The Virtual Option – Not the Same As ‘Online’
For TOPS members, or prospective members, who prefer to meet online but in more of a personal, small, self-directed environment, perhaps a virtual chapter would fill that need.
Virtual chapters operate just like in-person chapters – but members use Zoom, or a similar platform, instead of gathering face-to-face. You can decide how many people are involved in your group, assign roles and positions (web designate, chapter leader, etc.), run your own meetings, and operate independently. You’re still with TOPS, but your group will choose many of the terms, when you’ll meet, the bylaws, how you’ll handle different situations and who will lead.
If you’re having a hard time remembering the distinction between “online” and “virtual,” just think: Online is our bigger, TOPS staff-led group. Virtual is smaller and member-led. There might be more of an opportunity for you to build personal relationships within the virtual setting.