For Denver business owner Jill Feldmeyer, Friday night was supposed to be a â€œdate nightâ€ with her husband Jim.
Feldmeyer, however, was named the Denver/Lake Norman Rotary citizen of the year at the groupâ€™s annual banquet Thursday night at Verdict Ridge Country Club.
â€œThey got me this year,â€ Feldmeyer said after the banquet.
Originally, she thought she was going to a romantic dinner with her husband, Jim.
Little did she know that he had other plans.
â€œI had to be convincing,â€ he said. â€œI had to hire a worker for my wifeâ€™s business, Fit Dimension, then I had to hire a baby-sitter. Sheâ€™s hard to keep a secret from.â€
Feldmeyer was honored for her accomplishments and contributions to the Denver area.
â€œThe biggest challenge of being a business owner is what do you give and do in your community,â€ she said.
Some of what Feldmeyer has done in her community includes organizing the Denver Area Business Associationâ€™s (DABA) annual Christmas trees that decorate N.C. 16.
Feldmeyer has been the organizing force behind the annual fundraiser, where local business purchase bulbs. The proceeds are then donated to a charity.
Something that Feldmeyer is currently doing is through Fit Dimension, helping people shed pounds and get healthy through â€œDenverâ€™s Biggest Loser.â€
Her biggest passion, however, is children.
â€œIâ€™m trying to get some programs for our kids in Denver,â€ she said. â€œThe need is tremendous for recreational facilities in this area because children are lacking facilities.â€
She was originally planning to go to the club that night because â€œit was a busy night.â€
The previous citizen of the year, Jack Funk, presented Feldmeyer with the award.
â€œAfter having two children, this individualâ€™s desire for fitness and a healthy lifestyle grew even stronger,â€ said Funk before the award presentation. â€œHer life didnâ€™t feel complete without sharing this enthusiasm with others. As a result, her new gym (Fit Dimension) opened in 1993.â€
Feldmeyerâ€™s accomplishments included becoming a sponsor for the annual Relay for Life, organizing and sponsoring the first-ever 5K fitness run in Denver during Denver Days, and organizing and sponsoring the annual DABA fireworks display.
â€œThis is quiet an honor,â€ said Funk.
Upon accepting the award, Feldmeyer was humbled in front of the crowd who was giving her a standing ovation.
â€œThere are many other people that deserve this,â€ she said. â€œThank you. It was a good surprise.â€
Other awards presented included:
Â· Jerry Earnest, chairman of Denver Days, was honored as volunteer of the year.
Â· The East Lincoln Fire Department was honored as group of the year.
by Jon Mayhew