Cecilia (Cee) Butler was elected president and Bruce Combs was appointed as the new manager of the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association at the organization’s annual meeting on Sunday, Aug. 16.
Butler will be serving her second stint as SMCBA president ater having presided during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.She will be following the presidency of Sandy Combs, who will become vice president.
Bruce Combs, who was association secretary, and later executive director, from 1988 to 2000, will assume the role of association manager on Sept. 1, after the resignation of Terry Wood from that position, effective Aug. 31. Wood will remain on the board of directors.
Four members — Jamie Garrett, Mike Zink, Janet Romig and Ron Klazon — were elected to two-year terms on the board of directors.
The association also announced the dates and sites of the first of its major tournaments for the 2015-16 season. The annual senior championships will be held at AMF Bradenton on the weekend of Nov. 14-15, and Fred Shaffer will be the tournament director.
The only approved change in the SMCBA bylaws was that the president and vice president will now be elected to two-year terms at the annual meeting every two years, instead of there being “staggered terms” for those positions.
The association is also preparing to submit a bid to host the Florida State Bowling Association’s 83rd annual Open championship tournament in 2017. The Sarasota-Manatee area has been the site of past FSBA tourneys in 1963, 1981 and 2001.
The 2015 FSBA Open recently ended an 11-weekend run in Gainesville, and the 2016 championships will be conducted in Fort Lauderdale. The 2017 site will be selected at the State Jamboree this autumn.
The final frame: Harold “Si” Wilson
Longtime area bowler Harold “Si” Wilson died earlier this month at the age of 89. An avid league participant for more than three decades, he carried averages as high as 187 at Sarasota’s Galaxy Lanes (now AMF Gulf Gate) in the 1976-77 season and back-to-back 14 averages at South Gate Lanes in the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons during a far-lower-scoring era. In addition, he and Donald Dixon claimed the handicap doubles championship in the 1972 Sarasota-Manatee County Bowling Association’s championship tournament.
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