NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR WGPO OFFICES

Nominations are now open for the new election of officers to lead our organization, subsequent to the nullification of the December vote, which was voided due to the determination that notice of that election did not reach a majority of the membership, per the Joint Resolution published to the WGPO listserv and the member website on December 30. 2010. Any member in good standing may place nominations by e-mail or US Postal Service to any member of the Nominations and Elections Committee. They are: Dick McHugh, chairman (arphelix@charter.net); Mary Krizan (mekrizan@comcast.net); and Ruth Hamilton (ruthhamilton@q.com). The nominating period will run from January 3, 2011 to January 16, 2011. Nominations sent by postal mail should be sent to Dick McHugh, 1402 E Parkway, Suite 1, Gatlinburg. TN 37738. All postal submissions must be postmarked NO LATER than January 10, 2011 to be accepted.

All nominations received will be acknowledged by e-mail; persons nominated by anyone other than himself or herself will be notified by e-mail, and will be placed on the list of nominees only if they accept the nomination.

All members in good standing as of January 13, 2011 are urged to participate in this election. We will be electing an Executive Committee of three members and a five-member Board of Player Representatives following the nominating period. All candidates nominated for the December election will remain nominated for this election unless they send notification that they wish to withdraw their candidacies. They are listed below.

According to our Bylaws, any member in good standing of the WGPO who is 18 years of age or older before taking office, if elected, is eligible to run for office, EXCEPT members of the Nominations and Elections Committee.

Following the nomination period, the election of officers will commence on January 22, 2011, and continue through January 31, 2011. Rules for conduct of the election phase will be published prior to the beginning of voting.

CURRENT NOMINEES AS OF JANUARY 2, 2011

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (Vote for three)

NAME WGPO MEMBER NUMBER HOME STATE
Keith Hagel 100023 Maine
Rick Wong 100002 California
Stephanie Steele 100001 Minnesota
Jeannette Kaufman 100256 Arizona
Dan Pratt 100029 Virginia

BOARD OF PLAYER REPRESENTATIVES (Vote for five)

NAME WGPO MEMBER NUMBER HOME STATE
Susi Tiekert 100016 Florida
Peggy Grant 100022 South Carolina
Tobey Roland 100143 Maryland
Gene Tyszka 100010 Ontario, Canada
Laurie Cohen 100058 Arizona
Joel Wapnick 100063 Quebec, Canada Withdrawn 1/2/2011
Jeremy Cahnmann 100114 Illinois
Steve Pellinen 100041 Minnesota