Peter Melendy
Photo courtesy of the Cedar Falls Historical Society.

Melendy Spirit Award

The Melendy Spirit Award is presented to individuals, families, groups, or organizations who have made outstanding community contributions that have enhanced, improved, or positively affected the overall quality of life in Cedar Falls, through philanthropic or other means.

The award is named for Peter Melendy who became a resident of Cedar Falls in 1859 at the age of 36. By living fully and energetically he contributed to the cultural life and economic development of Cedar Falls.

The Melendy Spirit Award is open to all Cedar Falls residents who reflect the example set by Peter Melendy.

Nominations may be made for honorees both living and deceased.

Nominations are due by April 20, 2018. 

The Melendy Spirit Awards are sponsored by the Cedar Falls Community Foundation.
For more information contact:
Cedar Falls Community Foundation
P.O. Box 546
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
CFCF@cfu.net
Or call 319-243-9170

Make a Nomination

The Melendy Spirit Award is presented to individuals, families, groups, or organizations, who have made outstanding community contributions that have enhanced, improved, or positively affected the overall quality of life in Cedar Falls, through philanthropic or other means.  Nominations may be made for honorees both living and deceased.

Award Qualifications
Candidates for this award will be considered based on their community contributions that have enhanced, improved, or positively affected the overall quality of life in Cedar Falls. Nominations must show how the candidate(s) achieved this goal. The community contributions of candidates may be in the form of community involvement, commitment to volunteering their time and skills, leadership, community assistance, personal example, and/or personal accomplishments.

Nomination Process
Nomination guidelines:

- Include the name and address of the individual making the nomination.
- Submit a biographical sketch/resume of the nominee.
- Describe the nominee's specific contributions to the community of Cedar Falls.
- Enhance the nomination with two letters of support for the nomination.
- Enhance the nomination with a photo of the nominee.
- Nominations are due by April 20th annually.

Submission
Submit materials by mail to:
Cedar Falls Community Foundation
P.O. Box 546
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Or contact cfcf@cfu.net.

Award Selection
Recipients will be selected by an Award Selection Committee made up of members of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation Board plus the Executive Director of the Cedar Fall Historical Society.

Award Recognition
Melendy Spirit Award recipients will be announced in local newspapers and newsletters. The award will be presented at the Community Builder Celebration, hosted by the Cedar Falls Community Foundation.

Previous Award Recipients

  • Joan Diamond

    Joan Diamond

    Joan Diamond has been an active volunteer in Cedar Falls for over fifty years, generously sharing her time, talents, and resources to make a difference in the community and its artistic, historical, and philanthropic organizations. Joan Englund was born 3 February 1929 at Galesburg, Illinois, the daughter of William D. …Read More »
  • Theresa (Wangler) Sartori

    Theresa (Wangler) Sartori

    Theresa (Wangler) Sartori was an exemplary wife and mother. This was expected of every woman born in 1833. Her youth in Germany is largely undocumented except for the plain fact of her birth, as a daughter of Konrad Wangler, burgomeister, of Baden. At age 19, she attracted the admiration of …Read More »
  • Herman Casewell Hemenway

    Herman Casewell Hemenway

    Cedar Falls Community Foundation 2015 Peter Melendy Award Nominees for the Peter Melendy Distinguished Community Builder award have made outstanding contributions to the City of Cedar Falls, voluntarily contributing time, energy, knowledge, skills and support beyond the scope of their professional practice, that has enhanced, improved or positively affected the …Read More »
  • Liane Christoffersen Nichols

    Liane Christoffersen Nichols

    Cedar Falls Community Foundation 2015 Peter Melendy Award Liane Christoffersen Nichols is the 2015 recipient of the Peter Melendy Community Builder Award. A lifelong resident of Cedar Falls, Liane exemplifies the community spirit championed by Melendy. Liane was born and raised in Cedar Falls, the only daughter of Iver and …Read More »
  • Roxie L. Hart Taylor

    Roxie L. Hart Taylor

    2014 posthumous Peter Melendy Community Builder award It is often difficult to document the contributions of pioneer women. Their surnames are lost to marriage and they were rarely mentioned in the local newspaper or history books. One of our first pioneer women however, has been remembered because of her importance …Read More »
  • C. Hugh Pettersen

    C. Hugh Pettersen

    Cedar Falls Community Foundation 2014 Peter Melendy Award The 2014 Peter Melendy Distinguished Community Builder Award is presented to C. Hugh Pettersen for his visionary ideas and dedication to the community. Much of what Hugh did was done quietly, behind the scenes, such as offering to pay to have the …Read More »
  • Ella Cotton Rownd

    Ella Cotton Rownd

    Ella Cotton Rownd has provided the community of Cedar Falls with an outstanding example of how one individual can have a long term impact on the quality of community life while also caring for her family. Ella’s careful estate planning insured that her family was provided for and that her estate …Read More »
  • Vilas L. “Sid” Morris

    Vilas L. “Sid” Morris

    The hallmark of this 2013 awardee is “selfless willingness” – his own and that which he inspires in others. The 2013 Peter Melendy Distinguished Community Builder Award is presented to Vilas L. “Sid” Morris for extraordinary dedication to this community by volunteer service and by motivating others to participate in …Read More »
  • Solomon Barrick Humbert

    Solomon Barrick Humbert

    Quotes are excerpted from Since I Started for the War: The Letters and Diary of Solomon Barrick Humbert Co. B, 31st Iowa Volunteer Infantry by Jeanine Humbert Johnson and Cynthia Huffman Sweet, (Cedar Falls, Iowa, 2007). Solomon Barrick Humbert was born in Potter, Yates Co., New York on 30 May …Read More »
  • Judith A. Cutler

    Judith A. Cutler

    The 2012 Peter Melendy Distinguished Community Builder Award is presented to Judith Cutler for extraordinary dedication and service to the enrichment of the lives of the citizens of Cedar Falls. Judi’s background in our community was first noted on July 23, 1974, when she was employed by the City of …Read More »

Foundation News

2/8/2018

Cedar Falls Community Foundation grants $211,000 to community projects

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation Board of Directors has granted funds totaling $211,000 to community projects. Recreational Opportunities Enhanced The Rownd Trust was established in 1967 under the Will of Ella C. Rownd and serves as a catalyst and change agent within the City of Cedar Falls by discovering and responding to significant capital needs

1/18/2018

Nominations being accepted for Melendy Spirit Award

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the Melendy Spirit Award. The Melendy Spirit Award is open to individuals, families, groups, or organizations who, as Cedar Falls residents have made outstanding community contributions that have enhanced, improved, or positively affected the overall quality of life in Cedar Falls, through philanthropic or other means.