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The AB acts as a liaison between the membership and the Executive Committee (EC), helps the EC decide matters of policy, and adjudicates appeals on decisions made by other committees.
AB members should possess:
AB members serve a 2-year term. The upcoming term runs from the 2017 North American SCRABBLE Championship (NASC) to the 2019 NASC.
Most AB business is conducted during monthly conference calls and over email which AB members are expected to participate in. Also, many AB members take on additional projects.
This year’s election will elect members in:
Electoral candidates must meet all of the following criteria:
Nominations will take place from May 4–31 inclusive, Eastern Time.
To nominate yourself, send your name and platform statement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To nominate someone else, send the candidate's name to email@example.com. Nominated candidates will be contacted by the AB and asked if they agree to run. If so, they will be asked to send their platform statements.
A platform statement is a brief statement that describes a candidate's qualifications, background, platform, and any other information that might be of use to voters, for posting to this webpage.
You can view the platform statements of previous candidates here.
For the purposes of this election, a NASPA member is considered to be in good standing if:
Robin started playing Scrabble in 2008 after meeting Paul Holser on a dating website. She was fascinated at the idea of competitive SCRABBLE. She played in her first tournament in Austin December 2008. Her peak rating was 1032, and she has 5 tournament wins under her belt.
In 2010 and 2011, Robin voluntarily created the "Cruise Director" position for the NSC tournament to coordinate transport, travel, events, excursions, and concierge services for players. In 2013, she not only played in the NSC tournament but reprised her role in Las Vegas along with Alice Chew.
It has been a few years since Robin last played, but her love for the game and the culture has not waned. With her now husband, Paul, still playing regularly, Robin continues to have a strong interest in the success and workings of NASPA.
Robin serves in an executive role with several of her dog clubs on a Regional and National level. She has also served on several professional committees in the healthcare industry.
| Mike Gincel
My name is Mike Gincel. I'm a 26 year old living in Orlando, FL, and I've played in tournaments for five years and have played over 400 games of rated SCRABBLE in nine states and two countries.
I'm currently a concierge at the Walt Disney World resort and outside of SCRABBLE, I love couponing, theme parks, and volunteering.
This is my 2nd attempt at running for the Advisory Board. I believe I am the best candidate for this honor as I'm someone who is actively trying to make not just competitive SCRABBLE but NASPA itself a better thing in our amazing world. I love NASPA and the friends and family I've made within our community.
It would be an honor to serve and something I wouldn't take lightly. I believe in being firm, fair, and open to any and all opinions that would come into our meetings. I plan on being accessible to all NASPA members if they ever need questions answered or wish to raise a concern; I want to be there for you. I want to make this organization even better.
I'm currently studying for my director's test and aim to become a director by the end of the year. I aim to deliver nothing but quality service and just and thorough rulings. I also would love to have a monthly open forum with the AB and Facebook to discuss new tournaments and what is going on with NASPA.
At the end of the day, my goal is to serve my fellow players. I feel my attitude, my heart, and my spirit are all in the right place and I will be the best representative of the average NASPA player. One who wants open communication, fun tournaments, and a community they can call home. I plan to bring that and more if elected. Thank you so much.
| Mike Willis
During my first term of service on the NASPA Advisory Board, it has been my pleasure to represent the member’s wishes often. It is important to reach out and hear the voice of the membership, then push for what they want to take place. My outreach to find out if members wished to continue some form of playoffs in the National Championships, revealed that the polled members were overwhelmingly against them. I advocated this position, and playoffs were narrowly defeated for the past NASC, and the one upcoming.
I always try to say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done. Recently, I was selected as a co-spokesperson for the Advisory Board. I also chair the Forward Energy Committee, which finds opportunities for improvements in NASPA, then develops and implements solutions.
If I am fortunate enough to receive your vote, I will pledge to do everything possible to hear you personally, and make your voice heard as we push to continually improve NASPA performance.
Bruce D'Ambrosio wins this district by acclamation.
| Bruce D'Ambrosio
I've been a NASPA member since 1978 (well, at that time it was NSA). I am the current director of NASPA Club #195 in Los Angeles. I have been on the Rules Committee since September 2015.
I'm most interested in trying to reunify the SCRABBLE community, which I think is fragmented not only because of WGPO, but also the Collins Division, especially at the Nationals. (What does it mean to be the top SCRABBLE player in North America by winning Division 1 when there is also a group of excellent players playing by different rules at the same time in the same venue?)
If you would like to know where I stand on issues important to you, feel free to e-mail me and I will respond as quickly as possible.
Thank you for considering me for this position.
Voting will take place from June 3–30 inclusive, Eastern Time. Votes will be accepted by paper or electronically. Any current NASPA member can vote for (at most) one candidate for each of the three contested seats, regardless of the region of residency.
Paper votes may be sent to NASPA by postal mail, and must arrive during the voting period to be accepted. Paper votes are not anonymous and must identify the voter and their vote.
Electronic votes should be made through the Member Services link at the NASPA website. Electronic votes will be anonymous, except inasmuch as a skilled person with access to the NASPA server could eventually reconstruct voting information.
The winner of each election will be determined by plurality. If an election ends in a tie, a lottery or coin toss will be used to break the tie.
Winners will be announced at the beginning of July, as soon as the votes are tabulated.
Any disputes about the elections process will be decided by the AB, excluding those members running for reelection.