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Karen Smith

Nancy Arvanitis

Carol Mancini



Three very deserving members of our bowling family will be inducted into our California USBC prestigious Hall of Fame. The event will take place during our Annual Meeting June 10th, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Sacramento. Honorees will be Karen L. Smith of San Marcos for Superior Performanc and Nancy A. Arvanitis of Oceanside and Carol J Mancini of Downey for Meritorious Service.

Karen Smith has averaged over 200 for some 15 years, reaching as high as 220 at one point in her career. She has to her credit (3) 299 games; (4) 300 games and (2) 800 series (813). As an active member of the North County Association, she supports their annual tournaments. Smith has participated in numerous California State Tournaments, capturing a First Place finish in the “D” Division of the 2006 CWBA Senior Women’s Championship Tournament and delights in the memory of when she was the only woman entrant in the SST Senior Tour coming away with a First Place finish.

Nancy Arvanitis was introduced to the sport of bowling in 1956, at age 11 by her mom. Since there were no youth leagues then, her mom, tutored her for several years while bowling in her mom’s league, the Ladies Masters. Showing much potential, Arvanitis drew the attention of Andy Verapapa, who volunteered to give her some lessons. Little did she know then how “famous” he had become. When Arvanitis became interested in the administrative aspects of the sport in her 20’s and was elected to a local New York Association Board of Directors. In the years following, Arvanitis and her two sons relocated to Vista, California. The day she arrived in Vista, she went to the local bowl and signed up for a scratch match play league and the following year enrolled her sons in the youth program. They bowled and she became a youth coach and again was “hooked”. Arvanitis has served in all offices on the local level for the Avocado WBA and President of North County YABA. She was appointed to the position of Secretary-Treasurer of the CA State YABA in 1989 and continued in that position until the associations merged in 2006. Arvanitis has served the CUSBC in numerous positions and is a Master Instructor, Instate Instructor and Bronze Level Coach.

Carol Mancini of Downey, is Co-Owner and Publisher of the “California Bowling News”, a Southern California weekly publication. Carol has“burned the midnight oil” many nights getting the news out and at the same time maintained her employment as Office Manager of Del Rio Lanes, in Downey, since l983. Mancini is a member and supporter of the Bowling Writers Association of America, and the California Bowling Writers. Mancini’s bowling career began in a league with her school gym class in l952. She even spent one season of bowling Duck Pins while living in Norfolk, Virginia. While living in Sasebo, Japan l955-58, Mancini bowled with a U.S. Navy travel team; serving as Secretary of three daytime leagues, all of which she organized. Moving to Newport, Rhode Island in 1962, she was introduced to Candle Pins until a Ten Pin center was built that year. She volunteered to coach the “Learn to Bowl Classes.” In 1964 Mancini moved to San Diego where she became a Certified Bowling Instructor for all ages at Parkway Bowl in El Cajon. During that time she went door-to-door soliciting women to join their 30-week “Wig League”. Some 3,500 women signed up! Mancini was an active member of the San Diego WBA from l969 to 1973 and in additional to attending meetings, she participated in all the Local, State and National Championship Tournaments. In 1973 Mancini moved to San Gabriel Valley where she worked diligently for Alhambra Valley Lanes; opened Village Lanes in 1978 and from 1980-83 handled special events for Java Lanes, Gable House Bowl, and Saddleback Lanes. Mancini was elected to the SGVWBA Board of Directors in 1979, serving on or chairing all committees; served as President from 1984-1999 and attended State and National Conventions as an elected Delegate for 14 years. She was selected as the 1969 San Diego Bowler of the Year and a California WBA Doubles Champion in 1977. Her honors include recipient of the WIBC Joyce Deitch Trailblazer Award; CWBA Distinguished Service Award; SGVWBA Life Membership; SGVWBA Hall of Fame; and Southern California Bowling Writers Hall of Fame. . #

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