Meet The Committee


Stan Smith


Stan Smith is a member of the Cullman Elks Lodge.  He serves on the Cullman Veterans Day Celebration committee as the Director of Logistics.

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Dan Stevens


Dan Stevens is a member of the Cullman Elks Lodge and VFW Auxiliary.  Dan is a local independent agent for Medicare Insurance.  Dan is responsible for managing the Celebration Day's accounting requirements. 


Jackie Ridgeway

Fair Coordinator

Jackie Ridgeway is a member of the Cullman Elks Lodge.  He served with the Alabama Army National Guard.  He is responsible for the fair parade float and other special projects.


Patrick James

Public Relations

Patrick James is a long-time member of the Cullman Elks Lodge.  He has also carried the role and title of the Exalted Ruler at the lodge.

He serves our committee as Director of Public Relations and Publicity.

Colonel Ken Brown


Colonel Ken Brown, USAF (RET) is a trustee in the Cullman Elks Lodge and a Vietnam Veteran.  He is serving as the chairman of the Elks / Veterans committee.  He is responsible for the annual event.

Gwen Parker


Gwen Parker is in charge of all event fundraising from the greater Cullman Area business community. She is the Senior Vice President of People's Bank of Alabama, a former Exhalted Ruler of the Cullman Elks Lodge and a former State President of the Alabama Elks.

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Matt Clayton

Military Displays

Matt Clayton is Cullman's own US Army recruiter.  He has just recently joined the committee to help honor our veterans.

Lynn Jones

Food Service

Lynn Jones is our Event Food Director. She finds, signs and supervises our food vendors who serve the public. She also runs the Elks Crew that cooks and serves lunch to our veterans and spouses. Lynn is very active in all aspects of the Cullman Elks Lodge and recently retired from Walmart in Cullman.


Candace Reppond

Website Manager

Candace Reppond is the webmaster.  She is a past Senior Vice Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 and a member of the Cullman Elks Lodge.  She is a veteran of the Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the Founder / President of Fallen Heroes, Inc.