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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
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)
I agree with you. The leaders of the TOPS are wonderful women that not only are trying to lose weight but are supporting others in their weight loss efforts.
How easy as women we knock each other down. We need to see past the weight and see the effort and thankless hours these ladies put in to the TOPS organization.
Thanks for the reminder for us to be supportive of each other.
I am an intelligent person.
I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me.
We need each other.
Becky in Donna, Tx
I agree - it's a lot bigger job than it looks like!
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
God Grant me Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to Change the things I can and Wisdom to Know the difference!
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -- John Wooden
"Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never quit."
So very true. They are amazing!
Last is just the slowest winner."-C Hunter Boyd
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.
whew, I'm glad I got that off my chest.
Goriana, So Cal, USA