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|OFF TO THE RACES|
Each contestants pays a fee to join contest. Depending on what area you live in, your chapter members can decide which type of race to play...Some choices include: race cars, dog sleds, boats, horses, whatever...Get a bulletin board or cork board and put a racetrack poster on it with sections marked off. Have each member cut out a cardboard game pieces (dogs sleds, cars, etc...) with their name written on them. Use tacks or pushpins to attach them to the starting line on the board. Losses move game pieces forward, gains move pieces backwards. Each section may represent 1/4 pounds, or whole pounds...whatever the chapter decides. The first to cross the finish line wins. If your chapter is large, you may have second and third place place winners. If the game is played correctly, the member who loses the most weight will win. Penalties for being absent may be having to move back two sections.
|THE BULLSEYE CONTEST|
Pretty much the same as the
|CLOTHESPIN BAG CONTEST|
Each member makes their own small clothespin bag (or purchases one) and brings it to the chapter the week of the contest. Each member receives 12 clothespins, provided by the chapter, to put into their bag. Weekly losses...take one pin out. Gains...place a clothespin into your bag. After so many weeks, the member with the least clothespins wins, or you may continue until a member empties their bag completely. Prize determined by the chapter BEFORE the start of the contest.
The Halloween Contest based on points was enjoyed by PIEDMONT TOPS, Alabama (1968 TOPS NEWS) The chapter divided into teams and received points for attendance, exercising and losing weight. The losing team would have to dress in funny costumes and be greeted at the next meeting with a "trick or treat" from the members of the winning team. The tricks or treats could be raisins, pickles, carrots, or cantaloupe on toothpicks, or small diet cookies, or sugar free penny candies that were prepared at home and brought into the chapter on platters. (the magazine reports that this competition netted a 48 pound loss from the 12 members who participated.)
|TEAM POINT CONTEST|
or backwards: TSETNOC TNIOP MAET
Members are assigned to teams. For five weeks, each member earns points for attending the entire meeting, submitting a completed food chart, sending a card or calling someone that week, and losing weight. To add to the suspense, however, on the last week, members must weigh in
|GIFT WRAPPED PRIZE CONTEST|
Volunteer who doesn't want to do the contest, is given money from the treasury, to buy a great prize to wrap beautifully will bring it to the chapter to display in full view for all the members to see. Any member wishing to join contests will write their name on a piece of small paper and attach it to the wrapped gift. Chapter members decide how many weeks they want the contest to run. If member gains, their name comes off the gift. Last name on the gift wins!!! Kops rules need to be included. Or chapter can have a separate gift for the KOPS to compete for.
THE OCTOPUS CHALLENGEThese are our octopi. Our chapter CA 2311, Lucerne, just started this contest to get us through the 8 weeks left in the year of 2013. Each week, if you have a gain, you must snip off a leg of your octopus. Everyone thinks this is awful, but we are in TOPS to LOSE weight...not gain...so, if you do what you're in TOPS for, you won't lose any legs off your octopus. At the end of year, whoever's pet has the most legs will win the collected $1 for each octopus. Our chapter is small, so the grand prize will be $7.00.
BUILDING A TOPS HOUSE - TEAM CONTEST
This contest was played by Lucky Belles TOPS, North Hollywood, CA. A house was constructed out of paper and cut into many pieces. This is determined by the chapter before the contest starts. Each piece of the house is worth a certain number of points which are earned by the team members for attendance and weight loss. The first team to complete the construction of the house wins. The losing team must "entertain" the winning team by preforming a skit, or singing songs, or other type of entertainment.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
|JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT...|
These little contest ideas were taken from the September TOPS NEWS 1968.
WHITE ELEPHANT AUCTION CONTESTThis contest was set up for those members with clothing problems while losing weight. Weight losses or turtles earned one "buck" and attendance earned 1/2 buck. Bonus bucks were given for other tasks such as giving a program, exercise and turning in a food chart. Members brought in clothing marked with sizes and some household items at the start of the competition. When the contest closes, members will auction off the items using their earned "bucks." The chapter will have fun while providing members with clothing to fit their trimmer figures and other white elephant items that have been brought in.
CHRISTMAS TREE CONTESTCascade Mountain TOPS in Bend, Oregon, (chapters had names back then...not numbers!) enjoyed a Christmas Tree Contest for TOPS and KOPS. Two trees were constructed...one silver and one gold. TOPS names were printed in silver on BLUE "T's" and hung on the silver tree. KOPS names were printed in gold on white "K's" and hung on the gold tree. A gain or turtle for TOPS removed their letter, but KOPS only dropped off only with a gain. Last TOPS and KOPS left on the tree will win. Prizes to be determined by the chapter before the contest begins.
BIG BUCKSa. Runs month to month.
b. Strickly voluntary to join.
c. At the last weigh-in of the month members have to decide if they want to be in the contest the next month.
d. It cost $5 to join.
e. Each weigh in of the month TOPS must have a loss. If they have a gain or turtle or miss the meeting they owe $5. KOPS must be at or below goal, if they are above goal, even if they lost, or they miss a meeting, they owe $5. It could cost you as much as $25 if you don't lose and there are 5 weigh-in that month. Thus the reason we call it "Big Bucks".
f. At the last weigh in for the month, the money is awarded to the TOPS/KOPS that had the most # of losses or weigh ins at or below goal. If there is more than one, the money is split among all winners.
LOSE TO WINa) At the start of the contest it cost $2 to join, we ask for members to pay in quarters.
b) KOPS and TOPS are kept separate and just compete against their own.
c) Each members quarters are put into a little container with their name on it. The TOPS names are done in a different color then the KOPS to make it easy to keep them separated.
d) Each week that a TOPS has a loss they get to take 1 quarter out of their jar. If the TOPS has a gain or a turtle or misses the meeting they have to add a quarter to their jar.
e) Each week that KOPS are at or beow goal they get to take a quarter out of their jar. If a KOPS is above goal or misses a meeting they have to add a quarter to their jar.
f) The first TOPS to empty their jar wins all the quarters in the remaining TOPS jars. The first KOPS to empty their jar wins all the remaining quarters in the KOPS jars. For multiple winners the money is split equally.
g) This can go as short as 8 weeks or as long as it takes for someone to empty their jar.
|Submitted by: Kathy Beggane|
Leader, CA 0515, Santa Clarita
Another page of contest ideas: Contests from CA0009, Burbank
|Submitted by: CA 0379 Thousand Oaks|
This song was entertainment by a contest losing team to the winning team.
We supplied decorated small bags with one favorite thing in each, as a congratulatory gift for winners to take home.
|FAVORITE THINGS – TOPS VERSION (Presenters sing once, then everyone sings) 3 Stanzas:|
Pants that have latex 'n
slippers so fuzzy,
Tops with bright colors;
no bulge on my tummy.
Giggles at meetings
fun contests to bring
These are a few of
my favorite things.
Sweet and tart apples.
Grapes that we suckle
Salads that crunch,
and veggies to juggle
Beans and brown rice
all will lead me to sing,
These are a few of
my favorite things
Weight down today,
I feel light as a feather
I skip and then pause to pick
frag-rant blue heather
More pounds lost next week
will lead me to Queen,
These are a few of
my favorite things
When the scale tips
I simply remember my favorite things....
|Actual Goodie Bag |
Decorated by Leader
8 week Contest Submitted by:click link for instructions and questions
|This is the Question Drawing Board|
Chapter FUND RAISER Idea:We had a fund raiser last spring. It was a swap meet at the Senior Center. It cost for a parking spot and we bought two. There were lots of vendors and even food (not good food). The Center provided tables and disposal of all the left over stuff no one wanted to take home.
All members worked a shift.
I was there all day taking in money. It was lots of work, but also lots of fun. Very organized drop off procedure by the center. We had the advantage of LOTS of shoppers. We took in over $200 for our chapter and had fun walking around looking at everyone else's stuff too.
(submitted by member Judy Sander)
Another Fund Raising IdeaWe always have a bag auction every year for another fundraiser among our members. Members decorate their bag to give "clue" as to what might be inside. A starting bid is placed on the back by the person donating the bag. Items must be good quality and cost must be kept to a minimum. Some members will bid very high, determined to get a specific bag.
LOTS OF FUN.Anyone who does not want to participate doesn't have to, of course. We took in $143 on our last auction. We have a fabulous auctioneer. We usually split our sales on these type of fund raisers 50/50 to general fund and SRD fund. The main purpose is to be sure there is enough money in the SRD fund for those who want to attend.
(submitted by chapter's Treasurer, Judy Sander)
Paper Doll Contest by Karen Jacobs-Elton for TOPS WA276 Silverdale$1 sign up fee (8 week contest)
* Personal paper doll for each member.
* Eight (8) pieces of clothing (paper pieces) such as:
Hair, Shirt, Pants or Dress, Shoes (2), Socks (2), and a Hat. (1 piece per week).
Each member gets their own Paper Doll to attach items of clothing to. A weekly weight loss is all that is needed to play. One item of clothing per week for 8 weeks will be put on your personal paper doll with a loss of weight each week. Turtles do not count. Members will also be voting on the cutest decorated doll at the end of the contest, winner gets a special prize!
To cover your Paper Doll with "clothing" and win the contest. Member who has the most clothes on his/her paper doll wins the contest and all proceeds from the contest. If there is a tie, prize monies will be divided accordingly
LOVE YOUR HEART CONTEST
submitted by Glorya Neitzel
|FEBRUARY CONTEST 2|
HEART AWARENESS Contest
submitted by Glorya Neitzel
|THIS IS JUST A CONTEST IDEA
(not an actual contest for you to enter)
Submitted by: Rhonda Madison WA1147, Graham
It is called: Stay FREE with me For SRD!
Click here: Stay Free with Me Contest
Rhonda says, "This contest was for my chapter only. It has really motivated quite a few members. One is going to try and achieve her KOPS status losing those final difficult pounds, and another wants to regain her KOPS status. A few others who’d like to go to SRD are motivated to work a little harder on Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. I presented this contest to my chapter, as I have a Time Share near the Ocean Shores SRD, but can only invite a few members to stay free with me. So instead of picking and choosing and someone feeling slighted, I made it a contest. A few people who need to get back their KOPS status and one who has struggled for years to get there, but been 10-12 pounds away tell me they are super motivated by this. I can’t wait to see who gets to GO FREE WITH ME TO SRD by ending the year with big weight losses."
Stuff Your Turkey CONTEST
BE THANKFUL, NOT A TANKFUL !!!
Poster with dollars, and dollars with names
PHONE NUMBER ACTIVITY
(Can't remember where I got this one, but I think it is cool. -Deb)
Each member who wants to participate will write their phone number on identical slips of paper. Each phone number is placed in a drawing. Names are not included on the slip of paper so members won’t know who they are calling that week. Each week a new numbers are chosen. Each member keeps track of how many calls they made, who they called and may report any helpful conversations they may have had. After four weeks of members calling each other, an “end of the month” program could be given on the activity of keeping in touch with others, how it helped them, if they lost weight, etc.
|Team Charm Contest
WA 1503, Port Orchard
Two or three teams are chosen. Each team is given a “bracelet.” This could be an actual bracelet, a drawing of a bracelet...whatever...be creative. Each team is encouraged to earn “charms” to put on their team bracelet. Charms could be something purchased at the Dollar Store. Each member will receive a charm for their bracelet for 1) weighing in and staying for the entire meeting, 2) weight loss, 3) exercise (at least 20 minutes), 4) drinking their 8 glasses of water a day, 5) sending a note to team member, 6) keeping a food chart.
Any member gaining during the contest is automatically out of the contest. One absence is okay. Turtles are okay, member just can’t count it as a loss. Whichever team winds up with the most charms on their bracelet wins. Prize is chosen by the chapter before the contest begins.
|Ten Dollar Jar Contest|
From WA 765, Spokane
Each week you have a loss, you put your name in the JAR.At the end of 6 weeks, a name is drawn for the $10.00. Kops may put their name in each week they are AT or BELOW goal.
Click on links below for more ideas
May FlowersCard Contest
Earn Tickets Contest
Tic-Tac Dough Contest
|Paper Clip Contest:|
Have the chapter buy a couple boxes of paper clips. Each person who enters the contest may earn a paper clip for each quarter pound they lose. If they gain, they have to give back the paper clips. A chain is made by each member and prizes may be given out for the first person to have a long enough chain to go around their waist, or for the first person who has a chain as long as their height in inches, etc. (make up certain lengths as short goals as the contest progresses) Finally, after a six week period, whoever has the longest chain of paper clips wins the grand prize. Kops rules may be added in a different category such as, at or below goal, two paper clips, in leeway over goal, one paper clip.
This is an eight week contest. Every member makes their own octopus. See instructions below.
|HOW TO CONSTRUCT YOUR OCTOPUS:
|DON'T POP YOUR BUBBLE CONTEST
submitted by: Dana Suttell
We are currently running a contest called Don't Pop Your Bubble.For Wii fans, you will recognize this idea. We all paid $1.00 to get into the contest for the first month. At the end of the month, to stay in your bubble you have to have a net loss or turtle. If you remain in your bubble you pay another $1.00 and continue for another month. If you have a gain you have to pop your bubble and sink into the river. The cash prize is awarded to the last member in their bubble. Both our TOPS and KOPS are participating in this contest since maintaining will keep you in your bubble. We hope this will run for many months and there will be a fun cash pot at the end. Linda Zahnow, who is a KOPS, designed the board. (There is a picture of our members in each bubble) No one wants to pop their bubble and sink so it has been a fun incentive to lose weight or stay in leeway.
|TIPS FOR TOPS
Taken from January 1963 Tops News
Calorie Countdown as played by the Dearborn, Michigan, Cal-Cutters TOPS emphasizes the fact that to lose weight one must know calories and count them everyday. Last player standing wins for their team.
Last player standing wins for their team.
|Best Hand Wins|
RANKING OF CARD HANDS
Each member who wishes to participate pays $1.00 to join Card Contest. One person in chapter my be designated as the
|Toss A Salad Contest
From the Archives
This is a 6 week contest.
From blue colored construction paper, cut out bowls for each participant. Glue the bottom and side edges of the bowls onto a large poster board. Leave opening on top of bowl to insert veggies later. Put name of participant on their bowl.
Cut out salad ingredients from colored construction paper. Make green lettuce leaves, orange carrots, red tomatoes and brown mushrooms. Make salad dressing by cutting out ”blobs“ of white paper.
Charge an entry fee and use it to purchase large salad bowl and salad tongs as the prize.
Losses or turtles earn a piece of the salad. Do 2 lettuce leaves, 1 carrot, 2 tomatoes, 1 mushroom. A gain earns a blob of salad dressing. Two gains and you're out of the contest.
If it end in a tie, whoever lost the most weight wins. or, you may draw names among the qualifiers.
WA 1503, Port Orchard
Using the sample in the picture of the butterfly above, provide each contest participant with a copy. Make sure butterfly has 30 different sections.
COLOR-in a section as follows for each week.
Chapter members may decide ahead of time what the prizes may be. (A butterfly lapel pin, or a butterfly calendar, for example.)
From the Contest Archives
REMEMBER THIS ONE??
I believe we got this one from Nancy Marasco years ago.
This contest is very simple. Using sample (above) make a bigger drawing on card stock, four to a page. Cut in sections. Give each contestant a ladybug picture and a safety pin. Have them cut out the ladybug very carefully and use the safety pin to pin it on like a name tag.
Any gains during this 6-week contest will result in having to CUT OFF a leg from ladybug. The contestant with ALL their bug's legs at the end of 6 weeks will win. One turtle is allowed. After turtling once, the next turtle will result in having to cut off a leg. You may color in spots for losses.
Adopt a Pet Contest
WA 1503, Port Orchard
*Each member participating must bring in at least one stuffed animal. New or gently used.
*If you have a loss the first week, you get to pick out your favorite pet and take it home with you for incentive to work for a loss the next week.
*If you gain you don't get a pet this week and need to work for a loss next week to receive one.
*Each following week if you lose you may keep your pet or exchange it for a new one. If you gain your pet goes back to "pound" and becomes available for adoption.
*This contest is great for 4-6 weeks.(or however long your chapter wants to do it.)
*At the end of the contest you can award prizes to the owner with the greatest loss, most weeks lost, etc. Also anyone that ends the contest with a loss can keep their adopted pets.
*Any pets still in the pound are donated to a local charity. Our chapter actually collected many additional animals and enjoyed the resulting donation.
THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER
(taken from October 1961 issue of Tops News)
WA 1503, Port Orchard
This contest costs $1.00 to join.
Each participant draws their hands onto a blank piece of paper making sure to include fingernails.
TOPS can paint one fingernail for a loss each week.
KOPS can pain one fingernail for a loss each week of by being 3 pounds below goal.
If the member GAINS, TURTLES or is ABSENT (excused or not) they do NOT get to paint a fingernail.
The first TOPS member and the first KOPS member will win a free manicure valued at $12.00
If there is a tie, the member that lost the most wins.
BEAD BOARD CONTEST (pdf)
BEAD BOARD CONTEST (Word doc)
Submitted by Aleta Belvin
WA 1503, Port Orchard
|"Waist" Disposal Contest|
Find or draw a picture of a garbage truck with squares on it. Make copies for each member who wishes to participate.
Contest runs for 12 weeks
The "waist" disposal truck has eleven squares. Members must lose weight to earn a "garbage bag" to put on one square each week. Members must have kept off their weight loss of eleven weeks on the 12th weigh-in.
The winner will be the member who has the most "garbage bags" on their truck.
In case of a tie, a drawing will be made to determine the winners. Or winner may be the member who lost the most weight.
TOPS will put a garbage bag in one square each week they lose weight.
KOPS will put a garbage bag in one square for being "at or below goal" or for having a loss to get back below goal. 1 prize will be given for TOPS. 1 prize will be given to KOPS.
A "recycle" bin may be included with this contest where members may place their bad habits to earn points for a separate prize.
|CONTEST IDEAS #1 (Word doc)||CONTEST IDEAS #2 (Word doc)||CONTEST IDEAS #3 (Word doc)|
Race Horse Team Contest
idea taken from 1961 issue of Tops News
* Make each member a “rider”as seen in above picture.
* Have each member write their name on their rider.
* Choose teams of two by putting everyone's name in a hat. Draw out two names. Those two members become a “team“ and get to choose a name for their horse.
* Make enough horses so each team has one. Place riders on horse.
* Place horses at the “starting line” on a poster board marked by “lengths”.
* Horses advance by earning lengths.
Earn 1/4 of a length by having both team members:
1) Keep and bring in their food charts.
2) Attend and stay for the meeting
3) Write at least one note to someone other than their teammate.
4) Exercise at least 20 minutes three times that week.
Earn a 1/4 length per quarter pound lost. For instance, if member loses 1/4 pound, they earn a quarter length. If they lose 1/2 pound, they get a 1/2 length...etc.
If BOTH team members gain that week, they must go back to the starting line and start over. The team that crosses the finish line first wins grand prize (EITHER THEY SPLIT THE MONEY, OR EACH OF THEM WILL WIN A SPECIFIC PRIZE DECIDED BY CHAPTER BEFORE CONTEST STARTS)
|BLAST FROM THE PAST|
This article was found in the September 1961 issue of the Tops News
TOPS DETERMINETTES, Chanute, Kansas
At the end of a weight losing contest, this chapter held a party honoring the team showing the most weight lost. Pictured left to right: Mrs. Mildred Gerardy, leader, Mrs. Lois Stevenson, Mrs. Willa Babcock, KOPS, Mrs. Ruth Clagg, and Mrs. Margaret Hilton. Losers all wore bibs, with smiling pig faces with the caption "I'm a pig." Tables were centered with a “pig pen” complete with various sizes of ceramic pigs. A colorful fruit plate, with favors of cookies in pig shape, together with place cards of small pigs made the low calorie luncheon most attractive. Games and appropriate songs added to the enjoyment of all present.
Are you always nervous-eating?
And on your diet are you cheating?
Grab a carrot-celery too.
That will add five points to you.
+5 points if you had a carrot/celery stick today.
-5 points if you didn't.
If all day you sat and sat,
Minus 10 points, how about that?
-10 points if you didn’t exercise.
+10 points if you did.
Taking off pounds can be a thrill
I’ll get in new shape-I know I will.
+1 point for each 1/4 lb lost at the last weigh-in.
Spring breezes blow over the mountains
Clouds float over the sea.
Smart members stick to their diets.
To see how slim they will be.
+5 points for sticking to it today.
-5 points for slipping off it today.
Yippee! Whee! My happy soul.
I just ate a doughnut hole.
But from the doughnut I refrained.
And not a single pound I gained.
+10 points for not gaining at the last weigh-in.
If camaraderie is what you lack,
Tops pals will get you on the track,
Discuss your problems without fear,
For problems we all have, my dear.
+5 points for sharing with a Tops pal today.
Count your calories, 1, 2, 3,
Down the scale will go, you’ll see.
For counting calories is a must,
If in your scale you will again trust.
+5 points for counting calories/exchanges today.
-5 points if you didn’t.
Easter Egg Basket Contest
FUN EASTER PUZZLE MAZE
Any changes in these rules after the contest starts should be discussed and voted upon by the membership before doing anything otherwise stated in the above rules.
|Seven Card Stud Contest|
submitted by Charlie Mason
WA 1080, E. Wenatchee
This contest runs for seven weeks. The game consists of a board, containing all the member's names, (for photo click here: Chapter Highlights and scroll down) and one deck of cards or for a larger chapter, two decks. (Used decks from the casinos work just fine.) The cards are scattered, face down on a table. Each week, when a TOPS loses weight or stays the same and a KOPS is at or below goal, they get to draw one card from the pile. That card is glued below their name. At the end of seven weeks, the best poker hand displayed by a TOPS and a KOPS, wins the contest. In case of identical hands, which is rare, two prizes are awarded. You do not have to have drawn seven cards to win. Note that "Evelyn S." in the upper right corner only has three cards, two jokers and a seven of spades. No other TOPS had a better hand, so she won the TOPS prize. In the case ofthe KOPS there were three members that were at or below, drawing six or seven cards, throughout the contest. Even then, "Loretta L." and "Bonnie W." both ended up with only a pair of aces, but Bonnie had a king "kicker" and Loretta had a queen, so Bonnie won. Charlie says, "We play this contest a couple or more times a year as it holds the members interest, not knowing who wins, until the last one or two cards are drawn. As this contest turned out, there was only one "three of a kind" who won the TOPS prize and just one pair won the KOPS prize. We just scrape the cards off to start a new game, adding new names as needed.