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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.
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St. Christopher’s Community Church will once again offer up some great summertime family fun, in the form of their ever-popular Blueberry Bash. This year’s Bash benefits the Thurston County Food Bank and you are invited to bring a canned food donation.
The Oly Mountain Boys will provide live entertainment, playing their Pacific Northwest Bluegrass from 12:30 to 3:30 PM.
The Bingo Garden makes its return with great prizes and there will be a raffle for a beautiful handmade quilt. A bounce house, giant bubble station, face painting, and many more kids activities will be offered.
Don’t forget the awesome local food! Their famous homemade blueberry pies – by the slice or buy a whole pie – will be available. Pies with other fruit fillings will also be sold. Special thanks, to Spooner Berry Farms, for all the delicious fruit.
Your purchase of a homemade pie will benefit the Thurston County Food Bank.
40th Annual Blueberry Bash
Sunday, August 19
12 noon to 4 PM
St. Christopher’s Community Church
St. Christopher’s is a satellite of the Thurston County Food Bank providing access to food and other support to families here on the Steamboat Peninsula. Their Open Hands Food Bank Garden grows food that is distributed here and donated to the Food Bank. Anyone can come to lend a hand in the garden at the weekly work day.
“All summer long, there’s a work day in the garden every Tuesday from 5-7pm. Just show up with your gloves and a readiness to work; we’ll show you what needs to get done that day. The garden is located on the grounds of St. Christopher’s.”
Perhaps the biggest event in the Griffin Neighborhood Association’s yearly calendar is the Community Picnic. On Saturday, July 21st we will again take over the lawn in front of the Tin Cup Golf Driving Range and overflow into Prosperity Grange with food and fun for the whole family. Come join your neighbors!
This year we’ll have live musical guests Humor & Heart. Local resident, Ellen Rice, will also perform with her mountain dulcimer.
Our popular bouncy house will be back, along with other kid’s activities: face painting, bag games, bubble stations, hula hoops and more. Try your skill on the golf driving range, with pro tips and prizes provided by the Salish Cliffs Golf Club.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages will be provided and, thanks to generous donations from Taylor Shellfish Farms, seafood dishes featuring the recipes of local favorite Xinh Dwelley will also be served.
A number of local organizations and businesses will provide information about their work and some great items for sale. Here are some of the local businesses and organizations who are expected to attend:
DiversiTree Arbor Care
Dogwoods Canine Play and Stay
Griffin School Foundation
Lighthouse Alpaca Ranch
Melody Byrd Aprons
OCCU (Our Community Credit Union)
St. Christopher’s Community Church
Stacy Lynn Wellness
Steamboat Animal Hospital
Steamboat Island 4H
Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool
Steamboat Island United Methodist Church
Thurston County Master Gardeners Foundation
Admission is free to all Griffin Neighborhood Association members. All other residents will be charged $5 per adult, or $10 per household. No charge for children. If you choose to become a member of the GNA on the day of the picnic, not only is your entrance free but you will be able to participate in a members-only choice of several raffle items donated by local businesses. We have a $25 gift certificate from Character’s Corner, website development services valued at $600 and two hours of home computer service (a $250 value) from Continental Computer Services of Olympia, and more. Your admission includes all activities and food!
Annual Community Picnic
Saturday, July 21
3 PM to 7 PM
Tin Cup Golf Driving Range and Prosperity Grange
Many thanks to our sponsors!
Blissful Wunders Confectionary Chocolats’
Continental Computer Services of Olympia
Nicholson & Associates Insurance, LLC
Salish Cliffs Golf Club
Steamboat Island Church
Steamboat Trading Post
Taylor Shellfish Farms, featuring recipes from Xinh Dwelley
Thurston County Explorer Search & Rescue
Tin Cup Golf Driving Range
We need your help to put on an event this big! Some areas of need are children’s activities, food/beverage prep and serving, set-up and take-down, etc. High school kids looking for service hours would find this a great fit too. We could really use some help handling the grill, too. It doesn’t take a full-time commitment; if you can help for even an hour or two, please contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you Saturday!
The Steamboat Conservation Partnership has released its 2018 report to supporters on the completion of their ninth successful year of operation. Here is that report.
During our 2017-2018 fiscal year (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018), we raised $14,818.86 for Capitol Land Trust (CLT), earmarked to finance part of their operational activities within the Steamboat Peninsula Region where most of us live and/or own property. This was slightly below our annual goal of $15,000 in collections.
Over the nine years of the existence of the SCP, we have raised $148,447.96 for CLT, which is $13,447.96 above our goal of $135,000 for that nine-year period. We should all be very proud of generating these funds to ensure that many of our natural areas will be available to our children, grandchildren and beyond.
The SCP is a five-year agreement between the Griffin Neighborhood Association and Capitol Land Trust during which we attempt to raise at least $15,000 per year to help finance the operational activities of CLT within the Steamboat Peninsula Region (the watersheds of Eld Inlet and Totten Inlet). After completion of the first five-year agreement in 2014, a second agreement was made. We have just completed the fourth year of this five-year agreement. The SCP is unique. We are told that no other agreement for raising earmarked funds exists between a neighborhood association and a land trust in the nation.
Since the SCP was formed in 2009, with our help, CLT has been able to add several areas to its bank of conserved properties within the Steamboat Peninsula Region, including:
- The Adams Cove Preserve, 35 acres and a pocket estuary in Totten Inlet.
- The Lower Eld Estuary Preserve, 55 acres along southern Eld Inlet.
- The Schmidt Conservation Easement addition, 5.5 acres near Hunter Point, adding to 29 acres already conserved.
- In addition, our donations were used to establish a stewardship fund to protect the remaining 175 acres of the Wynne Tree Farm. The 530 acre Wynne farm has now been conserved. This jewel of a farm located in the Schneider Creek Valley with the headwaters of Schneider Creek.
- These conserved properties are in addition to many other properties in our area conserved in prior years, including the Triple Creek Farm, Randall Preserve and Allison Springs, and Willits Tree Farm.
The Primary Election is Tuesday, August 7. If you are not yet registered to vote, or if you have had a change of address and haven’t informed elections officials, there is still time. The last day for new registrations is July 30, but you must register in-person at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office in order to be eligible to vote in the Primary.
Voter’s Pamphlets will be mailed on July 11 and the ballots will be mailed a week later, on July 18. As usual, ballots must either be dropped in a ballot box before 8 PM on election day or they must be postmarked by that day. There’s a ballot box conveniently located in front of the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters. Have questions about voting? The County’s elections officials have an online FAQ here. Contact the Thurston County Auditor’s Office directly, if you have other questions.
Under our state’s primary system, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election regardless of party.
Here’s a rundown of the candidates you will see on your ballot. Where the candidate’s web site could be found, the candidate’s name is linked to the web site.
There are 30 candidates for this position (according to the Spokesman-Review, “The modern record for a U.S. Senate race in Washington is 33, set in 1983”). The entire list appears in the Voter’s Pamphlet.
U.S. Representative – Congressional District No. 10
Denny Heck is the Democratic incumbent. His challengers are:
Nancy Dailey Slotnick (Indep. Centrist Party)
Tamborine Borrelli ( Ind. Progressive Party)