The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

September 21, 2013

Why the Lorain-Moxham Lions Club is disbanding after 33 years

— The Lorain-Moxham Lions Club, citing declining membership, has disbanded after 33 years of service locally and worldwide.

“I feel badly about it,” said the club’s last president, John Aubrey, a Johnstown optometrist. “It was difficult to see the club disband.”

Although it was a small club, it was very active, he said, citing numerous projects such as vision clinics and providing eyeglasses for less fortunate people in Lorain, Moxham and adjacent neighborhoods.

Both Aubrey and Frank Popp, the last public relations director for the club, said it was becoming difficult to get younger people to fill the void created when longtime members passed away or became ill.

“Every time I give some of the belongings of the club away, it hurts,” Popp said about disbandment.

“The club was an excellent one. When we started, we had 102 members.”

The largest number of members the club had was 120, he said. When it was disbanded, there were 19 members.

The club did much not only locally, but throughout the world, he said.

Locally, regularly scheduled diabetes awareness programs were among the numerous local programs, he said.

Statewide, the club supported camps for the blind and handicapped in Indiana and Huntingdon counties.

Globally, they collected numerous eyeglasses for the needy in Honduras and supported disaster relief worldwide, he said.

Popp said he and six other members – Aubrey, Robert Burkholder, Rev. Wilbert Boerstler, Darwin Wiegand, Don Kot, and Charles Holtzman, had more than 30 years of service each in the club.

The remaining members of the club have joined or are planning to join other clubs.

Frank Sojak is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/FrankNews10.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • foust_25 Teen shot in Oakhurst

    A 16-year-old New Jersey boy was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center on Thursday after being shot three times in the Oakhurst section of Johnstown.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Audit: City overspent by $700G in 2013

    Legacy costs contributed significantly to the city of Johnstown coming up $689,000 short in its core services funding during 2013.

    July 24, 2014

  • Kuzma, jonathan Guilty plea in hammer death

    The Johnstown man who authorities said killed his father with a hammer last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal homicide, authorities said.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • quecreek rescue Events to mark anniversary of Quecreek rescue

    When word spread that nine Quecreek miners were trapped underground in July 2002, Bill Arnold’s dairy farm quickly became the rescue effort’s ground zero.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man charged with running down fire official at accident scene

    A Mineral Point man has been charged with running down a fire police official at Monday’s fatal crash scene on William Avenue in Jackson Township.

    July 25, 2014

  • Tribune Treasure!

    July 25, 2014

  • Huger, Stephen Accused Hornerstown shooter will stand trial

    A Johnstown man will stand trial in connection with a July 12 shooting in the Hornerstown section of the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Board names Zahorchak’s successor

    The Greater Johnstown school board at a special meeting Thursday named a superintendent to replace the retiring superintendent, rehired its last business manager and approved other administrative appointments.

    July 24, 2014

  • Pasquerilla, Mark Pasquerilla recognized as arts patron

    First lady Susan Corbett announced Thursday from the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pa., that Mark Pasquerilla of Johnstown has earned the Patron Award from the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ebensburg gets ready to party

    Party down with a shutdown.
    Downtown Shutdown, a street party featuring music and food, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in downtown Ebensburg.

    July 24, 2014

Poll

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
House Ads