HOF – Katherine J. Riley


2005 – Meritorious Service
Katherine J. Riley

There used to be an expression denoting a relaxed condition with no work, no cares; it was cal-led The Life of Riley. Whoever came up with that one never heard of Kathy Riley. She has been going full speed ahead for more than 40 years in almost every bowling venue.

She served in Lake Geauga WBA as officer and director 40 years and was made a Life Member. She served on the Ohio WBA in which she chaired or served on at least 17 committees, organized first walk-a-thon for breast cancer research and education, the Ohio WBA Hall of Fame Board, state representative, Ohio YABA and the Ohio Bowling Council, served on nominating, finance and budget, tournaments, awards, legislative, special promotions such as Ohio WBA Golf Day; member Local Associations Presidents Club, Buckeye Women Bowling Writers, Bronze Level Coach, USA Bowling and still others. How did she handle all these assignments? Kay-Lynn Cullison, Ohio State _, YABA Secretary, said, “lf you want something done right, call Kathy.”

She managed to slip in a little bowling, too: 34 Ohio WBA championship tournaments and 10 WIBC tournaments. Her high game was 276, her top series 698; she won team and doubles championships in six local association tournaments and won the Northeast Ohio Regional Press Singles (1972). She was a charter member of Lake-Geauga 600 Club (serving 3 years as secretary, 3 years as president).
Perhaps Kathy’s most satisfying achievement will be her being the driving force, according to Ruth Heath-Trott. Katy Schwynn and Betty Knott, of the Ohio WBA Scholarship Fund. Kathy’s hard work and innovative ideas were such that the fund has money available to fund a $3,000 scholarship, which is renewable for three years, if the applicant continues to meet the requirements.

Tonight the Ohio Bowling Council welcomes Kathy to membership in the Ohio Hall of Fame.

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