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Reuter honored by area Boy Scouts as Distinguished Citizen

September 16, 2006|by TARA REILLY

WASHINGTON COUNTY - William J. Reuter joined a list of well-known names in Washington County Friday night.

Known for his top position with Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. and years of memberships on community boards, Reuter now can add another title to his resume - Distinguished Citizen.

Reuter received the 2006 Mason-Dixon Council Inc. Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award Friday night at Fountain Head Country Club.

Others who have the title include Merle Elliott, Mike Callas and Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III.

Reuter called the award important.

"I'm very humbled by it," he said. "It was not expected, but very much appreciated."

Reuter said the values taught by the Boy Scouts are similar to the values he tries to abide by in the business world.

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That's what pushed him to the top of this year's award candidates.

"I think it's an excellent choice," Scout Executive Don Shepard said. "Bill's involvement in the community exemplifies the values that Scouting tries to portray."

The council has been giving the award since 1996.

While Reuter wasn't a Boy Scout growing up, he said his son was. The experience taught his son values, character, obedience and how to work hard, he said.

Reuter, chairman, president and CEO of Susquehanna Bancshares Inc., also is chairman of the board for Susquehanna Bancshares' subsidiary Susquehanna Bank PA, and director for Susquehanna Bank, according to information provided by the council.

Reuter is a graduate of the University of Maryland Banking School, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore, served in the U.S. Air Force and is a retired master sergeant with the Maryland Air National Guard, according to the information.

He is on the board of United Way of Lancaster County (Pa.), and has been involved with numerous other organizations, including the Maryland Banking Association, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and United Way of Washington County.

William L. Mann, immediate past president of the Mason-Dixon Council, said the council began reviewing the list of candidates for the award in April.

"The council likes to recognize someone in the community that may or may not be tied to Scouting, but has exemplified all the character traits that Scouting stands for," Mann said. "His leadership and character is why we selected Bill for the award this year."

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