How to Rescue a Failing Bowling Club

Occasionally, one is called upon to rescue a failing bowling club. That can be a difficult assignment, but one that has to be tackled all the same. Truth be told, majority of the bowling clubs are bound to experience difficulties at some point. Some end up in such bad conditions that they have to be rescued. It is therefore important to always have people who know how to execute such rescue missions properly – knowing that, soon or later, we are bound to have bowling clubs that need to be rescued.

There are two key steps that need to be followed, while trying to rescued a failing bowling club.

Diagnosing the underlying problem(s)

In the first step, you identify the specific reasons as to why the bowling club is failing. Some bowling clubs fail due to poor leadership. Others fail due to lack of finances. Others still fail due to lack of interested members… The most important thing, at this stage, is simply to diagnose the problem. You won’t be able to treat the problem, unless you diagnose it properly in the first instance.

You need to first look at the superficial issues that are ailing the bowling club you are trying to rescue. Then you need to sink deeper, and try to identify the ‘underlying issues’. Sometimes, the superficial issue is lack of finances. But if you dig deeper, you realize that the underlying issue is poor leadership (which is, in turn, leading to poor financial management).

Resolving the issues

Having identified the underlying issues,  in the second step, you come up with solutions. If, for instance, it is a matter of finances, you can come up with better fundraising strategies. To that end, you may decide, for instance, to use web-based fundraising platforms. This would make sense, especially if majority of the targeted contributors are folks who receive their money online: like, for instance, the Lowe’s employees who receive their pay through the Lowe’s HR portal at myloweslife.com.  On the other hand, if the problem is leadership, you can organize for the current (presumably incompetent) leadership to be ousted, and replaced with competent folks. As long as you got the diagnosis right, you will not have a very difficult time solving the issue.

How to Elect Bowling Club Officials

Having managed to establish a bowling club, you will need to elect officials who would then run the club’s affairs. So the first step is to set up the club. Then you recruit members to join the club. And then you get the members to elect the officials who would thereafter manage the club’s affairs. The actual process of electing bowling club officials typically entails:

  1. Announcing the election: the goal here is to get the members to be ready for the election. Another goal is to get people who are interested in being elected to announce their candidature and campaign/lobby adequately. So the election needs to be announced well in advance.
  2. Making a decision on the mode of election: is it, for instance, to be carried out through the secret ballot? Or is to be an election through consensus? You have to make a decision on the mode of election. This shouldn’t be a random choice. On the contrary, you should look at the club’s circumstances, in order to make a decision as to what the best way to elect officials would be.
  3. Carrying out the actual election: having made a decision on the mode of election, you proceed to implement it at this stage. Ideally, the election should be on a date when most of the members are likely to be free to attend. Like if, for instance, most of the members work at Walmart, you can request each one of them to visit the Walmartone login page and sign in, in order to check their work schedules. After checking their work schedules in that way (at Walmartone.com), they can report back to you, with information on their work schedules and when they are likely to be off-duty. You can then go through the work schedules, to find out when most of the members are likely to be free – which would be the best time to hold the election.
  4. Announcing the election results: the names of the elected officials need to be publicly announced. That way, the bowling club members will get to know whom the new officials of their club are.
  5. Inducting the elected officials into office: once the new officials have been elected, it is good idea to take them through an induction course. That way, they would get to know what is expected of them, as bowling club officials.