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Annual Elections


Every Spring elections are held for officer level positions on the Bend Rapids Steering Committee.  Positions run for 2-year terms commencing on July 1. Some positions are elected in even years and others in odd years (refer to the  adjacent table).
Elections are administered by the Secretary in conjunction with a 3rd party attorney.

Bend Rapids Elected Officers

Chair Odd
Vice-Chair Even
Secretary Odd
Finance Manager Even
Registrar Odd


  • Late March - Call for Candidate Nominations is announced. 

  • May 9 - Deadline for Nominations

  • May 14 - Deadline for candidate statements

  • Week of May 16-21 - Emails sent to members with voting instructions and candidate info

  • May 25 - Voting opens 

  • June 5 - Voting closes at midnight.  

  • June 8 - Election results announced at the Bend Ice annual meeting of the members 


Should you wish to nominate someone (including yourself) for any of the open positions complete this online form.

In order to be included on the ballot, nominees must provide confirmation of their willingness to serve if elected, and a short bio summary less than one page in length by the deadline. 



Three position on the Bend Rapids Youth Hockey Steering Committee are up for election. These are 2-years terms commencing on July 1, 2024 and ending in June, 2026

Vice Chair – (reports to Chair)

Vice Chair will be elected by the Bend Rapids membership and will lead the Coaching Committee as a tie-breaking vote. The person holding this role should have reasonable experience in the hockey community.

  • Holds all powers and responsibilities of Chair in his/her absence.
  • Oversees creation/revision of Steering Committee policies, forms, releases, etc.
  • Performs other tasks as directed by the Chair.
  • Creates and manages state-wide protocols (as needed)
  • Supports other roles as needed

Works to promote the sport of hockey and the Bend Rapids through the following:

  • Coordinating with Scheduler and BPRD for free “Try Hockey” events
  • Developing and distributing fliers, advertising (both electronic and paper), and handouts to communities in Central Oregon with a goal of increasing awareness about hockey and the Rapids.
  • Works with outside hockey programs at both the local level and above to create promotional events, learn to skate camps, training camps etc as possible.
  • Leads the DE&I SubCommittee

Finance Manager – (reports to Chair)

  • Establishes an annual Steering Committee budget in conjunction with the Chair.
  • Sets fees/charges for Steering Committee programs, services and events. Collects and accounts for all monies received by the Steering Committee.
  • Provides Bend Ice Treasurer with all monies collected by Bend Rapids Youth Hockey Club, with necessary accounting of funds in accordance with the Steering Committee Financial Policy and instructions of Bend Ice Treasurer.
  • Dispenses all monies received by Bend Rapids Youth Hockey Club from Bend Ice and provides the Steering Committee with appropriate documentation of expenditures in accordance with the Bend Ice Financial Policy and instructions of the Bend Ice Treasurer.
  • Follows direction and guidance of Bend Ice Treasurer with regard to all financial and accounting matters.
  • Follows Bend Rapids Youth Hockey Club Financial Policies


Every OTHER year elections for the at-large positions on the Bend Ice Board of Directors are held. The next election for Bend Ice will be held in the Spring of 2024. Individuals who are eligible to vote in the Bend Rapids elections are ALSO eligible to vote in the Bend Ice elections.  The seven-person Bend Ice Board is comprised of four at-large positions and the committee chairs of Bend Curling, Bend Figure Skating, and Bend Rapids Hockey. 

The at-large positions are also voting members and are able to assist the Board in the following areas:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial and Fiduciary Oversight
  • Special Projects that may arise including but not limited to the Bend Ice Annual Fundraiser and scholarship programming
  • Budgeting
  • Social Media/Website Development/Google Suite Administration
  • Administrative



  • Where's my ballot? Eligible members of the Bend Rapids in good standing will receive emails with voting instructions and ballots around the 3rd week of May.  Emails are sent from our SportsEngine ( database of member registrations to the email address registered to their player's, coaches, and/or volunteer USA Hockey profiles.  Check your junk/spam folder if you haven't received it. Still nothing? Then let us know.  
  • Is my vote anonymous? Sort of. The only person who knows your vote is the Bend Ice attorney that verifies each ballot submitted and cross references it against the official list of eligible voters AND the amount of votes you are allocated.  

Elections Archive

Candidate Statements by Year

Who is Eligible to Vote?

For purposes of voting you must be a Bend Rapid member, registered with USA Hockey for the current season, and in good standing (good standing means you have no outstanding financial obligations to the club).

Members are allocated 1 vote unless as noted below.  Bend Rapids members are defined as:

  1. USA Hockey rostered players and coaches.
  2. Bend Rapids Steering Committee members.

Common 1 and 2 Vote Examples:

  • A parent of a rostered player who does NOT serve on the Steering Committee, as coach, or as team manager, that parent is allocated 1 vote.
  • If the member serves on the Steering Committee AND is a parent/guardian of a rostered player, that individual is allocated two votes (one vote as a steering committee member and the other for the rostered player). 
  • If the member is a coach or team manager AND the parent of a rostered player, that individual is allocated 2 votes. 
  • If the member is BOTH a coach, a Steering Committee member, AND the parent of a rostered player, that individual is still allocated 2 votes.