The Life of a Scrabble Director is…

Never done.  After spending 8 hours at Club yesterday, I came home last night exhausted as usual but spent another hour on the phone speaking with 2 prospective new members of Club 34 who will be making their inaugural appearances next Tuesday.  Irene Okwuosa is an RN from Harbor City who found us from our new advertising campaign.  She loves Scrabble and is looking forward to meeting us next Tuesday night.  Liz Graef is a retired business executive and now part time dog walker from Dana Point.  She found us on Facebook and has been looking for a long time for a club like Club 34.  She will meet us next Tuesday afternoon.

21 and 12 showed up yesterday.  I was happy to see Lisa Ocone make her second appearance last night.  She certainly has the passion and skill set to become a very good player in the future.  I was very happy to see once again Sheila Bulthuis in the afternoon.  She brought her daughter visiting from Boston where she attends college and husband Zach who has come to the Club before.  With a little bit of coaxing, I think I can get him to return in the near future.

The Nationals are over!  We have mixed results in regards to our members.  In Div 1 Yuki Loritz ended up l7-13, Bruce 14-17.  In Div 2 David Postal 18-13, Ken Louie l3-18.  In Div 4 Paul Rickoff 18-13.  And there you have it.

Our new 2-1 policy took effect yesterday whereby everybody will participate.  When your turn comes up and you dont want to play against 2 players, you can take a bye and get credit for it.

Some exciting stuff for Club 34 next month.  Lorry Higgins will have her next foodfest September 11.  Thats right 9/11.  The first 24 to sign up will be invited.  Keep the following 2 Tuesdays open, September l8 and 25 for our next annual tournament.  I have changed my mind and have decided that it will be an open tournament.  There will be a minimal $5 entry fee.  The first game will be strictly random, then the following games based on record and point spread.  The grand winner will receive the first ever Club 34 trophy with name engraved and a $100 IHOP gift certificate.  We obviously cant reward the winner with a year’s free admission since Club 34 is free so the gift card and trophy will have to suffice.  Lets have everyone participate!!  Maybe I can get one of the local newspapers to come and witness and write about the event.  Thats still up in the air.

I know of at least 2 new players who will visit us next week.  Lets have everyone come and welcome them to the Club 34 family…


David Poder, Director

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Bigger is Better!!

Our new advertising campaign is underway.  A few thousand people have seen the ad but only a few have downloaded the cheat sheet, somewhat discouraging.  But we will continue to spread the word about Club 34.  The weekly cost will be $40 so I was particularly overjoyed to collect $58 yesterday for our voluntary donation box.  That was one of the highest weekly totals to date..

23 and 10 patrolled the halls of the IHOP yesterday with 2 new players joining our family.  Tom Brown is a regular player at the LA clubs.  He was absent from the Scrabble scene for 10 years but recently came back.  He heard alot about Club 34 so decided to give us a try.  After 8 games he was still pretty fresh and alert so he thinks he will return.  Tom is a tutor at a local junior college for English as a second language.  He lives in Santa Monica, works only parttime now and has Tuesdays off which is most important.  He has a wonderful personality and will be a perfect fit for Club 34.

Lisa Ocone found us on Meetup recently.  We have been in constant communication for the past week.  Without even meeting her, I could tell that she would be a regular member of Club 34.  Lisa recently moved to HB from Houston, Texas, with her husband and 3 children.  She has played overseas at clubs in Poland, Malaysia et al, the Sowpods version so it may take her some time to adjust to the American vocabulary but she now has the cheat sheet and will be a rapid learner.

I want to announce a few exciting things for Club 34 in September.  Lorry Higgins will have another food fest at her home, date to be announced.  It will be between the two sessions and she can have the first 24 to sign up.  I plan to have another Club tournament as well.  I plan to have 3 divisions just for the tournament.  There will be a $20 entry fee, monies to be returned to the top 3 finishers in each division.  I hope everyone participates for the spirit and morale and the Club.

I am making a slight change in how we do things at Club 34.  The 2 for 1 idea has been pretty successful.  Everyone gets to play; no one sits out any more when we are uneven.  But I have only included Div B players in this, hoping to use it as a learning tool.  I am now going to include the Div A players as well.  Everyone will participate in this.  I know some would not prefer to play 2 against 1 but I am asking everyone to take part and do their fair share!!

I am also going to ask Don Platt, the Noise Czar, to impose the $l penalty for those who violate the noise policy.  It was somewhat noisy yesterday and Don had to tell everyone to be quiet several times.  Lets see if this monetary form of punishment will have any positive effects!!

NASPA will be holding their annual Nationals tournament next week in Buffalo, New York.  We will wish Bruce, Yuki and Paul Rickoff a safe trip and good fortune.  If I missed anyone else, I apologize.


David Poder, Director

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