Local groups merge

Three area United States Bowling Congress organizations in the Warren area have merged to form one unified association, the Warren USBC Association.

The change went into effect on Aug. 1, combining the Warren USBC Bowling Association, the Warren Women’s USBC Bowling Association and the Trumbull County USBC Youth Bowling Association.

The move was mandated by the USBC in 2016. Local organizations were given two years to put their mergers together.

“Bowlers should not notice any changes, because the services provided won’t change,” said Chuck Welch, president of the new organization. “There will be the same levels of service.”

The new association will be working with bowlers, leagues and their officers, and bowling center management personnel at Champion Lanes, Cortland Lanes, Echo Lanes, Freeway Lanes, Grand Valley Lanes and Niles Lanes.

Other officers are Ted Snyder, first vice president; Cheryl Crooks, second vice president; Jewel Skelton, third vice president; Ann Snyder, association manager; and Joe Urso, treasurer.

Among services that will continue to be provided are certifications of all bowling centers’ lanes; distribution of league supplies, including an average book; award processing; conducting various tournaments; an annual hall of fame and awards banquet; sponsoring scholarships for local youth bowlers; providing education and training; and communication of local, state and national events, changes and activities.

Welch said a committee was put together in 2017 consisting of three representatives from each of the three previous organizations. In April, a regional representative from the USBC attended the group’s organizational meeting when by-laws and officers were voted on. The changes went into effect on Aug. 1.

The league seminar for the 2018-19 season is scheduled Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Banquet Room at Freeway Lanes. Notices of the seminar have been mailed to each league’s president and secretary. League supplies will be passed out along with updated information about the new merged association.