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Kanawha Valley Scrabble Club

Charleston, WV

NASPA Club #620 — a former club of the North American Scrabble Players Association

A brief history of WV Scrabble

The club was founded May 24, 2005 as NSA Club 620 — Brad Mills was the founding director (and remained the club director throughout its operation). The first club meeting was Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at Books-A-Million, with Brad Mills, Martha Mills, and Arnold Keaton attending. In 2006, meetings were moved to Saturdays; in 2007, Tuesday meetings were re-added to the schedule, and in 2008, these were moved to Wednesdays.

We always met at Books-A-Million. Our extra meetings used to be at Capitol Roasters, they were moved to Los Agaves in late 2008.

On April 1, 2009, our club transitioned to the North American Scrabble Players Association when Hasbro (owners of the Scrabble® mark) dropped financial support for club and tournament Scrabble activity. At the same time, we adopted the name Kanawha Valley Scrabble Club to better define who we are.

Lisa Green and Chris Ross both became directors in 2010.

In late 2015, the Wednesday meetings at Los Agaves were removed from the club schedule.

On June 23, 2016, the club meeting schedule became "upon request" — or in other words, get in touch if you want to play and we'll set something up.

On February 24, 2017, after an eight-month period with no meetings or requested meetings, the club officially closed.

Tournaments

Our first club tournament was in December 2005.

Our first fully-rated tournament was July 7-9, 2006. 36 people attended. We had at least one fully-rated tournament every year afterwards through 2013. Our largest tournament, in 2008, had 61 participants.

Our first Collins event took place in October 2013 with six players participating.

Other stuff

Throughout 2008 we lent support to the nascent Huntington Scrabble Club, which had its first meeting on May 3, 2008. In October, 2008, Aaron McGuffin became the second sanctioned director in West Virginia, and he formed Club #767 in Huntington.

We provided, at various times when requested, logistic and technical support to the Pittsburgh, PA club and the Lexington, KY club. We worked to coordinate our events with other clubs in the region to make sure everyone had an opportunity to play as much Scrabble as possible.