Richard "Dick" Olmstead
Lancaster, California, USA

Olmstead, Dick

Richard G. “Dick” Olmstead Jr., Lancaster, California, USA, was elected to a three-year term as a trustee of Kiwanis International in July 2017 at the 102nd Annual Kiwanis International convention in Paris, France. 

Dick has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Palmdale West for 21 years. He is a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and has been a member of Kiwanis clubs in Newhall-Saugus, Burbank and Lancaster, California. 

A former president of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District Foundation, he has received the Rose Float Medallion and the 50th Year Commemorative Medallion. He is a Walter Zeller charter member, a Diamond Level George F. Hixson Fellow and a Tablet of Honor recipient. 

Dick has been a certified trainer since 1985. His philanthropy includes being a charter member of Champions for Children and Dee’s Champions and a donor to the California-Nevada-Hawaii Foundation Core Values Circle. He is a sponsor of Palmdale West's Paisanos & Pasta and the Palmdale West Rubber Duck Race. 

He has served as president of three Kiwanis clubs and as governor and lieutenant governor. Dick has been honored with Kiwanian of the Year three times and has 36 years of perfect attendance. He has been a distinguished secretary and received the Distinguished Service Award three times. He also has served as an advisor to Littlerock High School Key Club, Pete Knight High School Key Club and Keppel Academy Builders Club. 

Dick has attended 30 district conventions and 40-plus mid-year conventions and is a Life Member. He has served as division secretary and has been chair and member of the finance and administration committees. He established a club counselor program in his district and provided training for those who were selected as counselors, and helped save clubs and open new clubs. He helped start the Palmdale Aerospace Academy Key Club. 

He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, received a master’s degree from Pepperdine University and an MBA from Woodbury University. He is retired from the United States Navy and is a retired aerospace program manager. 

Dick is a certified professional manager through the (U.S.) National Management Association and is a member of its association. He also is a member of the American Legion and the Palmdale School District Committee to name a new school site. He is a volunteer for the city of Palmdale and the Antelope Valley Wall, a replica of the Vietnam War Memorial. He received the Lockheed Martin NOVA Award for Full Spectrum Leadership. 

He and his wife, Cheryl, have three adult children and six grandchildren. Dick enjoys golf, snow skiing and spending time with his grandchildren.