Penny Williamson

Board Member

Penny and her husband, Derek, have lived in McCall for ten years. She served as Vice President and President on the boards of the Friends of the McCall Public Library and the Payette Lakes Progressive Club, and as Vice President of the St. Luke’s Auxiliary.

“My husband and I grew up in Idaho. After graduating from the U of I, we lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area, but when we retired, we decided it was time to come home.  We chose to settle in McCall because it has all the best of the small town life we were craving, but with some of the cosmopolitan amenities we also enjoyed while living in rhe Bay Area. And it is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
I’ve always been a patron of the arts. (While in the Bay Area, I had season tickets to the opera, Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, and the ACT.)  It became evident to me right away that one thing McCall lacked was an adequate venue for theater and musical performances. What is really exciting to me, though, is that the Ponderosa Center can be that venue, but also so much more. A gathering place for our community to meet and explore all our interests. An enhancement to our quality of life. A broadening of our horizons.
One of the best things about McCall, and Valley County, is how active those who live here are in our community. How much we love and appreciate our special place. Our interests are varied and diverse,—be they in the arts and crafts or the outdoors, cooking or travel, education or non-profit work. But they all have one thing in common—the need for a place to meet and share and experience to the fullest life in our little slice of heaven.
That is what the Ponderosa Center can be for us.”