The board of directors of the venerable West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) has unanimously elected Pete Schulz of Jupiter, Florida, as its new chairman. Schulz owns and operates Fishing Headquarters tackle shop in Jupiter with his brother Tommy. He has been a WPBFC member for 32 years.
"Pete is perfect. He has been an active member of this organization since childhood and understands the Fishing Club's unique role in the community as well as anyone," said John Jolley who has held the volunteer chairmanship post since 1981 with the exception of one year.
Schulz becomes the club's seventeenth chairman and takes the leadership position during the WPBFC's 75th anniversary year. Pete's involvement with the Fishing Club has been extensive. He is a past WPBFC Volunteer of the Year recipient and serves on the club's angling committee and Palm Beach County KDW Classic committee. He also plays a significant role each year in the club's prestigious Silver Sailfish Derby and handles VHF radio operations for the longstanding tournament.
"It's great to have a fresh face at the helm with new ideas that will help us continue to steer the Fishing Club and it's charitable foundation down a successful path. Pete's industry knowledge and his sincere interest in keeping young people actively involved in fishing and connected to the outdoors will be a great asset to the Fishing Club and our foundation. This institution will be served well by his leadership," added Jolley.
Established in 1934, the non-profit West Palm Beach Fishing Club is recognized as one of the oldest and largest institutions of its kind. A history book written by author Mike Rivkin titled, The West Palm Beach Fishing Club: A 75-Year History was recently published which chronicles the organization's instrumental role in the community. For more information on the club or its new history book visit www.westpalmbeachfishingclub.org