Meet the Chief Marshals for the 226th 4th of July Celebration

Joseph Brito Jr. and Betty Brito

 

This year I had three requirements for my Chief Marshal. First, I wanted someone who is a lifelong resident of Bristol, second, someone who is very involved in community service and third someone who has a long history of ties to the Fourth of July Celebration

A favorite quote of mine describes my Chief Marshals. Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.

Photo: General Chairman Judy Squires selection as Chief Marshals Betty Brito and Joseph Brito Jr. at the April annoucement at the Burnside Building.

A favorite quote of mine by the poet, Dr. Maya Angelou definitely describes my Chief Marshal and is also one of the reasons I chose this person. She says, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

My first Chief Marshal was born on March 13, 1948 in Arlington, VA. As an IBM family, they lived in Poughkeepsie, NY; Lexington, KY and Bedford Hills, NY. She graduated from Fox Lane High School, Bedford NY in 1966 and then attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH where she majored in English and minored in psychology and graduated with a BA in English in 1970. She settled in Rhode Island in 1970 where she began her teaching career. She was an English teacher in the Bristol Public Schools from 1970 to 1993. From 1972-1993 she continued graduate course work at Rhode Island College and in 1994 she completed her Masters of Education degree from Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA. From 1993 to 1998 she was Chairperson of the Mt. Hope High School English Department and in 1980 she was Principal of the Bristol Warren Cooperative Summer School. She is currently the Executive Director for the RI Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development where she has been employed since 1991. This organization's goal is to improve teaching and learning for the benefit of all of Rhode Island's school aged children.

Some of her Honors and Awards include: Recipient of the Bristol High School Yearbook Dedication in 1977. The National Education Association A+ Award for Excellence in Education awarded to the Bristol Education Association for the Bristol High School Thinking/Learning/Study Skills program. The Christa McAuliffe Fellowship award was given to her by the U. S. Office of Education in 1990 and in March 2007 she received The Rhode Island 85 award from the Junior League of Rhode Island. She was honored as one of 85 women throughout the state for commitment to the community that exemplifies the spirit, dedication and values of the Junior League of Rhode Island. Most recently she was the Recipient of the Fourth of July Committee's Hattie Brown Memorial Award.

She is a published author and currently involved in the following community service organizations: Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter and the Linden Place Bicentennial Jubilee 2010. She currently serves as President of the Trustees of the Rogers Free Library and Chair of the Directors of the Friends of Rogers Free Library. She also chaired the Capital Campaign for the construction and renovation of the library in 2007 to 2008. She served as a Trustee of the Mount Hope Farm from 1999 until March 2008, as Secretary of the Trust from 2000 until 2008 and as co-chair of Cool Jazz this past August. She has served St. James Lutheran Church in Barrington in various positions and has also been an active member of the Junior League of Rhode Island since 1974.

My second Chief Marshal was born on October 22, 1949 and as he says is a proud Bristolian having lived here all his life. His school years in Bristol were spent at St. Elizabeth's School before leaving for Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Following his high school graduation, he returned to Valley Forge Junior College to receive his Associates Degree and then to Cornell University, 1972-1973 where he completed courses in industrial and labor relations. He also attended Harvard's Business School's Executive Education Program for Strategic Negotiations and Finance for Senior Executives.

His professional memberships include the following; National Utility Contractors Association, Utility Contractors of Rhode Island and New England, Connecticut Construction Industries Association, Construction Industries of Rhode Island, Northeast Gas Association, American Association of Blasting Professionals, East Bay and Newport Chambers of Commerce, and the Rhode Island State Troopers Association. In March of 2007 he received the Men Who Make A Difference award for recognition as one of the East Bay men who make a difference in the lives of others through philanthropic endeavors. This award is given by the Women's Resource Center and of all the awards and citations he has received over the years this one means the most to him. His Community Service involvement includes the Ever-Ready Engine and Hose Company No. 2, Social member, Hydraulion Engine & Hose Company No. 1, Honorary member, Naval War College Foundation-Lifetime Member, Bristol Yacht Club, Social Committee Chair (2007 to 2010), Bristol Yacht Club Executive Committee (2007 to present), Bristol Yacht Club Flag Officer 2009 to the present, Roger Williams University Board of Overseers 2008 to present, Co-chair, Linden Place Bicentennial Jubilee Event, June 11, 2010, Co-chair, Cool Jazz and More at Mount Hope Farm, August 2010, Trustee, Mount Hope Farm (2010 to present), President of the Mount Hope Farm Trust 2011

He and his wife were married in 1982 and are proud parents of two accomplished sons. Joseph (J) born in 1984 is a third year medical student at George Washington Medical School in DC and Christopher William (Chris) born in 1986 is a senior Communications major at Roger Williams University. Both boys are graduates of Moses Brown School.

He and his wife were married in 1982 and are proud parents of two accomplished sons. Joseph (J) born in 1984 is a third year medical student at George Washington Medical School in DC and Christopher William (Chris) born in 1986 is a senior Communications major at Roger Williams University. Both boys are graduates of Moses Brown School.

He is a third generation Chief Marshal and the fourth member of his family to be selected for this honor

Kahlil Gibran wrote in The Prophet: Speak to us on Giving. And he answered,You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

My Chief Marshals have given so much to the town of Bristol. It is now time for the town of Bristol and the Bristol 4th of July Committee to give back to them by honoring them as this year's Chief Marshals

It is my pleasure to introduce the Chief Marshals for the 226th Celebration Joe and Betty Brito.


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