Thu, February 29, 2024

2024 President's Annual Message, Submitted by Bruce Hall, President, NEBA

  • Jan 3, 2024

Welcome to the 2024 bowling season!  It’s my privilege to serve as President of NEBA for one more year, and I hope this note kicks things off with some interesting info for you.  Let’s start by looking back at 2023, then review what happened at the 2023 annual meeting, and then look ahead to 2024. 

 

2023 Recap

2023 was a banner year for NEBA.  We had two less events yet only 100 less overall entries compared to 2022.  We welcomed Justin Alves as our new Tournament Director and Danny Kaye as the new NEBA manager with both settling into their roles nicely as the year progressed.  We held three Zoom board meetings and an in person annual meeting at Norwich in December. 

 

2023 saw a number of notable bowling achievements: 
 

  • Colby Hagemoser won his first BOY, as well as his first two titles back-to-back.
  • Chris Forry almost won BOY, but did win his first Senior BOY comfortably, as well as qualifying for the HOF
  • Chris Monroy once again captured the high average title and qualified for the HOF
  • Smooth stroking Michael Reale became our oldest Rookie of the Year
  • John Kirker held on for Super Senior of the year
  • Amanda Broege dominated the Woman of the Year category
  • Sean Buck won Youth of the Year
  • Alex Aguiar won our 1000th event – the Rip Callahan Memorial Open, besting the 341 entry field.
  • Last but by no means least, Bill Webb won his 20th and 21st titles while capturing the Paul Forry Memorial Cup

 

2023 Events and Champions

 

Here’s a rundown of all the events and champions for 2023:

 

Month

Event Name

Center

Champion(s)

January

Many Styles of Bowling Singles

AMF Circle Lanes

Aaron Major

February

East Coast Sports Investors Trios

East Providence Lanes

Tyler Hurne, Jay Mathieu, and Joey Transue

February

Strike F/X Doubles

East Providence Lanes

Rich Reynolds and Paul Smith

March

Bowl Winkles Pro Shop Open

Hall of Fame Silver Lanes

Joey Transue

April

Cambridge Credit Counseling Invitational

Callahan's Bowl-O-Rama

Bill Webb

April

buddiesproshop.com Open

Nutmeg Bowl

Jon Matunas

May

I Am Bowling Powered by Logo Infusion Senior Open

Walnut Hill Bowl

Chris Forry

May

Ace Mitchell Non-Champs

Walnut Hill Bowl

Joseph Bourhill

May

Savage Arms Open

AMF Chicopee Lanes

Brandon Vallone

June

GMS Decorative Concrete O/U Doubles

AMF Cranston Lanes

Danny Khuu and Joe Scianna

June

Grog Monster Sports Doubles

AMF Cranston Lanes

Robby Shine and Alex Cavagnaro

July

Yankee Lanes Doubles

Yankee Lanes

Ian Fitzpatrick and Tyler Perry

July

Yankee Lanes Singles

Yankee Lanes

Chris Monroy

August

Rip Callahan Memorial Open (1000th)

Callahan's Bowl-o-Rama

Alex Aguiar

September

Yankee Lanes Senior Open

Yankee Lanes

Bill Webb

September

Yankee Lanes Women's Open

Yankee Lanes

Amanda Broege

September

Yankee Lanes Singles

Yankee Lanes

Stone Bouchard

October

NEBA Masters

Auburn Lanes

Chris Forry

October

DJBT Youth Open

AMF Holiday Lanes

Jacob Dunbar

October

KR StrikeForce Open

AMF Holiday Lanes

Colby Hagemoser

November

Dexter and Turbo Grips Non-Champs

East Providence Lanes

AJ Villa

November

Storm Products International TOC

East Providence Lanes

Colby Hagemoser

December

Better Bowling Concepts Senior Singles

Norwich Bowl & Ent. Center

Brian Boghosian

December

Ideal Bowling Concepts Open

Norwich Bowl & Ent. Center

Bill Webb

December

Paul Forry Memorial Cup Winner

 

Bill Webb

 

 

2023 Annual Meeting

At the annual meeting a number of important resolutions were voted on:

 

  1. The regular tournament entry fee was increased to $110.  This was to head off increases in lineage and to “future proof” us for the next couple of years.
  2. We made a revision to the traditional “Senior” tournaments in that women are invited to bowl with seniors and super seniors at senior events.  The new events will be called “Special Cut” events. 
  3. There was a motion to return to two lane courtesy, but it was defeated so we will stay with one lane courtesy for qualifying only.  Two lane courtesy still applies for the finals. 
  4. There were no by-law changes made at the 2023 annual meeting.  There is an extensive rewrite of the bylaws underway, with thanks to Ed Roberts and Chris Monroy for spearheading that effort.  Their proposed changes as well as other proposed by-law changes will be made available well in advance of the 2024 annual meeting where they will be discussed and voted upon. 
  5. Jon Van Hees will head up a newly formed Center Committee with the task of getting higher engagement from centers we visit.  Jon will report on the activities of the committee at the March board meeting.

 

Shortly after the annual meeting we solicited for board members and nominations for the vacant Second VP position.  Jay Johnson was nominated and voted in as Second VP.  Next year, First VP Jon Van Hees will take over as President, Second VP Jay Johnson moves to the first VP, and we will accept nominations and vote for a new Second VP at the annual meeting.

 

NEBA’s Board of Directors plays a key role in running NEBA.  In addition to all former NEBA presidents and current officers, the NEBA BOD also has as members:

 

Brian Boghosian

Matt Brockett*

Tim Gagne

Brian Gaskill*

Andrew Hall

Ed Roberts

Amy Viale

AJ Villa

 

* NEW MEMBERS FOR 2024

 

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Let’s take a minute to celebrate our 2023 and 2024 NEBA sponsors!  They contribute money that covers expenses and beefs up prize funds and supply equipment that we give away at events and on the livestream. Special thanks to Chris Forry for the $10,000 Paul Forry Memorial  Cup sponsorship, and for agreeing to sponsor again in 2024! Please see here for a complete list of NEBA sponsors.

 

Looking Ahead to 2024

2024 has an exciting schedule, and it can be found here!  We will once again have 24 events, the same as 2023, except that we will wrap up the year with the CCCI in Chicopee, so this nets us one less event for 2025.  We are featuring a return to Rutland Bowlerama this year and a return of the Paul Forry Memorial Cup.

 

We kick things off this coming Sunday, January 7, with the Cambridge Credit Counseling Invitational at Bowlero Auburn (you must have bowled 5 events in 2023; sign up here), and later this month we will be at AMF Circle Lanes for the Many Styles of Bowling Open Singles event (sign up here).  

We will have three Zoom Board Meetings for 2024: Tuesday, March 5, 2024, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, Tuesday, October 1, 2024.  We will also have the in-person Annual Meeting, Saturday, December 7, 2024 – location TBD.

Have a Great 2024!

Here’s hoping you and yours have a great 2024, and all your bowling dreams come true!

 

See you on the lanes,

Bruce

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