Newsletter - Jan 2013 for Middlesex County

Area Captains Newsletter  January  2013 for Middlesex County

Diane Trayah    (H)978-657-6103    (C)978-551-1278    e-mail:

Hi Leaders,

It’s that time of year. To start afresh and get your chapter re-motivated… How are you going to do that? Our chapter instead of having a Christmas party which had to be postponed we are having a New Year’s party the TOPS way with a meal, hat and party blowers.

Everyone will be getting a goodie bag of gifts including a toast at the end of our party. This is our first time doing this so I will let you know how it goes.

Here are some other ideas.


Have a rededication ceremony by using small votive candles and pass out to everyone as gifts.  Try using the new theme from TOPS for the next two years.

Real People. Real Weight loss.

Check out for some ideas.

Another good website is:


Have guest speakers come and speak about different topics. Personal trainers usually at Planet Fitness or other local gyms are available for nominal fees encouraging exercise.

Nutritionists from local hospitals, Hannaford’s nutritionists can also come and visit your chapter rather than going to their facility.

Ask your members for names for referrals that they might be aware of that would come and talk at your meeting. There are plenty of TOPS members from other chapters that are also willing to come and speak about their weight loss journey.

Have fun at your meetings by having skits, songs, poems, closing thoughts, and those ever fun and exciting contests. Keep contests moving from one contest to the next. This will keep themselves challenged and wanting to come to chapter for a reason. Besides being accountable on the scale, just another tool to guide them along their weight loss journey.

Have everyone fill out a Resolution commitment (see attached) and mail it to them at the end of the year. Have them also fill out a 2013 weekly goal calendar and have them set their short term goals. Both are attached. You can also revised them if you would like.


I have board meetings every couple of months with my officers. We either have it at an officer’s home by having a pot luck, go out to a local restaurant or we stay after our regular weekly meeting. Enjoy each other’s company and have a meeting at the table after dinner. You as a leader need to plan good programs and contests with your officers if you want your members to stay motivated. We talk about volunteers who could do upcoming programs, upcoming special ceremonies or chapter anniversary, holidays, weather, officer elections, officers being out for a meeting, etc…..

If you need help in doing a board meeting, I will be glad to help you or even attend one.


Start thinking of hosting an open house. Even if you don’t do it in January or February at least try to have one in the spring. There are excellent ideas you can get from the TOPS website. You can get many forms and flyers from there so start planning now. I can also come and do a PowerPoint regarding TOPS.


If you would like to see something in my newsletters, please submit to me early in the month so I can share with everyone.

I have submitted a TOPS article to a lot of local newspapers entitled:

“Forget Resolutions and Mind your P’s & Q’s.” Let me know if you see it.

The new lifestyle book is going to the printer now.  There was a pre-order form in the Dec/Jan TOPS News that indicated that books will be shipped in February – late February to be exact.

Each chapter will be getting a coupon to order ONE FREE book for chapter use.  Chapters are welcome to use the pre-order form from page 10 of the Dec/Jan TOPS News to order their books now at a special discount.


Twas the month after Christmas - Cute Poem for all

T'was the month after Christmas, and all through the house,
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste
At holiday parties had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).
I'd remembered the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The punch and the candy, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd not said, "No Thank You, Please."
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt---
I said to myself, as I only can "you can't spend a winter disguised as a man"
So--- away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
"Till all the additional ounces has vanished.
I won't have a cookie--- not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.
I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore---
But isn't it that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.

Happy New Year to all and to all a Good Diet!

New contest

This year I am holding a contest for the chapter who gets the most amount of NEW members. New members are members who have never joined TOPS or whose membership has lapsed for more than one year. A $50 gift card will be presented at the end of December 2013 to the leader and their chapter.

 I look forward in seeing everyone again this year as I come and present the 2013 Area Captain presentation. I think it’s one of the best so far with nice photos and a really down to earth program.

If you need me for a special occasion such as Awards night, New KOPS ceremony, Milestone anniversary of chapter or member, just send me an email or call. I will be glad to attend.

See you lighter this year.

Diane Trayah
Middlesex AC
Phone: 978-657-6103
Cell: 978-551-1278
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