Alaska Cruise in progress


Hubbard Glacier

There’s no word on the tournament, which is taking place this week.  It appears that the cruisers are busy seeing the sights.  Scott Smith sent these photos.IMG_1801IMG_1884IMG_1872IMG_1810


The Grand Canyon – Memory Lane

Players Gregg and Elizabeth Wood and Elizabeth Hamilton

Gregg and Elizabeth Wood and Elizabeth Hamilton

We have a 35-year history at the Grand Canyon.  It’s a magical place.  Please join us there this year and experience it for yourself.  Details:  Grand Canyon Flyer

Mike Baron and the late Stan Rubinsky organized the first tournaments there.  Here are some pictures from Elizabeth Wood’s archives:


Mike Baron and Stan Rubinsky

Mike Baron and Stan Rubinsky

Stan and Joe

Joe Edley

Stan and Stu

Stu Goldman


Helaine and Polly in the Mazwick bar

Helaine and Polly in the Mazwick bar

We missed you, Nancy

From Keith Hagel:

As many of you may know, Nancy McCarroll has been battling a serious health
problem, which prevented her from playing in this year’s Word Cup. To let
her know she was in our thoughts, many of the players signed a Scrabble®
board, donated by Larry Rand and Barbara Van Alen, for her, which we sent
to her home in Grand Junction, Colo., along with a shirt from the event.

This was Nancy’s response:
What a thoughtful thing to send the Scrabble® board and Word Cup T-shirt! I
love it! Thank you, thank you!

Appleton, Wisconsin

From Lynda Finn:

18 players gathered on Saturday August 12 for the first ever tournament in Appleton WI at the home of Janet and John Griesel. Congrats to Bryan Benwitz who was undefeated and to all the other winners and players.  Results: Appleton Stats

Host Janet Griesel with top finisher Brian Benwitz

Host Janet Griesel with top finisher Brian Benwitz

Vicky Holmes, Darcy Davis, and Warren Bergmann

Vicky Holmes, Darcy Davis, and Warren Bergmann

Three rows of tables in the dining room along with a table in the living room

Three rows of tables in the dining room along with a table in the living room

Minutes of the WGPO Executive Committee and Board of Player Representatives meeting

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Larry Rand called the meeting to order at 12:40 PM
In attendance were Keith Hagel, Ruth Hamilton, Susi Tiekert, Helen Flores, and Bennett Jacobstein.  Mike Johnson made a brief appearance.
Keith Hagel reported that we have approximately $5,100 in the treasury.  Treasurer Janice Kaye prepared a detailed statement – see below.
Mike Johnson said that there was an unexpected $2000 shortfall in the tournament prize fund.  The Executive Committee approved transferring WGPO funds to cover this.  Mike anticipates returning 109% of the entry fees in prize money.
Winter has volunteered to be on the Nominations and Elections Committee.  Lynda Finn had said earlier in the year that she would serve.  Ruth is to confirm.  We will ask the Nominations and Elections Committee to research and propose changes to the election process.  The EC and BPR need to recruit new candidates for board positions.  Two Executive Committee and three Board of Player Representative positions will be up for election this year.
Deborah Baggett was approved as an interim replacement for Melissa Brown as Member Liaison.
Next year’s Word Cup should attract more local players than previous ones have.  To get a decent rental rate for the playing room, we have guaranteed that a number of guest rooms will be rented.  If players don’t rent enough rooms, the tournament has to pay for the shortfall.  In effect, players staying at the hotel are subsidizing the tournament.  Because of the high percentage of players who will not be staying at the host hotel, Bennett proposed assessing a $50 facility fee to the commuters and taking $10 per night off of the hotel rate for those who book their rooms early.  The board approved the idea.  Bennett will explore it further.
We discussed possible tournament sites for 2019 and beyond  – perhaps Albuquerque, perhaps Florida.  We like to move it around.  We’re open to suggestions, particularly if it comes with an offer to do all the groundwork.
Regarding insurance: Mike said he’d pursue the question.  Expert opinion in the past was that we don’t need to worry about it.
Bennett will get information about establishing a non-profit organization.
Helen is drawing up a document explaining Scrabble etiquette.
Meeting adjourned at 1:55.
Financial Statement

Balance 1/31/2016     6,406.62


Tourney donations  946.63

Private donations   236.50

Auction/sales/raffles  1,001.00

Refund from WC director cancelation  125.00

TOTAL                      2,309.13


Webhosting  299.88

Previous WC Director admissions to WC VII 375.00

Donation to WC VII from raffles  770.00

Seed money for WC VII  2,000.00

TOTAL                      3,444.88

Balance 7/28/2017     5,270.87            

Notes from the 2017 WGPO Member Meeting

Monday, July 31, 2017

Bennett Jacobstein called the meeting to order at 8:05 PM
  • Bennett announced that Word Cup 8 will take place July 7 – 11, 2018, at the Airport Marriott in Burbank, California.  Bennett and Dave Postal will be co-directors.  There will be no Early Bird.  Winter suggested that there be a Night Bird instead.  There was a request that a tour of Hollywood be organized for July 6 in lieu of the usual Early Bird.  A show of hands indicated that almost everyone present hoped to go to Word Cup 8.
  • Deborah Baggett volunteered to sub for Melissa Brown as member liaison.
  • Melissa Brown (Member Liaison), Henry Yeung (Webmaster), Janice Kaye (Treasurer), David Wood (Tournament Coordinator), Mike Johnson and Winter (Ratings Committee) volunteer their time on an ongoing basis to keep our organization running smoothly.  We could not function without them.  We have no paid staff.  More volunteers are welcome.  There are many ways to help.
  • Helen Flores asked members to suggest ways that WGPO could help promote club participation in their communities.
  • Keith Hagel asked for volunteers for the Nominations and Elections committee.  Winter volunteered.  Ruth Hamilton proposed that the voting procedure be changed so that officers be elected at the annual Word Cup.  Proxies would be allowed.  This would require a change to the bylaws.  There was a mixed response to this suggestion.  It was agreed that the present system needs improvement.  Winter suggested looking at other web voting options.  David Goldberg suggested voting take place at local clubs and/or tournaments.
  • Mary Attwood inquired about the financial health of WGPO.   Keith Hagel reported that we have $5,100 in the treasury.  Due to fund-raising efforts, the Word Cups are pretty much self-supporting.
  • Keith Hagel asked how many would come back to Springfield for a tournament.  A fair number of those present said they would.
  • Helen Flores wanted to know if the membership felt it was easy to contact the board and if they felt we were listening.
  • Fran Galt asked about assessing dues.  Helen Flores replied that we don’t need the money, and it’s simpler not to have dues.
  • Mike Johnson wondered if we should get liability insurance coverage for our directors and tournaments.  Helen Flores said we should ask our lawyers.  Carolyn Atchison suggested that we ask people to sign a waiver.  It is possible for directors to get a rider on a homeowner’s or business policy to cover tournament liability.  WGPO would have to be a formal organization in order to get coverage.  Bennett wondered about registering as a non-profit.

The meeting was adjourned.