WGPO Tournament Response to Covid – 19

After careful reflection and discussion with Tournament Directors and the Board of Player Representatives, the Executive Committee is announcing a suspension of all WGPO tournaments until at least April 30th. There will be ongoing review to assess whether tournaments in May and beyond will be cancelled as well. This decision was not taken lightly, but is designed to protect the health of our players and our communities in light of this serious, life-threatening illness. Additional guidance for WGPO affiliated clubs will be coming soon. Questions or concerns can be addressed to


Stay healthy, stay safe, and protect each other.

Greeneye Cancelled

Dear Friends,

This year’s Greeneye event has been cancelled due to concerns related to the Coronavirus (Covid – 19). While I am extremely disappointed that I will not get to share this fun weekend with all of you, I believe that an abundance of caution is warranted here to protect the health of all our players as well as well as for our organization to do our part in minimizing the impact of this virus on our society.


Palmetto Upstate Scrabble® Classic 2020

From Peggy Grant:

Division winners: Betsey Wood, Susan Bertoni, Barry Keith

Division winners: Betsey Wood, Susan Bertoni, Barry Keith

Thirty-two Scrabble® enthusiasts, from coast to coast and 18 different US states and Canadian provinces, converged in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina over President’s Day weekend. We were greeted by warm temperatures (relative to the rest of the country) and southern hospitality in Greenville, SC. We enjoyed 20 games under the seamless direction of Bennett Jacobstein of California.


The winners were:

Division A: 1st– Berry Keith, 2nd– Maddy Kamen, 3rd– Andy Hoang,

Performance- Keith Hagel

Division B: 1st– Susan Bertoni, 2nd– Cheryl Melvin, 3rd-Zana Anderson,

Performance- Susan Blanchard

Division C: 1st– Betsy Wood, 2nd– Robin Schlauch, 3rd– Patricia Yovonovich,

Performance- Peggy Grant

We enjoyed a group dinner outing, in which we had lots, and lots, and lots, of time to meet new people and rekindle old friendships. The players were a cordial group, who voiced their enjoyment of having competitive Scrabble® come to Greenville. We hope to be able to return in 2021!

Fun Prize Winners

Fun Prize Winners

Group A winners

Division A Winners

Group B Winners

Division B Winners

Group C winners

Division C Winners

Organizer Peggy and Director Bennett

Organizer Peggy and Director Bennett



Phoenix – More fun

We had some sunny days and some that were not as sunny, but the tournament room was well-lit and comfortable every day.  Saturday’s delicious Italian buffet lunch added to the ambiance.  Several of us staying at the hotel enjoyed an upgrade at no extra charge.
We missed Barbara, who was off on a cruise. Bennett was an able substitute. Director Larry Rand, as usual, kept the tournament running smoothly.
Photos at https://vanrandtravel1.smugmug.com/Phoenix-2020-Scrabble-tournaments/

WGPO Election Results

The annual WGPO election closed at midnight December 14.

The bylaws revision passed overwhelmingly.  Henceforward, players in WGPO tournaments will be required to be members of WGPO.

All incumbents won reelection to their seats.  Mike Johnson and Steve Pellinen had no opposition for seats on the Executive committee.  Laurie Cohen, Maurice Ross, and Helen Flores retained their positions on the Board of Player Representatives, but Kirsten Gwillam made a strong showing.  I hope this encourages her to run again.

Complete results are at https://vote.electionrunner.com/election/9hais/results.

Thank you to all the candidates for your willingness to serve.  Thank you to those who voted.  And special thanks to Lynda Finn and Winter for organizing and conducting a well-run election.