(MURFREESBORO) Congratulations to Brenda Kiskis Elliott who has retired from years of service as the program coordinator at the St. Clair Street Senior Center. The City of Murfreesboro held a retirement party on January 4, 2019 where co-workers and friends gathered to wish her well.
With retirement ahead, Brenda indicated that she is about to begin a new adventure. Her husband, Frederick Ross Elliott, became an American citizen on December 6, 2018.
Brenda confided, "My favorite part of my career was planning events, dances and programs. I loved researching an idea, finding the solutions and seeing it all come together. I loved the end result of happy faces of the seniors! One of my favorite parties was a "Fake Wedding Reception. The most attended program was when I brought the EmiSunshine concert to the center."
Many of the programs at the St. Clair Street Senior Center got their start from areas in which Brenda was involved.
She explained, "I wrote several grants that were funded through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee bringing "Music, Movement & Mahem", "Around the World in your Own Back Yard", Cuccinandy and more. Through these grants, a clown boot camp was also funded creating Happy Clowns of St Clair. We became an official Alley in 2007 with Clowns of America International as Clown Alley 402. My clown name is Tibbar (which is Rabbit spelled backwards...Kiskis means wild rabbit in Lithuanian.)"
Brenda noted that this community has made positive improvements in her life.
She said, "Tennessee Rehabilitation and Disability was instrumental for getting me back into college. I was at MTSU Human Sciences Department. My major was Family and Consumer Sciences: Child Development and Family Studies. My minor was Gerontology. I took a lot of Recreation classes as well. I did my internship from 1999-2000 at St Clair. Sue O'Brien hired me August 21, 2000. I graduated from MTSU August 2001."
Brenda concluded, "Now that I am retired. I plan to work on my little farm. Eventually, I am sure I'll look for some part time work but for now, I am really enjoying catching up with things at home. I look forward to visiting family in Ohio and West Virginia. I am thankful for the City of Murfreesboro for giving me this career. I have many fond memories."
She noted that with the free time, there will be more opportunities to visit grandchildren who are scattered from Bell Buckle, West Virginia and Ohio.
Best wishes to Brenda Kiskis Elliott, and THANK YOU for touching so many lives here in Murfreesboro.