute an organization that supports and promotes horticulture research beneficial to the nursery and landscape industry. Peter worked on a number of endowment funds that help fund research, and it is this exposure that he feels will benefit The Danish Home Foundation.
“I have experience in fundraising, and I have some ideas about how to be successful in approaches to fundraising,” Peter says. “So I have some ideas that can be of help. I am not coming in to revolutionize anything, but hopefully I can be helpful.”