News Release

Ron Aldridge Elected To Woodmen of the World Board of Directors

June 1, 2013

(OMAHA, NE) – Ron Aldridge of Jackson, Miss., was elected to the Board of Directors of Woodmen of the World/Omaha Woodmen Life Insurance Society as Director, effective June 1, 2013.

Ron Alddridge, Director, Woodmen of the WorldAldridge has been an Attorney-at-Law in Aldridge Law Office since 1977. He has served as the Mississippi State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, representing 3,500 small business owners, from 1989-92 and from 1998-present; is Executive Vice President & General Counsel of the Mississippi Beverage Association since 1992; is a lobbyist for the Mississippi Automatic Merchandising Association; and is a tree farmer.

Prior to his election to the Board, Aldridge served on several national committees, which are key to Woodmen of the World’s representative form of government. He is a charter member of Lodge 1450 in Jackson, MS, having served as Vice President, and has also served as a Trustee of Lodge 2 in Madison, MS. He has held the Mississippi State Jurisdictional offices of President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Escort; and served as Chairman of the following Jurisdictional Committees: Legislative, Resolutions, Mileage and Per Diem, and Credentials.

Aldridge has served on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations, including the Mississippi Heart Association; the Hinds County Human Resource Agency; the Willowood Developmental Center; the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Jackson; the New Hope Foundation; Keep Jackson Beautiful; and the Lions of Mississippi Eye Bank. He has also been a member of many other organizations, including the State Obesity Council; the State Recycling Task Force; Governor Barbour’s Tort Reform Task Force and Blue-Ribbon Tax Study Commission; Governor Fordice’s Election Reform Task Force; the American Freedom Coalition; and the Mayor of Jackson’s Crime Commission and Task Force on Juvenile Chemical Abuse. He has also been Cubmaster and Den Leader for the Cub Scouts; School Board Chairman; Booster Club President; and volunteer coach for varsity and/or elementary school basketball, swimming and track teams.

His current community involvement includes service on the Mississippi Small Business Regulatory Review Committee as Chairman; the Mississippi Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool Association Board; the State Workforce Investment Board; Mississippi Worksite Wellness Group; Mississippians for Economic Progress as Treasurer; Mississippi Self-Employment Assistance Program Steering Committee; Keep Mississippi Beautiful Board; Mississippi Recycling Coalition as Treasurer; the Metro Jackson Lions Club; and American Legion Post 110.

He has twice won the Lion’s Club International President’s Certificate of Appreciation; won the Fondren Business Person of the Year; won the Advocacy Award from the Governor’s Council on Aging; was the first recipient of the Mississippi Right to Life Statesman Award; won the Outstanding Legislator Award in 1986, given by the Mississippi Association for the Education & Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired; and the Louise Godwin Award for Excellence, Keep Mississippi Beautiful’s top award.

Aldridge is active in First Baptist Church in Jackson, MS, serving as a Deacon, a junior high Sunday school teacher and currently or previously on various committees, including Legal, Missions, Finance, Audit, Congregational Care, Music, and Christian Citizenship.

Aldridge received his Business Administration degree, with a major in Accounting, from the University of Mississippi in 1972, and graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School with his Juris Doctor degree in 1975. He then served from 1975-77 in the United States Army, in the Mississippi Army National Guard from 1978-79 and in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1979-97, retiring as a Major in the Army Corps of Engineers.

Aldridge served in the Mississippi State House of Representatives from 1984-88, where he was Vice Chairman of the Constitution Committee and was a member of the Education, Colleges & Universities, Judiciary and Oil, Gas and Other Minerals Committees.

He and his wife, the former Beth Buckley, have three children: Ryan and wife, Rebekah; Angela Beem and husband, Colby; and Melanie.

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