Joan Kuyper Farver

102 Main Street, Pella, Iowa, United States
Pella Corporation
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(641) 621-1000
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Last Updated 2/14/2012

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Advisory Board Member  - Children and Families of Iowa

Advisory Member of Iowa Board, Board Member  - Iowa Public Television

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Children & Families of Iowa

Joan Kuyper Farver, Chair.Emeritus

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Town Crier News, Pella, IA

Community Service Hall Of Fame: Joan FarverThe Community Service Award honors a person who has given so much of their time and talents to better the whole community.This couldn't be more true of Joan Farver. Joan carries on a tradition of caring and sharing learned from her parents.During her time in Pella she has served as Chairman of the Board of Pella Corporation for 13 years, been on the Central College Board, and was instrumental in awarding funding from the Pella Rolscreen Foundation and the Peter H. and E. Lucille Gaass Kuyper Foundation.She has given personally to local projects such as the Pella Opera House, Central College, Pella Library, Hospice Comfort House, Pella Day Care, Pella Art Center, Union Street Players, Hilltop Manner, Crossroads, Pella schools, the hospital, Historical Society and the list goes on, covering most, if not all worthwhile endeavors in the community. Joan also volunteers during Tulip Time, travels with retired Pella Corporation employees, is a 60-year member of the Chapter Bu - PEO, is an advisory member of Children & Families of Iowa board, former board member of Iowa Public Television and the list goes on.Joan has seen many changes throughout her life in Pella.From her father's company growing from 15-20 employees out of his garage to 12 plants across the US, her wish is to keep Pella Corporation a privately held company and keep the headquarters here in Pella, to continue to provide jobs for people in Pella and surrounding communities.Chamber Director Karen Eischen said, "We are truly blessed to have Joan in Pella.

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Joan Kuyper Farver earns 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Joan Kuyper Farver earns 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor | Pella Pressroom Pella Pressroom Connect with Pella: Joan Kuyper Farver earns 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Pella Corporation, a leader in the window and door industry, today announced that its Chair Emeritus, Joan Kuyper Farver, has been named as a recipient of the prestigious national Ellis Island Medal of Honor recognizing her Dutch heritage and her outstanding contributions to American society. Established by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) and presented annually since 1986, the award pays tribute to ancestry group's that comprise America's unique cultural mosaic. The Pella native is one of only 100 United States citizens, among several thousand nominees, who earned the Medal of Honor in 2007. The honor is bestowed on those individuals who represent "...a life dedicated to community service and who preserve and celebrate the history, traditions and values of his/her ancestry group(s), dedicate himself/herself to support and defend the values of American life, build bridges between ethnic, racial and religious groups in the US and/or abroad, and share his or her personal and professional gifts for the benefit of humanity." Farver is the daughter the late Pete and Lucile Kuyper. A graduate of Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and a strong supporter of communities and charitable causes, Joan Kuyper Farver has dedicated her life and her family legacy to helping others. "Known as Pella Corporation's 'First Lady,' Joan is an inspiration to those who know her and is certainly deserving of this prestigious national recognition," said Mel Haught, president and CEO of Pella Corporation. "Joan truly cares about others and the communities in which our team members live, and it shows in her support of others and causes they care about," he said. The United States Senate and House of Representatives have each passed resolutions recognizing the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, which rank among the most prestigious awards in the United States. Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients are named each year in May and are listed in the U.S. Congressional Record, honoring those who have made enduring contributions to America and the world. With this distinction, Farver joins an impressive list of previous recipients, including six U.S. Presidents, Nobel laureates, entertainers, athletes, entrepreneurs, religious leaders, military personnel, and business executives.

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