Rich was initiated into the Elks in 1969 at the Sterling, Colorado Elks #1336.  By his own admission, he was a "dues paying only" member for almost 15 years.  Today he counts those years as almost wasted.  In 1984, he was asked to help as a bartender for a State Quarterly Convention that the Lodge was hosting.  This was the bait on the hook.  Five years later he was again asked to serve; this time as the bar committee chairman.  Now, the hook was set !!!!!!!  October 1989,  found him stepping in as the Lodge Chaplain.  He progressed through the Chairs, finally serving as the Leading Knight. 

In 1994, he transferred to
Akron, Colorado Lodge #2579.  He immediately started serving this Lodge as the Lecturing Knight.  Rich progressed through the Chairs to serve as Exalted Ruler in '97-'98, Leading Knight '98-'99, and again as Exalted Ruler in 1999-2000.  He was named as Akron Lodge's  " Elk of the Year " in 2001.

While serving his Lodges, Rich also found the opportunity to serve the Colorado Elks Association as District Chairman, and State Chairman for several different Committees, including the State Major Project.  He served as the President of the State Association in 2004-2005.

Ritual was, and is, an important part of Elkdom for Rich.  Rich was first certified as both a Word and a Computer Judge in 1993.  He later certified as a Ritualistic Judge.

Rich and his wife Pat, have traveled many miles to attend National Elks Conventions, DOES Conventions, Conventions in other States, and functions in other Lodges.  Their belief that "You get out, what you put in"  is well defined wherever there is an activity.

As important as the Elks are to Rich, so are the ladies who help sustain the Elks.  The Lady Auxiliaries, and most importantly the DOES, have his full support.  In 2003, Rich served as the National President of the Bullshippers of the
USA.  The Bullshippers are a support group for the DOES and provide the comradery wherever DOES are gathered.  The name "Bullshipper"  is not to be misconstrued as to what goes on at these gatherings of the guys.