The bowlers of the DC and Baltimore
areas were originally introduced to the National Bowling Association in
the early '50s. Since neither area had the required number of people
to be chartered by NBA, they combined to become the Twin City Senate. In 1960, the Twin City Senate hosted a NBA National Convention in Washington, DC. As membership grew in both DC and Baltimore, the cities agreed in 1961 to separate and form two new bowling senates. Fifty years later Chesapeake Bay and Greater Washington senates are still
in existence and very active.
Greater Washington held their organizational meeting on Saturday, August 19, 1961, in the ballroom on the second floor of the historic Masonic Temple, located at 10th and U Streets, NW, Washington, DC. A NBA representative was present to help with NBA questions.
Business that was completed at the meeting included the election of officers, ratifying the constitution, deciding all major issues such as dues, purpose and functions of the Senate. There was an overview of the National Bowling Association, why it was organized, its progress through the years, and its future. Upon completion of business the Greater Washington Bowling Senate was officially chartered.
The first elected officers were: President James Minor; Vice President Fred Coleman; Secretary Martha Burton; Treasurer Robert Edmonds; Publicity-Business Manager - James R. Hurley.
We have hundreds of people to thank for the progress we have made since that first meeting 50 years ago. The following people served as officers of Greater Washington Bowling Senate:
Presidents: James Minor, William “Bill” Miles, Elmore "Fish" Middleton, Martha Burton, Warren Hughes, Cornell M. Jackson, Carolyn Guest, John J. Walker, Betty Williams, Ella (Robinson) Townsell, and Barbara Vaughan, our current President.
Vice Presidents: Fred Coleman, Joseph Nuchurch, James "Sonny" Steward, Catharyn “SoSo” Gullatt, Carolyn Guest, Paul Carey, John J. Walker, Alvin Hall, Betty Williams, Ella Townsell, Cornell M. Jackson, Robin Holt,
Johnnie Jones, our current Vice President.
Secretaries: Martha Burton, Alice Chambers Stroman, Alberta Coble, Cornell M. Jackson, Catharyn Gullatt, Trudy Peoples, Ella Townsell, Barbara Vaughan, and Phyllis Cook, our current Secretary.
Treasurers: Robert Edmonds, James Robinson, Alvin Hall, Willa Stanley, Christine Thompson, Johnnie Andrews, Carolyn Guest, Jeannie Malone, our current Treasurer.
have won many awards on the national level which include the Mary L.
Wilkes Award (Martha Burton, Cornell Jackson), Hall of Fame (Martha
Burton, Margarette Uncles, A. Jane Timmons Hassell, Cornell Jackson, and
Ron Holt), Secretary of the Year (Catharyn Gullatt, Barbara Vaughan),
Joe Blue (James “Sonny” Steward), President of the Year (Warren Hughes,
Sr., Cornell Jackson). GWBS has also won Senate of the Year, twice and
several membership increase awards. Crystal D. Garner, was the first
GWBS youth bowler to receive a TNBA scholarship award. She went on to
graduate in the top of her class in the School of Nursing at the
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC.