Lions Club International President Bob Corlew will speak on campus Oct. 7

The Dakota County Technical College Lions Club will host International Club President Bob Corlew during a banquet on campus Oct. 7.

Lions International President Bob Corlew will visit campus Oct. 7.

Lions International President Bob Corlew will visit campus Oct. 7.

Corlew, who oversees Lions Club International’s 1.4 million members, will visit campus as part a tour to promote the organizations 2016 theme “New Mountains to Climb.”  Additionally, Corlew will present a $1,000 donation from Lions International to the DCTC Foundation.

Lions Club International is a service club that has been changing lives for 100 years through humanitarian service. The DCTC club consists of students who serve the college and community through a variety of activities and service project including Polar Plunge, Habitat for Humanity, and a campus-wide annual chili cook-off.

An honor, advisor Brett Kolles said club members look forward to hosting the event for Corlew.

“To have the Lions International President, who oversees clubs in 210 countries, come visit us at DCTC is remarkable.  What makes it even more significant is that our club is relatively new. We’ve only been around since 2010.”

Nearing its 100th year of service, Lions International will work to strengthen their clubs and communities through a service initiative called Centennial Celebration. As such, Corlew has challenged Lions from across the globe to look forward to into the next 100 year of service and see where Lions can make a difference said Patrick Findlay, 5M-6 District Governor.

“Having the International President in our District is a great opportunity to show the public what Lions are all about,” said Findlay.

Specifically, Lions International has identified four core service areas that they would like clubs to concentrate on for the Centennial Celebration.  The four areas include Vision, Hunger, Youth and Environment.  In partnership with the Rosemount Club, Lions members will pick up garbage along County Road 42 (Environment); collect eyes glasses for donation (Vision); ask participants to bring non-perishable food items for donation (Hunger); and donating the remaining money raised to the students at DCTC (Youth). Highway clean-up will run from 5 to 6 p.m. and then dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. President Corlew will make his remarks at 7:30 p.m.

“This is a very proud moment for us DCTC Lions.   The large number of service projects our club takes on is a credit to the vibrancy and heart of our students,” said Kolles.

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