Chancellor Bob Corlew, from Milton, Tennessee, USA,was elected to serve as president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 99th International Convention held in Fukuoka, Japan, June 24 through 28, 2016.
President Corlew is retired as a chancellor for the State of Tennessee and a professor of law.
A member of the Murfreesboro NoonLions Clubsince 1978, he hasheld manyoffices within the association, includingcharterclub president,zone chairperson,districtgovernor,cabinet secretary and council chairperson.
He has been instrumental in the chartering of a number of new clubs. Most recently, he worked to charter a new club comprisedof lawyers and judges,which gained more than 75 members during its first year. In recognition of his service to the association,hehas received numerous awards,includingthe Leadership Award, the Builder Key Award,three International President's Awards and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honorthe association bestows upon its members.Heis also aVanguard ofthe MelvinJones Memorial,a Progressive Lindsey-Jennings Fellow and a ProgressiveMelvin Jones Fellow.
In addition to his Lions activities, President Corlew has been active in the Boy Scouts of America, the Jaycees and the American Red Cross. He has also served as a councilman in Milton and was a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve.
President Corlew and his wife, Dianne, also a Lion and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have five children and five grandchildren.
Kathy Singleton recently emailed Lions Clubs International. When she was a first-grader in Springfield, Missouri, the Lions club bought her first pair of glasses. “I still remember the joy I felt when I was able to distinguish that trees had individual leaves. It excited my heart to learn to see the world in its infinite beauty,” she eloquently wrote us. “I pray y’all continue blessing many other kids like y’all did me.”
Yes, Ms. Singleton, for the next 100 years, we will keep on helping children as well as adults as we have for the past century. In our Centennial year, we want to honor and remember the past as well as move our great Association forward.
During our long history Lions not only reached out to individuals but also often impacted entire communities. After an earthquake and tsunami devastated Afognak, Alaska, in 1964, Lions built a new town for residents. Five years earlier in the tinder-dry cattle country of Texas, their town regularly threatened by prairie fires, Leakey Lions started a fire brigade including a fire truck. Long ago in 1925, alarmed by the inadequacy of schools, York Lions in Pennsylvania began a well-stocked circulating library. The pages of the LION from the last century are filled with tens of thousands of such examples of life-changing and often life-preserving service.
Our Centennial service goal is to serve at least 100 million people by June 2018. We are on pace to shatter that goal. Please have your club “join the party.” Celebrate the Centennial in other ways, too, by inviting family and friends to serve with you and by planning a Legacy Project in your community. Find out how to participate at Lions100.org.
I am honored to serve as your Centennial president. I hope you are just as thrilled to be a Lion at this special moment in our grand history. The service we do today will echo down the decades as we invariably strengthen our Association and leave Lions Clubs in better shape than ever for generations to come.
Chancellor Bob Corlew
Lions Clubs International President
Bring Hope and Dignity through Service
- Centennial Service Challenge – Help us reach our goal of benefitting 100 million people for our 100th anniversary.
- Lions Children First – Get resources to develop hands-on projects to help children in need.
- Reading Action Program – Find out how you can give the gift of literacy.
- Leo Spotlight on Children – Learn how Leos bring hope to vulnerable children through this international project.
Strengthen Your Club to Better Serve Your Community
- Centennial Celebration Membership Awards – Earn special awards for inviting new members and helping to organize new clubs.
- Ask One – Get the tools to energize your membership efforts and build a stronger, healthier club.
- Blueprint for a Stronger Club – Map out your plan for ongoing club success in three simple steps.
- Club Quality Initiative (CEP) – Get your club performing at its highest level through an interactive CEP workshop. Choose CEP Pro or CEP Lite.
- Your Club, Your Way – Learn how to customize club meetings to meet the needs of your members.
- Club President’s Award – Implement the 7 Keys to Success and earn recognition.
Create Harmony through Effective Leadership
- Leadership Resource Center – Get the resources to take your leadership to the next level.
- Lions Learning Center – Develop your leadership skills with engaging online courses.
- Global Leadership Team – Learn how Lions are working together to support present and future Lions leaders.
Build Bridges for Humanity
- LCIF – Learn about LCIF’s life-changing work and how you can support it.
- Club Twinning – Make new friends and build harmony as a Lions club twin.
- Missions – Partner with another club to organize an international humanitarian mission.
- Youth Camp and Exchange Program – Sponsor the next generation of leaders and ambassadors of peace.
- Peace Poster Contest – Learn more about our international contest that gives kids the opportunity to express their visions of peace.