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MSI Holds Retreat


Good Energy & Great Ideas at MSI’s Board Retreat
Mountain Spirit Held its bi-annual retreat recently at the home of Founder Randall Richards in Sunapee, NH, USA.  Board member Bob Stremba of Colorado, Craig Cimmons of Vermont and New Jersy, Cindy Heath of Plainfield, NH, R. Richards and Amanda Richards of New Hampshire and New Zealand, also attended.

The group discussed last years goals and achievements, plus future plans for fund raising, grant writing, and programs for the future.  Randy and Amanda Richards did a presentation on last summer’s Peru program, and plans were discussed to run the program again. New programs such as India, Everest Basecamp, and a Holistic Leadership Training program were discussed and planned.
The board also talked about updating and modifying the website.  Amanda Richards was also voted on as the newest member of the board, as well as being named treasurer.
A new boardmember search is planned which would focus on people with experience in donor relations and fund raising.

The following day the group, went for a day hike on Mt. Cardigan near Hanover, NH to walk and talk about ideas such as the mission and working on the board’s “elevator speech”, plus take in the view. They also had a ball getting out on the mountain for a crisp fall day in New England.

Below, four of the six board members pose for a group shot, which turned out to be a video instead.

M.S.I. Board Members Randy Richards & Cindy Heath take Discussions on the Road (and Mountains), to Canada

MSI Board member Cindy Heath with her dog Stanley on Mt. Orford, Quebec, Canada

Board member Cindy Heath & Stanley

As board members and staff, we’re discovering that rountinely getting out in the mountains, and preferably, out of the country lays a good groundwork for productive discussions. Plus it’s fun. Heck, one of our board members lives in Nova Scotia.

R Richards, in Quebec, CA

R Richards, in Quebec, CA

Mountain Spirit Institute board members Randy Richards and Cindy Heath took a spontanious road trip, and quick hike up Mt. Orford in Canada, near the town of Magog, Quebec on November 13th. The two brainstormed development strategies, and also managed to take in some views from the summit of the moderate adirondack. Cindy’s dog, Stanley, broke trail most of the way. All in all, it was a productive use of time, plus we had the opportunity to practice our language skills again, which is most important.