Immediate Past District Governor Charles 'Duke' Dunham
Service from the Heart
Lion Duke was born in Vallejo, California. As a child, he had the opportunity to travel the world and spend time in Jakarta, Indonesia and Vientiane, Laos. He came home to Vallejo for high school and attended Solano Community College.
Duke worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard for 17 years. He worked for Shell Oil Refinery in Martinez, California. He retired as the Hazardous Waste Coordinator in 2018 after 26 years.
Duke met his wife Teri while shopping in Vallejo in 1985. Duke joined the Ambrose Lions Club in 1992, sponsored by his father-in-law Jack Ong. He has held all of the club offices. At the 2019 District 4-C3 convention, he and Teri were awarded District Couple of the Year.
At the district level, he has been the Student Speaker Chairman and the President of The Lions Center for the Visually Impaired. He is currently and adviser for the Lions Eye Foundation.
Duke is a "Patron of Sight" Fellow for Lions of Sight of California / Nevada, "All Fellows" Student Speaker Foundation, Lions Eye Foundation Life Member, Don Stanaway Fellow, Abdul Award - Canine Companions, Lions Center for the Visually Impaired Life Member, California Lions Foundation Kay K Fukushima Fellow. Duke and Teri are both Melvin Jones Fellows.
Lions Duke and Teri have a son and granddaughter who live in Georgetown, California. Duke and Teri reside in Pittsburg, California with their niece Heather.