Driven, dedicated, dependable describe Snyder
Words such as driven, dedicated and dependable were used in excess to describe Richard A. Snyder, Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club's 2012 Citizen of the Year.
Selected by a special committee, Snyder's name was on a short list but quickly rose to the top.
“He has been giving to the Mt. Pleasant area for decades,” Rotary selection committee chairman Dale Walker said of Snyder. “I can say that it was definitely a unanimous decision.”
Snyder has been instrumental in many areas of the borough, spending countless volunteer hours helping with numerous nonprofit groups and organizations.
A Rotarian for more than 40 years, Snyder served as the club's president in 1983. He also served for many years as president of the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society, an organization he founded in 1995 that went on to restore two log houses now open in the borough for visitors.
Snyder served as president of the Kiwanis Club, a group he was involved with for many years; has worked actively with the “Because We Care” mission group, which has traveled to several parts of the country to help those in need by completing projects and bringing supplies; and, for the past 20 years, has been a volunteer with the LifeLine response system, which helps area senior citizens and shut-ins call for help if needed.
“His dedication to the Lifeline program has been just wonderful,” Ellen Katter of Excela Health Frick Hospital said. “I know that I can honestly say that the program would not be where it is today if it wasn't for Richard.”
A banquet and dinner was held for Snyder at the Kosciuszko Club. Dozens of friends and family members attended. Some traveled from out of state to be a part of the volunteer's big night.
Snyder said he was surprised when they announced he was the 2012 Citizen of the Year.
“They made the announcement at one of our regular meetings and I was really surprised,” Snyder said. “It was kind of unbelievable and I hope that I can live up to their expectations of me. It's quite an honor.”
Accompanied by his wife Twila, Snyder was happy to be the man of the night as he welcomed those who came to honor him.
“I'm very proud of him,” Twila Snyder said, “but then, he is my man of the year every year.”
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.