Greater Grand Rapids USBC AssociationIssue No. 15-7
Dear Bowler, 

As things kind of slow down for the summer, here are a few pictures from the adult and junior awards banquets.  Along with a few tidbits of information and other events.


Hope you are enjoying your summer!


Greater Grand Rapids USBC Association


Grand Rapids bowler with dual citizenship to compete for Team Canada in Pan Am Games

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Grand Rapids bowling scene will be represented at the 2015 Pan AM Games in Toronto, but not by the Stars and Stripes.  


Local bowler and St. Catharines, Ontario native Robin Orlikowski will compete for Team Canada in the international tournament that spans from North to South America.   


The tournament begins on Tuesday for Orlikowski, who moved to Grand Rapids in 2005 and gained dual citizenship three years later.  

Since she started competing for Team Canada in 2000, Orlikowski has won events at the state, national and international levels, but she still considers her time in the upcoming tournament as an honor.   


"There are only two women and two men selected for each country, so it's an honor to be chosen as one of those bowlers, and to bowl on my home country's soil is out of this world," said Orlikowski, who calls Wengers Bowling Center her home alley. "We have so many friends and family that are going to be behind us. It's going to be amazing."   


Author Patrick Nothaft



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Scholarship Applications
ATTENTION COACHES, PARENTS AND THE 2016 SENIOR CLASS - Please watch for all updated Scholarship applications for the 2016 year to be on our website ( beginning in September.  This will give you plenty of time to begin the process as they are not due until April 15, 2016.  We hope to see all of you apply for the chance to receive any of the $2,000, $1,500 or $500 scholarships.  All certified bowlers who qualify are welcome to apply.


Adult / Junior
Awards Banquet Pictures
Picture galleries can be found on the association website.

Adult Banquet | Youth Banquet


Red, White & Blue Quilts
These beautiful quilts were made by Marilyn Weber, Lucinda Burrell & Ruthann Bryan and were raffled off by the Coldwater Association at the State Seniors tournament to help raise funds for BVL The Bowlers to Veterans Link.  To Learn more about BVL and its mission visit 

In This Issue
Grand Rapids Women show up to Midwest Tournament in style.
Grand Rapids was well represented at the Midwest Women's tournament that was held in Rockford, IL.  Taking home the trophies in nearly every actual event.  The team of Brunswick Bunnies (Robin Orlikowski, Lisa Doss, Sarah Pettenger & Julie Ocepek) took home the 1st place spot for actual team event.  Michelle Kubiak took home the 1st place spot for actual singles & Lisa Doss took home the 1st place spot for All-Events.  Great bowling ladies!

Annual Meeting & Board of Directors Elections

The Annual Meeting was held on May 14 at Westgate Bowl at 7:00pm.  Thank you to all those who attended. We had about 50 in attendance.  We heard several excellent reports from the USBC Annual Meeting in Nebraska (which will be posted online soon), elected 1 president, elected 5 officers, and passed one amendment to the by-laws. The amendment now states that for Election of Directors, "Qualifications must be submitted to the Nominating Committee at least one week prior to the Opening of the Annual Meeting". This used to be 24 hours.    

Pat Cross was re-elected as president.

Re-elected to 3 year terms as board members were:
JoAnn Goggins, Earl Haney, Sharyl Jahn, Matthew Jelsma, and Leroy McIntosh.


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