Thank you everyone for your thoughtful words, prayers, spark messages, and even a few sparkgoodies. It really is a comfort when someone takes a moment out of their day to do or say something nice to someone they don't even know! I have found this spark community to be filled with people who are very generous in spirit. I'm glad to be a part of it! Spark Illinois jumped in membership #'s very quickly! I welcome any suggestions any of you may have to make this team a place you want to visit daily. Please feel free to submit your suggestions here or send them to me in a sparkmail. I look forward to getting to know my fellow Spark-Ilinoisians!
I wanted to let you know that my prayers are with you through this holiday season. I've lost loved ones on Christmas and know how very heartbreakingly difficult it is. Just know that we are here for you and you and yours are in our thoughts.
"The WILL of God will never take you where the GRACE of God will not protect you."
"If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it."
"I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."
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Fitness Minutes: (83,668) Posts: 18,456 12/23/08 12:09 P
Thanks a lot Daisey Duck for sharing this information with us during such a difficult time. Please accept my warm thoughts and prayers for all of you who are grieving, as you share memories and comfort each other.
Peace, Sylvia Mother of Eight, National Board Certified Teacher, Trained Reading Recovery Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Member of Church of Peace, UCC
DaisyDuck, I am new to posting and appreciate your explanations. My sincerest sympathy in the loss of your father; my dad has been in five different hospitals and ICU's this year dealing with many health issues and we have almost lost him several times. It is a great loss at any time, but feels especially so during the holiday season. My condolences and prayers are with you.
I received the email about this new spark team and became excited. I say hello to all of the team members and wish you all the best of luck. I offer my condolences to you DaiseyDuck on the passing of your father.
current weight: 249.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,620) Posts: 227 12/22/08 8:43 P
Ok, "Sticky Topic" is applied to a topic by the team leader to those threads that we feel we would prefer to stay "on top" and not get lost in the numerous posts below. Typically, a daily chat, welcome, or current challenge make good "Stickies". This thread is then easy to find when you come back to chat as it stays on top for as long as it is designated "sticky". Hope that answers your question!
Okay Daisyduck explain Sticky topic I am fairly new to SP but just moved "home" to Quincy Il. I see "Sticky Topic" on a lot of different sites, but can't find out what it means. My curiosity has gotten the best of me, could be because Quincy is just across the river to Missouri. You know "Show Me State"
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Fitness Minutes: (38,985) Posts: 2,693 12/22/08 4:42 P
I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to you all. My name is Peggy aka DaiseyDuck and I am your Illinois team leader. I have had quite a wonderful journey with SparkPeople and only recently took a break from the site due to the sudden death of my father. Today I sat down to check my e-mail and was incredibly surprised to see entry after entry titled "Illinois Sparkers has a new member!" I wondered what could possibly draw so many people to join the team so quickly, and decided I needed to stop by the team page to check it out. I have to say I love seeing the excitement on the threads! After a quick check back through my numerous e-mails, I found a couple I thought I should share with you:
#1 "I wanted to let you know that we are making some exciting changes to each of your state teams! We are very excited to recognize each of your team’s as the “Official State Team”! Because of this, we ask that each of you change your state team name to “Spark [state] – The Official Team”. For example, if you are the Spark Ohio State Team you would now be “Spark Ohio – The Official Team”. Please note that with this change you will see an increase in members and hopefully activity. Moving forward, SparkPeople will automatically place members who live in your state into your team when they join SparkPeople, and next week we will move all current SparkPeople members who live in your state to your Team.
In addition to becoming the official state team, we have added some pretty cool features and tools that will help your team lead the way in health and fitness! - Each state team will have its own vanity URL linking to your team page. For example, Spark Ohio- The Official Team will have its own URL at www.sparkohio.com in
Thanks, Jenny and The SparkPeople Team "
#2"Hello to our State Team Leaders!
My name is Dave, and I am a SparkPeople employee. As you know, we are moving all of our members into the state teams where they live. We feel this will be a fun way to help members further connect, and also do things like state-to-state competitions in things like fitness minutes and SparkPoints. We've moved about half our members to state teams, and the other half should be moved by Tuesday. "
Ok, so that answers the question many of you have been asking "How did I get placed into this team?" Now, moving forward, I see that I have my work cut out for me. I would love to add a co-leader to this team. I will be checking in with the State team leaderboards to see effective ways to do this. I am psyched to see the team grow and I love all the chatter. I apologize for not being here these past weeks to welcome each and every one of you more personally - Please know that the welcome mat is officially out and I am so very happy that you all are here with us! I promise to get the team a bit more organized over the next few weeks. I appreciate your patience as I get through this holiday season with my grieving family. Have a blessed holiday season!
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