- February 27, 2003
Iíll not go too deeply into
the nuts and bolts of the 170 plus pages of the proposed merger, but will
highlight what will affect us here locally.
There will be one sanction card rather than the three currently
issued (mens, ladies and YABA) with members paying dues to one
association. The Henry County
Womensí Bowling Association, Henry County BA and Henry County YABA will
be combined into one organization. The
Board of Directors will be comprised of representatives of men, women and
As for the cost of membership,
dues will remain the same for 2003-2004.
From 2004-2007, the proposed dues structure will be:
National-maximum $10; State-maximum $1; Local-maximum $10.
Actual dues will be set at each level so $21 will be the maximum.
The local Henry County Mens,
Ladies and Youth tournaments will not be changed.
There will still be three separate events.
There are two points to ponder
with this proposed merger. One question up in the air is whether Henry County would be
able remain a viable association under the new organization (ie: be forced
to merge with, say Toledo). With
what I have read we would still retain our charter and continue to service
our local bowlers. It would
be nice if we would know that to be factual in advance of the upcoming
Secondly, under the current
structure, the membership of ABC, WIBC and YABA votes on issues at the
national delegates meeting. This
power will be given to a 25 member Board, named by USBC originally.
Iím not sure Iím good with this one.
Personally, I donít see the reasoning behind changing the idea of
the membership making decisions. We
can have single membership without taking away the voting rights of the
I think that the time for one
governing body has come. The convenience to our league bowlers in writing one check
for sanctioning is a plus. League
secretaries will have less paperwork and easier award forms to deal with.
Are there questions with this new idea?
Sure there are. I very much want bowlers to become informed on this issue.
The ABC/WIBC website at bowl.com has the best information available
along with a question/answer online forum.
Go to the USBC link off the main page.
Get informed. Talk about this among your bowling brethren.
Iíll let you know about the ABC/WIBC votes when the information