Judy Santarius Retires After Nearly 20 Years With WIBC/USBC

by Bob Johnson 0

Judy Santarius was one of the Bowling Headquarters employees who made the move to Arlington, Texas, when the United States Bowling Congress shuttered the long-time home of the ABC, WIBC and YABA in Greendale, Wis.

Now, after close to two decades of service to the organization, Santarius has retired.

For the first part of her career in bowling administration, Santarius worked with the WIBC Board of Directors. When that organization became a part of the newly formed USBC, she stayed on with that group.

In a Facebook post, USBC Executive Director, Chad Murphy, noted: “She has been in every board meeting for a long time, and has had a front row seat for every decision over this time period.

“She has also been my Executive Assistant for every day, every hour and every minute that I have been the Executive Director of USBC. In no way, shape or form could I have done this job from day one without Judy. Her institutional knowledge was invaluable in those first few days, weeks and months. She knew where everything was, was able speak about it, and could offer a perspective that was/is completely unmatched.”

Added Murphy: “She knows everything about everything that goes on within this organization, and has delivered on that everyday for almost 20 years. And, most importantly, she’s done it in a completely professional way. I will miss her; truth is I already do.”

USBC’s Employee Relations Committee organized a going-away party, at which Santarius was asked to answer a few questions. One recent hire asked about the key to working with USBC.

According to Murphy, Santarius smiled and said she would share some advice someone had given her a long time ago: “Be nice to everyone, [because] you never know who you will be working for in the future.”

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.