TOPS CHAPTER 319 El Dorado Springs met in the Church of Christ meeting room Thursday, June 30.

Our leader Robbie opened the meeting. Kay led us in singing “I Want To Be At That Meeting.”

Marilyn was able to catch up on an award to Anna and Linda H. Anna received a new member charm and certificate and Linda H received a certificate for bringing in a new member.

We said our pledges and had roll call.

Thirty weighed in today and the chapter had a net gain of .02.

Best loser was Chris W. with a loss of 6.2 lbs. Chris was unable to stay for the meeting. Virginia and Becky each lost 3 lbs. this week.

We sang happy birthday to Nikki and happy anniversary to Felicia.

Susan won the right to draw for the marble but drew a green one.

Warren awarded prizes to the winners of the contest. TOPS winners were, first place, Juanita winning the water bottle, 2nd place Angie who won a cup and Susan in third also won a cup.

KOPS first place winner was Marguerite wining a water bottle and Marie 2nd place winning a cup.

The next contest starts next week. It is a “Gambling” contest. There is $1 entry fee. Each week you lose you can draw a card. KOPS in leeway can draw a card. If you lose more than 1 lb you can draw two cards but must choose which one you want to keep. Game will run for seven weeks. If you gain, you must pay 50 cents to the kitty. KOPS who gain must pay the 50 cents as well if above goal. Contest will end in August. Person with the best hand wins the pot.

Jean had the program today.

She used a program from TOPS magazine. “The TOPS 10 things we can learn from Olympic athletes.

1. Fitness is not a destination. It is a journey. Like the Olympians we must start from the beginning.

2. Improvement is the goal.

3. Stay Healthy

4. Winning in our case losing is as much about training the mind as it is about training the body.

5. People will put forth a great amount of effort for a medal or pin or pinette or charm or certificate.

6. You can’t do it alone

7. Great athletes don’t always make the qualifying round.

8. Just as Olympians suffer sprains and strains we may also run into problems.

9. Even Olympians have off days

10. Olympians never give up on their dreams.

We welcome anyone who is interested in losing weight. That includes men, women, teenagers, and even children above the age of seven. We encourage and reward losses even as small as .2 of a pound! We kid a lot about that awful .2 especially when it is a gain. We do not shame you if you gain but help you explore what you might do to have a loss the next week. We have a lot of fun in the process. Today is the first day of the rest of your life as the saying goes so it is a good day to make a life changing decision. We often remind ourselves that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We are here to help you break the cycle and have fun doing it. Please consider joining us.

For more information, call Robbie Chase at 417-876-0233, Juda at 876-4888, TOPS toll free number 1 800-932-8677 or you can find us on the web at

Come and join us.