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NYS USBC Annual Meeting

Buckman Elected President;
Delegates Reject Term Proposal

MAY 31, 2015 – Delegates to the 4th Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC on Saturday (May 30) unanimously elected Roger Buckman of Rochester as their new president, replacing Priscilla “Pat” Zonneville of Marion who is retiring after a long and successful career of service to bowling.

Buckman, the current NYS USBC vice president, will take over as the state association’s leader on Aug. 1.

The Annual Meeting at The DoubleTree in Syracuse drew 139 delegates from NYS local associations and several guests.

Please click on the Memorials tab for a photo from the Memorial Service.

“I assure you that I will give everything that I possibly can to make the NYS USBC the best that it can be,” Buckman said.

He acknowledged Zonneville (see photo at right) for her strong role in leading the NYS USBC, which formed in 2011. “Thank you for being a mentor to me. I hope that I can continue to reach out to you in the future,” he said.

Earlier in the meeting, Zonneville was honored by the NYS USBC board of directors with a gift card and a bouquet of flowers in an emotion-filled ceremony.

“Truly this has been a labor of love,” a teary-eyed Zonneville said.. “I come from a small town, Marion, barely a speck on the map. Today, I stand as a testament to the opportunities afforded us.”

Delegates sent three incumbent NYS USBC Adult Directors – Betty K. Kingsley of Rochester, Robert Kaverman of Jamestown and Barry Vee of Rochester – as well as Sergeant-at-Arms Liz DeHart of Staten Island back to office for two-year terms. DeHart, like Buckman, ran unopposed.

Kingsley received 116 votes, Kaverman 110 and Vee 109. Jonathan Burke of Wappingers Falls received 57 votes as a write-in candidate while Michael Pucino of Seneca Falls received 4 votes.

Two Youth Director positions -- also two-year terms -- were filled by acclimation as incumbent Mike Callan of Rochester and newcomer Tom Clinton of Staten Island ran unopposed.

Delegates rejected an amendment to the bylaws that proposed an unlimited number of terms for directors. Needing 93 Yes votes for approval (a two-thirds majority), the vote was 79 Yes and 59 No. A similar amendment that would have applied to Officers was withdrawn.

Thus, the current bylaw – stating that Directors and Officers of the board may serve a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms remains in force.

The NYS USBC accepted scholarship and charitable donations from the Johnstown USBC WBA and NYSWBA 700 Club and a donation of $668.10 from C.C. “The Quarters Lady” Cinelli of Long Island.


Written and Contributed by Mike Petinella