Carl Shechter has been an active and engaged community leader since he first moved from New York to Pembroke Pines in 1988. He has twice served as President of the Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club, was a ten year member of the Pembroke Pines Planning and Zoning Board and was elected three times to serve as Pembroke Pines City Commissioner representing District 1, serving as Vice Mayor in 2009, 2012, and 2016. He retired from the Commission on September 30, 2017, shortly after his 90th birthday.
Mr. Shechter was appointed to the Broward Health Council, Broward League of Cities Hurricane Preparedness Committee, and to the Florida League of Cities Municipal Service Delivery Council. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the Broward Ethics Revision Board.
In 2016, Carl was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Miramar-Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce, and in 2017, the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center was renamed the Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Senior Center Campus. He currently volunteers three times a week at the senior center as a Resource Coordinator assisting with members’ inquiries and guiding them to resources. He also facilitates a weekly discussion group that promotes awareness of relevant topics affecting seniors today.
For his untiring community spirit and devotion, and service to the Center, Carl Shechter merits election into the Broward Senior Hall of Fame.