Conference News

San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale selected to host IGBO Conferences

Omaha, Nebraska, May 22, 2015: San Francisco, California and Fort Lauderdale, Florida have been selected as the host cities for upcoming International Gay Bowling Organization® (IGBO®) Conferences.  IGBO conducts conferences on a semi-annual basis to convene representatives from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) bowling leagues and tournaments worldwide.  

Official Logo for IGBO Mid-Year 2016 in San Francisco, <a href=

The city of San Francisco, California was selected over Milwaukee, Wisconsin to become the destination for the IGBO Mid-Year Conference and Tournament in November 2016.  The committee announced the theme as “Tales of the City” with plans to incorporate elements from the book throughout the conference.  IGBO Mid-Year 2016 will take place November 8-14, 2015.

The city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was selected as the host city for the IGBO Annual Conference and Tournament for May 2017.  The bid committee presented a bid themed “Hello Sunny” where they highlighted their city as a prime destination.

“South Florida over the Memorial Day weekend is like paradise with beautiful sunny weather, warm tropical breezes, and the world class beaches. South Florida ranks as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Our community has hundreds of LGBT owned and operated businesses, including hotels, retail establishments, nightclubs, restaurants and bars. Fort Lauderdale prides itself on being a diverse and safe destination for all visitors.”

Official Logo for IGBO Annual 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Official Logo for IGBO Annual 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Each bid to host the conference was assembled by local bowlers their respective cities.  Each committee traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, host of the 35th IGBO Annual Conference to present their bid before the IGBO General Membership with representation from United States, Canada and Australia.

 

34th IGBO Mid-Year Conference Recap

The 34th IGBO Mid-Year Conference and Tournament was held in early November in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. With over 250 attendees, it was a huge success. IGBO thanks the entire Jacksonville committee for their hospitality and execution of the event.
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34rd IGBO Annual Conference and Tournament Recap

The 34th IGBO Annual Conference and Tournament was held in mid-May in Tucson, Arizona.  IGBO thanks the entire Tucson host committee for their hospitality and execution of the event. Read More

IGBO Conference Site Selection Open for Annual Conference in 2017

Cities and groups interested in being considered as host for the IGBO Annual Conference and Tournament to be held in May 2017 must submit the letter of Intent to Bid to the IGBO President by November 15, 2014.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico selected to host Conference in 2016

Tucson, Arizona, May 16, 2014: Albuquerque, New Mexico has been selected as the host city for the 36th International Gay Bowling Organization® (IGBO®) Annual Conference and Tournament in May 25-30, 2016.  IGBO conducts conferences on a semi-annual basis to convene representatives from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) bowling leagues and tournaments worldwide.  This will be the first ever IGBO conference hosted in Albuquerque. Read More

IGBO Conference Site Selection Open for Mid-Year Conference in 2016

Groups interested in being considered as host for the IGBO Mid-Year Conference and Tournament to be held November 2016 must submit the letter of Intent to Bid to the IGBO President by May 1, 2014.

Updated November 14, 2014: Deadline to submit Letters of Intent has been extended to December 31, 2014
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Board Nominations Open

IGBO Prepares to Elect Vice President and Secretary in Tucson

At the IGBO Annual Conference in Tucson, the IGBO membership will hold elections for Vice President, Secretary and Regional Directors of even-numbered regions (Region 6: Pacific Northwest, Region 8: Southern, Region 10: South Plains, and Region 12: Mid-Atlantic.)

Interested members can submit their resume to the IGBO Secretary at Secretary@IGBO.org. If received on or before Monday, April 14, the resume will be included in the packet distributed to the Representatives. Resumes received after April 14 will be distributed at to the attendees the day of the meeting.

Eligible candidates must meet the requirements of Article II.4 in the IGBO Bylaws. All elected directors:

  1. Must be a member in good standing,
  2. Must have attended a minimum of two (2) General Membership Meetings within the last 2 years, and
  3. Either (a) served as an IGBO Representative for a minimum of one (1) year, or (b) served as an IGBO Alternate Representative or IGBO Committee member for a minimum of two (2) non-concurrent years. The two year requirement cannot be met through one year of concurrent service as an alternate representative and committee member.

For more information, contact the IGBO Secretary by email at Secretary@IGBO.org

Tuscon to host next conference, hangs IGBO flag

On November 10, 2013, the Tucson 2014 IGBO Annual Committee received the IGBO flag from the Dallas 2013 Mid-Year Committee, signifying that the next IGBO conference will be held in Tucson, Arizona. This will be the second such event held in Tucson. The first event was the 1994 Mid-Year conference and 20 years later, IGBO is “Returning to the Wild, Wild West,” May 12 – 18, 2014.

Tucson Flag Ceremony

IGBO flag presented to City of Tucson

On November 21, 2013, the Tournament and Conference Director Joseph Ware and Co-Director Kevin Wheeler presented the IGBO flag to the City of Tucson Vice Mayor Shirley Scott and Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, along with former Women’s Professional bowler and bowling center owner Jill Theis and center manager Scott Rarick. Immediately after the presentation, the Vice Mayor declared that the flag shall be “hung” at Tucson Bowl until it is time to turn the flag over to the Jacksonville Committee.

Councilmember Fimbres presented the Tucson Committee a Certificate of Recognition for their efforts in encouraging involvement in the Tucson LGBT community and the dedication in working together to make the 2014 IGBO Annual Conference a reality for Tucson. It was an amazing evening. The declaration and recognition was a surprise; however, the biggest surprise was the invitation to attend the City of Tucson Mayor and Council Study Session to update the city leaders and kick off the festivities for IGBO Annual 2014. “Wait until you see who throws the first ball,” remarked Mark Kerr, Public Relations Chairman. “It is going to be a Who’s Who in Southern Arizona.”

Mark Kerr, Joseph Ware and Kevin Wheeler of the IGBO Annual 2014 Tuscon Host Committee with City of Tucson Councilmember Richard Fimbres and Vice Mayor Shirley Scott

Mark Kerr, Joseph Ware and Kevin Wheeler of the IGBO Annual 2014 Tuscon Host Committee with City of Tucson Councilmember Richard Fimbres and Vice Mayor Shirley Scott

The City of Tucson is excited about the return of IGBO and the committee has their nose to the grindstone preparing a week of fun and excitement in the “Wild, Wild West.” Activities start off on Thursday, May 15 with a reception in the lobby of the hotel from 1 to 5 pm. Included will be a “Shave-Tail” meet and greet from 4 to 5 pm. For those unfamiliar with Wild West terminology, a shave-tail is a green, inexperienced person. So all those bowlers that have never been to an IGBO Annual or Mid-Year tournament are encouraged to attend and meet with the tournament committee and IGBO leaders.

Thursday evening of conference week at 6 pm, the Iowna Dublewyde Desert Classic will kick off at Golf-n-Stuff, just a mile from the hotel. This event will be a community wide event and food drive for our tournament charity, the southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF). Cost is $10 and a can of food. This is a fun filled drag putt-putt golf event. Dawn the garb and join “Nancy-boys” and “Gal-boys” for a couple hours of hysterical putt-putt golf. The rest of the weekend is dedicated to bowling, hospitality, renewing friendships, and making new friends.

As the committee finalizes the details and gets everything “in apple pie order,” IGBO members are encouraged to plan to attend the 34th Annual IGBO Conference and Tournament. Pack your “best bib and tucker,” catch the next stagecoach to Tucson, and join us as IGBO “Returns to the Wild, Wild West.”

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