MOSAIC OUTDOOR CLUBS OF AMERICA INC
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.
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!
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
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?
Board Member & I am now the International President, after being the VP for over 2 years. AS VP I organized and chaired a 3-day leadership development retreat in Colorado. Prior to that I was on the board of my local Mosiac club and was also president for over 2 year.