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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.
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.
Annual Meeting January 25 to Focus on “Steamboat Safety”
This year’s Annual Meeting of the Griffin Neighborhood Association will feature two keynote speakers. Newly-elected Thurston County Sheriff Derek Sanders and Griffin Fire Department Chief Corey Rux will speak on the topic of safety in our community.
The Annual Meeting is also when members of the Griffin Neighborhood Association nominate and vote on Board members. If you are not yet a member or if your membership has lapsed, you may join us online by clicking this link. You may also join at the meeting.
Doors open at 6 PM and light refreshments will be available.
Board elections are at 6:30 PM.
The presentation by Sheriff Sanders and Chief Rux begins at 7 PM.
January 25, 6 PM
Griffin Fire Department Headquarters
3707 Steamboat Loop NW, Olympia, WA 98502
Everyone is welcome!
We have vacant positions on our Board. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association, this Board Member FAQ may answer some questions about what it means to serve on the Board. Any person owning property or residing within the Griffin area is eligible to become a member of the Griffin Neighborhood Association. During the Annual Meeting we will take nominations and elect members to our Board.
At the Annual Meeting, the GNA will be collecting the following items for the St. Christopher’s satellite food bank:
• Toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, napkins
• Laundry detergent
• Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss
• Soap, shampoo
• Diapers, baby wipes
• Feminine care products
• Deodorant, lip balm
Please consider a generous contribution to our local satellite of the Thurston County Food Bank.
Do you represent a non-profit organization operating in the Griffin area? If you would like to set up an informational table at our Annual Meeting, contact Becky Reavis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Griffin Fire Department, see their website at www.griffinfd.org
For more information about the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department, see their website at thurstoncountywa.gov/sheriff
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 email@example.com. 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
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.
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