USBC announces Recognition Awards

ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas association leader Ellen Goss, Indiana proprietor James Doty and former Bowling Inc. CEO David Patrick have been named winners of the 2011 United States Bowling Congress Recognition Awards.

Goss was selected as winner of the Helen Baker Outstanding Association Service Award, Doty the Proprietor of the Year Award and Patrick the Joyce Deitch Unity Award.

The Helen Baker Outstanding Association Service Award is named for the former Women’s International Bowling Congress’ fifth president. It annually recognizes an outstanding bowling leader who has made invaluable contributions to local and state associations as an innovator, creator and mentor of adult programs.

Goss has been a USBC member for 41 years and currently lives in Garland, Texas. She has volunteered for her local association and served as a delegate to the national convention for more than 20 years. Her leadership also includes involvement in the Texas Bowling Writer’s Association, the 600 Club, the state nominating committee and Bowl for the Cure.

The Proprietor of the Year Award annually recognizes an outstanding bowling center proprietor for his/her enthusiastic support of local and state bowling associations and of national programs.

Doty serves as General Manager of Royal Pin Leisure Centers in Indianapolis. He works closely with USBC associations hosting events of all size and about 13,000 USBC members bowl league in one of his centers. An avid supporter of youth bowling, Doty’s centers hosted the 2009 and 2010 USBC Junior Gold Championships and Youth Open. Nearly 20 local high school teams call one of Royal Pin’s centers home.

The Joyce Deitch Unity Award is named for the seventh president of the WIBC. It recognizes organizations and individuals who have made important contributions to bowling by being motivators, visionaries, leaders and innovators.

Patrick served as CEO for Bowling Inc. in the late 1990s. As bowling’s membership organizations progressed toward a streamlined delivery system and merged organization, Patrick played a key role in unifying staff during a challenging political climate. Patrick made it a professional focus to promote unity and the ultimate goal of keeping the membership organizations working together.

Winners of the USBC Recognition Awards are selected by the USBC Board of Directors and will be formally recognized at the 2011 USBC Convention in Grapevine, Texas.