2010 – Meritorious Service
To know Jean Tondola-Smith is to know the sport of bowling. There are three words that come to mind right away with the relationship between Jean and the game of bowling.
Those three words are innovator, creator and mentor.
Innovator…introduced bowling instructional clinics within her local association which were open to both women and men. She fashioned a “Welcome to the New Season” newsletter which thanks members for returning to and becoming members of certified bowling leagues. She also introduced surveys to her association members asking for their input on programs and encouraging them to offer suggestions on how to continuously improve their membership and association.
Creator… She organizes “Massillon Weekend” for the state championship tournament and for the Ohio USBC WBA Senior Tournament, making hotel reservations, collecting payment for all fees and virtually handling everything for the members, leaving them plenty of time to enjoy the tournament and camaraderie.
Mentor…As the Ohio USBC WBA President, Jean continues to guide, counsel, advice and teach all of the State Board Directors the importance of personal contact with the bowlers. She repeatedly and untiringly strives to be a pacesetter and leading light to all of the members and directors. Her passion for the game of bowling is the catalyst that endlessly motivates Jean to modernize her association but never lose sight of what makes it all real, the bowlers.
Jean has served for nine years as President of the Ohio USBC WBA and served as a director for six years prior to that. She was instrumental in forming the Ohio USBC WBA All Star Team and the Bowler of the Year Programs. She began the Lane Inspection and Certification Clinics which are offered to both women and men in the state. She has arranged having USBC personnel come into Ohio to conduct workshops for all members of the bowling community. She has pioneered changes in the state tournament guidelines and procedures thus assuring the members their voices are heard and their suggestions taken seriously. She attends local association awards dinners, Hall of Fame dinners, membership meetings taking every opportunity to meet with the members of the bowling society and promote the sport she so strongly believes in.
She was awarded the Ohio Local Associations President’s Club Ruth Smith Award in 2000 for her continued leadership and dedication to the sport of bowling. in 2009 she received the Helen Baker Outstanding Association Service Award from USBC. This award is presented to a bowling leader who has made invaluable contributions to local and state associations as an innovator, creator and mentor.