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2013 USBC Convention comes to a close

Terry Bigham
USBC Communications
Published: May 3, 2013 | Bowl.com
RENO, Nev. - The 2013 United States Bowling Congress Convention and Annual Meeting concluded Friday with delegates electing four board members and deciding 11 legislative proposals involving changes to USBC bylaws, league rules and tournament rules.

The three-day event, held at the Silver Legacy Resort, featured workshops and exhibits for delegates, in addition to the Annual Meeting that included awards presentations, board elections and voting on legislative proposals.

Board2013Re-elected to the USBC Board of Directors were Michael Italia of Warrington, Pa., and Mark Martin of Waterford, Mich., and they will be joined on the board by newcomers Anthony Colangelo of Helmetta, N.J., and Jan Schmidt of Hales Corners, Wis. They will begin their three-year terms on Aug. 1.

Each of the four board members elected Friday were selected on the first ballot. Candidates needed a majority of the 864 voting delegates. Colangelo led the way with 489 votes, followed by Martin (484), Italia (458) and Schmidt (446). Also on the ballot were Barbara Council-Armstead of Philadelphia, Karl Kielich of El Paso, Texas, Scott Zeidman of Culver City, Calif., and Duane Ensign of Wichita, Kan.

Andrew Cain of Phoenix, the current USBC president, recently was re-elected by the Athletes Advisory Council to continue to serve on the board. The athletes also elected three-time Team USA member Mike Fagan of Dallas to replace Wendy Macpherson, who did not seek re-election.

The 864 voting delegates (835 delegates, six athletes and 23 board members) also voted on eight proposals relating to USBC bylaws (one proposal was withdrawn), one proposal relating to league rules, and two proposals related to tournament rules during the legislative session. USBC bylaws proposals required a two-thirds majority to pass; league rules and tournament rules required a majority vote.

Six proposals (one tournament rule and five USBC bylaws) were accepted while five proposals were rejected. Among those rejected was a USBC bylaw proposal to eliminate the maximum restriction on local dues and allow local boards to determine the dues.

Please see below for the proposed amendments and the voting results.

USBC once again generated significant financial support for charity. The Bowlers to Veterans Link recognized associations for their contributions during the 2011-2012 season. California led state associations with a $142,187.02 contribution, while Citrus Belt (Calif.) and Minneapolis led local associations $21,321.30 and $17,375, respectively. More than 350 local associations participated in the 2011-12 fundraising effort. Go to bowlforveterans.org for more information on BVL.

USBC Bowl for the Cure made a donation of $844,924.70 to Susan G. Komen For The Cure. In addition to the support of local and state associations, USBC Bowl for the Cure had the most successful online donation and merchandising campaign in its program history, generating more than $102,000 in online transactions. Go to BOWL.com/bftc for more information on Bowl for the Cure.

RESULTS OF 2013 USBC ANNUAL MEETING LEGISLATIVE SESSION
League Rules (majority needed)

Amendment No. LR 1 - Rejected (228 approve, 586 reject)
Rule 104a. Team Captain's Authority
Requires a team captain to furnish a removed member, as well as league board, good and sufficient cause for removal of said member.

Tournament Rules (majority needed)
Amendment No. TR 1 - Accepted (719 approve, 95 reject)
Rule 308. Distribution of Prize Funds    
Requires rules for distribution of special prizes to be included in the tournament rules and if not, Rule 308 applies.

Amendment No. TR 2 - Rejected (138 approve, 678 reject)
Rule 319a. Conditions that Apply
Allows for tournaments to have a rule allowing individuals who bowl with both hands to choose which hand they are going to use and all average information submitted will be for that hand.

Bylaws (two-thirds vote needed)
Amendment No. B 1 - Withdrawn
USBC National Bylaws
Article II, Purposes
Section B, Chartering State and Local Bowling Associations
Clarifies what a charter refers to.

Amendment No. B 2 - Accepted (767 approve, 44 reject)
USBC National Bylaws
Article IV, Board of Directors
Section A, Eligibility and Composition
Requires a director to maintain eligibility throughout his/her term.

Amendment No. B 3 - Rejected (355 approve, 458 reject)
USBC National Bylaws
Article IV, Board of Directors
Section A, Eligibility and Composition
Establishes maximum number of directors.

Amendment No. B 4 - Accepted (608 approve, 207 reject)
USBC National Bylaws
Article IV, Board of Directors
Section A, Eligibility and Composition
Provides the USBC Board and the Youth Committee the option of having a Youth Ambassador Director.

Amendment No. B 5 - Rejected (200 approve, 619 reject)
USBC National Bylaws
Article IV, Board of Directors
Section C, Terms
Removes the nine-year maximum for term limits on the national board.

Amendment No. B 6 - Accepted (592 approve, 224 reject)
USBC National Bylaws
Article IV, Board of Directors
Section E, Authority and Duties, Item 9 and Item 14
Allows the USBC Board to adopt the General Playing Rules.

Amendment No. B 7 - Rejected (533 approve, 281 reject)
USBC National Bylaws
Article VI, Meetings
Section A, Annual Meeting, Item 4b
USBC Local Bylaws
Article V, Board of Directors
Section A, Board Composition, Authority and Duties
Removes the maximum restriction on local dues and allows for the local board to determine the dues.

Amendment No. B 8 - Accepted (785 approve, 26 reject)
USBC National Bylaws
Article VI, Meetings
Section A, Annual Meeting, Item 7
Requires all voting to be done in person by an eligible Delegate.

Amendment No. B 9 - Accepted (606 approve, 212 reject)
USBC Merged State & Local Bylaws
Article III, Nonprofit Corporation and Charter
Section C, Association Dissolution
Requires an association to transfer assets to the association servicing their members, within 30 days of dissolution.

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