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2022 ---- Phil Molzon
Service is a very hard word to describe, but if it were put into words in the dictionary, Phil Molzon’s photo would appear next to it.
Phil joined the Lake Geauga Bowling Association board in 1998 as an associate director and quickly moved into a director’s position. While serving the Lake-Geauga board, he served on and chaired every committee with his usual professionalism. He was elected President in the 2007-2008 season. In 2021 he was appointed to the Assistant Association Manager position and was hired as the Association Manager in 2013, a position he still holds.
Phil’s service is not limited to his local association. He has served as the Local Association Manager for the Ohio State USBC Open Championship Tournament and has worked the bracket table many times for all weekends of the tournament. He has served on the following Ohio State USBC Committees: Tournament Policy and Procedure Review, Promotion and Publicity, Site Selection Committee and Strategic Planning. He is also a Squad Organizer for 22 years for the Open Championship Tournament.
On the National level, Phil has put together an operations manual for merging that was used by many local associations. He was a panel member on a workshop at the USBC Convention in 2017 discussing problems faced by locals through the merging process. He also served as a beta tester for the new WINLABS12 program, which is now being used by every state and local association in the county.
Phil has been previously recognized for his outstanding service with the Garrett Swartz Certificate of Merit in 2018 and the Gene Myers Local Association Manager of the Year in 2019. He was elected into the Lake-Geauga USBC Bowling Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service.
Tonight, Phil Molzon’s name will be added to the list of persons who have provided Meritorious Service to the history of Ohio Bowling
2022 ---- Ron Amore Jr.
Ron Amore Jr. has been an instrumental and crucial part of the bowling industry for decades.
As a young man, following in his father’s footsteps, Ron quickly became involved in the Southeastern Ohio BPA and the BCA of Ohio. At the local level, Ron served on several committees and moved through the chairs of officers. Ron has always been a great friend and sterling example to his peers.
Within the BCA of Ohio, Ron contributed his efforts through meetings and committees before becoming Sergeant of Arms in 2008. Similar to the local level, Ron’s fellow proprietors noticed and appreciated his passion for the industry and elected him president in 2012. Ron led the BCAO with dedication and an open mind throughout his presidency. He has served on most every committee within the BCAO, including Audit/Budget, Strategic Planning and Ohio Bowling Council. He is currently a member of the BCAO Executive Board and the Nomination and Awards committees.
Most recently, Ron represents the state of Ohio on the board of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America where he also serves on the Bowl Expo committee.
His contributions have not only been to the proprietors’ associations… Ron served many years on the Ohio State Youth Board and committees and is currently Director 12 within the Ohio State USBC.
These inductions are nothing new to him as Ron has served six years on the Ohio State Hall of Fame committee, but tonight he is here as an honoree, and we are proud to induct Ron Amore Jr. to the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame.
2021 ---- Bill Wammes
As they say about the postman, neither rain nor snow, nor the dead of night, nothing will deter the postman from his appointed duties. The same applies to Bill Wammes of Al Mar Lanes in Bowling Green. Not even a devastating fire in December 2000, which totally destroyed his center, could stop Bill. Even though the fire destroyed much of his memorabilia along with irreplaceable records, Bill immediately added a construction trailer to his parking lot to drill bowling balls for his customers who had lost equipment in the blaze. Bill’s Grand Opening of the new Al Mar Lanes took place August 9, 2001.
Bill has been an active member of the Bowling Centers Association of Ohio and held almost every office beginning from Treasurer to President 2010-2012 and Chairman of the Board 2012-2014. He has served on every strategic committee.
Bill has served as Head Coach for the Bowling Green High School Team for 25 years and as Conference Coordinator for the Northern Lakes Bowling Conference.
Bill often credits his longtime center success to his longtime employees and their performance toward his customers he says, “I think it is about how you treat people. My philosophy is that our league bowlers are like country club members and that they be treated that way.”
Bill is a member of the Bowling Green USBC Hall of Fame, recipient of the BCAO Mike Hennessy Meritorious Service Award and also the PBA Pat Patterson Award several times. Tonight we add the name of Bill Wammes to the rolls of the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service.
2021 ---- Joy Kellenbarger
Southeastern Ohio is home to one of bowling’s most ardent participants and promoters. Joy Kellenbarger is one of the most prominently recognized names when it comes to bowling in Ohio. Joy is currently serving as the Association Manager of the Southeastern Ohio USBC, a position she has held since 2006. Prior to that she served the Lancaster Women’s USBC Association as President from 1998 to 2006.
Joy is one of three Ohio State USBC members who have been recognized by their peers as Local Association President of the Year (Ruth Smith Award-2007) and Association Manager of the Year (Gene Myers Award-2012). She remains active in both membership clubs as well as serving as Sergeant-at-Arms for the Buckeye Bowling Writers. She received the BBW highest award, the Mary Jannetto Award for Local Promotion in 2010, along with numerous Sam Levine News Story and Leigh Betts Photo Awards. Joy promotes bowling wherever she goes. Her application states: “I’ve even seen her recruit bank tellers when she makes a deposit of league funds.” Joy is also active in the Ohio Women’s 700 Bowling Club and the Buckeye 600 Bowling Club and serves both organization on their boards. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she is always a forward thinker who seems to find unique methods for recognizing others. She’s one of the first to volunteer when a project is announced.
Joy was inducted into the Lancaster Area Bowling Hall of Fame for Superior Performance in 1999. Tonight Joy joins her late husband Ken Kellenbarger as a proud member of the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service.
2021 ---- Greg Jordan
When it comes to all around knowledge of the sport of bowling, no one can attest to a more well-rounded background in bowling administration than Gregory Jordan. Greg’s involvement in bowling and the administration of the sport began when he was in the fifth grade and continued all through high school. He took a brief 3-year absence to serve his country and upon his return to Columbus, he returned to the sport.
Greg has served as President, Vice President and Director on the Central Ohio USBC Board of Directors as well as serving the Greater Columbus Youth Bowling Association as Vice President and President. Greg served on the Ohio State USBC BA Board of Directors as Zone 5 Director for eleven years and then on the Ohio State USBC Board as Director #4 for three years. He is currently serving as 1st Vice President.
Greg’s knowledge on computers and computer programs has been invaluable to the Central Ohio USBC as well as the Ohio State USBC. He brought a website and cell phone app to Central Ohio USBC and has supported them for the past 16 years.
Not only does he offer considerable knowledge and expertise to both the state and local associations, but Greg has carried a 200+ average for at least 13 years and has 2-300 games to his credit. He was inducted into the Central Ohio USBC Hall of Fame in 2019 and tonight adds the honor of being inducted into the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service.
2020 ---- Julia Rhodes
We’ve all heard the phrase: “Been there – done that”, well Julia Rhodes can say it with certainty. Julia has been involved in the administrative side of bowling for 28 years. She started on the local level in the Van Wert USBC WBA and has served as President, Secretary/Treasurer, Sgt-at-Arms and Director. On the state level she served the Ohio USBC Women’s Bowling Association as a Director from 2000 to 2012, at which time she moved into the Sergeant-atArms position, which she held until the dissolution of the Ohio USBC Women’s Bowling Association in 2017. In May of 2019 she was appointed Director #7 on the Ohio State USBC Board of Directors.
Julia served as Head Teller for the Organizational Meeting of the Ohio State USBC and again in 2019. Julia has chaired almost all of the various state committees and participated in any event for which she was eligible. She has served as a delegate to the National Convention for 11 years. She has served as Secretary of the District # 1 600 Club for 16 years. In addition, she belongs to the National 600 & 700 Clubs, the President’s Club, the Local Association Manager’s Club and has served on various committees of each.
Julia’s honors include: Van Wert Hall of Fame for Superior Performance 1998, Van Wert Life Member 2018, Gene Myers (Local Association Manager’s Award) .
And then for the topping on the cake Julia has laid claim to local titles in every event of the Championship Tournament. She was also named the 2018 Buckeye 600 Bowling Club Champion.
In appreciation of her dedicated service, tonight we place the name of Julia Rhodes on the roles of Ohio bowlers who have contributed Meritorious Service to the sport of bowling.
2020 ---- Julie Wells
When you are looking or versatility in a bowler, you need look no further than Julie Wells. Julie has been a champion on all levels of bowling. She won a state juniors title in Michigan, many local titles in the Central Ohio USBC, a ladies state title in Texas and a regional title in the LPBT. She also has to her credit 3 Ohio State Women’s USBC titles.
But tonight we are honoring Julie for all of contributions to the Youth bowling programs in Central Ohio. She helped start both the Westerville South and Westerville Central bowling teams and served as coach for the Girls Varsity at Westerville South from 1999-2006. She also served as Head Coach for Westerville Central for many years. Julie is a Certified Silver Level Coach and was named to the Bowlers Journal “Top 100 Coaches” list in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2011 Julie was named the State of Ohio “Coach of the Year” for girls bowling. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio High School Bowling Coaches Association. The letter submitted with her application states, “She has a very impressive coaching record.”
Julie worked with former WC bowler, Ange Leone, to start a college bowling program at Otterbein College. Her love of bowling is evident in everything she does.
Julie was inducted into the Central Ohio USBC Hall of Fame for Superior Performance in 2011 and it is with great pleasure that we add the name of Julie Wells to the annals of the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service to youth bowling.
2020 ---- Eric Hartline
Quiet, unassuming, dependable and dedicated are all words that describe Eric Hartline. Eric is one of those people who works behind the scenes to make things happen but does not expect recognition for his contributions.
Presently Eric is serving as Promotion and Publicity Director for the Ohio State USBC. A job which entails the preparation of tournament entry forms, posters and flyers as well as maintain our website and publishing a monthly e-news for state happenings and news. Eric is the one responsible for the association telephone app.
He works as assistant to Mike Gabor on the Open Senior Tournament, he also works the Open Championship Tournament at the Team House every weekend. He served as Assistant Association Manager for the BA prior to the state merger. Eric was a member of the Transition Committee who worked to bring us to our present unified organization.
Eric is a member of the Summit County USBC and has served his local association for many years from the Presidency, 1st Vice President, Director, and Youth Director. He also served on the Akron District Bowling Council as President and voting member.
Eric was awarded the Tri-County Hall of Fame – Most for Bowling Award in 2011. In addition, he has a couple of Local Championships to his credit: the Greater Summit County Doubles and the Akron ABC Team Championship.
Tonight, we honor Eric Hartline for his many contributions both locally and statewide in the promotion of our sport and his dedication to our sport by inducting him into the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service.
2019 ---- Mary McClay
2017 ---- Joseph Poelking
2016 ---- Hugh Gorman*
2015 ---- Patricia Cruea
2015 ---- Dale Goins
2014 ---- Michael Gabor
2013 ---- Linus Hartings
2012 ---- Daniel L. Martin
2012 ---- Sherry Gratop
2010 ---- Jean Tondola-Smith
2010 ---- Eugene Adams*
2009 ---- Garrett Swartz*
2008 ---- Larry H. Simmons*
2008 ---- Rosie Taulbee
2008 ---- Greg Russell
2007 ---- Betty Knott*
2007 ---- Mary Hardin*
2006 ---- Herb Thibodeau*
2005 ---- Frank Ruggerie
2005 ---- Katherine J. Riley
2004 ---- Jo Dimond
2004 ---- Lloyd Russell*
2003 ---- Sue Pinski
2003 ---- Richard Williams
2002 ---- Bill Kuczinski
2002 ---- Robert Schmidlin*
2002 ---- Juanita Hostetler*
2001 ---- Robert Cooke*
2001 ---- Arlene Reigers*
2001 ---- James E. Poelking
2000 ---- Katherine Schwinn*
2000 ---- Lois Caylor*
2000 ---- Gene Myers*
Service above and beyond the call of duty words of honor, used as accolades for those who walk the extra mile, exert the extra effort, recognize a need and do something to meet it. They fit Gene Myers comfortably.
Gene served on the Lima District WBA board for 35 years (secretary, 6 years; treasurer, 13; vice president, 7). She also was on the Youth Board, served on Auditing and Nominating Committees and was vice president for six years. For the LDWBA she was a/delegate to the WIBC Convention for 25 years (and bowled in the WIBC tournament 25 times). Although retired from the board, she still serves as Parliamentarian and attends all meetings. While she was secretary of the LDWBA, she initiated the formation of the Ohio Local Association Secretaries Club so secretaries could get together to share information and expertise with each other. She was named the club’s first Secretary of the Year (1961) and in 1991 the award was named for her. President from 1961 through 1966, she was voted a Life Member (the first one) in 1966. She was elected member Emeritus of the LDWBA and also was elected to the LDWBA Hall of Fame.
Gene was elected Member Emeritus of the Ohio WBA (1968) in recognition of her 27 years of dedicated service. She has attended 46 state conventions. She bowled in 36 state tournaments. Tonight Gene Myers enters the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame.
1999 ---- Albert F. Rupert
1999 ---- Bruce E. Davis
1999 ---- Robert W. Girts*
1999 ---- William R. Thompson*
1998 ---- Rilla Yeater
1998 ---- Erwin Carl Hoinke*
1997 ---- John Simanella*
1997 ---- Larry Dietrich*
1996 ---- Edward Zitnik*
1996 ---- Glen McConnell*
1995 ---- Ruth Heath-Trott
Just mention bowling and a smile across her face. Talk about the Ohio Women’s Bowling Association and her eyes sparkle with excitement. She promotes the game with zeal and enthusiasm. There is no doubt that Ruth Heath-Trott is devoted to bowling and to organizations and the members she serves.
Her contributions are many and it is because of her untiring efforts to promote the sport that she deserves special recognition and induction into the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame in the Meritorious Service category.
Currently serving as President of the Ohio Women’s Bowling Association, Ruth follows a line of outstanding leaders. Knowing that the journey would be a challenge, she met it head on and continues the strong leadership the Ohio WBA expects of its president.
Her service to the game began with Montpelier Women’s Bowling Association where, after serving 17 years as secretary and six more as treasurer, she was elected a Life Member. Visiting each league, she encouraged members to become involved in local, state and national activities. Since then the Montpelier WBA has received many awards for participation in Ohio WBA activities. Ruth also helped organize the Williams County 600 Club, and was instrumental in the formation of the District 1 and Ohio 600 Clubs.
A competitive bowler for many years, Ruth holds a record number of titles in her local association and for some time, carried a 188 average. She was rewarded with election to the Superior Performance category of the Montpelier WBA Hall of Fame.
On the national level, Ruth has contributed in a variety of ways. She has participated in 26 WIBC Championship Tournaments and served as an elected delegate to 27 WIBC annual meetings.
Membership promotion has always been one of Ruth’s strong suits. Serving first as one of WIBCs Area Recruitment Coordinators and then moving into WIBC Membership Development Program, Ruth has held workshops and instructed local leaders in methods of membership recruitment and team building skills. Ruth was recently named Regional membership Development Coordinator and will serve a five- state area.
For all her efforts, Ruth leaves no doubt that the Ohio Women’s Bowling Association and promoting the game at the state level is her first love in bowling. She devotes many hours and much effort to state activities. Through her efforts, the Ohio WBA was awarded WIBC’s first Spotlight Award for state associations with memberships of over 30,000. In 1994, she received the BPAO Meritorious Service Award for her efforts in behalf of the Ladies First program. More honors have come her way as she holds Life and Honorary memberships in other bowling organizations. In 1993 she received the Gene Myers Award from the Ohio Local Association. Secretaries Club and in 1994 she received the Ohio Mary Jannetto Award for Local Bowling Promotion.
Ruth Heath-Trott truly deserves every honor she receives and tonight we recognize her for all her efforts in behalf of Ohio’s bowlers and our great game of bowling.
1995 ---- Rose Erdos*
1995 ---- Paul Chambliss*
1994 ---- Joseph R. Antenora
1994 ---- James Clemens*
Whoever said that working with young people tended to make one stay young, must have had James R. Clemens in mind. Starting in 1971, James became a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Columbus Youth Bowling Association, only one year after he joined the Board of Directors of the Greater Columbus Men’s Bowling Association. He would serve both groups over the years as an officer. It didn’t take James long to become involved in the youth, as he was the supervisor of the Central Ohio Youth Classic League from 1973 to the present. He also took on the presidency of the Greater Columbus Junior Bowling Association that same year and served in that capacity until 1975. He became the Region 5 director of the Ohio State Young American Bowling Alliance in 1976, and held that post until 1978. He then took on Vice President of that organization in 1978 and held it until 1986. He also kept a close eye on the youth money, serving as treasurer of the Greater Columbus Youth Bowling Association from 1980 until the present. Beginning in 1981, he served as In-State Instructor for the Young American Bowling Alliance, a position he still holds. Under his tutelage, over 950 students have been certified as coach instructors.
With all the time spent with the youth of Columbus, one wouldn’t think that James had time left for anything else. Not true! He served the Greater Columbus Men’s Bowling Association as president from 180-81. He also served as their treasurer from 1993 until the present. A charter member of the Central Ohio Bowling Council since 1981, he served that group as president for the 189-90 term. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Sate Bowling Association since 1984 and also a member of the Ohio Bowling Council since that year. He also served as Ohio Bowling Council as president for the 1990-91 term. Still finding time to bowl, James rolled his first 300 game in June 1994. As you can see, having been elected to the Greater Columbus Men’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1993 certainly didn’t mean that James chose to sit on his laurels. Instead, he elected to continue to serve, which is why James truly deserves the honor being bestowed on him tonight — Meritorious Service.
1994 ---- Michael Hennessy*
1993 ---- Dominic Rebman Jr.*
1993 ---- Mary Margaret Fortener*
1992 ---- Howard Bosken*
1991 ---- Harry Wells*
1991 ---- Fred Borden
Fred Borden is enjoying a highly successful bowling career from accomplishments on the lanes, and as a National and International Instructor and Promoter of the game of bowling.
He has worked with WIBC and ABC on the local and national levels and has produced books such as; Beyond the Beginner for YABA, Book Knowledge is the Key, and Bowling 10 Keys to Success. Fred wrote and developed 4 videos for ABC — Bowling, the Special Sport. He wrote a teaching portion of Bowling world and appeared on ESPN television.
For the integers of the bowling family, plus Brunswick and Columbia, Fred Borden has given seminars in 40 of the 50 states, Europe, Australia and Japan.
He currently is in his second year as Coach of the USA Team that represented America in the prestigious FIQ Tournament.
Fred is the leader of the US Tenpin Bowling Federation Bronze level Coach Instructor Program. The goal is to develop Instructor Coaches around the nation.
Fred had his best average of 221 in 1988. He had four 300 games and a series of 804 in 1965. A Hi-Lite is his 300 game rolled in the ABC Tournament in Reno in 1990.
Fred has won numerous titles with several being; Petersen Classic Doubles 1968, State Team match game in 1970 and Beacon Journal Classic 1967. He also placed third in the team and fifth in the all-events of the ABC Tournament at Knoxville in 1972.
1991 ---- Margaret Rohrkemper*
1991 ---- Laura Steele*
1990 ---- George Hendershot*
1990 ---- William DeHaven*
1990 ---- Paul Chaffin*
1990 ---- Ruth Smith*
1989 ---- Charles W. Westlake*
1989 ---- Mary Alice Poling*
A charter member of the Lancaster Women’s Bowling Association (1939), Mary Alice, better known as Fritzie, has been its president for the past 29 years.
On the state level, she was appointed to the Ohio Women’s Bowling Association Board of Directors on 1977, and she has served as chairperson on many committees.
She was a member of the committee which established the Ohio WBA Seniors Tournament and was tournament manager for seven events. Currently, she is an Ohio WBA representative to the Ohio Bowling Council and serves as the group’s secretary/treasurer.
Fritzie has been active in youth bowling, serving as president of the Lancaster Junior Bowling Association from 1964 to 1972. She has bowled in 32 state tournaments and many WIBC championships.