New Norfolk Lions Club news

MASKING-UP AT BASKERVILLE: THE Lions Club of New Norfolk was back at Baskerville from September 17-19, operating the entry gates, selling tickets, distributing programs and facilitating COVID-19 check-ins for the thousands of racing enthusiasts who attended the Hobart Sporting Car Club’s biggest annual event. The popular Baskerville Historics was once again a great success with more than 170 entries joining in to practice on Friday, qualify and race on Saturday, and race on Sunday. Fans also enjoyed the usual array of historic race cars, either on display or competing in special events. Mandatory masks for all attendees made for a different experience and it’s something that we’ll need to get used to. Thanks to everyone who said g’day and had a laugh with us. Thanks also to the Hobart Sporting Club for your generous donation to New Norfolk Lions.

DONATION TO DERWENT VALLEY SES: ON the evening of Wednesday, September 15, Derwent Valley SES unit manager Jason Lawrence demonstrated the use of new equipment donated by our club. The new battery-operated ram will help to save lives in rescues, especially in motor vehicle accidents. Our club wanted to support local SES volunteers and help to make their job a little easier. The advantage of a battery-operated ram is that it doesn’t require an external power source so there are no hoses connecting to a compressor. This also saves set-up time. As long as the battery is charged, it is always ready to use. It also creates a safer working environment with no fumes and no hoses that create a trip hazard. It can be used in wet weather conditions, including snowfall and heavy rain showers. Perfect for conditions in our Valley and the Highlands! This donation to the SES was made possible by a $16,000 grant to the New Norfolk Lions Club from the Stronger Communities Program through the Federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell. The Lions Club also contributed a small amount to enable the purchase. We are very appreciative of this support from the Stronger Communities Program and Brian, who attended the demonstration on September 15.

LIONS STAMP CLUB: THE Lions Stamp Club raises funds for the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation (ALCMF). When you donate Australian and foreign stamps (stamps off paper, on paper, unwanted collections and unused stamps), they are sent to our processing centre where they are trimmed, sorted into saleable lots by Lions volunteers and then sold at auction. All funds raised are donated to the ALCMF which then uses the money to purchase walkers for children who cannot walk unassisted; for example, children living with cerebral palsy. In June this year, $67,500 was donated by the Lions Stamp Club to ALCMF. If you have unwanted stamps and would like to donate them to the Lions Club of New Norfolk, just drop them off to our stamp collection box at the office of Craig Farrell MLC in High St. Local Lion Dick Andrew will collect them and send them to the Australian Lions Stamp Club. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed stamps in recent years. Lion Dick regularly sends parcels of stamps to our processing centre and we often receive letters of appreciation.

ANNUAL MEETING: OUR annual general meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, October 19, at our club rooms, 17-19 Humphrey St, New Norfolk. All are welcome to come at 6.30pm to have a chinwag and buy a drink from our bar. If you are coming to our AGM, please let us know by phoning Kerry on 0409 792 007.

To find out more about our club, please contact Greg on 0418 127 439 or Kerry on 0409 792 007.

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