HOF – James E. Poelking


2001 – Meritorious Service
James E. Poelking

Jim Poelking began his career as a pinboy in his father’s center in 1941. In the years since, he has become nationally known for his contributions to bowling. He served two terms as president ( 1745-5 and 1985-86) of the Greater Dayton Bowling Proprietors Association. He was co-host of the 1957 WIBC Championship and proprietor host of the ABC Tournament in 1975.

Jim served as president of the Bowling Centers Association of Ohio from 1990-92. He was on the committee that helped organize the Ohio Grande Prix Scholarship Fund in 1989-90. He was responsible for contacting Ohio dignitaries to serve on the Grand Prix Board and co-wrote the constitution and by-laws which govern the BPAO Foundation which to date has issued more than $70,000 in scholarships to Ohio youth bowlers. He was on the Ohio Bowling Council for four years (1989-1992).

On the national level Jim served on the Budgeting and Finance Committee for the BPAA. He was chairman of the BPAA Convention Committee fro six years (1988-94).

He was also an excellent bowler, with 2 – 300 games, an 800 series and scores of 700 sets. During his military service he won the Military All Korea All-Events and also was the Military Far East singles, doubles and all-events champions. At home, he won the Dayton ABC Singles Tournament in 1961-62 and set a city record with 26 consecutive strikes in 1973.

A member of the Dayton BA Hall of Fame (1994), Jim tonight passes through the portals of the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame.

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