Dear Members,

The Surfrider Foundation San Mateo County Chapter will be holding elections this July for seven positions. This is a great opportunity to get involved and have more influence on our chapter’s activities. Chapter officers and program leaders are members who have decided to take their participation to the next level and help direct and drive our local programs and campaigns. We’re a collaborative, thoughtful group of volunteers seeking to make a positive impact on our coast – and we have fun too!

The seven elected positions will make up the San Mateo County Chapter Executive Committee. A few of the key responsibilities of the Executive Committee include organizing and implementing our local campaigns and programs, organizing and staffing our outreach events, organizing and planning our fundraising and awareness events, and coordinating and developing volunteers, Each position requires a 2-year commitment and an expectation that chapter meetings are regularly attended.

The San Mateo County Chapter is in a rebuilding phase making this an exciting time to be part of the team. There are many local issues to address like clean water – particularly in the Pillar Point marina, beach access, especially to areas like Martins Beach, beach clean-ups throughout the County, and more.

Election Details & How to Participate

Open Positions (7): Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Volunteer Coordinator, At-Large Member (2)

Who: Any dues-paying chapter member in good-standing, who has attended at least three chapter meetings or three chapter events in the twelve months prior to July 2017, and who has not served as an officer prior to 2017, can run for office if nominated. (–not a member, click here to join)

Nominations: A candidate can be nominated (by self-nomination or by another member) at the May 13 chapter meeting. Nominations must be seconded by another member.

*Final slate of executive commitee nominees submitted on May 13, 2017.

Election Day: Current dues-paying members can vote at the General Meeting on July 20, at the HMB Yacht Club at 214 Princeton Avenue (at Vassar Street), Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. Candidates winning a majority vote for each position will be elected to these roles.

Chapter 2017 Election Schedule

April 8: Chapter Meeting: Announcement made about upcoming elections occurring in July
April 16: Newsletter sent to members announcing elections occurring in July
May 1-5: Newsletter and Website announcements about election process
May 13: Nominations occur at chapter meeting. Candidates must attend to be nominated.
June 10: Nominated candidates submit a bio and promotional speech. Background checks occur. Candidate list is confirmed.
July 20: Voting occurs. Nominated candidates must attend this meeting.

Chapter Officer Duties

Chair: The Chair is the Chief Executive Officer of the chapter and is responsible for fulfilling the mission of the chapter. The Chair presides at meetings of the chapter and the Executive Committee, and has general supervision of the operation of the chapter.

Vice Chair: Runs meetings in the Chair’s absence. Performs other duties of the Chair as needed. Ideally chairs a committee of the chapter, either event, program, member development, or campaign committee. Contributes to the chapter’s website and social media pages.

Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for attending chapter meetings, keeping chapter financial records, managing chapter expenses, and reporting on chapter funds

Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for attending chapter meetings, record keeping, note-taking, and serving as a contact to the Surfrider Foundation’s National Office.

Volunteer Coordinator: One of the most important jobs in the chapter because there are hundreds of members in every chapter. Typical responsibilities include coordinating with program or campaign leads to identify volunteer needs, leading volunteer recruitment, managing a database of volunteers, and contributing to chapter’s website and social media pages

At-Large Member: This is a committee leadership position responsible for serving in a leadership role on any chapter committee or program.

If you are interested in donating your time to serve in a volunteer leadership position, please contact us. Send an email to, and let us know the area in which you’re interested, or better yet, attend our chapter meetings. Chapter meetings are listed on our calendar with details and location.