TOPS Chapter 9319 El Dorado Springs met in the United Methodist Church, 201 E Broadway on Thursday, April 4, for their weekly weigh-in and meeting.

Leader Sheryl Ann called our meeting to order and Kay led us in singing “Go, Go, Go To TOPS”. We said our TOPS  and KOPS pledges.

Marilyn led us in exercise.

Sheryl led us in roll call and walking report. Twenty-eight weighed in today and the chapter had a net gain of 5.2 lbs. Sheryl was the best loser of the week with a loss of 7.4 lbs. Congratulations Sheryl we are glad you can get back to doing yard work and all your pretty flowers.

We sang happy anniversary to Carolyn and Marty. They are celebrating 41 years.

Steve won the right to draw for the winning marble but did not get the white one. The pot is now at $67.

The contest ended today. Carol’s team was the winner. Linda C, Judy D and Sheryl were the winning team members each winning approximately $14.

Mary presented an idea for a new contest. “Spring Cleaning” no entry fee, she will have a bag with tiles in it with the letters TOPS in it. When a TOPS loses or a KOPS is below goal, they get to draw from the bag. When they have spelled the word TOPS, they can draw a prize from a box. Each member may bring in something they would like to donate to the box. To save space each member is encouraged to only bring one item. Suggestions for items: Books, Billfold, Candles, Bath Bombs, etc.

Starting next week, the contest will run through June.

Sheryl asked us to think of ideas for a design for new shirts for members.

Marilyn presented the Awards for March: The chapter had a net gain of 6.4 lbs. for March.

Margie won the drawing for free dues.

AWARDS: Marie, Robbie, Sue C, Linda C, Warren and Kay all received certificates for Back in Black with perfect attendance for the month of March. Sandi received a back in black certificate with a loss of 6 lbs. which averaged 4.8 for the month. Linda C received a certificate for back in black, perfect attendance all black month and a 5.2 lb. loss which earned her best loser of the month. She won $6.10. Carol received a certificate for 11 years as a KOPS and a certificate for KOPS in BLACK.

Linda C received a certificate and charm for 6 weeks steady loss and a certificate for 15 lbs. lost.

KOPS in leeway and under goal with perfect attendance were: Marilyn, Linda H, Jean, Juanita and Steve. Carol was below goal all month but missed one meeting. Judy B was in leeway all month.

Congratulations to the KOPS for having so many under goal.

Those “on the stick” with 20 lbs. or less to go are: Marie, Juda, LJ, Margie and Susan S.

Thank you, Marilyn and Carol, for keeping us all recorded.

Jean reported on SRD. Chapter pays for hotel rooms and registration. Registration is $30 per person, each person signing up to go must pay $30 to the treasurer. After we return from SRD each person that attended will receive their $30 back. If anyone who pays to go and cannot go gets someone to go in their place the money will go back to the person who deposited the money.

Our Chapter Queen, Judy B, and her husband will attend. By Laws state the chapter will pay up to $100 for room and or clothing for chapter queen. Carol made motion we pay for Judy’s and husband’s room. Linda H 2nd and motion passed.

With no other business meeting was adjourned with our motto “IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME”.

TOPS #MO 9319 meets each Thursday Morning in the Methodist Church at 201 E Broadway, El Dorado Springs. Weigh-in starts at 7:45 a.m. the meeting begins at 8:45 a.m. and is over by 10 a.m.

Are you ready to stop dieting and start making real changes? TOPS can help you reach your weight-loss goals by providing you with the tools, information, support, and accountability you need to be successful. After all, this has been a winning formula for TOPS members just like you for 70 years. We welcome women and men of all ages and couples are encouraged to join. We currently have two couples in our group who have found it fun and encouraging. We encourage healthy eating and offer support through our chapter and the National Chapter of TOPS. We have a lot of fun in our weight loss journey and make lifelong friendships. First visit is free with no obligation.

For more information, call Sheryl Walker at 417/876-5699, Linda Hall at 417/876-6467, TOPS toll-free number 1 800-932-8677 or you can find us on the web at

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