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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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On Tuesday, October 15th, we will be hosting our first community game night. It will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Prosperity Grange Hall, 3701 Steamboat Island Rd NW. We will be playing a rousing game of Bunco!
Light snacks and water will be available but feel free to bring a snack of your own to share and the beverage of your choice.
We are hoping to make this a monthly event throughout the fall and winter months, having a different choice of games each time. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and have some fun!
Tuesday, October 15
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
3701 Steamboat Island Rd. NW
Are you unfamiliar with the game of Bunco? Here’s a link to one of the many web pages that describe Bunco game play.
We hope to see you at Bunco Night.
As many of you are aware, St. Christopher’s Community Church provides support for local families in need. This support comes chiefly through the church’s satellite location for the Thurston County Food Bank. Through the efforts of especially one parishioner, Lindy Vincent, local families also receive support that extends far beyond food. The church’s Steamboat Island Outreach & Basic Needs Program provides gas cards, clothing, household items, and even furniture to families in need right here in the Griffin area. St. Christopher’s Community Church is now seeking to assist a local family of four in urgent need of a permanent home of their own.
Mom is disabled. Dad continues his steady employment of the last 8 years. They have two children attending local schools. And St. Christopher’s has known this family for a number of years.
Rising housing costs and the instability of renting repeatedly interfere with this family’s hard work to get ahead and with the education of the children. We want your help in giving them a leg up.
St. Christopher’s is asking the community at large to help fund the purchase or down payment on a used mobile home.
A GoFundMe campaign has been arranged to collect funds to help provide this family a home of their own. Your contribution of any amount will really help. All donations are 100% tax deductible.
After you make your gift, please share the campaign with others.
Fr. Thibodeaux of St. Christopher’s, has written of this campaign, “Together with this family we can create a stable home and the family can focus attention on health, career, and education. You can, right here, right now, make a concrete difference in the life of a neighbor and be a blessing.”
Thank you for your support in this community effort.
Our very good neighbor, Companion Cove, will host a month-long food drive in September. From September 3rd through 30th, the folks at Companion Cove will accept your donations of food, supplies, and pet food. Your donations will be distributed by the St. Christopher’s Community Church food bank, which is a satellite for the Thurston County Food Bank. Anything extra goes to the main food bank warehouse to be distributed throughout Thurston County.
The most needed items are:
- Canned food, especially protein type food
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper
- Laundry soap
- Dish soap
- Personal items, such as shampoo and hand soap
- Travel shampoo, conditioners, soap – items like those you pick up when you are in hotels
- Gift cards for gas or for groceries at Olympia’s Grocery Outlet
- Both dry and canned pet food is needed for cats and dogs
Cash donations can be made directly to the St. Christopher’s Community Church Food Bank. Click this link to make a secure online donation. If you would prefer to mail a check, please make it out to “St. Christopher’s Community Church.” Your check’s memo line should say “Basic Needs Program.” Checks can be mailed to St. Christopher’s Community Church, 7902 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502.
Neighborhood Food Drive
September 3 through 30
The St. Christopher’s food bank provides support to families and individuals right here in the Griffin area.
Thank you, Companion Cove, for hosting this food drive! This past June, we wrote about the Griffin Neighborhood Association’s call to local businesses to host a series of food drives for the benefit of area residents. You can read that article here if you missed it.
Companion Cove is your pet, feed, and garden shop, conveniently located at 6644 Sexton Dr. NW, Olympia WA 98502. They are on Facebook and online at companioncove.org. Contact them at (360)-915-7394 and email@example.com.
Here at Companion Cove, we aim to satisfy all your pet, feed & garden needs. From cats and dogs to chickens and horses we provide a full selection of items. For the gardeners out there we have a large selection of bedding plants, deck baskets and hanging flower baskets. In addition to plants and baskets, we also carry potting soil, bark mulch, compost, peat moss, hand tools , fertilizers, garden gloves and much more. All of this in one locally owned store.
We thank Companion Cove and we thank you for your support of this local business and for your contributions to September’s food drive.
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!
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