Catherine E. 'Rose' Vigness

Rosy was a charter member of the Minneapolis Women's Bowling Association. She was a Director and sergeant-at-arms for the Minnesota Women's Association for nine years and President for 12 years. Rosy was elected to serve as the Minneapolis Women's Bowling Association as secretary for 36 years. She has held most offices in the State and Minneapolis Associations. One of her biggest accomplishments was helping the Minneapolis Bowling Association grow from 8,750 members 30 years ago to over 40,000 active women bowlers today. She was a delegate to the National Women's Bowling Tournament for 35 years and she bowled in 37 National Tournaments. Rosy played a prominent role in bringing the 1964 National Tournament of the Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC) to Minneapolis. She served as Co-Chair Woman for the 1990 US Olympic Festival, was a member of the Junior Bowling Board of Directors and she was Chair Woman of the National Junior Championships when they were held in the Twin Cities. Rosy even co-wrote a bowling manual for the physical education teachers in the 1970's. She was a member of the Minnesota Bowling Council. Rosy received the Tell Them So Award for outstanding contributions from the Bowling Proprietors of Minnesota and was a guiding force behind the first statewide food share drive among bowlers. She has participated in both local and state tournaments for over 40 years and she was a member of the national, state and local "600 Clubs". As of May 2005 she has participated for 38 years in the USBC Women's Championship/WIBC Championship Tournament.

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Meritorious Service
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Womens' WIBC Hall of Fame