Category: General

WGPO Lexicon Survey and December Referendum

WGPO Lexicon Survey Results In July 2020, WGPO sent out a survey to its membership to ask for their opinions on whether words deemed slurs and/or offensive should be removed from the lexicon. The purpose of the survey was to…

WGPO Needs YOU!

A message from Helen Flores, WGPO BPR: Dear Everybody who “Just wants to play Scrabble®”: So far, 2020 is definitely NOT our favorite year. WGPO members surely need no help recounting the social, medical and natural disasters we are still…

Johnny Nevarez

Word is that Scrabble® great Johnny Nevarez has died from complications of Covid.  Although we haven’t seen him for almost a quarter century, those of us who were active players in the ’80’s and ’90’s have fond memories of him…

No news

Apparently, there’s not much happening in our world.  We’ve had a couple of “virtual” tournaments.  Since they aren’t rated, you can’t find the results on the WGPO site.  If you’re interested, find them at http://director.victoriascrabble.org.  

WGPO Inclusive Survey Results

From Laurie Cohen: WGPO conducted a survey in late June to get feedback on ways that we can be a more inclusive and welcoming organization. We also wanted to know if individuals had experienced any harassment or discrimination with respect…

Covid can’t stop us

From Bennett Jacobstein: The Portland Labor Day Weekend Scrabble® tradition continues. The 31st annual tournament will be virtual on ISC and we will all meet in person for the 32nd version in 2021. Entry is free. Win Portland and Oregon…

WGPO Survey on Tournament Wordlist

WGPO has created a short survey to solicit member feedback regarding whether WGPO should remove certain slurs from their wordlist. This survey will be open until August 14th, and will be used to narrow down options leading to a binding…

Tournament Word List

The WGPO Board of Player Representatives (BPR) and Executive Committee (EC) met this afternoon to discuss the recent decision by NASPA and Hasbro to remove slurs from their North American tournament wordlist. Here is a short summary of our discussion.…

Jim Lamerand 9/18/46 – 6/18/20

Our Scrabble® community lost a pillar last month.  Jim’s tournament career began in 1980.  Although he played few games outside of Arizona, he left a real legacy.  I was privileged to play a number of games against him, and can…

Solidarity Statement – Black Lives Matter

Dear WGPO Members, Black Lives Matter! This phrase calls on our communities to acknowledge the reality of pervasive structural and individual racism and to combat it in all its forms. These turbulent times demand that we reflect on our biases,…