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April 22nd, 7:05 am
Griffin Neighbors

Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, with offices located on Cooper Point Rd, is a locally owned business. For more businesses owned or operated by your neighbors, see our local business directory at steamboatisland.org/business/Thank you!
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Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, with offices located on Cooper Point Rd, is a locally owned business. For more businesses owned or operated by your neighbors, see our local business directory at https://steamboatisland.org/business/
April 22nd, 6:45 am
Griffin Neighbors

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April 20th, 7:11 am
Griffin Neighbors

Congratulations, Shina Wysocki of Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, for being selected as this year's keynote speaker.The Community is Invited to Attend (free) Virtual Thurston Green Business Awards with Keynote by Shina Wysocki of Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar.

Who: Thurston County Chamber
What: Thurston Green Business Awards
When: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Networking begins at 11:00 a.m. and the program begins at noon.
Where: Virtual Platform, REMO. Register here: live.remo.co/e/thurston-green-business-program/register.
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Congratulations, Shina Wysocki of Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, for being selected as this years keynote speaker.
April 20th, 7:04 am
Griffin Neighbors

The Thurston County Habitat Conservation Plan is moving forward & we've reorganized the website to make information even easier to find. If you can't find what you're looking for, let us know! We're here to help you through the process. www.Thurstonhcp.org

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April 19th, 6:42 am
Griffin Neighbors

Pork chops are on the menu, tonight, at Character's Corner. ... See MoreSee Less

April 18th, 6:40 am
Griffin Neighbors

SUNDAY AM will be PANCAKES & SAUSAGE $6. Join us then go work on your gardens. ... See MoreSee Less

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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.


Upcoming Events

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GNA Board Meeting

May 20, 2021, 7:00pm - May 20, 2021, 8:30pm+7June 17, 2021, 7:00pm - June 17, 2021, 8:30pmJuly 15, 2021, 7:00pm - July 15, 2021, 8:30pmAugust 19, 2021, 7:00pm - August 19, 2021, 8:30pmSeptember 16, 2021, 7:00pm - September 16, 2021, 8:30pmOctober 21, 2021, 7:00pm - October 21, 2021, 8:30pmNovember 18, 2021, 7:00pm - November 18, 2021, 8:30pmDecember 16, 2021, 7:00pm - December 16, 2021, 8:30pm

6341 41st Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502-8832, United States Map

The public is invited to attend meetings of the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association.

Meetings are generally held the third Thursday of each month, from 7 PM to about 8:30 PM.

At the present time, these are hybrid meetings held both at a private residence at 6341 41st Ave. NW (socially-distanced, of course) and online. Please contact Becky at furacres@gmail.com for details to attend the meeting online.

For more information about the Board, see our website and especially the page at steamboatisland.org/contactus/
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Ellen King Rice Interviewed for First Episode of “Steamboat Spotlight”

“Steamboat Spotlight” is a new video series undertaken by members of the Griffin Neighborhood Association. In this series, we’ll host online interviews with different folks in our community.

For our first interview, we spoke with Ellen King Rice. Rice is a wildlife biologist, award-winning author, and musician.

During her interview, Rice answered the question, “Why mushrooming?” and describes some of the many joys of searching out mushrooms and related life in our region. In our interview, Rice also demonstrated the mountain dulcimer.

We hope you’ll enjoy this video interview and we look forward to bringing you another soon!

Ellen King Rice’s website is www.ellenkingrice.com and it’s well worth exploring.

Steamboat Alliance Announces Schedule of 2021 Litter Cleanup Events

Steamboat Alliance logoLocal residents Rob Helms and Laura, and Warren Westrup are part of a group known as the “Steamboat Alliance.” The Alliance has recently announced a series of roadside litter cleanup events for 2021. You may have seen this group picking up litter along Steamboat Island Road and elsewhere.

The events are fun, providing a nice opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and do some good at the same time. All litter pickup equipment is provided; you should dress according to the weather, bring some gloves, sturdy footwear, something to drink, and a snack.

The events typically begin at 9 AM and end at 12 noon, and you’re welcome to leave any time before noon if you need to.

With some exceptions, the group generally meets up at 9 AM in the gravel lot across Steamboat Island Road from the Steamboat Tennis & Athletic Club. They then carpool to the cleanup location, if necessary.

All dates are subject to change, but here are the planned dates as of this time:
Saturday, April 10th
Sunday, April 25 (call Laura Westrup at (360) 915-6662 for the meetup location)
Saturday, May 8th
Sunday, May 23 (call Laura Westrup at (360) 915-6662 for the meetup location)
Saturday, June 12th
Sunday, June 27 (call Laura Westrup at (360) 915-6662 for the meetup location)
Saturday, August 7th
Saturday, October 9th
Saturday, November 13th
Saturday, December 11th

On April 10th, you will have a choice of two cleanup locations.

The best way to keep up with the Alliance’s plans is to join their group on Nextdoor. Click on this link. Or go to Nextdoor’s Groups page and search for “Steamboat Alliance.”

You’ve probably already seen us, picking up litter alongside area roads.

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.

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