Foundation Message

The creation of this charitable foundation is a dream that my family and I have had since my tenure as the Chief of Police in Hollywood, Florida. Fortunately, events that occurred as a result of my service there made it possible for us to reach that goal.

I have always felt that the development of ethical leadership principles in individuals and organizations is a significant part of the necessity to improve America. In the long-term, organizations, professions and indeed entire societies adopt and reflect the style of the leaders who guide them.

Emerson once wrote, “To be great is to be misunderstood”.

The Foundation looks to identify and support unique individuals and organizations that have an inherent ability and satisfaction of doing “the right thing.” These very special people and groups are not afraid to be “misunderstood”, as Emerson wrote, when the defining moment comes that tests their character and commitment.

It takes great courage to leave behind others who falter in the face of challenge.  Only the clear perspective of time and history will show their errors and validate your own courage.

May God bless you and keep you safe.

Copyright (C) 2012-2024 Chief Rick Stone & Family Charitable Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

2 thoughts on “Foundation Message”

  1. We have a new Chief of Police in Wichita, KS. He is an outside hire, the first since Chief Rick Stone. While most of the slimy characters from Chief Stone’s tenure are gone, some still haunt City Hall. Could the foundation provide a copy of the book and some words of encouragement to our new Chief. As person with close connections to the police dept, I want to see our new Chief succeed.

  2. I always admired Chief Rick Stone while he was Chief in Wichita, Ks. He seemed to know all officers by name and was not hesitant to get involved in incidents. He was the first on scene to back me when I stopped a car with 3 suspects in a bank robbery. I trust Chief Stone is doing well. I retired almost 29 years ago. He was the best Chief Wichita ever had.

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