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The Lalla Searle Memorial Scrabble Tournament

© Amy Blackman 2008

Longtime FNCA member Cecilia "Lalla" Searle passed into the spiritual world about 6 weeks before the 2012 camp session. Lalla was an articulate, well-dressed, perpetually cheerful person who was loved and adored by her husband Colgate and well-loved by her family, friends, peers, co-workers, and all the many circles she moved in.

As a professional landscape architect, Lalla put lots of time and energy over the years into beautifying the Assembly grounds with flowers and bushes that bloom in August and can, in her words, "suffer benign neglect" the rest of the year. She also served the Assembly at various times as assistant treasurer, registrar, and Work Weekend head chef. And, she was an absolutely formidable Scrabble player.

This annual tournament includes a special rule that the word "LALLA" is an acceptable word and earns the same  50-point bonus as a bingo in addition to any bonuses it may be played on.

 

© Jon Cousins 2013

 

NEW photos on this page in recent months:

Title or Theme                            Year    Posted
"The Contestants"                      2017      9/29
"The Final Board 2017"               2017      9/29
 

 2012   2013  2014  2016  2017

Past LALLA Tournament Winners
 

2017

"The Contestants"

© FNCA 2017

left to rigt: Trevor, winner and champion Martin Vojtko, Beki Greenwood, Merrilee Phinney.
 

"The Final Board 2017"

© FNCA 2017

"Funniest Finish ever!" is what one observer called this. After trailing the front runner the entire game, Martin Vojtko won by 2 points with a bingo, on a triple word score, using only 1-point tiles and both blanks, in a place that was only made possible by the immediately preceding play of the front runner. On top of all that, Martin didn't know until he reached into the bag to replenish his rack and found that there were no tiles left that he'd actually gone out with that amazing play and ended the game! Congratulations on a stunning victory, Martin Vojtko!
 

2016

"Very Serious Scrabble Players"

© Nancy F. Little 2016

clockwise from foreground: Beki Greenwood, Trevor, Jon Crowe, and this year's winner successfully defending his championship from last year: Ken Woofenden!
 

"The Final Board 2016"

© Emily Woofenden 2016
 

2014

"The Contestants"

© Beki Greenwood 2014

Two couples competed against each other this year!
 

"Gangsta Greenwood Studies the Board"

© Beki Greenwood 2014

 

"The Final Board 2014"

© Beki Greenwood 2014

Notice the 'LALLA' on the left side! That's the second time in three years.
 

"The Winner and New Champeen: Trevor!"

© Beki Greenwood 2014
 


2013

"The Opening Play"
© Jon Cousins 2013

© Jon Cousins 2013

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© Jon Cousins 2013

"The Final Board 2013"
© Jon Cousins 2013

"Kudos to the Winner!"
© Jon Cousins 2013

The contestants Jason Greenwood, Dawn Crowe, and Trevor give kudos to the 2013 Lalla Searle Memorial Scrabble Tournament winner: Miriam Lexie!
 

2012

"The Champion Round Players Deep in Thought"
© Jon Cousins 2012 © Jon Cousins 2012

 

 

 

 



"The Final Board 2012"

© Jon Cousins 2012


"The Competitors Cheer the Winner"

© Jon Cousins 2012

Miriam Lexie, Trevor, and Jane Perry give kudos to the 2012 Lalla Searle Memorial Scrabble Tournament winner and champion: Rev. Susannah Currie! Both her initial and her final play were bingos (using all 7 tiles) which receive a 50 point bonus. Her resounding win won thunderous applause from everyone present.


"Scrabble Champ with the New Winners Tile"

© Beki Greenwood 2012

This big Scrabble tile now hangs on the wall in the Dole Wing. On the back is space for the name of each year's winner to be written.


"LALLA"

© Jon Cousins 2012

On his final turn, Trevor played the tourney bonus word LALLA to lots of smiles and good cheer. It is very fitting that someone got a "LALLA" in the inaugural year of this tournament.

© Beki Greenwood 2012

 

Past LALLA Tournament Winners
 

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