August 3 - 6, 2017

THEME - "Small Town, Big Heart

This year’s Coldwater Community Picnic Parade Grand Marshals are Larry Knapke and Hank Schwieterman. Both of these men have dedicated countless hours of service to the Coldwater Community both as teachers in our schools and in their tireless efforts within the park system.

Norma “Skeet” Wolters – Parade Marshall

Norma Wolters Grand Marshall
Our first grand marshal is Norma “Skeet” Wolters. Skeet graduated from Celina IC, she moved to Coldwater after marrying her husband Woody. The two of them have been married for 56 years and have two children Lisa and Mike.

Over the years Skeet has been very active in the Mercer County community. She was the Mercer County 4-H program assistant for 25 years where she facilitated many activities such as the annual 4-H camp at harbor point. She is also well known by many people in the county for providing school enrichment programs to all county schools for students K-4.

Here in Coldwater Skeet has served on the Coldwater Community Picniccommittee, as well as the committees for 1988 and 2013 town celebrations. She served as secretary for the Holy Trinity Church council, and currently serves as the Coldwater representative for the LAAG(lake area art group). One accomplishment that brought a significant sense of joy was facilitating story time at Coldwater Public Library which is still a regular event at the library.

In her free time Skeet enjoys spending time with family, gardening, bird watching, biking, and reading. Skeet and her husband have also proactively created a suitable habitat for Monarch Butterflies, and enthusiasticly monitor the park each fall for the return of the monarch butterflies migrating south.

Charmaine Betinger – Parade Marshall

Charmaine is a graduate of Coldwater high school. Charmaine’s first job out of college was at New Idea. This is where she says the social aspect of her community work began. Working at New Idea gave her the opportunity to work in different departments, and with so many different people. It was a family and everyone worked together. Just like a community. After 7 years, she decided to take a risk she quit her job and moved to Dallas, Texas. Living in Dallas helped her develop not only in the business world, but it also gave her access to events where she could fulfill her need to volunteer. Living in Dallas gave her a new appreciation for a small community and just how special our community is.

Charmaine has been involved in many different organizations in Coldwater since moving back, including the ladies sodality at church, Coldwater athletic boosters, and was the first woman president of the Coldwater Jaycees (now Buzzards Glory Community Club). Charmaine is a regular volunteer for the Coldwater Community Picnic, currently serves on the Coldwater MDA softball tournament committee, and is a lector, usher and Eucharistic minister at church. Charmaine is proud of her involvement with the recent renovations to Cavalier Stadium. It’s a testimony to what a community can achieve together. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball, softball, reading, riding bike and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Charmaine enjoys traveling and looks forward to doing more in the future.
Charmaine’s relentless involvement in our community was largely inspired by her parents and their involvement in the community. She also credits Marge Homan, Ruth Wendel, Our other grand marshal Skeet Wolters, and many other members of our community for inspiring her non-stop dedication to our community.