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      May 01, 2001:

-WIBC Delegation Speaks, Listens, Learns

05/01/2001 -Bowling Headquarters
      While members of the 2001 Women's International Bowling Congress Annual Meeting delegation generally had minor decisions to make, what they learned during their April 20-25 visit to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., could prove major in the future.

      They were told how they helped WIBC raise money to help fight breast cancer. They found out their president, Joyce Deitch, will not seek re-election next year. They were informed of WIBC's continuing support of the Professional Women's Bowling Association. They learned more about a new membership option called Sport Bowling. And they heard in great detail about the Single Membership Organization concept.

      The 2,794 voters at the Broward County Convention Center did approve four of 17 amendments and one resolution but did so in a 45-minute legislative session that may have been the fastest ever. They also selected Tulsa, Okla., as host of the 2005 Championship Tournament and Annual Meeting.

      In between, they listened to a variety of speakers who spelled out the culmination of the organization's charitable efforts, realized their leadership will be changing and talked about a variety of ideas to help the sport of bowling succeed in the future.

Komen check presentation

      Among the most poignant moments came on the Annual Meeting's last day when the culmination of WIBC's efforts to fight breast cancer came to fruition. That's when the organization presented a check for $805,000 to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation founder Nancy Brinker.

      WIBC named the organization an official charity last November and organized fund-raising through the Bowl for the CureTM program since then. A total of 4,935 leagues participated in the program, raising $740,000. An additional $65,000 was raised through the sale of Bowl for the CureTM merchandise. Some of the money went to local Komen affiliates.

      A stunned Brinker accepted the check from WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn and Director of Services Sheila Nyren amid a sea of pink glow sticks at "Meet for the Cure" - a special day at the Annual Meeting.

      "A partnership between the Komen Foundation and the world's oldest and largest women's sports organization is at the heart of what the Komen Foundation attempts to achieve through all our partnering efforts," said Brinker. "Seeing so many dedicated women support our cause is truly a beautiful sight."

      "We are truly thankful for the outstanding efforts of men's, women's and youth leagues everywhere who have raised funds for Bowl for the CureTM," said WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn. "This year is only the beginning, a beginning we hope will end with a cure."

      Hundreds of thousands participated in Bowl for the CureTM. The league with the highest average donation per bowler, the Peckville Mixed League, Dunmore, Pa., donated $426.89 per bowler. With a pinfall of 57,502, the Good Timers League of Santee, Calif., was the league with the highest total pinfall. The Friday Nite Mixed League of Woodbridge, Va., had the highest league donation with $2,967.65.

Tulsa selected for 2005

      Shortly after the emotional presentation, the delegation made their biggest decision of the week. Members selected Tulsa over Detroit and Salt Lake City for the 2005 Championship Tournament and Annual Meeting.

      Tulsa received 1,623 votes, Detroit had 635 and Salt Lake City totaled 204. It will mark WIBC's first visit to Tulsa since 1970.

Deitch will not run again

      Two days earlier, Deitch told the delegation she would not seek re-election when her current term ends in 2002. She has been president since 1993.

      "When the legislation was discussed and passed to extend the eligibility to hold the office of president, I know many of you thought I would continue. However, never did I intend to serve beyond the nine years," Deitch said. "I am a supporter of term limits and have never served in an office for an unlimited period. That leads to the obvious*it's time to retire and I will not seek re-election next year in Milwaukee."

WIBC to continue PWBA sponsorship

      As part of her Executive Director's Report, Kuhn told the delegation that WIBC will continue as a PWBA presenting sponsor through the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

      Attendees were able to visit with PWBA stars such as Cheryl Daniels, Marianne DiRupo, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Anne Marie Duggan, Jan Schmidt, Aleta Sill and Kim Terrell at the PWBA's exhibit booth.

      The players also visited with members of the delegation during the Annual Meeting to learn more about WIBC so they can help promote WIBC membership.

Sport Bowling

      The delegation learned the WIBC Board of Directors approved Sport Bowling as a new membership option beginning August 1. The American Bowling Congress Board of Directors gave its approval in March. Sport Bowling will feature its own awards program, average adjustment scale and cost $9 in addition to regular WIBC or ABC dues. The program's aim is to re-establish credibility in the sport. Sport Bowling should be helpful to women bowlers because accuracy and spare shooting will become important under Sport Bowling's more consistent lane conditions.

Single Membership Organization concept presentation

      The hot item of the week was the highly anticipated discussion of the proposed Single Membership Organization concept. Attendees had two chances to hear information about the concept - as part of a Hot Topics seminar April 22 and from Single Membership Organization Task Force chair (and WIBC Vice President) Sylvia Broyles two days later before the entire Annual Meeting delegation.

      Those in attendance learned the WIBC Board of Directors voted to continue its study with the understanding that revisions to the structure are needed. One portion to be re-addressed is the zone/region structure.

      Broyles outlined: the reasons why the WIBC Board agreed to consider the feasibility; how the SMOTF was formed; how SMOTF mapped out the entire concept and that the concept was not initiated with the purpose of obtaining Olympic status. She also told the delegation of the need for their input throughout the summer in making modifications to the concept.

      "I want to stress that it was always WIBC's intent to seek and incorporate grassroots input into this feasibility study," Broyles said. "However, in this instance, we had to develop a concept first so all of you would have a starting point for providing feedback.

      "There have been many questions regarding why we are undertaking such a study. Our organizations have been faced with a continuing membership decline, over 33 percent the last 10 years. In many respects, our sport lacks a 'one voice' representation for internal and external issues," Broyles added.

      "Because each bowling organization has its own philosophy, different directions have been followed on many programs and services. These differing directions have resulted in mixed messages to bowlers and the public.

      "Steps were taken to unify, to some extent, in 1996 when operations at Bowling Headquarters were consolidated under Bowling Inc. Shared Services," Broyles continued. "Unifying further could:
  • Provide services and programs to members in all areas at the same price
  • Further eliminate duplication of services
  • Eliminate multiple executive levels, multiple national boards of directors, multiple governance structures and make good business sense
  • Create a unified voice, direction, and governance system
  • Qualify the organization for National Governing Body status.
      "We hold bowling's future in our hands; please be part of shaping it by providing your evaluation, concerns and suggestions, keeping uppermost in your mind the best interests of the members and all women bowlers you represent," Broyles concluded. (NOTE: The complete text of the President's Report, Executive Director's Report and Single Membership Task Force Report, plus complete descriptions of all legislation can be found on the WIBC section of


      Voice votes were used for all legislative action. The delegation approved four amendments and one resolution, rejected 13 while another four were withdrawn by their proposers.

      The WIBC Board of Directors also approved one proposal and rejected another. Additionally, the Board also approved a 200 award for bowlers with 140 or below averages.

Approved Legislation

W-3) Reduces the WIBC Board by one vice president and three directors, effective immediately.
W-5) Allows non-delegates to speak on behalf of their proposed amendments.
W-6) Allows the state/provincial association to determine the number of delegates eligible to attend the state/provincial annual meeting from associations without membership records.
W-7) Allows local associations to provide for permanent membership.
J-6) Eliminates the redundancy of Rule 6b on foul counts as ball bowled.
R-1) Allows continued testing of remote leagues and tournaments through July 31, 2002.

Rejected Legislation

W-1) Would have allowed a substitute to bowl at a reduced membership rate, with limited benefits.
W-2) Would have reduced the WIBC Board effective immediately through attrition.
W-4) Would have eliminated eligibility restrictions for the WIBC Board regarding state/provincial or local membership.
J-1) Would have required a copy of consent form to be forwarded to the local ABC, WIBC and YABA associations. (Note: weighted vote between ABC and WIBC was applied).
J-2) Would have allowed bowling centers to manage leagues designated as "house leagues."
J-3) Would have allowed any ABC and/or WIBC member to manage a league.
J-4) Would have provided a new league format for members from different areas of the country to participate in a league. (Note: because of ABC delegation action to defer, this will be brought back in 2002 to ABC for action).
J-7) Would have allowed leagues to have option to limit handicap on vacancy scores.
J-9) Would have limited a player to participation in one game and/or league at a time.
J-10) Would have allowed leagues to include a forfeiture penalty in their rules if teams do not pay fees for absent members and/or vacancies.
J-11) Would have stipulated scores bowled in a known forfeit situation do not count toward a player's average.
J-12) Would have allowed leagues to place a time limit on head to head postponements.
J-13) Would have stipulated all non-pay files must go to the local association.
J-16) Would have provided a new tournament format for members from different areas of the country to participate in a tournament. (Note: because of ABC delegation action to defer, this will be brought back in 2002 to ABC for action).
Withdrawn Legislation

J-5) Would have defined ball-in-play limitations.
J-8) Would have set restrictions as to when a tardy player may enter a game to include prohibiting entry in the 10th frame.
J-14) Would have allowed 85 percent vote to change league rules during season.
J-15) Would have allowed 75 percent vote to change league rules during season.

Five women elected to WIBC Board of Directors; four positions eliminated in streamlining efforts

      Two vice presidents and three directors were elected to positions April 25 at the Women's International Bowling Congress Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At the same time, one vice president and three director positions were eliminated after the WIBC delegation voted the day before to reduce the size of the board.

      Elaine Hagin, Castro Valley, Calif., was re-elected WIBC 1st vice president running unopposed. She has served in the position for the past eight years. Cissie Bryant, Wichita, Kan., a WIBC director for the past seven years, was elected 4th vice president, defeating Dorothy Rowe, Phoenix, and Betty Kingsley, Rochester, N.Y. Bryant had 1,252 votes, Rowe 897 and Kingsley 252.

      Roberta Haffner, Dayton, Ohio, and Rilla Yeater, Akron, Ohio, were elected unopposed as directors #15 and #16, respectively. Margaret (Libbi) Fletcher, Detroit, a nomination from the delegation floor, was elected director #18 over Julia Middlebrook, Boston. Fletcher had 1,314 votes and Middlebrook 1,195.

      Elections for 7th vice president and directors 13, 14 and 17 were not held as their positions were eliminated after approval the day before of legislation to streamline the Board of Directors.

      Also, at its April 20 meeting, the WIBC Board of Directors approved the appointments of directors-at-large Ann Herrmann, Germantown, Wis.; Krista Hildebrand, Glendale, Wis.; and E. Jean Tracy, Centerville, Utah, for additional one-year terms.

      The vacancy on the board due to Bryant's election as 4th Vice President will be filled at a later date.

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