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About LOPF

LOPF HISTORY

In the 1980’s the Lions Club addressed the challenge of providing future vision and hearing resources for local and community needs, as well as supporting organizations and projects statewide.

The fact is that several years ago the Internal Revenue Service determined that the donations to one's local Lions Club and Districts are not tax deductible. This reduces the amount of donations Lions Clubs get, leaving communities without the resources to provide aid.

Board Members & Awards, lions club members

The year 1992 saw the formation of the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation to help fund Lions Club projects, most particularly those relating to sensory impairment programs like hearing and vision aid within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Lions of Pennsylvania is a “501-C3” tax-exempt corporation. This permits individuals, corporations, and other philanthropic entities to deduct charitable contributions given to the Foundation.

The Foundation was established as an organization that would seek financial support and provide resources to Lions Clubs in PA. This helps local Lions Clubs carry out the mission of providing services to improve quality of life and meet the needs of Pennsylvania residents. Some such services include vision and hearing aid and funds for PA residents in need of glasses, bifocals, and hearing aids and emergency services for local people in need of aid.

With our unique mission, the Foundation carries forward the credo of the International Association of Lions Clubs: WE SERVE

Recent Community Work

kennett area community service and lions of pa participants
Participants (in order of left to right): Lion Jack Schwartz | Lion Debra Swayne | Leah Reynolds, KACS Executive Director | PDG Richard Taylor, 14 P LOPF Director | Lion Ray McKay

West Goshen Lions Club delivers the Lions of PA. Foundation Matching Check for $1,400 to the WC Food Cupboard. Anna Taylor- West Chester Board member; President of WG Lions -Anthony Simkovich, 14P Zone Chairman Toby Gelman
Left to Right: Anna Taylor- West Chester Board member; President of WG Lions -Anthony Simkovich, 14P Zone Chairman Toby Gelman

Ford City section of the Rails to Trails path bordering the community of Ford City, Armstrong County
Ford City section of the Rails to Trails path bordering the community of Ford City, Armstrong County

Ford City Park sign in Armstrong county founded by John B Ford for relaxation and social events.
Ford City Park sign in Armstrong county founded by John B Ford for relaxation and social events.

The Butler Lions Club was happy to donate $6,000 to the Moniteau School District to help build a greenhouse in the High School’s courtyard so that students can grow food which will be donated to the Moniteau-Concord Food Pantry. This donation was made possible through a grant from the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation. People in photo: Mike Winkler, Club Secretary; Thomas Samosky, Superintendent; Dr. Michael Panza, Board President; PDG Dr. Don Gibala, Board Member, Lions of PA Foundation; DG Chip Campbell; and Connie Ivill, President of the Butler Lions Club.

Land cleared out for construction of the new greenhouse.

Welcome sign to Veterans Park in Chippewa Township. This is one of three parks that received benches thanks to a grant from Lions of PA Foundation.

From left: Club Secretary and Project Director Douglas Pavkovich, District 14-N Second Vice District Governor Maria Loudermilk, District Governor Jeff Loudermilk, Foundation Director Past District Governor Don Gibala, Past District Governor Erwin Campbell, and Club President J,R.Hupp.

West Goshen Lions Club delivers the Lions of PA. Foundation Matching Check for $1,400 to the WC Food Cupboard. Anna Taylor- West Chester Board member; President of WG Lions -Anthony Simkovich, 14P Zone Chairman Toby Gelman
West Goshen Lions Club delivers the Lions of PA. Foundation Matching Check for $1,400 to the WC Food Cupboard. Anna Taylor- West Chester Board member; President of WG Lions -Anthony Simkovich, 14P Zone Chairman Toby Gelman

West Goshen Lions Club delivers the Lions of PA. Foundation Matching Check for $1,400 to the WC Food Cupboard. Anna Taylor- West Chester Board member; President of WG Lions -Anthony Simkovich, 14P Zone Chairman Toby Gelman
$1,400 check to the WC Food Cupboard

Ford City Lions Club(District 14-N) has recently received a matching project grant for $5498.00 from the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation to assist with the purchase of up to 12 historical markers along the section of the Rails to Trails path bordering the community of Ford City, Armstrong County
Ford City Lions Club(District 14-N) has recently received a matching project grant for $5498.00 from the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation to assist with the purchase of up to 12 historical markers along the section of the Rails to Trails path bordering the community of Ford City, Armstrong County. From left: Club President Brad Baillie | District 14-N Foundation Board Member PDG Don Gibala | District Governor Erwin “Chip” Campbell | Club Project Chair Tom Bernot

People in photo: Mike Winkler, Club Secretary; Thomas Samosky, Superintendent; Dr. Michael Panza, Board President; PDG Dr. Don Gibala, Board Member, Lions of PA Foundation; DG Chip Campbell; and Connie Ivill, President of the Butler Lions Club.

Full group photo of LoPF Members and Moniteau School District Superintendent, Principal, Teachers, and Student

Moniteau School District building where new greenhouse is being added.

The Chippewa Area Lions Club recently received a matching grant from the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation for $1300 for the purchase and placement of eight benches in the three local Chippewa Area Community Parks,Beaver County. From left: Club Secretary and Project Director Douglas Pavkovich, District 14-N Second Vice District Governor Maria Loudermilk, District Governor Jeff Loudermilk, Chippewa Township Parks and Recreation Director Lauren Doyle, Foundation Director Past District Governor Don Gibala, Past District Governor Erwin Campbell, and Club President J,R.Hupp.

Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the members of the Corporation shall be held on the Saturday at the first regular State Council meeting after the close of the Annual Convention of the Multiple District Fourteen of the Lions International at the city in which said State Council meeting is held. Thereafter, an annual meeting of the members shall be held in each year. The first regular meeting shall be conducted after the close of the Annual Convention of the Multiple District Fourteen meeting of the Pennsylvania State Council of Lions Club and in the same city in which said State Council meeting is held for the purpose of hearing reports of the officers and directors of the Corporation and for transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting.

Special Meetings

Special meetings of the members may be called by the chairperson of the Pennsylvania State Council of Lions Clubs and the President of the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation at their joint direction, or shall be called by the President of the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation upon the written request addressed to said President of a majority of the Foundation’s voting members. The time and place of any special meeting shall be determined by the President and the call shall be made by the President or the Secretary at the direction of the President. The meeting shall be called within a period not to exceed 30 days following the request for a special meeting.

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