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Everybody likes a good idea, but when a good idea becomes an organized
effort, great things begin to happen.The Lions Project for Canine
Many Lions and Lionesses offered their help to CCI before 1981, both as
individuals and through their clubs.
The idea of district-wide support of the program began when Dick
Woolf, Cabinet Secretary to the then District Governor Roger O’Donnell,
invited CCI to send a speaker to District 4-C7’s August 1981 Cabinet
Meeting. Lion Don Webb, who
had been personally involved in supporting CCI and wanted Lions to know
about it, assisted in the presentation.
The response was enthusiastic.
After many demonstrations with these highly trained dogs by CCI and Lion
Don, Governor O’Donnell announced his decision to make CCI his district
project for the fiscal year 1981-1982.
In 1982, at the urging of the late Lion Ty Tyree, articles were drawn up
to establish a foundation similar in structure to the Lions Eye
Foundation, with a network of coordinating trustees in every district,
Life Members, Member Clubs, and other forms of support.
After much perseverance, that set of plans became a reality and
Lion Ty became the first president of the Lions Canine Companions
Foundation (soon to be re-named the Lions Project for Canine Companions
District 4-C7 Governor John Robak continued the interest in CCI, making
it his district project also, eventually becoming the foundation’s
second president. The
Council of Governors of Multiple District Four (MD-4) sanctioned the
foundation in 1983. From
there, LPCCI grew to what it is today.
During the 1990’s, as a result of its fundraising, LPCCI was honored by
CCI with the naming of the CCI Northwest Regional Center Board Room and
the Southwest Regional Center lobby area “The Lions Den”.
In June 2012, LPCCI celebrated the successful completion of a
$100,000.00 pledge to name the board room at the
May 18, 2013, LPCCI will celebrate 30 years of supporting CCI.
During these 30 years, LPCCI raised close to
$3 million for CCI and continues to donate over $100,000.00 each
Since its humble beginnings, LPCCI has grown in membership and support from Lions Clubs in just two states to 35 states across the nation. Currently LPCCI has 17 Area Directors and 68 Trustees working to create awareness and provide support for CCI. Lions and Lions Clubs contribute to LPCCI through Life Memberships, Club Memberships, awards, sponsorships, fundraising, puppy raising, and volunteering. Our goal is to have representation and support in all 50 states across the nation.
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Lions have supported CCI since its very beginnings in
LPCCI (a Lions Foundation) was formally founded in 1983 (at CCI’s
suggestion) to better function as a significant provider of financial
and volunteer support to CCI through Lions clubs.
LPCCI consists of an all-volunteer board of directors, more than 75
volunteer representatives around the country, and one paid staff-person
(the LPCCI National Administrator).
LPCCI volunteer representatives provide presentations at Lions club
meetings, district meetings and conventions, and at other service clubs
and organizations, to increase public awareness of CCI’s program and
gain financial support, puppy raisers, etc.
Lions and Lions Clubs support LPCCI through Club Memberships, Life and
Family Life Memberships, Abdul and Distinguished Service Awards, LPCCI
Fellowships, various sponsorships, and fundraisers.
Many Lions serve as CCI puppy raisers, breeder-caretakers, Chapter group
members, volunteers, and goodwill ambassadors spreading the word about
Lions Clubs in 35 states across the nation donate to LPCCI.
To date LPCCI has donated more than $2.5 million to CCI.
LPCCI celebrates its 30th anniversary May, 2013.
LPCCI needs volunteer representatives from every Lions district in every
state, particularly in states where there is a
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