CLINTON — You’ll find Doug Stouffer on the lanes at Plaza Bowl once or twice a week participating in league play. It’s the things you don’t see him do that have brought him recognition.
Stouffer was honored recently for years of meritorious service to the sport with his induction into the Iowa State USBC Bowling Association Hall of Fame during the state meet in Sioux City.
“If it weren’t for bowling, I’d be far back,” joked Stouffer, who was inducted along with Michael Peters of East Moline, Ill., and the late Elwin Clark of Terril.
“It’s an honor,” Stouffer, the 12th person from Clinton to join the Hall, said. “Some of the other guys that went ahead of me in years past, I don’t know if I’m in their league.”
Those who nominated him might beg to differ.
In the nomination letter, they said, “Although Doug is an accomplished bowler, having raised his average from a beginning 142 to 201 with numerous 700 series, it is his dedication and service to the game of bowling that is worthy of merit.”
After listing his numerous contributions over the years, they concluded, “It is this type of dedication, enthusiasm, hard work and continuous effort in the promotion and furthering of the game of bowling, on the local and state level that deserves your serious consideration and election of Douglas D. Stouffer to the Iowa State Bowling Association Hall of Fame.”
The rest of the people will have a chance to show their appreciation for Stouffer at a reception on May 18 at Plaza Bowl.
Stouffer’s bowling resume includes behind-the-scenes activities for a number of leagues and boards. He has served as secretary/treasurer of the Sunday Nite Mixed League; the Hawkeye League; the Saturday Nite Mixed League, which he organized; the Summer Madness League, another one he organized; the Recreation League; and the River Valley League, which he has served since 2005.