The federal agency believes most of the Farmington and Farmington Hills organizations are defunct.
More than two dozen non-profit organizations in Farmington and Farmington Hills have lost their federal non-profit exemption, including religious, civic and service organizations. The New York Times reported that the Internal Revenue Service revoked the status from 275,000 groups after they did not meet legal requirements to file annual tax reports for three consecutive years; 29 listed addresses in Farmington and Farmington Hills. According to a press release issued by the IRS, it has made several attempts to notify the groups, but the majority of these organizations are believed to be defunct. As an example, the Farmington Area Lions Club, which is on the list, turned in its charter last year, after membership dwindled to only a few …
After closing its doors, The Lions Club wants to get back to helping the community.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Jeff Moore
Thursday, December 23, 2010
In a back corner of the Big Boy restaurant in South Lyon, a major brainstorming session is underway. Harold Lange is meeting with members of several chapters of the Lions Club, trying to figure out how to generate enough interest to reopen a club in Farmington. Several months ago, with membership down to just six or seven volunteers, the Farmington Lions turned in their charter. Club President Carolyn Schoen tried for several years to increase membership, with no luck. And there was little more the group could do. "The Farmington area Lions Club was active for 55 years," said Lange. "The reason they turned in their charter was lack of membership. Dick Carvell, who passed away in 2008, was a very active member. After he died, the club just …