Community Board Member of the Year 2011
2011 Community Board Member of the Year
Rev. Fritz Mellberg
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
In 1989, Retirement Housing Foundation opened Westover Manor, a 39-apartment HUD 202 building located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Fritz has served as a member of the board since 1993, when he became pastor of Hope United Church of Christ.
He attended the Chicago Theological Seminary and graduated in 1972. While he was in school, he worked as a speech writer and reporter at the UCC Office of Communication in New York City.
He began his career in McGregor, Iowa, then moved to Glenwood. He received advanced Clinical Pastoral Education Training at an Omaha hospital. Fritz then served as Chaplain in Illinois, then as Pastor in Hawarden, Iowa. He has served on the Eastern Iowa Committee on Ministry as member and Chair for 12 years, and was a member of the Iowa Conference Commission on Ministry and various other boards and committees throughout the years.
Fritz has been a volunteer in many different areas including:
- Restorative Justice projects with Iowa’s 6th Judicial District
- Victim Offender Mediator for the area court system
- Founding President of Love, Inc.
He has led Bible studies at nursing homes, has been a long-time member of the Associates of the Iowa Cistercians, and is the founder of a Hiawatha Community Action group. In 1991 he received the Citizen of the Year Award in Hawarden, Iowa, in addition to various awards from area agencies and the State of Iowa.
In addition to his governance work at Westover Manor, he has led Bible studies for residents and staff and encouraged his church to assist with financial contributions to parties and other festivities. We acknowledge with gratitude all of his years of service, and we know that as he retires, he will be greatly missed by the residents and staff of Westover Manor.
RHF is pleased to recognize Fritz Mellberg as 2011 Local Community Board Member of the Year.