Hi All,
Thanks to Mary Hernandez for introducing us to Emilia Gonzalez Avalos last week.  Her talk was very informative.  I’m impressed by the amount of work she undertakes and by our community’s rich cultural diversity. 
It was great fun to deliver donations to the Shakopee School district and to Esperanza.  The “big check” is proving to be a wonderful prop.
Anyone could have followed along with Jon McBroom’s Shakopee school song – just say “fight” and you’d be right about 98% of the time.  Kevin O’Brien’s fines had a sporty theme to go along with March Madness.  
Next week:
We welcome Youth in Government Participants. This should be a very interesting presentation – I’m always excited to hear from the next generation, particularly those interested in government!
Deb Erickson takes her turn as a skilled fine master, and Dave Eckart will try his hand at leading us in song!  Say hello to greeters Bill Nevin, Kevin O’Brien and Lynn Pauly.

Mark your calendars:
  • March 31 – Loaves & Fishes – we could still use a people for the clean-up crew.  Check with Lorri Helkamp.
  • April 7 – Shakopee Reads!  Joan Lynch is collecting volunteers to help out with this really fun service project
  • April 9 - Rotary Happy Hour at Arizona’s
  • Now through April 24 – Book collecting!  We’re aiming for 100% participation from Club members to collect books.  Please contact Gary Martini to be sure your name is on the list as hosting a collection site.  PLUS – having your name on the list enters you into a drawing for some very cool prizes!
  • May 16 – Rotary District Conference at Radisson Blu in Bloomington at the Mall of America. Check out details here http://goo.gl/z3Qn89
We do not have a program on April 7.  We will have our usual lunch together with a special guest at Dangerfield’s, then head to our Shakopee Celebrates Reading event at the West Middle School HIGH SCHOOL
Christi, our exchange student participated in the “Battle of the Brushes,” a competition to create the best mural design for the Holmes Street tunnel.  The winning design will be chosen through online voting. On Saturday, downtown revitalization organization Main Street Shakopee will open its Kickstarter.com fundraising campaign for the mural. A $10 donation allows anyone to vote for their favorite design. The campaign will run through April 30, after which Main Street will announce the design winner.  More information can be found at http://shakopee.org/ or on the Main Street Shakopee Facebook page.
Light UP Rotary!
Kathleen Klehr
President 2014-15