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March 8th, 3:56 pm
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March 8th, 2:57 pm
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If you haven't already, run through the questionnaire for the Washington Phase Finder, at form.findyourphasewa.org/210118771253954 If you're not yet eligible, you'll be able to leave a phone number or email address, and the Department of Health will notify you when you do become eligible.Coming soon!

Public Health and Social Services is excited to announce three large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinics happening at South Puget Sound Community College later this week!

Friday, March 12 is Seniors Day for our 65 years of age and older community or those 50 years of age and older living in a multigenerational household.

Saturday, March 13 is Educators Day for eligible childcare providers and teachers.

Sunday, March 14 is General Public Day for any eligible residents. To confirm your eligibility please visit www.findyourphasewa.org

Registration for the clinics will open later this week. Please check back regularly for updates on registration opening. We kindly ask that you do not contact SPSCC with questions about the clinic as they are graciously hosting for us and will not be directly running the vaccine clinic.
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If you havent already, run through the questionnaire for the Washington Phase Finder, at https://form.findyourphasewa.org/210118771253954 If youre not yet eligible, youll be able to leave a phone number or email address, and the Department of Health will notify you when you do become eligible.
March 5th, 9:47 am
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If there is interest among those of us living in the Griffin area/Steamboat Peninsula, the folks from the Summit Lake Community Association are extending this offer to us.

Contact the SLCA at summitlakeslca@gmail.com for more information, including pricing, and to add your name to their order.

They hope to put together an order "in the next 10 days or so."
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If there is interest among those of us living in the Griffin area/Steamboat Peninsula, the folks from the Summit Lake Community Association are extending this offer to us. 

Contact the SLCA at summitlakeslca@gmail.com for more information, including pricing, and to add your name to their order.

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During their Board meeting, the SLCA discussed these mailboxes and how they can get a discount on freight costs, in addition to a 10% discount on the purchase, if we order together as a group with the SLCA. See their discussion about 30 mins, 55 seconds into the meeting video at www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=258670149192531&ref=watch_permalink

March 5th, 6:46 am
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March 4th, 6:25 am
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Do you got cat class and got cat style?

If you do, then OCCU employees would like your help. They are doing a fundraiser for Feline Friends of Olympia WA. This nonprofit rescues stray cats and kittens right here in Thurston and Mason Counties. They are staffed by volunteers that provide programs like spay and neuter, foster care, and placement for stray cats.

Our goal is to raise $250 (or more) from OCCU employees and community members.

As an added bonus, there is an extra $250 at stake. Branches from the four counties we serve are competing to see who can raise the most money. The classy cat that does, will get an extra $250 from OCCU donated to their organization.

Can you donate some dough to help pay the rent and expenses?

¿Tienes clase de gato y estilo de gato?

Si lo hace, entonces los empleados de OCCU desearían su ayuda. Están haciendo una recaudación de fondos para Feline Friends of Olympia WA. Esta organización sin fines de lucro rescata gatos y gatitos callejeros aquí mismo en los condados de Thurston y Mason. Cuentan con voluntarios que brindan programas como esterilización y castración, cuidado de crianza y colocación de gatos callejeros.

Nuestro objetivo es recaudar $ 250 (o más) de los empleados y miembros de la comunidad de OCCU.

Como bono adicional, hay $ 250 adicionales en juego. Las sucursales de los cuatro condados a los que servimos están compitiendo para ver quién puede recaudar más dinero. El gato con clase que lo haga, recibirá $ 250 adicionales de OCCU donados a su organización.

¿Puede donar un poco de masa para ayudar a pagar el alquiler y los gastos?
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March 3rd, 6:56 am
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A reminder that Washington Healthplanfinder has opened a special enrollment period for individuals who are seeking coverage now through May 15th!

Customers seeking coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder must contact an Exchange certified Broker, Navigator, enrollment center or the Customer Support Center between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1-855-923-4633; TTY: 855-627-9604 to initiate coverage.

Free help from local experts is accessible by visiting: www.wahealthplanfinder.org/_content/find-expert-advice.html
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March 2nd, 1:05 pm
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Chicks are about to arrive!Just a reminder that our first shipment of chicks arrive This Friday! ... See MoreSee Less

Chicks are about to arrive!
March 2nd, 6:55 am
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Thank you, Griffin School PTO, and many thanks for those neighbors who actively support our school's PTO. The PTO couldn't do it without you! ... See MoreSee Less

February 27th, 3:15 am
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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.


Our Mission

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.


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Annual Meeting Reviews 2020, Elects New Board Members, Discusses COVID Vaccines

This year’s Annual Community Meeting began with two videos. One highlighted the activities of the Griffin Neighborhood Association and its partners, in 2020 and the other is entitled “Coping with COVID.”

A required bit of business at each Annual Meeting is the election of Board members in positions whose terms of office have expired. This year we are grateful that several board members have allowed themselves to be nominated for a new term. Those were joined by three new Board members.

Returning Board members are:
Katherine Ball
Michael Ball
Paul Frindt
Michelle O’Dell
Mike Reavis
Joan Thomas

New Board members are:
Jan Robbins
Rick Robbins
Biene Wood

Many thanks to departing Board members Jan Hopwood and Dave Shuett-Hames. Your service to our community is greatly appreciated.

For this year’s meeting, the keynote speaker was Danny Veenhouwer, PharmD, MBA, Senior Manager Pharmacy Services at Providence St. Peter Hospital. Mr. Veenhouwer presented information and answered our questions about COVID vaccines.

We were privileged Mr. Veenhouwer was able to take time out of his evening to address the community on this very timely topic.

2020 was the Griffin Neighborhood Association’s thirtieth year! We are grateful for the support from all our neighbors and we’re looking forward to 2021.

Virtual Annual Meeting of the Griffin Neighborhood Association, Thursday, February 18

Each year the Griffin Neighborhood Association convenes an Annual Community Meeting. This meeting combines some Association business required in its bylaws with an opportunity to present a program of interest to the general community. This year we have planned an online meeting.

The meeting begins at 6:30 PM, when we will present two video programs. One is the GNA 2020 Year in Review, where we’ll recap some of the Association’s activities over the last year. The other video, “Coping With Covid,” includes many neighbors’ contributions here in the Griffin area. Thanks to all of you who contributed images that describe how you are coping with the ongoing pandemic.

At about 7 PM, we will hold our annual election of Board members. Each year, half the board of directors’ positions must be filled, either with returning or new members. Only those currently-paid up members of the Association can vote in the Board election. If you have not yet made your annual contribution, you can do so online using a secure transaction at this link. Make sure you’re paid up before the Annual Meeting to vote in our Board election.

At about 7:15 PM, our keynote speaker will begin. Our keynote speaker is Danny Veenhouwer, PharmD, MBA, Senior Manager Pharmacy Services at Providence St. Peter Hospital, who will present information on “COVID Vaccines.” The differences, the availability, and the safety of them.

GNA Virtual Annual Community Meeting
Thursday, February 18
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Use this link to attend the Annual Meeting:
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A screen will appear that gives two options. Select “watch on the web instead’ (no need to install anything unless you are on your phone or tablet). Set back and enjoy the show! Simple as that.

The Annual Meeting will take place online as a live event using Microsoft Teams. As GNA President Mike Reavis explains, “This will be a little different than the Zoom sessions I am sure you are all familiar with.” For this event, there is no need for a camera or microphones on your part. Only the meeting host and our presenters will have the ability to speak, share their presentations, and have the option of turning on their camera.

“We are hoping this format will make it easier for everyone to attend the annual meeting and we will make a recording available after the event. As we all know, we cannot meet in person, so we are hoping this will be the next best thing.”

If you attend the meeting using a personal computer, you won’t have to install any software. Just attend it using a web browser. You can also choose to attend anonymously. If you attend using a mobile phone, you may have to install the Microsoft Teams mobile app, either from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

When you attend the event, you will find a Question and Answer tab on-screen, for you to type in questions during the meeting, and the presenters will then answer them.

For technical questions about what to expect with Microsoft Teams, please click this link.

We are looking forward to this year’s Annual Community Meeting. We hope you are, too.

Join Us for Tree Lighting at Companion Cove

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Come join us Saturday, December 5th, to watch a tree lighting ceremony from the comfort of your own vehicle. Join in singing Christmas carols with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Saturday, December 5
6:00 PM
Companion Cove

On Saturday, we will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the satellite food bank at St. Christopher’s Community Church. Please bring something to donate.

Then, beginning December 6th and continuing until Christmas, children can make an ornament and hang it on the Griffin Neighborhood Christmas tree at Companion Cove (please hang ornaments on the lower branches).

Presented by the Griffin Neighborhood Association.

See you on December 5th!

Trunk or Treat This Halloween at Griffin School and Companion Cove

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Join the Griffin Neighborhood Association and Griffin PTO for a Trunk or Treat on Halloween evening. This drive-through event will be held at the Griffin School and Companion Cove parking lots.

Griffin School and Companion Cove
Sunday, October 31
5:00 to 8:00 PM

Social distancing will be observed and we ask you remain in your vehicle. Non-costume masks are required.

Donations of bagged candy are needed. If you would like to donate, there are drop off boxes at Griffin School, Griffin Fire Station, and Companion Cove. Please make your candy donations by October 28th.

Trunks wanted! If you’re interested, contact Becky at furacres@gmail.com. Prize for the best trunk?

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