Martin Library

Martin Library Honors

York County Libraries’ Honors Events highlight prominent library supporters and community members. Learn more about York County Libraries’ Honors events here. Martin Library has hosted Honors events since 1995.

Martin Library Honors Bill Shipley

The Martin Library Honors Committee announced its selection of Bill Shipley as its 2020 Martin Honors honoree. Bill Shipley has served the York community in a variety of roles over the years, and was recognized in a virtual honors ceremony on September 30, 2020.

About Bill Shipley

Bill is Chairman of Shipley Group in York, Pennsylvania and the operator of Shipley Energy and eleven other companies that serve people and businesses in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic. Bill’s career started as a store manager for 7-Eleven in Delaware. After two years, he joined his father’s business in 1982 as an administrative assistant. With development experience in various management capacities, he is the fourth generation of the Shipley family to lead the family business.

During his prior academic career, he earned a degree in history from Emory University and a Master’s in business administration from Pennsylvania State University. Bill and his lovely wife Michelle are the parents of Erin, Sarah and Benjamin and grandparents of William Paul Shaffer, Kaylee Joy Shaffer, and Noah Francisco Kuljevan. Bill enjoys reading, music, golf, boating and juggling.


Bill has been active in the York community as past Chair of the Board of the YMCA of York and York County. He is also past Board Chair of York Area Sports Night, Wyndham Hills Property Owners Association, Pennsylvania Chapter of Young Presidents Organization and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. Today, Bill is on the Board of Directors of Martin Library, the Paterno Library at Penn State, Maple Press and Positive Energy Arts. He is immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees at York College of Pennsylvania and is the Governor’s Representative on the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees.

For these and other services to his community, Bill was honored in a virtual event on September 30, which was open for the public to attend. The honors ceremony featured guest speakers Don Graham, Jeff Simpson, and Jackie Summers.

Tribute Gifts

A key component of the Martin Honors event is to establish a perpetual fund to purchase books in the name of the honoree. Contributions are welcome anytime by donating securely online or by mail to:

Martin Library Honors Fund
159 East Market Street
York, PA 17401

Watch the Event

The event was held September 30, 2020. Watch the recording of the event below,

Martin Library Prior Honorees

If the year of the Honoree’s event is highlighted blue, click the link to view the program from the event.


  • Bill Shipley, 2020
  • Georg Sheets, 2019
  • Paula Gilbert, 2019
  • C. Kim Bracey, 2018
  • Jean Treuthart and Stephen Baker, 2018
  • Jody Keller, 2017
  • Michael E. Kochenour, 2017
  • William H. Schell, 2016
  • Larry J. Miller, 2015
  • Gordon A. Freireich, 2015
  • George Trout Sr., 2014
  • Trish Calvani, 2013
  • Bill Simpson Memorial, 2013
  • Loren H. Kroh, 2012
  • Dan and Brenda Elby, 2012
  • Harvey & Win Bradley, 2011


  • The Presidents of the Board since 1935, 2010
  • Don Dellinger, Jr., 2010
  • Judge Emanuel Cassimatis, 2009
  • Frances E. Keller, 2008
  • Luther and Ruth Sowers, 2008
  • Lynne Pfafflin Danyo, 2007
  • George D. Stough, 2007
  • Zoë Meisenhelder, 2006
  • Lavere Senft, 2005
  • Dorrie Leader, 2004
  • Harry McLaughlin, 2004
  • Mary G. Stephenson, 2003
  • William A. Falkler, 2003
  • Edith Allen Barber, 2002
  • Ruthe Fortenbaugh Craley, 2002
  • Walt Partymiller, 2001
  • R. Claire Frank, 2000


  • Elaine Kirschner Laucks, 1999
  • C. William Dize, 1998
  • Helen Klinedinst, 1998
  • William H. Kain, 1997
  • Otis B. Morse IV, 1997
  • Anna Kauffman Strayer, 1997
  • May M. Hart, 1997
  • Jennifer Paup, 1995

Martin Library Honors Committee

  • Robert Cox, Chair 
  • Lynne Danyo
  • Brenda Elby
  • Robert F. Lambert
  • Donna Pullo
  • Lori Rene Weyant