Records Are Meant To Be Broken!

17 members congregated last night at the IHOP breaking our previous record of 16.  27 showed up in the afternoon.  Club 34 has developed a very nice nucleus of players who it can count on to show up every Tuesday for both afternoon and evening sessions.

But what would Tuesday at the IHOP be like without another controversy??  After game #1 yesterday afternoon, one of our valued members walked out upset that his headache was not getting any relief from what else, too much NOISE!!  Therefore, I had to spring into action and do what any conscientious Director of this amazing Scrabble Club would do.  Let it be known from this day forward that Club 34 will impose the $1 penalty for excessive noise.  I will be the Judge, Jury and the Executioner.  If I deem anyone to be making too much noise during Club play, I will stop all games, go up to that player in violation, ask for and get $1 before the games can proceed.

As I told the Club yesterday before game #4 during a long and very heated discussion mostly on my part, I have spent hours and lots of $$ to see Club 34 grow and I will not allow any member to drop out of Club 34 because someone else wants to chatter during the games.  That will not happen on my watch.  I understand that some members like to be sociable, want to make friends and converse but NOT during Club play.  When you are done with your game, leave the room.  Go outside to the parking lot!  You can talk all you want then.

Before we began play yesterday afternoon, another member was honored for his part in Club 34 and his many years of dedication to the game of Scrabble.  Tom Titus has been a fixture in our Club for over 25 years.  His desire to become the new Director in 2014 kept Club 34 alive.  His weekly stat report is something all of us look forward to reading.  None of us would be here on a Tuesday at the IHOP in 2017 if it were not for Tom Titus.  We all owe him a great sense of gratitude.  I for one look forward to his continued participation for many years to come.

I have been assured by Amnon Meyers that our yearly stats will be up to date, current, and posted on our Blog within the next week.  So you will be able to see how you are performing compared to all other members very shortly.

Last Tuesday night Najat and David Pearl who likes to call himself ‘Pearljam’  squared off in the final game.  Both players were 3-0 and the winner would collect $2 for perfection.  This was a classic case of David(Najat) v Goliath(Pearl).  I fully expected Goliath to take away the honors but was pleasantly surprised to read about David’s conquest the following morning in Tom’s writeup.  Another classic case of the age old concept in Scrabble that anyone can beat anyone else in one game of Scrabble.  Ya never know what might happen when you sit down at a Scrabble table ready to do combat.

Aw yes, the great $2 award for perfection!  Another wonderful perk for playing at Club 34..  Last night in the final game David Postal and Tom Titus squared off in the ‘money game’.  I gave them the $2 prize money beforehand, fully expecting one of them to come away with the honors.  Well what do you know!!  They played to a tie game and tried to split the award, $1 each.  But I caught wind of it and got the $2 back.  This award is not meant for a 3-0-1 record.  Shame on them!

I heard through the grapevine that there might be another Higgins BBQ feast perhaps in October so stay tuned!  We always look forward to them.  Lorry has always been a magnificent hostess…

Club 34 welcomed back Jeff Polan from his European vacation, Karen Sturm from her first bout of grandmotherhood and Marian Melendez who is trying her best to play with us.  I was very happy to see Rene Kahn, Jennifer Delson and Owen Mascott back once again.  But where are Dale Babb, Bob Freiberg, Sybil Washington and Vivi Nguyen?  I will find out, you can bet on that…

See all of you next Tuesday!  We are getting very close to that magical 30 and 20 mark.  Lets do it sooner than later.


David Poder, Director

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Growing, Growing, Gone!

27 and 14 showed up yesterday for another day of scrabble festivities.  For the second week in a row, Club 34 had a very good attendance in the evening.  We saw 14 last night and that did not include the evening regulars Jeff Polan, Holly Derheim, Richard Stein, Joanie Scafuto and Bill Lapinski.  I can see us reaching the 20 player plateau in the evening very shortly.

I was so pleased to see Rene Kahn and Irma Proulx return for the second week in a row.  After much prodding from yours truly, their interest in Club 34 has begun to peak.  Tencha Adams returned again after making her inaugural appearance last week.  And she did what I have been begging all members to do since 2014!  She brought us a new member Mark Scott, a substitute teacher and editor of the Seal Beach Sun in Leisure World Seal Beach.  They stayed for two games but promise to be back next week.

To show you how much love the players have for Club 34, Marie Murphy took a bus from Whittier to get to the afternoon session.  Everyone seems to be using the IHOP facilities quite alot and enjoying the gourmet selections IHOP has to offer.  When I returned for the evening session, I saw Joanie having dinner but not alone.  She brought her daughter-in-law and 4 grandchildren with her.  After dropping a $50 bill to cover the meal, she left to attend to grandmotherly  duties.  Joanie Scafuto has shown remarkable passion for Club 34 and the desire to be involved.  I for one am very proud of her.

We had another $25 IHOP card drawing yesterday and the winner was Pat Reed.  And of course I saw her and Nancy Douglas eating dinner at the IHOP as well.  All is well at Club 34 these days and I couldnt be happier.

Let us all come out next Tuesday to celebrate 30 and 20 at both sessions.  That would be something!  We will have another award to be handed out to a very deserving member of Club 34 and it will also be lottery ticket day.

See you then!


David Poder, Director

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