Happy Winners in Monrovia

From Maddy Kamen:

Hard at play

Hard at play

We had 44 players – payouts were 112% of entry fees due to a generous donation. Dave Postal debuted as director. First place winners were Maddy Kamen, Brian Nelson, Cooper Komatsu, Dave Baran, and Ben Ansell. Prizes were also given for high “Postal” word, plus high game, high loss, and high play in each division. Fun day for all!

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Dave Postal

Dave Postal

Results at Monrovia Results

Labor Day Weekend in Portland, Oregon – the usual

The tournament was abbreviated – only 16 games over 2 days.  We all had a good time and look forward to resting from our labors on Labor Day.  Nigel Peltier had 13 wins, overpowering Division 1.  6th-seeded Gary Waltuch led Division 3 with 12 wins.  Jeannie Wilson and I each had 11 wins to top Division 2, but I beat her out on spread.

Cleanup crew: Leesa, Laurie, Siri, Jesse, Tomiko, Paula, Anne, Nigel, Elizabeth, Jeannie

Cleanup crew: Leesa, Laurie, Siri, Jesse, Tomiko, Paula, Anne, Nigel, Elizabeth, Jeannie

I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures during the tournament, but the cleanup crew posed for me afterward.  Paula Catanese took the picture of us Saturday evening at the local brewpub.

Saturday Night: Laurie, Leesa, Melissa, Siri, Jesse, Jeannie, Ruth

Saturday Night: Laurie, Leesa, Melissa, Siri, Jesse, Jeannie, Ruth

 

Helaine Garren March 22, 1944 – August 24, 2016

Helaine and HenryHelaine played her first tournament game January 17, 1987, under the auspices of NSA, and her last one September 9, 2015 at the WGPO Word Cup.  She played a total of 1,353 tournament games with a peak rating of 1868 in 1996.  Helaine had planned to participate in this year’s Portland Labor Day Weekend tournament, but succumbed to acute myeloid leukemia after a 9-day illness.  She’d have a clever and funny remark to make at this point, but I can’t think of any.  We miss her.

Back in the day (Photo from Elizabeth Wood)

The avid player
Photo from Elizabeth Wood

Between games (she rolled her own) Photo from Elizabeth Wood

Between games (she rolled her own)
Photo from Elizabeth Wood

Minutes for WGPO Board and Membership Meetings

Submitted by Melissa Brown

Meeting of the WGPO Executive Committee and Board of Player Representatives
Tempe, Arizona, August 1, 2016

Attendees:
Executive Committee
Keith Hagel, Larry Rand, Ruth Hamilton
Board of Player Representatives
Helen Flores, WI
Mike Johnson, IA
Bennet Jacobstein, CA
Susi Tiekert, FL (unable to attend)
Rick Wong, CA (unable to attend)
Treasurer: Janice Kaye (unable to attend)
Member Liaison / Secretary: Melissa Brown
Keith called the meeting to order at 1 pm
Treasurers Report
The Treasurer’s Report was provided via email by Janice Kaye:
Last year as of 7/28/2015 our account balance was $7,499.79.  Our balance today is $6,466.28.
INFLOWS: $1,738.37 include  auction/raffle/sales ($247.00), private donations ($385.00), one Director WC entry refunded ($125.00), Tourney donations ($981.37).
OUTFLOWS: $2,771.88 include seed money for Phoenix ($2,000.00), Director WC entries ($250.00), portion of WC Portland overage as donation to WC Phoenix ($222.00), and Website Hosting ($299.88).
Approved unanimously.
Word Cup 7 — Springfield, Massachusetts, July 28 – August 2, 2017
Mike reported on activities being planned, including a director’s dinner, speakers, community event / talk, and talent show, an Early Bird tournament, a Super Scrabble® event, or both.
Melissa mentioned local attractions in Springfield (including the Basketball Hall of Fame and Merriam-Webster).
A grant from WGPO funds of $2,000 in seed money was moved and approved unanimously.
The Main event will be 31 games, and will include a Collins division if at least 8 players are interested. Directors will be Mike Johnson and Anne McCarthy.
Word Cup 7 tee shirts are being designed.
Helen will oversee fundraisers.
Mike and Anne are working on the flyer design which will be posted to the WGPO web site in the near future<
Policies, Rules, and Guidelines
Helen recommended that guidelines be provided for tournament play.
Helen was tasked with putting together a work group to look at issues and brainstorm guidelines
Membership meeting
Agenda items were recommended for the membership meeting being on the evening of 8/1:
Ruth will chair the meeting
Provide an update on membership
Word Cup 7
Rules and Guidelines
Meeting closed at 2 p.m., to be continued on 8/2 at 7 a.m.
8/2 meeting continued
Elections
3 people are needed to run the elections.
Bennett volunteered to serve on the election committee (he is not running for reelection), and he will recruit two other WGPO members to join the committee
It was agreed by all present that the current method used for voting needs improvement. Ideas include:
Sending a direct link to the voting page on the WGPO site
Using a survey company
Vote by mail
Mike will look into contracting a survey company to manage the election process.
Keith’s term on the EC and Susi’s and Bennett’s terms on the BPR will be up for new elections
New members need to join by December 1 to qualify for voting
Helen stated that a succession plan is necessary to ensure smooth operation as EC and BPR members enter and leave their offices
Bylaws
The bylaws change process was discussed, and Mike suggested that the EC and BPR meet before the end of September to discuss possible changes for the bylaws.
Rules
Had a discussion of possible interpretations of rules; this subject will be pursued separately.
New Words in the Lexicon
Mike moved to adopt the new words (9s), which are being added by the other major Scrabble® organization. For WGPO the new words would be effective Sept. 5. Motion was seconded by Helen and it carried unanimously.
Meeting adjourned 8 am
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Minutes from WGPO general membership meeting, 8/1/2016
Hosted by Ruth Hamilton
About 40 members attended
Topics discussed included:
Membership
New members: 90 people have joined WGPO since Aug 2015
WGPO membership is now over 1,150
Word Cup 7– Springfield, Massachusetts, July 28 – August 2, 2017
Tentative signup sheet to be circulated at the tournament on 8/2
Website
There was a discussion of improvements to the website.  Accessing tournament information is difficult with a mobile device and detailed player statistics are not well-organized for reporting and can’t be downloaded for massaging.
Board of Player Representatives
It was suggested that the Board of Player Representatives be expanded and that members be elected as regional representatives.  The majority of those present endorsed the idea.
Miscellaneous
Using the rules of the other major organization.
Mike Baron is working with a small group of players/directors to attempt to have a reunification tournament at the Grand Canyon in November, 2017. Larry Rand will begin working on the pre-tournament arrangements.

Word Cup VI – a happy memory

The Winners: Lindsey Dimmick, Fran Galt, Ian Weinstein, with sponsors Roxanne and Hank Boryczki of AZ Trails Travel

The Winners: Lindsey Dimmick, Fran Galt, Ian Weinstein, with sponsors Roxanne and Hank Boryczki of AZ Trails Travel

It was another joyous reunion of longtime players, but there was plenty of time to get acquainted with and welcome new attendees to the family.  Veteran directors Larry Rand and Barbara Van Alen organized and ran a flawless tournament (well, maybe not flawless – some of us would have liked to have won more games).  Bennett Jacobstein’s trivia contest was entertaining, as always.  A number of us ventured through monsoon rains to see the Diamondbacks in action (or maybe it was inaction – the Nats had an easy win).  Pre-tournament, six players enjoyed a bus trip to the Grand Canyon, marred only by a rain-caused delay in returning.  And some expected a hot and dry climate!

Trivia finalists Fran Galt, Mike Howlett, David Weiss (winner), and James Johnson

Trivia finalists Fran Galt, Mike Howlett, David Weiss (winner), and James Johnson

Tournament statistics at Word Cup 2016.

Twenty-one of us thought 31 games wasn’t enough and went from Phoenix to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in pursuit of 31 more the following week.  Here’s the proof that we got there.

Tournament Junkies (20 of us - the 21st was too shy to be photographed)

Tournament Junkies (20 of us – the 21st was too shy to be photographed)

The Word Cup photos are from Van Rand Travel. See more at vanrandtravel1.smugmug.com. Fort Wayne photo courtesy of Paula Catanese.