Fourth of July in Glen Ellyn
Grand Marshal Nominations
Needed for 2017
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.
The 2016 Glen Ellyn Parade Grand Marshal:
“Always Mindful of Others”
A lifelong resident of Glen Ellyn, Stu Stone has been a big-hearted supporter of his
hometown. Those who know him would agree he has built quite the list of activities
over the years.
Working alongside of his father, Stuart Wallace Stone, publisher of the Glen Ellyn
News, he learned the necessity of hard work as well as dedication to his community.
His dad’s motto was, “Always be Mindful of Others” and Stu learned that lesson well.
The list of organizations to which Stu has belonged is long. He joined the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Department when he was 21 years old and served as Chief for 23 years. During that time he was also a member of the Glen Ellyn Rotary, and the Glen Ellyn, Winfield, Warrenville and Wheaton Chambers of Commerce. He has served as the Chairman of the Glen Ellyn Salvation Army unit for 45 years, partnering with The Glen Ellyn Jrs. to deliver Christmas baskets to the less fortunate. He has been a Mason for over 50 years and is a life member of both the York and Scottish Rites. The Lions and Moose organizations are also included in his activities. Stu said, “Being a member of these organizations has enriched my life and created wonderful opportunities and memories.”
Over the years, Stu has received many acknowledgments for his service. To name just a few:
Glen Ellyn Chamber, Man of the Year; Village of Glen Ellyn, “Treasure” of Glen Ellyn; Glen Ellyn Jaycees, Citizen of the Year and Fireman of the Year; Glen Ellyn Jr. Woman’s Club, Very Special Person of the Year, awarded twice; Glen Ellyn Character Coalition, Person of Character Award; Wheaton Chamber, Top Hat Award for Community Service, and many more.
Stu took over as publisher of the Glen Ellyn News in 1970 until he retired in 2001. Then, he embarked on a new career—farming. He now actively farms 1,000 acres out near Mt. Carroll, IL. To no one’s surprise, he has joined clubs out there as well. Stuart claims, “I don’t ever plan to retire from the farm!”
Though his activities are many, his family remains his number one priority. And, while he enjoys the farm, Glen Ellyn is his home and where he spends most of his time. You will find him at club and Fire Department meetings and helping out at community events like the 4th of July. The Glen Ellyn Christmas season brings a flurry of activity for Stu as well. Stu declares, “I am never leaving my hometown.” Stu Stone continues “Always Mindful of Others”, in his service to Glen Ellyn.