2014-12-16 18:39:50.000 – Michael Kyle, Weather Observer/IT Specialist
There are a lot of interesting and unique aspects to working and living on the summit of Mount Washington. The most obvious is the front row seat to the extreme weather. The one I’m thinking about today however, is our volunteer program. The Mount Washington Observatory offers our entire membership base the opportunity to come spend a shift week on the summit. In return we ask of them to help out with the cooking of a few meals and basic household cleaning. It’s great sharing our work with different volunteers every week. The volunteers bring a rejuvenating spirit to the summit every week, which helps remind us observers how lucky we are to be able to work and live here.
Having new and returning volunteers up every week is a lot of fun because it gives us the opportunity interact and form relationships with our member volunteers. It’s always great to have repeat volunteers. Many of them start to become good friends and it’s exciting to have them on your shift to catch up and enjoy their company. This week we had two returning volunteers, Conny and Werner. After not seeing them for over a year it was great to catch up with them. We were also lucky enough to be able celebrate Werner’s birthday together.
So Happy Birthday Werner! I hope that you enjoyed your week on the summit and the birthday morning sunrise. To all our volunteers Thank You For Everything You Do! If you’re a member and haven’t volunteered, I urge you to look into signing up for a volunteer week today. If you’re not a member of the Mount Washington Observatory, then please help support our organization by becoming a member and do the same. I look forward to seeing you on the summit!
Michael Kyle, Weather Observer/IT Specialist