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Grand Marshal Nominations
Needed for 2014
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.
Doug Herwaldt has been selected by the Glen Ellyn 4th of July Committee as this year’s Grand Marshal. Doug who shares the honor with his wife Mary, own Paul’s Shoe Service on 486 N. Main St. in downtown Glen Ellyn. Doug and Mary feel so fortunate to have grown up in Glen Ellyn and raise their two sons Anthony and David in such a quaint town filled with exceptional people. This love they share for Glen Ellyn is evidenced by their many years of exemplary civic involvement. Doug & Mary have had a huge, positive impact within the village through his alliance with local non-profits, mentoring of those in need as well as sponsoring and fundraising for the youth of this community. They have worked with such organizations as the Glen Ellyn Jaycees, the Lions Club, The Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce, Ed Posh Scholarship, Kids for College, and has even sponsored little league teams.
The Herwaldt family has been in the shoe service and repair business since Doug’s grandfather first opened his business in Maywood in the early 1920’s. Doug’s father Paul then moved to Glen Ellyn and Paul’s Shoe Service opened in 1951. In 1977, when Doug was only 18 years old, his father passed away leaving the business to Doug and his two brothers. Three years later, he married his wife, Mary, and bought out his brothers’ shares of the Glen Ellyn storefront. Today, both of Doug’s brothers own shoe service shops as well.
As many grateful residents can attest to, Paul’s Shoe Service can fix just about anything you bring in, including shoes, purses, luggage, leather, and even fire department gear. Doug has kept his father’s traditions alive by continuing to sell used ice skates to the community, and handing out cookies and balloons during Glen Ellyn’s Annual Holiday Walk.
Doug was shocked and truly honored when asked to be this year’s Grand Marshal. He has many fond memories of Glen Ellyn 4th of July celebrations over the years. As a little boy, Doug watched the parade every year on the curb in front of his father’s storefront. He and his brothers would watch for his father, Paul, to march by with the Knights of Columbus. To this day, Doug never misses a 4th of July parade in front of his store. This year, Doug’s family will be sure not to miss their father march by as 2013 Grand Marshal.
2013 Glen Ellyn’s Grand Marshal Announced for the Fourth of July Parade
Doug Herwaldt & Family, owners of Paul's Shoe Service