September 2020

A message from
Kim Vogt,
Dear GRAPE Members,

The summer is winding down and the GRAPE Calendar Year of 2020-2021 is starting up, but looking much different from when we kicked things off a year ago. As we move ahead with programming, we will provide our breakfast and lunch educational sessions virtually. For at least the first half of the year, we anticipate that these sessions will remain virtual. We are hopeful that by 2021 we will be able to have in-person sessions or some combination of in-person mixed with virtual, fingers crossed. 

We wouldn’t be where we are today without our amazing members. I would like to thank all of our members who have renewed their membership and encourage those who have not to renew today. Please feel free to reach out to the office if you need assistance or go to our website and renew your membership online. 

Our organization has many committees for our members to join and this is a great way to become even more involved in GRAPE. The committees are Advocacy, Annual Gala, Budget & Finance, By-Laws, Marketing, Membership, Program and The ElderPages Directory. We have two special interest groups as well, Senior Housing Alliance and Holiday Gifts for Seniors. Information regarding each committee is available online under the Get Involved tab. The Program Committee is currently looking for members and most committees need a “few more good people” to join. Committees usually meet once a month and then pause during the summer months. Please consider joining a committee. If you need more information please contact Carol or myself and we can assist in matching you with a committee.

In closing, a big thank you to Carol Bartlett for leading GRAPE through the pandemic. Her creativity, commitment, determination, perseverance and tenacity have served GRAPE well. We appreciate you Carol!

All my best,
Upcoming Events

Thank you to Solstice Senior Living Fairport for hosting our networking meeting in August.

We will be resuming our regular semi-monthly membership meetings in September on the 16th and the 22nd.
The format will be via ZOOM to start and will move to in person meetings when we are able. We will continue with a morning time meeting (8am) the third Wednesday of the month and a lunch time meeting (noon) for the fourth Tuesday of the month. See details below for the September meetings and bring your coffee or lunch and join us online!

(subject to change)
Long time GRAPE Member Cheryl Ann Bilski of Functional Interiors/Purchase One Services was kind enough to share something she wrote for the October 2011 GRAPEvine. It was very interesting to read the history of GRAPE and we wanted to share it with all of you - especially newer members that may have never heard this before - READ HERE and thank you Cheryl Ann!
The GRAPE year and all memberships ended on June 30. You can renew now by using the pay buttons when you login to your GRAPE account or by contacting the GRAPE office at
(585) 256-4351 or This has been a strange and difficult time for our group and we thank all of our members for supporting GRAPE and each other so we can move forward.
Are you an extraordinary Sales professional that would be excited to work at a Watermark Community? If so, bring us your passion, because you might be the right fit for an outstanding opportunity for a seasoned sales professional at Legacy at Willow Pond! We will be interviewing candidates with 2-4 years’ experience in sales (senior housing experience a plus related industry will be considered) who understand that selling is all about connecting with people with their best opportunities to thrive. Our ideal candidate will have a proven record with a successful sales history. If interested please apply on Indeed.
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
Thank you to Caring Transitions and Happier at Home for sponsoring our September meetings!
An ad in the GRAPEvine is one of the many benefits of sponsoring a GRAPE meeting - MORE INFORMATION HERE
There were several opportunities to safely network over the summer and it was so nice to see everyone!
The Marketing Committee is planning some events for the fall that will include a sponsorship opportunity as well - a great way to promote your business/organization! More information HERE.
GRAPE committee meetings will resume on a regular basis starting in September.
Volunteers and your talents are needed!
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact the GRAPE office or a committee chair and GET INVOLVED
(Click the Get Involved button above for full committee listing)
Thank you to St. John's for hosting GRAPE's Monthly Membership Breakfast Meetings!

Thank you to Legacy at Clover Blossom for hosting the monthly GRAPE board meetings!

GRAPE New Members in July

Danielle Betts
My Accounting Office, LLC
40 Office Park Way
Pittsford, NY 14534
(585) 586-8830         

Stacey Smith
Sales Director 
Legacy at Clover Blossom
100 McAuley Drive
Rochester, NY 14610
(585) 999-5034
Gary Griffin
Monroe Community Hospital
435 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 760-6500

Jacqueline Langberg
Monroe Community Hospital
435 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 760-6500

Darren Vogt
Monroe Community Hospital
435 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 760-6500

Danielle Bruinsma
Monroe Community Hospital
435 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 760-6500

Kristin Coffie
Sales Director 
Legacy at Cranberry Landing
300 Cranberry Landing Drive
 Rochester NY 14609
(585) 441-3011

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 for resources. Bookmark the page for easy reference and keep your own information up to date too!
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