1st Vice District Governor William "Bill" Ridle
Vice Governor's Message...
Build for the Future
Do something... Something happens.
Do nothing... Nothing happens.
Lion Bill was born January 2, 1948 in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from South High in Denver, he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. Bill served in Vietnam and Alaska. He was awarded two Purple Hearts while fighting in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1970.
Bill then joined the Denver Police Department where he worked in patrol, traffic and spent nine years as a detective working homicide and sexual assault cases. In 1982, he moved to Aspen, serving with the Sheriff’s Department and Aspen Police Department. He has degrees in Criminology and Criminal Investigations. Bill taught Crime Scene Investigation at the Police Academy in Denver and for the state of Colorado.
After moving to California in 1983, Bill managed security and alarm companies and built houses. In 2000 Bill managed Creative Fence and Wall in Rodeo until he retired in 2009.
Bill joined the Lions Club of Crockett in 1992. He has held various offices with the club and was a 100% President. At the district level, Bill has held the offices of Zone Chairman, Region Chairman, Administrative Assistant, Cabinet Secretary, Vice District Governor and District Governor in 2002-2003. He was named Lion of the Year twice from his club. He served as district representative for Lions in Sight. Working with the Crockett Postmaster Bill was instrumental in establishing the mailbox Collection Program.
Bill is active in the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and is a member of VFW. He volunteered in 2015 at the Stand Down on the Delta cooking meals for 400 veterans over a 5 day period and he was hooked. The next Stand Down in 2017 he was managing the kitchen and the volunteers. He is still in charge of the kitchen for the next Stand Down in 2019. He is working with the veterans to start the first Veterans Lions club in our District in 2019.
He is married to Darlene and has two children and 5 grandchildren.