Todd Hotra, TSM

Mike and Nomie Ketterling have been named the 2014 Greeley Stampede Grand Marshals. It is so wonderful that two people who have done so much for our community were honored this year.  They also happen to be good friends of mine.

Mike and I became friends when he was a member of the Greeley Stampede Committee from 1998-2001. He ended tenure on the committee just a couple years before Brian Gary and I were named Grand Marshals by the Stampede, which was one of the greatest honors in our entire career.

Mike  has done so much for our community. He was a volunteer fireman for the Eaton Fire Protection District for 20 years; he served on the Weld County United Way Board of Directors, Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, the Stampede Committee, Community Foundation Serving Greeley/Weld County Board and Littler Youth Fund Committee. He is currently the Chairman of the Poudre River Trail Corridor Board, on the Greeley Downtown Development Authority Board, Stampede Foundation Board, Great Western Trail Authority Board and Partners Mentoring Youth  (Greeley Advisory Committee & Northern Colorado Board of Directors), and a member of the Eaton Sertoma Club.

Nomie has also been so active in our community over the past couple of decades. I have worked with her recently in helping our youth say no to drugs and alcohol.  Nomie began her work in Greeley at the Weld County Sheriff’s Office then spent the next 23 years working for Weld County Partners.  She is currently at North Range Behavioral Health as the program coordinator for Weld County Prevention Partners, a coalition for youth substance abuse prevention

Nomie has been on the High Plains Library District Board and a 20-year member of the Eaton Public Library Board.  She participated in Leadership Greeley/Weld County and is a member of the GX Chapter of PEO. She has volunteered for Right to Read, Eaton Fire Department Auxiliary, Partners, United Way, the Woman’s Fund, TGYS State Board, Aims Community College Criminal Justice Board and is currently on the MSU Alumni Advisory Board.

The Ketterling’s co-founded the Greeley Stampede Western Art Exhibit and Sale with Tuffy & Shirley Holland.  In its first fourteen years, the Art Show sold a million dollars worth of art that generated a quarter million dollars towards scholarships for youth who are graduating from Weld County high schools. They are a fine choice for Grand Marshals for this year's Greeley Stampede!