Our 2011 Tournament was dedicated to Dorothy Thompson in recognition of her over 50 years of service to our sport of bowling.
Dorothy actually began her love of our game, when she met her husband of 68 years in a bowling alley (that’s what they were called back then). He was a pinboy and a pretty decent bowler and bowling became a large part of their lives. Not only did she join a league, but she soon took on the position of league secretary, a position she has held in various leagues over the past 60+ years and despite a computer savvy world, Dorothy still does all of her league work by hand.
Dorothy began her involvement in the administrative side of bowling when she agreed to work in the Detroit Women’s Bowling Association office. Having been a league bowler and secretary for many years, the interest was there. Not too long afterwards, Dorothy began serving on the Detroit WBA Board of Directors – first as a Director for 15 years, then as 2nd Vice President for 5 years, 3 more years as 1st Vice President and then she served as their President for 13 years. She also served as a Director for the first 2 years of the merged Metro Detroit USBC Board.
In 1988, Dorothy expanded her service to include serving for the next 20 plus years as a Director on the Michigan State Womens Bowling Association Board of Directors. And last June, Dorothy retired from the state board where she has now been named an Honorary Member.
As a State Director, Dorothy chaired the delegate luncheon and reception, tournament housing, and served on the Champion Awards Banquet, Legislative, Membership Promotion, Pioneer Club Dinner, Tournament Rules and our 75th Anniversary Celebration. In addition she attended several State Leaders Workshops and Conventions.
Dorothy has participated in 51 state tournaments and 49 national tournaments and she still bowls 3 times a week where she is the league secretary for two of them.
Over the years, she has been recognized for her dedication to our game with several awards, but the ones that are most fitting are her inductions into both the Detroit and Michigan State Women’s Bowling Halls of Fame.
Dorothy is the proud mother of two daughters, 3 grand-daughters and 7 great-grandchildren and this year we dedicated the 2011 tournament.
Congratulations Dorothy and thanks for your many years of service to our sport. It is an honor and a privilege to present you with this plaque as a remembrance of the tournament opening.