“During the 1960’s and ’70’s several people of Marion had a dream- a dream for a Senior Citizens Center.
On March 22, 1966, the first meeting of interested Senior Citizens was held at Zion United Church of Christ.
Over time, the group grew and worked hard on many projects and in several places, in order to have a place for their gatherings. For a few years, they met at the Youth Center where their numbers continued to grow. There, a Nutrition Site was established with Williamson County Programs on Aging, and later moved to the Lion’s Club Depot. Eventually the growing group approached Mayor Robert Butler and the City Council about a building they could call a Senior Citizens Center, a place they could call their own, and where their hard work and efforts would remain through the years for the benefit of all Senior Citizens.
In 1980, the City of Marion secured a HUD grant for the remodeling of the present location of the Center at 507 W. Main Street. It had previously housed a grocery store and an automobile dealership. The City Fathers appointed the original Marion Senior Citizens Council consisting of Walter Stahlhut as Chairman, Rev. W.E. Lynch as Vice-Chairman, Gertrude Craig as Secretary and Clifford Owen as Treasurer. Council members appointed were Roosevelt Greenwade, A.S. Dodd, Vivian Edmonds, O.P. Allen and Rev. Will Thomas.
Williamson County Programs on Aging conducted the activities of the Center until March, 1984, when Marion chose to “paddle their own canoe,” in the words of Mayor Butler.
Since that time, the programs and activities of our Center have continued to grow and expand to the Center we have today, one that we are all extremely proud of.”
Marion City Council
Mayor: Anthony Rinella
Commissioner: Doug Patton
Commissioner: John Goss
Commissioner: Jim Webb
Commissioner: Angelo Hightower
Marion Senior Citizens Council
Chairman: Don Tisch
Vice- Chairman: Orval Williams
Secretary/Treasurer: Jeannie Talbott
Cheryl Starns, Dan Dunn, Lester Emery, Larry Clayton, Earline Hendry and Alice Barnett
Executive Director: Letina Poole
Administrative Assistant : Beverly Daniel
Clerical Aide: Lisa Clendenin
Custodian: Kenneth Gabriel
Kitchen Manager: Kay Davis
Asst. Kitchen Manager: Jamie Pickens
Dietary Aide: Steve Evett
Storms in the Swiss Alps can be very severe,
but when it is over, a message echoes from the mountain’s peaks saying,
“We have survived; All is well.”
“The Yodler”, our monthly newsletter, is dedicated to Elsa Flora Kaeser, who grew up in the Swiss Alps and was a strong supporter of the center. Mrs. Kaeser was the mother of the former center director Elflora Aikman.
The center is owned and operated by the city of Marion. Founding is received from: The Egyptian Area Agency on Aging, Older Americans Act through Williamson County Programs on Aging and the Marion United Way.