I belong to two clubs. One is a women’s group called Beta Sigma Phi. The other is for anyone who wants a support group to help with weight loss and keeping the weight off. It’s called TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly. They are both held on Tuesday night so it’s a busy night for me.
Beta Sigma Phi a sorority but not the type that is affiliated with any university. It was founded by a man named Walter Ross in Kansas City the 1930’s. He was a door-to-door salesman and he realized that women were very isolated and didn’t make time to spend time with women. He formed the group so women could learn about culture, socialize with others and be of service to others. It is a world wide organization now with thousands of members. We meet every two weeks at our members homes. Tonight the meeting is at my house.
My other club, TOPS, meets weekly at our local church. It is also a world wide organization. It was founded by a woman named Esther Manz in Milwaukee in the 1940’s. She wants to get people together to support each other in losing weight and keeping it off without using crash diets. We don’t diet at all. We choose healthy food every day as part of a lifestyle. There is a “weigh-in” every week and our weight is recorded privately. We have a short business meeting and program. There are many opportunities to win prizes and that encourages more success.
I’ve belonged to Beta Sigma Phi for almost 29 years and to TOPS for 21 years. I’m the leader of my TOPS group and have been for the past few years. I currently hold the VP position at my sorority group. It’s busy but fulfilling and fun.