Fourth of July in Glen Ellyn
The 2018 Special Grand Marshal
This year, the Glen Ellyn 4th of July Committee lost, in death, two of our long-standing, faithful Committee members. In memory of their tireless dedication, not only to the Glen Ellyn 4th of July Committee, but to the entire Glen Ellyn community, the Committee has announced:
as the Grand Marshals of the 2018 4th of July Parade.
Grand Marshal Nominations
Needed for 2019
The Glen Ellyn 4th of July Committee is seeking Grand Marshal nominations for its annual 4th of July Parade. The selection committee will consider things such as each candidate’s community service involvement, volunteerism and leadership. The nominations must include background information on each candidate. Please include the name, address and telephone number of the nominator. Nominees must consent prior to being nominated.
In memory of Jim Rasins, former
Chairman and longtime Treasurer of
the Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Committee.
Jim served the Committee for over
30 years, and spent countless hours
every year so residents would enjoy a
great Independence Day celebration.
Over his tenure, he served in every capacity
During some lean years he held the committee together through sheer will and determination. Jim was the driving force behind the Cardboard Boat Regatta over 25 years ago which is still a huge success today. His financial acumen as our long serving Treasurer provided stability and a template for the committee for many years to come.
Jim mentored other committee members, always striving to make each year just a little better than before.
Jim was a devoted husband and father, and blended his love of family with his role on the committee. His wife Barbara and their family would often be “called to duty” to walk the parade in various capacities, or sell glow sticks at the fireworks or serve food at the picnic in the park.
Jim was the DuPage County Auditor and was well known for his professionalism and high ethical standards. Some of his other interests included teaching at College of DuPage and Elgin Community College, refereeing high school football, Kiwanis, Jaycees, volunteering at PADS and of course, bass guitar.
Jim Rasins was a dear friend to many and his community involvement, distinctive laugh, red white, and blue wardrobe and friendship will be missed.
When Jim was just a
lad, his family would
come to celebrate the
4th of July in Glen Ellyn.
That began a lifelong
interest in the 4th of July. Later, after serving in the Navy, that interest would become a dream fulfilled when he began working on the 4th of July Committee with the Jaycees.
Jim had a strong love of his community. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Kiwanis, the Village Zoning Board of Appeals and a Village Trustee. He was chosen as Glen Ellyn Citizen of the Year. Later, as a substitute teacher at Hadley Jr. High, he gathered kids to make over the courtyard. When the Hadley RC Club was in danger of disbanding in 2004, as there was no sponsor, Jim stepped up to sponsor the club- a role he remained in until last year.
Jim was a proud graduate of Notre Dame and the Irish Guard. Ever see a license plate reading AU dome?
In 1978, The Jaycees turned the 4th of July committee over to the community. Naturally, Jim joined that committee. He had many roles over the years, including Chairman. But, the role he relished the most was that of Fireworks Chairman. Those fireworks that delight us all, also delighted him.
Tonight, you may have missed him at the table taking your tickets when you arrived. Or, his booming voice at the end of the night thanking us for coming and asking us to pick up and stack our chairs.
Most people don’t think about how the fireworks got here- just that they were spectacular. But, for some of us, the fireworks and Jim Bourke are synonymous.