Poelking was honored by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Proprietor of the Year for Ohio in 2013. He has served on the BPAA board, completed two terms as president of the BPA of Greater Dayton, and currently serves on the Strike Ten Entertainment board. He has also served as the state president and executive board chairman of the Bowling Centers Association of Ohio. The Springboro resident was inducted into the Ohio Bowling Council Hall of Fame for meritorious service in 2017 and received the BCAO Hall of Fame Meritorious Service Medal in 2012.
Poelking’s centers have hosted many local and state events over the years. Poelking South will host the 2019 Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships in April, bringing together many of the best collegiate bowlers from across the country.
While his accomplishments have garnered local, state and national accolades over the years, Poelking is not one to be satisfied with the status quo. He is a local proponent of USA Bowling, a new youth bowling program with coaches, leagues, tournaments, and summer camp components. USA Bowling follows a format similar to traditional youth team sports, like Little League, by utilizing shorter seasons, a Baker style format, coaches and instructional opportunities for both bowlers and coaches.
“This youth program is really taking off and is a great opportunity for young bowlers,” Poelking said. “I would love to see it here.”