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Gottscheer Relief Association, New York

Gottscheer Bowling Club

Description:  The purpose of the Gottscheer Bowling Club (GBC) is to provide for the mutual assistance, enjoyment, entertainment and improvement of it's members, socially and physically.  Over the years, this theme has resulted in the club expanding it's involvement from bowling to include softball, skiing, fishing, golfing and trips to Atlantic City.  Our flag bears the motto, "LOYALTY - FRIENDSHIP - ATHLETICS" and we have truly earned the right to display it proudly.
History:  It all began in 1945 at Anton Kropf's Bar & Grill, where John Kropf, Frank Schaffer, John Lackner, Frank Kropf, Joe Roethel and Anton Kropf founded what is known today as the Gottscheer Bowling Club.  Little did they know that they were starting the foundation of one of the strongest organizations in New York.
The headquarters of the GBC is at Gottscheer Hall in Ridgewood, New York, where the business meetings of the club are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  The bowling activities take place every Thursday evening at 7:30 P.M. at JIB Lanes, from September through May.  There is a 30 week session that decides the best teams.  Following the regular season, there is the Gottscheer Open where every man bowls for himself.  This tournament gives everyone handicaps to bring them to an equal level and everyone has a chance to win.  There is also a Top Twelve Tournament that pits the twelve best bowlers in the league against each other.  Prizes are awarded accordingly.  Though we are not professionals, the GBC bowls against other leagues in friendly competitions.
Over fifty years ago, when the Gottscheer Bowling Club was formed, its organizers laid the foundation and set the infrastructure for an organization that is as strong today as ever before.  The vision of our forefathers was not only to have its members enjoy an evening of bowling, but also to foster the Gottscheer heritage through meetings, social gatherings and special events.  As an organization, the GBC is an active participant supporting events sponsored by the other Gottscheer Organizations of New York.  We have not disappointed anyone in these efforts, for we have been active and well represented at Volkfests, Steuben Day Parades and Treffens.  As a club, we hope to further strengthen our ties with the Gottscheer community and the community in general.

Current Officers: 
          Matt Guile     - President
          Erich Wagner   - Vice Pres.
          Oscar Eppich   - Finance Secr.
          Freddy Luscher - Sports Secr.
          David Kurre    - Secretary
          David Koehler  - Sgt. at Arms

For more information, contact:
          Matthew Guile, President

Freddie Luscher, Matt Guile, and John Petrovits at the 60th Anniv. Dance 3/5/2005

                    300 GAME !


Freddy Luscher stands as the only Gottscheer Bowling Club member to accomplish this feat.  He bowled a perfect game on January 6, 2005.


657 Fairview Avenue
Ridgewood, New York 11385
tel: 718-366-3030