TOPS hosts annual open house meeting

Posted February 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm

TOPS Chapter MO 0319 held it’s annual Open House on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the regular meeting location, the Church Of Christ meeting Room in El Dorado Springs.

Thirty chapter members weighed in and we welcomed three guests.

Leader, Robbie opened the program and we said our pledges and had roll call. Some with good losses this week were Lois with a 2.4 lb. loss, Kay with a 1 lb. loss and Linda III with a 1.2 lb. loss. Best loser for the week was Jessica with a 4.2 lb. loss.

Linda (1) was in charge of the Open House Program. She introduced the outgoing 2011 Chapter Royalty Queen Marilyn and Runner up Annie.

The TOPS did a before and now parade showing the clothes they used to wear and what they look like now. TOPS in the parade were Dorothy, Warren, Marie, Felicia, Becky S, Judy K, Lois and Verna.

Annie gave a short speech about her weight loss journey. She was Chapter Queen in 2003. She decided she did not need to continue with TOPS and thought she could keep the weight off by herself. She soon found that did not work for her. She found she needs the support of others and the accountability of weighing in each week. She rejoined TOPS and again reached her goal weight. She recently had surgery and says her quick recovery was due to her healthy eating habits, drinking water and doing exercise which TOPS recommends.

Marilyn talked about her weight loss journey. She said she was heavy as a teenager and in High School weighed around 220 lbs. After High School she applied for a job but it was suggested to her the area she would be working in was too small quarters for her to be comfortable in. She and a friend later went on a weight loss program and were successful. She married and had children and was able to keep her weight down till she reached her 50’s. Then the pounds crept on and did not come off. She and her daughter joined a weight loss program and lost weight but quit the program after losing the weight. When it started coming back on she decided to join TOPS after reading about the local chapter in the paper. She joined April 2011 and reached her goal weight Dec. 29, 2011. She said it is still a challenge to keep the weight off and maintain her goal weight but is able to do so by keeping with the TOPS program and facing the scale each week.

2012 Chapter Recognition: Paul and Marguerite were recognized for perfect attendance in 2012.

Division winners were Division 4 Jan B. with a loss of 25.25 and Lois Division 5 with a loss of 20.75 lbs. Jan B. was crowned Chapter Queen with a loss of 26.25 lbs. to goal.

Outgoing Queen Marilyn crowned Jan and presented her with yellow roses.

Margie, Marilyn, Kay and Judy presented a really cute valentine/heart skit.

KOPS then did a before and now parade. Those in the parade were Annie, Marilyn, Jan B, Doris III, Jean and Linda 1.

Refreshments of low calorie finger food prepared by members were then enjoyed by all.

TOPS welcomes anyone who is interested in a healthier life style and wants to have fun and make new friends to join us at anytime. For more information call Linda at 417/876-6467 or Juda at 876-4888. Or call TOPS toll free number 1-800/932-8677 or you can find us on the web at www.tops.org.