Fannie Menning Distinguished Service to HumankindA graduate of both Northwestern Junior College and Northwestern College, Fannie Menning, Rock Valley, Iowa, served as a teacher and as a senior care center’s assistant activities director. She now helps disabled clients learn life skills at the Hope Haven Residential Training Center in Orange City. Menning was chosen to represent the Reformed Church in America on a pilot fact-finding mission trip to Russia in 1984. Trained as a leader during another trip, she returned the following year as the head of an interdenominational travel seminar. Three other seminars to RCA Middle East mission fields followed. She serves as one of her denomination’s mission advocates and is an RCA speaker for mission festivals across North America. A former member of Northwestern’s National Alumni Board, Menning also has taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school, led women’s Bible studies, written Words of Hope devotionals and helped plan Bible League retreats. With her husband, she conducts chapel services in senior care centers.
Award year: 2003