The West Coast Wire
New Kinsmen president eager to leave a legacy
The Corner Brook Kinsmen Club has elected a new president.
The organization has been in Corner Brook for 70 years and helps raise money for various organizations and non-profits in town and the surrounding area.
“Our motto is serving the community’s greatest need,” said Steve Churchill, who is the new president.
Churchill’s parents were members of the club so he grew up within it and formally became a member in 2005. He also recently became a life member.
“I’ve been involved in all the projects the group runs and offers,” said Churchill.
Being president of the organization is not new to Churchill. He has held the position once before - 10 years ago.
“I had done all the other executive positions and this was the top position,” said Churchill. “I wanted to work my way from the bottom to the top.”
Every year there is a nomination for who will be president and Churchill accepted when his name was offered.
“It was an honour to be nominated again. It means the club has faith in me, my leadership skills, and ability to run the club for the next 12 months. I felt like more experience was needed to be brought back to the club to help change the direction and help the younger and newer members understand how the club is run,” continued Churchill.
He hopes to use his experience to be a mentor to newer members, help them come up through the ranks, guide them with roles they should take, and help them go from different levels to his position one day.
“I hope to mentor them from when they join the club to when they reach the presidency,” said Churchill. “(I also want to) get them involved in all our projects, make sure to keep the communication open, make sure everyone gets treated the same and is up to speed on what’s going on.”
At the end of his presidency and time in the club Churchill hopes to leave the group a little better than he found it.
“I hope to leave a legacy of respect, not just for who I am, but what the Kinsmen club does in Corner Brook and that other Kinsmen members think they can do this in the future,” said Churchill.
The Corner Brook Kinsmen Club is always looking for new members so anyone who may be interested in joining just has to reach out. Check them out on social media for more information.
“We will gladly accept you and bring you to our meetings,” said Churchill.