Immediate Past District Governor Charles 'Duke' Dunham
Service from the Heart
Lions of District 4-C3:
I want to thank all of the Lions of District 4-C3 for the service you have completed while “SERVING FROM THE HEART.”
As you remember, we began our year of service in Milan, Italy during the hottest temperatures ever in Europe. The theme of our Lions International President Choi’s is “We Serve through Diversity.”
Lions, who knew the impact of Covid-19 would mean we would be sheltered in place for months, cancelling our meetings and service projects, our District Convention, the International Convention, installations, change the format of the Student Speakers Contest, trainings and the Council of Governor meetings. But we are able to continue to serve our communities and even charter a new club. Lions, you have collected food or donated funds to local food banks, made facial masks and distributed, purchased sanitizer, masks and gloves for first responders and community centers, provided meals to those in need, supported the Lions Clubs International Foundation and California Lions Foundation to further our service locally and globally.
With the aid of technology meetings, trainings, socialization and installations are being held. Our foundations are meeting the needs of their clients though virtual contact and support groups. Service projects and fundraising continues and most importantly clubs are continuing to serve in the world of “The New Normal.”
Congratulations to District Governor Bill Ridle, 1st Vice District Governor James Varghese and 2nd Vice District Governor Linda Barbara and the members of the 2020-2021 Cabinet.
Charles “Duke” Dunham
4-C3 Past District Governor
“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.