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.