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WGPO annual elections have begun. You should have already received your
WGPO ballot from Electionrunner.com if you registered to vote last year. If
you did not receive an email with a ballot please contact
elections@wordgameplayers.org with your email address.  If you would
like a paper ballot instead you can email  elections@wordgameplayers.org
requesting such and providing your street address.

All ballots must be submitted by Dec 14.

Friday Games in West Linn, Oregon

IMG_0009Fourteen players took part in a five-game tournament at our favorite West Linn pizza place.  On a normal Friday afternoon, our gathering here consists of two to eight players.  We were delighted to have a number of friends join us for the tournament, including three who drove down from Washington.

Gunther Jacobi won in the first division, P. K. Gott dominated the second group.  Our official photographer left before the winners were announced (seems to be a pattern – it happened at last week’s Long Beach tournament, too).  Here’s what I captured earlier with my cheapo cell phone.  In the background, you can see Gunther Jacobi’s cap as he’s facing second-place finisher Rich Moyer.  Charley Kaplan and Betty Cornelison are playing in the foreground.

Long Beach Turkey Shoot Netted No Turkeys

From Dave Postal:

The Cake

The Cake

We had 30 players for our post Thanksgiving tournament.  We were pressed for time and our photographer went home so I have attached the pictures Paul Rickhoff took and the one picture we took of David Pearl’s birthday cake.  We didn’t take winner photos.

David Pearl vs Dave Postal

David Pearl vs Dave Postal

Great tournament, smoothly run again.  Elizabeth Ralston (seeded 6th of 8), Inae Bloom (seeded 9th of 12) and Marty Sturgeon (seeded 7th of 10) won their respective divisions, showing that the favorites don’t always win.  Great time had by all.

Busy players

Busy players

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Mill Valley Players celebrate an early Thanksgiving

From Deborah Baggett:
 IMG_3153   The Mill Valley home of Betty Toole was the setting for a “Thanksgiving Bash” with non-traditional food offerings and (eventually) a lovely view of the Bay.  Oh, and lots of Scrabble® fun!  Over the course of the day, five of the sixteen players achieved a 500+ score, at least one from each division.  Bennett Jacobstein played SPLITTER, which in addition to being a triple-triple, contained four letters from the word PILGRIM, earning him the fun prize in his division.
Evan, Deborah, Cynthia

Evan, Deborah, Cynthia

Cynthia Pughsley won 7 of 8 games to take first prize in Division A.  Evan Koch placed second after a hard fought final game against Cynthia.

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Tom, Deborah, Sandy

In Division B, Sandy Parry took first place with Tom Tremont coming in 2nd.  But for a tied game, Tom may have prevailed.  What a difference one more point can make!

In the Collins group, Isaac Apindi also won 7 of 8 games.  Paula Catanese and Mary Stevens each had four wins going into the final game . . . Paula pulled off the win for second place, possibly due to the loving motivation from her personal mascot and 4-legged canine friend, Mac A. Roni.  Heaven help us if Mary brings her cat along next time.
Deborah, Isaac, Paula

Deborah, Isaac, Paula

   Thus, we coast through the end of 2018 with fond memories of stellar plays made, phonies discovered, and friendships nurtured through Scrabble®.  May you all enjoy a moment to reflect on the blessings in your life.  May the blanks be with you!

Monumental Weekend

From Mary Parrish:

Friday evening dinner with Wally, Susan, Peter, David, Kirsten, Maurice and Mary

Friday evening dinner with Wally, Susan, Peter, David, Kirsten, Maurice and Mary

Despite the predicted icy weather, twenty-four Scrabble® players traveled to Monument, Colorado about an hour south of Denver, for the Third Annual MONUMENTAL SCRABBLE® Tournament and Thanksgiving Luncheon. Out of state players Maurice Ross, Kirsten Gwilliam, Wally Schultz, David Biswell, and Susan Beard (with husband Peter) arrived Friday night for dinner and pre-tournament games, and all helped with the set up for Saturday.

Saturday‘s tournament included prizes for Best Autumn/Thanksgiving word in each division: AXMEN by Wally Schultz (NM), VITTLE by Diane Waldman (CO), and YAM by Kirsten Gwilliam (UT). Another prize in each division was for most letters used from PAM and CINDIE (a,c,d,e,i,i,m,n,p), in honor of members of the Colorado Springs Scrabble Club, Pam Clausen and Cindie McGinnis, who passed away in the last 18 months. Mary Parrish’s KERAMICS and Steve Braun’s DECLINES both used 5 of the letters, while Jim Sherrill’s PLICATED used six letters.
DIv B: Angela Dancho and Julia Swaney, L-R, front. Diane Walkman and Ronnie Thomas, L-R, background.

DIv B: Angela Dancho and Julia Swaney, L-R, front.
Diane Walkman and Ronnie Thomas, L-R, background.

Jon Shreve and Keith Pries, Laura Scheimberg and Jim Sherrill

Jon Shreve and Keith Pries, Laura Scheimberg and Jim Sherrill

Div C: Maurice Ross and Kirsten Gwilliam

Div C: Maurice Ross and Kirsten Gwilliam

Winners David Biswell, Diane Waldman, Steve Braun, Laura Scheimberg, Angela Dancho, Mary Parrish, Jon Shreve, JimSherrill, Barbara Peterson, Susan Beard, Maurice Ross, and Kirsten Gwilliam (missing Wally Schultz).

Winners David Biswell, Diane Waldman, Steve Braun, Laura Scheimberg, Angela Dancho, Mary Parrish, Jon Shreve, Jim Sherrill, Barbara Peterson, Susan Beard, Maurice Ross, and Kirsten Gwilliam (missing Wally Schultz).

In the end both Jon Shreve and Susan Beard were Gibsonized in Div A and B respectively, and Steve Braun continued to hold the lead for Div C. Final reults: Div A First place, Jon Shreve (CO), then Jim Sherrill (CO), and Laura Scheimberg (CO) in second and third place. Div B winners were Susan Beard (NM), Angela Dancho (CO), David Biswell (NM), and Diane Waldman (CO). Div C winners were Steve Braun (CO), Maurice Ross (NM) and Barbara Peterson (WY).

A special thanks to Mem Mormon who made the name tags for the tournament and delivered them even though she was sick and could not play, and to Gage Parrish who was volunteered to do the data entry and spent hours deicing the driveway with salt and walking people to their cars.
Hope to see you all next year. Mary Parrish

 

WGPO Call for Nominations

WGPO Nominations are currently open for the following officer positions:

  • Executive Committeeone seat, 2 year position for calendar years 2019 – 2020

The three-member Executive Committee directs and administers WGPO operational affairs, creates standing and ad hoc committees and delegates responsibilities as needed.

  • Board of Player Representatives – two seats, 2 year positions 2019 -2020

The five-member Board of Player Representatives represents the membership as a body for policy making and is the final arbiter for disciplinary actions or appeals.

Any WGPO member may nominate another member or submit his or her own nomination in writing to the email address listed below. Nominee information shall include:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Email or mailing address or both
  • Position for which the member is being nominated

Nominees shall verify willingness to serve and provide a brief statement of interest to the Nominations and Elections Committee.

The Nominations and Elections Committee (Lynda Finn and Winter) will receive nominations until November 28 at elections@wordgameplayers.org

Lynda and Winter are seeking one more WGPO member to serve on this Committee. The person shall NOT be a candidate running for office in this election. Contact Lynda and Winter at elections@wordgameplayers.org if interested.