In appreciation of her distinguished record of service to the Town of Glastonbury, and her lasting commitment to children and families throughout greater Hartford, the Glastonbury Republican Town Committee has proudly named Judy Stearns as its 2014 Glastonbury Republican of the Year.
A longtime Glastonbury resident, Judy served as a kindergarten teacher at Eastbury School and Buttonball Lane School for twenty years. Additionally, Judy was also elected to four terms on the Town Council from 1991 to 1999, during which she served as Vice Chairwoman and Majority Leader. While on the Town Council, Judy strongly advocated for senior citizens, open space preservation and enhancing diversity among Town employees. Notably, Judy also supported the purchase of the contiguous parcels along the Connecticut River that ultimately became Riverfront Park, as well as the construction of the Riverfront Community Center on the Riverfront Park grounds.
In addition to her service on the Town Council, Judy also served on the Town’s Plan & Zoning Commission from 1982 to 1990, and the Town’s Conservation Commission from 1991 to 1992.
Since 1974, Judy has selflessly served the Republican Party as a member of the Glastonbury Republican Town Committee, which she chaired from 1986 to 1990. Most recently, Judy again assumed the role of Chairwoman in early 2013, and spearheaded the Glastonbury Republicans’ effort in the municipal races last fall. As a testament to Judy’s skills, her wisdom, and her leadership, Glastonbury Republicans resoundingly maintained their supermajority status on both the Town Council and the Board of Education, and earned victories in all races.
Judy’s inspirational commitment to volunteerism throughout Glastonbury and greater Hartford has extended far beyond her teaching career and her public service to the Town. Judy has been actively involved in the YMCA in Glastonbury and throughout the Hartford area since 1974, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford YMCA since 1985, including as chairwoman of the Board from 1994 to 1996. Judy has previously led the YMCA’s Strong Kids Annual Campaign, which raises funds to enhance the YMCA’s programming for values-based programs and activities to Hartford-area residents, regardless of their ability to pay. In honor of her many contributions and accomplishments, the Greater Hartford YMCA honored Judy with its Robert C. Knox, Jr., Distinguished Leadership Award in 1999. Judy has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Easter Seals Capital Region since 2009, and currently serves as its First Vice Chairwoman.
A native of West Hartford, the former Judith Phinney graduated from William Hall High School in 1952, before earning a bachelor of arts degree from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, in 1956, and a master of science degree in 1977 from Central Connecticut State College. Judy and her husband, the late John H. Stearns, Jr., were married in 1957, and raised three sons, John III, Robert and James, in the Town of Glastonbury.
Judy will receive the 2014 Glastonbury Republican of the Year award at the Committee’s annual Lincoln Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club, 239 Country Club Road in South Glastonbury. Former United States Ambassador Tom Foley, the Connecticut Republican Party’s nominee for Governor in 2010 who is also seeking the nomination again in 2014, will be the Lincoln Dinner keynote speaker. Chris Healy, who served as Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party from 2007 to 2011, will serve as the Lincoln Dinner Master of Ceremonies.
To sign up for the 2014 Lincoln Dinner, please visit this link. Should you have any questions regarding the Lincoln Dinner, please contact Pam Crouch of the Glastonbury Republican Town Committee, by telephone at (860) 338-1205, or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.