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October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I attended Mosaic's Follow the Yellowstone Road trip in May 2009 and I had a great time! The trip was very well-planned, I was pleased with all accommodations and excursions, the leadership did a great job and we all had a lot of fun. I was glad to have gone to Yellowstone with Mosaic because we got do experience things (such as 2-day van tour) that the average visitor wouldn't get to do. I truly enjoyed getting to know every person in the group and I have great memories of my Yellowstone experience.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Enjoyed meeting new people from around the country and having the fun of traveling with a group to experience sites together

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

From Royal Arch hidden in Boulder's Flatirons to the massive granite arch in the Lost Creek Wilderness to Utah's Delicate sandstone arch, in a convivial Jewish atmosphere the Mosaic Club continues to reveal the wonders of the western (US) world. Scuba diving and sea kayaking in the Florida keys fit well with a Havdalah service. I like discovering outdoor stuff with a bunch of other Jews. Mosaic makes it happen.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Involve more folks.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The people are more important than the money. With a little money we can train leaders and give a lot more people the opportunity to participate.

Ways to make it better...

We had more folks involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Involving more folks.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I have been going to MOSAIC National Events since 2001 ... 5 "International Events" and a few "other trips" (e.g. 10 day trip to Yellowstone). The thing I value most about MOSAIC is that the people on the trips tend to be very open and friendly socially. It's not a cliquish group... I feel I can walk up to almost anyone, and they will be friendly and nice. That's rare to find in a group.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The ability to hang out with a group of nice, friendly people while experiencing nature in a different part of the country each year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I have been a member of Mosaic off and on for a number of years. This past year I rejoined to participate in a trip Yellow Stone. It was a smart decision! The trip was well planned, priced right, nice people from around the country (and Canada) and was very very good experience of a lifetime.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I would not have gotten out to the park alone and if I had I would not have had a broad exposure to all aspects. It was a good trip!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I am currently the president of Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America - Even though I’m in Canada! Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America (MOCA) is the umbrella organization – to numerous local Mosaic clubs in Canada, USA and Israel. I got involved in my local club about 10 years ago, and have been on the board of either my local club (Ontario) or the umbrella organization (MOCA) most of the time since. I have enjoyed numerous outdoor activities in the company of other mosaicers. The canoe program – just one aspect of the Ontario club - has been fabulous, and enabled me to not only experience nature on back country canoe trips, but has also enabled me to complete training and become a qualified canoe trip leader. I hope to be able to pass along appreciation and respect for nature that I have learned. I hope for and look forward to more leadership development and environmental education programming in Mosaic at all levels. I have learned so much about leadership, from others and from my own experiences. These lessons have benefited Mosaic and other board I serve on. I have met so many fabulous people through this organization! I have traveled to other cities to meet up with Mosaic friends, and have taken all sorts of vacations with Mosaic friends. By far most of my friendships now can be traced one way or another to either the local mosaic club or the international organization. This is where I make Jewish friends. This is where I find like-minded people. Jewish friends who enjoy the outdoors- bonus! I see that for many, this is their only Jewish connection. I would love for MOCA and the local clubs to be able to develop their leadership capacity. This would serve to strengthen the fabric of Mosaic, but also would ultimately serve so many other Jewish organizations as Mosaicers take their skills to other organizations as well. Getting Jewish Adults – and occasionally families – together for shared outdoor recreational experiences is the key to building Jewish friendships, and strengthening both Jewish identification and greater environmental awareness. Not to mention plain old fun! Sadly, too many clubs falter after the first or second "generation" of leaders move on. Those who are left to lead inherit a more established club than they know how to run.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending every international event since 2002, and having a great time seeing different parts of North America, making friends from all over, having people to enjoy outdoor activities with!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have made very good friends through this organization. I have learned so much about leadership here, - the learning curve continues!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Down to earth, NICE people! People who care.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a real impact in communities by being a center for Jews to meet - in a non-denominational setting. Provide more leadership development training, and environmental education.

Ways to make it better...

There weren't so many struggles with every board with people who have no previous board experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Leadership development; to support those who want to help to know how, and to support those who are in leadership roles to engage newer folks.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I have been a member of the Mosaic Outdoor Club of Greater Los Angeles for about 10 years. I started as a participant, and then I started helping out here and there and eventually was elected to the Board. In am currently the Outings Chair and PR/Marketing person. Through my involvement with the LA Club, I started getting exposed to the National organization. Last November I attended a Leadership Development Retreat in the Rocky Mountains National Park. I left with a great amount of insight, many new friends and brought great energy back to my local club. This past Labor Day Weekend Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America held their Annual International Event in Los Angeles and I became a Co-Chair of that Event. That was my FIRST Annual International Event that I had EVER attended, much less planned and/or lead! It was an AMAZING, once in a life time experience! The people I met and the friendships I formed, the activities I participated in, the things I learned in the various workshops, and the way I grew as a community leader, they have all impacted my life in ways I cannot even begin to describe! Not only did I meet new people and make new friends, but I got reconnected with LA folks I have lost touch with and more amazingly, I got reconnected with a good friend from College whom I lost track of for the past 20 years. Being part of the Annual Event was such a positive, wonderful experience and SO much Fun, that I volunteered to Co-Chair the 2010 event as well! Being part of the Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America and the local LA Club has enriched my life in so many ways... I am so much better of being part of this organization than I ever was before! I STRONGLY recommend it to anyone who is a Jewish Outdoors Enthusiast and/or who simply wants to meet some quality people and form life long friendships, even marriages!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the opportunity to share the beauty of the outdoors with other Jewish Outdoors Enthusiasts

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more national type events and events that would cater to/attract younger people; then, I would work on developing/growing new leaders from amongst the new, younger folks :)

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I met and the friendships I formed, as well as the beautiful places I had the opportunity to visit.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

in one word AMAZING -- insightful, knowledgeable, motivated and motivating to others, giving, supportive, friendly, and FUN to be around!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to SO many more Jewish Outdoors Enthusiasts; make a greater impact in the Jewish Community by reaching out to folks who otherwise are not connected but yearn for a connection.

Ways to make it better...

I would've gotten involved many more years ago :(

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

attracting new, younger people, thus growing and remaining a vital organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

my life is fuller and better in so many ways by my involvement with this organization. I strongly recommend it to people to give it a try... I do not think they'd be disappointed :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 26, 2009

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October 26, 2009

Mosaic has been part of my life for the last sixteen years. I happened upon the group accidentally while I was living in Delaware. I signed up for the Mosaic National Event over Labor Day weekend of 1993 before I had ever attended a single local event. I registered because it sounded like so much fun. And it was. It was a weekend of hiking, canoeing, and singing around a campfire, while living in cabins at a children's camp. And it was done in a Jewish setting, where I met people who shared so many of my interests. After that, I was hooked. I've attended nearly every Mosaic annual event since then. In fact, this year made number fourteen. I’ve done a number of other trips with Mosaic. One of the best was canoeing down the Colorado River, camping out each night at a different spot as we progressed down the river, and seeing absolutely no one else for that entire week except the twenty Mosaic members in our group. It was a week I'll never forget. It’s amazing how we’ve done so much, and how much we’ve grown, purely on the power of volunteers. Mosaic has become a "home" for me, even as we wander and explore. Every time we get together, we find old friends, and new. And it doesn't matter where we are or what we do. Our friendship, our fellowship, our connection...all bind us together.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...experiencing the beauty of the outdoors, making wonderful friends, and touching my Jewish roots.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

I found the ad for the Mosaic Atlanta chapter at my local JCC. I just moved to the Atlanta area and didn't have any friends to do things with. I started going on hikes and have met the best friends that a person can hope for. In addition, I am living a better, healthier lifestyle by keeping active and being outdoors.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

going on hikes, kayaking and camping both locally and at the national event.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more events that cater to younger people and develop them as future leaders.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting new friends and seeing beautiful places.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

motivated, encouraging and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build preserves and campsites, with facilities that provide services for observant Jews (kosher food, etc...) but can be used and enjoyed by others as well.

Ways to make it better...

I had found this organization years ago.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

developing future leadership, finding effective ways to market the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

In 1991, I noticed an article about an outdoor Jewish group in the local Jewish newspaper. At that time, I was recently single after 33 years of marriage, two children, two grandchildren and no one I knew was interested in outdoor activities. For the past 18 years, I have spent many, many Sundays and weekends meeting Jewish people who have enriched my life, become my friends, and my support. The present leadership of MOCA is extremely talented and has the ability to lead the organization forward with new ideas. Bringing younger people with fresh enthusiasm is just one goal. Increasing leadership knowledge and skill is critical to our future. The past leadership retreats which brought professional people together with our leaders went a long way toward both goals. I participated in both the FL Everglade training and the Rocky Mountain National Park training events. Both times I left with a a huge amount of insight, many new friends who remain a part of my life and brought great energy home to my local group. As an elder of the organization both in age and experience, I serve on the local board and in a leadership role for activities. My life is richer due to my involvement with both MOCA and MOSAICGA.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my professional and person life. My interest in the outdoors is supported with training and activities through MOCA and MOSAICGA.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide financial support to make leadership training a major part of what we do. Education opens doors.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people. I have met many people who fill my life with companionship as well as serving as my teachers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

full of insight and skill. Quality leadership is a valuable part of who we are and what we support.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring Jewish people together to safely and respectfully enjoy and protect the outdoors while building meaningful, lifelong friendships.

Ways to make it better...

only I had discovered the organization 50 years ago.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

bringing in younger people and supporting our leadership with training and education.

One thing I'd also say is that...

My life is fuller because of my involvement with Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America and Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of Georgia.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

I have been involved with Mosaic for over a decade. Have participated in many fantastic events, including a phenomenal week long canoe and camping trip down the Colorado River. Mosaic Outdoor Clubs are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and meet interesting people from all over. Mosaic combines a love of the outdoors with Jewish content to create a unique experience of adventure, spirituality, heritage and camaraderie.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

participating in numerous events, camping trips, international events, hiking, nature education, snorkeling, preservation, cleanup, community support, Jewish observance.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people to participate in more local chapters to bring the opportunity to experience nature in a Jewish context to more people.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting great people and broadening my experience with the outdoors.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Down to earth, sincere, dependable, friendly, fun, giving and knowledgeable, many world class experts in their field.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring the love of nature, within a Jewish context, to many more people. Mosaic offers a unique and alternative entry to the Jewish community to teens, tweens, singles and those often disconnected. Money would allow Mosaic to reach these people.

Ways to make it better...

If Mosaic had more local chapters and had more programs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Growing a new generation of leaders and growing participation by reaching more people and running programs in more areas.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Mosac's has enormous potential to (1) educate a love and preservation of nature and (2) reach those Jews that are disconnected from the Jewish community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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