Logo and Name Contest

Announcing an enhanced logo and name contest, with entries due before May 15, 2012.  Please read carefully and completely, including the expanded explanation at the end.  We understand that some of you couldn’t care less about names and logos.  That’s fine, and you can certainly ignore the rest of this.  Otherwise, read on:

Following our recent request soliciting ideas for a logo for our organization, there has been some discussion about how logos and names can be tied together, how they can brand and contribute to a positive image for an organization, and how the acronym WGPO (for Word Game Players’ Organization) may or may not play a positive role in our image and potential growth.

With that in mind, we are expanding the logo contest to include, if you choose, suggestions for a new name (and possible acronym) for our organization.  Please note that WGPO will not change its name without a vote of the entire membership.

Here are your options for entries (multiple entries are welcome):

1.  Submit a standalone logo idea to go with any name.

2.  Submit a logo tied to the WGPO name.

3.  Submit a proposed new name for the organization, with an explanation why you prefer it to WGPO.

4.  Submit a logo tied to a new name, with an explanation why you prefer it to WGPO.

Please send your entries before May 15, 2012, to both the Executive Committee ec@wordgameplayers.org and the Board of Players Representatives bpr@wordgameplayers.org (entries will be forwarded to other review committee members)

For the logo, your submittals need not be of final, professional quality, but should be drawn or depicted carefully enough to give a clear idea of your concept.  Keep in mind the potential uses of a logo, including stationery, envelopes, webpages, posters, banners, cards, clothing and other products – these and a variety of other uses mean that a logo needs to be adaptable and legible in a variety of sizes and contexts.

An ad hoc committee will do the initial review and narrow down the choices to the top two or few.  If there are sufficient entries (with explanations) for a new name, the top candidates, along with WGPO, will be subjected to a vote of the membership.  Otherwise, the review committee will select the winning logo design.

The winning logo designer will receive a $130.00 cash prize, which coincidentally matches the entry fee for the Word Cup.

Expanded explanation for a possible name change:

The discussion on the rationale behind choosing a logo, and possibly a new name, for our organization has recognized that both a name and logo have potential to, in and of themselves, attract and intrigue potential members as well as provide a sense of identity, satisfaction and pride for existing members.  Think about names like Words with Friends, Facebook, Google, Scrabulous – these are great names that, combined with a great product or service, initially intrigued and attracted, and later solidified, a great customer or user base.  WGPO, or Wig-Po, is probably, at best, a neutral contributor in its name value.

WGPO was a somewhat hastily chosen expedient name.  Perhaps it is the best name for us, perhaps not, but with the logo need, now is a good time to reconsider our name and how we want to present ourselves to the world.  Remember, that while our initial focus has been on Scrabble, our bylaws allow us to expand into other word game worlds.  Some of these even have potential to significantly enhance our initial focus.

For example, while closely related to Scrabble, Words with Friends is a different game with millions of players.  Presumably some of these players might be interested in more organized, competitive play.  We should be able to provide that opportunity, either via Scrabble or even by organizing events that cater to their particular game and lexicon. Will these players be interested or intrigued by a name like WGPO?  Perhaps, but maybe there is something better that we should consider.

We understand that we need to steer clear of trademark or copyright infringements, but those are easily avoidable as long as we are aware of them.

Note:  Scrabble is a Hasbro trademark, Words with Friends is owned by Zynga, Facebook is a corporate name, Google is a corporate name, Scrabulous morphed into Lexulous.

2012/02/19 WGPO Committees and Board of Player Representatives Meeting

WGPO Committees and Board of Player Representatives Meeting

Phoenix, AZ

February 19, 2012

Attendees:  Laurie Cohen, Steve Pellinen, Rick Wong,  Stephanie Steele, Larry Rand, Keith Hagel; Susan Hoehn (nonvoting), Bobbi Hendrickson (nonvoting), Janice Kaye (nonvoting), Melissa Brown (nonvoting).  (Not attending:  Susi Tiekert, Peggy Grant.)

Keith called the meeting to order at 1 pm

1)  “cross-tables” update: WGPO would like to pursue having some of the features that are part of “cross-tables,” which only lists NASPA tournaments and player data.   Over a period of time, we might be able to enhance the ratings pages at the WGPO website and add tournament records and other data for posterity.

2)  Word Cup 2012 update:

Budget: Steve gave a high-level overview of the tournament budget. He reported that fundraising is on track: the Fundraising Committee is approximately halfway to reaching the goal of raising $6,500.  Sixty-four people have expressed interest in attending the Word Cup.  At this time, there are six paid entries. Steve said that the breakeven point will be when the hotel has reservations for 80% of  the 200 room nights for which we are committed (i.e., a minimum of 32 rooms for five nights).

Publicity: Various forms of publicity were discussed, including:

  • Email to potential attendees (Rick will provide Steve with a list of 2011 Word Cup attendees)
  • Personalized notes to club directors
  • Monthly email to membership
  • a postal mailing to WGPO members who do not have email addresses (Melissa will compile a list of physical addresses of WGPO members who do not have email and follow up with the WGPO member who volunteered to do a mailing.)

Advertising: The group discussed buying advertising in the Last Word newsletter.   Larry moved that WGPO fund the advertising, Steph seconded the motion. Rick abstained, other board and committee members voted yea.  Motion carried.  Next steps:  Keith will email the Last Word editor for quotes on a quarter page and a half page advertisement in 4 issues, will cc Steve.  Steve will work on graphic format to provide for Publication.  Rick suggests including a link to the WGPO site in the ad to count the number of hits.

Other notes: Keith suggested leveraging literacy volunteer event tie-in.  Rick suggested considering other methods of communication, including Facebook.   Bobbi is preparing a list of things to do in the Twin Cities.  WGPO intends to make a donation to the Word Cup; amount to be determined by the EC within 7 to 10 days.

3)  2013 Word Cup update. Keith stated that planning needs to begin soon for next year’s Word Cup, with the goal of being able to announce the city of 2013 at the 2012 Word Cup this August.  A WGPO member has already suggested Colorado as site. To elicit suggestions from others, Larry will draft an announcement to be sent to members of WGPO, give them 1-2 weeks to reply with ideas for the tournament city.  The EC will make the decision, followed by the formation of a planning committee to be headed by someone who resides in the area selected.

4)  Nationwide tournaments. Janice Kaye reported that those who have passed the WGPO director test (@ 10 people) have not yet directed a tournament.  Larry reported that Philadelphia had the largest attendance of one-day tournaments in the past year.  Rick suggested sponsoring a mentoring program for new directors.

5)  Website. The group discussed content and format of the WGPO Website.  Different “wish list” items were discussed, including functionality of the ratings and tournament entry lists, showing the state next to entrant’s name, and indicating who has paid.  Keith has received web development ideas from the database manager, which he plans to review and prioritize after consulting with EC and BPR members.  The webmaster of the Twin Cities clubs has expressed interest in helping out with website.  Rick moved that Steph and/or Steve approach this individual about displaying content of the site.  Motion passed.

Additional note:   Larry mentioned that some edits need to be made to the member registration form, to follow up with Melissa.

6)  Outreach and Development. The group discussed WGPO’s need for more directors, a wider geographic base, mentors for directors, more volunteers, and outreach to clubs.     Incorporation is to be formally considered at some point.  It has been shown that we continue to get new members when new tournaments take place. Regarding reaching out to the wider base of word game players, Rick mentioned that millions of people are playing   Words With Friends; there is an opportunity to figure out where to go with this.  Other potential members include people who play in online tournaments.  There are publicity opportunities, for example, running tournaments for the benefit of a charity.  Discussed making tournaments available and accessible to new players, for example, having 4- game tournaments in conjunction with 8- game tournaments.  Rick will work on drafting a message to WGPO members regarding development opportunities.

7)  Logo contest. Steve motioned that the group have a  WGPO logo design contest, with the prize being free entry to the Word Cup.  Steph seconded.  All voted in favor.  Janice to draft the message and send to Keith for editing.

Keith adjourned the meeting at 2:40 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Melissa Brown

Amendment to the Bylaws

WGPO members recently APPROVED two proposals to change Article IX of the

Proposal 1. WGPO tournament directors may offer approved invitational
tournaments (with further definition and approval requirements to be

Proposal 2. WGPO tournament directors may offer WGPO members-only

Proposal 1 received 69 YES votes and 18 NO votes.

Proposal 2 received 56 YES votes and 18 NO votes.

Voting began on December 12, 2011 and ended on December 26, 2011.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nominations and Elections Committee
Dick McHugh
Ruth Hamilton
Mary Krizan

Voting period begins for proposed changes to Article IX of the bylaws


That Article IX, Section 3, be amended as follows (revised wording between asterisks):

Clubs and tournaments
(3) WGPO-approved tournaments *normally* shall be open both to WGPO members
and to players who are not WGPO members if those individuals agree to abide
by the tournament rules and ethical standards of the WGPO. *WGPO tournament
directors and organizers also may offer approved invitational tournaments. WGPO tournament directors also may offer members-only tournaments.*

Please vote one time for each proposal.
Proposal 1. WGPO tournament directors may offer approved invitational tournaments (with further definition and approval requirements to be determined)

Proposal 2. WGPO tournament directors may offer WGPO members-only tournaments.

The voting period will run for 14 days from the time of this posting and will end at 12:51am (PST) on December 26th, 2011 .

A Call to Vote on Bylaws Amendment


By vote of 5-0, the Board of Players Representatives has recommended a change in the by-laws to liberalize the rules for individual competition and provide greater operational latitude to club directors in the conduct of tournaments.  This proposal has been reviewed by the Executive Committee and forwarded to the Nominations and Elections Committee to prepare a resolution for a vote of the membership.  The Nominations and Elections Committee has prepared the following resolution for the consideration, and established a voting period of ten days, commencing Monday, December 12-2011, and ending Wednesday, December 21, 2011.  The members’ decision on this proposal will be determined by a simple majority of votes cast during the election period.  Public comment will be accepted on the WGPO listserv any time between the receipt of this announcement and the beginning of the election.

Comments from the membership are encouraged to provide interest and members’ views on the government of our group.  As always, we request that comments be submitted in a reasonable fashion, and restrict themselves to the subject at hand.


That Article IX, Section 3, be amended as follows (revised wording in italics and underlined-no wording has been deleted):


Clubs and tournaments

(3) WGPO-approved tournaments normally shall be open both to WGPO members and to players who are not WGPO members if those individuals agree to abide by the tournament rules and ethical standards of the WGPO.  WGPO tournament directors and organizers also may offer invitational and members-only tournaments.

Respectfully Submitted,

Nominations and Elections Committee

Dick McHugh

Ruth Hamilton

Mary Krizan

2012 Word Cup – Updates

What: Six-day, WGPO Annual Word Cup tournament event.

When: Friday-Wednesday, August 3-8, 2012.

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Contact: Steve Pellinen, steve@pellpro.com.

Notes: This event includes a catered reception, multiple seven-game “early birds” in a variety of formats (pairs, speed, clabbers, open), and a 31-game main event. A block of 40 rooms is set aside at the low rate of $103, and a provisional “commuters fee” of $50 is in effect.  July 1 is the deadline for entrance fee payment without a $20 late fee. See tournament flyer for important details. See also the upcoming tournaments page.

There is a Word Cup Fundraising page being set up by the Twin Cities/MN Scrabble Club to help increase prize levels and visibility for this event. Check out this site for more information.

Sue Hoehn maintains a “Roomates Needed” list. Check it out if you a looking to share a room. Contact sue at sue.hoehn@gmail.com if your would like to have your roommate request listed.

See also the list of tournament entrants.

Misc. Twin Cities Info:



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