HOF – John Simanella


1997 – Meritorious Service
John Simanella

When you ask for volunteers, John is the one most likely to step forward first. He has volunteered his time for many projects such as, but not limited to the following. Bowling Instructor for Baldwin Wallace College 1989 to present. Young America Bowling Alliance in-school bowling representative 1994 to present. Chairman of Bowling Pin Cart Day in Parma Ohio. Instrumental in starting Cleveland Bowling Council and has been its only President since. Set up and manned booths in Shopping Malls to promote bowling. Established “Junior Bowling Day” in the Cleveland area.

Initiated the “Pride” emblem given to all American Bowling Congress members. John was first elected to the Cleveland Bowling Association Board of Directors in 1960 and served as its President and many other offices. He is presently a Past President Life Member. He is also a member of the Cleveland Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

John was elected to the Ohio State Bowling Association in 1988 as a Zone Director and served as Chairman of the Publicity Committee.

During all the years John has served without renumeration his boss once saying “lf John would have devoted as much time selling as he did to bowling, he could have retired at a much younger age.” For his many years of volunteer service to bowling it is fitting that John be honored tonight for Meritorious Service to bowling in the state of Ohio.

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