Rev Roger Bertchausen receiving the Jean Kapuscik Award The 2008 Jean Kapuscik Award for ministry in the Central Midwest District was presented to Rev. Roger Bertschausen, minister of the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Appleton, Wisconsin. For nearly 18 years, Roger Bertschausen has modeled compassionate leadership in our District in various growth related activities and as the minister settlement representative.

Under his ministry, the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has grown in numbers at an impressive rate, and, more importantly, in spiritual depth as well as theological, cultural and economic diversity. Roger is also a founding member of Toward Community: Unity in Diversity and a founding member of Common Ground, an interfaith team of local clergy who set aside theological differences in favor of addressing real life challenges in the Fox Valley cities. In his Central Midwest District activities, Roger has modeled a truly generous and unbounded heart in his own support of all the surrounding congregations, including the emerging ones, and encouraging that attitude of support to become an integral part of the FVUUF congregation's self-identity.

The first ever Youth Advisor Award for the Central Midwest District was presented to Michelle Madson, also of the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Appleton, Wisconsin. She was given this award for being a shining example of a dedicated youth advisor at her congregation. Through Michelle's boundless energy, bright smiles and attitude, youth have the opportunity and access to a superior youth program. She juggles work and family along with her youth advisor responsibilities as well as teaching two OWL programs with enthusiasm and grace. Through her hard work, energy and dedication to Unitarian Universalist youth, she has helped to make a corner of the world a better place.

Dori's 10-year awardLast, but certainly not least, Dori Davenport was presented with a surprise award honoring her ten years of service to the Central Midwest District as Faith Development and Growth Director. Recognizing all of her contributions to our district, her tireless and dedicated efforts in the areas of growth as well as her support of religious education programs at congregations both large and small, this award was presented to acknowledge the enhancements she has brought to this district since her arrival as a new staff person in 1998. Through her efforts, a new emphasis upon growth has caught hold in the district and by linking religious educators together through cluster meetings, she has created a support and education network for those doing the important work of faith development.