NYS Local Associations
Greater Buffalo USBC Hall of Fame
GREATER BUFFALO HALL OF FAME: Twelve people were inducted into the Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Nov. 26 at Samuel's Grande Manor in Williamsville. Front from left: Kathy McDonald (Ability); Beth O'Brien (Service); Linda Bardol (Service to Youth); Dewey Dobson (Service); Janette Piesczynski (Ability); Michelle Sterner (Ability) Back: Ken Duke (Service); Pat Brick (Ability); Ted Czajka (Ability); John Meczynski (Ability); Mike Zarcone (Ability); Greg Merkle (Service).
Tri County Bowling Hall of Fame
TRI COUNTY BOWLING HALL OF FAMERS: NYS USBC President Roger Buckman, right, was the guest speaker on Nov. 12 in Sidney at the Tri County Bowling Hall of Fame dinner (Chen Del O USBC). Inductees are, from left, Bernice Daley, Mary Deck, Robert Wells and Earnest Cawley.
Auburn USBC BA Hall of Fame
AUBURN HONOREES: The late Kevin Gabak and Tom "Rabbit" Winslow were elected into the Auburn USBC BA Hall of Fame for superior performance on Nov. 12. From left are Kevin's wife, Maureen, and Winslow. Becca O'Donnell-Young and Mike Ryan were honored as the association's Bowlers of the Year. O'Donnell-Young and Rick Lambrecht paced the association with 230 averages.
Syracuse USBC BA, WBA USBC Hall of Fame
SYRACUSE HONOREES: The annual combined Syracuse Men's and Women's Bowling Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony was held on Nov. 5, 2016 at Borio's Restaurant. This year's induction class includes, seated from left, former state champion Marcia Russo (Outstanding Performance); longtime SWBA director Betty Genninger (Distinguished Service), and 2016 Post-Standard Women's Masters and Syracuse Queens champion Jennifer Creno (Outstanding Performance); standing, from left, Vince DeFlorio (Outstanding Veteran), former SBA officer/director and youth coach Carl Pawlick (Meritorious Service); and 1994 USBC national champion Jeff Gordon (Outstanding Bowler). Photo by Fran Piraino.
Southern Tier USBC Hall of Fame
SOUTHERN TIER USBC: The Southern Tier USBC Hall of Fame Class of 2016 is, from left, Alexander Johnson Jr., Senior Star; Rosemary Whyte, Special Merit; Gary Palma, Superior Performance; Sarah Krager, Superior Performance, William Gleim, Meritorious Service. The ceremony took place on Aug. 14.
Rochester USBC BA, WBA Hall of Fame
ROCHESTER USBC BA, WBA HONOREES: The Rochester USBC BA and WBA held their Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Wednesday night (May 18) at Brook-Lea Country Club. Honorees are, from left, Laura Branch, youth career achievement; Mike Rose Jr., outstanding achievement (BA); Susan Strait, outstanding achievement (WBA), and Justin Larson, youth career achievement. Photo by Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager.
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Rochesterian, 80, Rolls 868 Series
JANUARY 23, 2016 – The opportunity to excel in bowling exists for all ages -- just ask a pair of New York residents who experienced crowning achievements in recent weeks.
Last month, we reported that 12-year-old Zachary Bogholtz of Nassau rolled a USBC-certified 300 game at East Greenbush Bowling Center (Albany area) – becoming one of the youngest in New York State (but not the youngest) to ever reach perfection. Click on the Youth tab for more about Zach's accomplishment.
Well on Jan. 19, 80-year-old Charlie Gfeller of Rochester connected on 33 of a possible 36 strikes for an 868 series while substituting in the Tuesday Triples League at Domm’s Bowling Center.
The Rochester USBC BA Hall of Famer said he used a new Storm Haywire drilled by Dave “Ham” Werner at AMF Terrace Gardens to post games of 299-279-290. He left a 4-pin in game one, 4-pin in the third frame of game two and a 6-10 in the opening frame of game three – breaking his previous high of 835.
“I’ve had about six or seven 700 sets with this ball at Domm’s. I am able to play between the 5 and 10 board and everything is consistent,” said Gfeller, a 200-plus average bowler.
The retired sheet metal worker said he wonders if anyone else at his age has ever rolled that high of a series. Our research led us to an 810 series rolled by 84-year-old Chuck Foudray of Green Bay, Wis., on Dec. 15, 2015, making him the oldest bowler to record an 800 series.
If anyone has knowledge of a series higher than 868 being bowled by an octogenarian, let us know by sending an email to email@example.com.
NY Bowlers Raise $12,576
to Support BVL Programs
WASHINGTON, DC, December 22, 2015 – The bowlers of New York raised $12,576 in support of the BVL this year which will be used for New York veterans’ recreation therapy programs to help boost spirits and improve morale by providing outlets for an active and engaged lifestyle.
“BVL dollars pick up where government funding leaves off,” said BVL Chairman John LaSpina. “These programs are a vital link in the recuperation process. Time and time again, studies show that programs like the ones BVL provides are the key in speeding recuperation and reducing stressors like isolation and loneliness.
“We thank our friends in New York for helping us in our mission to make a positive difference in the lives of our veterans and active duty military.”
Founded in 1942, BVL is a national 501 (c) (3) charity which is consistently acknowledged for efficient and effective programming delivered with extremely low overhead (6 percent). BVL has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Charities,” earned a “Top Rated” Nonprofit distinction, and accepted into the Combined Federal Campaign (#93325).
New York association and league contributions for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2015 were as follows:
-- Albany USBC, $1,400;
-- Canandaigua USBC, $100;
-- Greater Buffalo USBC, $2,905;
-- Kingston USBC WBA, $125;
-- New York City USBC, $1,584;
-- New York State USBC, $2,000;
-- Northern Adirondack USBC, $395;
-- Orange Sullivan Women’s 500 Club, $130;
-- Rochester Bowling Council, $500;
-- Schenectady-Scotia USBC WBA, $50;
-- Tri-County NY USBC, $2,015;
-- Tuesday Night Alley Cats, $30;
-- Waterville USBC, $1,342.
Robin Marshall Bids Farewell
to Northeast USBC Members
JUNE 8, 2015 -- As you may know, Jim Zebehazy has retired after 33 years of service to the bowling industry. Starting June 8th, I will begin transitioning as the Southern Regional Manager to be effective August 1, 2015. I have enjoyed the last 3 years working with each and everyone of you!! I have learned so much and thank you for your tireless efforts to make bowling a great family sport!
At this time, I would like to introduce, Ben Brose, the new Northeast Regional Manager. Ben has been with USBC for 6 years serving in the roles of Rules Counselor and most recently, the Manager of Membership Services.
Over the next couple of months, Ben will be reaching out to introduce himself and will be attending upcoming Local and State events. Ben looks forward to continuing our mission of a united bowling community that’s educated and engaged.
Feel free to contact Ben and welcome him aboard!!
Ben Brose -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- 817-385-8394
Greater Buffalo USBC
Shares Services Document
The Greater Buffalo USBC, at its Annual Meeting in late July, distributed a USBC and Greater Buffalo USBC Services and Annual Dues Structure document listing all of the services available to those who join the United States Bowling Congress and the local association.
Greater Buffalo Association Manager Bill Palumbo agreed to share the form with other local associations in New York State. The NYS USBC encourages other associations to use this document as a template to be able to communicate the benefits of USBC membership.
CLICK HERE for the form.
Planning For Success: A guide for local associations
JANUARY 30, 2015 -- To help local associations become more equipped for change and to expand the skill-sets of its board, the United States Bowling Congress has developed a program called "Planning For Success" designed to assess the current state of the association, identify what programs are successful as well as which ones need improvement, and how to bring in new volunteers.
The program uses a self-assessment of the association to allow USBC to design action plans around areas needing improvement. The associations involved will receive a visit from their Regional Manager and monthly conference calls to review the status of the action plan.
We are offering this opportunity to two associations in each of the four regions of the country. Associations interested in applying should click here for the application form and email a completed application to email@example.com by February 10, at which time the selection process will take place.
CLICK HERE for an article on the benefits of USBC membership,
written by Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager
CLICK HERE for a one-pager about
the new USBC Adult Basic Membership
CLICK HERE for a graphic of USBC membership benefits
Who Wants to Help?
A call for leaders across the state to voluntarily assist the NYS USBC in its effort to promote bowling through fair, competitive tournaments and worthwhile, effective programs and services.
REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES (“REPS”)
The NYS USBC is recruiting one or two people in each of the state’s 10 regions – see Regional Map on the Officers page of this website -- to provide valuable assistance to the state’s bowling operation in the capacities listed below. These ambassadors not only will enhance the NYS USBC’s level of service, but also will become familiar with the administration of bowling on the state level, potentially paving the way for them to become NYS USBC officers and directors in future years.
a. Help distribute state tournament entry forms, flyers and other materials generated through the NYS USBC office.
b. Represent the NYS USBC (when requested) at local association meetings, local Hall of Fame and Awards gatherings and at other events as warranted.
c. Help communicate NYS USBC directives and “news” – such as new programs, coaching clinics, workshops – and help get the word out about the value of regularly visiting our website – www.bowlny.com.
d. Help promote NYS youth scholarships and other youth initiatives and activities.
e. Help identify potential Hall of Fame or Special Award nominees and assist in the nomination process when necessary.
f. Be our “eyes and ears” at the regional and local level, provide information and insight as we strive to improve communication with and service to our membership.
g. Assist at NYS Open, Women, Senior and Youth Tournaments as requested by the state’s association manager.
YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES (“REPS”)
Similar in scope and function to the Regional Ambassadors, Youth Ambassadors would primarily focus on the following:
a. promoting youth bowling;
b. helping to recruit new youth bowlers;
c. assisting at youth tournaments;
d. spreading the word about the NYS USBC scholarship program;
e. gaining experience necessary to move into leadership roles on the state level.
If you are interested in becoming a Regional or Youth Representative, please contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-343-3736.
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NEW YORK STATE USBC LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS
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||Association Email Address
|Au Sable Forks USBC BA
|Au Sable Valley USBC Youth
|Auburn USBC BA
|Auburn USBC WBA
|Auburn USBC Youth
|Boonville USBC BA
|Boonville USBC WBA
|Catskill Mountain USBC Youth
|Chen Del O USBC
|Columbia Greene USBC
|Corning USBC BA
|Corning USBC WBA
|Corning USBC Youth
|Dunkirk Lakeshore USBC
||Edna "Dolly" Haas
|Finger Lakes USBC BA
|Finger Lakes USBC WBA
|Finger Lakes USBC Youth
|Fulton City USBC Youth
|Fulton County USBC BA
|Fulton USBC BA
|Fulton USBC WBA
|Genesee Region USBC
|Gr Buffalo USBC
|Gr Otsego USBC
|Grape Belt USBC Youth
|Hudson Valley USBC
|Hudson Valley USBC Youth
|Jamestown Area USBC
||William Thompson Jr
|Johnstown USBC WBA
|Johnstown USBC Youth
|Kingston NY USBC BA
||Robert Boughton Sr.
|Kingston USBC WBA
|Lake Ontario USBC BA
|Long Island USBC
|Lowville USBC BA
||Everette Haggerty Jr
|Lowville USBC WBA
|Lowville USBC Youth
|Malone USBC Youth
|Mohawk Valley Towns USBC
|Mohawk Valley USBC Youth
|New York City USBC
|New York State USBC A@L
|Niagara Falls USBC BA
||Anthony Quaranto Sr
|Niagara Falls USBC WBA
|Niagara Frontier USBC Youth
|Northern Adirondack USBC
|Ogdensburg USBC Youth
|Penn Yan-Dundee USBC WBA
|Potsdam USBC BA
||Lloyd Howe II
|Potsdam USBC WBA
|Rochester NY USBC
|| Mark McClain
|Rockland Co USBC Youth
|Rockland County USBC
|Rome USBC Youth
|Salamanca USBC BA
|Salamanca USBC WBA
|Saranac Lake USBC BA
|Sara-Placid USBC WBA
|Sayre Athens Waverly Valley USBC
|Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA
|Schenectady USBC BA
||Lloyd Denny Jr
|Schenectady USBC Youth
|Schoharie County USBC
|Seven Valley USBC
|Southern Tier USBC
|Staten Island USBC
|Syracuse USBC BA
|Syracuse USBC WBA
|Syracuse USBC Youth
|Triboro USBC Youth
|Tri-County NY USBC
|Troy USBC Youth
|Twin Tiers USBC
|Utica Central NY USBC BA
|Utica USBC WBA
|Wayco USBC Youth
|Wayne Co USBC WBA
|Wellsville USBC BA
|Wellsville USBC WBA
|Westchester County USBC