You raise a good point. At our chapter, everyone pays their own way. I don't think I would like it if we sponsored their trips.
On the other hand, Our 'area captain' (I'm not sure that's the right term, but she is in charge of helping many local chapters) went to IRD and was working A LOT. I assisted her a bit, but it didn't seem fair that she had to pay her own way 100% when she was working all the time. I mean, she got up early and went to bed late so that the event would go off as well as it did. The hotel, not to mention the travel costs are up there. The IRD registration is only a very small part of the costs associated with going to these events.
Goriana, So Cal, USA
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Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 9,058 12/10/12 9:43 P
Agree that being a leader is stressful but you were choosen to be a leader because people had respect for you and that you are to be an example of what TOPS represents Our current leader of our chapter goes to all the SRD and IRD events and our chapter pays her expenses which do not believe is fair but am only one member Am grateful for all those leaders who do not take advantage of others and who are dedicated and determined to make goal One day at a time
Edited by: MAYBER at: 12/10/2012 (21:45)
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Fitness Minutes: (93,880) Posts: 4,963 11/27/12 3:54 A
Today I was scanning the TOPS magazine and saw that some of the leaders (and board members) have been in TOPS for decades. Thatís a long time to be in an organization and to execute its mission. It reminded me of a question I overheard at IRD.
Someone on stage said that all the leaders on stage being introduced were smaller than they were last year. A group sitting near me commented on the size of some of them. They didn't think it was a good representation of TOPS. I hadn't thought of that. I saw them as representative of many members that have challenges as they get to their goal weight. To me, it feels like member losses are leader's too, for all they contribute.
I, for one, am grateful for what the leaders do to support our efforts. I also know it takes a toll. One of our local leaders was not able to get to goal until she stepped down from her post. With the extra responsibilities that being leaders entails, Iím proud of them for still managing, small losses, or even for maintaining.Thank you leaders! You are volunteers that help us do better and sacrifice your time and maybe more to support us.
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