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Our History

Effective August 1, 2008


The Southern Tier USBC was chartered by the United States Bowling Congress, effective August 1, 2008. The Southern Tier USBC is a consolidation of the former Binghamton - Johnson City - Endicott USBC Women's Bowling Association, the former Southern Tier USBC Bowling Association, and the former Southern Tier USBC Youth Bowling Association. At a special session held on June 14, 2008 at the Endwell Fire Station, a group of officers and members met to hold the organizational meeting of the Southern Tier USBC.


Effective August 1, 2014


Karen Hayslett completed her two terms as President as of July 31, 2014. Beckie Eynon takes the reigns as our new President. Karen starts a term as our new Sergeant-at-Arms. Tommy Shelton joins the Board as a new Director. All officers and directors were elected into the position at the Annual Membership Meeting held on June 14, 2014.


Effective August 1, 2018


The Southern Tier USBC celebrates its 10th Anniversary on August 1, 2018. It is hard to believe that ten years has passed since we merged together as a single organization to service our bowlers.  Beckie Ripic continues as President, Randy Snyder comes into the Vice President position and Glenn Hashizumi joins the Board as a new Director. Robert Pflanz Jr. and Michael Fenn were both re-elected for another term in their incumbent positions. All officers and directors were elected to their positions at the Annual Membership Meeting held on April 14, 2018.


Effective August 1, 2020


We are all living in unprecedented times with the CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Local bowling centers have been closed for bowling since March 16, 2020 and will remain so until further notice. 2019-2020 Fall/Winter leagues chose to end their schedules early, and no 2019-2020 Spring/Summer leagues were able to be held. If our local bowling centers are not allowed to open anytime soon, then the 2020-2021 Fall/Winter leagues are in jeopardy of not being able to be held. League officials will need to hold their 2020-2021 Fall/Winter league organizational meetings to discuss their options for the upcoming season. Those options could include to delay the start of their league and adjust their league schedule accordingly, or perhaps "take a year off" and reconvene in the summer of 2021 to decide what to do for the 2021-2022 season. League officials would also need to coordinate with the proprietor of their host bowling center, once they are open for bowling again, to determine what options the center would provide to their leagues. At a special board meeting held on July 29, 2020, the Southern Tier USBC Board of Directors approved unanimously to cancel both the 2020 STUSBC Annual Meeting and the 2020 STUSBC Hall of Fame Banquet events. Both events will be rescheduled to next year.

Effective August 1, 2021

We continue to live with the CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 pandemic affecting our lives. Local bowling centers have been able to reopen for business, albeit under whatever restrictions are mandated by state and local health agencies. Currently in New York State, per executive order to protect the health of New Yorkers, masks are required to be worn by both patrons and staff in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. This measure is currently effective until February 1, 2022, after which the State will re-evaluate based on current conditions. The STUSBC annual association tournaments have re-commenced for the 2021-22 season, with five tournaments to be held.

Effective August 1, 2023

We continue to live with COVID-19 affecting our lives. Local bowling centers have been back to "business as usual" for leagues, tournaments and open bowling. USBC Local, State and National tournaments have also been back in full swing as a benefit to our members. Beckie Ripic completed her three terms as President and even had an extra year added in due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for a grand total of 10 years of service as our President. Randy Snyder takes the reigns as our next President, and, as his first presidential task, he appointed Beckie Ripic as Vice-President for the remainder of the term that Randy vacated when he became President. Barbara Rake resigned from her position as Sergeant at Arms at the end of her term in 2022. That position remained vacant until Christin Fenn was appointed to the position in March of 2023. The following Directors were each re-elected to another 3-year term: Ben Amberge, Eric Williams, Michael Page and Timothy MacNorton.

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