Gertrude A. 'Gert' Finke

Gert has been involved in all aspects of the game of bowling. She is most noted for her dedicated service to the junior bowlers of Minneapolis and greater Minnesota. Gert was recognized for her efforts nationally by receiving the Lola Yokum honor for her efforts as Chairman of the successful WIBC National Tournament here in 1964 and the National Seniors in 1984. She also received the Dean Norum 'tell-him-so' award for her work. In the early 1950's she organized the first north/south city junior leagues. She started the Junior State Tournament and helped to organize the State YABA. She served in many capacities on local and state level and has represented Minnesota in 33 WIBC National onventions and Tournaments. In 1941 she was a Director in the Minneapolis Women's Bowling Association and served as President from 1950-1951. She is a Life Member in the association. On the Minnesota State level she was a State Director in 1953-1954, 2nd Vice President from 1955-1956 thru 1959-1960, then as President in 1960-1961 and 1962-1963. She was Secretary from 1965-1966 thru 1974-1975. Nationally she was on the Nominating Committee for six years, Junior Board for two years and of course the Chairman of the national tournament bid to bring the WIBC National Tournament to the Twin Cities. After her induction the following important events happened in Gert's life: On April 30, 1989 Gert was chosen by the National Women Bowling Writers to receive the prestigious Helen Duval Award. A gold watch was presented to her at a special ceremony held at the WIBC National Meeting. In 1990 Gert was elected to the WIBC Hall of Fame in the Meritorious Service Category. As of May 2005 she has 52 years participation at the USBC Women's Championship/WIBC Tournament.

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Meritorious Service
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Womens' WIBC Hall of Fame