Senior Crew Spotlight | Scott Williams
1. Tell us a little about your background (where you grew up, your family, your career, etc.)
I was born and raised in Crystal Falls, a thriving metropolis in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and earned my mechanical engineering degree from Michigan Tech in Houghton, where the average annual snowfall is 218 inches. During my junior year, a record 379 inches (31 1/2 feet) of snow fell, so upon graduating I decided to move to the deep South (Neenah) in pursuit of warmer temps. I’ve been married to Lisa for 34 years and together we raised 4 children. We are also blessed to have
2 grandkids, William, age 3 and Charlie, 1 year old. After working for Kimberly-Clark for 35 years in various engineering roles, I retired as a Research & Engineering Sr. Manager in July of 2015.
2. What made you decide to volunteer for Habitat?
I’ve always enjoyed construction and more volunteering was one of my retirement goals, so Habitat was on my radar. One day at the hardware store, I bumped into my friend Ron Muehrer, who had recently begun volunteering with Habitat, and he helped me navigate my way to the Senior Crew.
3. When not volunteering with Habitat what do you do? (other volunteering, hobbies, work, etc.)
I have a part-time job tutoring high school and college mathematics students; Lisa and I take the grandkids 1-2 days a week; and I spend time in my woodworking shop building furniture and at our cottage on Big Lake just north of Gresham, WI. I also volunteer for the Salvation Army and Faith United Methodist church, where I’m an usher and member of the lawn maintenance crew.
4. What do you enjoy most about Habitat? (what work do you like most, what keeps you coming back, etc.)
Aside from the gratification I get from the physical work, the teamwork, selflessness of all involved, and commitment to a common mission to help others is what keeps me coming back.
5. What is something about you that might be a surprise to those with whom you volunteer?
As a longtime Scoutmaster volunteering with the Boy Scouts, I spent many cold winter nights camping in snow shelters I constructed. On one January campout the temperature plummeted to 10 below zero.