2014 – Pioneer
Ann Wood was introduced to the game of bowling by her husband who was a member of the Gr. Cincinnati Men’s Association. In those days she hand embroidered the men’s bowling shirts. During one of her visits to the lanes to view her handiwork and root for her husband’s team, she was intrigued by this splendid form of exercise. She began bowling in the early 1930’s and immediately knew she wanted to get involved when she accepted her first office, that of league president. She became involved with the Gr. Cincinnati board of directors in 1933 and was elected association secretary in 1939, a job she held until 1975. Member-ship when she took office was 1,255 and when she retired had grown to 41,260.
Ann’s interest was not only in the adult membership, but she was instrumental in organizing the local American Junior Bowling Congress Association.
Ann served on the Ohio WBA board as a director for 7 years beginning in 1943. She advanced to 2nd Vice President in 1951 and served in that capacity until 1961. In 1961 she was appointed to serve as parliamentarian, a position she held until 1974.
Ann was elected a Life Member of the Gr. Cincinnati WBA in 1977 and elected to their Hall of Fame in its’ inaugural Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service in 1988.
Ann was also elected a Life Member of the Ohio WBA and was one of the charter members inducted posthumously into their Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service.
A direct quote from Ann herself sums up her involvement. “I was a very low average bowler, you can’t be in the work end of it and be a good bowler, too. I devoted my whole life to bowling because I love it… It gives you a good feeling inside to feel needed. I feel if you don’t do for others, life isn’t worth living.”
Tonight Ann Wood is being honored for her many contributions to the sport she loved and we proudly place her name on the rolls of the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame Pioneers.