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      December 02, 2002:

-New York Resident Wins 2003 WIBC Gladys M. Banker Friendship Award

12/02/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - Ruth Macklin, New York, is the recipient of the 2003 Women's International Bowling Congress Gladys M. Banker Friendship Award.

      The Gladys M. Banker Friendship Award, named for WIBC's sixth president, is presented to an individual who embraces the same ideals as WIBC's volunteers and leaders.

      Currently a Bowling Inc., board member as a Bowling Proprietors Association of America representative, Macklin also is a member of the BPAA Board of Directors. She is a former Regional Director on BPAA's Board.

      Through her involvement on the Bowling Inc., Board, Macklin was introduced to the WIBC and has since attended WIBC Annual Meetings as a guest and observer. She continually promotes the strength of leadership and activities of the WIBC and is an advocate for women in leadership. Macklin believes that all WIBC members should attend and participate in the annual convention.

      Macklin is the treasurer of the Bowl America Chain and is part of a family that has been involved in the bowling business for 60 years.

      Macklin was awarded the 2001 BPAA president's medal for her extensive work in many varied areas on behalf of BPAA and the bowling industry.

      "To receive this award is a totally overwhelming experience," said Macklin. "It truly is an honor and one that was completely unexpected. I know how important the award is and it is very special to have Gladys M. Banker's name attached to the honor. The WIBC has such a strong and positive history and is so important to women's bowling."

      Macklin will receive the award at the 2003 WIBC Annual Meeting April 28-30 in Reno, Nev.

-Massachusetts Resident Wins 2003 WIBC Helen Baker Award

12/02/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - Kathleen Henze of Lawrence, Mass., is the 2003 Women's International Bowling Congress Helen Baker Award winner.

      The award annually recognizes a WIBC leader who has made invaluable contributions to the local, state and provincial associations.

      Henze currently is the Merrimack Valley Women's Bowling Association president and an active life member of her local association.

      Henze, a retired high school secretary, has devoted more than 50 years to bowling while being recognized by both local and state associations.

      "I found out that I won the award when I received a phone call during a competition at a bowling center," said Henze. "I am really excited about receiving this honor. I did not think it was something that could possibly happen. It is very special and something that will be with me for the rest of my life."

      Henze will receive the award at the 2003 WIBC Annual Meeting April 28-30 in Reno, Nev.

-Indiana Resident Wins 2003 WIBC Deitch Trailblazer Award

12/02/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - Cathy Cooper of Anderson, Ind., is the recipient of the 2003 Women's International Bowling Congress Joyce Deitch Trailblazer Award.

      The Joyce Deitch Trailblazer Award, named for the WIBC past president and life member, recognizes an individual or group making a significant contribution to women's bowling. Those receiving the award are considered risk takers, leaders, innovators, motivators, change agents and visionaries.

      Cooper is currently the president of USA Bowling after serving as vice president. She also is president of the Young American Bowling Alliance.

      A bowler for more than 25 years, Cooper served numerous roles with the Young American Bowling Alliance. She currently is a member of the YABA Board of Directors and previously served terms as vice president, secretary/treasurer and director.

      Cooper has served on WIBC committees, including a role as chair of the Rules and Awards Committee, and also served in many YABA capacities at the state and local level. She currently serves as the Indiana YABA treasurer after stints as state YABA president and vice president.

      Cooper also served on the Indiana Bowling Council for 11 years and spent one year as president. She also has 11 years of experience as president of her local YABA association.

      Through the years, Cooper has also been active at various levels for the Bowling Proprietors Association of America and oversees the operation of two family-owned bowling centers in Anderson and Noblesville, Ind.

      "I was shocked to find out that I won the award," said Cooper. "It is a great honor to receive. I always admired Joyce Deitch as one of the strongest leaders in our industry. To be seen as someone with her strengths is a great compliment."

      Cooper will receive the award at the 2003 WIBC Annual Meeting April 28-30 in Reno, Nev.

-Florida Resident Named 2003 WIBC Proprietor Of The Year

12/02/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - Patrick Ciniello of Naples, Fla., Chief Executive Officer of Bowling Management Associates Inc., has been named the 2003 Women's International Bowling Congress Proprietor of the Year.

      The WIBC Proprietor of the Year Award annually recognizes an outstanding bowling center proprietor for his or her enthusiastic support of local, state and provincial women's bowling associations.

      Ciniello has been heavily involved in the bowling industry his entire career. He is currently involved with and was a past president of the Bowling Centers Associations of Florida and served on the Bowling Proprietors Association of America Executive Board. Ciniello is also a past president and involved locally in the Southwest Florida Bowling Proprietor Group, which meets regularly to discuss issues affecting the local bowling industry.

      Ciniello joined the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame Board of Directors in 1998. He was instrumental in establishing Qubica USA, revolutionizing the U.S. automatic scoring market, after meeting with Qubica innovators in Italy in 1993.

      Each bowler who competes at one of Ciniello's five centers is sanctioned. He has paid entry fees and sponsored teams to WIBC tournaments and hosted numerous state and local tournaments for WIBC, ABC and YABA.

      "When I first received notification that I had been selected Proprietor of the Year by the WIBC, I must say I was overwhelmed and practically speechless," said Ciniello. "After a few minutes the news finally sank in and I realized how honored I felt to be the recipient of this award. As a proprietor, being chosen as Proprietor of the Year by the WIBC membership organization is truly a special honor and greatly appreciated."

      Ciniello will receive the award at the 2003 WIBC Annual Meeting April 28-30 in Reno, Nev.

-Ohio Resident Named 2003 WIBC Star Of Tomorrow

12/02/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - Lindsey Coulles of Centerville, Ohio, has been named the 2003 Women's International Bowling Congress Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow.

      The award is named for Alberta E. Crowe, WIBC's fourth President from 1960-81, and annually recognizes star qualities in a female high school senior or college student who competes in bowling. Star qualities include: distinguished sanctioned bowling performances on the local, regional, state, provincial and national levels; academic achievement; and extra-curricular involvement. Award winners receive a $1,500 scholarship, renewable for up to three years for a total of $6,000 in scholarships.

      Coulles, a senior, currently bowls on her Centerville High School bowling team coached by her father, Greg Coulles. She previously competed on her high school softball, basketball and golf teams.

      A member of the USA Junior Team in 2003, Coulles will be involved in a one-week training camp at the United States Olympic Training Center as well as International competition.

      Coulles was Ohio's individual state champion during the 2001-02 season while also anchoring her school's state championship team. She earned consecutive Junior Tournament Bowler's Association Girl Bowler of the Year awards in 2000-01 and 2001-02 in addition to the Girl Sportsman of the Year award in 2001-02 and is a 12-time Junior Tournament Bowler's Association Tournament Champion.

      Coulles was the Adult-Junior Doubles Champion (with Professional Women's Bowling Association and new 2003 WIBC Hall of Fame inductee, Linda Kelly) in 2000-01 and captured Junior Gold Tournament Championships in 2000-01 and 2002-03 at the Midwest USA Scholarship Tournament.

      A 12-time Dayton-area YABA Tournament Champion and five-time Ohio State YABA Tournament Champion, Coulles posted the highest sanctioned girls league average in the Ohio YABA during both the 2000-01 (213 average) and 2001-02 seasons (214 average). She rolled a 300 game on Sept. 16, 2000, and has notched over 50 sanctioned 700 series.

      Coulles is a member of the National Honor Society and maintains a 3.7 grade point average. She serves as a volunteer for the Special Olympics bowling program and is her senior class representative for an early childhood education program.

      "I feel very honored to have won this most prestigious award," said Coulles. "I am very grateful to the WIBC and for their strong and continued support of youth bowling. I am thankful that my parents and coaches were able to help me reach for the stars."

      Coulles will receive the award at the 2003 WIBC Annual Meeting April 28-30 in Reno, Nev.

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