Meta Griffith posthumously (Class of 2011)
Seventy-one years ago William and Meta Griffith opened a small business in Trenton, NJ. Starting with one employee in 1938, Griffith Electric Supply Company, Inc. would become one of the largest independent electric supply distributors in New Jersey. Bill and Meta had experience in the electric supply business and used that experience to build a strong foundation for their company.The company prospered and grew for 33 years, under their leadership. Then in 1971 Bill Griffith passed away, leaving Meta to follow in his footsteps. Meta had been his business partner from the beginning and became Chairman of the Board, as well as President of Griffith Electric Supply Co., Inc.
By 1974 Meta Griffith made a name for herself, not just in the electrical industry, but in the greater Trenton area as well. That year she was named the first woman to sit on the Board of Directors for the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce. Then in 1983, Meta was elected as the first woman president of the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.
Meta was active in the community and served many organizations. She served on the Board of Trustees of the YWCA Trenton for many years. She was also involved with the Zonta Club of Trenton, The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey and People to People Chapter of Greater Trenton. One of her special interests was The YMCAs’ Camp Meta, in Crosswicks, NJ. Camp Meta was built on 32 acres of land donated by Meta and Bill Griffith, for the purpose of starting a day camp for inner city children. The only request Bill Griffith made in donating the land was that the camp be named for his wife, Meta Griffith.
She died peacefully in her home on September 30, 2010. Her final act of kindness was that she made provisions for Griffith Electric Supply Co. to continue, so that she could continue the legacy of her beloved husband Bill.
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