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“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” –Albert Schweitzer
The world seems a little gloomier this week, as we have all lost a very great man. Our Chairman and CEO Dewey Carl passed away last Tuesday, and our board continues to mourn. We thought there would be no better way to honor him than with a post to celebrate his life dedicated to helping others.
Throughout his lifetime, Dewey held many roles – teacher, coach, businessman and philanthropist. He was committed to being an active community member. In 1974, Dewey joined the Manawa Lions Club and from that time on, dedicated his time and talents to the Lions Organization. He held numerous positions at the local, state and international levels. He became the Wisconsin Lions Foundation President in 1986 and served until 1987, and was District Governor from 1990 until 1991.
During that time, he was a need not being met and worked tirelessly to fulfill his dream of preserving, protecting and providing for the future with all WLF projects, including the Wisconsin Lions Camp.
Through Dewey’s efforts, the Lions Pride Campaign received private funding arrangements. Work toward the campaign began in 2003 and in May 2005, the Lions of Wisconsin voted to approve the campaign. The campaign was introduced in 2006. In mid-2011, the WLF Board of Directors voted to establish two separate 501(c)(3) corporations, and the Lions Pride Endowment Fund was born.
In addition to his dedication to the Lions Organization, he served and worked with several other organizations including the city of Manawa, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Northern Lakes Winnebago Private Industry Council Advisory Board of the W-2 program of Waupaca County, Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, Waupaca County Industries Advisory Board, Waupaca County Crime Stoppers Committee, Riverside Hospital Foundation Board, Riverside Hospital Foundation Board, New London Family Medical Foundation Board, Manawa School District Development Board, and The Little Wolf Trail Organization. In 2011, he was honored with the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Northeast Wisconsin.
We honestly would not know where we would be today without the conviction of Dewey Carl. He showed us that there is nothing more important in life than working to improve the lives of others. His voice and spirit will live on to continue to inspire the success of our organization.
Thank you, Dewey, for your enthusiasm, dedication and commitment; you truly made the world a better place and will be deeply missed.
Dewey’s family has designated Lions Pride Endowment Fund of Wisconsin for memorial contributions. To read his full obituary, please follow this link.