Grupo Pro Sayulita

Grupo Pro Sayulita, A.C. is a duly registered and federally recognized Mexican non-profit association formed by concerned citizens, both local and foreign, to represent the needs of Sayulita. We are a non-political association committed to enriching the quality of life in our town. We represent the town’s interests while working with the Government to secure funding for local improvements based on Sayulita’s needs and priorities. Contact author here.

Stories from Grupo Pro Sayulita

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Two years ago, Sayulita was faced with a very serious and increasingly oppressive problem. Daily robbery reports by locals and visitors alike amounted to thousands of dollars of valuables stolen. This theft took this otherwise peaceful town and plagued it with fear and insecurity.
Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The Fiesta has passed, a great time was had by all. We completely sold out all tickets and we gratefully thank all of the volunteers, donors, all those who attended and all those who bid and bought items. We cannot thank Don Pedro's enough and Suzanne Gravelle did a superhuman job of organizing. We are cleaning up some of the final issues and will update the website with the long list of those who contributed to another amazing event.
Friday, March 15th, 2013

GPS is holding a Beer Pong tournament on Saturday, March 16, 2pm Iguana Gardens. We will play 6 cup not 10 cup pong. Each cup will have 1/3 of a beer. We will find out who in Sayulita has the skills to have fun, drink beer and perform at the ping pong table. Please join us for an afternoon of delight. The sign up rules and tournament rules are below. Bring a two person team. Each two person team may have either 2 male or female cheerleaders who will be recognized with the winners. Cheerleaders will be judged subjectively on cheer routines, costumes and skill of their contestants but will not necessarily be given the same placement as their contestants.
Friday, March 1st, 2013

On March 13th is the Grupo Pro Sayulita main fundraiser at the Brisa Mar Palapa- it starts at 5pm and it will be a blast. We had a fantastic time at the CVIS fundraiser, and are looking forward to the SayulitAnimals dance tonight (Friday).

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

From Sayulita to British Columbia, from Sante Fe to Aix en Provence, this year's folkloric themed fiesta promises to have something for everyone. A feast for the senses is offered this year with music from The Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars and David Ruiz, an array of colorful visions in the auction items, and bright Ortega rooster centerpieces to win.  So sit back and smell the roses, and enjoy the delicious cuisine from Don Pedro's served at your table.
Thursday, February 14th, 2013

I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the status of the police program. The role of GPS is to accept the donations and be the stewards of the money insuring that it is spent for the support of the police program. We have done that to the utmost. Now the money that was donated is nearly gone.
Thursday, February 7th, 2013

On Sunday, March 10, Sayulita will celebrate its First Annual 'Sayulita Salud!". The entire Community will gather in the Plaza to participate in and watch the parade and fiesta centered around the arrival of the new Fire Engine, Ambulance and Chipper coming to Sayulita.
Friday, January 25th, 2013

For all those who could not attend, Wednesday was a very exciting night. The Casa de Cultura was packed with existing and new voting members. We heard from all the excellent projects that we support; Sayulimpia, SayulitAnimals, Sayulita Recicla, Emergency Services, Aire Puro, Sayulita Verde, Public School Assistance, the police support project. We heard from the extremely loud birds in the trees. We had a wonderful translator, something that we would like to continue to have at all the meetings. 
Thursday, January 17th, 2013

There will be a new board next week (Wednesday) and this is my last GPS article for  I've served three years as president and it's been a busy time.  Last year, in fact, was a sensationally successful year of fundraising and doing scores of programs that helped the town.   So I'm happy to leave on a high note.

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Although I thought last week's column would be my last, I'm writing a couple of extra columns as GPS president-- all because the election got moved back two weeks to January 23.  Although I am retiring this month as president of GPS after three years, I'll still have a small but official role for the upcoming year.  Because most of the money that comes to GPS goes to our Paypal and credit card accounts in the U.S., two months ago we formed a U.S. non-profit entity called Friends of Sayulita to be the legal owner of this account.  We have applied for 501c3 status and if we receive approval, donations will be tax deductible for U.S. citizens.

Friday, January 4th, 2013


The year is just beginning and for some at GPS, there'll be a change of guard on January 23.

In two weeks, I'll put some things into perspective in my farewell column.  But this week, I'd like to thank the people who worked so very hard to make my three years as president of GPS so very productive.  We raised a hell of a lot of money and we were very hands-on as to how the funds were put to use.  We have no staff and no office- we are all volunteers and the funds we raise all go for town's needs.

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Things are so much better in Sayulita; let's not slide backwards. A few years ago there were some serious problems evolving in Sayulita.  Sayulita evolved into a popular tourist town and like all tourist destinations, we had some opportunity crime.  But our town was small enough and we were organized enough to do something about it.

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Billy Crystal's famous line, "You look great!" is one that came to mind when I stepped foot into Sayulita for the first time this season.  I had witnessed most of the construction last winter, although when Barbara and I left, work was still going on.

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Although I've tried to squeeze in sufficient time serving as president of Grupo Pro Sayulita, I have a busy "other life."  Often I feel guilty because, like the majority (but importantly not all) of the foreign community, I live in Sayulita only during the winter months.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

When Barbara and I used our Puerto Vallarta auction package that we won, one of the highlights was a first-time visit to the Botanical Gardens, about a half hour south of PV.  I'm always interested in cultural destinations, especially since I've had a lot of involvement with new art museums.   And having had many years helping not-for-profit groups, I'm always interested in new approaches for earning income to keep these organizations going.

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Last week I talked about our priorities, but I don't want to leave out the scores of smaller programs that GPS funds (soon to be Amigos de Sayulita).

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Traditionally, each year GPS volunteers state their interests and priorities for the town.  Most of the suggestions have fallen into one of six categories.  In no particular order, they are: a. cleaning the town of trash and dust (with recycling) b. helping the public schools c. full-time lifeguards on the beach  d. helping with long-term town planning for traffic, parking, recreational facilities e. adequate ambulance and emergency/medical response services.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Last March, there was a huge tourist tradeshow headquartered in Nuevo Vallarta.  That was one reason the government planted miles and miles of new trees on the newly landscaped medium strip between La Cruz and Puerto Vallarta.  They also hung banners and made the six thousand travel experts and agents welcomed. 

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

In the same way that corporations get so large that they split into two or more separate organizations, Grupo Pro Sayulita has expanded and is splitting into two groups.  Prior to this, as it grew and took upon itself more and more programs and activities in helping Sayulita become a better place to live and visit, two main aspects of the organization evolved.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Our town produces more trash than Bucerias and San Pancho combined.  It's an incredible amount and it shows a lot of economic activity.  Trash is picked up by a regional company called Girrsa. To Girrsa's credit, they come here almost every day and pick up residential and commercial trash.  However, our trash and recycling service has not been what it should be for so much production.