Bonnie Kissner of Fallston is one of those gems trying to improve the spirit of bowling, not only in the county but also in the region.
In June she attended the Future Leaders program of the Womans International Bowling Congress. The program is aimed at encouraging volunteerism in bowling and training young leaders. Kissner was among just 80 selected from the United States and Canada for the four days of training.
Using what she learned at the conference, Kissner's focus these days is on getting youths involved with bowling and the wholesome atmosphere it can provide.
Kissner is director of the Youth Association of the Harford County Women's Association.
"Our youth of today need to know more than ever that they have the support and encouragement of the adults in their world," says Kissner.
"If I didn't enjoyworking with our kids, I wouldn't do it because it takes a lot of time," she said. "But they're the future of bowling, and I love what I'm doing."
She began bowling duckpins about 16 years ago and then switched over to tenpins. She bowls in three leagues: Tuesday BauguessLadies league, the Friday Late Owls and the Sunday Night Mixed at Bel Air Bowl.
Not only does she bowl in the leagues, she serves as secretary in all three, as well as handling her duties as director of the Harford County Women's Bowling Association and secretary/treasurer for the Cecil-Harford County Young American Bowlers Alliance.
"It gives me a pretty good picture of what is going on in the communitybowling-wise, and I find it all very exciting," Kissner says of the her work.
Just to make it a little more exciting, Kissner has justbecame the editor of the YABA newsletter for Harford County.
Kissner carries a 167 average at this time and has a career high game of 255 with a career high set of 611. She has two 600-plus sets, and shesure can pick her spots for the big series: Her second 600 set was anice 607 series that she threw in the National WIBC tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Bowling is a definitely a family affair at her house. Her husband, Mel, carries a 185 average and her son, Frank, likes to throw a few, too.
Chuck King of Abingdon will be defending his title in the 2nd Annual United States youth Duckpin Invitational Championship tournament later this month.
On Sunday, Nov. 10, at Middlesex Fair Lanes, Chuck will meet Mark Shelor of Silver Springin the opening match at 10 a.m.
King, 21, and a student at TowsonState University, carries a 142 average with a high game of 216 and a high series of 519.
This match and the other finals will be taped and shown on the Home Team Sports channel.
Today and next weekend (Nov. 9 and 19) you can catch the 28th Annual Championship Tournament of the Harford County Women's Bowling Association at Forest Hill Lanes. There are singles, doubles, team and all-events in the tournament.
The Harford County Women's Bowling Association will be host for the 1992 Maryland State Championship Tournament at Fair Lanes Edgewood in May and June 1992. Entries don't close until March 3, 1992, so there's plenty of time to enter. Pick up entry forms at your local bowling center.