A Message Of Thanks

2011-12-30 20:54:38.000 – Scot Henley,  Executive Director

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Friends, I want to take this moment to simply say ‘thank you’.

All of us on the staff and each member of our Board of Trustees truly, passionately believe in this unique cause. We know how important it is for the Observatory to be a vibrant, healthy institution and we are well aware of what this organization means to its members, donors, volunteers and fans. We are proud of our work, and even prouder of the fact that thousands of you choose to support us financially. Thank you. 2011 was a big year for the Observatory, and we enter our 80th year of operation in great shape.

We welcomed Eastern Mountain Sports in January, beginning a multi-year partnership with our new official outfitter and they have already had a significant, very positive impact on things. Subaru continues its generous support and we are entering our 20th year of partnership in 2012! Our friends at the Cog Railway and Auto Road have also had a tremendous impact on the Observatory in recent years and we thank them and all of our corporate partners for their support.

In 2011, we conducted educational programs in schools across the nation through videoconferencing technology and across the region with our traveling outreach programs. We welcomed hundreds of people to the summit in our DayTrip, EduTrip and Summit Adventure programs. Roughly 130,000 people visited our museums and 1.16 million people visited this website. We even eclipsed the 14,000 ‘Like’ mark on Facebook!

We studied the alpine zone with our colleagues at the AMC and we continued our collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research Lab on an icing study on and around the mountain. In 2011, we also cemented a partnership with Plymouth State University that will dramatically elevate our research program.

We are poised to do great things, and much of the credit falls upon the shoulders of our members and donors. If you’re among that group, we are sincerely grateful. If you are not yet an Observatory supporter, please consider making a gift today to help us close out 2011 in a very positive way.

From all of us to all of you, here’s to a fantastic 2012.

 

Scot Henley,  Executive Director

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