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This month we are profiling Jeff Schmidt.  The current President of the St. Patrick's Association
 
How did you find out about the St. Patrick's Association?
 
I was first told about the SPA when my wife ran for Miss Shamrock in  2005. I had no idea how much work went into the parade, and that there was an entire association that organized it.
 
How long have you been a member of the Association?
 
I joined the SPA in  2006
 
What positions have you held in the Association?
 
My first assignment was as a co chair for corperate sponsors. From there, I became chair of the button and button blitzing committee. During this time, I helped form the Blarney Brother committee and would later become the chair. I have also been the head of the Post Parade bus tour committee, as well as the co chair to the annual SPA food drive. Then I was elected co vice president and sat on the executive committee, until last year when I was elected President.
 
How would you describe your personality to somebody who has never met you?
 
An honest answer would be that I am very outgoing, professional (at times) and have a sense of humor that a few people enjoy.
  
What would be your dream/perfect job?
 
Owner and operator of a Micro brewery/ tap room by day, and designer of light up clothing by night.
 
You have been given $5000 to give to a charity of your choice.  What charity would you give the money to and why?
 
I'd give it to the Ronald McDonald house.
 
What is your vision for the future of the Association?
 
My vision would see the St.Paul Parade being ranked as the number one St.Patricks parade in the nation. I would also see us at tbe center of the Irish community, pulling together other organizations that are have like minded goals for collaberation and support.
 
What is something about you that people don't know or would be surprised to know?
 
Somtimes I actually sleep. Rumor has it I stopped doing that back in 98.
 
You have a week where you can go anywhere and do anything.  Where would you go and what would you do?
 
I would visit Europe, fly on a hang glider, go deep sea fishing, and write Jeff was Here on  a wall in each country traveled to.
  
Excluding St. Patrick's Day, what is your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?
 
Does the State Fair count as a Holiday?
 
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