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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.
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.
This year’s Annual Meeting of the Griffin Neighborhood Association will feature keynote speakers from Thurston County Emergency Preparedness and Management. They will present their new campaign for Thurston County residents by sharing what we need to know about preparing for floods, fires, earthquakes, and volcanos. The new program is called, “Be Ready – Get Set – Now GO!”
Everyone is invited. You do not have to be a member of the Griffin Neighborhood Association to attend this important community event.
Annual Meeting of the Griffin Neighborhood Association
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Griffin Fire Department Headquarters
Doors open at 6 PM
Thurston County provides a wealth of information to assist residents in preparing to meet the challenges of an emergency or disaster. Here on the Steamboat Peninsula advance preparation is doubly important because it doesn’t take much to cut many of us off from power or access to assistance by first responders. If you don’t have the time or money to become prepared all at once, Thurston County Emergency Management recommends you take it in smaller steps. Approach emergency preparedness, one month at a time, over the course of a year with their easy online guide.
Our own Disaster Preparedness web page may also help with your planning. “Map Your Neighborhood” is a good approach, too, to involve your nearby neighbors in planning to address the challenges of a disaster where the situation may be too big for your own family’s planning to address.
Local non-profit organizations will also be present at the Annual Meeting. Doors open at 6 PM for refreshments and to allow time to visit with representatives of various organizations who will be present to share information about their work here in the Griffin area.
The bylaws of the GNA require the Annual Meeting, and it is at this meeting that the Association holds an election for its Board of Directors. Residents residing within the boundaries of the Griffin School District are invited to join the Association and may then choose to be elected to join our Board. We have at least one opening on our Board that we need to fill. If you are interested in Board membership, click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions. At the meeting, current members of the Association will be asked to vote on a slate of candidates.
You may join the Association at the Annual Meeting. This is a great opportunity to renew your membership if you have not already done so. Local residents may always renew their membership in the Griffin Neighborhood Association online. Just click this link.
During 2023 the Association organized several events to benefit the local community and your participation in the Griffin Neighborhood Association is essential to our continued success. 2024 will be our 34th year! Won’t you help with our important work here in our neighborhood? There are so many ways to participate. Becoming a Board member is only one.
6 PM: Doors open for refreshments and to meet with representatives of local non-profits and Thurston County Emergency Preparedness and Management.
6:30 PM: Board Meeting and Elections
7 PM: Emergency Preparedness Presentation with Q/A
We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting and throughout 2024!
The Fourth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting will feature more lights and a bigger display. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance, and music will be provided by the Griffin School Band. Come for the cocoa and cookies and stay to join in on a growing holiday tradition with neighbors, friends, and family.
Saturday, December 2
Event starts at 4 PM and the tree lighting is at 5:30 PM
6644 Sexton Dr NW
The Griffin National Junior Honor Society will be accepting donations of new or gently used stocking-sized puzzles, arts and crafts supplies and kits, small toys and stuffed animals, and hats, mittens and gloves, and socks.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s holiday tree lighting!
Over the years, we’ve been lucky to be able to publish numerous articles written by Steve Lundin. Ten or more years ago, Lundin wrote the book Griffin Area Schools, a history of the many schools that existed on our peninsula. Lundin donated much of the proceeds for the sale of that book to the Griffin Neighborhood Association. After 44 years on the Peninsula, Lundin and his wife Linda Bondurant moved away from our neighborhood, but with his latest book, The Friendly People, we can see he has not actually left this part of the world. Not really. In The Friendly People, Lundin writes a history “of the Griffin/Steamboat area, from early native peoples to modern times.”
On Wednesday, November 15, Steve Lundin will present from his book. This event will be held at the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters beginning at 6 PM. Copies of his book will be available for purchase at that time.
The Sawamish/T’Peeksin lived on Totten Inlet. The Squi’Aitl lived on Eld Inlet, which Peter Puget called “the Friendly Inlet.” This region saw the Hudson’s Bay Company and Puget Sound Agricultural Company. The book describes the Lushootseed Peoples, their culture, and traditions. In the book, you will also read about John Slocum and the Indian Shaker Movement. Recently, the Squaxin Island Tribe has flourished with a cultural Renaissance and economic rejuvenation.
The Griffin/Steamboat community has grown from a rural area to a vibrant suburban community. Read about the Mud Bay Logging Company, country inns, a local moonshine still, Effie LeRoy’s infamous establishment, and local dance halls. Griffin School has grown into one of the premier schools in the county. Prosperity Grange remains an important institution.
William McLane, William Puffer, Benjamin Franklin Cross, Kettle Labatum, Mud Bay Louie Yowaluck, James Tobin, Konrad Schneider, and Swan Solbeck are just a few of the individuals who contributed to the history of this area and whose stories are recounted here.
This Saturday, June 24th, the Griffin Neighborhood Association invites you to join us and your neighbors at our annual Community Picnic. There will be food, music, entertainment for the whole family, raffle prizes, local vendors, and representatives from community groups, local businesses, and first responders.
Saturday, June 24
12 noon to 4 PM
Prosperity Grange and Tin Cup Golf Driving Range
This year’s picnic will be at the Prosperity Grange and Tin Cup Golf Driving range, from 12 noon to 4 PM. Come and join us for lunch with burgers, hot dogs, and Kona Ice. Larry and Sandy Corbin, of the Lighthouse Alpaca Ranch, will bring some of their herd (did you know alpacas are a member of the camel family?). Magician John London will entertain and musical guests are The Possible Solutions and Cliff Rice.
Admission is free for current and new members of the Griffin Neighborhood Association, and their children. Non-members are $5 per adult/$10 per family. Admission includes picnic lunch.
We will be raffling off more than 30 different gift baskets! Raffle tickets are only $1 or six tickets for $5. A silent auction will feature beautiful hand-turned wooden bowls and a vase, a karaoke party hosted by Twilight Karaoke, and a puppy starter kit.
Stroll the grounds and visit with representatives of local businesses such as Our Community Credit Union, The Nerdy Nana, Lux n’ Lather Soap Company, Endorian Guitarworks, and lots more. Learn more about public safety from the Griffin Fire Department, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington State Patrol.
Could you give us a hand at this year’s picnic? We could use help from 9 AM till the cleanup at the end – any amount of time you can offer is appreciated! Click here to send us an email with your contact information and someone will be back to you, very quickly. Thank you so much, to all who have already volunteered!
Many thanks to some special sponsors of this year’s event. Local residents Bill and Karen Hurley donated a banner to help promote our community picnic. The Steamboat Trading Post made a generous donation of hot dogs and all the fixings. Thank you, too, to Bay Shore Construction for underwriting the cost of the comfort and washing stations.
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