Practice Nets: In the 1980/81 year the Club constructed practice nets at the New Norfolk Primary School. Other projects of a similar nature have been carried out at other schools in the district over the years.
Tynwald Park: The following year a Traction Engine, Thresher and Fork Lift were donated to the Club. These were installed at Tynwald Park where they proved extremely popular with visitors. There are a couple of interesting stories associated with this equipment.
When the thresher was being positioned one of our members (Max Hardwick) climbed onto the top of the unit. He came off a lot quicker when he saw a snake up there beside him.
After it had been installed for a few years we had a visitor from England. It turned out he was a member of one of the many steam societies in that country, he had a look at our engine and checked its serial number and found that it was one he had been trying to locate for many years.
Peppermint Hill: A member at this time Lion Jim Lee came up with a very strong proposal for a lookout over the town. The preferred site was Pulpit Rock but because of the difficulty of building an access road we were advised that we would not get council approval. An alternate site of Peppermint Hill was decided upon. This lookout provides fantastic views over the Derwent Valley and a bronze plaque, donated by Australian Newsprint Mills, identifies all points of interest. At this time we were advised that the New Norfolk Tip only had approximately two years life remaining. The project was designed with two lookouts, the second being a smaller one looking up the valley and linked to the first by a short track. It was decided to defer construction on the second lookout until the tip actually closed as it was felt this would improve the view considerably.
(Editors Note: We are still waiting.)
Lion Sam Wilton has spent many a long hour keeping this project tidy, mowing the grass, watering etc. He was most put out when he found out that the project had been handed over to the council on completion and he is still trying to claim back wages from the council.
Defibrillator: The Club donated a defibrillator for installation in one of the local Ambulances. At this time this was not a standard item of equipment for these vehicles. It was a donation that paid immediate dividends for the Club as two of the first people to make use of it were club members, namely, Ernie Ayers and Tom Morgan and it undoubtedly saved their lives.
1984 - 1987
Corumbene: In 1986 the Club received another request from Corumbene Nursing Home. The old cottage hospital site was a multistory building and it was essential that a service lift was installed. The cost of the lift was $21,000, but the home was eligible for a two to one government grant. This meant that if they could raise $7,000 the government would provide them with the remaining $14,000. They asked for our assistance in helping to raise the money. The Board considered the matter and felt that this project was one where the utilization of our reserve funds was warranted. Corumbene was advised to order the lift as the Club would fund the entire $7,000.
(Editors Note: Invested $7,000 a couple of months later the value had grown to $21,000. Why can't I get that return on my money?)
Cancer Research: In this period we continued our support of Cancer Research by supporting the Graeme Milburn ride for cancer. The club hosted a dinner and presented a cheque from the Club. This is a program which has continued annually until the present time.
Derwent Ouse: The Club chartered the Lions Club of Derwent Ouse at Ouse. The Guiding Lion for the new club was Lion Brian Parker. This Club drew its membership from as far away as Tarraleah. Unfortunately the membership was made up primarily of Hydro Workers, Police, Teachers etc, there was very little support from the primary producers and other 'permanent' residents. When the Hydro commenced cutting back its staff in the areas, the numbers of teachers, police etc also fell. The club continued until 1994 when its charter was revoked due to a lack of members.