21140 W. Capitol Drive,  Suite 5
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Phone: 262-783-4292 |  Fax: 262-783-4590
Bowling pins falling down from a strike in ten-pin bowling.
Let's Go Bowling!
Greetings from BCAW
by Erik Gialdella, BCAW President

Here we are, Fall of 2020! What strange and unprecedented times we are living in. For many of us, we are not only living in this time...we are owning, managing, and/or working in our bowling centers. We are searching for ways to survive. Some, unfortunately, were not able to survive and more are being faced with the challenging decision to sell or close-up their business.

While it's always easy to blame and slander people in power for not doing more to keep businesses open, I challenge you to shift your mindset to what we are so good at. 

We promote our bowling centers as places for the community and families to enjoy one another's company. As members of the BCAW, we have the ability to come together and help each other thru these challenging times. Or at least, give all we can to someone struggling, someone in desperate need of help. Coming together in unity with one another will not only uplift our association, it will allow us to take back what we are learning from one another and pass it on to our communities. Bowling can do what it always has done, uplift and bring people together...safely.

If you want to help make a difference in our members' businesses, are in need of some advice, or just want to see what our members have been doing then you should join us for our Peer2Peer Networking Sessions on every other Tuesday at 10 a.m. or the BCAW Virtual Annual Meeting & Awards, Educational Sessions & Virtual Happy Hour Networking on October 26th. 

It's a great way to get involved with our fellow members and to pick up some tips and tricks to improve operations, bring more cash flow in, and come together in unity to better our relations and businesses. I hope to see you on a session soon!

Hopefully most, if not all, of you were able to start your fall league bowling season. I wish nothing but prosperity and good health this season! 
Erik Gialdella
   BCAW Calendar of Events 
BCAW Peer2Peer Networking Session
"Open Mike" bring your knowledge & topics
September 22, 2020 Via Zoom
BCAW Peer2Peer Networking Session
Eliminating Your Top Pinsetter Problems
October 6, 2020 Via Zoom
BCAW Peer2Peer Networking Session
To Be Determined
October 20, 2020 Via Zoom
BCAW Virtual Annual Meeting & Awards, Educational Sessions & Virtual Happy Hour Networking
October 26, 2020 Via Zoom
MillerLite Wisconsin Pins Over Average Tournament
November 14 & 15, 2020 @ Wally's Seymour Bowl, Seymour
BPAA Bowling Summit/Mid-Winter Conference
January 17 - 19, 2021@ Palm Springs, CA
Wisconsin High School Bowling Club State Championships
March 5-7, 2021 @ The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay
Storm Scholarship Doubles Tournament
March 7, 2021 @ The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay
All Star Team Challenge
March 13, 2021 @ AMF West Lanes, Milwaukee
Wisconsin Pepsi USBC Regionals
March 20 & 21, 27 & 28, 2021
Wisconsin Adult Youth Scholarship Tournament
April 17 & 18,  24 & 25, 2021 @ Chalet Lanes, Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Middle School Bowling Club State Championships
May 1, 2021 Dale's Weston Lanes, Weston
Wisconsin Pepsi USBC State Championships
May 8, 2021Bowlero Wauwatosa
BCAW Scholarship Golf Tournament
June 14, 2021 @ Par 4 Resort, Waupaca
BPAA International Bowl Expo
June 20 - 24, 2021@ Louisville, KY

BCAW Scholarships Awarded
The Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin (BCAW) established the BCAW Scholarship Program in 1995 to provide scholarships to employees of BCAW member bowling centers and their families. As a benefit of membership, BCAW has awarded over $100,000 to students continuing their education beyond high school. In addition to providing four $1,000 scholarships to a current employee and/or immediate family members of a BCAW member bowling center employee, BCAW also awards a $1,000 scholarship to a current USBC youth member bowling in a BCAW member center.  BCAW Scholarships are held at SMART and administered by the USBC.

All applicants must be a graduating high school senior or have a post high school diploma or equivalent; and be under the age of 22 as of February 1, 2020.   This year's selection committee had a challenging job selecting just five award winners for the 2020 BCAW Scholarships. 

$1,000 Katelyn Holz, Super Bowl
$1,000 Collin Krachey, Prairie Lanes
$1,000 Tyler VanLanen, The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley
$1,000 Zachary Brzeczkowski, Village Lanes Green Bay
$1,000 Isaac Albaugh, Tower Junction 

Award of Excellence Nominations Sought
Deadline to Submit is September 20, 2020!

2019 Award Winners

Steve Cieslewicz 
12 Lanes and Fewer
Whitetail Lanes

Dale Elliott
Over 12 Lanes
Dale's Weston Lanes

In 2016 BCAW created the "BCAW Award of Excellence" to recognize contributions to BCAW and bowling throughout Wisconsin.  Those honored are selected annually from nominations submitted to BCAW for consideration.  The nine-point criteria for this award focuses on demonstrated results in helping to grow bowling not only in their center but in their community and the state.  Supporting the BCAW and its programs through engaged participation will be a hallmark of recipients.

BCAW is committed to recognizing outstanding contributions to the bowling industry in Wisconsin with equal opportunity for this award without regard to the size of the bowling center they are affiliated with.  To that end, the goal is to have two "BCAW Award of Excellence" honorees each year based on center size; 12 lanes and fewer and over 12 lanes.

BCAW Peer2Peer Networking Meetings
This summer BCAW began utilizing ZOOM to provide additional opportunities for proprietors & managers to network on topics of interest.  Designed to be informative between peers, we've had the first few without much of a structure on specific topics or speakers.  We are looking to create meaningful discussion on subjects our members are interested in. 

On October 6th, we will be offering "Eliminating Your Top Pinsetter Problems" facilitated by Pete Riopelle (proprietor Village Bowl) and Jim Everett (head mechanic Village Bowl).  This session will feature a short video presentation, followed by an interactive Q&A.

Here is the log-in information for the upcoming ZOOM Peer2Peer Networking sessions: 

Tuesday 9/22/20 10am - BCAW Peer2Peer Networking
Topic:  Open Mike (no specific topic)
Click HERE to join this Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 863 9171 7619                      Passcode: 008132
Dial by your location:  312 626 6799 US (Central Time Zone)
Meeting ID: 863 9171 7619                      Passcode: 008132

Tuesday 10/6/20 10am - BCAW Peer2Peer Networking
Topic:  "Eliminating Your Top Pinsetter Problems"
Click HERE to join this Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 856 6746 8877                      Passcode: 914434
Dial by your location: 312 626 6799 US (Central Time Zone)
Meeting ID: 856 6746 8877                      Passcode: 914434

Tuesday 10/20/20 10am - BCAW Peer2Peer Networking
Topic:  TBD - looking for suggestions!
Click HERE to join this Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 858 6166 1136                      Passcode: 938718
Dial by your location:  312 626 6799 US (Central Time Zone)
Meeting ID: 868 6166 1136                      Passcode: 938718

Don't Forget to Order Your Pull Tabs! 
As bowling centers around the state start to reopen for business, the BCAW e-Commerce site (http://www.bowlwi.com/shop/) is now available for centers to purchase Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps (aka "pull tabs").

When you place your order, your pull tabs will be shipped to you within 3 business days.
BCAW Annual Meeting 
With the continued uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact on our members and their businesses, BCAW has decided to conduct our BCAW Annual Meeting & Conference via ZOOM this year.  Because we will be meeting virtually, with minimal expense to BCAW, there will be NO CHARGE to participate in this event. 

We will continue with our previously announced date of Monday, October 26th and following is our agenda:

10:00 - 11:30 am  BCAW Annual Meeting
12:00  - 1:00 pm  Open for Business During COVID-19 Pandemic: What All Employers Need to Know by Ann Barry Hanneman, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper
1:30 - 2:30 pm  How to Adapt & Survive to the Ever Changing World by Melissa Guralski, Business Resource Consultant, Sysco Food Services of Baraboo
2:30 - 3:30 pm   Peer2Peer Networking - Virtual Happy Hour

We will conduct the business of the association during the annual meeting segment, which will include elections for the BCAW Board of Directors & recognizing our 2020 BCAW Award of Excellence recipients. (There is still time to submit your nomination!  Click on the link to get additional information and the nomination form.)

Participate to win cash totalling $1,000 and other prizes during the virtual happy hour.    More information coming soon to the BCAW website at bowlwi.com.

Adult Pins Over Average Tournament
State Finals November 14 & 15, 2020 at Wally's Seymour Bowl, Seymour
The Miller Lite Wisconsin Adult Pins Over Average  Tournament is easy to run and fun for the bowlers.   

As a singles event, this is a perfect summer lineage booster to help get people back in your bowling center!

MolsonCoors will again add $1,000 to the prize fund for the 
state finals!  Centers may run qualifying league play or an in-center qualifying tournament now through November 1, 2020.

All bowlers who advance to the state finals are guaranteed a minimum of $20 in prize money.  Additional prize money will be awarded based upon the number of entries.  Restrictions apply. Must be 21 or over to participate.

If you plan on running an in-center qualifier or need a promotional poster, please contact Sandy Jeske at sandy.jeske@bowlwi.com

Adult Youth Scholarship Tournament
State Finals April 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 2021 at Chalet Lanes, Wisconsin Dells
Create fall doubles leagues to help get people back in your bowling center . . . and qualify them for next year's WI Adult Youth Scholarship Tournament! 

In-House Qualifying:
June 1, 2020 - March 21, 2021

This tournament is open to Wisconsin member and non-member bowling centers.  Through in-center qualifying events, at least 1:4 teams will advance to the Wisconsin State Finals Tournament in each of three age divisions. Youth bowlers will have an opportunity to win scholarships based on a minimum 1:10 ratio, with a guaranteed first place scholarship of $200 in each of three age divisions.
USA Bowling Coaching Seminar Grant applications now available
Are you looking for ways to enhance your current youth program? Adding quality coaching not only helps the development of your youth bowlers' abilities, it also enhances the experience and fun of your program!

USA Bowling Coaching seminars provide a cost-effective way for centers to train staff, volunteers and parents to assist youth bowlers in center programming.

Every year, IBC Youth Development executes 50 free coaching seminars across the country. Bowling centers and associations can click 
here to apply to host a free seminar. Centers also can purchase coaching seminars for their youth programs.

The application deadline to host a free seminar is Dec. 31, 2020.

In Memorandum
It is with great sadness that we share news from our bowling family:

MariKay Mathes.  MariKay was co-owner along with her husband Gary of Pla-Mor Lanes in Chilton. 

Dorothy Scherbarth.  Dorothy was the proud owner/partner of Ten Pin Bowl, Scherbarth Lanes and Highland Lanes.  Dorothy was the mother of BCAW Board Member David Scherbarth.    

Lois Riopelle.  Mother of BCAW Board Member Pete Riopelle, Jeff Riopelle and Elizabeth Sonnemann, owners of Village Bowl in Menomonee Falls.  

Earl Carignan.  Owner of Uncle Bob's Bowling Center in Iron River, WI.

Please keep their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Welcome New Members!
New Member(s)
New Supplier Member
Butch & Anne's Pine Grove, Elkhart Lake
Owners: Butch & Anne Fintelmann

Holler House, Milwaukee
Owner: Todd Stuckert

Lanes of Lena, Lena
Owners: Ray McGuire, Lukas DeCleene, Brad Breuninger

Wow Marketing LLC
Contact: Darin Spindler
New Owner(s)
New Owner(s)
Adam & Rebecca Bisson
11th Frame Bar & Grill (previously Beaver Bowl), Augusta

Shane & Chris Carignan
Uncle Bob's Bowling Center, Iron River

Jack Zellmer
Rolling Thunder Lanes (previously Classic Lanes - Fox Valley), Neenah
Jeff & Nick Plouff
Nick's Hodag Lanes, Rhinelander

Dan Patterson & Marcus Wise
Sabre Lanes, Menasha

Matt & Shelby Lewis
Officials Den Bowl & Spirits, Hilbert