Changes in Motown

by Bob Johnson 0

The largest local bowling association in the nation will have new leadership as of Aug. 1, based on voting that took place at the annual meeting of the Metro Detroit USBC Assn.

Michael DeRousie of Livonia, Mich., was elected MDUSBC president, as current president Libbi Fletcher of Warren was unable to run for the office that she has held for four years due to provisions in the bylaws that limited her to a pair of two-year terms.

Fletcher alternately was elected to a two-year term as a director, along with George Bresinski of Warren, Michael Felcyn of Clinton Township, and incumbents Anita Maiorana of Macomb and Diane Maluzhinsky of Troy.

Youth Committee members and delegates to the USBC Convention also were elected.

One bylaw change was approved at the meeting. It will allow the board to conduct business without a meeting by utilizing mail, e-mail or a teleconference. Three other proposed bylaw changes were defeated; they would have established criteria for officers, and removed term limits for directors and officers.

The minutes of the meeting are posted on the association's Web site: www.mdusbc.com.

The Metro Detroit USBC Assn. serves more than 70,000 adult and youth bowlers in the metropolitan Detroit market.

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.

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