56th Annual Hall of Fame & Awards Dinner

Thank you to all of the board members, proprietors and bowlers that came to join us at this years Hall of Fame Dinner. Congratulations to Sam Chirich on being entered into the Hall of Fame and to all the members of the Joliet Area USBC BA Honor Court. View photos from the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner below.

Sam Chirich : Meritorious Services

Sam is one of the people who is not afraid to step up when a volunteer is needed. If a job needs to be done, if a position needs to be filled, he does not shun his duty to rectify the situation. He volunteers to do as much as he can to handle the job. He has done just that for much of the time he has bowled.


He did not start bowling in the youth leagues like many of the bowlers of today did. His first experience with the sport came in gym class in high school. Apparently he remembered that to be a good experience, because in 1960 he joined his first league as an adult with a group of friends at what was then Raynor Bowl on Theodore Street, now Crest Hill Bowl. He has bowled in leagues ever since that time, and has bowled in one league for 46 consecutive years at Town & Country Lanes.


For much of that period he has helped with the operation of those leagues as a league officer. He has served as a secretary, president, and as a vice president.


Sam's interest in the business side of the sport and the operation of leagues led to his interest in the workings of the local association. He was elected as a Director of the Joliet Bowling Association, now known as the Joliet Area USBC BA, more than 20 years ago. He has been a vice President since 2003, and also has served in the capacity of Treasurer since 2008. He is a Life Member of that organization, and was also honored by being named Director of the Year in 1999.


During his tenure on the Board, Sam has served as an active member of nearly every committee, and has been a willing worker at the Joliet Area USBC BA Tournament annually. He also volunteers at the Joliet Senior Handicap Tournament every year. He has attended every IBA state convention since being on the BA Board, and was a delegate to the national convention four times.


Sam has served as chairman of the Joliet Area Hall of Fame and Awards dinner. For the past 15 years Sam has been on the Hall of Fame committee, and one year he conducted the induction ceremony in the absence of the chairman. The Joliet Area youth have also received the benefits of Sam's volunteerism when he ran 50/50 raffles and got sponsors for them.





Sam's individual records show that he has had a problem with missing some coveted goals by one pin. His high average has been 199 and he bowled a 299 game. His high series has been 767. In 1992, Sam won singles and both scratch and handicap all events in the Caterpillar Joliet Tournament. he has earned two 11-In-A-Row awards, in December of 2000 he was Bowler of the Week, and in 2000 he and his long time partner, Gene Stokes won their division's doubles in the Joliet Senior Handicap Tournament.


Sam mainly calls himself a team bowler, his teams have won tournaments at Coal City, South Wilmington (twice), Wheaton, Eldorado Bowl, Dwight 9-pin Team tournament, Caterpillar Joliet (six times), Caterpillar Decatur, and Caterpillar Peoria. In 2004 he was a member of a league team that shot a 1302 game and 3549 series.


In the off season, Sam has another passion, golf, which he shares with his wife, Joyce. He also enjoys a good game of Texas Hold-Em. Along with Joyce, sam enjoys spending time with his two sons, Sam and Tom.