Wilkinson, DeSocio Get Final Terms in Top 2 USBC Posts

by Bob Johnson 0

The United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors has re-elected Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island, N.Y., as USBC President and Cathy DeSocio of Wichita, Kan., as Vice President for the 2017-18 season.

The election of officers for the USBC board took place following the USBC Convention in Las Vegas. Because of terms limits, the 2017-18 season will mark both Wilkinson’s and DeSocio’s final terms.

Wilkinson, the owner of Rab’s Country Lanes, joined the USBC board as a youth committee representative in 2010 and served two three-year terms before his election to the board by delegates in 2016. He served two years as Vice President, from 2013-2015, and has been President since the 2015-16 season.

“It is a tremendous honor for me to have the support of the board to continue as President and to have Cathy continue as Vice President,” Wilkinson said. “We have taken many positive steps in the last few years, and that is only through the combined efforts of the board, the USBC staff and the thousands who support us at the state and local levels as we continue to build a future for the sport.”

Wilkinson also is in his final term as a board member, which runs through July 31, 2019.

In addition to serving on the USBC board, Wilkinson has served as a USBC representative on the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America board since 2014. He is a director on the Staten Island USBC board and has been on the National Council of Youth Sports since 2012.

He has received many honors, including the Staten Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society Distinguished Community Service Award, the NYS USBC Youth Leaders Bridging the Gap Award, and the Staten Island Small Business of the Year, presented by the City of New York.

DeSocio is President of JOMA Company, which operates eight centers in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, and serves as a trustee on the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame board. The first woman to serve as President of BPAA, from 2012-14, she was honored with the BPAA President's Medal in 2015.

Other awards include the Great Plains USBC Hall of Fame Pioneer Award for exceptional leadership, continued support and distinguished service to the sport of bowling in 2014, the Wichita Business Journal Women in Business Award in 2013, and Bowlers Journal Proprietor of the Year in 2012.

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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