Club Business!!

Another fine turnout on Tuesday with 23 and 10 players in attendance.  Prior to our afternoon session, a discussion was held regarding two important matters.  I reviewed our policy regarding new players and it was decided to have a handout given to all new players when they arrive for their first session.  That was unanimously received and will be put into use next week.  All I did was reinforce to everyone how important it is to receive all new players with open arms and to  make them feel very welcome when they arrive to Club 34 for the very first time.  All first time players are given some considerations as they get acclimated to the game of Scrabble and to Club 34….

Without rehashing old news it was decided to once again have a list of all players in alphabetical order in the event that we have an odd number of players in attendance.  EVERYONE will take part and when it is your turn to sit out, you will do so…  This will be the easiest and fairest way to handle this very delicate situation.  I will announce in that week’s Blog who might be sitting out the following week.  This will pertain to all sessions of Club 34 with no exceptions…

Nancy Toussaint showed up Tuesday afternoon and won 3 of 4 games.  She seemed rather excited about this so there may be a small chance that she cuts down on her bridge activities and spends more time at Club 34.  Debbie Bloom came Tuesday night, lamented about her dying Mahjongg club and expressed to me that she will be coming all day and night Tuesday from now on in addition to her Friday morning Club sessions.  It seems like she has fallen in love with Club 34, its Director and all the members…  Hopefully, she will bring her associate Donna Dwaileebe on Tuesdays as well.

Club 34’s official ambassador of good will Tom Brown was up to his old tricks Tuesday.  In the past Tom has chauffeured other members from Los Angeles to Club 34 to spend the whole day with us.  There have been Lou Block and Elizabeth Ralston.  Tuesday the always funny and very pleasant Gloria Miller showed up.  I certainly hope that she comes more often in the future if she can handle the all day affair….  She knows that a wonderful dinner will await her if she comes to play with us.  As well as a box of Sees candy…  I do what I have to do to get quality players join us at Club 34…

I received a bit of great and exciting news the other day when our newest Club 34 member Anthea Palmos let me know that she will be attending the all day and night Tuesday sessions from now on with laptop in hand.  She will enter all statistics on a spreadsheet before giving to Tom Titus and Amnon for the weekly and yearly reports.  This should cut down on accounting mistakes and keep all Club 34 stats current.  This will include Friday’s sessions as well…

I am sure by now that ALL members have read my State of the Union address from last month.  Apparently one very important member did not or just forgot its contents.  An absence from last Tuesday because of the delivery of a heater to his home did not sit well with this Director.  He must not know that there are 6 other days of the week.  I sure hope this does not happen again……………………………..

Good luck to Alan Stern as he travels to New Orleans today to play in this weekend’s Scrabble tournament.  I hope that he does not embarass himself but I’m sure he will not.   Safe travels Alan…   Tomorrow promises to be another great outing at Club 34 with 12 confirmed to be in  attendance so far.  If anyone else wants to play tomorrow, please let me know today…  We strive for an even number of players on Friday…

 

David Poder, Director

 

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Club 34! Never a Dull Moment!!

Another strong outing yesterday with 13 in attendance.  For the past 3 Fridays we have had 15, 19 and now 13, all numbers that exceeded anything we saw in 2019.  I realize that some of this has to do with winter break with the likes of Tom Brown, Desiree and Sarah Jacobson soon returning to their normal routines.  But we have added Debbie Bloom, Donna Dwaileebe, Glenda Collins, Reinhold Bauer, Carolyn Byrnes, Beth Byrne, Susan Rice and Amy Hanggie to our Friday outings.  We will find many more in 2020 I am sure of that…

Last Tuesday we were fortunate to have Alan Stern join us.  Alan is a very strong player from Los Angeles and did his usual thing with a 6-1 record for the day.  As he was leaving to go home, he told me “well, I’m leaving now, I’ve left enough points in this room.”  He also had just completed a 629 performance and said “I’ve just recorded the highest game of the year for your Club, I’m sure it wont be broken” and left for his long journey home…

That record lasted 3 days…  Records are meant to be broken unless you are talking about Joe Dimaggio or Wilt Chamberlain.  In the outstanding performance of the year to date at Club 34 your Director posted a 651 against Susan Rice.  Susan has given me permission to use her name so I am….  I had already bingoed with ‘guanase and scrived’ when Susan played ‘fini’ at the top of the Scrabble board.  I challenged her word and of course won the challenge.   Then I made a play somewhere else playing off just two letters .  I drew ‘f and e’ to an already strong leave.  Then Susan played ‘fin’ in the same spot as her previous word.  I chuckled and giggled and then played ‘afferent’ for a 3/3 for 185 points.  I am sure that will be the highest single play of the year at Club 34 as will be my total of 2030 points for 4 games…  But records are meant to be broken…

Directing Club 34 for the past 6 years has certainly had its interesting and challenging moments…  Just in the past week TWO situations have arisen which I will discuss with the Club on Tuesday but will mention them here at this time.

For the second Friday in a row and involving the same two players, I witnessed a near brawl at the Scrabble board.  I very carefully composed an all inclusive website 2 years ago that included everything possible for Club 34.  Regarding new players, I DID state that they would not be penalized for overtime on the clock, they could refer to the 2 and 3 letter word lists while they play and they would have free challenges for the first month of play…  I meant that and I expected all members of Club 34 to understand that and go with the flow.  Club 34 is all about growth and attracting new players.  All new players are to be welcomed and treated with kid gloves.  There are a few of us who have trouble understanding that and all they care about is winning one game of Scrabble.  They have to abide by Club 34 rules and make these new players very welcome so they cannot wait to return to play with us again. So please everyone, do your part…

Last Tuesday with the odd-even dilemma upon us, one of our members decided just to go home instead of participating in a 2 for 1 format.  That certainly was not the intention of this when I proposed it 2 years ago.  Unfortunately some of us don’t like it when they are called upon to participate.  I was hoping that everyone would embrace this and consider this no more than a learning experience.  But some of us just want to play and do not care about improving their skills.  So be it.  That is okay with me but I do not want to see them go home!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have 2 options that I will discuss with all Club members in attendance Tuesday.  Either I start to charge an admission fee, $2 or $5, which I discussed in the State of the Union address last month and this director sit out games when we are uneven..  Or  I have a list like I did once before for odd-even and when your name comes up, you HAVE to sit out one game.  No exceptions…   I dont want to hear about how far you are traveling to get to Club 34 etc..   Everyone has to participate…

So show up at 12:45 for a Club discussion, lets get this out of the way once and for all, so we can resume playing…  See you then…

 

David Poder, Director

 

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