Richard "Dick" Olmstead
Lancaster, California, USA

Dick Olmstead

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 25 years and is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Rosefloat of Pasadena. He is a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and has also been a member of Kiwanis clubs in Newhall-Saugus, Burbank and Lancaster, California. Dick has been a Kiwanis member for a total of 39 years. 

A former president of the California-Nevada-Hawaii (CNH) 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. Hixon Fellow and a CNH 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 is a donor to the CNH Foundation Core Values Circle. He is a sponsor of Palmdale West Paisano’s & Pasta and the Palmdale West Rubber Duck Race.  

Dick served as president of three Kiwanis clubs and as governor and lieutenant governor. He was honored as Kiwanian of the Year three times and has 39 years of perfect attendance. He has been a distinguished secretary and received the Distinguished Service Award three times. He is an advisor to three Key Clubs and one Builders Club. 

Dick has attended 30-plus district conventions, 40-plus mid-year conventions and is a CNH life member. He has served as division secretary and has been chairman and member of the CNH finance and administration committees. He established a club counselor program in his CNH 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 National Management Association. He also is a member of the American Legion and the Palmdale School District Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Advisory Board. 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 seven grandchildren. Dick enjoys golf, snow skiing and spending time with his grandchildren.

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