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      May 01, 2002:

-2002 Women's International Bowling Congress Annual Meeting

05/01/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The future, present and past all came together in a matter of days April 19-24 during the 2002 Women's International Bowling Congress Annual Meeting at the Midwest Express Center in downtown Milwaukee.

      Members of the delegation elected Sylvia Broyles as their eighth president, helped donate $706,000 to fight breast cancer, celebrated the upcoming retirement of President Joyce Deitch and decided to postpone any decision on the single membership organization concept until 2004. This all came amid numerous seminars, demonstrations and booths designed to update them on the current state of the sport.

      The 2,696 delegates did approve nine amendments and two resolutions, rejected three amendments and had two withdrawn during the legislative session. But with no major amendments or resolutions to deal with, that proved a minor segment of an otherwise whirlwind of information and celebration.

  • Broyles tops Hagin in presidential election
          Broyles, WIBC's second vice president since 1993 and secretary-treasurer of the Texas Women's Bowling Association, collected 1,634 votes to 987 for WIBC 1st Vice President Elaine Hagin, Castro Valley, Calif. Broyles' term as president of WIBC begins Aug. 1.

          The Spring Branch, Texas, resident replaces Deitch, Las Vegas, who had served since 1993 and who was elected life member of WIBC on the Annual Meeting's final day.

          "I pledge to you I will make every effort to work for women bowlers," Broyles told the delegation. "I will continue to listen to you but also will speak my mind.

          "My goals have to do with being flexible. I want to work with the industry to make it easier for women to become members of WIBC. I want to get the message across about what we want as women bowlers."

  • Komen check presentation
          Breast cancer survivors Glenda Bryant, Shalimar, Fla., and Kathy Wallman, Springfield, Ill., presented a check April 23 for $706,000 to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Immediate Past Chairman of the Board Linda Kay Peterson as part of WIBC's Meet for the CureTM Day. The presentation featured about 100 nationwide breast cancer survivors and highlighted a year of fund-raisers. Chief among those was Bowl for the Cure® Month in February.

          During the Meet for the CureTM presentation, members of the delegation learned WIBC had joined Komen's prestigious $1 million club in March. They also learned of some of the top WIBC local associations and leagues that had helped with Bowl for the Cure® donations.

          Associations cited were the Michigan City (Ind.) WBA for raising $11,000 in a one-day bowl-a-thon and the Joliet (Ill.) WBA for raising $7,800 in a 50-50 raffle.

          Leagues highlighted included: the Early Birds of Boulder, Colo., for raising the highest average donation per bowler ($272.07); the Friday Night Mixers in Fort Belvoir, Va., for the highest total donation for the second consecutive year ($4,700); and the Capricorn Challenge Invitational of White Plains, N.Y., for the highest total pinfall (99,177).

  • Special festivities pay special tribute to Deitch
          The week featured many special tributes to Deitch, who had announced last year she would not seek another term as president.

          The festivities started April 21 as about 1,700 people from around the country saluted her as numerous tributes, toasts and entertainment were highlights of "A Tribute to Joyce."

          After presentation of the honor guard by WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn, WIBC Second Vice President Sylvia Broyles gave the invocation. WIBC First Vice President Elaine Hagin gave the official event welcome before turning the program over to Master of Ceremonies Chuck Pezzano, a noted writer and multiple hall of famer.

          Other program festivities included speeches by Deitch's children, sons David and Jeffrey and daughter Jennifer Stame. Pro bowler Cheryl Daniels, who was inducted into the WIBC Hall of Fame the next day, sang God Bless America followed by a toast by WIBC Sixth Vice President Barbara Bates.

          Following dinner, attendees were entertained by comic singer Gordie Brown of sponsor Harrah's-Reno, Nev. Pezzano added some closing comments before Deitch thanked all for coming.

          The Annual Meeting opened the next morning with a special parade of state, Canadian provincial and WIBC industry partner flags to honor Deitch. She later gave her final address as president. "It is approaching impossible to explain the pride I have for WIBC with its proud and colorful history," Deitch said. "I've met and worked with scores of talented and dedicated women at the national, local, state, provincial and league levels. I have the highest regard for their dedication."

          She later talked about some of the changes occurring in the sport.

          "We have acknowledged that leagues differ not only in size and make-up, but in the needs and desires of the members," she said. "I sincerely hope the sport's leadership will continue to see the need for flexibility at the league and local levels. Yes, I said 'the sport's leadership.' Will the future leadership of our sport have the same identification? Will there be a shared identification? My crystal ball isn't any better than yours, so I cannot answer those questions.

          "In my report in the (WIBC Delegates') Handbook, I quoted from a previous report*.'our purpose must be to ensure that women will have an equal voice in the future of the sport.' It was not an error that I said our purpose rather than WIBC's purpose. I would find it difficult to believe that anyone in this delegation does not share that purpose and will continue to be devoted to that purpose regardless of whose bylaws state that purpose."

          She did, however, talk briefly about the move to merge the membership organizations into one to provide for the needs of those who bowl.

          "I am going to charge each of you with the responsibility to thoroughly examine every aspect of the proposals with an open mind in the context of what will be best for the individual member," she said.

          Deitch later was presented the John O. Martino Award by the Bowling Writers Association of America. The award was presented by BWAA Chairman of the Board Steve James. The final Annual Meeting day featured tributes including the City of Las Vegas and Nevada naming April 24 as "Joyce Deitch Day" in their respective areas.

          "I have a feeling I'm going to have to do good things, not only for the city of Las Vegas but the state of Nevada," Deitch said.

          She received an American flag that flew above the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 2002. She learned of the nearly 300 individuals and groups in and out of the bowling industry who had donated more than $29,000 to the Endless Gift living tribute with the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. And she received a replica WIBC flag.

          "It's been an exiting, rewarding and emotional week," Deitch said. "As I've told you, I have mixed emotions about retiring."

  • Single Membership Organization
          The motion to delay consideration on the single membership organization until 2004 was made during the new business portion of the Annual Meeting's final day. The delegate bringing the motion stated this was done because "we do not feel there's enough new information for an intelligent discussion with our membership related to the SMO/USBA concept."

          After a second, it was approved by a voice vote.

          The decision of the delegates to wait until the WIBC 2004 Annual Meeting does not preclude the American Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling from taking action in the 2002-03 season.

          The SMO concept would merge WIBC, ABC, YABA and USA Bowling into one organization.

          The day before, the delegation heard the United States Bowling Association Transition and Structure Ad Hoc Committees give an update on their recent status report. The USBA is the working title given to the single membership organization concept which, if approved, would conceivably merge WIBC with the American Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling into one organization.

          One thing the delegation heard was that the WIBC board almost unanimously voted to continue its support of the SMO concept.

          "We are united in believing this is the right thing to do for bowling," Transition Committee co-chair Barbara Johnson said.

          "We believe we have created an organization that will have flexibility and will concentrate on the member," said Structure Committee co-chair Joan Feinblum.

          "As we said in Hot Topics on Sunday, the Single Membership Organization is an emotional issue for all of us. I love WIBC, the California WBA and the Redwood Empire WBA. Oh, how I wish everything could stay the same. But I realized that times have changed.

          "Joyce Deitch has said through the years that if you give good people good information, they will make the right decision. We ask you to go back to your associations and meet with your counterparts. Together, explore how you can make this proposal work in your area."

  • Kuhn outlines where WIBC is today
          In her annual report, WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn discussed WIBC's present state.

          She talked about the 2002 WIBC Tournament in Milwaukee and plans to promote the 2003 event in Reno, Nev., including the promotion of a test Division 4 for bowlers with a 130 average and below.

          The test will run for the 2003 and 2004 WIBC Championship Tournaments.

          Kuhn also discussed WIBC's sponsorship partners both in the Milwaukee and Reno areas but nationally as well. She later talked about WIBC's sponsorship with the Professional Women's Bowling Association and programs such as Sport Bowling, National Fulfillment, Computerized Lane Inspection Program and others. She also praised Deitch.

          "Joyce I will miss working closely with you," Kuhn said. "However, I wish you only the best in your retirement, because you are the best.

          "As one era ends, another one begins and I look forward to working with a new leader who will have her own style, her own manner of doing business - and from whom I expect to learn so much just as I have from Joyce.

          "Joyce, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for always being there for me, the Board, the bowling industry and most importantly for the members of the Women's International Bowling Congress."

  • Legislation
          Voice votes were used for all legislative action which lasted less than one hour.

          Among the approved amendments was one that defines the WIBC executive director as the organization's chief executive officer. One approved resolution affords WIBC the opportunity to develop a program for scholastic competition. This followed actions taken earlier by the ABC and YABA.

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