No back seat for Corinne Tulk
STEPHENVILLE, N.L. — Corinne Tulk doesn’t get involved with an organization to take a back seat.
“I join and the next thing you know, I’m chairing it,” she said.
Now, six and a half years in with the Stephenville Lions Club and in her second year as the first female president, she has her sights set on higher goals.
“If life works with me, my plan is to at least be governor of Lions District N-3 within five years.”
Tulk was recently awarded the highest award a Lion can receive — the Ambassador of Goodwill Award — a rarity for someone with so few years in.
District Governor Edgar Hunt of Lions District N-3 had glowing remarks when asked why he nominated Tulk for the award.
He said she’s a fabulous Lion and involved in so much, adding her work promoting women’s involvement in the community and in leadership roles has been exemplary.
“Corinne doesn’t refuse to take on any task and she will see it to the end,” Hunt said.
Tulk started off with the Lions Club as director, then club secretary for two years, holding the seat concurrently as vice-president and secretary before stepping up to the president’s role.
Tulk has always been a community volunteer but stepped away from some of it while raising daughter Stephanie Young. The year her daughter graduated from high school she got back into it.
It was her job as employment programs co-ordinator with the Community Education Network that indirectly got her involved with Lions.
She met Lion Dave Rex through their organization’s partnership with the Community Café and one day he asked her why she wasn’t a Lion. She joined.
Then something happened that piqued her interest in 2018 when the first female International President, Gudrun Yngvadottir, made it her goal to establish the New Voices Initiative to entice, engage and empower women to join the Lions and take on leadership roles.
Tulk was quick to become the program’s leader for N-3 District.
“We do more when we work together and not worry about gender,” she said.
Tulk said the Lions Club was once an “old boys club” but not anymore. They’re getting closer to gender parity with 27 women of 55 members in the club now.
At 49 years old she feels there’s lots more for her to give.
Hunt said she’s done great work on the district cabinet, serving as chairperson of Family and Women’s Specialist, promoting women getting involved in community organizations.
He noted last year the district had eight female presidents of the 42 clubs and this year that number rose to 19 across the district with 44 Lions Clubs now.
Hunt said it was tough choosing among others to nominate for the Ambassador of Goodwill Award but in his own mind, Tulk was his top nominee.
Hunt is pleased someone in his district won the award, as internationally the most that can be given out in one year is 35, with a lot fewer some years.
“Corinne just stood out as she’s all there to help, especially with technology issues. She a phenomenal person, easy going, hard working and very pleasant,” he said.