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Kegler's Connection

   August 22, 2001

 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
       3. Earl Anthony Death Shakes Bowling World
       4. PWBA and BPAA Reach Agreement on U.S. Open
       5. 2001-02 Rule Book Now Online
       6. Deitch To Retire After Nine Years As WIBC President
       7. Haffner Resigns WIBC Board to Join HQ Staff
 World Team Challenge News
       8. WTC Qualifiers Resume with San Diego Event
 USA Bowling/Team USA News:
       9. Dornberger, Pluhowsky Sweep Tournament of the Americas Gold
  Miscellaneous News:
       10. Stock Watch
       11. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to the latest edition of Kegler's Connection.  In this issue, you'll read about the BPAA/PWBA compromise for the U.S. Open, read about the death of Earl Anthony, see who won the latest World Team Challenge, and George talks about league meetings.
2. Tip of the Week

This week George, discusses league organizational meetings.

With fall leagues starting up all over the country, organizational meetings are taking place.  The organizational meeting is the first meeting of the league, where officers are elected and rules are decided.  In many cases, a fraction of bowlers from the league actually show up for this meeting.  This is perhaps the most important meeting the league will have, and it is vital for as many bowlers from the league to attend.  Here are some things to look for when going to the organizational meeting:

Electing officers.  In most leagues, a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Sgt-at-Arms are elected.  You want to nominate and elect people who are reliable to be there most every week, and have at least a fundamental understanding of ABC and/or WIBC rules.  Also, you need to appoint a team captain from your team.  These captains plus the league officers make up the "Board of Directors", and often times are called into meetings to discuss any situation that arises that affects the entire league, so choose these people carefully.  Many associations offer Officer Schools, where bowlers learn the ropes of how to be a President, or Secretary, or Sgt-at-Arms.  If your association offers this course, take advantage of it if you plan to be an officer.

After officers are elected, the meeting will go over the league bylaws.   The bylaws are a set of rules that your particular league goes by.  Every league is a little different, so no two sets of bylaws are exactly the same.  It is important to pay close attention to what the bylaws state in your league, because the bylaws take precedence over ABC rules.  Anything not covered in the bylaws will be covered by ABC, however. You will have a chance to discuss and vote on each one.  If there is something you think should be changed, make a motion to change the rule to what you think it should say.  If someone seconds your motion, there will be additional discussion, after discussion the President will call for a vote.  If there is a simple majority in favor of the change, your change will be put in.

VERY IMPORTANT--Once your bylaws are ratified, meaning after all the rules are gone over, a motion will be made to accept the bylaws as written and amended.  Once that motion is passed, if any rule is to be changed, it would take a 100% vote by the board of directors to make any changes.  So make sure you have every opportunity in the organizational meeting to have your voice heard, because after that it is next to impossible to get any kind of change to the bylaws through.

Having a good league many times means having a well-prepared league.  This can be done from the very beginning through the very first meeting of the league.  Good luck this fall in bowling.

Till next week,
George Freeman

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3. Earl Anthony Death Shakes Bowling World

Last week, bowling lost its icon.  While on vacation, Earl Anthony suffered severe head trauma during a fall while on vacation in Wisconsin.  Three memorial services were held this week in Tacoma, Washington; North Plains, Oregon; and San Ramon, California.

Anthony's widow, Susie, said in a statement, "In keeping with Earl's wishes, the family asks that in lieu of cards or flowers, memorial contributions in his name be sent to the following organizations which he strongly supported: American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter, P.O. Box 3200, Portland, OR 97208; EarthSave, Portland Chapter, 13376 SW Chelsea Loop, Tigard, OR 97223, and The Salvation Army, Cascade Division, P.O. Box 8798, Portland, OR 97208."

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4. PWBA and BPAA Reach Agreement on U.S. Open

The Professional Women's Bowling Association ("PWBA") and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America ("BPAA") have reached a tentative agreement that will permit top PWBA athletes to participate in a Women's U.S. Open December 1-9, 2001, at a location to be determined.

While specific details of the agreement are still being finalized, the parties expect to make a definitive announcement concerning location and other aspects of the 2001 Women's U.S. Open in the near future.

Read more about it at:

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5. 2001-02 Rulebook Now Online

Just in time for league meetings and the beginning of league play, bowlers can consult the online version of the 2001-02 ABC/WIBC/YABA rule book.  Rather than guess the rules, bowlers can consult the rulebook for the exact wording with a built-in search engine.

The rulebook can be found at:
6. Deitch To Retire After Nine Years As WIBC President

GREENDALE, Wis. - The Women's International Bowling Congress has officially announced that President Joyce Deitch of Las Vegas, Nev., will not seek re-election and will retire after her term as president expires on July 31, 2002.

Deitch has served WIBC for over 29 years in prestigious positions such as; president, first, fourth, sixth and seventh vice president and director. Previous to her positions on the WIBC Board of Directors, Deitch worked with the Las Vegas Women's Bowling Association and the Nevada Women's Bowling Association for 19 years.

"I am a supporter of term limits and have never served in an office for an unlimited period," stated WIBC President Joyce Deitch. "That leads me to the's time to retire and I will not seek re-election next year in Milwaukee."

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7. Haffner Resigns WIBC Board to Join HQ Staff

GREENDALE, Wis. - The Women's International Bowling Congress announced today that Roberta Haffner of Enon, Ohio, has resigned from her position with the WIBC Board of Directors and has accepted a position as FieldConsultant with Bowling Headquarters and its Field Service Team.

Haffner has served on the WIBC Board of Directors since 1995 and has also held a number of national, state and local positions for WIBC including; WIBC Membership Development Coordinator for Alaska, Capital City Women's Bowling Association Director, Capital City Awards Committee. She is currently involved with the Dayton, Ohio WBA Board of Directors.

In her new capacity as Field Consultant, Haffner will facilitate communication between Headquarters and local associations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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8. WTC Qualifiers Resume with San Diego Event

Team Brackman of San Diego won the 12th qualifying event on the 2001 American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge tour Aug. 19 at Palomar Lanes in Escondido, Calif.

Ramon Estrada, Andy Neeman, Tim Tolentino, Bob Markiewicz and Karen Smith defeated Barefoot 5 of Chino Hills, Calif., 395-323, in the two-game Baker System championship match. The victory earned Team Brackman a trip to the BWTC Grand Championship set for Nov. 5-7 in Las Vegas.

Barefoot 5, with Rick Kouri, Troy Kendrick, Eric Schuermann, Zarcoff Boutell and Frank Barefoot, earned $1,500 for second ($675 for third in qualifying and $825 for finishing second).

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9. Dornberger, Pluhowsky Sweep Tournament of the Americas Gold

United States bowlers continued a trend with another strong overall performance in the 39th annual Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas Aug. 4-11 at Cloverleaf Lanes in Miami.

American competitors captured 58 medals overall, 40 of them gold. Leading the way were Kevin Dornberger, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, with golds in all six of their events. Another four U.S. players - Eula Ivy, Bellwood, Ill.; Mark Jensen, Wichita, Kan.; Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., and Andrew Cain, Glendale, Ariz., earned medals in all six events.

The other U.S. gold medals were won in the adult division. Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind.; Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio; Tony Manna Jr., Omaha, Neb.; and Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio, rolled 9,444 to win team and 27,744 to take national all events.

Canadian bowlers captured 21 overall medals, six of them gold.

The seniors had the best showing with 14 medals. Candace Marshall and Barbara Hastings combined to win senior women's doubles with 2,274 while Marshall also had gold in all events with 6,781.

American Bowling Congress/Womenís International Bowling Congress members from Puerto Rico were unable to win any medals.

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10. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) 0.06 on 08/22/01 at 14:09 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 21.09 on 08/22/01 at 15:00 EDT.

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11. And Finally

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