GRAND EXALTED RULER
ORANGE COAST DISTRICT
Jim Anderson was born January 12, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to George and Vivian Anderson. Jim is the oldest of three children. Jim’s brother Ron passed-away in 2008 after fighting a battle with cancer. His sister Joyce works for him from her home in the Bay area. Jim lost his Mom last year at the age of 89, his Dad is a member of the Garden Grove Elks and does some accounting for Jim.
Jim lived in Pittsburgh until he was 21 years old. Besides going to school in Pittsburgh, Jim started working when he was 12 years old doing some physical work; like shoveling snow in the winter, mowing lawns in the summer and any- thing else to make a buck. When he turned 16 years old he worked two jobs in the summer; during the day he worked on the production line at Sea Breeze, where his Dad worked, and at night went to work in a local Pizza Shop. By the time he was 18, he was running the production line and owned his own Pizza shop. Three years later, after having enough of the cold winters and humid summers, he decided to move west.
Jim had visited his Grandmother in California during the holidays of 1974 and stayed with his Uncle Ed and Aunt Isabel. So, when he decided to go west it was back to California. He had a job waiting for him and a place to stay.
Jim went to work for Philips Ultrasound in January of 1980 (the day after the Pittsburgh Steelers won their 4th Super Bowl) and worked there until 1986. During that time, Jim’s family had relocated to California. Jim and his dad joined the Santa Ana Elks Lodge November 1981. In 1986 Jim met Ingrid, the love of his life, and they got engaged in 1987. They were married, bought their first home, and had their first child Peter in 1988. In 1990 Jim started his first trucking company and in December Ingrid had son number two, Joey. Five years later, in January 1995, Kristina “The Princess” was born. Jim and Ingrid have raised three successful children; they are very proud of them. Ingrid has retired this year so she can travel with Jim.
Even though Jim was away from the Elks for a few years, Kristina (age 9) was becoming a regular at Pizza Sunday; along with Jim’s dad, mom, and Uncle Ed. Kristina was up line dancing and having a great time. She insisted that Jim come watch her, so he came back. (Kristina is now a 9-year member of the GG Emblem Club and a 4-year member of the Elks)
Jim was back almost a year when Garden Grove needed a Lecturing Knight. Big Dog Randy Barrows said, “try on this Red coat”, and then he said, “you just may be able to get elected”. Well he did get elected for the next 14 years as an officer.
In those 14 years Jim accomplished the following
2006-present Co-Chaired Sunday Football committee and Super Bowl Parties
2006 First Place Lecturing Knight District 2nd place State
2007 Met Bob Genelle Future Association VP 2008 & DDGER 2009
2008 First Place Leading Knight District & State
2008- present Is part of the Entertainment Committee at GG and has been the Chairman most of the years
2008 Chaired the 4th of July Chilli Cook Off and the Labor Day Picnic Fundraiser
2008 Officer of the Year
2009 Exalted Ruler 2nd Place District Ritual contest Word Perfect Team
He was part of three straight First Place State Ritual Teams (2008-2010) the 2nd year I was 1st place and most impressive Exalted Ruler (2009).
2010 He has served as Garden Grove’s Ritual Coach (2017-2018 at Santa Ana) Two First Place State Teams 2010/11 & 2019/20
2011-present Garden Grove Emblem Club Member
2013-present Associate Member of all Orange Coast District Lodges
- He has been and still serves as a Word Judge for the District (10 years) and worked the State Contest Ritual Contest (4 years)
- He has served as a Lodge Trustee for the last 10 years and Chairman of the Board twice
- Elks National Foundation Chairman for the District (3 years) (2010-2013)
- Ambassador of Goodwill for PDDGER David Skelton (2013-2014)
- Lodge Activities Chairman for the District (3 years) (2013-2016)
- District Drug Awareness Chairman for the District (2 years) (2016-2018)
- Piggy Bank Chairman for the District (2 Years) (2018-2020)
On July 11, 2020 in Fresno California, Jim was sworn in as the DDGER for the Orange Coast District.
Elkdom How Sweet it is.
GRAND EXALTED RULER-ELECT
ORANGE COAST DISTRICT
JackieLynn DeFries was born in La Mesa, California, April 19, 1952. At the age of 2 she was adopted by Fredrick & Dawn Woodruff. In 1959 her family moved to Oahu, Hawaii where she learned Hawaiian & Tahitian dancing and was 6 months from getting her teaching Diploma when they moved back to San Carlos, California.
In 1967 the family moved to Wisconsin where her Mother was born & raised. She attended Valders High. In 1970, JackieLynn was 2nd runner up in the Miss Manitowoc pageant.
In 1980 she moved back to California. Between Wisconsin & California she was employed with AMF for 23 years. She has been with her current employer, Ameriside for 17 years.
She joined Orange Lodge #1475 in Oct 2002.
Her accomplishments with the Elks:
- 1st place Chaplain 2003-04
- 2nd place Lecturing Knight 2004-05
- 2nd place Loyal Knight 2005-06
- 1st place Leading Knight 2006-07
- 1st place Exalted Ruler 2007-08
- 11 o’clock toast 2007-08
- Officer of the Year 2006-07
- Esquire to District Deputy Grand Exalted rule R.C. “Stoney” Bourke 2017-18
She enjoys volunteering for the Down Syndrome events Orange Lodge hosts.
She has been a District chairman for 10 years and has filled many positions.
In 2016 her best friend and companion, Harvey Boelts,PDDGER of Mission Viejo Elks came into her life and they enjoy life together.
On May 17, 2019 she was installed as the Association Vice President for the Orange Coast District serving under President Tim Jaeger.