Cornell Jackson, a native Washingtonian, has been a member of the WDCAWBA for 24 years, beginning her bowling career in a summer league in 1965. During 15 of those 24 years, she has served on the WDCAWBA board of directors, the past five years as a vice president. Cornell has chaired or served on almost every committee, with the most rewarding being the 1985 Spotlight Award Committee, which award the WDCAWBA received in the "10,001 and Above" membership category. She was instrumental in the first Joint Hall of Fame Dinner-Dance; in initiating the BVL Bowl-A-Thon to increase association donations to benefit disabled veterans; in computerizing the local association; and most recently, in the 1989 Virginia State Tournament, which had a record-breaking 602 local teams participating.
Locally, Cornell has served as a Vir-Mar JBA director, certified coach-instructor; director, local 600 Club; delegate to 13 WIBC conventions and workshops, 14 VSWBA meetings, 13 TNBA conventions and workshops, and two WIBC Leadership Training Seminars. A VSWBA director for one year, she is currently editor of the Virginia Echo; Publicity chair; member of the State Fair, Awards Banquet, Hall of Fame, Delegates Luncheon, Favor, and Nominating committees, and Head Teller. She is also a member of the National 600 Club, a charter member of the State 600 Club, and she has held all league officer positions.
Cornell has served as teller and assistant sergeant-at-arms at annual meetings, a WIBC Teller, a member of the National Women Bowling Writers, and a Friend of the National Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum.
Her leadership roles include being president of the Greater Washington Bowling Senate (GWBS) of The National Bowling Association, and the Southeastern Field Representative. She also has served on the Awards, Review, Election, and Personnel committees. Under Cornellís leadership, the GWBS membership increased by 25 percent.
Local junior bowler membership also has increased because of Cornell's helping coaches plan activities exclusively for the youth bowler.
Cornell Jackson's service and dedication to bowling is second only to her desire to serve the bowlers. Her love of the sport and devotion to her associations is an inspiration for all.
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