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Humbly serving: City names Nichols Person of the Year

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, July 21, 2018
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HONORED RECIPIENT – Boyd Mayor Rodney Holmes presents Jennifer Nichols with the Person of the Year award Tuesday at the Boyd city council meeting. Nichols, the branch manager at the Wells Fargo in Boyd, was recognized for her willingness to help others in the community. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A couple of months ago, Danny Wright posed a question to Boyd Police Lt. Pedro Contreras during a conversation in the parking lot of a business.

“He asked me a question that I did not have an answer for. The question was, ‘Why does the City of Boyd not have a Citizen of the Year Award?'” said Contreras in recounting the story to the city council in June.

Wright not only suggested the award but its first recipient – Jennifer Nichols, the Wells Fargo branch manager in Boyd.

Tuesday, the Boyd city council turned Wright’s request into reality, naming Nichols the Boyd Person of the Year, for her tireless efforts to not only help Wright but many others in the community.

“True character is judged by what a person does when no one is watching,” said Boyd Mayor Rodney Holmes. “That means treating people the way you wanted to be treated when you were in their position. That means treating people the same whether you get any benefit or recognition out of it or not. This person definitely fits that bill. I’ve known this person a long time and as far as giving her time to people. Anyone who asks, and even people that don’t ask, she will help them. Even if they don’t want it, she will help them.”

For Wright, it was a chance to show gratitude to Nichols, who has helped him in the past year with getting utilities connected, pay bills, make doctors appointments, get his medications delivered and contacted Meals on Wheels to get him meals.

“I want everyone to know what a wonderful person Jennifer Nichols is,” Wright said. “I want everyone in the state of Texas to know.”

Nichols has worked for Wells Fargo for 32 years and was moved to Boyd as the bank’s manager 16 years ago. In her time at Boyd, she’s helped with Boyd Education Foundation and Spirit of Christmas through the Lions Club among many community service projects.

“Our motto in this town selected by our school children is ‘Humble Past, Bright Future,'” said Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington. “As a community as a whole, we’ve not been prideful. We band together, and we help each other out when people are in need with no expectations of accolades. When this recipient was told she would receive this award tonight, her reply was quite simply, ‘I’m humbled.’ Of course you are, because that’s who you are. Humbleness comes from the heart and your heart is as big as it can be.”

Nichols expressed her gratitude to the city for the honor. She said it made her a “Boydite.” She thanked others in accepting the award.

“I didn’t do this myself. All I did was coordinate a lot of great people,” Nichols said.

“Together we all serve a great community.”

In helping others, she said she followed the example set by her parents – a Baptist minister and special education teacher.

“The set an example for us to be kind to others and give what we could, no matter if it was just a smile or a kind word,” Nichols said.

“A lot of people have big hearts. They just don’t know what to do. We just need to ask others, how can we fix it. It may be just as simple as a hug. Give what you can give. No amount is too small.”

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