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November 5, 2009

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November 5, 2009

Mosaic has been a part of my world for 10+ years. I've made new friends, met my husband, traveled, learned new skills and simply had a blast.

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

Meeting new friends and my husband!

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

All the great people.

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

Kind & generous - real mensch!

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

Expose thousands to the power and importance of getting outside to find balance, perspective and a relationship with God.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America is a rare find - an all volunteer-run international organization dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation of the outdoors and building outdoor and conservation skills among the Jewish community. For more than a decade I have been involved in leading trips, running my state-wide club and helping to plan international excursions that bring together a great group of people -- all of whom share interests in the natural world and to building a vibrant Jewish community of outdoor enthusiasts.

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

the dynamic people I have met; the shared experience of rock-climbing in the Berkshires; beautiful hikes in Maine, kayaking & camping in Vermont -- and helping to create meaningful Jewish outdoor & learning experiences with others in the Jewish community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

I am the activities director for the New York club. I have been active the last few years. I went on the trip to Yellowstone and it was one of the best trips that I had in my life. I also have found that I have made some very good friends through the organization. I enjoy going to the National event that is held each Labor Day weekend. This is a great group for people who enjoy the outdoors and want to meet other like minded people. Their are few other groups that serve this purpose, especially in the Jewish contexts.

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

That the people involved really want to make things work. Everyone puts 100% into what they are doing. The leaders of the events spend many hours to make things go off the way they should.

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

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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 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 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

I've been a member of the local club in Georgia since 1995 and before that the Philadelphia club. I've been attending the National Event every year since 1998. My closest friends I've met through Mosaic. Not only in Georgia but I have good friends all over. Great organization.

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

It could promote itself to jewish communities all over the country (and perhaps the world). And perhaps hire a staff member to organize new clubs and chapters. to bring more jews together to enjoy the outdoors.

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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