PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

Because Prairie Star District has become part of MidAmerica Region, this page has been archived as of July 15, 2013, for reference purposes. It will not be updated in the future, and some links may no longer work properly.  For more up-to-date information, please visit the Mid America UUA site.  Thank you!

1981-2013 Past Awards

This historical listing of award recipients may not be complete. Corrections and additions are welcome.

PSD Lifetime Achievement Award

PSD Unsung UU Award

Keeping the Faith Award

PSD Social Justice Award (Youth)

PSD Social Justice Award (Adult)

PSD Pickett Award

PSD President’s Award

Ellie Morton Award

RE Volunteer of the Year Award

Betty Gorshe Heritage Award

PSD Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given on occasion to individuals who have a long record of service to the District. (No longer awarded)

1998  Betty Mills, Bismarck, ND 

PSD Unsung UU Award

The Unsung Unitarian Universalist Award affirms those UUs whose actions inspire, support and express Unitarian Universalism, but have not been previously recognized and whose lifetime activities have made a significant contribution to the cause of Unitarian Universalism.

2013 Rebecca Hruby Seth, Lincoln, NE
2012 Katy McCluskey, Davenport, IA
2011 Bill Rohde, Arden Hills, MN
2010 Gordon Harrington, Cedar Falls, IA
2009 Megan Perrine, Ashland, WI
2008 Mildred Pierce, Cedar Falls, IA
2007 Denise K. MacMillan, Second, Omaha, NE
2006 Carol Jean Larsen, Bismarck, ND
2005 Joanne Burns Roudebush, Topeka, KS
2004 Linda Horton, Rochester, MN
2003 Cheri Cody, Second, Omaha, NE
2002 Phyllis Dickinson Fairman, Bloomington, MN
2002 Herb & Virginia Purdy, First Unitarian, Minneapolis, MN
2001 (not given)
2000 (not given)
1999 Phyllis Dodge Layton, Rochester, MN
1998 Bill Sayre, Cedar Rapids, IA
1997 Susan Franzen, Ames, IA
1996 Carol Jackson, First Universalist, Minneapolis, MN
1995 Ruth and Luther Boie, Rochester, MN
1994 Edith Thompson, Fridley, MN
1993 Richard Shane, Waterloo, IA
1992 Ellie Morton, Bloomington, MN
1990 John Ely, Cedar Rapids, IA
1989 Mildred Treumann, Fargo, ND
1988 Frances Howard, First Universalist, Minneapolis, MN
1987 Marion Davis, Shawnee Mission, KS
1986 Wanda Brussels, Johnson County, KS
1985 Dorothy Grant, Cedar Falls, IA
1983 Betty Gutmann, Bloomington, MN
1982 Alicia Clagett, Rochester, MN
1981 Alicia Clagett, Rochester, MN 

Keeping the Faith Award

The Keeping the Faith Award is presented to persons who have worked to keep Unitarian Universalism alive in their community and who touch the lives of congregation and community members in a positive way. (Established in 2000)

2013 Ginny McAninch, First Universalist, Minneapolis, MN
2012 Vicki Chronister George, Topeka, KS
2011 Mary Lou Werner, Willmar, MN
2011 Ken Deffenbacher, Omaha, NE: First
2010 Kathy Park, Bloomington, MN
2010 Debbie Hunsberger, Omaha, NE
2009 Robert Feragen, Sioux Falls, SD
2009 Carolyn Hildebrandt, Cedar Falls, IA
2009 Dorothy Lemon, First, Omaha, NE
2008 Kamyar Enshayan, Cedar Falls, IA
2008 Carolyn MacDonald, Kansas City, MO
2007 Cheri Cody, Second, Omaha, NE
2007 Doree Gamble, Arden Hills, MN
2006 Patricia E. Neal, Winona, MN
2006 Luella Newstrom, Bloomington, MN
2006 Clyde Anderson, Second, Omaha, NE
2005 Darrell D. Coffey, Menomonie, WI
2005 George Fairman, Bloomington, MN
2005 Neen Lillquist, Bemidji, MN
2005 Cindy Palmer, Fargo, ND (posthumous)
2004 Linda Thompson, Rice Lake, WI
2004 Mary and Jay Hermann, River Falls, WI
2004 Linda Lucero, Topeka , KS
2004 Newton D. Smith, White Bear, Mahtomedi, MN
2003 Lucinda Scholten, Ames, IA
2003 Judy Foster, St Cloud Fellowship, MN
2003 Heather Ventura, Gaia, Kansas City, MO
2002 John Rutenbeck, Burlington, IA
2002 Calvin and Eloise Eland, Eau Claire, WI
2002 Dave and Ruth Nicklin, First, Omaha, NE
2001 Rita and Marty Webb, Eau Claire, WI
2001 Joan Kline, Winona, MN
2001 Nancy Atchison, First Universalist, Minneapolis, MN
2000 Susan Lardinois, Bismarck, ND
2000 Margaret Ellen Kiihne, Winona, MN
2000 Rachel Hoagland, Kearney, NE
2000 Sherree Ross, Gaia, Kansas City, MO 

PSD Social Justice Award (Youth)

The Social Justice Youth Award pays tribute to young people who witness to the ideals of social justice and responsibility.

2013 Rhianna Giron, First, Omaha, NE
2012 Emily Sylvestre, Minneapolis, MN
2011 (not given)
2010 Keely Schuck, Mankato, MN
2009 (not given)
2008 Justin Deffenbacher & Margo Wilwerding, First, Omaha, NE
2007 (not given)
2006 Andrew Engels, First, Omaha, NE
2005 Claire & Graham Rowden, Iowa City, IA
2003 BethAnne Vasel Freund, Eau Claire, WI
2001 Katie Sullivan, First Universalist, Minneapolis, MN
1999 Children and Youth, First Unitarian, Minneapolis, MN
1998 Graham Baas, Jane Bowman, Claire Campbell, Seth Campbell, Bri Hill, Kyrstin Hill, and Kyoko Nakamaru, Davenport, IA
1997 Religious Education Classes, Bloomington, MN
1996 Emilie Eagan, Lincoln, Nebraska
1994 Abby Washburn, First Universalist, Minneapolis, MN

PSD Social Justice Award (Adult)

The Social Justice Adult Award pays tribute to adults who witness to the ideals of social justice and responsibility.

2013 Elaine Lauren Wells, First, Omaha, NE
2012 Shawna Foster, Omaha, NE
2011 Dr. Erwin Klaas, Ames, IA
2010 Manny and Sara Pedram, All Souls, Kansas City, MO
2009 Kris and Lynn Cheatum, All Souls, Kansas City, MO
2008 Helen Deffenbacher, First, Omaha, NE
2007 R. Allen Hays, Cedar Falls, IA
2006 Tensie Oldfather, Lawrence, KS
2005 Joyce Wiley, Davenport, IA
2004 Mark Larson, Lawrence, KS
2003 Mark Sanderson, Sioux Falls, SD
2002 Mary Alice Ericson, Cedar Rapids, IA
2002 Gwen Englebert, White Bear, MN
2001 Social Justice committee, Bismarck, ND
1999 Wilfred T. Miller, Ph.D., Topeka, KS
1998 Colleen McDonald Morken, Fargo, ND
1997 Sharon Lee, All Souls, Kansas City, MO
1996 Fern Stevenson, Clinton, IA
1995 Gail Linderholm, Lincoln, Nebraska
1994 Robert & Mary Jane Owens, Duluth, MN
1992 Jean Farley, Sioux City, IA
1991 Florence B. Barker, Rochester, MN
1990 John and Jane Foster, Mankato, MN
1989 Jane Bovard, Fargo, ND
1989 RE Social Concerns Committee ,Davenport, IA
1989 Marian “Mickie” Scholtus, River Falls, WI
1988 Thomas Pyrek, Eau Claire, WI
1987 Laurence Clark, Shawnee Mission, KS
1986 Sue Budd, Shawnee Mission, KS
1985 Delta and Audra Gier, All Souls, Kansas City, MO 

PSD Pickett Award

The Pickett Award honors a congregation that has made an outstanding contribution to the growth of Unitarian Universalism. Last given in 2005.

2005 Second Unitarian Church, First, Omaha, NE
2004 White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Mahtomedi, MN
2002 All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Kansas City, MO
1995 First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, MN
1994 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, St. Cloud, MN
1993 First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, MN
1992 White Bear Lake Unitarian Church, MN
1991 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Eau Claire, WI
1990 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ames, IA
1989 Black Hawk County UU Fellowship, Cedar Falls, IA
1988 Unity Church-Unitarian, St. Paul, MN
1987 First Unitarian Church of Omaha, Nebraska
1986 Unitarian Church, Davenport, IA 

PSD President’s Award

The President’s Award is presented for outstanding service to the District. (Established in 1998)

2013 Sarah Greene, Fridley, MN
2013 Fred Hulting, Wayzata, MN
2012 Christopher Greene, Fridley, MN
2011 John Blevins, All Souls, Kansas City, MO
2010 Mark Sanderson, Sioux Falls, SD
2009 Karen Kress, Rice Lake, WI
2008 Howard Guthmann, Unity, St. Paul, MN
2007 SCORE (Southern Cluster OutReach and Extension) Board
2006 Dick Shelton, Arden Hills, MN
2005 Barbara Kellett, Stonetree Resources
2004 Martha Easter-Wells, Davenport, IA
2003 Carol Jackson, First Universalist, Minneapolis, MN
2000 Jon Royal, Des Moines, IA
2000 David Wilson, Overland Park, KS
1999 Alan Egly, Burlington, IA
1998 John Ely, Cedar Rapids, IA 

Ellie Morton Award

The Ellie Morton Award is presented for outstanding work in religious education.

2013 Chelsea Maitland, Lincoln, NE
2012 Carol Eades Delnevo, Lawrence, KS
2011 Benjamin Wallace, First, Omaha, NE
2010 (not given)
2009 Lisa Randolph, Cedar Rapids, IA
2008 Lori Allen, Ames, IA
2007 Cheryll Wallace, First, Omaha, NE
2006 Anita Jeck, Second, Omaha, NE
2005 Jan Devor, First Unitarian, Minneapolis, MN
2004 Sara Sautter, Shawnee Mission, Overland Park, KS
2003 Susan Randall, Sioux Falls, SD
2003 Karen Kress, Rice Lake, WI
2002 Kathy Bowman, Davenport, IA
2002 Peter D'Ascoli, First Unitarian, Minneapolis, MN
2001 Andrea Heier, Wayzata, MN
2000 Janet Hanson, White Bear, MN
1999 Sara McNeeley, White Bear, MN
1997 Beth Brownfield, First Unitarian, Minneapolis, MN
1996 Cheryl Powers, Shawnee Mission, KS
1995 Nancy Heege, Unity, St. Paul, MN
1994 Rosie Rimrodt, Cedar Rapids, IA
1993 Karen (Manson) Kress, Rice Lake, WI
1991 Beryl Aschenberg, Lincoln, NE
1991 Rosie Rimrodt, Cedar Rapids, IA
1991 Jo Beck, All Souls, Kansas City, MO
1990 Beth Brownfield, First Unitarian, Minneapolis, MN
1990 Ginger Luke, First Universalist, Minneapolis, MN
1990 Elizabeth Katzmann, Rochester, MN
1990 Kay Jorgensen, Maple Grove, MN
1989 Elizabeth Katzmann, Rochester, MN
1989 Meg Riley, First Universalist, Minneapolis, MN
1988 Karen (Manson) Kress, Rice Lake, WI 

RE Volunteer of the Year Award

The RE Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes volunteers who make a big difference in their RE programs. (Established in 2004)

2004  Sue Grosse-Macemon, Arden Hills, MN 

Betty Gorshe Heritage Award

The Betty Gorshe Heritage Award recognizes significant contribution to celebrating our Unitarian Universalist history. (Established in 2005)

2013 Stefan Jonasson, Church of the Larger Fellowship
2012 Darlene Cruikshank Joyce, Arden Hills, MN
2011 Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, First Universalist, Minneapolis, MN
2010 Marguerite Andrews, Underwood , MN
2010 Calvin Eland, Eau Claire, WS
2009 Marilyn Jennewein, Iowa City, IA
2009 Carol Jackson, First Universalist, Minneapolis, MN
2008 Sue & Bob Hamilton, Overland Park, KS
2008 Marie Bradley Helms, First, Omaha, NE
2007 Lowell Hanson, Mahtomedi, MN
2007 Beverly Schmidt, Bloomington, MN
2006 Dorothy Grant, Cedar Falls, IA
2006 Trudy Travis, Lawrence, KS
2005 Betty Gorshe, Davenport, IA (posthumous)