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Join us for our Annual Community Meeting - January 23rd at the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters. 6PM
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Annual Community Meeting This Thursday,
January 23rd, 6 PM at the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters

Featured Speaker from Cascadia Research, Updates from Members of the Community, and More

As always, this year's Annual Community Meeting is a combination of Griffin Neighborhood Association business, an opportunity to hear from members of our community, and a featured speaker. This year's feature is a presentation by John Calambokidis, Research Biologist from Cascadia Research. Our own Eld Inlet occasionally plays host to whales and we think this talk, entitled Whale Tales from a Local Whale Researcher, Including New Findings on Marine Mammals of the Pacific Northwest, will provide an interesting perspective on these intriguing visitors in our Puget Sound backyard. Join us Thursday, January 23rd at the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters. Beginning at 6 PM, there will be light refreshments and socializing. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 PM.

Members of the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association will provide a brief update of this last year's activities. Those of you who are members of the Association will be able to nominate and vote in members of this year's Board.

Greg Woods, Superintendent and Principal of the Griffin School District, will speak about the District's Two-Year School Programs and Operations Replacement Levy which will appear in next month's election.

The Annual Community Meeting is a time to reconnect with neighbors and with the Griffin Neighborhood Association. How did the Association live up to its mission, over this last year? Learn more about the GNA and how you can become more involved in goings-on right here, where you live.

The Annual Community Meeting is also the time when many people choose to either join or renew their membership in the Griffin Neighborhood Association. We'll have membership forms and will be able to take your dues at the meeting. Or read further down in this newsletter for links to join or renew online.

We look forward to seeing you this Thursday evening, January 23rd.

Where Do You Display Your Steamboat Neighborhood Sticker?

Over the last year we have distributed literally thousands of free Steamboat Neighborhood stickers. This sticker now shows up on cars, trucks, boats, laptops, all sorts of items that pop up all over the South Sound region. Do you have your sticker? There's usually a little supply being distributed at the Island Market (on the post office counter), at the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters, and at other local businesses.

Do you own a local business? You can use the Steamboat Neighborhood logo art to identify yours as a local business. Click here for more information.

The Steamboat Neighborhood logo and oval frame is not a service mark of GriffinNeighbors or the Griffin Neighborhood Association. It's not our logo; it belongs to everyone who lives or owns a business operated in our area. So go ahead, show your Steamboat Neighborhood pride!

Become a Member of our Board

Maybe you're already a member of GNA, but are wondering how you can contribute a little more to the local community. Why not join the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association? Coming into this Annual Community Meeting, we have six open positions on the Board. The Board is the governing body of the our non-profit organization. The Bylaws state that “Any person owning property or residing within the Griffin area is eligible to become a member of the Griffin Neighborhood Association.” Board members must be dues-paying members of the Association. The Board is run in a fashion as is convenient and effective for its members. This includes how Board meetings are conducted, how committees are established and governed, and generally how the Board conducts its business. Our Board isn't about holding a lot of meetings.

If you might be interested in becoming a member of our Board. click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions. Ask any Board member about what it's like to work on our Board. Or leave a message at 360-252-6047 and tell us you are interested in learning more about Board membership.

Steamboat Little Free Library is Now Open!

Come by the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters, day or night, and visit the Steamboat Little Free Library. This is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories.Our Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!

Click here to watch a video about how Little Free Libraries work. Then come on by our own and take a book or leave a book.

Online Directory of Local Businesses Continues to Grow

More than 30 businesses are now listed in our online directory of local businesses. The Griffin Neighborhood Association asks you to support your neighbors who own or operate businesses right here, where you live.

Are you a local business owner or manager? Any business located in or nearby the Griffin area and Steamboat Island peninsula area may be listed in the Directory. Any business located elsewhere, if owned or managed by a resident of the Griffin area or Steamboat Island peninsula area, may also be listed. Text-only listings are free. It's only $10 to place a display ad into the Directory. Click here for information about how to add your business to the directory. List your business online and tell us your story! We would like to publish the story of how you created your business, or details about what you have to offer to our community, in our blog.

Are You a Member of the GNA?

Would you like to join the Griffin Neighborhood Association for the first time or is it time to renew your membership? It's easy. Join or renew online using a secure credit card transaction. Your data is safe; we do not store your credit card information. Or you can download and print a paper membership form, then mail in your membership. Or visit one of our community events and join or renew your membership.

Annual dues are $20 ($10 for seniors, age 65 and up, $5 for reduced income individuals or families).

Choose how you would like to enroll:

Click here to join online. Complete your online membership form. You can then choose to pay your dues online or by mailing a check.
  Click here to download our paper enrollment form. Print out the form, complete it and mail the form with your dues payment.
Have you already joined the Association and just need to renew your membership. Click here to pay online or read instructions as to how to pay by check.

Thank you for your support of the Griffin Neighborhood Association!
 

Originally organized as the Oyster Bay Neighborhood Association in 1990, we were registered as the nonprofit Griffin Neighborhood Association in December, 1995.

Where Did You Find the Griffin Neighborhood Association, This Last Year?

Blueberry Bash
Did you visit our table at the Bash? We were there!

Community Picnic, Farmers and Local Business Fair
With the with Prosperity Grange and Restoration Hope Community Outreach, we sponsored this daylong event to benefit the Prosperity Grange and bring attention to some 30 local businesses and farms.

Fall Book Sale
The book sale raised enough money to pay off the purchase and installation of the Steamboat Little Free Library.

Steamboat Conservation Partnership
We beat our fund raising goal for the fourth year of our partnership with the Capitol Land Trust and we're well on our way to reaching our goal of raising $75,000 over five years!

Facebook
More than 245 "likes" and growing. Are you on Facebook? Like us and share our posts with your friends!

Twitter
We've put out more more than 3500 tweets. Follow us and, if you're on Twitter, let us add you to our list of locals who tweet.

Online Discussion Group
More than 125 locals discussing whatever they wish on this Yahoo! Group. Just send an email to webmaster@griffinneighbors.org if you would like to receive an invitation to join.

On Our Web Site and Blog
We serve up articles of interest to homeowners, focus on local business, and help community groups promote their events right here in the Steamboat area. 

Supporting Local Groups
We supported the purchase and installation of the Steamboat Little Free Library, we raised funds for the Prosperity Grange, and we made a donation to the South Sound Estuary Association which they used to purchase a microscope. 

Hey, look below, there's a great local event coming our way next month!
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Upcoming Events

1/23
Annual Community Meeting
6pm, Griffin Fire Department Headquarters

2/11
Griffin School District Two-Year School Programs and Operations Replacement Levy
Special Election

2/11
Capitol Land Trust 10th Annual Conservation Breakfast
7am, Saint Martin’s University, Marcus Pavilion

2/15
5th Annual Olympia Outboard Boating Club Crab and Spaghetti Feed
Serving from 1pm to 8pm, Prosperity Grange

2/24
Teen Night Out (a fundraiser for the Griffin PTO)
6pm to 9 pm, Discover Aquatics

Is your community group planning an event? Let us help get out the word!

Support the GNA While You Shop Online

If you shop online with Amazon.com, your purchases can help support the Griffin Neighborhood Association. Simply start your shopping on Amazon at
www.griffinneighbors.org/amazon. Your purchase price won't change, but the Association will make a small commission on every purchase you make. Bookmark this address and use it whenever you are shopping on Amazon. It's easy and we than you for your support!

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.
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