Newtown Fish and Game Club, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Connecticut on April 23, 1945. Prior to that time, it was known as the Newtown Protective Association which was formed in the Winter of 1928. Although almost 90 years have passed since the Club was formed, and Newtown has changed from a farming community to a suburban area, the Club’s objectives have stayed much the same. Our focus is the stocking of fish and birds to provide opportunities for members to fish and hunt, the support of local charitable organizations, preservation of precious open space, maintaining the natural beauty and health of Taunton Lake and our other properties, and providing our members with safe sport and enjoyment.
During the late 1940s, NF&GC started a rapid growth under the leadership of Fred A. Schultz. Fred stepped down as club President in 1970 after serving nearly 25 years. With Fred at the helm, the Club grew from a small group of sportsmen to a club with a self-imposed membership limit of 400 members. In 1978, Fred Schultz was made the First Honorary Life Member and remained active until his death in 1981.
David G. French was then elected President in 1970. Activities were broadened greatly with the addition of a Kid’s Fishing Derby, Club Breakfast on opening day of trout season, Annual Field Trials, and the formation of a Land Acquisition Fund which ultimately allowed for the purchase of 155 acres in New Milford, CT. Dave is also a life member of our Club and serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors.
Starting in 1998, David F. French followed his father to become Club President. NF&GC continued to improve and progress under his leadership with major land improvements at Taunton Lake and the New Milford property, construction of a pavilion at Taunton, purchase of 90 acres in Falls Village, CT, and the expansion of our major fund raising Game Dinner which is sold-out each year and is recognized as one of the best such activities in the area. Dave served as President until his untimely death in Fall of 2007.
In Fall of 2007, Vice President and long-time member Frank Hufner assumed responsibilities as acting President of the Newtown Fish and Game Club. In 2008, Frank was elected Club President.