Elected officials and candidates occasionally will host a town hall in your area. You are encouraged to attend to not only learn the issues your community is facing, but because these events are a good way to network with others that care about your issues. Before attending, do your research on the legislator(s) participating in the town hall, and be prepared to take notes and ask questions. To find an upcoming town hall near you, consider monitoring the legislator’s website or Facebook page, and visit
Bowling centers are known for being prime locations for special events. From a birthday party to a national championship tournament, bowling centers draw a crowd. When there is a crowd, there is an opportunity to show your public officials the great work you do as a business for the local community. Take advantage of the events you organize at your center by inviting your legislators to be involved. Elected officials and candidates take every chance they can get to be a part of local events. Being able to tie in your legislative priorities while helping the elected official or candidate gain exposure is a great way to not only advocate for your interests but build a relationship with your representative.
Meeting with your legislator
Meeting face-to-face with your local, state or federal elected official is a strong way to express your views and recommendations on the issues that are affecting you and your business. To set up a meeting, contact the legislator’s nearest office and request a 30-minute meeting with the legislator. More than likely, if the office is willing to meet, they will have you meet with a staffer. Meeting with the staffer is perfectly fine, as they represent the legislator and will have more time than the elected official to work with you on the matter going forward. For a template of a meeting request email, please see below:
Subject: Meeting Request – Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America
[Insert Name of Staffer],
I hope this finds you well. I am a constituent from your district, and the [insert job title] of the [name bowling center]. I am also a member of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, a national organization that represents a majority of the bowling centers in the United States, and extends to all 50 states and virtually every major market. I would really appreciate the opportunity to meet with [insert elected official title and name] to discuss [insert issue].
Would it be possible to meet with [elected official] sometime on [date] to discuss [issue]?
Thank you for your consideration,
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