The convention was interesting to say the least.
Most of the votes went the way that the again-downsized eleven-member Detroit delegation had hoped. A number of proposals from the Board of Directors that were meant to discourage sandbagging, but instead would have placed a huge record-keeping burden on tournament bowlers and tournament managers, were defeated. The only average-related proposal that passed will result in summer averages being counted the same as winter averages for tournament purposes unless tournament rules specify otherwise—we favored that one. Another proposal to shift control of the bylaws from the delegates to the directors was also defeated. And bank statements will now be sent to league presidents rather than treasurers in an effort to coax them into fulfilling their obligation to perform a monthly audit.
Mark Martin, manager of Metro Detroit USBC, was elected to the Board of Directors. Michael Italia, an incumbent who was not slated for reelection by the nominating committee, ran from the floor and was reelected in spite of the committee's lack of endorsement.
Earlier in the week, for the first time in my memory, top USBC officials admitted that they had made mistakes, especially in regards to the premature roll-out of the new bowl.com before it was fully functional and the premature roll-out of the new youth membership processing system which is still full of bugs.
The biggest disappointments were personal. I arrived a day late after being stranded overnight in Phoenix after multiple flights into Reno were cancelled due to high winds. I would have arrived even later if it hadn't been for the assistance of an old friend from Detroit who I discovered is now a U.S. Airways ticket agent in Phoenix. Thanks, Chuck! (While in Phoenix, I watched on TV as the Red Wings defeated Phoenix in game seven of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Dave Strader, former Red Wings announcer who now works for the Coyotes, blamed the officiating for the Phoenix loss). And my team, myself included, bowled horribly in the Open Championship.
The personal issue that Eaglehunter mentioned was the birth of his third son, Benjamin. Congratulations!
Fordman, best wishes for your recovery!
As for me, I'm thrilled to return to a smoke-free Michigan!