March 2021

A message from
Kim Vogt, President
Hello GRAPE Members,

As the old saying goes – March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. I am hoping for minimal lion and mostly a lovely little lamb for March, but who knows. I think we are accustomed to rolling with whatever comes our way and we will handle whatever March brings.

With the ringing in of 2021 and making our way through the first two months of the year, we are finally seeing some positive traction in the in dealing with this crazy thing called COVID. Our area numbers have dropped for positivity rate, hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID. The vaccine has been rolled out and while there are still many challenges with distribution and getting people who already qualify an appointment, we are moving in the right direction.

As always, our members are advocates for their customers, patients, clients and seniors in our community, but it has been at an elevated level since the pandemic. In that same vein, GRAPE continues to work to advocate on behalf of all the seniors in the community and our members. While we were disappointed that we could not hold our Legislative Town Hall, rest assured our Advocacy Committee has been hard at work planning the path forward in the important role GRAPE has in advocating for seniors.

As a reminder, all our committees can use new members. If you have an interest in any of the committees, please reach out to me or Carol and we can connect you with the right person. All committees meet monthly and it’s amazing to see how GRAPE works when you are involved in this way. We are also looking for new GRAPE members. Hopefully you have seen the emails about our refer a new member contest with the chance to receive a free membership and $50 gift card. Please let others know about GRAPE and the opportunities membership provides.  

In closing, I’d once again like to thank all of you for your continued dedication and commitment to GRAPE.   

All My Best,
Join us for our membership meetings this month!

Wednesday, March 17 at 8am
Tuesday, March 23 at 12 noon
If you have missed any of the past meetings, check out the VIEW RESOURCES section under your member login to see the presentations.
Thank you to The Nursing Connection Staffing and The Village at Mill Landing for sponsoring our March meetings. An ad in the GRAPEvine is one of the many benefits of sponsoring a GRAPE meeting. Are spots are full through the end of the GRAPE year (thank you!), but we are booking into the fall, so save your date now!
Contact Carol to discuss!

Rebecca Lindeman
Marketing Representative
5102 Parrish St. Ext.
Canandaigua, NY 14424
(585) 396-1010

Chris Guerra
Outreach Specialist (Spanish)
500 Seneca Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

Amanda Drobnica
Sr. Dir. Programs & Services
435 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 358-4950

Bruce R. Smith MS, RN-BC
p 585.678.1199

Lisa Gabel
General Manager
792 Calkins Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 242-1624


Join these fellow GRAPE members who are already in the spotlight with this great opportunity to highlight your company/organization on the Seniors Rock Radio Show!

Be sure to tune in on Saturdays at noon on WHAM 1180!
Help get the word out about GRAPE!

Our linked in page is back... and follow us on facebook too!

As we start the new year we want to make sure our online resource - The ElderPages Directory - is as up to date as possible. Please review your listing(s) and update as needed.
Volunteers and your talents are needed - all of our committees need members!
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact the GRAPE office or a committee chair, click on button below to learn more.
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
A special thank you to our
newsletter editors:
Hillary Paine Hopkins
The Highlands at Pittsford
Sandy Swanson
Licensed Massage Therapist
Erin Schneider
Heather Heights

Carol Bartlett, Executive Director