|LISA: Can you tell us about yourself? For example, what are three important things we should know about you?
BILL: I love swimming. I joined the swim team. I like freestyle and backstroke. And butterfly. My favorite is the freestyle.
I have three sisters and four brothers. I love them.
I like to get together with my family. My family is most important. And friends.
Family and friends.
L: How did you become involved with SPRED at St. Thomas More?
B: I got involved through Donna Melgaard and Becky Turner.
L: What do you like about it?
B: I like it. It’s fun. We talk about religion. We talk about the holy stuff. God.
L: Can you tell me about your involvement with the Knights of Columbus?
B: Yes, we do charity work. We raise money. And of course, I’m involved with the Vitae Foundation. I help with a golf tournament every year.
I’m also a Eucharistic Minister. At church.
L: How did you become a Eucharistic Minister?
My friend Donna Melgaard got me started on that. I’m serving God and serving other people. I’m also an usher. It feels good. It makes me feel happy.
L: Is there anything you’d like to add?
B: I lost my Dad– five years ago. I miss him. I hate to talk about it as much ‘cause it makes me feel sad, a little bit.
A long time ago, I was involved in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Eagle Scouts.
Also, I went to the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia. I have Down syndrome. I met other people kind of like me and I learned things. They gave us a home school program for us to follow.
Most important is my mom. I love her. Last week, we went down to the Lake of the Ozarks. We play cards together. Double solitaire. I like taking walks with her.
I also have nieces and nephews. I’m a Godfather, for two of them.
L: Do you like being an uncle?
BILL: Oh yes, definitely!