So you wanna start a Tall Club, eh?

You’re tall.  You feel like you hang out with a lot of tall people.  You think it would be fun to start a tall club.  So you talk to your other tall friends and everyone seems to think it would be fun and a great idea.  Now what?  Well, that’s what I’m here for!  I’ve got the inside info on how you can start your very own tall club and also how you too can become affiliated with Tall Clubs International.

The basic requirements:

  1. Men must be a minimum of 6’2″ and women must be a minimum of 5’10”.
  2. All members must be at least 21 years of age.
  3. Start-up clubs should be active for 6 months prior to application for membership
  4. Minimum membership prior to application for membership is 15 members.
  5. TCI annual dues are $3 per member, minimum of $45, due in January of each year.

The basic steps

  1. Name your club and elect officers
  2. Publicize your club (Facebook, Twitter, Meet-Up, etc)
  3. Begin having regular meetings and social events to attract more members
  4. Write your bylaws (samples available)
  5. Open a bank account and start collecting dues to fund events
  6. Once you have 15 members it’s time to apply for members ship!  (you must have authorization by a majority vote of your members directing the club president to seek membership through TCI)
  7. Contact TCI’s Vice President of Membership (tci-membership@tall.org) at least 60 days prior to the annual convention (usually the last weekend in June) to submit your application for membership.  You will need:
  • Letter of Application from your Club President
  • Letter of Sponsorship from another TCI club in good standing (find one that’s close in proximity to you or perhaps make friends with someone in a club OR contact me and I’ll direct you to someone close to you)
  • Send a check for 1/2 of the annual dues (minimum $22.50 for 15 members)
  • List of founding members (Include: names, officially measured height barefoot, zip code, and email address)

If all is in order, your new club will be nominated for membership at the annual Delegates meeting during Convention.

Some of my tall club members at Convention in Las Vegas in 2009 when I won Miss Tall International.

Why should I become affiliated with Tall Clubs International (TCI)?

  • Charity–TCI is affiliated with several charities so your funds go to some great charities such as Marfan Syndrome and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Parents–TCI is a little like your parent.  You have your local club and then TCI above your local club.  It’s a great dynamic.
  • Parties–do you like to party?  Yeah, me too.  And so do many of the TCI members.
  • Tall People–do you like to party with tall people?  Yeah, me too…..see where I’m going with this?
  • Tall Stores–what better place to swap stories about tall stores or even better swap clothes.  Or how about this, many tall stores offer discounts to members of TCI!!!
  • Miss Tall International–Are you single, female, and always wanted to wear a crown and a sash?  Perhaps you should consider running for Miss Tall International.
  • Ummmm…FUN–I don’t think I need to expand on this

Me and my tall friend Jan. This was taken at a Tall Christmas party!

Now, if you’d like to start a tall club please do!  If you would like more information on this please feel free to contact TCI Vice President (currently Genie Williamson) at tci-membership@tall.org.

I can also assist if you would like to contact me at misstallgirlramblings@gmail.com.  I can direct you to clubs near you or directly to TCI for further assistance.

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If I could change 1 thing because I’m tall it would be…

Why not bigger tree houses?  We need bigger tree houses to better suit our taller bodies!

I’ve actually thought a long time about this…a long, long time and I’ve wanted to write about it but it’s a difficult and personal thing for each individual.  Someone that is 5’10” is going to want something much different than someone who is 7’8″. And the difference between males and females is also going to vary greatly as well.  I think what I personally would like to change is going to be very, very different than say, a guy that’s 6’10”.  But I guess we’ll see.

The more I thought about this the more I couldn’t narrow it down to one thing.  I can think of one thing that I want more than others, but there are multiple things that I want.  Typical female…I moved my list around so many times although my #1 stayed the same.  Here goes!

If I could change 1 (okay, more than 1) thing because I’m tall it would be:

1.  Airline Seats–now I know this one is obvious but I wouldn’t actually change the width because I fit fine in the actual seat.  It’s the distance between the seats needs to be longer!  My knees are right up against the back of the seat in front of me.  And if the jack-hole in front of me chooses to recline in their seat…I’m going to be a very unhappy passenger.  Or, the airlines could save the bulk-head and exit row seats (provided we can assist in the event of an emergency) for passengers over 6’2″ AND NOT CHARGE US EXTRA!!!!

I chose this for my number one because I travel a lot.  I spend so much money on extra leg-room and checking my luggage that my trips become much more expensive than I’d really like them to be.  An extra $25-$45 for the leg room both ways and then another $20-$25 for my bags, we’ve now added another $100-$150 to my already expensive trip!  Yikes.

Who has extra cash?  Apparently me…

2.  Tall Clubs InternationalTCI (Tall Clubs International) is such an important part of height awareness and they have so much to give as a social club and as a charity, but unfortunately the group is dwindling.  The club began in 1939 and there are still approximately 50 clubs throughout the Unites States with nearly 2,000 members however there was a time when the active membership was nearly 5,000.  I’d like to help get TCI back on the map with some beefed up membership and more active members but I’ll be honest, even I haven’t been very active myself lately.  Life tends to get in the way.  More membership, more advertisement, more sponsors…we need to get more activity!

My 6’4″ friend Megan who is a former President of Tall Clubs International and of course, Moi on the left.

3.  Clothes–okay, let me be a little more specific because personally I don’t have a terrible time finding clothes however there are 2 categories of tall people who need help with clothing:

  • Tall, plus sized-this combination is nearly impossible for women to find good, quality, and reasonably priced clothing.  Most women can’t spend $100 per shirt or $150 per pair of pants.  That’s simply too much for the average woman so there needs to be better availability of tall, plus-sized clothing as well as better pricing.
  • Clothes for the super tall-allow me to explain further.  I have a friend, Chris, who is 6’9″.  He shops at 1 store for almost all of his clothes.  1 store!  I don’t know how he does it.  For those men and women over 6’6″ with inseams over 38′, they need specialty stores that also aren’t horribly expensive and they also need greater access to these stores.

This is Chris and these are actually his hats. Wait, that’s not true. He really wears hats like this to distract people from his 6’9″ height. Okay…that’s not true either.

4.  Height Awareness-I’d like to change some perceptions that people seem to have about tall people.  We all play basketball, we are all freaks, tall women only want to date taller men (okay, for those of you that read my last blog yes, I am searching for a tall guy but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dated shorter guys in the past.  Don’t judge) and all the tall men only date women under 5 feet.  We all get labeled somehow.  We’ll I’ve come up with a few examples of things I’d like for people to know that it’s NOT okay to do or say.

  • It’s not okay to come up behind me when I’m not looking and stand back-to-back with me while your friends take your picture.  You might get punched, seriously.
  • I may or may not have played basketball and unless you know me, you probably should be careful what you ask.  Is it okay to touch a pregnant women’s belly?  Consider my feelings like that pregnant women’s belly…tread lightly.
  • To point and stare at me as I walk by is downright rude.  Learn some manners (unless you are under the age of 8, then it’s acceptable)
  • Thinking you are funny by saying something clever like ‘How’s the weather up there’ or ‘What’s up shorty?’ is really your way of indicating your very low IQ
  • Please don’t ask me to compare hands with you.  Yes, my hands are probably bigger.  I’d also wager that so is my brain.
  • No, my parents aren’t tall.  They are very short, I’m a mutant.  Who can explain science?

My family! All right…my dad is really tall, so is everyone else in my family.

So there you have it.  4 things that I would change and I KNOW I didn’t touch on some topics that others would want to change.  I wonder how much would actually change if I could at least get my wish with the first 4…..hmmmmm, I think I’ll go ponder that for awhile.

Tall and in Paris

I’m currently sitting in Saint Quentin, France as I type and my 2 week vacation is slowly winding down.  I spent the beginning week of my trip visiting Brussels, Amsterdam, Brugge, and London. I’ve now spent 5 days visiting family in France and I have a shocking revelation. French people don’t seem to be as tall as those I found in the Netherlands or Belgium. Even in England they seemed taller. I have another shocking revelation: all French women are not skinny!

I have a theory on why Europeans are much taller and thinner as a whole.  This probably wouldn’t hold up in a court, but it’s a personal theory.  Cities are very small and owning a car is a luxury that not everyone can afford.  Bikes, bikes, and more bikes!  Everywhere people are out exercising because they are riding their bikes to the stores and to visit friends.  It’s pretty incredible.

Finding a place for your bike is difficult in a town with over 1 million bikes!

People are out exercising and eating much more healthy here than in the United States.  I’m not surprised because I was expecting this however I wasn’t quite prepared for the amount of activity.  People are rushing to catch their trains or the subway whereas in the United States, we drive our own cars.  I think this also contributes to the overall health.

I’m still having a wonderful time but I think my sense of amazement for everything is dwindling a bit.  I passed a very nice museum and I thought to myself, “I’ve been to the Louvre, how can I ever go to another museum?”  Snobby!

My height is continuing to cause amazement in others.  I’ll elaborate on this more at a later time but it’s pretty fun.  I always like it when I cause a commotion and of course, Ylian is handing out my Miss Tall International cards so I almost feel like a celebrity at times!

Gentlemen from London getting ready to go out and celebrate a rugby game!

We leave tomorrow morning and head back to Amsterdam for our last night.  I’m very sad that this trip is ending but I also have many more trips being planned in my head!  I’m thinking Italy perhaps…

Tall and in London, England

Hi everyone! This is going to be a (pardon the pun) short blog. I’m currently on my vacation. It’s the longest vacation I’ve ever taken in my entire life: 2 full weeks!  We flew into Amsterdam, then we stayed in Brussels for 1 day,1 full day in Brugge, and right now I’m currently sitting in the ‘Taylor Walker Pub’ in London, England very near Buckingham Palace.  I’m drinking a Bulmers (Apple Cider Beer that is delicious and I thought was only in Ireland–score!) and I wanted to let you all know that I’ve got lots of stories but I’m so busy sight-seeing, I’ve no time to write.  So, this is the extent of the blog…almost.  I’m going to post a few pictures as well.

Famous peeing baby statue in Brussels.

We started out in Amsterdam when we landed.  Literally, we took our bags to the train station for storing and then went on a canal tour.  It was pretty awesome.  We only had a couple of hours so after the boat tour we walked around the red-light district for a bit then quickly headed to the train.

Next stop, Brussels.  The picture above shows me in Brussels.  We really only had one full day in Brussels because the next day we spent North of the city in a a smaller town called Brugge.  Amazing.

Were people shorter? I have a theory to be shared later.

Brugge is a delightful town because of the history-punch it packs.  so much history in such a small place.  If you get a chance I would totally recommend visiting this city.  Take the canal tour as well as the horse carriage tour, they are both worth it.  As you can probably tell, Brugge was pretty awesome and I have also found my favorite beer there, Leffe.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it…lots of yummy spices.  It’s delicious.

Right now I’m in London. This is my 2nd day in London and if I went into detail into everything I’ve seen, I would never stop typing.  So as a tease I’ll offer a few details that I will expand on later.

  • As a very general statement, I have found that people are taller in Europe, so far.  And only the men.  I’ve seen 1 woman taller than me and both of us thought we spotted an Adam’s apple (if you know what I mean).  So ladies, I’ve been extremely impressed by the male height so far.
  • Fashion is very interesting.  Lots of scarves by women AND men.  My neck feels naked.
  • Boots, boots, and more boots.  If you don’t have boots that you tuck your jeans into, you aren’t ‘cool’.
  • Leggings or jeggings.  Fat or skinny, it doesn’t matter.
  • Young girls wear either a ton of make-up or none.  I’ve yet to see one that’s in-between.

That’s all for now.  It’s time for us to catch the tube back to Kings Cross and see what our neighborhood has to offer.

Tomorrow I leave for France, we’ll see how this ‘tallness’ plays out amongst the French.  Historically speaking, I don’t recall any tall French figures.  Till next week!

In front of Buckingham Palace.