All Are Welcome to a Community Meeting, Wednesday, January 26

Click here to download a copy of our flyer.

Please join us for a Community Meeting on Wednesday, January 26, at the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters. The meeting begins at 7 PM, but folks are invited to come by beginning at 6:30, for coffee, snacks, and conversation.

The annual Community Meeting is an opportunity for the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association to report on its activities over this last year.

You do not have to be a member of the GNA to attend the meeting. However, if you are a current GNA member, you can nominate and vote on Board members.

We have a number of guests from the local community coming to speak with us and to field questions from those in attendance. We’ve received confirmations that these local officials will be attending the Annual Meeting:

Fred Finn, State Representative, 35th Legislative District
Karen Valenzuela, Thurston County Commissioner
John Snaza, Thurston County Sheriff
Greg Woods, Griffin School Principal
John Wood, Griffin Fire Department Chief

We’ll get an update on building activities at St. Christopher’s Community Church.

There will also be a presentation from Thurston Energy. Thurston Energy was recently profiled in an article by John Dodge, in The Olympian. While that article concentrates on the ways this program benefits local businesses, the same kind of benefits are available to home owners. The program is particularly beneficial to home owners who are customers of Puget Sound Energy for either electrical or gas service. Because of a subsidy paid by PSE, home owners can receive a PSE certified HomePrint™ Energy Evaluation from Thurston Energy, at a big discount ($95 to qualifying PSE customers). Smart home owners have learned a great deal of cost savings can be produced by a relatively few energy-saving improvements to their homes. Thurston Energy can help identify specific improvements and can provide information about local contractors and other resources for everything from energy conservation to solar power installation.

We’ll also be collecting donations of food and cash for the branch of the Thurston County Food Bank operated locally by St. Christopher’s Community Church. Please bring a donation of canned food or cash to help our neighbors right here in the Griffin area.

This is always a good time to either consider joining the Griffin Neighborhood Association or renewing your GNA membership. Click here to join or renew your membership in the GNA.

For more information about the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association, click here. Links on that page will take you to the Bylaws and frequently asked questions regarding serving on the Board.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of the GNA, please click here to read our Board FAQ. Contact any Board member for more information. The phone numbers of all Board members are on this page.

We look forward to seeing you at our annual Community Meeting.

Griffin Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting to be Held January 26th

Griffin Neighborhood Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 26, at the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters. The meeting begins at 7 PM, but folks are invited to come by beginning at 6:30, for coffee, snacks, and conversation.

The Annual Meeting is the opportunity for the Board of the GNA to report to the community on its activities over this last year. If you are a current GNA member, you can nominate and vote on Board members, too.

We have a number of guests from the local community coming to speak with us and to field questions from those in attendance. We’ve received confirmations that these local officials will be attending the Annual Meeting:

Fred Finn, House Representative, 35th Legislative District
Karen Valenzuela, Thurston County Commissioner
John Snaza, Thurston County Sheriff-elect
Greg Woods, Griffin School Principal
John Wood, Griffin Fire Department Chief

We’ll get an update on building activities at St. Christopher’s Community Church.

There will also be a presentation from Thurston Energy. Thurston Energy was recently profiled in an article by John Dodge, in The Olympian. While that article concentrates on the ways this program benefits local businesses, the same kind of benefits are available to home owners. The program is particularly beneficial to home owners who are customers of Puget Sound Energy for either electrical or gas service. Because of a subsidy paid by PSE, home owners can receive a PSE certified HomePrint™ Energy Evaluation from Thurston Energy, at a big discount ($95 to qualifying PSE customers). Smart home owners have learned a great deal of cost savings can be produced by a relatively few energy-saving improvements to their homes. Thurston Energy can help identify specific improvements and can provide information about local contractors and other resources for everything from energy conservation to solar power installation.

We’ll also be collecting donations of food and cash for the branch of the Thurston County Food Bank operated locally by St. Christopher’s Community Church. Please bring a donation of canned food or cash to help our neighbors right here in the Griffin area.

This is always a good time to either consider joining the Griffin Neighborhood Association or renewing your GNA membership. Click here to join or renew your membership in the GNA.

For more information about the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association, click here. Links on that page will take you to the Bylaws and frequently asked questions regarding serving on the Board.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of the GNA, please click here to read our Board FAQ. Contact any Board member for more information. The phone numbers of all Board members are on this page.

We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting.

Participate in a Brief Survey About GriffinNeighbors Online

Thank you for reading the GriffinNeighbors Blog. Or, maybe you’re visiting the GriffinNeighbors web site, which displays the most recent posts to the Blog, on the right side of the screen. In any case, thank you for using some of the online resources used to help neighbors keep in touch, in the Griffin area.

Here’s your opportunity to give us some information we’ll use to chart our future direction online.

You are invited to participate in a survey. GriffinNeighbors represents an online community within the boundaries of the Griffin School District and is sponsored by the Griffin Neighborhood Association. There is a web site (http://www.GriffinNeighbors.org/), a blog (https://steamboatisland.org/), a free online discussion group (send an email to webmaster@griffinneighbors.org if you would like to join), and a Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/GriffinNeighbor). GriffinNeighbors is not currently on Facebook. This survey is intended to gauge the opinions of residents in the Griffin area and to gather some information about how those residents participate in the GriffinNeighbors online community.

You may participate in the survey by going to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5VDSKGJ

You are welcome to forward this link to others in the local area.

The survey will close on October 19. Please feel free to take the survey (there are 9 questions) at any time that is convenient to you.

Thanks so much for taking the time to take our survey and tell you a little about what might be useful to you, in the way of online tools.

 

Griffin Neighborhood Beach Party – Saturday, July 31 – Frye Cove Park

The Griffin Neighborhood Association invites our neighbors to bring a salad, dessert, snack, or just bring yourself. We’ll provide the rest.

GRIFFIN NEIGHBORHOOD BEACH PARTY

Saturday, July 31

2:00 to 6:00

Frye Cove Park
4000 NW 61st Ave, Olympia, WA 98502

Join us for a variety of good food and the company of our neighbors.

3:00 pm – Guided beach walk, with People for Puget Sound

Shoreline Restoration Demonstration tour, with the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group

Kayak rentals from Kamilche Adventures (rent a kayak for 1/2 hour or more)

Touch tank with local aquatic life and a playground

Come and discover the beach and walking trails of our beautiful Frye Cove Park.

In addition to hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and potluck items, Xihn, the award winning chef from Xihn’s Clam and Oyster House, will be preparing BBQ oysters, mussel curry and sauté clams.

Donations of non-perishable food and cash for the St. Christopher’s Food Bank are welcome.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 31st.

Many thanks to the businesses and organizations that are making this year’s summer picnic possible:

Taylor Shellfish Farms    –    People for Puget Sound
South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group     –     Kamilche Adventures
Chelsea Farms – Xinh’s Clam & Oyster House

Join Us for a Neighborhood Potluck Picnic – Saturday, August 9

The Griffin Neighborhood Association invites you to our annual NEIGHBORHOOD POTLUCK PICNIC!

Saturday, August 9
3 PM to 6 PM

PROSPERITY GRANGE
3701 Steamboat Island Rd. NW

Bring an Entrée, Salad or Dessert

We’ll supply hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, the buns and condiments, drinks, and something to eat it all off of.

Come meet your neighbors and catch up on local news.

Click here to download a copy of our flyer for this event.