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May 24, 2018

California Hawaii Elks Assoc. President Robert Duitsman

Robert "Bob" Duitsman was born in Inglewood, CA, and attended local schools including Inglewood High School, the University of Southern California, and Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, receiving a Juris Doctor degree in 1981.

Bob joined the Culver City Elks Lodge in 1989. Moving through the chairs he was elected Exalted Ruler for 1993-94 and again in 1995-96. He was Association Vice-President in 2001-2002 during the presidency of John Carvalho and his wife Sandy and then District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler in 2005-2006 during the national presidency of the Honorable Louis J. "Jim" Grillo and his wife Lucia. He served on several district committees, but developed a particular interest in the ritual program. He has been a ritual judge since 1995 and served in a number of positions in the ritual community leading to CHEA Ritual Training Chair and finally CHEA Ritual Contest Chair in 2007-08. He also served on the CHEA Major Project Board of Trustees from 2013-2016, the last year as its Chair.

On the Grand Lodge level, he served on the Committee on Judiciary for six years, 2009-15, the last two as Chair, and is currently in his third year as a Justice of the Grand Forum, in effect the Supreme Court of the Order. For two years he also served on the Grand Lodge Pardon Commission

For over thirty-five years Bob has been an attorney in private practice in the Culver City area, with emphases in the areas of estate planning and parole revocation defense.

He is a Past Chair of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, a Past President of the Culver City Lions Club, and a Past President of the Inglewood District Bar Association. For over twenty years he was a Temporary Judge of the Los Angeles Municipal and Superior Courts. For  more than thirty years he has been a volunteer at the Culver City Senior Center, helping its members with their legal problems on a volunteer basis. What little he knows about speaking before groups he owes in large part to the Toastmasters organization, of which he is a thirty year member with a designation of Distinguished Toastmaster. He also knows a little about parliamentary procedure, having attained the designation of Professional Registered Parliamentarian through the National Association of Parliamentarians. He is finally an ordained elder at Knox Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, having served four terms on its governing board.

Bob met the love of his life, Beth, in 1982, and they married in 1987. They do not have any children, unless you count their two dogs, Winston and Bobby. Together they live in the Ladera Heights area of Los Angeles County.

Bob enjoys gardening, puttering around the house, spending time with his dogs, and is one of only 144 people on earth who have finished all 32 editions of the Los Angeles Marathon, with a best time of 3:52.

Bob and Beth are proud and excited to have the opportunity to serve as President and First Lady of the California-Hawaii Elks Association this year, meeting and making friends during their travels, and talking about their slogan "Honoring the Past - Embracing the Future".





May 24, 2018

California Hawaii Elks Assoc. Vice President Randy Eldridge

Randall “Randy” Eldridge, Sr. was born in Cherrypoint, North Carolina on February 28, 1950, the third son of four boys, to Colonel William W. Eldridge, Jr. and Beverly Eldridge. As a Marine family, they were transferred to several states before settling in Santa Ana, California.

Randy attended and graduated from Santa Ana High School in 1969 after meeting his “high school sweetheart” and future wife Janice.  Knowing that he wanted to be a police officer, he received an Associate in Arts Degree in Police Science from Santa Ana College. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a minor in Sociology graduating Magna Cum Laude from California State University-Los Angeles.

He joined the Santa Ana Police Department on November 11, 1971; graduated 4th of 36 from the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy and was assigned to the Patrol Division.  In 1973 he was promoted to a Crime Scene Investigator and Training Officer.  In 1974 he was promoted to Detective assigned to the Juvenile Investigation Section where he worked for seven years.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on March 1981 and was in charge of a team of patrol officers.  He was later promoted to Detective Sergeant in charge of the Career Criminal Apprehension Detail and the Prosecution Unit. He was awarded “Sergeant of the Year” in 1985.  In his spare time, he managed an athletic club, taught Traffic School, and was a private investigator.  He retired after 30 years of service on December 31, 2001.

After two months of retirement, he was asked by the Chief of Police and the Executive Director of Parks to return to work for the City of Santa Ana as the Administrator of eleven Park Police Officers that they named Santa Ana Park Rangers.  He worked that position for 20 hours a week for 14 years.

He married his wife Janice on May 25, 1971 and five years later Janice gave birth to their son that she insisted on naming Randall Neil Eldridge, Jr.  Fifteen months later Janice gave birth to their daughter, Tricia Lynn Eldridge.  They now have seven grandchildren; six girls and one boy.  They have now been married for 47 wonderful years.  Randy maintains that the success of their marriage is based on two simple words that he has memorized “Yes Dear”.

Randy joined the Garden Grove Elks Lodge in May 1998 after learning that they had a terrific camping club called the Elk-Enders.  He eventually became the President of the camping club 2004 and again in 2010.  He was “Elk-Ender of the Year” in 2007 and again in 2010. He was a member of the lodge for 6 months when Esteemed Leading Knight Nelson “Santa“ Burke talked him into being his Inner Guard.  Nelson convinced Randy that an Officer position would only require two hours a week.  He failed to mention that that was just two hours of non-elk time to enjoy in his personal life, a joke we always laugh about.  Randy eventually was appointed and elected to all seven officer positions and became Exalted Ruler for the year 2014-2015. In our District’s Ritual Contests, he earned First Place or Second Place for all seven positions including All State Loyal Knight.  As a Past Exalted Ruler he became the Orange Coast District Piggy Bank Vice Chairman and then the Chairman receiving the honor of California-Hawaii Elks Association Chairman of the Year for 2016-2017. In 2016-2017 he served as the Esquire to the Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler David Coffin, an experience that he and Janice will always treasure.

At the CHEA State Convention in San Diego, May 18th, he was sworn in as the State Vice President for the Orange Coast District.  He continues to strive to ………….SERVE AND PROTECT ELKDOM!





June 7, 2017
Wonderful YouTube Video of the CHEA Theme Child, Aya, at the State Convention. Enjoy!
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