The Unsung Hero program recognizes ZIN™ Members around the world for their outstanding contributions to their communities, and for their ability to inspire others. This month, July 2017, we celebrate ZIN™ Member, Tracie Sanderlin, from Missouri, for her passionate dedication to her fellow Aqua Zumba® instructors and her enduring Community leadership.
Have you ever met someone and felt like you have known them for years? Or chatted with someone in an instructor group on social media that you really connected with, who made you LOL…literally. That person for so many of us is Tracie. A ZIN™ Member since 2009, Tracie has brought delightful energy, passion and FUN to our Community.
Tracie, along with 3 other ZIN friends, leads an incredible Facebook group for Aqua Zumba instructors. And in this group, the members ask questions about everything instructor related, from what mats to stand on to teach, to what to do when other folks in the pool area ask them to turn their music down. Tracie and her fellow admins have created a space where advice and perspective are offered freely and quickly, and almost always with a good dose of humor involved. Tracie doesn’t just lead in this Community channel. She is always present in different ZIN conversations, asking good questions, advocating, and making us smile.
A few years ago, Tracie even found a way to allow ZINs who were not attending ZINCON that year to be involved. She started the Flat Tracie Scavenger Hunt! This year is the 5th round of this fun activity. ZINs print their Flat Tracie, and bring them to ZINCON. Then, ZINs, those attending ZINCON and those watching from home, can see the challenges in the Facebook group, and see all the fun entries! If you’re attending ZINCON this year, we encourage you to put a picture with Flat Tracie on your to-do list!
Tracie, thank you for all of the love and friendship you provide to fellow ZINs. You rock!