SVEC members honor Art Coulson

Art Coulson gathers toys for the children of Sequatchie County

“I have worked closely with Art Coulson in Church and the Lions Club for about 20 years. He is a person who accepts responsibility and follows through. He is a man of strong opinions, but if your opinion is different, he is still your friend. Art Coulson is a good example of one who gives back to his community.”

— Howard Hatcher

In recognition of more than 18 years of volunteer service aimed at improving the quality of life for the people of Sequatchie County, Art Coulson has been selected as the December winner of SVEC’s “Who Powers You?” contest.

Art Coulson — The Facts

  • Originally from upstate New York, Art Coulson served our country in the U.S. Navy for more than 20 years, retiring in 1979 as senior chief. His service included four tours of duty in Vietnam. After his career in the Navy, he worked for a few years in the Washington, D.C., area for government contractors before settling in Florida where he worked at Kennedy Space Center until he retired in 1998.


  • Coulson moved to Dunlap in 1999 and first began volunteering when a friend at church was recruiting for a reading program at Griffith Elementary School. Coulson was invited to join the Lions Club where he met Wayne Reynolds who soon involved him in all club projects and prepared him to take leadership roles.

    “Someone told me, ‘If you don’t want to work, stay away from Wayne Reynolds,’” Coulson said. “Wayne was a great friend and mentor and taught me the importance of giving back to my community.”
  • Coulson has taken the lead on the three big Lions Club events over the past few years:
    • The O.K. Hege Memorial Walking Horse Show — held each June as a fundraiser for Lions Club projects benefiting the less fortunate in Sequatchie County
    • The annual live auction and hamburger supper held each October to raise funds for sight service
    • The Christmas Basket Project — a joint effort with the Sequatchie County Rescue Squad to provide food baskets and new and gently used toys for approximately 530 families, including 680 children

Each of these projects involves the coordination of hundreds of details required to bring each event to a successful conclusion — details such as the recruiting, training and management of dozens of other volunteers.

  • If you would like to donate time, money or supplies for any of these worthy projects, contact Art Coulson at 423-309-1629. You can mail donations to Lions Club, P.O. Box 801, Dunlap, TN 37327.