Happy rainy Sunday to all of you:

Well, this was a very busy week for Rotary. Tuesday, we had a brief lunch before we headed over to help hand out almost 800 books to the Shakopee First Graders. What a great day of service and lots of smiles. As I noted in previous emails, we had a lot of our own members and community folk out to help us make this happen. But without the coordination and work of our own Barb Brekke, this event would not have been possible. Thanks again Barb for your terrific efforts again this year. We then had about 20 of us attend on Friday night, "The Crucible" at the high school auditorium starring our own, Valerie Huber. She performed amazingly in this very difficult role.  She was quite thrilled to have the support of Rotary and please congratulate her on a job well done when you see her at the meeting. Thank also to Joan and Don Lynch for opening up their home to allow us some pre-theater drinks and munchies.  It was all very good and very nice of them too. Then, in addition to all of that,  we called upon our wonderful volunteers again on Saturday, as Lee Hennen and his band of caballeros from our club and the community,  loaded up another truck for Bridging this year. Thanks so much Lee for all you did to make this another successful event this year. What a great spirit of volunteerism this week.  I am proud to say I lead this club when I saw all the many faces that were active in one, some or all of the activities we participated in the past few days. Thanks to so many for all you do for our community.  "Service Above Self" was demonstrated for sure!

This week we will welcome a familiar Shakopee resident and face and voice! Dick Jonkowski,  voice of Gopher basketball and our own Shako Sabers bball games, will join us this week. For those of you who may not know it, Dick has quite an extensive collection of sports history and memorabilia in his home. No doubt his collection is worth a great deal. I asked Dick to bring with him to the meeting some interesting and favorite collectables that he might share with us and tell us a bit more about their significance.  
This week you will be greeted again by the team of  Jim Cook, Kathy Klehr and Lee Larson. Our Finemaster this week is the man who knows about money and how to secure it, Mr. Dave Paradise. Our Songmaster is the ever amusing and creative music man, 
Mr. Mark McNeill.


Jars of Jelly last call!  OK so if you don't have time to get a jar of jelly to the meeting, no worries! We bought jars for you so just lay down your $5 at the meeting on Tuesday and Linda Plum will take the money and run!  Thanks to Linda for her coordination of this effort the past 2 months,  and for bringing the 120 plus jars over to the Mall of America this week for the upcoming District Conference on Friday, May 2.

CALLING ALL MEMBERS! WE NEED AUCTION ITEMS! The Auction is coming up next week on May 6. We need stuff to sell. We would love to make a few dollars on this annual fundraiser, so please be creative and bring something to sell. Think of services like you will wash someone's car, make meals or desserts, tickets to sporting events, golf outings, concerts, etc.  All donations of goods are welcome. Oh yea,  and bring your wallet too, to buy stuff!  Hennen and Cook Auction Services will lead us again this year.

TUESDAY, MAY 6 CLEANUP ROADSIDE CLEANUP DAY! Charlie Sunder is looking for a few good men and women too, to help us clean up the roadside we adopted, CR 78. Please meet at 5 PM over at Faith Lutheran Church in Shakopee,  150 130th Street West. We will pass a sign up sheet at this week's meeting too.