Sue Allen was elected to the Washington, D.C. Area Women's Bowling Association board in 1985. She served as a director until 1994 when she was elected fourth vice president. In 1997, she was elected president. In addition, she serves as a director of the Washington, D.C. Area 600 Club.
During the nine years Sue was a WDCAWBA director, she served on virtually every committee, including chairman of the Hall of Fame for four years. During this time, her goal was to ensure that the Hall of Fame was self-supporting. After her four years, the Hall of Fame had a budget of $1,200. Sue also was responsible for redesigning the WDCAWBA Hall of Fame medallion.
Through Sue's guidance, the WDCAWBA Policies and Procedures Manual was rewritten and updated to accurately reflect responsibilities of each committee. She was instrumental in bringing forward legislation that limits the term of the president to nine years. Prior to the automation of the average book, Sue spent numerous hours pulling together final averages, preparing the report books for association meetings, planning the opening ceremonies for the association's City Tournament, serving on the Audit Committee for the Virginia State Tournament, and ensuring that the Top 10 female bowlers in WDCAWBA were appropriately recognized.
Sue was actively involved in raising funds for the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL). The BVL has been ranked No. 1 in the Nation's Capital for the past five years, due in large part to Sue's efforts. Responding to a request from the national BVL chairman, Sue traveled to Harrisburg, Pa., to assist in briefing other local associations on the successes of the WDCAWBA.
As president, Sue implemented a mid-year budget review and internal audit process. Through her dedication, the Washington D.C. Area Women's Bowling Association today is financially sound because of this in-depth budget process.
Also under her leadership, E-mail addresses were established, online awards submissions were made available, a Web page was designed, and communications with the bowling industry were improved. There was a co-location of the association office with the NCABA and a purchase of new computers. These are just a few of Sue's achievements during her three-year term.
Sue believed that it was extremely important to be on the forefront of change. As president of the third largest association in the nation, an aggressive leader is needed. With the many changes taking place at Bowling Headquarters, Sue was the first to volunteer the WDCAWBA for pilot testing any new programs.
Sue has served as a delegate to the WIBC National Convention for 14 years and a Virginia State delegate for 12 years. As a state delegate, she has served on the Nominating Committee and chaired the Credentials Committee.
Sue's bowling achievements include first-place team finishes in the BOWL Magazine Tournament and the Virginia State Tournament (Handicap Division), with a second-place singles finish in the Lebanon Dutchman Tournament. Her highest average is 190, with a high game of 298 and a 687 high series.
Sue Allen has dedicated herself unselfishly to the Washington, D.C. Area Women's Bowling Association and is worthy of this Hall of Fame induction.