Mrs. Runette L. Williams is one of the founding members (1984) of the Broward Community Foundation now known as the Community Foundation of Broward, where she established the Ola L. and Runette L. Williams Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is presented annually to a graduating senior and alternates between Blanche Ely High School and Northeast High School – the two high schools where her husband worked. He was employed by the School Board of Broward County for 30 years. He retired in 1984. Nowadays, Runette delights in the company of her nieces, her goddaughter (Glenda W. Allen), her many friends, former students, and parents of former students. She resides in her same neighborhood and enjoys reading, traveling and going to the theater. She continues to volunteer but on a much more limited basis since her heart bypass surgery in 2006. Runette has a heart for service and helping others. Even after a stroke in May 2011, she is slowly but surely "creeping" back into the "service mode."
She continues to serve as:
A Trustee Board member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church
Chairperson, M.C.B.C. Scholarship Committee
Chairperson, M.C.B.C. Women Ministry's Annual Prayer Breakfast
Parliamentarian, Pompano Beach Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Chairperson, Kiwanis Club of Pompano Beach – Westside, Young Children, Priority One Committee
Since being named an African-American Achiever, Mrs. Williams has received many awards and recognitions including:
Hopewell Baptist Church "Silent Hero" Award 1997
Bethel A.M.E Church "Community Trailblazer" 2000
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity's Citizen of the Year 2000 honoree
City of Pompano Beach Parks and Recreation Department "A Salute to Greatness" 2003 honoree
New Life Alpha Omega Ministries, Inc. Community Involvement Award 2008
Named Pioneer of Broward County by the Pompano Beach Historical Society, Broward County Commissioners, and the Broward County Historical Commission – October 11, 2008
Honored by the North Broward County chapter of The Links, Inc., Senior Community Service Award – April 14, 2011