2020 - Jan Matson

Jan Matson of Sheridan is being inducted into the Michigan State USBC Bowling Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service. Jan has worn many hats in her bowling career, and we celebrate her dedication to the sport with her induction as a member of the Class of 2020.

Jan began her bowling career in 1972, when the owner of Sheridan Lanes called and asked her to join a women’s league at Sheridan Lanes. Together with her sister and some friends she joined her first team. Jan bowled for a couple of years and in 1976, was approached to become the secretary/treasurer of the Sheridan Women’s Bowling Association. In 1985, Jan and her team moved to Double Six Lanes to bowl weekly and in 1986, Jan was approached to become the Double View WBA Secretary/Treasurer. In 1986, Jan started bowling at Greenville Lanes in two leagues. In 2000, Jan was elected secretary/treasurer of the Greenville WBA and in 2003, the Greenville Bowling Association needed an executive director and asked her to take the helm. To round out the group, in 2004, then Michigan USBC WBA President, Pat Russell recommended Jan for the open vacancy of association manager for the Lakeview/Howard City WBA. When all the associations merged several years ago, Jan became association manager for all the existing entities. She serves as association manager for Greenville, Sheridan, Vestaburg/Edmore, and Lakeview/Howard City USBC associations.


In 2005, at the annual meeting in West Branch, Jan was appointed to the seat of Director #5 of the Michigan USBC Women’s Bowling Association. Jan had been, previous to her board appointment a member and chairman of the credentials committee. Jan would be appointed to the position of 2nd Vice President of the Michigan State USBC and then elected to the position. In January 2018, Jan would be elected to the same position with the new merged Michigan State USBC Association. She would run for the same position at the first annual meeting in 2019 and remains in that position today. On the state board Jan currently serves on the Finance Committee, Hall of Fame Committee, Delegate Reception/Awards Luncheon Chair, and Jamboree Chair. In the past Jan’s committees included Strategic Planning, Tournament Opening, Legislative, Tournament Rules, Uniform, Publicity, and the Joint Transition for the merger. Jan served as the recording secretary for the former WBA as well. Jan was selected as the Michigan State Association Manager of the Year in 2011.


On the local level in addition to her association manager duties, Jan served as a director for the Double View WBA and Greenville WBA and BA. She was on the Mid-Michigan Youth Board of Directors and served as that association 2nd Vice President. Jan is a member of the Greenville WBA Hall of Fame and is a Nora Erskin Award winner from the Double View WBA.


Jan is still a very active bowler and at the present time is bowling 1½ times a week. She is both a regular bowler and a sub on two leagues. Jan has participated in 35 state women’s tournaments, 10 WIBC/USBC Women’s Championship Tournaments, 11 ABC/USBC Open Championship Tournaments, attended the WIBC/ABC/USBC Conventions six times. Jan was the All-Events Champion in the Michigan State Mixed Tournament in 2011.


The Michigan State USBC welcomes Jan Matson into the Michigan State USBC Hall of Fame in the Meritorious Service category.