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Welcome Some New SP Members, please!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I joined the SP Community Team - Business Only Spark Team some time back.

One of the Team Goals is to "Post in the Introduce Yourself forum on the Message Boards 3 times per week" and this is most important now because of all the New Years Resolutions that pertain to diets and dieting.

I have already made this a Team Goal on one of my teams to welcome someone new once every day and I would ask those reading my blog to do the same. January is probably the heaviest month for new members and we all know how "invisible" we can feel sometimes when overweight. The Goal is not to let anyone go unwelcomed!

But you can welcome new members even without joining the team.

Thank you, "says she," as she steps off the soapbox!

Love y'all,

**I am now asking how new members join if we have no way to invite them into the team.

***edited again: I was correct in my original wording of this blog - here is what Spark_Coach_Jen had to say in the Community Team Posting:

To join the Community Team (and join this SparkTeam),you have to be a member of the site for at least 3 months. Then when you click on the green CT icon next to any CT members posts, you can join from there.

Hope that helps!

Coach Jen

So, to the 2 people asking about it, perhaps neither of you has yet been a member for a full 3 months? Please, by all means, keep trying! We really need you!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MEADSBAY 1/3/2010 9:51AM

    thnx for the reminder!
I will do 5-6 every day
(finally figured out how to cut and paste most of it so it goes quicker)
and I put a reminder in my status update.
an> emoticon

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/2/2010 7:06PM

    emoticon Linda! I've always tried to welcome new people now and then, but I was unaware that one could click on the green Community button on members' posts to join. There really is quite an influx of new SparkSters, isn't there? - Susan

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    Linda, where is the thread you are speaking of in second paragraph? Is this in the Cafe thread or something?

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MSMAKEOVER 1/2/2010 6:19PM

    Great idea...thanks Linda...

Way to Spark.... emoticon

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EMMABE1 1/2/2010 4:55PM

    I do!! I honestly do!!

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LOPEYP 1/2/2010 2:49PM

    Good idea! Thanks for the reminder.

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    To the 2 members trying to join the Community Team, I was unaware that the procedure to join has changed.

I have let the Team Leaders know of your desire to join by also asking how we can invite new members.

I do hope someone will be getting back to you shortly.

Marty is right! Many new members never return after their initial posting introducing themselves. All we can do is continue to try and make them to feel welcome.

Since I didn't come back for 2 years after joining, I know this is typical. I just try to reinforce that SparkPeople is here - I remembered and I came back. I guess it's the best we can do?


Comment edited on: 1/2/2010 2:39:31 PM

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_VALEO_ 1/2/2010 1:49PM

    Great reminder! Good luck to the team leaders of January SP Class!

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GRANDMAAMIE 1/2/2010 12:06PM

    WILL DO!

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PATTI_SP 1/2/2010 10:31AM

    Thanks what a great reminder!!!

I just tried to join the team and it said it was private??? Tha I had to be asked to join by a team leader?

Comment edited on: 1/2/2010 10:34:11 AM

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CICI510 1/2/2010 10:05AM

    This is an awesome goal! I was very good about doing this for awhile but the holidays have made me lag in this area so I will definitely make a more conscious effort to welcome new members. :)

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ASTORRES1 1/2/2010 9:54AM

    Linda....good idea....I always like to make everyone feel welcome. That makes everyone feel like they are part of the family here at SPARK!!!


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MARTY19 1/2/2010 9:31AM

    I want to make everyone who joins feel wlecome. But (as she gets ON her soapbox) by the end of February many of these new members will have diappeared. I want to do something to prevent THAT.

Love you

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CLOVER6266 1/2/2010 9:25AM

  Hi there. I clicked on the icon as directed above and received a message that it was a private group requiring an invitation?

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