2005 – Meritorious Service
Frank Ruggerie is the exemplification of meritorious service, particularly in the area of youth participation in bowling. For many years a member and president of the Greater Cincinnati YABA he has led the efforts of establishing high school varsity bowling in Ohio.
Michele Colangelo has written, “He has spent an incredible number of hours traveling throughout the state of Ohio, meeting with school administrators, athletic associations officials and other sports dignitaries over the last several years getting the sport implemented.” She adds, “Without his drive and ambition, high school bowling would not be at the competitive level achieved.”
Greg Coulles, Ruggerie’s successor as Commissioner of High School Bowling notes that “he has performed this mission at his own expense of time and money.” The program is being used as a model nationally.
A member of the Greater Cincinnati BPA Board since 1977, he served as its president for many years. He was named Proprietor of the Year by WIBC in 2001. His glow-ball tournament which raises funds for the BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) won a national award for highest percentage of increased funds.
Rosie Taulbee wrote “This would not have happened without the help of Frank.”
A philosopher whose name is forgotten but whose wisdom remains wrote that a man respected and admired by his contemporaries is a man blessed. Prank Alexander of the GCBA Hall of Fame Committee may not be a philosopher but he knows a truth when he sees it. He said, “Without his (Frank’s) efforts, fewer people would be enjoying our sport. O ~
Tonight Frank receives another accolade, his induction into the Ohio Bowling Council Hall of Fame.