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ARLINGTON, Texas – The Board of Directors of the United States Bowling Congress approved a specific resolution to postpone the 2020 USBC Convention and postpone the AGM until 2021 due to COVID-19 public health restrictions.
The resolution was implemented to ensure proper regulatory process under USBC Byelaws in these remarkable public health conditions. The resolution allows regulatory continuity to be properly maintained in accordance with applicable laws so that delegates can meet at the 2021 USBC Convention and AGM.
Under the resolution, the president of USBC for the 2020-2021 season may appoint appointed executive directors, with the approval of the USBC board, to fill the positions of producer directors ending July 31, 2020. The representatives shall be requested to confirm the positions at the 2021 USBC AGM.
As part of the resolution, the proposed changes for the 2020 AGM will be decided by delegates at the 2021 AGM. Any changes agreed at the 2021 AGM will take effect on August 1, 2021 , unless otherwise stated. The legislative process for the 2021 AGM does not change, as members can request any bylaws or changes to play rules in writing to USBC before September 1, 2020.
The USBC board also held its officer elections, with Melissa McDaniel of Raleigh, North Carolina, president-elect and Adam Mitchell of Centerville, Virginia, elected vice president. Both will begin their terms on August 1, 2020.
“The decision to postpone the USBC 2020 Convention was a very sad and heartbreaking one for all on the USBC board,” said USBC President Karl Kielich. “Nevertheless, I am proud of our board for coming together on a path that puts the well-being of our members first and ensures a smooth transition of leadership and management responsibility. I congratulate Melissa and Adam on their election and have full confidence in their ability to continue to lead USBC in a positive way. ”
McDaniel currently chairs the International Campus Bowling Youth Committee. She has led the largest youth program in the country as center director and head coach. Mitchell has been a board member of the USBC Capital Nation District since 2014 and is currently the Director of Virginia State Youth.
“I want the support of the USBC board and I’m excited about the future of our organization,” said McDaniel. “I look forward to working with our staff and board to continue to develop the excellent programs and initiatives we are building together.”
Mitchell was one of three positions held by McDaniel, as the new president of USBC, to fill production director positions for the 2020-2021 season. On July 31, Mitchell ‘s first term ends, and director Jo Dimond and USBC President Karl Kielich will each reach their term.
Glenda Beckett of Palmetto Bay, Florida, and Tina Williams of Pflugerville, Texas, were also named producer directors by McDaniel.
The elected members of the board, approved by the full board, were selected from the slate of candidates who created the ballot for the 2020 election. Representatives will be asked to confirm the positions at the 2021 USBC AGM.
Applications will open for all three producer-director positions beginning the 2021-2022 season, with a three-year term running through July 31, 2024, in the summer. Delegates will vote to fill these positions, at the 2021 AGM.
In addition to the appointments, other positions on the USBC board were confirmed.
Jim Decker, owner of Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, California, was elected by MSPA to be a representative on the USBC board. The post is currently held by Cathy DeSocio, whose term ends on July 31.
Cornell M. Jackson of Kilmarnock, Virginia, has been nominated for a sixth year serving as a major conductor, representing the National Bowling Association (TNBA).
Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, and Liz Kuhlkin of Schenectady, New York, were selected aboard USBC by Team USA athletes, with their three-year terms beginning Aug. 1.
Pate is already serving on the board, as he was named athlete representative in January to end the remaining term of Rhino Page, who resigned to focus on new business opportunities in the bowling industry. Kuhlkin will fill the position held by Kelly Kulick, a member of USBC Hall of Fame who will reach her term end on July 31st.
In addition the USBC board approved a proposal to amend the USBC national bylaws Article IV, Section E, adding a new item 15 that will authorize the board the bylaws, state, local and related bylaws and regulations change league and competition rules in cases of government-declared emergencies or catastrophes, a pandemic, an attack on the United States, or a nuclear or atomic disaster.
The recommendation was accepted by the effective USBC board immediately. In accordance with Article IV, Section E, Item 14 of the USBC National Byelaws, the proposal will be submitted to delegates for approval at the 2021 AGM.
With many state and local associations also unable to hold an annual meeting in 2020, the USBC board has banned USBC Bylaw Article VI, Section A, Item 1. The ban on the subordinate legislation allows national representatives to be elected for a term ending August 1, 2020, remain in their position for the 2020-2021 season and remain eligible to attend the 20BC USBC AGM for those associations that cannot select representatives for 2021 .
Winners and honors nominated at the USBC 2020 Convention will be invited to the 2021 event. This includes an introductory ceremony for the USBC 2020 Hall of Fame Class and recognition of the 2020 award and scholarship winners.
USBC employees will contact USBC 2020 Conference representatives who have purchased optional event tickets, such as food or USBC Hall of Fame tickets, to offer a refund.
The decisions of the USBC board were made following recommendations from the USBC Executive Advisory Committee.
Visit him BOWL.com/Convention for the full text of the resolution and for frequently asked questions (Frequently Asked Questions) about the 2020 and 2021 USBC Convention and Annual Meetings.