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21st Century Accomplishments

It is the policy of the District to document the significant accomplishments that have taken place each year in the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries.

21st Century Accomplishments of Significance - TOP 10

2016
  • Expanded GW AA plots by 20 plots
  • Installed Decorative fence at Greenwood Cemetery
  • Trimmed trees at Lynden and Greenwood to insure health
  • Finished planting of miscellaneous plants around Lynden and Greenwood Cemetery
  • Published pioneer names from 1889 Washington State census to website
  • Worked with Scouts to place Veteran's flags for summer season
  • Increased the size of both the Greenwood Memorial Day and Lynden Memorial Day events
  • Restored and installed wooden wheels on Watervliet Howitzer

2015
  • Installed scatter garden paths, irrigation and plants.
  • Installed curbs and blacktop at Lynden north of office.
  • Expanded cleaning of headstones to include other churches and community groups beyond the Mormon Church and the Boy scouts.
  • Established own payroll system.
  • Expanded Greenwood cemetery by 30 additional plots in area AA.

2014
  • Added names of un-located burials to CIMS based on Find-a-Grave information.
  • Identified pioneers buried at Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries through the Washington State Territorial Census of 1889.
  • Finalized list of pioneers as per internal archival records and the 1889 Washington Territorial Census.
  • Continued and expanded cemetery tours for the 7th year.
  • Conducted 10th annual Memorial Day at Lynden Cemetery with Sheriff Bill Elfo as main speaker.
  • Conducted 5th annual Memorial Day at Greenwood Cemetery with Sheriff Bill Elfo as main speaker.
  • Continued detailed maintenance care at Greenwood and Lynden cemeteries.
  • Expanded policy manual.
  • Established long range planning for next three years (2015-2018).
  • Established layout for Greenwood Areas DD and EE (children and scatter gardens) .
  • Continued to update CIMS record with archival information.
  • Installed flags at the Lynden Cemetery along north fence line.
  • Finalized sales of plots to those who signed up for the priority waiting list.
  • Utilized Boy Scout Troop 4028 to clean gravestones at the Lynden Cemetery.
  • Utilized a Latter Day Saints (LDS) church group of more than 50 individuals to clean gravestones at the Lynden Cemetery.
  • Installed new markers system based upon a twenty foot grid in Greenwood for easier marking of urn burials.
  • Explored and began preliminary planning of use of Columbaria for both Greenwood and Lynden Cemeteries.
  • officially recognized as a State Heritage Register Cemetery by the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.
  • Installed Bronze signage along Guide Meridian, Front Street and the main entrance drive to the Lynden Cemetery recognizing status as a Heritage Cemetery.
  • Upgraded Veterans medallions to be war specific, and replaced old worn medallions.
  • Redesigned and updated cemetery website.
  • Identified use of columbaria for potential plot inventory increase at Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries.
  • Brought potential WTA land purchase to a finalization.
  • Updated staff and commissioners on open government laws.
  • Continued to document, update and maintain district archival records.

2012
  • Updated CIMS with headstone inscriptions, plot information and edited all records.
  • Created and placed QR tags on the gravesites of pioneers.
  • Resumed negotiations with the Whatcom Transit Authority for the acquistion of their surplus property abutting the Lynden Cemetery.
  • Updated the maps of the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries with burial information since the previous update.
  • Prepared a new design for Area CC in the Greenwood Cemetery to include a Scatter Garden and a Children's Garden
  • Installed cypress and English laurel in Area DD in the Greenwood Cemetery.
  • Inspected the septic tank at the Greenwood Cemetery.
  • Reorganized and improved the website.
  • Established an internet connection at the Lynden Cemetery office and moved all secretarial files to this location.
  • Redefined the definition of pioneers.
  • Involved the Boy Scouts in gravestone cleaning projects.
  • Continued to install pavers to replace old temporary markers.
  • Arranged with the Scottish Rite Valley to display flags on flag days.
  • Commenced the plan to preserve wooden gravemarkers.

2011
  • Prepared and implemented a plan for the care of trees.
  • Commenced efforts to restore the 1898 Watervliet howitzer.
  • Commenced efforts to disseminate burial information to the general public via mobile technology.
  • Installed English laurel hedges by the chain link fences in the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries.
  • Installed tree wells in the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries.
  • Beautified the dirt retention area at the Lynden Cemetery.
  • Held annual Memorial Day celebrations at the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries with over 300 persons in attendance.
  • Repaired the standpipes in the Lynden Cemetery.
  • Created a preservation plan for wood monuments in the Lynden Cemetery.
  • Collaborated with the Lynden Pioneer Museum, the City of Lynden and Gillies Funeral Home to conduct the 4th annual tour of the Lynden Cemetery.
  • Commenced the organization of the archives.
  • Created a Purchase Order and Voucher system for better financial control.
  • Expanded the boundries of the District east of Northwood Road and recorded the Legal Description.

2010
  • Made a change in legal counsel.
  • Initiated a policy which required that temporary markers be placed promptly after an interment.
  • Requested new bids for care of the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries for 2011.
  • Utilized Find-A-Grave in an attempt to identify individuals in unmarked graves.
  • Updated the web site.
  • Converted the Greenwood maintenance building into an administrative building.

2009
  • Received the results of the survey of the Ground Penetrating Radar of the Lynden Cemetery conducted by the students of the Geology Department of Western Washington University.
  • Arranged for the students of the Geology Department of Western Washington University to conduct a Ground Penetrating Radar survey of the Greenwood Cemetery.
  • Completed the installation of lot medallions in Area C in the Lynden Cemetery.
  • Arranged with Fussner Monuments to provide expertise and oversee a community project to clean monuments in the Lynden Cemetery.
  • Initiation beautification projects in both the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries.
  • Granted permission to the Lynden Masonic Lodge to display flags on the graves of their deceased members on Memorial Day.
  • Refurbished the obelisk (Memorial to the Unknowns) in the Lynden Cemetery.
  • Commenced inquiries with legal counsel regarding the reclaiming of unused graves.
  • Continued tours of the Lynden Cemetery under the auspices of the Lynden Pioneer Museum.
  • Replaced the chain link fence at the Greenwood Cemetery with a decorative metal fence.
  • Received the report from the Geology Department of Western Washington University standardizing the reports that were received from students along with photographic data of tombstones.
  • Upgraded the restrooms in both the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries.
  • Initiated long-term strategic planning.

2008
  • Arranged with the Geology Department of Western Washington University to conduct Ground Penetrating Radar in the Lynden Cemetery
  • Initiated administrative control over plot sales and utilization through the establishment of an ongoing document called the "Right of Burial and Death Documentation" report
  • Arranged with the Lynden Masonic Lodge to display flags at the Lynden Cemetery
  • Initiated tours of the Lynden Cemetery through the auspices of the Lynden Pioneer Museum

2007
  • Continued inputting data for the Lynden Cemetery in the cemetery management software and anticipate completion of this project in 2008
  • Placed a bronze plaque at the grave of Phoebe Judson, the "Mother of Lynden," in the Lynden Cemetery memorializing her baby
  • Expanded the content of the policies and procedures manual
  • Completed the display of the 1898 Watervliet howitzer cannon on loan from the City of Lynden on a concrete pad surrounded by flower beds and a chain fence
  • Participated in the first ceremony honoring Masons interred in the Lynden Cemetery on Memorial Day
  • Installed a fence around the new property adjacent to the Greenwood Cemetery
  • Obtained a cabinet to store hand tools
  • Continued placing markers in the Lynden Cemetery to facilitate locating old gravesites and marking new graves with anticipated completion in 2008
  • Refurbished signs in both the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries
  • Planted Juniper trees along south side of Lynden Cemetery to replace ones that had died
  • Installed a new bulletin board at the Lynden Cemetery
  • Arranged for a special presentation at Memorial Day ceremonies by by Masonic sojourners to show the history of the flag
  • Arranged for lot and plot plans to be prepared for the new property at the Greenwood Cemetery
  • Improved the appearance of both the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries though more frequest application of fertilizers

2006
  • Made significant progress inputting data for the Lynden Cemetery in the cemetery management software and anticipate completion of this project in 2007
  • Placed a bronze plaque at the grave of Phoebe Judson, the "Mother of Lynden," in the Lynden Cemetery
  • Placed a bronze plaque on the side of the building that shows the history of the Lynden Cemetery
  • Placed bronze markers at veterans' graves that shows the war in which in which they served utilizing funds that were provided by the community
  • Worked with the Rainbow Girls and members of Lynden Lodge No. 56 F. & A.M. to identify gravesites of Freemasons, Odd Fellows and other fraternal organizations
  • Converted the storage building at the Lynden Cemetery into an office building; placed all office equipment and records in this building
  • Purchased a conference table and chairs
  • Purchased map storage cabinets to facilitate finding specific maps
  • Purchased a filing cabinet to facilitate the storage of documents
  • Expanded the content of the policies and procedures manual
  • Obtained permission from the City of Lynden to get the loan of their 1898 Watervliet howitzer cannon for display in the Lynden Cemeter on a concrete pad, surrounded by a chain fence and flower beds
  • Completed the purchase of property adjacent to the Greenwood Cemetery to provide plots for generations to come
  • Initiated discussions with the Whatcom Transit Authority to acquire property adjacent to the Lynden Cemetery which had been declared "surplus"
  • Commenced a ground-penetrating radar program conducted by Western Washington University at the Lynden Cemetery to ascertain occupancy of unmarked graves; this project will take several years.

2005
  • Obtained and installed cemetery management software; finalized inputting data for Greenwood Cemetery
  • Designated the grave of Phoebe Judson, the "Mother of Lynden" as a historical site
  • Identified "Pioneer Families" gravesites
  • Worked with veterans' groups to identify and beautify gravesites of service personnel
  • Worked with the D.A.R. to identify gravesites of individuals with ties to the American Revolution
  • Worked with the Rainbow Girls and members of Lynden Lodge No. 56 to identify gravesites of freemasons, Odd Fellows and other fraternal organizations
  • Collaborated with historians regarding identifying gravesites of G.A.R. members
  • Worked cooperatively with the Lynden Pioneer Museum regarding historical tours
  • Installed new gabling, including flashing and painting, for the building at the Lynden Cemetery
  • Uncovered old concrete markers in Lynden Cemetery Area C
  • Located old metal pin markers in Lynden Cemetery Areas A, B and D
  • Completed survey and mapping of Lynden Cemetery
  • Provided detailed maps of both cemeteries to local funeral directors
  • Placed new markers throughout the Lynden Cemetery
  • Set forth a formal mission statement
  • Expanded the content of the policies and procedures manual
  • Trained new cemetery secretary
  • Reorganized manual records

2004
  • Initiated investment of excess funds in county pool
  • Conducted survey of information with contiguous districts
  • Engaged contractors for cemetery maintenance
  • Purchased additional land abuting Greenwood cemetery
  • Established budgets and planning materials
  • Reinstated 1% investment policy
  • Established policies and procedures manuals
  • Engaged contractors to reset toppled stones on an on-going basis
  • Established monthly financial reporting
  • Engaged contractor for mole extermination on an on-going basis
  • Acceptance of specific on-going responsibilites by commissioners
  • Resumed control of marking graves
  • Completed survey and mapping of Greenwood cemetery
  • Began survey and mapping of Lynden cemetery



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