Shultz steps down at BSC – club in good shape moving forward
By John Hummer
Exponent staff writer
The Brooklyn Sportsman’s Club is probably as strong as it’s ever been.
That is in large part to due to past president Nick Shultz who recently stepped down from the top spot in the organization after serving as its president for nine and a half years.
Shultz cited the stresses of his full-time job as a professor and his age as the main reasons for stepping down.
“Nick’s tireless devotion to all things BSC brought financial and community stability to the club,” said Steven Tackett in a recent Facebook post on the club’s page. “Under Nick’s leadership and vision, club membership more than doubled, a new and modern club facility was built and the BSC became a premier site for pistol and shotgun events,” Tackett’s post continued.
Newly-elected club president John Calhoun echoed Tackett’s sentiments, adding, “The excitement for the club is growing. I just hope to continue in that vain.”
Shultz said club membership actually tripled under his watch, growing to 387 members. He is most proud of getting the club’s finances and budget in order.
“We had a really bad financial situation we were dealing with when I took over,” Shultz said. “That really put a chain, an anchor, on us for a while.”
Calhoun said Shultz was also president during one of the most tumultuous times for the BSC with the loss of the clubhouse after it burned down in 2015, and construction of the new one.
“That was just devastating,” Shultz said of the fire caused by multiple lightning strikes. “It completely destroyed the building and even melted some of the concrete.
“However, with insurance and through donations we were able to build that beautiful clubhouse you see down there now. We were able to get back up and running about nine months after the fire – and we did it all without having to borrow any money.”
Another one of the successes Shultz is proud of is the purchase of 18 acres added to the club’s property around 2010.
“It was high on my priority list,” he said. Shultz said the club had to borrow over $100,000 to make the purchase, but was able to pay it off within a year.
During his tenure, the organization went from being run by a few people to widespread involvement through a new committee structure.
“I had a lot of good help,” Shultz confessed. “A lot of people stepped up along the way to help me get things done.”
“He had the guidance of the board, but there were a lot of decisions that he had to make on his own and did an admirable job,” Calhoun said.
Shultz will remain on as a board advisor for the next year.
“That is extremely valuable going forward,” said Calhoun. “He’s not out of the picture by any means. He’ll still have a lot of input. We will use his wealth of knowledge – believe me.”
Shultz will still serve as the Chief Range Safety Officer as well.
“He has the credentials and that will be an excellent position for him to have,” Calhoun said. “It’s a perfect fit.”
Calhoun also will be pushing for more members to be involved in the club and sharing the workload.
“We’ve got quite a bit of upkeep – it’s time for the younger folks to ride the lawnmowers,” he said.
The upkeep of the club is now of high priority due to the new status the facility has attained as a place where competitors come from far and wide. That may be in part due to the club website built under Shultz’s watch to keep up with the times technologically wise.
“It gets about 800 hits a week from people all over the world,” he said, adding that a fellow from Jamaica won a club event in early June. He said competitors have come from as far as Alaska and Puerto Rico as well.
Calhoun said the club has also gotten a lot of compliments on its shooting course layout and its hosting of sectional and national shooting competitions.
Expansion of range courses and addition of high tech shooting equipment also happened under Shultz’s watch. The club added much in the way of reactive targetry, targets which are not stationery, as well as standard targets to its ranges.
“We’ve gotten an enormous amount of compliments on our facilities,” said Calhoun. “And the competitions bring in a lot of money that we can distribute out to the community. Once we meet our expenses, everything else goes to fund projects around the local community.”
Shultz is very grateful for his time as president of the BSC.
“I would like to personally thank everyone who has ever stepped up and helped us along the way, and there’s been a ton of them,” he said.
And as for Shultz, he’ll still be around.
“I’ll help out any way I can,” he said. “And now I’ll be able to shoot more,” he said happily.
For more information on the Brooklyn Sportsman’s Club, visit www.brooklynsportsmans.