View Full Version : Last Minute Christmas Gifts for You, Your Family and Friends, and for the Observatory

12-20-2011, 08:21 PM
So - are you at a loss as to what give or get for Christmas, Hanukah, or any other holiday that you celebrate? I have some last minute ideas for you - gift memberships, membership renewals, direct donations, and retail items - but there are many more, including some intangible ones...

1) For those of you on the forums who aren't already Observatory members, please join up! It is a gift to you, and to the Observatory...
2) Volunteering - help the observatory out in person, whether in the office, the Weather Discovery Center, at the summit, or at events...
3) Publicity - if you like what the Observatory does, help spread the word! Tell family, friends and colleagues about the Observatory and its mission. This can be done in person, or via Facebook and other means...
4) If you own any Observatory logo gear, and someone asks you about it while you are out and about, chat them up - tell them what the Observatory is and does, and why it is important!
5) And, if you're all out of gift ideas, and have someone very special left on your list, give them a Winter Daytrip! They'll enjoy it (and have many memories and stories to tell), you'll enjoy giving it, and it helps the Observatory too!

As you may know, the Observatory is a very small non-profit organization, and it relies almost exclusively on private donations to fund the summit weather station, as well as the education programs that they offer and the research that they conduct. Please keep in mind that everything that Observatory does, including the website, Facebook, and more, costs money, and is largely funded by these donations.

If you enjoy what the Observatory provides to you, free of charge, as you finish your holiday shopping, please include them in your plans, either by buying a gift for a lived one, making a donation in memory of a loved one, becoming a member for the first time, or in one of the other ways mentioned above.

Thank you,

Ed O'Malley
Observatory Member, Summit Volunteer, and Forum Moderator