Rules For Campaigning (January 2011)

Campaigning by and/or for any candidate on the ballot for WGPO office will be permitted during the election period, starting with the publication of the final ballot on January 17, 2011.

Any member in good standing is eligible to submit campaign support for any candidate, subject to the rules following. Candidates are encouraged to submit a statement containing their positions and reasons for seeking the office for which they are nominated.

Campaign material must be positive in nature, and contain no profane or negative statements. All submissions will be edited where necessary. Accepted and edited material will be posted to the WGPO website within two days of receipt

Campaign material for the member websites may be submitted by e-mail between January 17, 2011, and January 31, 2011. Submissions supporting Executive Committee candidates should be sent to Ruth Hamilton (; submissions in support of Board of Player Representative candidates should be sent to Mary Krizan ( The Nominations and Election Committee reserves the right to edit and/or reject any material deemed unacceptable for publication. Rejected material will be returned to the sender for possible revision and re-submission.

In addition to the use of WGPO sites, candidates are encouraged to use the Internet at large. Internet campaigning will be direct, using whatever mailing lists are available to the candidates, with the specific exception of the overall WGPO members list. Any Internet submission is expected to follow the rules of conduct contained in Paragraph 3 above.


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 (; Mary Krizan (; and Ruth Hamilton ( 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.



Keith Hagel 100023 Maine
Rick Wong 100002 California
Stephanie Steele 100001 Minnesota
Jeannette Kaufman 100256 Arizona
Dan Pratt 100029 Virginia


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

2011 Inaugural Word Cup

Presented by the Word Game Players’ Organization

Scrabble® Crossword Game Tournament

Location: Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. 2nd Street, Reno, Nevada, United States


Details: Jeff Widergren ( 408-390-5839

Tournament Director: Rick Wong (

Word List: Official Club & Tournament Word List.

Early Bird: Friday July 1st 9:00AM (eight games)

Main Event: Saturday July 2nd through Wednesday July 6th (35 games: 8+8+8+8+3), beginning at 9:00AM each day

Further Details to be announced.

Hotel Reservation Link

Having Trouble Accessing the WGPO Forum?

Dear members,

The main pages of our website are open to the public, members and nonmembers alike.

The Forum section of the website is where members must log in, since this is the page where we will be conducting all membership-wide voting, and voting is only open to members.

Some of you may have registered as members a while ago and cannot remember the username you used to register. Please feel free to contact me at any time and I can look up your username for you. If you have also forgotten your password, as long as you have the correct username, you can reset your password using this link.

We want to ensure that all members who wish to do so are able to vote. Please do not hesitate to contact me, or anybody else on the EC if you are having problems accessing the Forum page on the website. It is no trouble at all to look up a username or confirm membership.

Stephanie Steele

WGPO Directors’ Forum

Very recently the WGPO Club Roster was launched on the WGPO web site. For months now the WGPO Tournament Calendar has been up and running with links and information about the growing number of WGPO-approved tournaments around the country. Our membership roll continues to increase steadily.

This morning a new Yahoo listserv for WGPO-certified club and tournament directors is opening as the WGPO DIRECTORS’ FORUM.

Who are WGPO-certified directors? Individuals who have already been certified as club and tournament directors by NSA or NASPA and have joined WGPO are grandfathered in as WGPO-certified directors. WGPO is in the process of developing its director’s certification process, and currently its Executive Committee is certifying new directors on a case-by-case basis.

The initial description and rules of the WGPO Directors’ Forum are set out below.

Directors may subscribe by sending an e-mail to

“The WGPO recognizes and acknowledges that a strong system of clubs with experienced club directors is the backbone of word game play.” WGPO Bylaws, Art. IV, subsec. (1). I am hopeful that this new listserv will be a valuable resource for those of us who have the privilege and pleasure of directing WGPO-approved clubs and tournaments.

John Spangler
WGPO Directors’ Forum moderator
Director, Lexington (Ky.) Scrabble Club


The WGPO Directors’ Forum is a listserv open to certified club and tournament directors of the Word Game Players’ Organization. Members of the WGPO Executive Committee and WGPO Board of Player Representatives may belong to this listserv and participate in its discussions regardless of whether they are also certified directors.

The rules of this listserv are simple. It is intended as an open forum for club and tournament directors to discuss among themselves topics related to directing clubs and tournaments. It will provide a means for new directors to obtain help and answers to questions and for experienced directors to share innovative practices and raise matters to receive comments from their fellow directors. Through this forum, directors can get to know each other better and learn from one another. Generally any post is acceptable if it is on topic and written respectfully.

Healthy debates are always encouraged, but please keep the tone respectful and civil.

In keeping with fundamental WGPO principles of openness and transparency, posts to this listserv are not to be considered confidential in nature. Text posted here may be freely shared with others who are not members of the listserv. If a listserv member believes that it is necessary or desirable for a particular topic to be discussed more broadly by the WGPO membership, that topic may be transferred to the general WGPO listserv.

Discussion of particular incident reports and disciplinary proceedings are not proper topics for this listserv. These will be handled elsewhere under the WGPO Bylaws with the discretion and confidentiality that they deserve.

There is a zero-tolerance policy for any personal attacks or mean-spirited arguing. Anyone who submits such a post is subject to immediate removal from the listserv.

John Spangler is the moderator of this listserv. His e-mail address is

Update from the WGPO Tournament Committee

It’s hard to believe how fast the time goes by! In May of this year, Stephanie Steele organized and directed the inaugural WGPO tournament in Bloomington, MN, drawing 52 players from far and wide to enjoy the game we all love. Just 6 months later, there have now been 26 more events held in locations ranging from Arizona to Oregon, California to South Carolina and even a cruise on the Mediterranean! Thank you so much to all of the directors out there who have stepped up to organize events!

Looking forward through the end of the year and into 2011 there are some excellent tournament opportunities to look out for.
– John Spangler and Steve Bush continue their monthly events in Lexington, KY.
– Michael Treshler has begun some new events in Clayton, CA.
– Lynda Finn brings a new event to Madison, WI.
– We have our 2nd challenge event with Vancouver vs. Seattle in December.
– The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend will see two big tournaments in Reno and the Twin Cities. Plenty of games to get your fix!!
– Reno will have 3 individual events giving you the opportunity to play 33 games over 4 days.
– The Twin Cities Redeye tournament will allow diehards to play 30 games over 2 days!
– North of the border, John Aitken has been organizing for a great event in beautiful Vancouver, BC in March.
– Larry Rand and Barbara Van Alen continue to spoil us with wonderful opportunities with their events in Phoenix and the Grand Canyon as well as some exciting cruises in Southeast Asia, Alaska, Hawaii and a Trans-Atlantic crossing.

A full listing of upcoming events can be found at

We would love to see many more events added to the calendar as well. Whether it’s a small afternoon tourney with a handful of players or a big weekend event, there’s room on the WGPO calendar for it! Feel free to contact us with your ideas for an event or to get a tournament on the calendar.

The WGPO is in the process of writing a Director’s test for certifying new directors. The test will be offered online. Details about how to take the test and get certified will be posted when available.

A director FAQ document is also in the works and will be posted to the website when it is ready. The FAQ will help to answer questions about organizing and running events. Of course you are always free to contact any of us on the Tournament Committee or Executive Committee as well. We’re here to help!

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the WGPO events held over the last six months. We look forward to many more tournaments in the months and years to come. Remember to have fun, play fair and play often!


Dave Wood
Chair, Tournament Committee