Hon. Michael Zellen, Grand Exalted Ruler
Michael F. (MIKE) Zellen was born in Everett, Massachusetts and has resided in Peabody, Massachusetts for the past 35 years. The son of the late Charles M. Zellen and the late Gertrude J. Zellen, Mike has one sister, Claire W. Chetham and three brothers, the late Charles E. Zellen, Thomas G. Zellen and Richard C. Zellen. Mike graduated from the Everett High School in 1965. Also a graduate of Bryant & Stratton School of Business in Boston and Suffolk University in Boston where he received both his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Business Administration. Mike has been employed in the banking industry for the last 44 years in both a Regulatory capacity for the Massachusetts Office of the Commissioner of banks and the Federal Deposit lnsurance Corporation and as a banker holding the positions of Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, and is currently serving as Vice President and Community Re investment Officer of North Shore Bank.
Mike served both the cities of Everett and Peabody as a member of the City Council, the Everett School
Committee and various local boards for many years, and he has served or is serving as an officer, director, or board member of various youth, community, civic and professional organizations. Mike was initiated into the Everett, Massachusetts Lodge No. 642 in November, 1968. He served as Esquire before proceeding through the chairs to serve as Exalted Ruler in 1977-1978, and then served as Lodge Trustee, Secretary and Treasurer. He served on numerous committees including the House Committee, and he has been recognized a number of times for his service to the Lodge, including being named Officer-of-the-Year, Elk-of-the-Year, and having been awarded “Honorary Life” membership, and remains very active in the Lodge.
At the State Level he has served as a Director of the Massachusetts Elks Scholarship Fund, State Treasurer 1984-1992, State President 1995-1996, State Charity Advisory Committee 1986-present, State Convention Chairman 1997-2007, State President’s Advisory Committee 1996-present, Chairman of the Grand Exalted Ruler’s reception for many years and was selected “Massachusetts State Elk-of-the-Year” in 1997-1998.
At the Grand Lodge level he served as District Deputy Grand Exalted Rulerofthe Massachusetts East District in 1983-1984, Area Special Representative of Massachusetts Area 3 in 1996-2002, Grand Lodge Committeeman on Lodge Activities/State Associations in 1998-2000, Area 1 Representative on the Board of Grand Trustees from 2010-2014, having served as Secretary of the Board from 2010-2013 and Vice-Chairman in 2014, Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler 2007-present.
Mike and his wife Donna (Norcott) have been married for 45 years and have four daughters: Jennifer, Susan, Michele and Amy all of whom are Members of the Saugus-Everett Lodge of Elks No. 642. Their daughter Jennifer is a Past Exalted Ruler. Donna is also active in the Lodge and serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees. Mike and Donna are also blessed to have three grandsons: Joseph, Nicholas and Michael.
John D. Amen was born in Denver, Colorado; the third of three sons of Jake and Clara Amen. He was raised in Fort Collins, Colorado and attended public schools there. John was an excellent student and participated in school athletics throughout junior and senior high school. John attended Colorado State University, graduated with honors and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with a major field of study in General Business in 1970. During his time at CSU, John met and married the love of his life, Marcia. After undergraduate school John accepted employment in Fort Collins as a design engineer. Thereafter, John entered Law School at the University of Colorado, finishing high in his class in 1973. During his final year of Law School, John was recruited and accepted employment with Chevron Corporation. Following graduation, with a Juris Doctorate degree, John immediately sat for, and passed, the rigorous Colorado Bar exam. After Chevron, John served in various legal and management positions with independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. With Snyder Oil Corporation of Fort Worth, Texas, John served as Vice President of a growing New York Stock Exchange company. Snyder eventually merged into Devon Energy Corp. In 1988, John left the corporate world and joined the preeminent 17th Avenue law firm of Burns, Wall, Smith and Mueller, P.C. as Special Counsel. After a successful practice representing various oil and gas clients, John retired from the firm in 2004. Since that time John has limited his practice to a part time endeavor serving limited clients. John and Marcia have two children, John, Jr. and Jennifer, and are further blessed with four grandchildren, Hailey, Hannah, Hope and Hillary. All reside in Colorado. John and Marcia are very proud of their children’s accomplishments. While working in the natural resources field John acquired professional experience working with both legislators and government regulators; so it was natural that John became involved in government relations with the Elks early in his Elkdom career. Serving as Vice Chairman of the Colorado Elks Association from 1997 and later as State Chairman, John led an active team of Elks that served to represent the interests of the Elks at the state and national levels. John recognizes that all of the good works of Elkdom are carried out at the Lodge level and he has been active as a leader of Denver Lodge No. 17 in a variety of capacities. He has served Lodge 17, the “Mother Lodge of the Rockies,” in all of the Lodge chairs. John’s Lodge has honored his outstanding service by bestowing him the honors of “Elk of the Year” and Honorary Life Membership. In addition to his service to Elkdom, John has served many dedicated hours to support and lead the Colorado Elks Association State Major Project: Elks Laradon Hall. This large project serves over 500 developmentally disabled citizens of all ages. John served two full threeyear terms on Laradon’s Board of Directors, the last five as its Chair, and further served Laradon most recently as a director of its supporting foundation. In 2008, John was elected Third Vice President of the Colorado Elks Association and thereafter served with distinction in each of the three Vice President chairs and then as Colorado Elks State President in 2012. John is a Past District Deputy and served on the Grand Lodge Committee on Judiciary from 2006 through 2013 and chaired this hardworking committee his final two years. “The help we extend to others increases our own riches.” Since his appointment to the Committee on Judiciary, John has been helping the 265 Lodges in Grand Lodge Area 6 with their legal matters. From advising Lodge Officers on statutory procedures and requirements, to helping them with their by-laws and corporate documents, John established many friends and relationships throughout his eight states of responsibility and throughout our Order. John has become a recognized expert on the Law of Non-Profits and taxation of exempt entities. John passionately believes that the principles of Elkdom will guide us through periods of crisis and endorses the concept that maximum effort should be focused on reversing the downward trend in membership. Creative ideas are never scarce with John, particularly when his favorite subject — Elkdom — is the topic.
Past State President, Larry Tomberlin was elected to a four year term on the Board of Grand Trustees at the Grand Lodge Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Larry also served on the Lodge Activities – State Associations Grand Lodge committee from 2008-2012.
Larry was initiated into the order in January of 1976 with Gallup Lodge 1440, where he immediately assumed the position of Chaplin. He progressed normally through the chairs and was elected Exalted Ruler for the fraternal year 1984-85. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1985 -90. During his tenure in Gallup he served on various Lodge Committees.
After his stint as Exalted Ruler, Larry served on various committees for the NMEA, which included New Lodges, Golf, Hoop Shoot, and Youth Activities, which he chaired in 1994. Larry was elected to the NMEA Board of Trustees in 1990, serving five years, three of which he chaired the Committee. Larry was elected Vice President of the NMEA in 1995, President Elect in 1996 and served as State President in 1997-98. Larry served on the State Convention Committee from 1998-2004. He chaired the committee for three years. Larry then chaired the NMEA Grand Lodge Committee from 1999-2003.
Larry has chaired the NMEA Advisory & Nominating Committee on four different occasions. He was named NMEA Elk of the Year in 2002 by then President Everett Wheeler.
Larry was appointed District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler by the Honorable Charles F. (Chuck) Williams for the fraternal year 1993-94. Larry also served as Esquire to DDGER John Spinelli in 1988-89. Larry has also served as Special Representative for PGER Chuck Williams from 2007-2009 as well as District Advisor North.
Larry is a native New Mexican. He was born December 26, 1951 and raised in Albuquerque. After graduation from Manzano High School he attended UNM before joining the United States Navy in 1971. He was home ported in Norfolk, VA aboard the USS Shenandoah AD-26 and was honorably discharged in 1975 holding the rank of 2nd Class Boatswains (Bos’n) Mate. Larry returned home and began a career in law enforcement. After graduating from the New Mexico State Police Academy, Larry was commissioned a New Mexico State Police Officer on October 1, 1975 and stationed in Gallup as a Patrolman, in the Uniformed Bureau. In 1979 he transferred to the Narcotics Bureau, working various undercover assignments throughout New Mexico while maintaining his residence in Gallup. Larry resigned his commission on November 10, 1981 to take a position with the AT&SF Railway as a Special Agent in Gallup. He was commissioned a Railroad Police Officer on November 12, 1981 pursuant to NMSA 63-2-18 by then Governor Bruce King. Larry remained in Gallup until he was transferred to Belen in 1990. Larry is a graduate of the 161st class of the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. Larry was promoted to Lieutenant in 1993, Captain in 1995 and Deputy Chief of Police in 2002. Larry oversaw the BNSF Railway Police Operations in New Mexico and Arizona until his retirement in 2012. Larry holds an Executive Level Law Enforcement Certification, issued by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
Larry and his wife Ellen married in 1984, have three grown children and four grandchildren. Larry and Ellen reside in Los Lunas, NM
Robert A. Guillen was born in Los Angeles, California on June 13, 1950. The family moved to Santa Fe when he was 6 months old. He attended Santa Fe High School and graduated in 1968. After a short stint in the Marine Corps, he joined the Santa Fe Police Department, went up the ranks, and retired in 1991 as a Captain. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, session #159. He joined the Elks in Santa Fe in 1972, and during his years in Elkdom assisted the Lodge wherever he could. He was Elk Of The Year for his Lodge in 1981 – 1982 Lodge year. He started going up the chairs in 1983 and became Exalted Ruler in 1986. He was then a 5 year Trustee at his Lodge. He was Secretary of his home Lodge for 12 years retiring in 2013. He became District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler in 1992. In the NMEA, he filled in a vacant 1 year Trustee position, and then was elected to a 5 year position, where he was the Chairman for a year and a half. He was elected NMEA Vice-President in 2005, President Elect in 2006 and State President for the year 2007/2008. He is active in the NMEA Government Relations Committee and serves as the Chairman. He was appointed to the Grand Lodge Committee on Government Relations for Area 6 for the Elk year 2011-2012, reappointed for 2012-2013, and just re-appointed for 2013-2014. He also is a past Chairman of the Exalted Ruler/Secretary Seminar, and Co-Chairman for a few years. He is on the NMEA Financial Investment Committee, and serves as advisor to a few Lodges in the State. He also chaired the G.L. Housing Committee for NMEA for 4 years. He is married to Fabiola since 1969, and they have two children; Yvette and Robert Jr. They have 6 grandchildren, Tomas, Uriah, Rafael Abraham, Benjamin and Joseph. His son is also a member of Santa Fe Lodge #460 and is a JAG Corp Major, presently serving with the United States Army in Afghanistan. He was the owner of Salsa Investigation, operating as a Private Investigator for 12 years, and now enjoys fishing and RVing more than working.
Rick Callaway was born in the San Diego Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, on August 9th, 1955 to Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Bill Callaway and his wife Doris. Rick was one of four children, two brother and one sister. He grew up in San Diego and graduated from Mount Miguel High School in 1973. He worked in the family automotive business after school and learned to be a master mechanic berfore moving the business to Roswell in Febuary of 1974 and opening an automotive repair business near the old Walker Air Force Base where he holds the title of shop foreman.
He was and is an avid dirt bike and ATV enthusiast with a love of the outdoors. Rick also loved the sport of drag racing where he met his wfie Tracy of 32 years. Together they were sponsored by Anheuser Busch and raced in New Mexico and the surrounding states for over 30 years winning numerous titles. Rick also managed the El Paso, Texas race facility for nine year and owned and operated the facilities in Roswell for 20 years. Rick is also an avid sportsman and hunter; he is a member of the NRA and a Life Member of the Rocky Mountain Elks Foundation. Rick and Tracy have two children, Lindsey and Jessie. Jessie is an RN at Covenant Children’s Hopsital of Lubbock, Texas where her sister Lindsey underwent treatment for brain and spinal cancer. Rick, Tracy and Jessie started the Lindsey Callaway Memorial Toy Drive in 2001 after the loss of Lindsey. With the help of the BPOE they have helped thousands of children during their stay in the hospital.
Rick was initiated into the Roswell Lodge in 1994 and became the Lodge Chaplain in 1996 where he earned the Officer of the Year Award. In the following years he held the Lodge titles of Esteemed Loyal Knight, Esteemed Leading Knight, Exalted Ruler and Lodge Trustee. In 2002 as Exalted Ruler, Rick was instrumental in the sale of the old Roswell Elks Lodge and in 2003 broke ground on the facility they have today. Loving the Ritual Competition Rick won All State honors in every position that he competed in. In 2003 he led the Roswell Ritual Team to their first ever State AA Team Championship and then to a 2nd place finish in the National Championship Competiton in St. Louis. Rick received the hnor of being NMEA top Recruiter in 2002-2003 receiving numerous GER membership watches and was also awarded the NMEA Elk of the Year by President Don Holland in 2003-2004, an honor he will always cherish!
In his quest to help his State Association he was asked to be State Tiler by President Sam Serna followed up by being appointed NMEA C & B Trust Committee Chairman which he held for four years. Rick was chosen to be District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler in 2005 by PGER Chuck Williams. After his year of District Deputy has was appointed State Ritual Committee Chairman by then President Rob Golden and elected into the position of NMEA Trustee where he served until becoming Vice President in 2008. After his year as President Elect he became the NMEA State President in 2010-2011 where he stood by his motto of “No Stone Unturned” which he still believes in today. As President Rick was chosen to be Voting Committee Captain during the 2011 Grand Lodge Convention in Orlando, Florida. Since his year as President Rick has served the Association as Grand Lodge Housing Committee Chairman, Advisory Committee Chairman, Officer Training Committee Chairman and on the State Convention Committee for three years. He has been a Ritual Judge for eight years and has judged out of state contests.
On April 17th, 2014, after the recommendations of PGER Charles F. Williams, Grand Exalted Ruler MIllard C. Pickering, with Executive Order No. 13-196 appointed Rick to the position of Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, a position he holds the highest respect for!