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
- Installed an 85 foot flag pole to continue the tradition of the Hawley family, who flew one from a 100-foot timber to be seen across the Nooksack river at Wiser lake to greet travelers
- Replaced the chain link fence in the Greewood Cemetery along East Wiser Lake Road with a decorative fence
- Established a comprehensive Policies & Procedures manual
- Lynden Cemetery named to the Washington Heritage Register by the Governor's Council on Achelology & Historic Preservation
- Purchased additional land abutting the Greenwood Cemetery
- Replaced old lot markers with Berntsen markers in both the Lynden & Greewood cemeteries
- Installed an urn and scatter garden in the Greenwood Cemetery and enhanced the children's garden in the Lynden Cemetery
- Converted the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries' equipment buildings into functional offices
- Reclaimed more than 1,300 plots in both the Lynden And Greenwood cemeteries
- Engaged the Geology Department at Western Washington University to employ ground-penetrating radar to ascertain which plots were occupied and non-occupied
- Acquired cemetery management software (CIMS) to update and maintain detailed records.
- Purchased large memorial stones for the scatter garden
- Completed installation of Greenwood scatter garden irrigation system
- Tree wells added to Lynden and Greenwood
- Improved and upgraded Greenwood Scatter Garden trellis.
- Stained urn garden bridges.
- Life Scout completed plantings in Scatter Garden at Greenwood
- Set up online forms for funeral homes & monument companies
- Placed final round of markers provided by the district onto unmarked graves
- Finalized and Printed Greenwood History Book created by Andrew Kaiser
- Lynden Septic tank inspected
- Finalized crack sealing in Lynden and Greenwood roadways
- Trimmed trees in Greenwood and Lynden
- Trimmed Hedges
- Engaged 2 eagle scouts for cemetery improvement projects
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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