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Where Did Four Years Go?   
by Steve Cieslewicz, BCAW President 
As I sit here and write my final article as your BCAW President, I sit back and reflect on the past four years. Where did it go?  Looking back on the previous four years I think to myself, we accomplished a ton of work in four years. My primary goal was to increase membership. Not by one or two centers, but to grow membership by 10% the first two years and then by another 10% the next two years. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe we had roughly 54% of all bowling centers in membership four years ago.

Well, with a new executive director and new president on the loose, it was off to the races. We wanted to implement this and implement that. Start this, move that. Then all of a sudden, right in the middle of everything, you throw in this one simple word that kind of got us in some hot water. That word is . . . change.  "Hey that's the way we have always done it or what are you trying to do around here?"

Change can be good if done in small amounts.  Too much too soon is kind of a recipe for disaster. I can honestly say that coming into this position I wanted to take the ball and run with it.  But in the end, I found out that it takes time to do the things we wanted to accomplish. Four years later our membership has grown to over 70%; up from 167 member bowling centers to 211 as of today (September 11, 2018).

That is a great feeling to see those numbers. Lots of stories and thank you's from our fellow proprietors.  Great job done by our executive director Yvonne and her staff along the way.  I have learned sooo much from the whole BCAW staff and the board of directors. It sure has been one heck of a roller coaster ride.

While policies and procedures have changed, tournaments have come and gone, members and proprietors have come and a few have left, and staff has evolved  -- but the main focus has never changed. To enhance the profitability of our member centers. I have met so many great new people along the way and I am deeply honored to have served as your president the last 4 years.

Bowling is in my blood, as it is for most of you. But now it is time for the next president to set their sights on what is important and help in their own way. It sure would be nice to see most of you at our BCAW Annual Meeting, Celebration of Excellence Luncheon and Trade Show on October 1st at 10:30 am at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells to share some stories.  Click here to register.  

In conclusion, I just want to say thank you!  The BCAW & BPAA have been the best organizations I have ever been affiliated with and cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Steve Cieslewicz  
BCAW Calendar of Events
BCAW Annual Meeting, Awards Luncheon & Trade Show 
         October 1, 2018 @ Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells
Vintage Alleys Tour
        October 14, 2018, depart from Milwaukee Park & Ride 40-70
MillerLite Wisconsin Adult Pins Over Average Tournament 
       
November 10 - 11, 2018  @ Watertown Bowl North, Watertown
BPAA Bowling Summit
        January 13 - 17, 2019 @ New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans
Wisconsin High School Bowling Club State Championships 
        March 1 - 3, 2019  @ Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay
Storm Scholarship Doubles Tournament
        March 3, 2019  @ Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay
All Star Team Challenge 
        March 9, 2019  @ Classic Lanes Fox Valley, Neenah
Wisconsin Adult Youth Scholarship Tournament 
        April 6 & 7, April 13 & 14, 2019 @ RiversEdge Bowl, Janesville
Wisconsin Middle School Bowling Club State Championships 
        May 4, 2019  @ Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay 
Wisconsin Pepsi USBC State Championships 
        May 11, 2019 @ Village Lanes, Monona (Girls) & Prairie Lanes, Sun Prairie (Boys)
BCAW Scholarship Golf Tournament
        June 10, 2019 @ Par 4 Resort, Waupaca
BPAA International Bowl Expo 
        June 23 - 29, 2019  @ Las Vegas 
Top Ten Reasons to Run the  
WI Adult Pins Over Average Tournament  
1 
Lineage builder for your center. 
Increase your food & beverage sales (during qualifying). Consider running a Miller Lite special.   
Run a squad to fill empty lanes. 
MillerCoors has donated $1,000 to the prize monies awarded. 
5 
Each of your center's qualifying bowlers receive $20 when they check-in at the State Finals. 
6 
State Finals on November 10 & 11, 2018 are located at Watertown Bowl North, Watertown
7 
A nice tournament for your returning league bowlers. 
8 
Flexibility to qualify bowlers through league play or tournament play. 
9 
Complimentary posters and support materials. 
10 
Two divisions bowlers with average 174 and below and 175 and up.  No handicaps to figure since it's a pins over average. 

A huge THANK YOU for the centers who have requested a poster and will run qualifiers!  Questions or need a poster or support materials?  Contact Vivian Schueler at vivian.schueler@bowlwi.com or call 262-783-4292 x103.  Click here  for more information.  
  Renew Your BPAA Membership Online For a Chance to Win Prizes  
   
By now you have probably received your BPAA membership dues invoice.  We encourage you to go online and renew.  You can save time and money and a chance to win some great prizes such as:  
  • Trip for two to Las Vegas for Bowl Expo
  • All expense paid trip including tuition to BPAA Management School at the campus
  • Free dues for the year - BPAA will refund your 2019 due payment
To be eligible you must renew your membership by December 31, 2018 online at www.bpaamax.com or the BPAA Access Store. 
  • Click on "My Invoices" and enter your BPAA member number and "bpaa"
    (lower case) as the password. 
  • The $2 per lane discount is only valid until December 31, 2018.

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Welcome New Members & Owners!
New Members
New Owners
Baugniet's Badger Bowl, Mishicot
Proprietors: Heather & Jeff Baugniet and 
  Andrea & Jeff Novak
Bruce's Bar & Bowl, Valders
Proprietor: Penny Wiegand
Court Lanes Mill, Milwaukee
Proprietors: Laporsha Cooper & Bennie Cooper
Lodge 57/ModTruss, Inc., Fond du Lac
Proprietor: Cheyenne Wiseman
Ruthie's Bar & Grill
Proprietor: Ruth Weggen
Sean 'n Kel's Tigerton Lanes
Proprietor: Sean Johnson
Viking Bowl & Lounge, Colfax
Proprietor: Amy Young

Marathon City Sports Center, Marathon
Proprietor: Tom Heise
Motion Plus Lanes
Proprietors: Dan Gnadt & Nick Remer


In Memory Of
Melinda "Mindy" Portzen
Melinda Portzen, age 62, of Dodgeville, WI passed away on April 3, 2018.  She and her husband Nick owned and operated Dodger Bowl Lanes.  

Melinda's family and friends are in our thoughts & prayers.  
 
Click here for the obituary >>>>

Pat Cuculi
Pat Cuculi, age 72, of Sturgeon Bay passed away on September 9, 2018.  He was the former owner of Apple Valley Lanes.

Pat's family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.