December One Day Fun Day Results

From Lynda Finn:

image18 players came to play on this short notice tournament. No prizes were awarded, but players brought pot-luck lunch items and gifts to exchange for various fun prize categories. Bryan Benwitz went undefeated in the 7-game Round Robin, Steve Hartsman was second, winning 6 games. Full results on WGPO and Director! websites.

WGPO Annual Election is Completed

All candidates were unopposed.  Out of 143 registered voters, 102 ballots were cast.  No candidate received more than 87 votes, however.

Elected to the Executive Committee:  Deborah Baggett.  Deborah is new to the board.

For the Board of Player Representatives:  Susi Tiekert and Bennett Jacobstein.  Both are returning members.

All positions are 2-year terms, effective January 1, 2019.


Thank you to all new and existing board members for you willingness to serve.  And thank you to Election Committee members Lynda Finn and Winter for making the election happen.

Vote Now For WGPO Boards

WGPO annual elections have begun. You should have already received your
WGPO ballot from if you registered to vote last year. If
you did not receive an email with a ballot please contact with your email address.  If you would
like a paper ballot instead you can email
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



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.


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!