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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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This year’s keynote speakers will be Laura Westrup and Marcia Justis from the Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County and Joan Thomas from the Native Plant Salvage Foundation. The topic is ‘Gardening in the PNW‘ (or ‘What is that Growing in my Yard?’) and is sure to answer a lot of the questions we all have about the beautiful plants growing around us!
Thursday, January 27
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Griffin Fire Department Headquarters
The GNA will hold its annual election at 6:30 pm and the keynote will start at 7 pm.
Please Note: Due to Covid restrictions we will not be serving any refreshments and we do ask that everyone wear masks to the event.
Everyone is welcome!
Here are links to a variety of resources related to this year’s keynote speakers:
Washington State Native Plant Society
How to Determine Your Garden Microclimate
Thurston Conservation District soil testing
Great Plant Picks
Territorial Seed Company
Mother Earth News
Insect Pests and Noxious Weeds
Gardening in Washington State
Join the Griffin Neighborhood Association and the Griffin PTO at this year’s Trunk or Treat!
Sunday, October 31
4 PM to 7 PM
Griffin Elementary School Parking Lot
Please remain in your vehicle.
Social distancing will be observed.
Best trunk prize.
Donations of bagged candy are needed by October 28th. Drop-off boxes are located at the Griffin School, Griffin Fire Station, and Companion Cove.
Trunks Wanted! If interested, contact Becky at email@example.com.
Last summer’s annual community picnic was canceled. But we’re determined to safely hold a family-friendly picnic this September! Mark your calendars and, if you can, won’t you lend us a hand?
Annual Community Picnic
Sunday, September 12
12 noon to 4 PM
Prosperity Grange and Tin Cup Driving Range
Admission will be free to current members of the Griffin Neighborhood Association, $5 per adult for those of you who are not members. If you haven’t yet joined, or have allowed your membership to lapse, now is a great time to join us. It’s easy, and you can do that online with a secure credit card transaction. If you prefer, you can join by mail or at the picnic.
There’ll be food, activities for children and adults, and much more. What’s “much more”? Let me tell you.
Northwest Beerwerks will be setting up a beer and wine garden and offering beverages for sale.
Magician John London will be presenting his magic show. Afterward, he’ll be creating balloon animals for the kids.
This year’s musical guest will be the band The Possible Solutions. Plus, there will be an open mic! We’re already hearing from talented neighbors who are interested in performing. We have 15-minute slots still available. Contact Becky for available times and details. Then bring your instrument.
Local nonprofit organizations will be available to describe their programs and services. If you represent or work with a nonprofit servicing our area, contact Becky to learn how you can set up a table at our picnic.
In addition, there will be prizes from local businesses and our event sponsors. Many of these prizes are in the form of gift baskets that will be raffled off. For example, Chelsea Farms is assembling a shellfish picnic basket comprised of a blanket, two bottles of wine, and a gift certificate good for ten pounds of clams, 5 dozen oysters, and a geoduck. The entire basket is valued at $250!
Would you help us plan the picnic or can you help us the day of the event? We have another picnic organizing meeting scheduled for August 12. Contact us if you can help.
Many thanks to our current sponsors and we expect to be adding more to this list, in the coming weeks.
Do you operate a local business interested in a sponsorship at this year’s event? Contact us.
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