Name: Stephen Williamson
Employer: Southeast Technical College
Position/Title: Foundation Director
Tell us a little bit about yourself (hometown, family, hobbies, fun facts):
Originally from Pierre, SD. Single father with a pretty awesome daughter who lives in New York City most of the time. I grew up an athlete, was an All – American track athlete at USD, however, as I get older my interests are more with live music, the Arts, Humanities, camping, exploring, the Boston Red Sox etc. I love politics. My favorite movie of all time is All the President’s Men. I’ve seen it moe. 19 times, some iteration of the Grateful Dead 11 times and Bob Dylan 8 times. Small jazz clubs, live Shakespeare and Rachmaninoff never get old.
Why did you join Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls?
Originally because Jason Herrboldt and Tony Nour told me to. They are STC Foundation Board members. Eventually it became about access to local, regional, national and international information sources. Plus, the group’s connection to Sioux 52 has become more important.
How has joining Rotary helped you develop/grow in your career? (OR if you are a new member, what are you looking forward to most?)
I have met lots of people. That has been very valuable. Also, engaging as a reading mentor at Hawthorne Elementary School has meant a lot to my personal growth. It’s forced me out of my comfort zone, to think about something bigger than myself and I really enjoy the kids.
Are you on any Rotary committees?
New Member Recruitment
What other clubs/boards/nonprofits are you involved with?
Chair Elect of the South Dakota Humanities Council
What would you tell someone that is considering joining Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls?
There are many things you can do with your noon hour but it’s tough to beat a lot of the programming that happens at Downtown Rotary. Plus, it will make you ask relevant questions of yourself regarding the community around you and larger world community. If you are a curious person, this group has relevance.