Lions clubs have returned to their local communities across Northern Tasmania in force, hoping to reestablish their numerous endeavours with coronavirus restrictions easing.
Lions district governor Byron Dilworth said it was great for the clubs to be back out and hosting regular events including Kings Meadows Lions garage sales.
"That's what we're about, we're a community organisation," he said.
"We're out here serving, raising funds with the Kings Meadows Lions Club project for community activities."
Talk about fundraising - I like to drop the 'd' and call it 'fun-raising'; you enjoy what you do which is certainly what everyone's done at the garage sale.Byron Dilworth
Kings Meadows Lions Club president Dennis Mann said the garage sale would be raising money for local charities.
"We've just come back from this emergency [COVID-19] ... We're very aware that other organisations are doing it tough," he said.
"The money raised today plus some savings will be distributed to a number of small charities in the next month.
"We'll raise quite a large amount of money, which will go straight back into the local community."
There are about 18 Lions clubs in Northern Tasmania, and about 48 clubs across Tasmania.
Mr Dilworth said it was not only the clubs' philanthropic pursuits that were missed, but also the socialising platform the clubs provide to members.
"What I've noticed ... it's not just doing the project, it's the camaraderie ... that comradeship that works," he said.
"Talk about fundraising - I like to drop the 'd' and call it 'fun-raising'; you enjoy what you do, which is certainly what everyone's done at the garage sale.
"Yes, Lions raises some money, but they're seen in their community and that's what we're about.
"We've had some members who come for the fellowship and in the end they enjoy the projects and start enjoying themselves which is certainly what we aim for."
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This was certainly on display at the garage sale at Kings Meadows, with Lions members smiling and chatting away with patrons and fellow members, while adhering to COVID-19 safety precautions.
"I think we all tend to forget the social aspects ... when we're stuck in our own homes and talking on Zoom," Mr Mann said.
"We're all very happy to be back, it would be nice to be doing all the other things we want to do for other organisations."
Mr Dilworth said he hoped to see more Lions clubs at various upcoming community events, provided there wasn't a second wave of coronavirus in the state.
"From barbecue, garage sales and manning football gates ... to be able to get back to events like that would be great," Mr Dilworth said.
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