Shannon Brumbaugh and Kimberly Alexander-Susens from Midwest Special Services were our speakers today.  This organization has been providing services for physically and developmentally challenged adults in the Twin Cities for 70 years.  Shannon serves as development director and Kim is the site manager for one of their six sites, which happens to be in Shoreview, just a hop and a skip from our meeting location at Shore96.  MSS provides day programs and work opportunities for their clients.  They are well known for their arts program and, in fact, have a gallery in Lowertown St. Paul which features works by their clients.  The Shoreview location has begun an innovative program in bee keeping, thanks in part to a grant they received last year from the Shoreview Community Foundation.  This venture has been a good fit for several reasons.  It helps support the bee population in our area which has been under threat due to many environmental factors.  And it provides an opportunity for MSS clients to do something which most of us don't have the opportunity or bravery to tackle.  These individuals are normally not able to participate in activities which might be considered "dangerous" and so this is a rare thing for which they can feel justifiably proud.