VOL­UN­TEER­ING

No back seat for Corinne Tulk

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - FRANK GALE

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.

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