I agree with those who have said that we need to focus our fund raising efforts right now on the scholarship.
For Melinda's birthday, I like the idea of the massage - what gal doesn't like a lovely hot stone massage?
and a nice card with a note about how we've made further donations to the scholarship fund.
For Christmas, I'm thinking along the lines of OS in terms of the jewelry, but I thought we were going to give her a Christmas ornament every year from her backups? So maybe a really special ornament from all of us and the massage and more donations to the scholarship fund?
Two other ideas.
For her birthday, if Patrick is finished his spell binding tale before her birthday, perhaps we could get that printed on nice paper and put into a lovely album and give that to Melinda? She likes the story, so that might be a nice keepsake for her.
For Christmas, maybe we could get some of our talented writers (you know who you are) to do a year in review type of write up for Melinda? It could talk about the many backup events and projects and also focus on the highlights of her year (like her trip to Africa as an official US delegate and, of course, her first cd
Both of these won't cost much money, but they will be gifts of love from us to Melinda and I always think gifts of love are the nicest.
What do you think?