Rose retires after 35 years at Elder-ado
August 31, 2010
Friends and associates gathered at the Knoxville Elder-ado to celebrate Rose Trautvetter's career and her retirement after 35 years as Elder-ado's program director.
Ms. Trautvetter's career spanned five decades and began in 1975 when the organization was located in the Knoxville Christian Church. Up until her retirement, she was the only program director Elder-ado ever had.
Friends and co-workers praised Ms. Trautvetter. Retired District Judge Ann Scharding, vice-president of Elder-ado, noted to many of the seniors who participate at the center Rose was the first person they would see at the center. She often would welcome the seniors on their first visit and make them feel at home.
Steve Hutter, executive director of the agency, talked about her compassion for the people at the center and her willingness to help as the agency expanded with centers in Carrick and McKinley Park. Among her other duties, she would organize corn roasts, boat rides, flu shot clinics and more.
Michelle Balcer, representing State Sen. Jay Costa, read a proclamation sponsored by Sen. Costa and Sen. Wayne Fontana. The proclamation outlined her career and praised her for being "instrumental in the growth" of the senior centers and for maintaining the highest standards of senior care.
Tom Plietz, president of the Hilltop Economic Development Corp. and representing the Borough of Mount Oliver, also presented Ms. Trautvetter with a proclamation. Borough officials noted her long career and recognized her work with children and adults.
In her gracious acceptance of the honors, Ms. Trautvetter said it was like being at the "Academy Awards," and added the only thing missing was the red carpet.