|U.S. Figure Skating is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2021. As part of this historic celebration, SKATING Magazine will recognize 100 "contributors" to the organization. Lois Todd, from Skokie Valley Skating Club, was featured in the January 2021 issue.
LOIS TODD - If there's a test session in the Illinois suburbs, there's a good chance veteran judge Lois Todd is there. Her calendar is always packed. She judges two or three times a weekend and in a single year she has completed more than 500 test sessions.
She is a mentor to numerous trial judges and advocates on their behalf. She works to make sure that newly appointed judges get invited to test sessions.
In addition to judging, Todd is the treasurer at Skokie Valley Skating Club, home to 600 members. She handles the large responsibility of managing its finances.
"It's not just that Lois volunteers her time, it's that Lois exudes leadership qualities in everything she does," said Barbara Lyle, a fellow board member at SVSC.
Todd sets and lives by high standards. She helps others live by those standards, too.
Todd is an active board member. She's not the type to sit and listen. She steps up and leads. She challenges those around her to make the right choice over the easy choice. And she combines leadership with selflessness.
When Lyle was on the ice ready to take her own test, Todd reached across the boards, extended a hand and said, "Welcome to adult skating." That simple gesture helped rid Lyle of the doubts she'd had. More than 10 years later, she still remembers the impact Todd had on her in that moment.
Todd also started a scholarship fund at SVSC in honor of the club's former president to support competitive skaters.
"Here is a woman who absolutely embodies dedication to figure skating on every single level," SVSC President Elaine Paque said. "People like Lois Todd are the backbone and foundation of our sport."