Through the years, the Denton Chamber of Commerce has selected many outstanding people as recipients of the Otis L. Fowler award.
The award is named for the chamber’s first paid executive, who served for 30 years before his retirement. The honor that bears his name has been given annually since 1959.
This award is the most prestigious honor presented by the chamber and, according to the chamber’s criteria, is bestowed upon a deserving individual who has made a marked contribution to the progress and welfare of the community through his or her business, profession or calling.
We’d say that Bettye Myers more than qualifies, and we congratulate her on receiving the award Thursday night at the chamber’s 104th annual membership banquet and meeting at Apogee Stadium.
We also commend the chamber and those involved in Myers’ selection for their choice. Denton is blessed with many fine community leaders and outstanding individuals in a wide range of fields, but one would be hard-pressed to name someone more deserving of this award or the community’s appreciation than Myers.
Myers, a longtime educator and current kinesiology professor at Texas Woman’s University, a former Denton school board member and president, a dedicated member of many community organizations and the recipient of too many awards to list here, truly cares about the community and its people. She has devoted many years to working for the benefit of both.
“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.”
It was obvious that those attending Thursday’s banquet agreed with Carpenter, and we’d be willing to bet that a gathering of all of her admirers and those who have been touched by her contributions would overflow several venues the size of Denton’s new stadium.
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.
In addition to continued unselfish service to others through the years, Myers is recognized as an outstanding teacher, educator and motivational speaker.
“She is impressive, she is selfless and gracious,” Chuck Fremaux, outgoing chamber board chairman, said. “Whenever you meet her, you walk away feeling like you can do anything.”
Thanks, Dr. Myers, for all you’ve done for our community through the years, and although this may sound selfish — please, keep up the good work.