Certificate of Appreciation

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Couture Motors Ltd.(1991)
Harold Loster(1991)
Al Vickery(1993)
Rube Ramge(1995)
Gene Telpner(1997)
Canadian German Club (1998)
Raymond Roy (1999)
Charles Gibson (2000)
Ted Hart (2001)
Native Sons of Canada (2003)
Helen Stanley (2003)
Tom Abbott (2011)
Pete Klassen (2013)
Couture Motors Ltd.

Inducted 1991

Couture Motors have sponsored a team in the Cercle Ouvrier Bowling League continuously for years and continues to do so.

The team name is “Couture Motors” and Denis Couture has been a member of the team for all 56 years.


Harold Loster

Inducted 1991

In 1952-53, Harold was appointed Publicity Chairman for the Winnipeg Bowling Association, a position he filled for six years. During this period he edited the Annual Year Book.

He was elected Secretary of the Winnipeg Bowling Association in the 1954-55 season and served in this position through the 1956-57 season.

During his six years of office in the Winnipeg Bowling Association, Harold compiled regular write-up’s for inclusion in the daily papers. After leaving the Association, he continued to write on the sport of bowling with a column titled “Write Up Your Alley”, appearing three times a week in the Winnipeg Tribune.

Harold is still active in the Sports scene, both on radio and writing. The Sport of Tenpin Bowling appreciates Harold’s many contributions to its promotion and development.


Rube Ramge

Inducted 1995

Rube came to Winnipeg in 1919 and in the 1920’s, Rube began bowling with the Optimist Club League. Rube also bowled at Prince Edward Alleys on Portage Avenue in the 1930’s. He was an avid bowler and over his lifetime had two “700 Series” to his credit.

Every year at his own expense Rube fully sponsored his team to the ABC National Annual Tournament.

Rube was also named a Life Member of both the Winnipeg Bowling Association and the Winnipeg City Senior League. His personal contribution and support to the growth of tenpin bowling is greatly appreciated.


Gene Telpner

Inducted 1997

During his career in journalism, Gene Telpner has been a lecturer, world traveler, note columnist, author, news analyst, television and radio personality.

Gene was born in Omaha, Nebraska where he worked as a sports columnist for the Omaha World Herald after serving as a captain in U.S. Air Force in World War II. Gene Telpner moved to Winnipeg in 1950 and soon after became a Tenpin Bowling Co-proprietor of the Bowl-Arena Alleys at 309 Edmonton Street, with Dave Shuckett. The Bowl-Arena held several promotions such as the “Strike It Rich” and “Bowl-A-Car”. In the early 1950’s Gene began writing a weekly bowling column for the Winnipeg Free Press called “It Strikes Me”.

From the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s he also had a weekly radio bowling program on which he hosted from his own home. Gene also hosted the “Bowling For Dollars” show and was guest speaker/announcer at many tournaments both in Canada and the United States. He even organized train trips to bring groups of bowlers to out of province tournaments.

In 1968, Gene became founding President of the Canadian Bowling Press Association. He also held the position of President with the Winnipeg Press Club and the Canadian Bowling Sports Writers Association. In addition, Gene was a daily columnist with both the Winnipeg Tribune and Winnipeg Sun.

Gene Telpner’s contribution to the promotion and betterment of tenpin bowling over more than 30 years through the mediums of print, radio and TV is immeasurable. His dedication and support to our sport as an influential leader in sports journalism is recognized as playing a major role in its growth in the late 1950’s to early 1970’s.

Gene is best known to Manitoba’s bowling community for his Winnipeg Free Press column “It Strikes Me”, although he has also been recognized for his contribution to various charities, humanitarian and community services especially the Variety Club of which he was the President and Founder of the Manitoba Chapter. His years of journalism also allowed him an opportunity to meet many celebrities and world figures such as Chaing Kai-Shek, Golda Meir, John Wayne, Princess Grace, John Deifenbaker, Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, Bing Crosby and Lucille Ball to name a very select few.

Gene and his wife Fitzi, currently reside in Winnipeg, where he freelances for the Jewish Post and News.


Al Vickery

Inducted 1993

Al Vickery has been a bowler for 50 years. Upon retirement from a rewarding media career, mainly Canadian Press and Local T.V. news, Al started a Bowling Column for the Free Press, which he continued for 10 years.

He left Winnipeg and spent three years in Vancouver, but he couldn’t shake his love of bowling and bowlers. He returned and picked-up the Free Press Bowling Column as if he’d never been away.

Al is an Honorary Life Member of both the Winnipeg Bowling Association and the Greater Winnipeg Five-Pin Bowling Association.


Canadian German Club


The Canadian German Society was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1906. The first tenpin bowling lanes were build in 1928. In 1948-49 the old building was expanded and four additional lanes were added.

In 1986, an eleven story seniors residence was built behind the original club and six new lanes were incorporated in the lower level of the development.

Throughout its existence, the Canadian German Society has always been a strong supporter of tenpin bowling and its development of youth and adult athletes in our province:

– Supplied the Winnipeg Bowling Association with meeting rooms at no charge for several years

– Provided the Winnipeg Women’s Bowling Association with free meeting
rooms whenever requested

– Donated the use of their banquet hall for WBA Annual and
President/Secretaries meetings, also for several special events, including the continued use of their hall and providing free refreshments for the
Annual Junior Awards Day

– Providing generous practice time for bowlers who have qualified for
provincial, national or international championships

– Provided financial assistance to athletes and coaches traveling to provincial and international competitions

– Donated $1,000.00 scholarships annually for the aggregate winners of the Senior Scratch Open for the past seven years, in addition to a $500.00 scholarship to a youth bowler who scored his first 300 game.

For its long (70 years) ongoing support towards the growth, development and promotion of tenpin bowling, the Canadian German Society has been awarded with the Bowling Hall of Fame of Manitoba “Certificate of Appreciation”.

The Bowling Hall of Fame of Manitoba, the local and provincial bowling associations wish to thank Canadian German Society for its ongoing assistance and looks forward to maintaining our strong relationship with them far into the next millennium.


Raymond Roy


Raymond began bowling in the late 1930’s and was immediately hooked on the sport. He was one of the driving forces in the installation of four bowling lanes in the Cercle Ouvrier Club on Cathedral Avenue in St. Boniface.

The club was lost in a fire in early 1939, but was quickly rebuilt and expanded to six lanes the same year due to the efforts of Raymond who was at that time club President. An additional three lanes were added in 1947. Under Ray’s guidance the bowling club was so popular that during the late 1940’s and early 50’s this small club was acknowledged as having the largest men’s tenpin bowling league in Canada with 32 teams.

When the Cercle Ouvrier Club was demolished in 1965, Raymond was a strong advocate in getting Le Club La Verendrye to install an eight lane center. In 1971 the lanes were built and boasted having the 1st tenpin automatic scoring system in Canada.

Raymond was always promoting bowling as a friendly pastime, encouraging and recruiting new bowlers for various leagues at both the Cercle Ouvrier and Le Club La Verendrye. His efforts to fill teams for league play were sometimes unusual by today’s standards. When a team was short a man or two, Raymond would actually go down the block knocking on doors and bringing bowlers back to fill the sports.

Raymond’s methods were not always so unorthodox; as he and his good friend Charles Dufault created the Dufault Good Will Trophy. This trophy was a “Challenge Cup” that was competed for during the late 1940’s and 1950’s by different teams throughout the province.

As a bowler, Raymond had many successful seasons during his 30+ years in the All-Star Senior League and Winnipeg Senior Tenpin League on the team he formed called “Cathedral City”, later named “Kiewels” (Brewing Company). He also attended a few ABC Annual Tournaments, specifically the one held in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1956.

Although, Raymond never served on the Winnipeg Bowling Association Board of Directors, he was given the rare honor of being named as a “WBA Honorary Life Member”. This was a privilege usually reserved for past board members with several years of service, however, it was bestowed on Raymond in acknowledgement of his many contributions to the promotion and development of tenpin bowling.

Raymond Roy passed away on his birthday in April, 1976 (Good Friday) at the age of 74.


Charles Gibson


Charles Ritchie Gibson was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1881.

Charles was one of the founders of organized bowling in Winnipeg and Manitoba and did much to foster the game in Western Canada opening several centers from Fort William/Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) to Vancouver.

He set up his first Tenpin Bowling Centre (Saratoga Alleys) in Winnipeg on October 4th, which had 5 lanes. W.V. Thompson (Champion bowler of America) was on hand to promote the Grand Opening and initiated the formation of organized leagues.

He was a member of the Saratoga Team. This was the
1st season of organized bowling in Winnipeg with the
four team league playing at four different houses –
Strand, Saratoga, Olympia, Grand Alleys

Winnipeg Commercial League
Life Member

Winnipeg Bowling Association
1917 Secretary
1918 Secretary
1919 Executive
1920 Executive

Charles was the first to be named a Honorary Life Member of the Winnipeg Bowling Association in 1918.

Saratoga House League
1921-22 Treasurer

In addition to being one of the founders of organized bowling in Winnipeg, Charles was also one of the city top bowlers during these early years.

Senior City League

League Championship Team

February 28th (Toronto) 3rd Place – Doubles
C.R. Gibson & Ericks (1165)

High Average 185

League Championship Team – Saratoga

High Average 185
High Series 742 (set new league record)

Saratoga Team – High Team Single 1099
High Team Series 3154
League Championship Team
High Single 268
High Series 728
High Average 187

International Bowling Association Championship
(Minneapolis). They were City League representatives and
were the Doubles Champs.

Charles R. Gibson and Jake Roblin

Bowled a 300 Game: the 3rd in Manitoba

Winnipeg Commercial League
High Average 185
High Series 666

Manitoba Commercial Inter-City Series – Champs
C. Gibson (Captain)

Manitoba Commercial Inter-City Series – Champs
C. Gibson (Captain)

Charles Gibson passed away on April 14, 1956 in Vancouver at the age of 75.


Ted Hart

Inducted 2001

Ted Hart, born Theodore Spivak in 1909 in the town of Brooklands (later absorbed by St.James -Assiniboine).

Ted took over Gene Telpner’s bowling column “It Strikes Me” in 1968 as a freelance writer for The Winnipeg Free Press and served in that position for the next thirteen years.

Even though he worked for The Winnipeg Free Press, Ted would also drop off tournament results and league stats at The Winnipeg Tribune to ensure full coverage and better serve the bowlers.

Bowling was one of Ted’s passions. He loved the sport and enjoyed covering the tournaments. Ted was a common figure at the lanes observing the competitions, gathering results, conducting interviews and arranging photo-shoots.

He made many friends over the years as he covered the events and accomplishments of our bowlers, becoming a household name in the bowling community.

Ted’s enthusiasm and support for tenpin bowling was evident from reading his regular columns. These articles served to promote our sport and keep all bowlers well informed of current bowling events and happenings in our province and abroad.

After retiring from writing in 1981, Ted continued to bowl and at the time of his death he was competing regularly in five bowling leagues (3 tenpin and 2 fivepin). Ted had a reputation as an avid bowler and one that could hold his own on the lanes.

The Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, recognizing Ted’s contribution and dedication, presented him with the “Good Guy Award” for his many years of co-operation and service with the media in the field of public relations for bowling.

Ted had many other interests that he pursued: he served on both soccer and five pin associations; he played the flute for Ulster Volunteer Board and the Royal Canadian Engineers; and he loved jazz, sporting an extensive collection of vintage records.

Ted passed away in Winnipeg on January 11, 1982 at the age of 72.


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