Good evening to all of you.

I hope everyone got out and enjoyed the beautiful weather today! Mark and I went for 26 miles on the tandem and then a walk. Just couldn't stay inside today. I hear it could be 70 degrees by Wednesday. Woo hoo!

Last week we had an entertaining and informative discussion about eggs and how they get from farm to table given by Jessica who subbed in for Britta Schnell McGuire, owner of Sparboe Farms. Judging by all the questions I think many were very interested in the subject matter. In addition, last week we also welcomed our newest member Eric Westlund into the club! Eric is in the insurance industry, working for American Family here in Shakopee. Please be sure to welcome him into the Shakopee Rotary Family when you see him.  We also had a chance to hear the passionate request for help again this year with Bridging from our honorary member,  Fran Heitzman. Lee Hennen introduced Fran who always has a sincere message of just how much happiness and good the collection of all those household goods does for families in the metro area. So, reminder to all; Lee will be looking for more workers on Saturday, April 26 7:30AM to NOON. Please mark your calendars. 

This week we will have a speaker I think you will really enjoy. Hannah Warren is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Vasanasi, India. She will tell us about how she saw a need to help women in India who were impoverished and single-handedly founded a non-profit fair trade fashion enterprise that helps these Indian women eradicate poverty and create better lives for themselves and their families. I think you should be sure and come out to hear her information. It should be very interesting.
You will be greeted again by the team of Helkamp, Hellkamp and Hoehn. The Finemaster this week is that man all about health and fitness, Mr. Chris Kost. The Songmasters this week are Mr. Ed and Mr. Mark. 


BRING YOUR PLASTIC JELLY JARS TO MEETING.  Linda Plum is still helping us collect all through the month of April, the jelly jars for the District Conference. Our goal is 112 and we have a ways to go yet so, please remember to bring them this week.

Book Sale final day is Saturday, April 12 from 9-1. We will be giving out plastic bags and charging $5 to fill with all the books they can fit. There are still more books out at some school locations and so we will still get a few more books for the final sale. The sale has been very successful so far and it is in large part due to all your work and help with getting us ready for the weekend. Thanks to all of you who have helped in this effort. This could be our best year yet!

Shakopee High School Play - "The Crucible"  our Exchange Student, Valerie Huber got a lead role in the Spring play. We are organizing a group of Rotarians to come out on Friday, April 25 for the 7PM performance. Tickets are $6 per person. If you are interested, please see me or send me an email. I will order tickets so we can go as a group and support Valerie. I am sure she will be very pleased to see us there.

In Rotary Peace and Service,

Sheila McNeill
President, 2013-14