GRandS BLOG COMMENTS
Welcome to our GRandS Blog Website! Look below to see all the conferences where the GRandS Program has been featured either as an exhibitor or made a presentation since 2011. Please use this page to leave us your comments on any of the GRandS Program Pages or the GRG Blog Topic! Have a great time reading. We are waiting to hear from you!
Grandparents Attend Turn on the Light Conference
October 16, 2014
From left to right: Grace Ray and Maryanne Adornetto – West Palm Beach Grandparents, Reta Chisholm – Jupiter Grandparent, Mildred Edwards and Veronica Bowleg – Delray Beach Grandparents at the Turn on the Light Conference Luncheon.
These GRandS Program Grandparents attended the one-day Turn on the Light Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. There were 360 registered attendees including professionals, volunteers, guardians, and grandparents raising their grandchildren. 27 organizations and businesses including the GRandS Program shared information and resources about local programs, services, and products. The grandparents got to choose from 18 different workshops to attend that were relevant to the health, safety, and well-being of children and families
A Tribute to Rose Cunningham
It is my honor to tribute our GRandS blog page to Rose Cunningham, GRG. Rose and her husband Earl attended our very first meeting back in 2011. Since then Rose has graced us with her presence and her beautiful “IRISH” spirit every time she par-took in any of our workshops. Rose made us laugh, gave us lessons on children, family and husbands. Rose contributed great ideas to the group along with her smiling, loud sarcasm and friendship! Rose was dedicated to her family, children, grandchildren and in helping anyone with similar situations. Rose and her smile will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Rose!
Sue Bartolomeo, GRandS Program Coordinator
It is with great sadness that Angie and I learned about the passing of Rose. We have known Rose for over five years and there wasn’t one time that we met that Rose didn’t have a smile and a nice thing to say. Whenever anyone mentions Rose , it is always with great admiration for the enormous job she has done with her family. She was well liked and loved by all who were lucky enough to know her. We will miss her laugh, her smile and her wonderful sense of humor. God Bless the family.
Judith Migdal-Mack, Esquire, The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., The Relative Caregivers Project
In March 2011, Rose and Earl Cunningham were the first two grandparents raising grandchildren (GRG) to attend the GRandS Program workshop meeting. Since that date, they have attended the workshops regularly. We always enjoyed seeing Rose show up to the meetings. She had a personality larger than life. Rose was sassy and had a wicked sense of humor. God bless you Rose, and your devotion to your grandchildren. It is not going to be the same without you.
Lisa Cunningham, GRandS Program Assistant
GRandS GRG Graduation
April 9, 2014
West Palm Beach Day GRGs graduate from the EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Program) course which teaches nutrition, food preparation and food management to families. The course was presented by Joyce Sookram (EFNEP Nutrition Educator at the PBC Cooperative Extension). From left to right are: Joyce Sookram, Angela Knowles, Palmira Torres, Maryanne Adornetto, Theophilus Willie, Ianthe Patrica Henry, and Betty Gordon. Congratulations GRGs!
A GRandS Coalition Begins
February 28, 2014
GRandS GRGs meet and begin to discuss the formation of a GRG Coalition in Palm Beach County.
Front Row L to R: Reta Chisholm, Sue Bartolomeo – GRandS Program Coordinator, Palmira Torres, Betty Gordon, Ianthe Patricia Henry, and Bernard McPhee.
Back Row L to R: Ronney Wiener – LSCW with MorseLife, Dr. Larry Forthun and Dr. Kate Fogarty of University of Florida, Maryanne Adornetto, Lisa Cunningham – GRandS Program Assistant, Peggy Dorvil – University of Florida Graduate Assistant, Kris Boodram, and Catherine Clark.
GRandS Program Featured at May 2013 National CYFAR Conference in Washington D.C.
The GRandS Program was one of the featured exhibitors at this year’s National CYFAR (Children, Youth, and Families At Risk) Conference in Washington, D.C. It was one of the more popular exhibits and drew lots of attention!
CYFAR Program Coordinator, Sue Bartolomeo, and Program Assistant, Lisa Cunningham, answered many questions, and passed out program brochures to the conference attendees from across the United States.
Since returning to West Palm Beach, FL, Sue and Lisa have been contacted by Extension Agents from Colorado State University, Kansas State University, University of Tennessee, and West Virginia University about how they can set up a similar program at their extension office.
GRandS Program Featured at the 2013 South Florida Fair!
GRandS Program Update Presentation at the State-Wide EPAF Conference
Orlando , Florida
August 29, 2012
CYFAR Program Coordinator, Sue Bartolomeo, did a presentation of the GRandS Program at the state-wide EPAF (Extension Professional Associates of Florida) Conference.
Extension professionals from all the Florida counties attended the conference to learn about what other extension professionals are doing in their county and how their program is working.
Other National GRandS Presentations
- 2012 Presentation workshop of the GRandS Program to the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) in Arizona
- 2011 Presentation workshop of the GRandS Program at the Children Youth & Families at Risk (CYFAR) Conference in Chicago, Illinois
2012 Regional GRandS Displays and Exhibits
- South Florida Fair, FCS
- Luncheon for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and local agencies
- True Fast Outreach Ministries Health Fair
- Delray Beach Health Fair
- Westgate Recreational Center Resource Fair
2011 Regional GRandS Displays and Exhibits
- Resource Fair for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- South Florida Fair
- EPAF (Extension Professional Associates of Florida) Conference
- Black Chamber Health Fair
- 1st Annual Resource Fair of Bridges at Riviera Beach
- Westgate Resource Fair
- Christmas in July Dinner and Presentation at the Boynton Beach Presbyterian Church
- Extended Hands Community Outreach Health Fair
- National Grandparents Day Celebration in Riviera Beach