2016 WGPO Election Instructions

Voting is now open for the Word Game Players’ Organization election of members to its Executive Committee (EC) and Board of Player Representatives (BPR). Members will elect one candidate to serve on the EC, and two to serve on the BPR.
Voting is limited to WGPO members; anyone who joined on or before November 30, 2016 is eligible to participate.

If prompted to log in, enter your username and password.  Note: If you have forgotten your username, feel free to ask Lynda Finn (lyndafinn@gmail.com) or Ruth Hamilton (ruthhamilton@q.com) to look it up it for you.  If you have forgotten your password, as long as you have the correct username, you can reset your password by following the prompts under the “membership” tab.

Keith Hagel is the only candidate for the open seat on the Executive Committee.  There are three candidates for two open seats on the Board of Player Representative: Susi Tiekert, Bennett Jacobstein, and Winter.

Members will be able to vote for one candidate for the EC and up to two for the BPR. No member may vote more than once for any individual candidate, and no votes may be changed once they are submitted
Voting will conclude on December 14, 2016, at 11:59 PM PST, and results will be published within 72 hours.
The election is being administered by the WGPO Nominations and Elections Committee, whose members are Lynda Finn, Marcia Wade, and Ruth Hamilton. The committee shall be the arbiter of any disputes.  Concerns or questions should be addressed to any of the committee members. Technical questions or problems should be addressed to Henry Yeung at hyeung@wordgameplayers.org.
Henry Yeung is our webmaster and, as such, controls all technical aspects of the voting process.  This is the sixth year we’ve had elections and Henry has been consistently adept and above reproach in assuring that the process runs smoothly, is fair, and voters’ choices are confidential.

While this election primarily will be conducted online, the WGPO will try to assist members who wish to vote by mail. By its nature, this is less private that online, but the committee is discreet.  Mail-in ballots (with your name, contact information and the names of the candidates for whom you are voting) may be sent to Lynda Finn, 4101 Monona Drive #402, Monona, WI 53716, or to Marcia Wade, 3703 N Lakeside Dr, Muncie, IN 47304.  They must be received by December 14, 2016.  If you want to vote via email, send your ballot with the names of the candidates for whom you are voting to vote2016@wordgameplayers.org.  In order for your email vote to be counted, your name must match that shown on our records and the vote must be sent from the email address associated with your member account.  Only one ballot per member is allowed.  If a member submits more than one ballot, only the first ballot received from that member will be counted.
Thank you,
WGPO Nominations and Elections Committee

Lynda Finn (lyndafinn@gmail.com)

Marcia Wade (mawade3703@sbcglobal.net)

Ruth Hamilton (ruthhamilton@q.com)

WGPO Election Opens Thursday

The election is open between December 1 and 14. Members will be receiving a notice via email specifying how to cast a ballot.  Here are the nominees:

For Executive Committee (unopposed):  Keith Hagel.   For Board of Player Representatives (2 positions, 3 candidates):  Bennett Jacobstein, Susi Tiekert, Winter.

Susi’s candidate statement:

Once again I would like to request your vote to add me to the Board of Player Representatives of WGPO.
I believe strongly in our organization and the work we do to keep Scrabble accessible to all who want to play in peace and harmony.
It has been a privilege to serve on the board since our inception and I would like to continue to be a part of all we accomplish.

Winter’s candidate statement:

My top priority as a Player Representative will be to increase awareness of WGPO in the eastern half of the country and expand the opportunities for Eastern players to participate in WGPO tournaments. With the selection of Springfield, MA, as the site for the 2017 Word Cup, it is important that players in that part of the country be aware that WGPO exists and is a legitimate organisation worthy of their patronage. As a player who has been working on the East Coast, and participating in many East Coast tournaments, for the last three years, I am well-positioned to reach out to players here and encourage them to participate in WGPO events and, hopefully, run tournaments of their own.

Bennett’s candidate statement:

I am currently serving on the Board of Players Representatives and would be honored to continue serving in this capacity.

I Believe a players’ organization should be run by the players and should welcome and encourage input from all members. I have organized numerous tournaments. I believe welcoming players of all levels and making prizes equal for all levels has the potential to attract a wider group of participants. In addition, making the tournament a social event as well as a competition adds to the experience.  I support cooperation and co-existence with other Scrabble groups.  I also strongly support the efforts by Mike Barron and others to have a joint tournament.

I believe our top priorities should be:

* Increase the number of tournament offerings. (Note: currently there are 14 upcoming land-based WGPO tournaments scheduled and over 150 scheduled by NASPA

* As much as possible, work towards conciliation of the two Scrabble groups

* Continue to promote word lists that are free to be used by all

* Attract new players

Keith’s candidate statement:

I would like to respectfully seek your support for my candidacy for re-election to the WGPO Executive Committee.
It’s a little hard for me to believe, but WGPO will be 7 years old in January.  So much for those who glibly predicted a short lifespan for  a democratially run, all-volunteer organization without membership fees or other organizational charges. Because of the dedicated efforts of many, we’ve become an established part of the tournament Scrabble scene and  have brought competition and enjoyment to the many players who believe in our mission to play often, to play fair and have fun.
We can’t rest smugly on our accomplishments; however, if WGPO is to flourish in the years ahead, we must offer more tournaments, which means adding more directors, and increase our geographic spread. Again, recruiting new directors in underrepresented regions will be key. I believe I have contributed significantly to the good strides we have made in the last year, with some new, enthusiastic directors and additional, well-received tournaments in several states. And I strongly advocated bringing the 2017 Word Cup to the East Coast; having it in Springfield, Mass., will be a giant step in the right direction.
But we must intensify our efforts if we hope to increase our roster of active players. In particular, we must get more younger players not only into our organization, but also involved in its operation. Clearly, the average age of tournament Scrabblers is quite high, regardless of what banner or banners they play under. If we do not sharply increase our outreach to attract young players, WGPO will face serious problems in the years ahead.
More directors, more tournaments, greater geographic spread and intensified outreach to younger players: These are the areas that I pledge to focus my efforts on if I have the honor and responsibility of serving another term on the WGPO Executive Committee.




Laguna Woods Commemorates Veterans’ Day

From Gary Moss:
Twenty scrabble enthusiasts,rated 000 – 1700+  gathered on Veterans Day in Laguna Woods Village, CA for a full day Competition & Pot Luck.  How lucky we are to live in a country where we are free to gather and chase our passions.  In addition to the Place Prizes, the prize pool was salted with 14 prizes that were within reach of every player in the room.  In each of the 7 games there was a ‘secret score’ (which was worth $10); in each of the 7 games there was a prize for the highest scoring word containing a ‘V’ (which was worth $20 at Starbucks -or- two tickets to the cinema).  And a wonderful time was enjoyed by all.
Here’s a link to Andre Torng’s pictures of the event.  CLICK HERE
Tournament stats:  LagunaWoods1111


Madison Marvels

 From Lynda Finn:
On November 12, 14 players gathered for a small tournament in Madison WI. The tournament had a small fee for room rental and a few fun prizes, but all the place prizes were opt in. The A division chose a $20 opt-in with a 70/30 split for first and second. Division B also chose a $20 opt-in, but decided to split 50/30/20 between the first three finishers. A majority of the players chose to opt-in.
 Madison 1
In round 1, Thomas Reinke extended ROC, to ROCKROSE for 57 points in a tight loss to Mike Johnson
 Madison 2
 Charles Reinke clinched the tournament In the final round, against Mike Johnson. He found the lovely 9 REQUESTOR from RE.
 Madison 3
Results:  MadisonNov16

Ah, Albuquerque!

Albuquerque PlayersIt may look like the usual tournament playing area, but this was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last weekend.  Lovely setting, great weather.  We didn’t spend all of our time indoors.  Nancee Mancel and David Weiss organized and ran a tournament that attracted a group of really nice people, making this a fun occasion for all.  Norases Vesdapunt was the Division 1 winner and William Barfuss won Division 2.  More details:  Albuquerque 2016.

Directors Nancy and David

Directors Nancee and David