BPAA to Suspend Member Dues for 2021

by Bob Johnson 0

The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Board of Directors has voted to suspend national domestic dues for the 2021 season as its members continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suspension of dues will apply to BPAA domestic member centers in good standing as of Aug. 1, 2020, and applies only to national dues, as the BPAA national board does not have authority over decisions related to dues for state and local proprietor associations.

The BPAA will draw on its reserves to cover the cost of national dues for the 2021 season.

“Bowling centers have faced incredible hardships by the shutdowns and the resulting limitations during the reopening of businesses,” said BPAA President Jim Decker, the owner of Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif. “All of us face the challenge of keeping the lights on with limited revenue coming in, and we must continue to find ways to control our costs. Suspending dues is one way for BPAA to assist our 3,400 members through this difficult time.”

In a media release, the BPAA said it would continue to provide resources to assist centers through the ever-changing landscape. During the early stages of shutdowns, BPAA provided centers with guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and developed digital marketing assets to assist centers.

“Family entertainment is a business segment that has been hit especially hard during the pandemic,” BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio said. “We are continuing to provide resources to help centers navigate through this unprecedented time, including how they can reach their customers and how to work through the reopening of their centers in a way that will make their employees and customers feel as safe as possible. The BPAA board has provided tremendous support during this time and I know their decision to suspend dues in 2021 will be greatly appreciated by our members.”

As part of Bowling University, the BPAA’s bowling center education and training program, BPAA has put together the BPAA Reopening Resource Center to provide center owners and managers with tools and best practices to get bowlers back on the lanes. The resource center has sections to address all operations, including marketing, staffing, bowling, food and beverage, and more.

The Bowling University OnDemand program, for example, has an onboarding course for new and returning employees to help management with the reopening of their center. While each state has its own regulations for businesses, the BPAA Reopening Resource Center was developed to serve as a guide to help member centers during reopening and as they continue to deal with any limitations.

Supplies needed by centers to reopen, including cleaning and sanitation supplies, also are being addressed by BPAA through its Smart Buy partnerships, which provide tremendous discounts to member centers.

Smart Buy has more than 100 partners, and while partners such as SYSCO, Grainger, Cintas and others provide great pricing on supplies, BPAA has partnered with additional companies to assist with items that are in high demand, such as hand sanitizer, Plexiglass shields and cleaning products.

Visit bpaa.com to learn more about BPAA and for COVID-19 updates for BPAA members.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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