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10 M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 BY ELIZA MYERS O n a dune buggy ride in the middle of seemingly end- less sand dunes, Rosie Mosteller and her group of 50 were suddenly drenched by a torrential rain. "e rain was so cold," said Mosteller, director of the Dalton Whitefield Senior Center and the Recycled Teenagers travel club. "You could hardly see, it was raining so hard. Everyone in my group looked like drowned ducks." at soggy moment had the potential to ruin the trip. However, Mosteller's response illustrates how she developed a wildly successful senior center group travel program. She helped her passengers take a long view of the incident. "I told them that years from now, this is the part of the trip they'll be talking about," said Mosteller. "I said, 'Right now, it might not be Born: Nashville, Tennessee Education: National Certification Council for Activity Professionals cer- tification. Employment: Mosteller spent many years as a stay-at-home mom before taking a job as the activity director of a local nursing home in 1981. She start- ed working for the senior center in 1984 as assistant director and became director in 1989. Family: Mosteller's husband, John, trav- els with the Recycled Teenagers. The couple has three children, nine grand- children and two great-grandchildren. Hobbies: Mosteller enjoys travel, scrapbooking, photography, bowling and reading. Run by the Dalton Parks and Rec- reation Department, the senior cen- ter's travel club offers trips to anyone over 50. Rosie Mosteller came up with the name the Recycled Teenag- ers for the club, which serves about 2,000 members. & RECREATION DEPARTMENT DALTON, GEORGIA DALTON PARKS fun. But in a few years from now, you're going to be laughing.' And we still talk about that day." Mosteller's positivity has proven contagious. Not only did she convince the group to treat the dune buggy disaster with a sense of humor, but she has also encouraged about 2,000 people over the age of 50 in northwest Georgia to become world travelers. F R O M T H E G R O U N D U P ough these days Mosteller leads seminars about how to run a suc- cessful group travel program, her first few years out of school involved little travel or interaction with seniors. She stayed home to raise her three children before taking a job in 1981 as activity director of a local nursing home, which sparked a passion for working with seniors. During that time, Mosteller developed a friendship with the se- R O S I E M O S T E L L E R D I R E C T O R O F T H E D A L T O N W H I T F I E L D S E N I O R C E N T E R checking in W I T H R O S I E M O S T E L L E R Mosteller and members of the Recycled Teenagers in the Holy Land

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