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November 29th, 6:02 am
Griffin Neighbors

Following the election, where voters approved the expansion of the Board of County Commissioners to five members, Thurston County will hold a public hearing to receive public comments on a 5-district County map. December 7, 2022 @ 03:30 PM. You can attend in-person or on Zoom (register in advance). Find the meeting details and materials on the page at www.thurstoncountywa.gov/tchome/Pages/publicmeetings.aspxSee the Olympian's article at www.theolympian.com/news/local/article269229807.html ... See MoreSee Less

Following the election, where voters approved the expansion of the Board of County Commissioners to five members, Thurston County will hold a public hearing to receive public comments on a 5-district County map. December 7, 2022 @ 03:30 PM. You can attend in-person or on Zoom (register in advance). Find the meeting details and materials on the page at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/tchome/Pages/publicmeetings.aspx

See the Olympians article at https://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article269229807.html
November 29th, 5:54 am
Griffin Neighbors

I think the correct link for making a donation to the Griffin School Foundation this Giving Tuesday is event.auctria.com/0e874993-c690-4abb-afb8-d7a69e203808/ ... See MoreSee Less

November 28th, 10:43 am
Griffin Neighbors

The Sweetlee's Pint Stop is now open four days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. 3 PM to 7 PM. ... See MoreSee Less

The Sweetlees Pint Stop is now open four days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. 3 PM to 7 PM.
November 27th, 8:10 am
Griffin Neighbors

Timeline photos​Thurston County is excited to announce the launch of the county’s Comprehensive Plan Update, Thurston 2045! Share your vision and plan for the county's future by taking a quick survey. Please tell us what’s most important to you over the next 20 years. The Comprehensive Plan will guide development over the coming years. ow.ly/HCLi50LO9lu ... See MoreSee Less

November 25th, 4:39 pm
Griffin Neighbors

Cold and snowy weather headed our way next week ... See MoreSee Less

Cold and snowy weather headed our way next week

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And now the chance of snow has fallen and its just rain. And cold.

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Who is the Griffin Neighborhood Association?

The Griffin Neighborhood Association (GNA) is registered with the State of Washington as a non-profit organization. We are a nonpartisan group of neighbors living within the boundaries of the Griffin School District, Thurston County, Washington.

Any person owning property, a business, or residing in the Griffin area is eligible to become a member and participate fully in the Association. Membership is also open to community groups and students of the Griffin School District. If you live or work in the Griffin neighborhood or Steamboat Peninsula, the Griffin Neighborhood Association is you.

Originally organized as the Oyster Bay Neighborhood Association in 1990, we were registered with the State of Washington as the nonprofit Griffin Neighborhood Association in December, 1995.


Our Mission

The mission of the Griffin Neighborhood Association is to help build community consensus on major issues confronting the Griffin area, including growth, land issues, habitat, water quality, transportation and school planning. When appropriate, we research issues as honest brokers of information, provide forums for debate, attempt to arrive at community consensus and issue resolution, and present this consensus to appropriate decision makers.

The Griffin Neighborhood Association also undertakes and supports projects that benefit our community, help to build a sense of community, and educate the community on topics of interest.


Our Board and Officers

Our Board is comprised of current members of the Association, elected by members of the Association present at the Annual Meeting. Officers are elected from Board membership by members of the Board.

The Board typically sets an annual schedule of regular meetings. Tentative meeting dates, times and locations are posted on our Facebook Page and on Nextdoor.

The Home Share Program Seeks to Offer a Flexible and Affordable Housing Arrangement

The Home Share Program brings together those who have available housing with those seeking affordable housing in exchange for assistance with household chores, transportation, and increased quality of life. It’s a way for elderly residents to maintain some independence and remain in their homes. If you are an elderly resident who has an extra room or a guest house available, and you could benefit from someone to assist you in your home, the Home Share Program could match you with someone seeking an affordable living arrangement.

The Home Share Program is offered by Senior Services for South Sound. Both home providers – those who have a home – and home seekers are interviewed for compatibility of lifestyles. References and a thorough criminal background check is conducted. Program Managers will then match Home Providers with Home Seekers. Providers and Seekers who have been matched will spend time getting to know each other and confirm or deny their compatibility.

The Home Share Program web page has more information and downloadable applications. Contact Rebecca Hutchinson, Home Share Program Manager at (360) 586-6181 ext. 111 or Emme Williamson, Home Share Program Assistant at ext. 136. Their email address is homeshare@southsoundseniors.org. Also, click here to view a two-page flyer with more information.

The Home Share Program is funded by the City of Lacey, the City of Olympia, the City of Tumwater, and The Regional Housing Council.

Trunk or Treat is this Sunday, October 30 at Steamboat Square

This Sunday evening, much of Steamboat Square will be turned into a Trunk or Treat Village as local residents turn out to offer a family-friendly Halloween event. This Sunday is looking to be a bit wet but that won’t deter us! This will be a walk-through event for the kids. You can park behind the Square, by the Urraco Coffee Company, or across 33rd Ave NW in the Griffin School parking lot. Much of Steamboat Square will be blocked off from cars (the yellow lines on the map below indicate barricades).

More than 20 trunks are expected and there is a prize for the best display.

Candy donations can be dropped off at the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters through Friday morning. We are planning a fun time and hope you all will join us!

Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 30, 4 PM to 7 PM
Steamboat Square, 6541 Sexton Dr. NW

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Nominate Your Hometown Hero

We recognize the challenges that have been faced by all of us over the past few years. Part of the mission of the Griffin Neighborhood Association (GNA) is to help remind us that we are a community and what a wonderful place this is to live. During Covid we all did our best to help each other, recognizing the first responders, and all the others that were out on the front lines working.

We would like to keep that going and this year the GNA is starting a Hometown Hero program. In the month of November, while many of us are getting ready to give thanks, the GNA will be selecting the top nominees to appear at an award ceremony, held at the Prosperity Grange on November 12th to receive their awards and a token of our appreciation.

Through November 5th, 2022, Griffin Neighborhood Association will be accepting Hero nominations. To qualify, the person should be a resident of the area or work in the area, and have demonstrated the qualities below:

  • An inspiring example to others by helping make the Steamboat Area a better place to live through volunteerism, extra-curricular activities, special projects, giving back, etc.
  • Going above and beyond to aid a friend, family member, stranger, or community in a time of need.
  • Love of profession and desire, determination, and diligence to help outside of normal job responsibilities.

Nominate your Hometown Hero today by filling out the form below. Please let us know why this person should be a Hometown Hero and list the qualities that make this person stand out in our community.

Nominations for Hometown Heroes are now closed. Join us for our recognition event Saturday, November 12th, at Prosperity Grange, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Thanks to All of You, Neighbors, for This Year’s Community Picnic

Thanks to the many volunteers, businesses, and local organizations that helped to make this year’s Community Picnic a success! Enjoy this photo essay of the afternoon and we hope you see you next year.

In addition to the supporters we named in our prior post, we want to especially thank these other businesses and individuals who also made donations that helped to make this year’s picnic possible:

B & K Emergency Services
Character’s Corner
Chelsea Farms
Christy Sterling
Companion Cove
Dianne Bradford, Scentsy
Jan Hopwood
Jonelle Adams



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