Minutes from WGPO general membership meeting 8/5/2014

Special thanks to Mike Johnson for taking notes during the general membership meeting in Madison, WI.


The general membership meeting began at about 8:30PM. Over 50% of the players were in attendance. Larry Rand moderated.

An informal poll was taken about the start time for the Main Event. There was overwhelming support for the 10am start time. It was noted that on the West coast an earlier start time might be appropriate and that the director should have the final call.

In 2015, the WGPO will celebrate its fifth anniversary. January 26, 2010 was the initial discussion of the formation of the organization by Stephanie Steele and Keith Hagel. The first WGPO tournament was held on May 1, 2010 in Bloomington, MN. 52 players participated.

What lies ahead for the next five years? Comments from individual players.

John Aitken (Cabo, MX) Expressed concerns about the aging of the membership. The organization needs to grow and more young players need to be pursued.

Denise Mahnken (SC) Spirit of the organization is young at heart.

Leslie Millard (TX) Texas is all NASPA. Suggested recruiting at universities and college campuses.

Lynda Finn (WI) Add more local one days to reduce expenses for players who do not travel.

Cornelia Guest (CT) Suggested Meet-up clubs (meetup.com) as an option to expand the base and spread the word.

Julia Swaney (CO) Stated that she got her start at a meet-up club in CO, organized by Dave Goldberg.

Discussion about the new word list:

• Available August 11 (or earlier). NASPA will implement the new list at tournaments on December 1. Club directors will transition as appropriate for their individual clubs. New 2s- 4s word lists available during transition. Mike Baron is working on an update of the “cheat sheet.”

• Questions regarding Zyzzva and Quackle updates (This question was answered online and both programs will be updated before December 1.)

Winter asked about WGPO’s Collins Committee. Lisa Odom, chairperson and Steve Pellinen were present.
Word judging with Collins + the new word list is an issue to be resolved.

There was a question about what rules the organization uses. WGPO uses the same rules as NASPA to avoid confusion for players who play tournaments in both organizations.

A question was asked by Vic Kaye (AZ), through Winter, about the eligibility of directors. Any NSA or NASPA director, who wishes to direct a WGPO tournament, is automatically a WGPO director. Players who wish to become new WGPO directors must take a test that is available from Janice Kaye. There is no fee to become a WGPO director.

Word Cup 2015 announcement. Ruth Hamilton, director, announced the site of the next Word Cup, in Portland, OR. Early Bird- September 4; Main Event September 5-9.

Mike Johnson (IA) expressed regrets that he would not be able to attend because school will have already begun. It was explained that the Portland Labor Day weekend tournament was a 25 year tradition. The dates for this Word Cup will not set a new precedent for future events.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30pm.

After the meeting, the members of the EC/BPR met briefly and came to a unanimous decision to begin tournament play with the new words on December 1, 2014. This was done to prevent confusion for players who play tournaments in both organizations.

We Love Madison

This year’s Word Cup exceeded our high expectations.  It was competitive, well organized, well run, and most of all, lots of fun.  Lynda Finn has sent a complete report, with pictures, to the WGPO Yahoo Group list (if you’re not receiving these emails, click on the WGPO Yahoo Group heading and follow directions there)Word Cup Afghan 2photo2.  When I get home, I’ll be posting some pictures here, too.  There were many items in the silent auction, including those shown here.  Much money was raised.

Next year’s Word Cup will be in Portland, Oregon.  Details soon.

Reno Was Great!

The Reno GangSome of us even won money.   We all had a good time.  Here we are posing after the awards ceremony.

Photo by Patricia Wong.



Rick and Patricia Wong selecting the Friend of the Director winner.

Rick and Patricia                                          Rick at work Rick at work.

Summer In Oregon – How Wonderful!

JoanneTom LackafNoah

 And Oregonians know how to enjoy it.  Only a trace of rain fell during the afternoon.  Several games were played in the sunshine on Scott’s patio.  I was too busy enjoying the ambience to take many pictures, but did manage to catch some of the winners.   Here are Joanne Manson, Tom Lackaff, and Noah Walton.

.RichOur director par excellence, Rich Moyer.                                    ScottScott Smith was our genial host.




Tempe Has Its Tenth!

We celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Scrabble® Club in Tempe, AZ with a tournament on Saturday, June 14.
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Some highlights: 

20140614_174037In Division 1, Jim Lamerand, probably the club’s most loyal member, was Gibsonized for the final round and took first place with a 7-1 record. Travis Carlson, who drove up from Tucson, took second.  Director Laurie Cohen was third.




Patti Merrill, our newest club member, played in her first tournament and had her first ever tournament win.  We had two special prizes and three door prizes.  “Contains the most letters in TEMPE” (with ties broken by highest score) was won by Travis Carlson with EMPTIERS (76).  He also won “highest multiple of 10” with WORKMATES – a nine letter bingo that scored 110!  He won a set of injection molded Protiles and $20.  Door prizes included a Scrabble themed pencil case (won by Martin Janowski), two free dinners at Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant (won by Satya Mahapatra), and another set of Protiles (won by Mark Budovitch).

20140614_173926In Division 2, Martin Janowski took first with a 6-2 record and Susan Kessler took second with 5-3.  Satya Mahapatra was third.




It was a lovely day and a great commemoration of our 10th year.

LaurieSubmitted by Laurie Cohen.

Lester Schonbrun Memorial Tournament – Winners

LS Div 1

This was another fun-filled tournament ably organized and directed by Bennett Jacobstein.  The weather was ideal and the companionship was terrific.  In addition to the division prizes, there was a special prize for the word best describing Lester Schonbrun.  Dominick Mancine won this with “beloved”.  First place winners in both divisions received a commemorative hat in addition to prize money.

Here are the winners of Division 1:  Rich Moyer (4th), Kevin Fraley (3rd), Jon Shreve(2nd), Lewis Martinez (1st), and Henry Yeung (Best over Seed).  Bruce Ward had high game and Jon Shreve had high loss.

Photo by Scott Smith


LS Div 2Division 2 winners:  Ron Barker (Best Over Seed), Scott Smith (High Game), Dan Unger (rear) (1st), Alan Kait (front) (3rd), Denise Mahnken (4th), Amtonio Cracchiolo (High Loss).  Not pictured:  Barbara Van Alen (2nd).


Photo by Polly Moyer




BennettBennett Jacobstein wearing a New York Giants hat in tribute to Lester.