January 2021

A message from
Kim Vogt, President


Hello GRAPE Members,

I want to congratulate each and every one of you. You all have survived 2020. What 2020 showed us is that we are more creative, flexible, determined and tenacious than we ever thought we could be or would need to be. We found new ways to provide, advocate, care for and protect the seniors in our community.

With Carol’s leadership and our dedicated committees’ hard work, GRAPE adapted and adjusted as well to provide for our members. The educational programs were shifted to a virtual format in May and continue in that format for the safety of all members. During the warmer months there were outdoor events or venues to allow members that felt comfortable doing so to meet in person. There have been smaller indoor events set up as well with safety protocols in place for opportunities to meet. We held a virtual health fair that was very successful and once things calm down again, we look forward to scheduling more health fairs.

Given the promise of the New Year and with the introduction of the COVID vaccine, it looks as if we may be turning a corner in fighting and surviving the pandemic. We are all hopeful that things will go back to “normal” in 2021 and that the year ahead looks different from what we endured in 2020.

I would also like to thank all our members (sponsors too) for their continued dedication and commitment to GRAPE’s mission and vision. Our members are the organization and we would not be here without all of you.

Happy New Year to our resilient and amazing GRAPE Members!

All My Best,
Kim 
GRAPE New Members in December

Kari Cameron
Oasis Senior Advisors
(585) 642-2877

 Scott Fitzgerald
ROC VOX Recording and Production/Legacy Cast
640 Kreag Road, Suite 103
Pittsford, NY 14534
(585) 200-4832
fitz@rocvox.com             
(Referred by Joanna Palvino) 


Many of our new members come from current member referrals - if you know anyone that could benefit from a GRAPE membership feel free to share the member benefits flyer or have them conact the GRAPE office for more information at info@grapelder.org!

Important Dates This Month

Wednesday, January 20
Membership Meeting at 8am

Tuesday, January 26
Membership Meeting at 12 noon
Thank you to No Place Like Home Senior Care and The Village at Unity for sponsoring our January meetings. An ad in the GRAPEvine is one of the many benefits of sponsoring a GRAPE meeting.


Thank you to all of you that joined us online for the meeting in December. The lucky winners of the Holiday Fun Contest for best hat and/or background:

1st Place - Chris Guerra of Elderwood Health Plan
2nd Place - Annette Zieger of Touching Hearts at Home
Honorable Mention - Diane Ross of Proforma
If you have missed any of the past meetings, check out the VIEW RESOURCES section under your member login to see the presentations.
Once again our Holiday Gifts for Seniors team delivered!
We were able to provide gift bags to Danforth Towers, Jonathan Child Apartments and the Veterans Outreach Center! Thank you to our main funder HealthDirect Pharmacy Services and others who donated to this important cause. A huge thank you to Colleen Varney from Legacy at Erie Station for the transportation!
We have some very affordable pricing for advertising your organization or a job opening in the GRAPEvine! Contact Carol at the GRAPE office for details.
(585) 256-4351
Volunteers and your talents are needed!
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact the GRAPE office or a committee chair. Click on button below to learn more.
Don't forget about one of our most valuable resources:
The ElderPages Directory!
If you are looking for more information or a referral for a client, be sure to visit theelderpages.com for resources. Bookmark the page for easy reference and keep your own information up to date too - contact the GRAPE office if you forgot how!
A special thank you to our
newsletter editors:
Hillary Paine Hopkins
The Highlands at Pittsford
Sandy Swanson
Licensed Massage Therapist
Erin Schneider
Heather Heights


GRAPE Staff
Carol Bartlett, Executive Director