Community important to Carbondale man of the year
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Dave Weimer is a cheesehead. Weimer, a financial planner at Edward Jones in Carbondale, was born and raised in Oconomowoc, Wis., in the heart of dairyland. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.He has spent all of his working career away from his home state but still identifies with it.
“I’m a cheesehead, and damn proud of it,” he said.Weimer, who has been in Carbondale since 2003, was named Carbondale’s Man of the Year this year, recognition for his leadership and tireless volunteer service around the successful Carbondale Wild West Rodeo series, among other community involvement. The award came from the Zeta Epsilon Sorority and the town of Carbondale.After college, Weimer took a job as a financial planner for Edward Jones, heading up an office in northern Virginia. He and his wife lived there for 15 or 16 years, he said, until they didn’t feel comfortable there any more. They were close to Dulles Airport, the scene of much activity and uneasiness after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.Following quickly on the heels of 9/11 was the 2002 D.C.-area sniper spree, for which John Allen Muhammed and Lee Boyd Malvo were found guilty. Police believed that the two were responsible for 10 murders that terrorized the Washington area.”After that, my wife and I decided we didn’t want to bring up our kids in that environment,” Weimer said. Weimer called Edward Jones headquarters and learned an office in Carbondale was open. He and his wife, Lisa, moved their three children, Grant, Katie and Ryan, to Carbondale in 2003 and immediately felt at home. “Carbondale feels a lot like where I grew up,” Weimer said. “The ranching component is a lot like the dairy farming in Wisconsin, and it’s a good place to raise a family.”
Weimer quickly got involved.”In the spring, it came out in the paper that the (Carbondale Wild West Rodeo) promoter couldn’t get enough sponsors,” he said. Weimer was concerned, so he got on the phone and called about 15 people to help save the rodeo. He got pledges from 14 of them.”One of the reasons I moved my family to Carbondale was the western heritage,” he said. He couldn’t see letting the rodeo fail. But he doesn’t take all the credit.”I’m credited with that, but there’s a lot of other people who were involved,” he said. “I could list 50 more people who were integral to making that happen.”Weimer, now president of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association, is still excited about the event.”It’s just a great thing for the town of Carbondale,” he said. “It brings all walks of life together – the old ranching families, the River Valley Ranch people, the Hispanics, the hippies, the children.
“It’s neat to see the children out there,” he continued. “That’s what drives me. It’s a family event. It’s just a real good thing.”Weimer’s community involvement doesn’t stop with the rodeo. He’s an active member of the Church at Redstone and an active member of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce. He coaches his daughter’s third- and fourth-grade basketball team for Carbondale Recreation.He’s also a member of the Carbondale Rotary Club, participating in events such as this year’s Great Balls of Fire, Rotary’s main fundraiser.This year’s take topped $50,000, and proceeds went to KDNK Radio to purchase a mobile broadcasting unit, as well as to Rotary’s community grants programs and student scholarships.Weimer also does the play-by-play announcing for Roaring Fork High School football games on KDNK, both home and away, alongside Jay Denton.And when he received his Man of the Year Award, another of his fundraising projects was mentioned: finding money for new football equipment for the Rams. When some of the team’s helmets and pads were no longer safety certified, Weimer got on the telephone and raised $20,000 for new equipment. Not bad for a cheesehead.
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