GNA Hosts Annual Membership Meeting, Votes on Board

This last Friday evening, community members converged first on the Griffin Fire Station and then on the Prosperity Grange to attend a pair of events hosted by the Griffin Neighborhood Association.

The first event of the evening was the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting. GNA President Dave Schuett-Hames described some of the Association’s activities during the prior year. Topping the list was the creation of the Steamboat Conservation Partnership. This relationship, unique in the South Sound, was created between the GNA and Capitol Land Trust. This year marks the first in a five-year effort to fund activities by the Capitol Land Trust to identify and conserve marine shorelines, freshwater wetlands and forests in the Steamboat Peninsula region. The Partnership came from an idea of GNA Board member Chris Wickham. He was joined by Board members Peter Reid, Elizabeth Rodrick and others, who worked with Capitol Land Trust to hammer out the details for the Partnership.

Board members Beau Altman and Norm Johnson continued the GNA’s emergency preparedness planning efforts. Norm has piloted a very successful neighborhood plan, along Sunrise Beach Road. His efforts have produced a model we hope other neighborhoods will follow, to more effectively plan to respond to natural or man-made disasters.

Community members came together to sponsor a successful food drive, this last year. And, the GNA made donations to local support through St. Christopher’s Community Church.

The web site of the GNA, it’s companion blog, online discussion group, and presence on Twitter were also described. Members were reminded that purchases through can produce a small commission, back to the Association, if visitors start their shopping at

Election of Board members was also a principal purpose of the Annual Meeting. Each year, roughly half of the Board membership is up for election. This year, the GNA recognized its outgoing Board members: Fred Finn, Eric Moll and Chris Wickham. And, the community was saddened by the loss this last year of Gayle Broadbent.

Nominations were opened for new Board members and four names were added to those of returning Board members. The slate of candidates was offered to the membership and was elected, unanimously. The new members of the Board of the GNA are Randi Johnson, Linda Lentz, Dave Peeler, and Missy Watts. Click here for a complete list of the current members of our Board.

The Bylaws of the Association provide for a Board comprised of as many as 17 members. There are still two open positions remaining. Community members interested in serving on the Board are encouraged to read our Board Member FAQ and Bylaws and to contact any Board member for more information.

Following the Annual Membership meeting, everyone moved next door to join the Community Party and fundraising event for the Steamboat Conservation Partnership, which featured musical guest Gaelica.

Many thanks to the GNA members who turned out for our Annual Membership meeting and to vote on our Board. Thank you, also, to the community members who have agreed to become our newest Board members: Randi Johnson, Linda Lentz, Dave Peeler, and Missy Watts.

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