WHEREAS: On retiring from public service, Karen remain devoted to human services, serving as Chief Operating Officer of Northwest Human Services in Philadelphia, and later founding her own consulting firm known as Susquehanna Consulting and Financial Group. There she counseled private organizations in best practices, and enthusiastically supported Harrisburg Public Schools as Executive Director of the Harrisburg Public Schools Foundation.
WHEREAS: Karen’s professional accomplishments are remembered with the greatest of admiration and respect, it is her generosity and devoted volunteer service to the community that inspires us as Rotarians to “service above self.” Karen’s legacy is in her service to:
United Way of the Capital Region; Member of the Community Impact Committee, United Way Policy Committee and Strategic Planning Committee and Member of the Board of Directors.
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities; Member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Grantmaking Committee, Member of the Women's Fund Executive Committee, Women In Philanthropy Committee.
Past Member of the Governor's Commission on Children and Families
Rotary Club of Harrisburg, Past President and member of the Board of Directors, Youth, Chair -Community Development Team (YCDT)
Founding member of Rotary Committee for CARE Court mentors, US Federal Court, Middle District, Chief Mentor
Mental Health Association, Past Board Member
Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley, Past Board Member
Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Past Vice Chair; Chair of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Background Clearances to Ensure Safety of Girls
YWCA of the Harrisburg Area; Board member and Advocacy Committee, Girl Talk Advisor
Homeland Center, Trustee
Harrisburg Area Community College Foundation, Past member
WHEREAS: Karen was a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill
WHEREAS: Karen Snider's extraordinary lifelong commitment to "service above self" has been widely recognized as follows:
2015 - The Thanks Award by The Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA
The Humanitarian of the Year Award by United Way of the Capital Region
2014 - The first woman to receive The Good Scout Award presented by the New Birth of Freedom Council
- A wing of Camp Curtain School named the Karen F. Snider Family and Student Health Center by Harrisburg School District
2013 - The Athena Award presented by the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce
2012 - A Women Who Cares Award given by Open Stage
2011 - The Tribute Award by The Mental Health Association of the Capital Region
- The Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award by Keystone Human Services
2009 - The SAGE Award by Harrisburg Magazine and Messiah Village
2009 – The Excellence in Leadership Award from The United Way of the Capital Region
1994 - The Distinguished Service to State Government Award presented by the National Governor's Association
WHEREAS: Karen made a significant and lasting contribution to her favorite community organization, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. She was a member for 13 years, served as its President from 2014 to 2015, was a Paul Harris Fellow and in 2005 was honored with the Robert D. Hanson Excellence Award and was honored with its Community Service Award in 2011.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Rotary Club of Harrisburg recognize Karen F. Snider's exemplary lifetime community service, and that we extend our sincere sympathies to her husband of 57 years, Jack Snider and their sons, Kipp and Todd Snider and their families, and that this memorial resolution be adopted by the membership and entered into the minutes of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, and that copies of this resolution be transmitted to her family with the Club's profound respect and affection.