1990 – Meritorious Service
For 52 years, Bill DeHaven has been an active participant in the great sport of bowling, not only as a competitor, but more importantly in the administrative line. Bill’s love of the game was apparent from the beginning when he bowled every night of the week, sometimes two leagues the same night. He has to his credit eleven 700 series of 700 or better and a 299 game rolled in 1975.
DeHaven was elected to the Board of Directors of the Dayton Bowling Association in 1957 and was chairman of the Planning Committee which proposed the opening of a Dayton Bowling Association office and the appointment of an assistant secretary and manager of public relations. In 1962, Bill was appointed to fill the position and was reappointed until 1983 when his involvement with ABC became more demanding. Bill was elected to the Dayton Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1973.
Expanding his horizons in 1969, Dehaven was elected a director of ABC and served on many key committees until 1984 when he was installed as the 71st American Bowling Congress President.