Michal, I was very happy to get a little bit of your perspective in conversations re: fundraising over the last few months. Thank you for all you've done and I look forward to seeing what's next for you.
Congratulations, Revital. Best wishes to all the awesome people at WMIL. sam On Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 7:22 PM FULBERT <fulb...@fulbert.org> wrote: > I want to take a moment to share how strong a colleague Michał has been > over the past two years when I have worked with her from a distance, with > only a couple in-person meetings. > > Michal has a talent and focus that has inspired me with my own Wikimedia > commitments, and I can only imagine how much she has helped mobilize > efforts within Wikimedia Israel. > > Having first heard her present at Wikimania in Montreal, before I knew and > worked with her directly, I have remained humbled and impressed. > > I wish her the best, and imagine she will continue to positively help the > Movement as it continues to develop and expand. > > ----- > > With Incredulity toward Metanarratives, > > Jeffrey > User:FULBERT > fulb...@fulbert.org > > > > On Dec 18, 2019, at 8:49 AM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel < > it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote: > > > > Dear friends, > > > > I wanted to share with you some changes in WMIL. This weekend, after more > > than 6 years of service, Michal Lester will conclude her position as > WMIL's > > ED. > > > > Michal, WMIL’s first ED, joined us more than 6 years ago, and was our > > second employee. Michal’s joining marked the transition of WMIL from an > > organization operated and managed by volunteers only to professional > hired > > staff supporting and leading the activity with the volunteers. > > > > Michal started to initiate and lead large-scale projects and raise the > > resources needed for the activity through collaborations, donations and > > fund grants. From a one-employee organization with a limited budget, she > > brought us to the current position as an established NGO, with varied > > activity, hired staff to support it, volunteers and a sufficient budget > to > > support all of that. > > > > Under her leadership, we initiated the education project in Hebrew, and > > later in Arabic. We guided tens of thousands of teachers on how to work > > with (and for) Wikipedia. We created training tools and tutorials, formed > > years-long collaborations with dozens of organizations, and hosted the > > international hackathon and later the GLAM conference. We represented > WMIL > > and our movement values in Parliament discussions and in discussion with > > archives; and when they failed to cooperate we did not hesitate to > “force” > > them to give back to the public the photos that belong to them by law. > The > > list of projects and achievements is too long to summarize in one email. > > > > We are proud to say that WMIL turned not only to a leading and recognized > > organization in Israel, but also to one of the important and active > > affiliates of the global movement. > > > > Michal’s activity in WMIL was beyond that of an employee, but true > > recruitment and belief in Wikimedia’s activity and values. Her > > round-the-clock investment and great love to the movement, organization, > > its employees and volunteers, serves proof. Many volunteers benefited > from > > Michal’s attention, advice and support at all times. > > > > The Board, and I personally, would like to thank Michal for this > > significant contribution that brought us to our current dignified > position, > > and we wish her the best of luck in the future. We will remember you as > the > > first ED who saw the hardship and labor pains of WMIL, and as WMIL’s > > “mother” in its professional role. We extend to you our greatest thanks. > > > > While Michal is leaving, I would like to congratulate Revital Poleg, > > replacing Michal in her position. Revital is a former diplomat. She was > one > > of the founders of the Peres Peace Center, she served as Chief of Staff > for > > the Knesset Speaker; VP Business Development of a lobbying company; > > External Relations and Resource Development Director for the Ruppin > > Academic Center; and in her last position – Chief Executive and Head of > the > > Jewish Agency Mission to Brazil. > > > > Revital brings extensive experience in large organizations, both local > and > > international, and a vast network of contacts in the private and public > > sectors. She speaks Hebrew, English, Portuguese and Spanish. > > > > We wish her good luck in her position, in filling Michal’s big shoes, and > > we are positive she continues to advance WMIL forward. > > > > > > > > *Itzik Edri* > > Chairperson (volunteer) > > it...@wikimedia.org.il > > +972-54-5878078 > > _______________________________________________ > > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l > > New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> -- Sam Patton (he/him) Senior Manager, Online Fundraising Wikimedia Foundation _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>