Kathy Herrin, Beth Katchmar and David McCallister will be inducted into the Fremont Hall of Fame on April 14th at the Abbey Event Center. (Photos courtesy)
After a three-year hiatus due to a global pandemic, the Fremont Hall of Fame’s 13th annual induction ceremony will be held on Friday, April 14. The 2023 event will honor three citizens whose civic engagement has greatly enriched the communities of Fremont and Custer County.
Kathy Herrin, Beth Katchmar and David McCallister will be introduced on April 14th at Abbey Event Center, 2951, EUS 50. The evening begins at 5:30pm with cocktails, followed by dinner at 6:30pm and the program at 7:00pm
The Fremont Hall of Fame is a fundraiser for the Pueblo Community College Foundation. Proceeds benefit the foundation and its efforts to provide scholarships for Fremont and Custer County students attending the PCC Fremont campus.
Since arriving in Cañon City in 1982, Herrin has touched hundreds of lives through her career in law enforcement, victim support and probation services, as well as through her volunteer work in the 4-H and theater communities. Herrin has always shown a passion for her work, giving back to the community and engaging others in projects benefiting Cañon City and Fremont County.
Townspeople know her in many roles, from her days as an announcer and radio journalist at KRLN to her many years with the Cañon City Police Department, where she served in crime prevention, crisis negotiation, victim support and field training for new officers. She has written several melodramas as fundraising events for the Fremont Civic Theater and the Fremont County Crimestoppers, and has directed, produced and acted countless hours in productions for both the Fremont Civic Theater and the Rialto Players. For more than two decades, she has hosted programs on probation, history, and her love of donkeys and mules for the PCC Spring Senior Mini-College.
Herrin founded the Neighborhood Watch program in Cañon City and Fremont County, as well as the Cañon City Police Department’s Citizen Academy and a Kids & Cops program between the police department and local schools.
Retired Cañon City Police Office and Fremont Sheriff’s Officer Jerry Alexander sums up Herrin’s willingness to stop what she’s doing to help others when she doesn’t have time.
“Kathy has earned the respect of this community,” Alexander said, “and it’s her work ethic and ability to get things done and get along with everyone that makes the community ask her to do or be a part of projects.” “
Katchmar has been a donor, advocate and supporter of Fremont County since moving to Cañon City 15 years ago. Her hard work is best exemplified by her successful businesses, Pizza Madness and Beyond Madness Catering, which employ Cañon City residents regardless of age, conditions, or past failures. Through her business, she has demonstrated unparalleled support for the community, particularly local nonprofits, first responders, law enforcement, schools and those in need.
“Beth conducts her business as a classic example of how to make a business an integral part and catalyst for the growth and vitality of our community and its economy,” said Judy Lohnes, retired executive director of the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments.
Katchmar is an avid advocate of bringing visitors to the area, a leader and cheerleader for downtown business, and an active member of the Cañon City Chamber and the Fremont County Tourism Council. She has played an important role in many organizations including chairing the Royal Gorge Whitewater Committee which brought Whitewater Park and the town’s most successful event, the Whitewater Festival, to the area. She is a supporter of the Blossom Pageant, the Fremont Exceptional Women Project, as well as the arts, including the Cañon City High School (CCHS) Band, CCHS Encore, and the Fremont Center for the Arts, as well as the academic, athletic, technical, and extracurricular programs regional schools.
She was named Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Royal Gorge Association of Realtors in 2011, Elks Citizen of the Year in 2011, received the Fremont Exceptional Women Cara Fisher Award in 2019 and was honored by the Royal Gorge Chamber this year as their 2022 Honorary Citizen.
“She is a true giver,” said Larry Oddo, owner and CEO of Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, “with a genuine interest in making people’s lives better, whether as an employer or as a volunteer for the many organizations that serve she is committed.”
Fremont County’s development has always been a priority for David McCallister, who began his career at age 19 as the owner of Dave’s General Store in Penrose and went on to develop eight Kwik Stop stores in Penrose, Florence and Canon City. While others pondered how to capture the new prison’s traffic, McCallister took a chance with his convenience store business, persevered and thrived on his knowledge of the business, personality and common sense attitude.
McCallister has been personally or through his company involved in many community activities and organizations, including the Upper Arkansas Valley Bambino League, Fremont County 4-H, Canon City and Penrose Recreation Districts, and all three county chambers of commerce.
“We may see many entrepreneurs among us, but if ever there was someone who started with a small dream and grew big, it was Dave McCallister,” said nominator Ed Norden.
He devoted much of his business endeavors to youth sports and other youth activities in Florence, Penrose, and Cañon City. Over the past 20 years, McCallister has donated more than $200,000 in college scholarships to high school students from Cañon City and Florence, many of whom have taken them to Pueblo Community College. He helped the Florence and Cañon City high school athletic departments raise more than $400,000 through the Kwik Stop discount cards and was instrumental in the construction of the PCC Fremont campus and hosted many golf tournaments with proceeds benefiting PCC scholarships came.
“He understood his role in the county as an economic source of support for many worthwhile endeavors without any expectation of personal reward,” said retired Headmaster John Merriam. “Local youth organizations and school programs in the county have grown tremendously through his generosity.”
Tickets for the 2023 Fremont Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are $50 per person. Sponsorships are also available and range from $150 to $1,000.
The Fremont Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to honor individuals, living or dead, whose exceptional efforts in education, business, arts and humanities, philanthropy, government, law, science and technology, and health and human services have helped improve Counties of Fremont and Custer. Since its inception, 35 outstanding community leaders have been inducted and featured on a Wall of Fame on PCC’s Fremont campus.
For more information on the 2023 Fremont Hall of Fame, contact the Pueblo Community College Foundation at 719-544-0677.
Inducted into the Fremont Hall of Fame
dr Shirley Squier, PhD
Walter & Gloria Schepp
dr Eric & Linda Carlson
Bob & Helen Schuhmacher
Mike & Cathi Merlino
Charles & Earle Wolfers
John & Mary Kay Evans
Dorothy “Tiny” Strigel
dr Lana Carter
(Induction ceremony in 2023 due to global pandemic cancellation)