Wilkinson Re-elected USBC President

by Bob Johnson 0

Terry Bigham
USBC Communications

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island, N.Y., was re-elected president of the United States Bowling Congress and Cathy DeSocio of Wichita, Kan., will continue to serve as vice president of USBC.

Wilkinson and DeSocio were re-elected as officers for the 2016-2017 season by the USBC Board of Directors, following the USBC Convention held in April in Las Vegas.

Wilkinson, 29, will begin his second term as president on Aug. 1. The owner of Rab’s Country Lanes in Staten Island, he joined the USBC board as a youth committee representative in 2010. At this year’s USBC Convention, he was elected to the board by delegates.

“I appreciate the confidence and support of the board members and the USBC delegates in allowing me to continue to serve USBC,” Wilkinson said. “In the last year, we have seen the relaunch of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association and a television deal that will showcase our sport from youth bowlers to collegiate to the professional level. We are continuing to build a future for the sport and I look forward to many more success stories in the coming years.”

Wilkinson has been on the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America board as a USBC representative since 2014 and a director on the National Council of Youth Sports since 2012. He is a Youth Education Services and Nominating Committee member for the New York State USBC. Rab’s Country Lanes has been honored as the Staten Island Small Business of the Year presented by the City of New York.

DeSocio also will be serving her second term as vice president. The president of JOMA Company, which operates seven centers in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, she was president of BPAA from 2012-2014 and currently is a trustee for the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.

She has received the Great Plains USBC Hall of Fame Pioneer Award for Exceptional Leadership, Continued Support and Distinguished Service to the Sport of Bowling, and the Wichita Business Journal Women in Business Award, among her many awards.

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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