21140 W. Capitol Drive  Suite 5
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Toll Free: 1-800-229-3098 (Wisconsin Only)
Phone: 262-783-4292 |  Fax: 262-783-4590
Email: info@bowlwi.com
Bowling pins falling down from a strike in ten-pin bowling.
Let's Go Bowling!
Time Can Make all the Difference  
by Steve Cieslewicz, BCAW President 
Hello All in our Bowling Family,

Wednesday, October 26th. I finally have 30 minutes to sit down and write my newsletter article. It is chilly and rainy on this October fall morning. Sooo much stuff to do and it seems like very little time to do it in. It is that time of year that I wish I could clone myself just to keep track of everything that's happening and making sure that everything gets done the way I would like. I bet most of us feel that way bout this time of the year. LOL

On a serious note, as we get into full swing with our bowling, darts, pool, food, etc. We have to schedule time for ourselves at least once a week.  Time for what you say?  Something like 1-2 hours a week (outside of routine office work) for yourself to focus on the planning of activities and promotions in and around your center. Like, put it in your calendar every week at a certain time or you will never make it happen. (Maybe include your top employee?) If we drop the ball on promos, then it directly affects your bottom line.

Along with taking time for promos, don't forget about engaging your staff with feedback on things that have happened or future things going on, in and around your center. Such as events, customer relations, some very light financial data, etc. Keeping employees abreast on a daily/weekly basis means they are more likely to have a sense of ownership and be more productive in the future.

Last but not least, don't forget about our BCAW Annual Meeting, Conference & Trade Show at Village Bowl in Menomonee Falls on December 5th & 6th.   We have some great things planned for you and your employees.  The information and products you will receive should more than pay for your time away from your center. Plus, you should be back to your center by mid afternoon.

Let's keep the ball rolling. A whopping, 199 members strong!

BCAW Calendar of Events
BCAW Annual Meeting, Conference & Trade Show
December 5 - 6, 2016 @ Village Bowl, Menomonee Falls
BPAA Membership $2 Discount & Music License Renewal Deadline
        December 31, 2016 
BCAW Scholarship Applications Due
March 1, 2017 
Wisconsin High School Bowling Club State Championships
March 3 - 5, 2017 @ AMF Bowlero Lanes, Wauwatosa
Storm Doubles Scholarship Tournament
March 5, 2017 @ AMF Bowlero Lanes, Wauwatosa
All Star Team Challenge
March 11, 2017 @ Village Bowl, Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin Adult Youth Scholarship Tournament
April 1 & 2; 8 &  9, 2017 @ Lincoln Lanes, Merrill
Wisconsin Middle School Bowling Club State Championships
May 6, 2017 @ Dale's Weston Lanes, Schofield
Wisconsin Pepsi USBC State Championships
May 13, 2017 @ Super Bowl, Appleton
4th Annual BCAW Scholarship Golf Tournament
June 12, 2017 @ Foxfire Golf Club, Waupaca
Annual Meeting, Conference & Trade Show
December 5 - 6 @ Village Bowl, Menomonee Falls
SAVE $$$$ Early Bird Deadline November 18! 

Bring a Friend Promotion! 
Bring a bowling center proprietor friend who has not attended in 2014 or 2015, and you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win $200!  You must register and pay in full by November 18, 2016.  Drawing will be held December 6 at 10:30 a.m.  You must be present to win.

  • Take a break from the center, do your holiday shopping in the Falls or Milwaukee.
  • Network with your fellow proprietors & managers
  • Discuss topics that focus on helping your center's bottom line and other topics during the round table discussions.
  • Enjoy a SYSCO Chef demonstration on how to prepare menu items for snack bars or restaurants. A sampling of the chef inspired foods will be available for your taste
  • Save money with member suppliers at the trade show.
  • Share some laughs during dinner with Potawatomi's own Glen Gerard. Considered to be the Midwest's Top Magician & Illusionist by Fox Television Network. 
             Click here for more info & to register>>
Wisconsin Adult-Youth Scholarship Tournament is a Win-Win for Bowlers and Centers
Twelve strikes is a perfect game and here's 12 reasons why you should run this tournament in your center.

 1 $3,500 in scholarships awarded to fourteen youth bowlers last year! 
2 . 123 teams bowled at the state finals last year!
3 . Only the youth have to be certified.
4 . Three different age divisions. 
5 Adults do not have to be related to the kids to bowl.  
6 . Centers can qualify bowlers though league or run in-center tournaments.
7 .  Lineage builder for centers.
8.  Increased food and beverage sales.
9.  Easy tournament to sell, talk to your bowlers.
10State finals are bowled on a house shot.
11.  Centers can run the tournament or league qualify from November 1, 2016 until March 13, 2017 - but, don't delay!
12.  FUN for families, coaches, kids, relatives and the center to run.

Now is the time to plan your squads for adult-youth leagues and start to get bowlers qualified to go to the state finals in Merrill, WI. Squad dates are April 1 & 2 and 8 & 9. Go to bowlwi.com for rules and forms.
Apple Vacations Pins Over Average Tournament 
  Congratulations to the winners!! 

   1st Place:
175 Average & Above        
   Jacob Panzer, +83, King Pin Lanes 
   $200 plus Apple Vacations trip for two   

  1st Place: 174 Average & Below
Nicole Puerner, +81, King Pin Lanes 
   $150 plus Apple Vacations trip for two 

A big THANK YOU to Apple Vacations for proving the Apple Vacations trips to Riviera Maya Mexico; Cary and Lynn Serwe and their staff at King Pin Lanes for hosting the state finals and to all BCAW member centers who ran in-center qualifiers.  
Supplier Member Spotlight

Welcome Back Jim Grant!
414-520-9083 Cell Phone  

As many of the proprietors in Wisconsin know, I left QubicaAMF after 12 years in October of 2015 to pursue an opportunity to own my own business as a State Farm agent.  After a six month training period and getting fully licensed, I began work in the office, and while I was immediately successful, my family and I learned very quickly that the evening and weekend hours that would be required to sustain long term success in the insurance industry simply could not work for our family.  That, combined with the financial sacrifice it would take over the next 4-5 years to build a successful business, made our decision a pretty easy one - we simply couldn't continue with State Farm.  Luckily, I left on very good terms with QubicaAMF last fall, and the timing was right for my return as we realigned some territories, and I assumed my same position with QubicaAMF on September 1, 2016.
I have learned some very important and life-changing lessons over the last year, both personally and from a business standpoint from an incredible Fortune 50 company.  I have an even more profound respect and admiration for our customers, . . .

Read more of Jim's story and about QubicaAMF>>> 
Welcome New Members & Owners!

New Members
Helium Trampoline Park, New Berlin 
Contact: Randy Seffren 

New Owners
Eric Berndt, Berlin Lanes, Berlin
Mark & Sarah Brown, Chalet Lanes,
Wisconsin Dells