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      January 30, 2003:

-Charlotte Selected As Site For 2007 WIBC Championship Tournament And Annual Meeting

01/30/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The Women's International Bowling Congress Executive Council approved the invitation from Charlotte, N.C., to be the site of the 2007 WIBC Championship Tournament and Annual Meeting.

      The WIBC tournament, the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women, will draw approximately 45,000 women to Charlotte. A city known for its economic and commercial activity, Charlotte has all the advantages of one of the nation's most rapidly growing areas and will serve as a great backdrop for the tournament and convention.

      "WIBC is excited Charlotte will be hosting our 88th Championship Tournament," said WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn. "Charlotte is a great city, with much to offer WIBC bowlers. The 2007 event should be fun for the city, our bowlers and their friends."

      The tournament, which changes locations each year, has been held in cities nationwide, including: Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Reno, Nev.; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The first WIBC Championship Tournament was held in St. Louis in 1916, the same year WIBC was founded.

      The WIBC Championship Tournament attracts bowlers from every U.S. state and Canada, as well as international participants from Bermuda, Japan, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

      Upcoming WIBC Tournament and Annual Meeting locations include Reno, Nev., in 2003; Wichita, Kan., in 2004; Tulsa, Okla., in 2005; and back to Reno in 2006.

-USBC Whistle Stops Underway

01/30/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      About 900 people from different corners of the country learned first-hand about the proposed United States Bowling Congress during the first two weekends of the 22-city USBC Whistle Stop Tour in January.

      Sessions were held in California, Washington, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Attendees first heard the one-hour presentation given by ABC, WIBC and YABA representatives, then had plenty of time to have their questions about the plan answered. While there still were some concerns and apprehension expressed about the USBC proposal, attendees left with more information and understanding than when they arrived.

      "I want to applaud ABC, WIBC and YABA on a truly outstanding document," said Reno-Sparks (Nev.) BA Vice President Mel Watson in Sacramento, Calif. "I will be supporting this document."

      "It was a great presentation," said Chris Beard of the Vallejo (Calif.) WBA, California WBA and California YABA. "I learned a lot. I got a lot of my questions answered. At first I didn't like it. It seemed too dictatorial. Now I have more of an open mind about it."

      "I've come a long way from my slash SMO days to supporting it," said San Francisco WBA Vice President Marian Mann. "Thanks for listening."

      Attendees in Pittsburgh and Baltimore had similar feelings. "They're giving lots of flexibility to the local and the state," said Baltimore WBA Director Debbie Clem.

      "It's a good thing in the fact that 75 percent are mixed leagues, so to me it is a good idea to go to one organization, one place for all your information," said Pittsburgh WBA President Pat Niemic.

      "I think it's been a well thought out plan," said Sue Allen of the Washington, D.C. Area WBA. "I think we have to do something, we can't just maintain the status quo."

      While a number of attendees agreed with the merger concept, some asked why the plan calls for the 25-member USBC board to vote on national dues and bylaws rather than the delegates. The rationale is based on each level trusting the other to do the right thing for their members while providing a streamlined governance procedure. That not only applies to the national level, but the state and local levels as well. It is a basic philosophical change from the past, giving the authority to the boards of directors to make the necessary changes needed in a more efficient and expeditious manner. The boards will be held accountable for their actions.

      Each level has a legal and fiduciary responsibility to determine what is needed to best serve its members. National, state and local levels will be mutually dependent on each other to provide the best programs and services to the member at the lowest cost.

      "In our opinion, the plan actually gives more state and local control than today," said ABC Executive Director Roger Dalkin. "Currently 34 percent of our associations can determine how much you should charge. Under the new plan, you decide what makes sense at the local and state levels. We believe that the people at the national, state and local levels are the people who are best at deciding what's best for each level."

      The current bylaw structure causes some proposals to take several years to decide. Board bylaw approval allows the organization to react more quickly to changes when needed. It also mirrors how non-profit business is conducted today.

      Also, since 1991, ABC delegates have agreed with the ABC Board 97 percent of the time on issues that will now be decided at the USBC Board level (217 out of 223 amendments). WIBC's delegation has agreed on 94 percent (149 of 158 amendments) including total approval of the 2000 re-write of the WIBC state/provincial and local bylaws. With that level of agreement, it is clear the board, elected by the delegates, represents the will of the delegates. Thus a streamlined structure will save time, money and reflect the will of the delegates.

      After a one-week break, the Whistle Stop tour resumes the weekend of Feb. 1-2. See the accompanying list below for the remaining stops. Please visit for updated information on the United States Bowling Congress. You also may send in questions to [email protected].

Remaining USBC Whistle Stop Tour
*Feb. 1 - Dallas - Main Event, 3941 Central Expy, Plano, TX 75023, 1-5 p.m.
*Feb. 1 - Syracuse, N.Y. - Holiday Inn, 75 North Street, Auburn, NY 13021, 1-5 p.m. 
*Feb. 2 - San Antonio - Holiday Inn Select Airport, 77 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78216, Noon-4 p.m. 
*Feb. 2 - Westchester County, N.Y. - Crowne Plaza Hotel, 66 Hale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
*Feb. 15 - Lincoln, Neb. - The Cornhusker, 333 S. 13th St., Lincoln, NE 68508, Noon-4 p.m. 
*Feb. 15 - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. - Knights of Columbus, 4947 W. Broadway, Crystal, MN 55429, 1-5 p.m. 
*Feb. 16 - Oklahoma City - Westin Oklahoma City, 1 North Broadway, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, Noon-4 p.m. 
*Feb. 16 - Pewaukee, Wis. - Waukesha County Technical College, 800 Main St., Pewaukee, WI 53072, 1-5 p.m. 
*Feb. 22 - Orange County, Calif. - Santa Ana Elks Lodge #794, 212 Elk Lane, Santa Ana, CA 92701, 1-5 p.m. 
*Feb. 23 - Phoenix - Phoenix WBA/BA Office, 1777 W. Camelback, Phoenix, AZ 85015, 1-5 p.m. 
*March 1 - Cleveland - Yorktown Lanes, 6218 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, OH 44130, 1-5 p.m. 
*March 1 - St. Louis - Radisson Hotel Clayton, 7750 Carondelet, St. Louis, MO 63105, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
*March 2 - Joliet, Ill. - Barber and Oberwortmann Horticultural Center, 227 N. Gougar Road, Joliet, IL 60432, 1-5 p.m. 
*March 2 - Louisville, Ky. - Pleasure Valley Lions Club, 6000 Lions Arms Drive, Louisville, KY 40216, 1-5 p.m. 

-Bowling Inc. Board Re-Affirms Commitment To Merger Plan; STE Future Operating Proposal

01/30/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      Members of the Bowling Inc. Board of Directors and industry participants reiterated their unanimous strong support and endorsement of a single membership organization during its quarterly business meeting Jan. 23-24 in Phoenix.

      Participating in the meeting were representatives from the American Bowling Congress, Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, Women's International Bowling Congress, AMF, Brunswick, Multi-Unit Bowling Information Group, USA Bowling, Young American Bowling Alliance, Professional Bowlers Association, Professional Women's Bowling Association, Strike Ten Entertainment and Bowling Inc. Shared Services.

      A good portion of the meeting was conducted under the auspices of the new National Bowling Forum, Inc. which recently was formed to oversee national industry marketing through Strike Ten Entertainment and to act as the industry think tank for common issues, concerns, challenges, opportunities, etc.

      The initiative to create the United States Bowling Congress was updated by leadership from ABC, WIBC, YABA and USA Bowling.

      The Bowling Inc. Board looks forward to potentially working in close partnership with the USBC. In light of the potential formation of the USBC, the board continued to prepare for the future of Bowling Inc. as an entity.

      The board was unanimous that the future would continue to be shaped around the following:
  • "Bowling Inc." goes away. As an operational entity it will cease to exist as it is committed to turning over its Shared Services employees at the time the USBC is potentially to start-up, Jan. 1, 2004.
  • Effective immediately, BI's Education Advisory Council will transition its duties and responsibilities to BPAA's Education Committee. With this transition, the work the council was charged with accomplishing is complete.
  • In preparation for the potential of dissolving, BI is transitioning into an "industry forum" -- under the newly created National Bowling Forum, Inc. -- focusing primarily on national industry marketing overseeing Strike Ten Entertainment. Its goal will be to foster an increase in all forms of membership and drive more traffic to bowling centers. It will be the focal point, coordinator and catalyst for elements within the industry sharing their strategic direction through the shared strategic initiative process that currently exists today. Additionally, the NBF will provide for an ongoing idea exchange forum for the technology leaders in the bowling industry.
  • The NBF will continue to exist as a lean and streamlined organization and not another hierarchical layering of governance and staff within the industry. It will be task-force oriented while only having minimal committees fulfilling those fiduciary and accountability responsibilities of good governance.
  • The NBF adopted its vision as "More people, bowling more often, and having more fun" and mission "to ensure bowling's growth in the sports/entertainment marketplace through unified leadership, strategic direction and marketing for business customers and consumers."
  • The "branding of bowling" will be the main subject for discussion at the next National Forum session.

      The Strike Ten Entertainment Management Committee briefed the board on "STE's Future Operating Plan Proposal." This business plan proposal is an outgrowth of STE's year-long effort to address the industry marketing fund and determine, as a united industry, if it can make the financial commitment to have true industry marketing backed by the resources to make it happen.

      Funding the plan would support the primary objectives to foster an increase in all forms of membership, generate in-center traffic and increase repeat visits by creating a positive experience. This is a work in progress as the committee continues to shape this proposed business plan for endorsement and approval by the funding partners at the next board meeting.

      BI is the only action forum in the industry bringing the leaders together to ensure bowling's growth in the sports/entertainment marketplace through unified leadership and strategic direction.

      The next National Bowling Forum, Inc. and Bowling Inc. Board meetings will be May 7-8 in Chicago and Aug. 6-8 in Milwaukee. For more information, contact: Chairman Wally Hall, [email protected], (410) 742-9511 or David Patrick, President & COO, [email protected], (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3250.

-Canadian Tenpin Federation Names 2002 Bowlers Of The Year

01/30/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      National team members Fred Phillips of London, Ontario and Robin Crawford, a Canadian citizen who works for the Young American Bowling Alliance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have been named 2002 Canadian Bowlers of the Year. The CTF Team Leaders, meeting recently in Calgary, Alberta, made the selection. Phillips and Crawford earned silver medals at the CTF Team Trials held in May 2002 and represented Canada at international events in Scotland and Thailand.

      Phillips earned a bonze medal with Frank Ticar of Brampton, Ontario at the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Champions held at Stirling, Scotland August 26-30, 2002. 16 commonwealth countries participated. Fred was named London, Ontario's Bowler of the Year and one of London's top ten athletes at London's Sports Celebrity Dinner earlier this month. He rolled a perfect game of 300 and two 800 three game series and is currently averaging 228. Fred is a member of the national team that will represent Canada at the World Tenpin Team Cup that will be conducted at Odense, Denmark in February 2003

      Crawford earns back to back Bowler of the Year awards. She was named the 2001 Canadian Woman Bowler of the Year. As well as earning a spot on the adult team, Robin earned the gold medal at the qualifying for the under 23 Youth Team which was also held during the Team Trials. Robin led the women's youth team to its best ever, a fourth place finish at the World Tenpin Bowling Association's 7th World Youth Championships held at Pattaya, Thailand in August. She finished 12th in women's all events and is the first Canadian girl to make the masters match play round robin event a World Youth Championships. Crawford bowls in a league that uses the 'sport condition' and was the first woman in Canada and USA to bowl a 700 series on the tough sport condition, a 741 three game series. She averaged 200.02 for 57 games in the sport league, second highest in Canada and USA. Crawford will also bowl for Canada at the WTTC in Odense, Denmark in February 2003.

-Thomas Dechalus Celebration Of Diversity Scholarships Debut

01/30/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The Young American Bowling Alliance introduced a new Thomas DeChalus Celebration of Diversity Scholarship competition to commemorate bowlers' differences and similarities, thanks to funds donated by Station Casinos. Two new scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $750 each to one male and one female YABA member, 14 years or older for their winning essay describing how diversity (interacting with people of varying genders, races, and economic and social backgrounds) has affected his or her life.

      "YABA programs offer members more than $3 million in scholarships each year," said YABA Executive Director Jim Zebehazy. "Many of these scholarships are awarded to our members based on their tournament performances, but they don't have to be great bowlers to apply for the new Diversity Scholarships. They just have to enjoy bowling in sanctioned play."

      Applicants should submit their typed essay of no more than 700 words to YABA Diversity Scholarship, 5301 S. 76th Street, Greendale, WI 53129. Applicants must also include their full name, birthdate, address, phone number with area code, and the name and location of the bowling center where they participate in a YABA sanctioned youth league. All entries must be postmarked by March 31.

      Station Casinos was the presenting sponsor of the 2002 Celebration of Diversity Mixed Doubles Bowling Tournament, an adult tournament endorsed by the ABC/WIBC Joint Committee on Diversity. The ABC/WIBC Joint Committee on Diversity aims to promote understanding and participation among bowling leaders of all genders, races and ethnic backgrounds.

      For more information on the Diversity Scholarships, contact Ed Gocha at Bowling Headquarters by phone at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3343, by e-mail at [email protected] or visit the YABA section of

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