|'Hall of Fame'|
Oct 27, 2001, for the first time, the York Simcoe 5 Pin Bowlers' Association formally inducted two Builders, four Bowlers, one Coach, two Proprietors and two Volunteers, into our 5 Pin Bowling Hall of Fame. These eleven individuals were selected by a committee consisting of current Board Executives, Life Members and Ontario 5 Pin Hall of Fame members. On the Builders side, we congratulated Al Richardson, who was instrumental in bringing the Association together in the early stages and Lauretta Wright, who continued to build the zone through her hard work and dedication. On the Bowler's side, we welcomed Ernie Hughes and Judy Rollich, who dominated the lanes during the early years, and Marianne Corbet and Geoff Stevens, who are two of our most consistent bowlers today. Vic Tugwell, became the first inductee in the Coaches division. Vic's philosophy on coaching inspired others to follow in his footsteps. In the Proprietors division, Frank and Pauline Price should be considered pioneers, building the first Bowling Centre in Richmond Hill. Jack and Betty Hill were two of the most hard working and dedicated volunteers in the formative years of York Simcoe. For that reason, it was only fitting that they were our first inductee's in the Volunteers division.
Along with the above inductees, we were honoured to induct into our Hall of Fame, the following York Simcoe members who have been inducted, over the years, into the Ontario 5 Pin Bowlers Hall of Fame. In the builders division, Tom Cowan, Tom Horton and Sid Morris. In the bowlers division, Ian Cameron, Jim Hoult, Russ Hurcom, Diane MacLeod, Al Snow and Sue Topping.
The Hall of Fame process at the Ontario 5 Pin Bowlers' Association level was originally the idea of Shirley Hoult of Scarborough. In 1966, Shirley promoted the idea to Bert Garside, who was, at that time, Executive Director of the Ontario Bowlers' Congress (O.B.C.). Based on Bert's recommendation, the O.B.C. Board of Directors gave Shirley their approval to gather the necessary materials, including the first submission forms. As a result of this initiative, it was only fitting that the first inductee, in 1968, was Tommy Ryan, the founder of our sport. November 2001, the Ontario 5 Pin Bowlers' Association hosted their 29th Annual Awards Dinner for Inductees to the 5 Pin Bowlers' Hall of Fame in Hamilton. We would also like to thank the Huronia zone, for their inspiration and assistance in making our Hall of Fame, a reality.
That evening we also celebrated our 35th Anniversary as a Zone Association. In that time we have had over two hundred and fifty individuals work with our Association, either at the house, Decentralized or Zone levels. To all those individuals who volunteered their time and energy, we thank you.
This dinner and induction ceremony, is now an integral part of our organization, and in closing, we would like to recognize the efforts of all the volunteers who have contributed to the success of that night's program.