Louisiana Elks Association, Inc.
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

Grand Lodge Officers



Bruce A. Hidley

T. Keith Mills, Grand Exalted Ruler

Bruce A. Hidley was born and raised in Albany, New York. Bruce graduated from Cardinal McCloskey High School, and then attended Hudson Valley Community College, earning an A.A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice in 1979. Bruce worked as an Auditor for the New York State Comptroller’s Office for 11 years, and as the City Clerk for the City of Watervliet for over 22 years. Bruce was elected Albany County Clerk in 2013, re-elected in 2017 and currently serves in that position.

Bruce joined the Guilderland Elks Lodge No. 2480 in 1980. In September of 1985, Bruce transferred his membership to Watervliet Lodge No. 1500 and served as Chaplain, Lecturing Knight, Loyal Knight, Leading Knight and then proudly served as the 65th Exalted Ruler from 1991-1992. Following that, Bruce was a Lodge Trustee from 1993-1997 where he served as the Chairman of the Board from 1996-1997. In 2002, Bruce served as the President of the State Capital District’s Past Exalted Ruler Association. Bruce remains a very active Member serving on many Lodge committees.

On the State level, in 1996, Bruce was appointed to be the Director on the Conference of Private Organization (CONPOR) serving as Vice President and President. From 1997- 2007, Bruce was honored to serve as the New York State Elks Association Government Relations Chairman. In 2000, Bruce was appointed as a member of the Steering Committee for Amsterdam Lodge No. 101. Bruce served as the New York State Elks Association President in 2007-2008. He then served as the Area 1 Government Relations Chairman from 2011-2017.

On the Grand Lodge level, Bruce served as District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler in 2001-2002. He was installed to the Board of Grand Trustees from 2018-2022. He served as Buildings Applications East Member, Home Member, Approving Member and Vice Chairman.

Bruce is also active with many community activities that include The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Albany County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Knights of Columbus No. 3394, North Albany Limericks, Board of Directors Watervliet Civic Chest, Watervliet Senior Citizens and as a social member of the C.R.A.B. VFW Post.

Bruce and Helen reside in Watervliet, New York. They enjoy camping in the Adirondacks and spending time with their numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. They will be celebrating 40 wonderful years of marriage.

Bruce and Helen are excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Grand Exalted Ruler and First Lady of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America, making new friends during their travels, and talking about their motto, “Promoting Elkdom With Enthusiasm.” They are honored and proud to work and promote all of the programs in the Elks with great enthusiasm.


Millard C. Pickering, PGER

Millard C. Pickering, PGER

Millard C. Pickering was initiated into the Bristow OK, Lodge 1614 in 1976. He joined a committee in Branson to institute a new lodge and was installed as Charter Loyal Knight of Lake Taneycomo Lodge 2597 in 1980 and served as ER in 1981–82 before returning to OK to attend the University of Tulsa, Collage of Law.

He joined Sapulpa, OK Lodge 1118 and served as Secretary and President of the P.E. R. Association; he chaired the Auditing, Indoctrination, Government Relations, Drug Awareness, Membership and National Foundation Committees.

He served as DDGER in 2001–2002, and served on the GL Committee of Judiciary for eight years, including two as Chairman, on the GL Lodge Resolutions Committee for three years the last as Chairman, on the GL Pardon Commission for three years and as a Justice of the Grand Forum for five years completing his term as Chief Justice.

He enjoys an active lifestyle and enjoys aviation, martial arts, cooking, travel, mixology and cross-country motorcycling and has ridden his motorcycles in all 50 states and is a life member of Harley Owners Group.

Millard and his lovely wife Susanne, a Colligate Academic Counselor of many years have been married since 1989, and are members of St Mary Catholic Church in Tulsa, where Millard is a Charter member of the local Knights of Columbus Council, and are proud God Parents to two nieces and a nephew.


Richard F. Conran, SDGER / Past Grand Tiler
E-mail: rconran39@aol.com

Kenneth Lafleur, Grand Tiler
E-mail: klafleur@earthlink.net


Jeff Wheat, DDGER
E-mail: bluewaddles1@att.net


Richard M. Jones


Wm. "Brice" Palmer
E-mail: bricepalmer@yahoo.com

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Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

State Association Officers

2022/2023 State Officers


Rene Pelanne, PDD

Email: rpelanne@cox.net


Don Baye, PDD

Email: Dlbaye1949@gmail.com

Vice President

Wayne Landry, PDD

Email: jjlandry4@gmail.com


Buddy Hartle, PDD

E-mail: Louisiana.elks@yahoo.com


Andy Austin

E-mail: a1austin@protonmail.com


EJ Ward

E-mail: eward@ymail.com


Sharrieff Armstead

E-mail: sharrieffarm@gmail.com


Lyman Ryan

E-mail: lymanryan@aol.com


Kenneth Lafleur, PSP

E-mail: klafleur@earthlink.net

1 yr. L.E.A. Trustee

Henry Daigle, PSP

E-mail: henryj1050@live.com

2 yr. L.E.A. Trustee

Beulah Rodrigue, PSP

E-mail: rod_beul@att.net

3 yr. L.E.A. Trustee

Armand Buuck, PSP

E-mail: mrstretch1@bellsouth.net

4 yr. L.E.A. Trustee

Jim Cade, PSP

E-mail: jimcade99@yahoo.com

5 yr. L.E.A. Trustee

Charlesray Neight, PSP

E-mail: crwdad42@aol.com

1 yr. L.E.F. Trustee

Butch Barron, PSP

E-mail: 4butchbarron@charter.net

2 yr. L.E.F. Trustee

Tracy Bellanger, ER

E-mail: nacarjr082000@yahoo.com

3 yr. L.E.F. Trustee

Randy Bergeron, PSP

E-mail: Randybergeron1@charter.net

4 yr. L.E.F. Trustee

Brian Baye, PER

E-mail: bbaye988@yahoo.com

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