BVL Donations Top One Million Dollars for 16-17 Season:

Michigan USBCs Recognized for Contributions

For the first time since 2001, bowling’s own, oldest and most successful charity, the Bowlers to Veterans Link, has cleared the million dollar mark – raising $1,069,779.75 going into the organization's 75th Anniversary year.

“We’re absolutely delighted that we have broken that million dollar mark,” notes BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar.  “These monies were raised across America by volunteers that understand the importance of the BVL mission to Brighten Veterans’ Lives.  They know that their efforts will truly have an important impact on our veterans.”

The majority of the contributions – more than $630,000 – was derived from approximately 300 USBC associations and leagues throughout the country, up from $594,000 in the 15-16 season. Of that, $50,607.05 came from the State of Michigan.

“We can’t thank our bowlers from Michigan enough to help us brake past that million dollar number,” notes BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar.  “Throughout the state -- in small towns and big cities -- your hard working volunteers really made a difference.”

The remainder of the funds raised was the result of donations from bowling center campaigns, corporate support, personal contributions, and dollars donated in honor of members of the bowling community and military veterans.  Harrar adds, “From our corporate partners to youth league fund-raisers, our cause is being embraced by all segments of the sport.”

A complete list of the 16-17 contributors can be found at

BVL funds are used to provide recreational and therapeutic programs and activities to help brighten the days of veterans; encouraging participation in sports and the arts to help speed recuperation and boost morale.

Founded in 1942, BVL has been recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs for its commitment to America’s veterans. Notes VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, “Our country’s sacred obligation to fully honor our commitments to our Veterans is deeply personal to me, and I’m particularly grateful to Bowlers to Veterans Link for joining us in their own enduring commitment and noble work for Veterans.  My deep thanks to BVL for steadfastly honoring Veterans’ sacrifices.” 

Harrar concludes, “While we thank each and every Michigan BVL volunteer and contributor for their efforts, we want to redouble our commitment as we enter this new season.  There is plenty of room for more associations to get involved.  Contact me at to get your free fund-raising kit.  Let’s work together to make our 75th Anniversary year better than ever!”

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Important update to WinLABS 10 now available
The current version of WinLABS 10 software for 2016-2017 will expire July 31. You should see a countdown message indicating this when you open WinLABS. You can click OK, and proceed to work within the program.

Associations who are not merged, or are still running WinLABS 10.0.34, will need to install the latest patch as soon as possible. Click here to log in with your association number and supply order password. Please follow the instructions on the page.

Any merged local associations not currently running a tournament can schedule an appointment to upgrade to WinLABS 12. Click here to set an appointment.

Changes to USBC Adult Basic membership for 2017-2018 season
Starting with the 2017-2018 season, bowlers will have the option of paying state dues for a USBC Basic membership. The USBC Basic membership only is available for leagues having 16 or fewer sessions, and is valid only for that league, but it will provide bowlers with a USBC-certified average so they can compete in local and national tournaments.

The cost of a USBC Basic membership remains at $10 but USBC Basic members who want to participate in events requiring state association membership will need to pay additional dues to join the state association. USBC Basic members also have the option to upgrade to Standard membership for an additional charge.

Get ready for the new season
It’s not too early to begin preparation for the new bowling season. Now is a great time for your board to decide what kind of awards program you will offer, set up any new membership products you may offer to different segments of your membership, and to decide and create the information that will go into your league secretary packets.

Work with your board to create a plan this fall to attend league meetings, as this is the chance to be in front of your members when they join. Assist leagues with completing the certification forms and take them with you so they can be entered quicker, a nice touch that improves the service to the members.

A new bylaws template will be available on after Aug. 1. There were some bylaws changes passed at the USBC Convention this year which automatically will change your bylaws without needing approval from your membership. Once your bylaws have been updated, please email a copy to your Regional Manager or to so we can keep a copy in our records for you.