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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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Thanks to the support of valued event sponsors, members of the Griffin Neighborhood Association, local businesses and organizations, and volunteers, this year’s community picnic provided a fine mid-summer event for friends and neighbors in the Griffin area.
This year’s picnic featured a wine and beer garden provided by NW Beerwerks. Local musicians Deb and Roger Hamilton provided live music. And area residents made donations to the St. Christopher’s Food Bank.
Special thanks to event organizers Becky Reavis, Mike Reavis, Joanie Zelasko, Dee Tropp, and Michelle O’Dell.
Many thanks, too, to the sponsors and donors who made this year’s Community Picnic possible. For a list of sponsors and links to their websites, see our prior piece about this event.
We hope to see you next year!
St. Christopher’s Community Church will host it’s 41st annual Blueberry Bash on Sunday, August 18, from 12 noon to 4 PM. Proceeds from this year’s Bash benefits Community Lifeline Social Services and Shelter. Bringing its “Bluegrass with an attitude” will be musical guest Runaway Train. Don’t miss this summertime Steamboat Peninsula tradition.
The Bash is famous for its homemade pies, blueberry (and chocolate!) milkshakes, brats, and more. Come join us under a cool canopy of pines for kids’ activities, games, bingo, raffle prizes, and good neighbors.
Sunday, August 18
12 noon to 4 PM
St. Christopher’s Community Church
Please come join us for the 2019 GNA Community Picnic on July 20! This year’s event has it all: great food, live music, children’s activities, local businesses and farms, and much more. Brand new this year – drum roll please – a beer and wine garden provided by NW Beerwerks!
The picnic is held to foster community in the Griffin area. All community members are invited to attend.
Annual Community Picnic
Saturday, July 20
3 PM to 7 PM
Prosperity Grange and Tin Cup Golf Range
Current or newly joining Griffin Neighborhood Association members will receive a wristband for unlimited food and drinks. Non-members are asked to pay $5 per adult for wristbands while all children are free. Any new members joining the day of the picnic will be entered into a raffle for a $40 gift certificate donated by Character’s Corner.
Food offerings include hamburgers and hot dogs from your neighborhood grill masters, yummy seafood provided by Taylor Shellfish Farms, and assorted desserts. For $6 you can enjoy a refreshing adult beverage from NW Beerwerks. 10% of the profits from the tent sales of beer and wine will go to support the Prosperity Grange.
There are lots of great things for the kids to enjoy including a bouncy house, games, alpacas, and one of the Griffin Fire Department’s trucks!
Live music provided by Deb and Roger Hamilton.
Local businesses and farms use this event as a showcase. If your local business isn’t represented, but you would like more information about attending, click here to see our prior article. Sales of merchandise will be permitted.
Some of the businesses and local organizations we expect to be present are:
Cyndi Purvis Headband Scrunchies
Dogwoods Canine Play & Stay
Dreamscapes Landscape & Design
Griffin Fire Department (complete with a DUNK Tank!)
Home Meat Service
Lighthouse Alpaca Ranch
Our Community Credit Union
Saint Christopher’s Community Church
Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool
Steamboat Animal Hospital
Thurston County Master Gardeners
Thurston County Sheriff’s Office
Click on the business’ name, above, and sponsor logos below for more information.
An on-site food drive for the local St. Christopher’s Food Bank will be held. Bring two or more items from the list below and you will be entered into a gift drawing.
Canned food, especially protein type food
Personal items, such as shampoo and hand soap
Travel shampoo, conditioners, soap – the kinds of item sizes you pick up from hotels
Gift cards for gas or to the Grocery Outlet
Won’t you please help us to provide this event to our community? No big committments, just an hour of your time, then stay to enjoy the food and fun. Click here to volunteer for a job and a time slot. Tasks include set-up, tear-down, and lending a hand along the food line. Thanks to you, we’ll have a terrific community picnic this year!
Many thanks to the sponsors and donors who are making this year’s Community Picnic possible.
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