PRESIDENT - Esther Hall Nurse/Educator (Retired) 2016-2020
Esther has been a resident of Commerce City since 1952, and she is a retired nurse and educator. Esther went to Derby Elementary School, Adams City Junior High School and graduated from Adams City High School in 1965. Esther has been active in her community, church and schools for many years, which includes sitting on many boards and committees. Esther has served as President of Adams City High School Music Boosters, which included working for the students to attend competition in Israel. Esther’s family is a Charter member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church since 1956, where she has held Treasurer’s office and has been involved with the Ladies Guild for over 20 years.
Esther has been an active member of the Commerce City Historical Society since its inception, and is currently serving as President. Esther has been married for 48 years to Harley Hall, a resident of Commerce City since 1952. They have raised their sons, who also attended Adams City High School, in Commerce City.
Esther donates many hours of her time doing good things for other people, such as; Making and donating quilts to the Jefferson County Action Center, the fire victims in the Colorado Springs fires in 2013, quilts for the Church car shows at Our Saviour Lutheran Church and fund raisers for the Commerce City Historical society along with other hand crafted items for both groups. Esther participates in giving and volunteering at the local nursing home in Commerce City making lap robes, giving bananas and birthday gifts to the residents, monthly for 30 years. She also makes hand crafted clowns and donates them to the Colorado Highway Patrol and Commerce City Police Department and the Adams County Sherriff’s department for children in need from car accidents or criminal activities from their care givers. She has grown plants and donated the proceeds to charitable groups for 10 years and donates the money to the American Heart Association and to the Commerce City Historical Society. Esther was an active member of the Derby Business Association representing the Historical Society helping to organize and plan events until it folded in 2014. She currently serves on the Derby Review Board. She is very instrumental in fund raising and coordinating many of the activities for the Society. She serves as a committee person for her Class of 1965 , class reunions. Esther has a real Service Heart.
VICE-PRESIDENT - Pam Meier June 2016-2018
Along with her family, Pam Meier moved to Commerce City in 1954. She attended Rose Hill Elementary School, Kearney Middle School and graduated from Adams City High School in 1968. After graduation, Pam attended Mesa College in Grand Junction. She then worked for Mountain Bell in the engineering department for 4 years. In 1973 Pam decided to join her parents, Al and Jean Klein, as a Realtor in their thriving real estate business, Jean’s Realty. From 1973-1998 Pam thoroughly enjoyed working at Jean’s Realty helping Commerce City home buyers and sellers make their real estate dream come true. During this time Pam also helped make it possible for her Mom to spend countless hours advocating for safe drinking water for the citizens of Commerce City, while still running the family business. In 1998 Jean retired and Pam joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage where she continued her real estate career with an emphasis on the Commerce City market. In 2000 her son Justin Knoll joined her as a 4th generation Realtor and together they are continuing the family real estate business tradition. In January 2014, Pam and Justin joined Madison & Company Properties. Pam is still thoroughly enjoying serving the residents of Commerce City in their real estate needs.
Pam is a charter member of South Adams Women’s Association and a member of Commerce City Historical Society.
Pam is married to Jim Meier, a retired Denver Policeman, and together they have 6 grown children and 10 grandchildren. Spending time with her family is Pam’s greatest pleasure. She also enjoys reading non-fiction, yoga, co
SECRETARY/TREASURER- Debra Bullock, Director of Education for Starkey International 2014-2018
Debra has lived in Commerce City since 1959, when her parents moved to Irondale from Minnesota. She was five years old and attended Irondale Elementary, Adams City Junior High and Adams City High School, graduating in 1973. Debra worked in the hospitality profession for 33 years. First at Stapleton Plaza Hotel located next to Stapleton International Airport and then worked at the Brown Palace Hotel for 20 years as the Director of Housekeeping. She joined Starkey International a private school as the Director of Education in July 2007. Debra also travels around the country and internationally training staff in high net worth homes. She is also co-owner of Bullseye Dry-cleaning. Debra is married to Rene’ Bullock. They have been married for 29 years. They have one grown daughter (Dami) and 2 granddaughters. Debra is very involved in her community. She is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Commerce City Historical, a member of the Commerce City Cultural Council, a founding member of the Commerce City Chamber of Commerce, a board member for the Union/ACHS Reunion Alumni Association and serves on the Church Council at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, where she has been attending since she was five years old. Debra and her husband, Rene Bullock founded URCC (United Residents of Commerce City), which led to the establishment of the Commerce City Historical Society. Debra is the author of the Images of America, Commerce City, which was published in March, 2010, and which was the first book written about the history of Commerce City. Debra is passionate and dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of Commerce City. She stays very busy keeping all the records for the Historical Society.
HISTORIAN - Reba Drotar Former Council Woman /Mayor Pro Tem Term end 2018
Reba, a native of Commerce City, has extensive knowledge of its history and is, therefore, the Historian for the Historical Society. Reba is a past business owner of the Blue Rose Restaurant and Catering Company. For 9 years Reba also served her community as a Councilwoman on the Commerce City City Council. Reba also served on numerous boards and commissions, including the regional boards for: E470, Tri County Health, Rocky Mountain Arsenal RAB. Local board memberships include: General Improvement District, Cultural Council, and many others. Reba was “Rotarian of the Year” in 2005, the Commerce City Business and Professional Organization’s “Business and Professional Citizen of the Year”, the recipient of the “Commerce City Senior Citizens Triple C award”, and the recipient of the Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation’s “Good Samaritan of the Year Award” in 2008. Reba also received the leadership “Gold Certification” from the National League of Cities in Washington D.C. in 2009. Reba has 40 years of experience working with students of all ages, working with Adams County School District 14 as a volunteer and as an employee, which she is currently working as a Community Resource Specialist. Reba was the visionary of the School District 14 Resource Center, and she was instrumental in petitioning Congress and the EPA for the release of the Arsenal land for the Prairie Gateway and the continued cleanup of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Reba was also the only carrier of the petition to keep the current name of the high school and the only petition carrier for the naming of the Hope Resource Center for School District 14. Reba’s number one love is her husband Gary, and her family. Reba has been devoted to the well-being of people of Commerce City and the preservation of their stories and history.
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR - Sheila Harris 2016-2020
Sheila is a lifetime resident of Commerce City. She was Born in 1968 to Hester and Cecil Bonnell. Sheila has three siblings Lester, Rodger and a twin sister, Shelly.
She attended Monaco Elementary School, followed by Adams City Middle School and finally Adams City High School where she graduated in 1987. Sheila is the proud mother of three great children. Gerrald, known as Jake (26), Donna (24) and Leah who is soon to be 14. She also has two grandchildren Sarah (5) and Abigail (1).
Sheila has been a school bus driver for 25 years with the first 15 at Denver Public Schools where she met and married Sidney Harris. For the last 10 years she has been driving for Adams 12 Five Star Schools.
In her spare time she loves to go camping and fishing. Sheila likes to do pretty much anything outdoors where she can include the children and grandchildren.