Kismet Rock Foundation E-News
Issue 2, 2010
We have plenty to share with you this spring as we prepare for the program season and unveil our newest 'Power of Three'
If you have considered donating before but have not ever gotten around to it, now is the time
, when each dollar contributed by first time donors is actually worth $3! Read below to learn more. (If you have contributed previously, you can still help us with this amazing opportunity by using the forward button at the bottom of this email to pass it on to others!)
As always, we are grateful beyond words for your continued support of our students and programs.
The Kismet Crew
Power of Three Campaign:
First Time Donations Being Matched 200%
dollar donated by a first time donor to Kismet Rock Foundation, an additional
two dollars will be contributed by friends of the organization. The Great
Circle Foundation and Nelson Charitable Foundation, both long time Kismet
supporters, have teamed up to offer this special 'Power of Three' matching
campaign. Each foundation has pledged to match all new donations 100% for up to
$10,000, for a possible total of $30,000, between now and October 1, 2010.
must be creative with fundraising in this economy," said Jeannine Weinberg,
Executive Director of the Great Circle Foundation, "so the Great Circle
Foundation is glad to team with the Nelson Charitable Foundation to provide
additional incentive for people to make that final step to becoming a Kismet
Visit the Kismet website to make a contribution.
Or send a check to:
Kismet Rock Foundation
1744, North Conway, NH 03860
Kismet Rock Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 and
all donations are fully tax deductible.
This Tuesday, May 18: Flatbread Co. Benefit NightFlatbread Company, North Conway is hosting a benefit night for Kismet Rock Foundation on Tuesday May 18. The Blue Ribbon All-Star Band will play from 6:30-8:30 pm. A portion of pizza sales from 4-9pm will benefit Kismet. Flatbread Co. is in downtown North Conway. Take out orders count towards the benefit too - call 603-356-4470 to order. Hope to see you there!
Blue Ribbon All-Star Band to Play
Janet Bergman Becomes Executive DirectorThe board of directors voted unanimously to
make long time Kismet team member Janet Bergman the organization's executive
director. As part of this leadership transition, founder Mike Jewell will serve
alongside Janet as Kismet's President and Program Director.
Janet has been working in the background of
Kismet for many years already, helping implement administrative policies and
Janet with Kismet students procedures, develop a personnel structure and to conduct outreach and fund
raising. She is also an avid climber who understands from personal experience
the value of a climbing education.
"We feel this creative leadership structure
will..." (read more)
Meet the rest of the Kismet staff team
Contact Janet Contact Mike
Program Season NewsThe program season will get underway July 11, with seven program weeks operating through August 29. We will welcome 64 students this year from Bartlett, Gorham and Manchester, NH, Boston, MA and Portland, ME. The Gorham Middle High School is our newest sending school, and first from the northern part of the state. We will welcome four
Program season underway July 11. See you out there! children from that school as first-year students.
Selected Kismet graduates will once again be hired as interns during all first and second year program weeks, and SOLO is once again donating two nights per week of wilderness first aid instruction for all returning students.
Program sponsorship opportunities are still available.
We hope to see you out there this summer!
Kismet graduate Patrick Lord being interviewed for the IncredibleMAINE show.
IncredibleMAINE, featuring Kismet!
Tune in to MPBN (Maine Public Boadcasting Network) on Saturday May 22 at 10:30 am to watch
IncredibleMAINE, featuring Kismet!
IncredibleMAINE tells stories about the people and places of the state of Maine. IncredibleMAINE filmed Kismet for three full days last summer, focusing on our new relationship with the Portland, ME public school system.
Special thanks to Dave
Wilkinson and Marilyn Taylor and all of the Kismet program volunteers who made the show possible.
Q&A with Climbing Instructor Bayard Russell
Photo by Jim Surette Bayard Russell, 33, is a mountain guide who lives in Madison NH with his fiance Anne. He has been guiding for seven years and runs his own guide service, Cathedral Mountain Guides. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, where he began climbing in 1996. Bayard is a AMGA certified rock instructor and Mountain Rescue service team leader and board member.
Q: When/how/why did you get involved with Kismet?
A: I got involved with the Kismet in 2008 as a newly independent guide. I had worked with groups of kids guiding in the summer for years and Kismet offered an opportunity for me to continue doing so, but with the added satisfaction of reaching kids who would otherwise not have access to climbing.
Q: Is there a memorable story from a day out with the Kismet students that you wish to share?
A: I was walking out of Sundown Cliff's Lost Horizon area...read more
Jack Tracy Joins the Board of Directors
Jack has over 30 years of business experience. Most recently, he
has been a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley based in London, since
1996. Now, semi-retired, he has just permanently relocated to NH. Jack
has four daughters. It was through his daughters that he discovered
the joy and benefits of rock climbing. Three daughters have been
British Champions. He was an active contributor to "Youth Climbing"
under the auspices of the British Mountaineering Council. He believes
passionately that climbing empowers kids with an enormous range of
skill sets, a sense of achievement, responsibility, and trust.
Meet the rest of the board
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Calendar of Events
Flatbread Co. North Conway Benefit Night
May 22, 10:30 am
MPBN IncredibleMAINE features Kismet
July 11-August 29
2nd Annual Kismet Cliff Run
2nd Annual Caliente! A Night of Salsa Dancing to Benefit Kismet Rock Foundation
| 'Send a Kid to Camp'
A Big Success
Thank you Matt McCormick, Rodney Eckstrom and the Plymouth State University Outing Club for a fun and fruitful slide show benefit event on April 14.
Matt and Rodney with Mike Jewell
Thank you to Patrick Haine and Scott Bubnis for volunteering to translate student forms for families of Kismet students whose primary language spoken at home is Spanish.