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The Board

Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation Board of Directors at quarterly board meeting held on October 27,2019.

Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation
Board of Directors

By PDG Don Gibala
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The WPLHF Board of Directors is a 15-member voluntary non-profit structure , representing seven Pennsylvania Lions Districts, covering a service area including all of western Pennsylvania and much of central Pennsylvania. Our Foundation is based out of the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute and our programs and services are accessed through numerous audiology satellite centers throughout our service area.

The Board

WPLHF Board of Directors meet and share our mission with several LIONS and guests at our annual meeting invitation and tour of the Temporal Bone Lab on October 27,2019.

An Annual Visit to the
WPLHF Boardroom

By PDG Don Gibala
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Our Foundation board meetings are held quarterly throughout the year in July, October, January and April. Our board members represent the communities of western and central Pennsylvania and serve our mission in a voluntary capacity to provide hearing assistance to individuals within our multiple-district service area. Each year in October , we open our doors to Pennsylvania LIONS District Governors, Vice District Governors and guests to attend our quarterly meeting, tour the Temporal Bone Lab, and learn more about our organization and the services we provide.

Tour of Bone Lab

Dr. Barry Hirsch, WPLHF Medical Director, guides our Pennsylvania Lions District Governors, Vice District Governors and welcomed guests through the University of Pittsburgh Temporal Bone Lab at our meeting of October 27,2019.

An Annual Visit to the
Temporal Bone Lab

By PDG Don Gibala
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The Temporal Bone Lab is a critical University educational classroom setting for medical students and audiology professionals who master their high quality skills in the field of Otolaryngology. WPLHF is blessed to be affiliated with Dr. Hirsch and his professional team who graciously give their valued time and energy to our programs and services.

14L Donation

Lions of District 14-L offer a generous donation to WPLHF: (From left) Vice President PDG Geoff Temple, Medical Director Dr. Barry Hirsch, District 14-L Board Directors PDG Dee Hite and Lion Susan Edwards,and President PDG Dr. Don Gibala

District 14-L Offers Assistance To
Hearing Impaired

By PDG Don Gibala
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District 14-L Lions donated a gift of $1790.25 to the Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation to help us fulfill our mission to provide hearing aids to those in need.We are very appreciative of the generosity of Lions throughout the district for their kindness to help others through service.

Eaton Corp Donation

Eaton Corporation makes a gift to WPLHF: (From left) Vice President PDG Geoff Temple,Medical Director Dr. Barry Hirsch, District 14-E Board Director PDG Lance Remic,and President PDG Dr. Don Gibala

Eaton Corporation Offers Their
Generous Support

By PDG Don Gibala
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We are most grateful to Eaton Corporation with the assistance of Board Member PDG Lance Remic for their generous gift of $5610.00. We received this valued donation from Eaton Corporation at our quarterly Board Meeting on July 28,2019. It will assuredly help us to purchase hearing aids for needy applicants throughout our broad service area of western and central Pennsylvania. Thank you Eaton Corporation for believing in our mission to serve others.

Golf Outing

District 14-E Annual Golf Outing gives recognition to WPLHF: (From left) District 14-E Board Director and Board President PDG Dr. Don Gibala

District 14-E Offers Support Through Their Annual
Golf Outing

By PDG Don Gibala
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At our quarterly Board Meeting on July 28,2019, District 14-E Board Member PDG Lance Remic presented a check for $1000 to WPLHF on behalf of the District's Annual Golf Outing fundraiser. Many thanks go out to Lions and friends of District 14-E for recognizing and supporting our purpose to provide hearing assistance to those who need services they cannot afford.

Annual Strides

District 14-L Annual Strides Walk Recognizes Diabetes-Related Hearing Loss: (From left) Medical Director Dr. Barry Hirsch MD, District 14-L Board Directors Lion Sue Edwards and PDG Dee Hite, and President PDG Dr. Don Gibala

Lions Of District 14-L Annual Strides
Walk Donation

By PDG Don Gibala
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We warmly thank the Lions of District 14-L for their gift of $3751.36 received at our quarterly Board Meeting held on April 28.2019. The contribution was provided through the District's Annual Strides Walk fundraiser. We are very grateful to 14-L Lions for their generous donation and their special recognition of diabetes -associated hearing loss. Contributions to WPLHF such as this go directly toward the purchase of hearing aids and services for needy individuals within our service area who require hearing assistance. Thank you for supporting our mission to serve others in need.

Work Session

WPLHF Board of Directors in work session at our quarterly Board Meeting held on October 28,2018

A Visit to the WPLHF
Boardroom

By PDG Don Gibala
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Our formal Board Meetings are held quarterly in the mornings on the fourth Sunday of July, October,January and April.Our 15-member volunteer board consists of two representatives from each of the seven Lions districts comprising our service area of western and central Pennsylvania. Our Medical Director is also a voting member of our board ,representing the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC Eye and Ear Institute and the hearing assistance programs of our satellite facilities throughout our seven-district service area.

Dr. Barry Hirsch, MD

WPLHF Medical Director,Dr. Barry Hirsch,MD,presenting latest innovation and newest technologies in the field of Otolaryngology.

WPLHF... Advocates of Cutting-Edge
Technology and Education

By PDG Don Gibala
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Medical Director, Dr. Barry Hirsch,MD, goes well beyond the medical student classrooms and addresses our Board of Directors and invited guests at our October 28,2018 quarterly Board Meeting. Every year in October, District Governors and Vice District Governors within our service area, and guests, are cordially invited to attend this informative board session to learn more about WPLHF programs and services, our hearing assistance satellite programs, and latest technologies. Dr. Hirsch also extends a guided tour of the University Temporal Bone Lab where medical students and professional staffs spend numerous hours in teaching and learning capacities.

Presentation to Board

WPLHF Medical Director,Dr. Barry Hirsch, MD speaking to Board Directors, District Governors , Vice District Governors and Lions guests at our October 28,2018 Board Meeting.

Dr. Barry Hirsch,MD, WPLHF Board Member...
A Valued Connection to the Success of Our Program

By PDG Don Gibala
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We are proud to have the expertise of Dr. Hirsch and his staff at our fingertips at all times. He sets an ongoing comfort level among Board Directors with his guidance on highest quality care standards and policy implementation. As an active Board Member and participant, Dr. Hirsch provides valuable, informative consultation to all in our decision making processes, and keeps us abreast on latest research developments in the healthcare arena, while keeping us updated on the strategic business of our satellite programs and services. Thank you Dr. Hirsch for the time and energy you bring to the table.

Tom Toland

District 14-N Board Director, PDG Tom Toland is at the podium presenting his educational Power Point program to an attentive audience of Lions leaders at our October 28,2018 Board Meeting.

District 14-N Board Director PDG Tom Toland Presents
"What Is The WPLHF?"

By PDG Don Gibala
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PDG Tom has been very proactive in his efforts to advance the status of our programs and services during his tenure as a Board Director . A retired teacher by profession, Tom has brought his educational ,organizational and computer skills to to the forefront for all to experience and use. He has provided much-improved structure to our hearing aid application process and professionalized our process forms. Tom created a fine Power Point presentation for all of us, available for use to present to audiences within our representative districts and beyond. "What is the WPLHF?" is a set of Power Point slides also now accessible from our website.

14L Donation

District 14-L donates to our efforts to serve the hearing impaired: (From left) President PDG Dr. Don Gibala, District 14-L Board Director Lion Susan Edwards, Medical Director Dr. Barry Hirsch MD, and Vice President PDG Geoff Temple.

District 14-L Donates To WPLHF
Hearing Aid Services

By PDG Don Gibala
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The Lions of District 14-L show their support of our WPLHF mission to provide hearing aids to needy individuals throughout our central and western Pennsylvania service area. In July,2018, Lion Susan Edwards presented to us two checks from the District accounts totaling $2806.88. Thank you Lions of District 14-L for your generosity and kind hearts, willing to serve this human interest of hearing impairment among our needy populations.

Quarterly Meeting

Lions Hearing Foundation board members gathered for a quarterly meeting on October 22, 2017

Lions Hearing Foundation
Quarterly Meeting

By PDG Don Gibala
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Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation board members held their quarterly Board of Directors meeting on October 22. Every year at this time,the District Governors and Vice District Governors of the seven districts of our service area (14-B, E, M, F, N, J, and L) are invited to attend as our guests to learn more about the Foundation and tour the facilities of the Temporal Bone Lab.

Pa District 14-L Join WPALHF

PA District 14-L Lions join us in service. Pictured (from left) PDG Anna Clark, DG/PDG Larry Edwards, Board Member Susan Edwards, Medical Director Dr. Barry Hirsch, Board Member PDG Delores Hite, PDG Wilbert Hite, PDG Dennis Clark.

PA District 14-L Lions
Join Us in Service

By PDG Don Gibala
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At our board meeting of January 29,we formally endorsed the addition of District 14-L (Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Mifflin Counties) to our WPALHF service area. We welcome the opportunity to expand our needed services to 14-L, and we look forward to working with our newest community partners.

LOPF Donation Presentation

Pictured (from left) WPLHF President Dr. Don Gibala, Vice President Geoff Temple, Medical Director Dr. Barry Hirsch give donation check to Lawton Snyder, Executive Director of the Eye and Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh.

Foundation Awards Annual Donation to the
Eye and Ear Institute Temporal Bone Lab

By PDG Don Gibala
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Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation offers an annual donation of $2500 to the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute Temporal Bone Lab, for its extensive ongoing work in medical education and research in Otolaryngology.

LOPF Donation Presentation

Pictured (from left) Dr. Barry Hirsch, MD, Medical Director; Lion Peg Blair, Secretary; PDG Geoff Temple, Vice President; and PDG Don Gibala, President.

Foundation Awarded Grant From
Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation

By PDG Don Gibala
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PDG Don Gibala, as a Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation Board Member, shares the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation (LOPF) grant donation of $6000 with others on the Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation (WPALHF) Board of Directors.The grant was donated to the WPALHF by the LOPF for the purchase and distibution of hearing aids to needy clients within the six-district service area including Districts 14-B, N, M, E, F, and J.

Donation Presentation

Pictured (from left) PDG Tom Toland and PDG Don Gibala, President.

Foundation Receives Donation From
Lions District 14-N

By PDG Don Gibala
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PDG Tom Toland (left), District 14-N Cabinet Treasurer and Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation (WPALHF) Board Member, offers the District 14-N annual donation of $2136.78 to PDG Don Gibala (right), WPALHF President. The monies collected are from its district-wide membership as part of their donation to the 14-N District Governor's Projects Fund, of which the Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation is a recipient.