Senate President

Season 2016-2017 marks another new beginning in our Senate’s history.  I would like to acknowledge our former President Jacqueline Downs on her excellent leadership during her two terms as President and express my gratitude to the rest of the Executive Board Members (Jonnetta Chambers, Shirley Smith, Tracy Smith, Robert McDaniel, Jan McDaniel, Karl Downs, Gail Morris, Patricia & Dr. Dino Dennis, Emma Lawson, and Eugene Haynes), for their hard work, dedication and generosity which helped make the Inland Empire Senate (IES) successful.

I would like to introduce our newly Elected and Appointed IES Board Members: 
Elected:   Jonnetta Chambers, Vice President; Shirley Smith, Secretary; Tracy Smith, Treasurer; Gail Morris, Recording Secretary; and Eugene Haynes, Sergeant-At-Arms.  Appointed: Bridget Newsom, Assistant Treasurer; Jan McDaniel, Communications and King & Queen Program; Karl Downs, Tournament Director; Jacque Downs, IES Scholarship Fund Chair; Jonnathein Chambers, Junior Council Advisor; Rob McDaniel, Historian; Doug Woodley, Marketing Chair; Lareece Chambers, King & Queen Program; and Ruth Woodley, Membership Chair.

My Mission is to provide exceptional leadership to our fellow bowlers and members. My Vision is to grow our membership, provide financial help to our striving youth that want to go to a college or university, support our Junior Bowlers on their quest to become young adults, and to further stabilize our Senate financially for a successful future. My promise to all bowlers and members is to dedicate as much time as humanly possible while continually building a strong foundation, “Paving the Road to the Future.”

Welcome all of you to the new beginning.



The National Bowling Association, Inc. (TNBA) is a Not-for-profit Organization, organized in August 1939, in Detroit, Michigan, for the express purpose of encouraging minorities to develop their skills in the game of Ten Pins. It was originally known as the “National Negro Bowling Association” because at the time of its birth, Blacks and other Non-Caucasians were not permitted to belong to ABC or WIBC because of certain restrictive clauses in their constitutions.

Because our membership included a large number of American Indians, Asians, Hispanics and people of color other than Black, in 1944, our organization was renamed “The National Bowling Association, Inc.”

tnba historyWe participated actively in the fight for “Equality in Bowling,” and in 1950 both ABC and WIBC removed the Non-Caucasian clauses from their constitutions. Starting in 1951 TNBA members have enjoyed the privilege of competing in all open sanctioned tournaments.  Although approximately 80% of our present membership is Black, TNBA has no racial restrictions whatsoever as to membership or participation. TNBA’s slogan is “Promoter of Sportsmanship, Fellowship and Friendship” – Ideals which are accomplished through organized competition. Today TNBA has over 30,000 members and 7,500 junior bowlers in 110+ senates across the United States and Bermuda.

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1988 Woodleys_newDoug and Ruth Woodley founded the Inland Empire Senate (IES) in 1989. Up until that time, the closest senate was 70 miles away. But by then enough bowlers were gathered and the Inland Empire Senate was a reality. Over the years, the membership has grown to over 200 plus. The Inland Empire Senate would like to say “Thank You” to the Woodley’s for introducing us to TNBA and let them know that our love, dedication and commitment to TNBA will take us through all endeavors.

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Membership fee is $21.00.
To obtain or renew your membership, click here – or see a senate representative.

 There are many reasons to be a member of TNBA:

  • Membership allows you to compete in all TNBA tournaments across the USA.
  • Membership allows you to become a national delegate or member of the tournament staff on the local, regional and national levels.
  • As a member of IES, your child or grandchild graduating from high school may qualify for TNBA scholarships at both the local and national levels.
  • With membership you become eligible for TNBA honor awards –You must submit your award application promptly. A member may qualify for the same or lesser award only once a season. To get your honor award application, see a field representative or a senate officer within 30 days of your achievement. TNBA awards must be in the national office within 45 days.
  • Sanctioning a league — Contact your league secretary or senate secretary. To sanction a league, a fee of $5.00 is required.
  • Adding your name to our membership roll can help us grow larger, stronger, and even more effective in promoting opportunities and protecting the interest of bowlers.
  • Fostering Sportsmanship, Fellowship and Friendship. Note: You do not have to be a bowler to be a member.


High Score Awards

TNBA, offers awards that rival, and often surpass, those offered by other sanctioning organizations. TNBA offers awards for both the high and low average adult/junior and youth bowler. Games must have been bowled in a duly sanctioned TNBA and USBC league or tournament.


Male and female members across the country compete for the honor of National TNBA King and Queen. The competition consists of raising funds for scholarships and other programs. The male and female raising the most funds are crowned the National King and Queen at TNBA’s Joe Thomas Coronation Ball during TNBA Week at our national convention and tournament.

Battle of the Sexes

This is a fun event where male and female teams bowl against each other vying for the privilege of bragging rights for a year. Funds raised from this event go the IES Scholarship Program.

Scholarship Program

The Inland Empire Senate annually offers scholarships from the Inland Empire Senate Scholarship Fund (IESSF). IESSF was founded in 1993 with the purpose of assisting students of TNBA members with the cost incurred while enrolling into college. These scholarships are offered to local graduating high school seniors, with applications forwarded on to the National level.