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Feldmeyer named 2005 Rotary citizen of the year

For Denver business owner Jill Feldmeyer, Friday night was supposed to be a “date night” with her husband Jim.
Feldmeyer, however, was named the Denver/Lake Norman Rotary citizen of the year at the group’s annual banquet Thursday night at Verdict Ridge Country Club.
“They got me this year,” 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.
“I had to be convincing,” he said. “I had to hire a worker for my wife’s business, Fit Dimension, then I had to hire a baby-sitter. She’s hard to keep a secret from.”
Feldmeyer was honored for her accomplishments and contributions to the Denver area.
“The biggest challenge of being a business owner is what do you give and do in your community,” she said.
Some of what Feldmeyer has done in her community includes organizing the Denver Area Business Association’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 “Denver’s Biggest Loser.”
Her biggest passion, however, is children.
“I’m trying to get some programs for our kids in Denver,” she said. “The need is tremendous for recreational facilities in this area because children are lacking facilities.”
She was originally planning to go to the club that night because “it was a busy night.”
The previous citizen of the year, Jack Funk, presented Feldmeyer with the award.
“After having two children, this individual’s desire for fitness and a healthy lifestyle grew even stronger,” said Funk before the award presentation. “Her life didn’t feel complete without sharing this enthusiasm with others. As a result, her new gym (Fit Dimension) opened in 1993.”
Feldmeyer’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.
“This is quiet an honor,” said Funk.
Upon accepting the award, Feldmeyer was humbled in front of the crowd who was giving her a standing ovation.
“There are many other people that deserve this,” she said. “Thank you. It was a good surprise.”

Other awards presented included:
· Jerry Earnest, chairman of Denver Days, was honored as volunteer of the year.

· The East Lincoln Fire Department was honored as group of the year.

by Jon Mayhew

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