BAY SHORE TUNA CLUB HISTORY
The following was taken from the Fourth Edition of the MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY, 1983
The Bay Shore Tuna Club, Inc., was organized in January 1939 and was incorporated in 1942.
The purpose of the organization is two fold, as quoted from the Certificate of Incorporation:
1. "To promote interest and encourage participation in rod and reel fishing and sport fishing in general."
2. "To foster and support all movements and endeavors designed to aid in the protection, preservation and propagation of fish and the protection of sport fishing and sport fishermen. Also the suppression of pollution in the Great South Bay, its rivers, creeks and neighboring waters."
The first meeting was held at Cooper's Hotel on South Clinton Avenue in Bay Shore. Douglas Brewster was elected the first president. By the end of the first year, membership totaled 772.
The first Annual Dinner was held in April 1942 and had 89 guests in attendance at $1.25 each.
Many popular activities have been created over the years, some of which are the children's Snapper Contest, the Blessing of the Fleet, the ever popular Mako Tournament, an Annual Moonlight Sail or Luau, and a Spring dance.
A Fire Island Committee to promote a new inlet to help relieve pollution in the Great South Bay was formed.
Membership is open to men and women who are interested in sport fishing, but you must be sponsored by an active member of the Club.
Once a month a meeting is held at the TimberPoint Country Club in Great River. Each meeting is preceded by a delightful dinner.. Your friends, whether potential members of the Club or not, are welcome. Reservations are necessary.
A monthly meeting of the Board of Directors is held on the second Monday of each month. All members are welcome to attend a Director's Meeting without further invitation at the TimberPoint Country Club, Great River.
Prizes for the seasonal fishing contests are awarded at the Annual Dinner. Prizes consist of trophies, fishing tackle and other useful items.
Since 1939, the Bay Shore Tuna Club has had outstanding people as members and has been an outstanding organization on Long Island.
Remember to keep your lines tight, hold their heads up high and the rewards of good fishing will be yours.