Bettye Myers, a kinesiology professor at Texas Woman’s University, has received the Otis L. Fowler Award, the most prestigious community honor presented by the Denton Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber presented the award Thursday at its 104th annual membership banquet and meeting at Apogee Stadium.
“I am elated that the committee chose her,” said Chuck Carpenter, president of the chamber. “I do not know anyone who does not admire her. What a good way to get recognized.”
In January, Myers was recognized by the United Way of Denton County with the inaugural Dr. Bettye Myers Humanitarian Award. She has been a member of numerous organizations in the community and served in various capacities. Myers served on the Denton school board from 1985 to 1991, including four years as board president. In August, the Denton school board voted to name the district’s seventh middle school in her honor.
In 2011, Myers was recognized with TWU’s Distinguished Alumni Award. It is the highest honor given to a TWU graduate.
Chuck Fremaux, outgoing chamber board chairman, said the chamber received a broad range of nominees and it was tough to choose a recipient for the Otis L. Fowler Award.
“She is impressive, she is selfless and gracious,” Fremaux said. “Whenever you meet her, you walk away feeling like you can do anything.”
Fremaux worked with Myers for more than 15 years organizing the Flow Health Care Foundation’s annual banquets, which were held at Fremaux’s Metropolitan Catering.
Roger Cox received the chamber’s annual Volunteer of the Year Award.
Former State Rep. Burt Solomons was the featured speaker. Solomons originally was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994 and served through the regular session of the 82nd Texas Legislature. He addressed key topics being considered by the 83rd Legislature and how the business community may be impacted.
The Otis L. Fowler award recognizes the individual as well as his or her impact in the community. The award, named after the chamber’s first paid board president, has been given annually to a member of the community since 1959.
The 2013-14 chamber year will begin Monday. Mayor Mark Burroughs will become chairman of the board, the chamber’s chief voluntary officer. Burroughs is serving his final term as mayor and is serving his second term as voting director of the board.
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