Annual Garage Cleaning
not be the most glamorous job in the world, but it
surely has to be one of the most important. A big thank
you goes out to Darryl DeGrio and all the volunteers who
helped with the annual garage cleaning. Also, a special
thank you to the Tillman’s for the coffee and baked
breads they provided these hard workers for a morning
break. This is what being a cooperative is about. The
contribution made by these members to this community is
greatly appreciated. Thank you to all!
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Annual Christmas Dinner
Christmas dinner was held on Friday, December 2nd and
enjoyed by nearly all Gramercy members - over 90 people
attended. Sara Mae's Catering provided the meal
for the event which was hosted by our Social Committee.
The dinner consisted of roast beef, porketta, roasted
baby red potatoes, glazed baby carrots, green beans
almandine, a mixed green salad, relish tray, rolls, a
beverage and dessert. Entertainment by the Ripple
Effect - an octuplet - followed dinner. It was
an enjoyable evening and a great way to get together
with neighbors and friends to share the holiday spirit.
Duluth Senior Expo
Seniors, caregivers and
their families were the focus of attention at the Senior
Expo held at the DECC on Wednesday, October 19th and
Gramercy Park Cooperative of Duluth participated in this
event for the first time. What a great way to make our
presence known. Participation in this event was the
first step in being able to meet hundreds, if not
thousands of prospective new customers face to face in a
minimal amount of time. I was told that over 4,000
people attended or participated in this event this year
(including many of our own residents).
While choosing the right home can often be a complicated
decision, I believe our presence at the Senior Expo may
have helped make that decision a little easier for
some. Our member volunteers were given the opportunity
to share with others what makes Gramercy Park so
special. Thank you to all those who donated time to
this event. You did a great job!
Bernie's Band Saw
“Bernie” Bernard Selin, one of our past Members, passed
away in St. Paul on September 13, 2011 at the age of 93
and is remembered by us today. Bernie and his wife Ella
moved into unit 114 when the building opened in 2000.
In 2005, due to health concerns, Bernie moved to St.
Paul to be closer to his children and to receive more
services. Ella passed away in 2007.
Bernie liked to do woodworking and, in later years, wood
carving. In fact, one of his carvings, an Indian’s
head, was mounted on the back of the Hobby Shop door for
When Bernie left Gramercy he donated his beloved power
band saw to the Shop for others to use. Little did know
that his band saw would play such a key role in cutting
out the pieces of wood used to fabricate newspaper
receptacles for each of 74 units, eliminating the need
for Members to have to bend over to pick up their
newspaper every day. This versatile tool enabled Bill
Emery and the volunteers to complete the receptacle
project in record time.
Thanks Bernie for sharing your love of woodworking with
us and for giving us the capability to complete our Big
Hobby Shop Users
At the last meeting of the Special Events/Social Account
Committee, they talked about how our residents
contribute so much to our Gramercy community by donating
their time and efforts. The committee thought it would
be nice to show appreciation to everyone who volunteers
in some way with a little coffee gathering—an
opportunity to say thank you.
Our Cooperative members serve on the Board, on
committees, as GEMS, work in the gardens, drive the van,
organize and lead activities, decorate the common areas,
and more. We would like all our volunteers to know how
much you are appreciated.
On Thursday, August 25, 2011, over 60 members got
together to show their appreciation for the volunteers
here by joining in the Gramercy Room for cake, ice cream
or sherbet and coffee. Special attention was given to
Bill Emery for the 200 plus hours he put into building
and installing the beautiful newspaper receptacles that
now grace the entrances to everyone’s homes. Bill Emery
not only designed them, but built them and supervised
the people who assisted him. They include Gene Niemi,
Grant Hayes, Jim Anderson, Gerald Dentinger and Ed
Wiiliainen who assisted with the construction and Bill’s
wife Joan who helped with the installation.
Bill said that he certainly would not have been able to
accomplish this in such a short amount of time if it
weren’t for those who helped him, especially Grant
In appreciation, Bill was given a gift that we hope will
help defray the cost of the gas he used with all his
trips to Menard’s and elsewhere for supplies, and thank
you cards were given to those who assisted.
To all the volunteers who were unable to make it, please
know from the bottom of the hearts of your neighbors, we
truly appreciate the generosity of your time and efforts
around here. Thanks for all you do!
Cooperative Showcased during
Senior Day at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth.
Health screening, games, live entertainment, a fashion
show, and exhibits could be found at the Miller Hill
Mall on Wednesday, July 20th and Gramercy Park was part
of it! It was nice to see that so many seniors left the
comforts of their air conditioned homes to venture out
in the heat. Not only was there the chance to make some
contact with potential members but it also welcomed the
opportunity to network with other businesses.
A special thank all who donated their time and talents.
Volunteers include Dorothy Bergman, Kathy Kokal and
Hallie Martin who put our display boards together; Ron
Grandahl, Sharon Hicken, Dick and Donna Koglin, Mary
Milbrath, Lester and Marlyn Beach, Marilyn Saksa,
Dorothy Bergman, Hallie Martin, Joan Emery and Mary Ann
Anderson who volunteered their time to man our booth.
Senior Day at the Mall was just the beginning of our
marketing efforts for this year. We are also signed up
to participate in the Senior Expo being held at the DECC
on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. And that event will be
followed by our own Open House on Thursday, October 20,
Have you noticed our “new” garden area?
If not, take a walk some nice day and discover the
improvements. Thanks to Darryl and many members of the
Exterior Committee, the timbers for the raised beds have
been set, filled with new soil, and—best of all—a high
deer fence has been built around the whole garden area.
Darryl also has arranged for a source of water in the
Gardening will now be a lot easier, and—we hope—a lot
more successful than in previous summers. Thanks to the
committee and to the Gramercy Park Board for approving
this project and for making it possible.
Administrator - Gramercy Park Duluth.