Bowling has seen many changes the last 20 years and local bowlers are now about to experience another one.
The Lexington Area USBC Bowling Association and the Lexington Women's USBC WBA are going to merge. The two groups have agreed to a merger that they say will better serve local bowlers.
The actual merger is in the works and the transition phase has already started.
During the transition LWBA Association Manager Julie Whitaker will handle all processing for both men and women. All sanctions, award applications and questions should be directed to Whitaker from now until the new merged board is in place.
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The merger committee will have to set up bylaws and file various paperwork with the USBC. Once all is in place a new merged board will be elected probably next spring and will begin serving with the start of the 2013-14 season on Aug. 1, 2013. Until then the LWBA board will handle all league processing, award applications and averages.
"I know that this will be the best for all area bowlers in the long run because it makes sense to have one local group answering to the USBC instead of two doing exactly the same thing," LWBA President Helen Gilkerson said.
LABA President Enoch Elliott agrees and hopes the merged board will help to get younger people involved with leadership.
"Our boards need some new faces and maybe this change will encourage new people to step up and help promote bowling."
LWBA Association Manager Julie Whitaker said bowlers won't notice the change.
"All bowlers will still get their sanction cards and awards just as they have in the past, the only difference is only one local association will be processing them," Whitaker said.
Whitaker said a single yearbook will be published this year with the averages for both men and women.
"This will be an immediate cost saving measure," Whitaker said.