The Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America, will honor Jean and Marvin Staiman, as the 2014 Distinguished Citizens of the Year at a reception from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11, at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.
The award gives the Susquehanna Council the opportunity to acknowledge an individual that goes above and beyond in their daily life that exemplifies what Scouting is citizenship and character development along with physical and mental fitness activities.
The co-chairmen for the reception are Dr. William Martin, senior vice president, Pennsylvania College of Technology, and Robert Steele, executive director, Community Arts Center.
Shown are Marvin and Jean Staiman.
Community service is the hallmark of the Staimans lives.
A Williamsport native and Army veteran Marvin owned and served as president and chairman of the board of Staiman Brothers Inc., one of Williamsport's oldest family businesses. Staiman's grandfather, Kalman Staiman, founded the scrap processing and recycling industry in 1900.
Deeply involved with countless organizations to benefit his community and its citizens, Mr. Staiman has served as president of the Greater Williamsport Chamber of Commerce, Hope Enterprises, Williamsport Arts Council, West Branch Manufacturers' Association, and Lycoming County Division of the American Cancer Society.
He served a four-year term on the Williamsport City Council, serving as the chairman of the Planning Commission.
He also has served as the president of the Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America and its predecessor.
Staiman has served on the following boards: Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport YMCA, the Philadelphia Region of the Anti-Defamation League, the Lycoming County United Way, the National Jewish Council on Scouting, AAA North Penn and Woodlands Bank, the Visiting Nurse Association, the Lycoming County Historical Society and the Lycoming County Brotherhood.
He is a 53-year member of the Kiwanis Club, the Williamsport Nine County Area Baseball Booster Association, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Milton Eisner Hebrew High School and the Ben Fine Post, Jewish War Veterans.
He also serves as the chairman of the Central Pennsylvania State of Israel Bonds, a past secretary for the Eastern Council of B'Nai B'rith, past chairman of Williamsport United Jewish Appeal and past president of the Ohev Sholom Congregation and its men's club, as well as ritual chair of Ohev Sholom.
He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for civic and community involvement and has given leadership to numerous fundraising activities.
He attended the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and has received an honorary degree from Lycoming College.
Mrs. Staiman is a summa cum laude graduate of the former Williamsport Dickinson Junior College, now Lycoming College, and was employed with Staiman Brothers Inc. for 22 years.
Community service has played an important role in Jean's life. She is a past president of the J. Henry Cochran Parent-Teacher Association, Crittenton Services and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra board.
Some of the boards she has served on include: The Family Life Institute of Northcentral Pennsylvania, Lycoming County United Way, Lycoming County Children and Youth Services, the Lycoming-Clinton Joinder Board of Mental Health and Retardation, the Alumni Association of Lycoming College, the Hemlock Girl Scout Council and the Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Her faith is important to her serving as the president of the Obev Sholom Sisterhood and the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of Hadassah. She served on the Hadassah National board, the Williamsport Hadassah, the Hadassah National Council and the State of Israel Bonds, National Women's Division.
Like her husband, she has participated in numerous fundraising activities and events in the community. For her volunteer and community involvement she has been recognized.
The Staiman's are the parents of six children, 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America, at 570-326-5121 ext. 103.