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About Foothills
Thank you for your interest in membership. A key to our success is that each member shares a commitment to the values of the club community:

  • Friendliness
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Participation
  • Financial Prudence

Members take pride in the club and are encouraged to volunteer their time to organize activities, set the direction of our programs, and share in the upkeep of the clubhouse and grounds. Our existence is dependent on the volunteerism of our members for social events, committees and the Board of Governors. All members are expected to know and abide by Club policies and rules. A membership becomes available when a current member resigns.

Foothills memberships are currently available.

How to Join
Potential applicants are encouraged to stop by Foothills to take a look around and obtain an application. Although we do not offer day passes to try out club facilities, we are happy to give a short tour and provide information on programs for which non-members can register.  If you would like to try out the facilities, a current member may bring you as their guest. All applicants must be sponsored by two current Proprietary members. One of these members must have known the applicant at least one year. The primary sponsor must write a recommendation letter to be included at the time of application submission, the secondary sponsor simply signs the application.

As they near the top of the waiting list, applicants will be invited to a prospective member orientation given by the Membership Committee. The orientation is an informal opportunity for applicants to meet current club members and exchange information. Admission to Foothills requires the approval of the Board of Governors.

Please print and complete both the Associate and Proprietary Membership forms, and turn them in to the office.

About Membership
There are five categories of membership at Foothills:

Associate Membership
Applicants coming off of the waiting list are offered an Associate membership. There are 20 Associate memberships at any given time. These offer applicants an opportunity to get to know Foothills prior to obtaining full club membership. Associate members have all the rights and privileges of Proprietary members except ownership rights: they may not vote, hold office, sponsor applicants for membership, or share in Club assets upon dissolution. Associate membership is temporary and expires when a Proprietary membership becomes available. Associate members must pay a portion ($10,650) of the Proprietary initiation fee upon accepting this membership. This deposit will be applied to the current initiation fee when an Associate member becomes a Proprietary member. In the event Proprietary membership is declined, all Associate membership privileges terminate and the entrance fee deposit is forfeited. Quarterly Associate dues are $760.

Full Proprietary Membership
Proprietary membership is full club membership. Associate members are offered a Proprietary membership upon resignation of a proprietary member. There are 320 Proprietary memberships at Foothills. Proprietary members may vote, sponsor new applicants, hold a position on the Board of Governors and share in Club assets upon dissolution. The initiation fee for Proprietary membership is $14,200. Quarterly Proprietary dues are $760.

Senior Associate Membership
This status is available to families who have been members for 35 years or more.  Beginning in 2015, this status is also available to families with a member over the age of 75. In 2016, and beyond, it will be made available to families with a member over the age of 70. Quarterly dues for Senior Associates are 50% of Proprietary dues.

Social Membership
This status is available to families who have been Proprietary members for 10 years or more. Social members pay annual dues which are 25% of those for Proprietary members. Social members are welcome at all Club social events and are entitled to occasional use of the clubhouse and grounds. Use of the pool and courts is available only as the paid guest of a Proprietary member. Voting, holding office, property rights, sponsoring new members, and sharing in the distribution of the Clubís assets upon dissolution are also not included.

Non-resident Membership
This membership is available to families who have moved more than 75 miles from the club site. Non-residents pay annual dues which are 25% of those for Proprietary members.

In general, dues can be expected to raise approximately 5% a year.

Resignation
In accordance with Foothills By-laws, upon resignation in good standing you will receive 25% of the current entrance fee at the time of resignation, with two exceptions. Firstly, if you joined prior to February 1, 1997, you receive $500 regardless of the current entrance fee. Secondly, if you joined with a reduced initiation fee as approved by the Board of Directors, that reduction will be taken off the current initiation fee before the 25% is calculated (e.g. if you join at 50% off the entrance fee, upon resignation you will receive 12.5% instead of 25% of the current fee). Your resignation takes effect as soon as another family takes your spot or six months after you give notice, whichever comes first. In the meantime, you will remain a Proprietary member and will be responsible for membership dues.

Foothills History
"Foothill Country Club," as it was originally called, began as an idea of Ted Carterís in 1953. In December of 1954 the Club became incorporated as a California non-profit corporation. Soon thereafter, the name was changed to the present title.

The first Board of Governors consisted of Ted Carter (president), Dudley Zinke and Temp Peck (vice presidents), Gene Hammond (secretary), and Dick Abbott (treasurer). They ran a club with a "do it yourself" philosophy and enthusiastic, helpful members. Swim meets, tennis tournaments, dinners, parties, and work days were directed and put into action by the members.

Today, these same principles on which our Club was founded still apply, providing the family oriented, action minded atmosphere which makes our Club unique.