California Bowling Writers

Last Modified:
June 30, 2006

Bette Addington - 2006 CBW Profile Award Winner
By Mary Lynly

Having captured the California Bowing Writers Profile Award in 2003, Bette Addington was surprised to have won again but her story on one person's determination to bowl in league, in a wheelchair, was a winner.

Bette brings a variety of talent to the California Bowling Writers. Her bio as a new board member of CBW quoted her as saying "it is being a part of a team that has the same goals that really energizes me." The Bakersfield native walks the walk and talks the talk. She always makes an effort to support CBW writing contests because she believes in supporting the cause and winning is just the icing on the cake.

Bette has won several awards, not only for writing, but for her efforts to promote the game of bowling. She has been recognized for doing the "hard" stuff like promoting state tournament when Bakersfield hosted the California WBA Championship Tournament, and Overall Reporting which requires a "sustained" effort. She is the recipient of the Lucelle Ware Memorial Award for Overall Excellence in Writing (1998) and the prestigious NWBW Publicity Chairman of the Year award (2001) and their Mary Jannetto Award for Outstanding Local Bowling Promotion. Capping it all off was her induction into the Bakersfield WBA Hall of Fame in 2005.

No doubt, Bette is a winner. She is an idea person, she is organized, she does her homework and she is always prepared. Like a good journalist, she is always looking for a story opportunity. She has been writing a weekly bowling column for the Bakersfield Californian for the last nine years and writing a weekly column takes commitment and dedication. She Edits the Bakersfield Car Club Council newsletter and is a spokesperson for the group. All this and she still has time to carry a notable bowling average.

Bette enjoys working with youth and is a Certified Level 1 YABA coach. She started bowling in high school (hoping to meet someone interesting) but it was her husband of nearly 30 years, Chris, who really got her into league bowling. After a disastrous start she decided the goal was to "beat Chris."

Bette and Chris share a love of the sea as well as building and re-building classic cars and have won awards all over the Western U.S. and Canada. They even took one to Sweden and won. They are Mom and Pop to two Chocolate Labs, Mocha Lynne and Lucy.

Really keeping both Chris and Bette busy is trying to get their yard "back" in shape. They live in a area that has some working oil wells and one decided to blow and it decimated their house and yard with oil. It has taken them over two years to really begin to get things cleaned up.

Bette Addington believes in the philosophy of: "handle any situation the way you would want to be treated, put herself in the other person's place and go from there."

CBW is proud of their 2006 Profile Award winner - Bette Addington.