Rodeo annual meeting, election of board members next week

Tina Harbuck

It’s never too early to get on board with the Destin Fishing Rodeo.

The Rodeo, now in its 67th year, is already making plans for the upcoming month-long fishing tournament in October.

A general membership meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar on Jan. 29. During the general meeting three new directors will be elected.

This year’s slate of candidates include long-time rodeo volunteers, participants and captains. On the ballot are past chairman and rodeo photographer John Brashears, Capt. Chris Schofield of the No Alibi and treasurer of the Destin Charter Boat Association and Angela Hayles, a past board member and a former Miss Destin. There will be write-in spaces available for additional nominations.

Voting is limited to rodeo members in good standing only. To become a member of the rodeo is easy. Memberships are available, $20 for single and $35 for families, which can be paid the night of the meeting or by visiting the rodeo website at www.destinfishingrodeo.org, by mail at P.O. Box 296, Destin, FL 32540, or by dropping by the office located beside the Destin Community Center.

The rodeo is a volunteer based non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote recreational fishing within Destin, strengthen the claim of “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” and foster good sportsmanship and safe fishing among the general public by providing an organized competition for recreational fisherman.

Every year more than 30,000 anglers converge on Destin for the month-long tournament hoping to reel in that trophy winning fish.

But members and volunteers are needed to make it all happen. The rodeo needs people whose interest range from fishing to beauty pageants to everything inbetween.

The night of the general meeting, members will get the chance to signup for various committees such as the rules committee, marketing committee, judge committee and Miss Destin pageant committee.

Get on board now, and be a part of Destin’s longest tradition.