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Faces of AAO: Cindy Shanley

If you've been in the world of Aquatennial or Winter Carnival, you've probably met Cindy Shanley! If you haven't met her yet - don't worry - she'll introduce herself to you!

Cindy Shanley was the Senior Queen for Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Alumni Association in 2011. Since then, Cindy has continued to volunteer: she organized and scheduled shifts for volunteers to work at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club, co-chaired the annual meeting for three years, co-chaired the Aquatennial & Winter Carnival Friendship Brunch, helped with the Women's Expo Community Networking Reception, helped with decorations for the Community Luncheon...and that's not even the entire list!

What is one of your favorite memories of being an Aquatennial Ambassador?

Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House with my Commodore, Captains and the AAO Ambassadors.

What are your hopes for the Aquatennial/AAO?

I wish that every volunteer that contributes continues to experience success and feel fulfilled in all of the talents they bring to the table, and fondly remember the pleasant results with each completed project. I hope every volunteer creates new memories with the incredible people who belong to this wonderful organization. As Dan Stoltz says, "time, talents, and treasures!"

Why do you continue to be involved with the AAO?

I believe that ...everyone should contribute to volunteer organizations that deepen the bonds of community organizations.

Cindy also served as a North Wind Princess for the St. Paul Winter Carnival in 1999, and was Prime Minister for the Winter Carnival in 2006. Cindy has been married for 43 years, and has three sons, and five grandchildren. She enjoys watching Food Network, reading cooking magazines, and cooking.

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