DCTC Campus Lions Club is all about pride in serving
The Campus Lions Club at Dakota County Technical College may be only two years old, but that lion is beginning to roar. The vibrant club is attracting fun-loving, task-oriented students who take seriously the Lions Club motto: “We Serve.”
Since its inception in August 2010, the DCTC Campus Lions Club has racked up a number of accomplishments. The club has partnered with several organizations such as Bridging, Can Do Canines, Twin Cities Eyeglass Recycling, the Minnesota State Fair, and now Habitat for Humanity.
But the club has also ventured out on its own. A successful Résumé Workshop and Leadership Workshop resulted in several Lions and attendees getting jobs within their field of interest and academic discipline. A photo shoot not only helped photography students build their portfolio, it also raised funds for the club.
The latest contribution is a one-of-a-kind project: The PAWS Room. The concept was created by DCTC Lions to benefit students on the autism spectrum who needed a quiet area in the midst of academic challenges. The PAWS Room (as in lion’s paw—as well as meaning “to pause”) has been overwhelmingly successful and demonstrates the club’s ability to weave fun and fellowship with purpose.
One of the keystone events of the DCTC Campus Lions Club is the annual annual Bed Race for Bridging, where members rocket down Buck Hill on a mattress to support Bridging. The club has also earned the support of the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have provided financial backing for a number of activities, including sending DCTC Lions to the Lion’s Club convention. Another big hit is the annual Chili Cook-Off held in the Student Life Center on the college’s Rosemount campus.
“The Campus Lions Club is a great way to meet people, have fun and grow in leadership abilities,” said Janeth Winkler, the club’s president.
The DCTC Campus Lions Club is active August through April and offers individuals the opportunity to run for leadership positions each September including president, vice president, treasurer, “tail-twister,” general secretary and board member.
One critical membership requirement is that individuals complete 10 hours of service prior to becoming a full member, but it is well worth it for the networking and résumé-building opportunities offered through the club.
“We are all busy people, but there is something to be said for enjoying a diversion from day-to-day activities,” said Brett Kolles, the Campus Lions Club advisor. “It feels good to share a few laughs while contributing to something so positive.”
After all, who wouldn’t want to race down Buck Hill on a mattress?
The Campus Lions Club is always looking for new members. To learn more, contact:
- Brett Kolles
Business English Instructor | Campus Lions Club Advisor