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.

Farewell to Reno?

The happy players. Photo courtesy Zana Anderson

The happy players. Photo courtesy Zana Anderson

Twenty two of us gathered in Reno, as usual, for the Fourth of July tournament.  As per tradition, it was well-organized and superbly directed by Rick Wong.  Also per tradition, Kenji Matsumoto finished in first place.  The players were all there to have fun, and we did.  Reno 16

Outside the nightclub entrance

Outside the nightclub entrance

The Grand Sierra Resort (originally the MGM Grand, then the Hilton) has transformed itself.  Gone are the horses that greeted the arrivals outside the main entrance.  In their place is a massive planter burgeoning with lush plastic representations of flora (I didn’t get a decent picture).  The MGM lion no longer graces the elevator doors.  Perhaps it’s fitting that we may no longer grace the premises either.  There are currently no plans for a future tournament.

For final standings, see Reno Results.

Maine at its finest

From Andrea Hatch:

Maine bills itself as Vacationland, but in mid-June in the tiny coastal town of Castine, it became Scrabble Vacationland during Andrea Hatch’s 16-round, all-women’s tournament, impeccably directed by Steve Pellinen.

Coming from as far west as New Mexico and Colorado, and as far south as Florida, 16 women competed intensely but in gentlewomanly fashion, savored lobster, and libations, enjoyed boat cruises and trips to Acadia, and thoroughly reveled in five days of picture-perfect weather that likely would be the nicest stretch of the summer.
Play in progress at Markel's in Castine

Play in progress at Markel’s in Castine

Top seed Lisa Odom won the tournament with a sparkling 14-2, +1771 spread. But the unquestioned star of the event was Anne McCarthy. Seeded seventh and saying she was rusty after a long hiatus from tournament Scrabble, she started 2-2, but then ran the tables the rest of the way, reeling off a sensational 12 straight wins, including 2 over Lisa, to finish a clear second, 14-2, +754 spread. So much for rust! The dominance of Lisa and Anne resulted in an unusual double Gibsonization before the last round. Complete results:  Castine results.
The tournament received fine media coverage, not only from the local weekly, but also from Maine’s second-largest paper, the Bangor Daily news.
The visiting players have left. But the glow remains, not only for them, but also for the local merchants and the residents of Castine, where the tournament and Scrabble are still the talk of the town. A win-win all the way around!

Sunset

Sunset_sail

Sunset Sail

Link to article in Bangor Daily News…..a very nice scrabble article.

 

Ah, Wisconsin

As expected, the drive from St. Paul to Madison was a lovely one.  The countryside was beautiful.  The tournament was fun, too.

Here are some snaps:

Thomas Reinke, Division 1 Winner, with Director Lynda Finn

Thomas Reinke, Division 1 Winner, with Director Lynda Finn

Rob Robinsky, Collins winner

Rob Robinsky, Collins winner

Joe Roberdeau, Division 2 winner, with Lynda

Joe Roberdeau, Division 2 winner, with Lynda

Mary Becker, Division 3 Winner, and Lynda

Mary Becker, Division 3 Winner, and Lynda

Complete results:  Madison Divisions 1 – 3

Madison Collins