WGPO 2016 Election Results

The 2016 election results have been reviewed and certified by the Nominations and Elections Committee. We thank all of the candidates for their willingness to serve. One position was open for the Executive Committee, and two positions were open on the Board of Player Representatives.
Keith Hagel was unopposed for the Executive Committee position.
Bennett Jacobstein and Susi Tiekert were re-elected to the Board of Player Representatives.

Final tally including all ballots:
# of eligible members voted = 88  # of eligible members = 1187
Poll Name                      Poll Option               Tally
Voting Ballot for BPR   Bennett Jacobstein    64
Voting Ballot for BPR   Susi Tiekert                46
Voting Ballot for BPR   Winter                         44
Voting Ballot for EC      Keith Hagel                62
Voting Ballot for EC      ABSTAIN                     3

Note that the final tally includes emailed ballots and is therefore slightly different than the results shown on the website forum.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated.
Thank you to Henry Yeung for making it possible to conduct the voting in a secure site and assuring that it went smoothly. Thanks to Melissa Brown for broadcasting election information to the membership. And thank you to all who voted.
WGPO Nominations and Elections Committee.

The room was cold, the tiles were hot

Winners: Scott Smith (Div 2, 2nd), Gary Waltuch (Div 2, 1st), Kathy Sutrov (Div 1, 1st), Ruth Hamilton (Div 1, 2nd), Leesa Bergeron (Div 1, 3rd)

Winners: Scott Smith, Gary Waltuch, Kathy Sutrov, Ruth Hamilton, and Leesa Bergeron

West Linn, OR, 12/11/16.  We ate pizza and wore our coats while playing six games in under 5 hours.  None of us wanted to linger.  But I heard that Max Erskine played “winterer” for 154 points.  Do you suppose the room temperature inspired him?  Rich Moyer directed.  Results at West Linn Pizza

Photo by James Johnson

WGPO 2016 Election

The election was open between December 1 and 14.  Here are the nominees:

For Executive Committee (unopposed):  Keith Hagel.   For Board of Player Representatives (2 positions, 3 candidates):  Bennett Jacobstein, Susi Tiekert, Winter.

Susi’s candidate statement:

Once again I would like to request your vote to add me to the Board of Player Representatives of WGPO.
I believe strongly in our organization and the work we do to keep Scrabble accessible to all who want to play in peace and harmony.
It has been a privilege to serve on the board since our inception and I would like to continue to be a part of all we accomplish.

Winter’s candidate statement:

My top priority as a Player Representative will be to increase awareness of WGPO in the eastern half of the country and expand the opportunities for Eastern players to participate in WGPO tournaments. With the selection of Springfield, MA, as the site for the 2017 Word Cup, it is important that players in that part of the country be aware that WGPO exists and is a legitimate organisation worthy of their patronage. As a player who has been working on the East Coast, and participating in many East Coast tournaments, for the last three years, I am well-positioned to reach out to players here and encourage them to participate in WGPO events and, hopefully, run tournaments of their own.

Bennett’s candidate statement:

I am currently serving on the Board of Players Representatives and would be honored to continue serving in this capacity.

I Believe a players’ organization should be run by the players and should welcome and encourage input from all members. I have organized numerous tournaments. I believe welcoming players of all levels and making prizes equal for all levels has the potential to attract a wider group of participants. In addition, making the tournament a social event as well as a competition adds to the experience.  I support cooperation and co-existence with other Scrabble groups.  I also strongly support the efforts by Mike Barron and others to have a joint tournament.

I believe our top priorities should be:

* Increase the number of tournament offerings. (Note: currently there are 14 upcoming land-based WGPO tournaments scheduled and over 150 scheduled by NASPA

* As much as possible, work towards conciliation of the two Scrabble groups

* Continue to promote word lists that are free to be used by all

* Attract new players

Keith’s candidate statement:

I would like to respectfully seek your support for my candidacy for re-election to the WGPO Executive Committee.
It’s a little hard for me to believe, but WGPO will be 7 years old in January.  So much for those who glibly predicted a short lifespan for  a democratially run, all-volunteer organization without membership fees or other organizational charges. Because of the dedicated efforts of many, we’ve become an established part of the tournament Scrabble scene and  have brought competition and enjoyment to the many players who believe in our mission to play often, to play fair and have fun.
We can’t rest smugly on our accomplishments; however, if WGPO is to flourish in the years ahead, we must offer more tournaments, which means adding more directors, and increase our geographic spread. Again, recruiting new directors in underrepresented regions will be key. I believe I have contributed significantly to the good strides we have made in the last year, with some new, enthusiastic directors and additional, well-received tournaments in several states. And I strongly advocated bringing the 2017 Word Cup to the East Coast; having it in Springfield, Mass., will be a giant step in the right direction.
But we must intensify our efforts if we hope to increase our roster of active players. In particular, we must get more younger players not only into our organization, but also involved in its operation. Clearly, the average age of tournament Scrabblers is quite high, regardless of what banner or banners they play under. If we do not sharply increase our outreach to attract young players, WGPO will face serious problems in the years ahead.
More directors, more tournaments, greater geographic spread and intensified outreach to younger players: These are the areas that I pledge to focus my efforts on if I have the honor and responsibility of serving another term on the WGPO Executive Committee.




Laguna Woods Commemorates Veterans’ Day

From Gary Moss:
Twenty scrabble enthusiasts,rated 000 – 1700+  gathered on Veterans Day in Laguna Woods Village, CA for a full day Competition & Pot Luck.  How lucky we are to live in a country where we are free to gather and chase our passions.  In addition to the Place Prizes, the prize pool was salted with 14 prizes that were within reach of every player in the room.  In each of the 7 games there was a ‘secret score’ (which was worth $10); in each of the 7 games there was a prize for the highest scoring word containing a ‘V’ (which was worth $20 at Starbucks -or- two tickets to the cinema).  And a wonderful time was enjoyed by all.
Here’s a link to Andre Torng’s pictures of the event.  CLICK HERE
Tournament stats:  LagunaWoods1111


Madison Marvels

 From Lynda Finn:
On November 12, 14 players gathered for a small tournament in Madison WI. The tournament had a small fee for room rental and a few fun prizes, but all the place prizes were opt in. The A division chose a $20 opt-in with a 70/30 split for first and second. Division B also chose a $20 opt-in, but decided to split 50/30/20 between the first three finishers. A majority of the players chose to opt-in.
 Madison 1
In round 1, Thomas Reinke extended ROC, to ROCKROSE for 57 points in a tight loss to Mike Johnson
 Madison 2
 Charles Reinke clinched the tournament In the final round, against Mike Johnson. He found the lovely 9 REQUESTOR from RE.
 Madison 3
Results:  MadisonNov16

Ah, Albuquerque!

Albuquerque PlayersIt may look like the usual tournament playing area, but this was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last weekend.  Lovely setting, great weather.  We didn’t spend all of our time indoors.  Nancee Mancel and David Weiss organized and ran a tournament that attracted a group of really nice people, making this a fun occasion for all.  Norases Vesdapunt was the Division 1 winner and William Barfuss won Division 2.  More details:  Albuquerque 2016.

Directors Nancy and David

Directors Nancee and David