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I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.

A Visit to the Governor's Mansion

I recently had the honor and distinct good fortune to be invited to a Badger Tailgate Party at the Governor’s Mansion.  It was exciting to just be invited to an event like this. 

My wife and I got up and on the road by 6:30 on a Saturday morning, closer to the time I prefer to get up on weekends, especially this weekend since I just got back from Madison about 5:00 on Friday afternoon after a couple of days of meetings.  I was a little later than usual as I stopped to pick up tickets to hear President Obama speak.

We had the opportunity to look around the Mansion, some pretty cool stuff, particularly from the Civil War.  Great view of the Capitol across Lake Mendota. We mixed and mingled with other invited guests as well.

While I did not specifically have anything on my mind, I am always ready with my elevator speech on disability issues. I guess it was fitting that I had some additional Asset Based Community Development (ABC) training to end Friday.

In our conversation with Governor Walker, he mentioned how his son’s High School team had played against Marquette High School on Friday night.  It was nice to be able to share our recent community experience with the Marquette football team and the partnership with Easter Seals.  We chatted about this experience for a couple of minutes. We also chatted a bit about his meeting with Chinese investors.

As we made our way through the rooms, we met former Governor Scott McCallum.  I was wearing my Special Olympics shirt and the former Governor made mention that he served on the Special Olympics Wisconsin Board (http://www.specialolympicswisconsin.org/ ).  I was able to share some stories on how I find the relationships that are built, especially for my son, are so important to his success later in life.  Special Olympics are another community partnership that makes a difference in people’s lives.

We were able to spend a couple of minutes with First Lady Tonette Walker.  We talked about her son’s football game and we relayed our story about the camp, as we had done with the Governor.  Mrs. Walker had shared her story how she recently had lunch with the Executive Director of Best Buddies (http://www.bestbuddieswisconsin.org/site/c.kkIYL6MRJxE/b.1382179/k.BF6E/Home.htm) This is a great program that my wife is working on to bring to Cudahy.

3 conversations with 3 different individuals and they were all keenly aware of the importance of supports for individuals with disabilities. Altogether, an outstanding experience.

After the drive home, it was time for Bulldog football.  Unfortunately for me, the games ran extremely long.  We did not finish up until almost 5:00.  This prevented me from attending President Obama speech on the Summerfest grounds.  But, family is my priority. I am sure there will be another opportunity to hear him speak in person.

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