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WILLIAM K. WILLIS, JR. NAMED "OHIO HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR"

 WILLIAM K. WILLIS, JR. NAMED "OHIO HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR"
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- William K. Willis, Jr., Society Bank's vice president and director of Government and Community Affairs, received the 1992 Ohio Humanitarian Of the Year Award for corporate leadership during ceremonies Jan. 16. The award was presented by Gov. George Voinovich as part of the Ohio Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission's 7th Annual Commemorative Program held at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Columbus.
 Willis was one of 11 honorees from around the state recognized during the program. In receiving the nomination and award in the corporate leadership category, Willis was commended for his commitment to serving his community through a number of activities.
 In his role as director of Government and Community Affairs for Society's Columbus district, Willis is responsible for working with local, state and federal officials, community groups and neighborhood organizations to help determine ways for Society Bank to further its commitment to serving the needs of Central Ohio communities. His duties include assessing the needs of low and moderate income areas, coordinating community finance activities and tracking the bank's performance in meeting the needs of the communities it serves. He also coordinates the bank's contributions to neighborhood groups.
 Willis chairs Society's Community Investment and Community Advisory committees. He serves as an advisor to the bank's Female and Minority Equality program and participates in its mentoring program. He coordinates the "Care Bear Closet" for Beck Elementary School, Society's partner in the Adopt-A-School program, and participates in many other bank/school activities.
 In the community, Willis serves on the executive committee of the Chamber of Commerce's Neighborhood Business Roundtable, is a board member of the Columbus International Program and the Isabelle Ridgeway Missionary Foundation and is a member of the city's Neighborhood Services Advisory Committee.
 Willis also serves on the advisory committees for United Way's Project Diversity, the chamber's Minority Female Entrepreneurship Program, Players Theatre and Opera Columbus and is a mentor in the O.S.U. Pathways Program.
 "I'm very pleased to receive this recognition for the work I've been able to do on behalf of Society Bank," Willis said. "The many successes we've had are not only the result of outstanding teamwork, but also because of the pioneering work of others who have gone before me. I look forward to even greater successes in the future."
 Willis and his wife, Linda, and their two children, William III and Imani, reside in Columbus near Franklin Park on the city's near east side.
 Society Corporation is one of the largest bank holding companies in the Midwest with $15.4 billion in assets at Sept. 30, 1991. The holding company has 350 offices in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Florida. Through its subsidiaries, Society engages in commercial banking, consumer banking, mortgage banking and leasing, and provides trust and investment banking services. On Sept. 13, 1991, Society Corporation and Ameritrust Corporation jointly announced a definitive agreement for the merger of Ameritrust into Society, creating a $26 billion bank holding company. The combination, which is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 1992.
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