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      August 22, 2001:

-Deitch To Retire After Nine Years As WIBC President

08/22/2001 - WIBC
      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."

      Internationally, Deitch remains the First Vice President of the World Tenpin Bowling Association and a member of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) American Zone Presidium.

      In addition, Deitch has also served on several bowling industry boards of directors including, Bowling Inc., the Bowlers Building Corporation, International Bowling Museum/Hall of Fame, National Bowling Council, Strike Ten Entertainment, the Young American Bowling Alliance and the United States Tenpin Bowling Federation.

      Deitch has received top honors for her dedication to the sport which include; the National Women Bowling Writer's Helen Duval AMF Award for Outstanding Service in the YABA field, the Jo Ettien Leiber Award for Distinguished Service to the Game of American Tenpins and the Bowling Proprietors Association of America V.A. Wapensky Award.

      Deitch's commitment to women's bowling also has secured her a place in the Las Vegas and Nevada WBA Halls of Fame.

      The WIBC Board of Directors will be hosting a retirement dinner aptly named "A Tribute to Joyce" which is scheduled for Sunday, April 21 in Milwaukee, Wis., to celebrate Deitch's achievements throughout her years with WIBC. The event replaces the Delegates Party.

-PWBA, BPAA Reach Accord On 2001 U.S. Open

08/22/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILL. - 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.

      "The PWBA players are delighted that the situation has been resolved in such a way as to benefit all women bowlers, professional and amateur, and BPAA," said Jan Schmidt, PWBA director of marketing and spokesperson for the PWBA Players Association. "We are grateful for the many expressions of support we have received, including all those people who have and, we hope, will continue to contribute to the U.S. Women's Open Bowling Championship fund. We promise them a not-to-be-forgotten Women's U.S. Open competition in return."

      "We are pleased that we could reach agreement on the participation of the top women bowlers in the world for this year's Open as well as for future Opens. The 2001 Open would not have been the same without them. Throughout the process, there were clearly elements of agreement and common interest. We have decided to build on these areas rather than continue to focus on any differences," said Jack Kelly, BPAA CEO.

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-Haffner Resigns From WIBC Board To Join Headquarters Staff

08/22/2001 - WIBC
      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 Field Consultant 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.

      "Bowling is my true passion," said Haffner. "To be given the opportunity to work for the good of the sport is a dream come true."

      Haffner will officially join the Headquarters team on Sept. 10. She will begin by training at Headquarters in Greendale, Wis., as well as out in the field with other Field Consultants.

      "We have no doubt that the knowledge, experience and passion that Roberta brings to the Field Service Team will be of great benefit to the entire bowling family," said Field Service Team Leader, Pete Sprangers.

      The WIBC is the world's oldest and largest women's sports membership organization with over 1.4 million members. WIBC's mission is, "To identify and fulfill the needs of women bowlers."

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