Thursday, November 8, 2012
Hutchens selected grand marshal
By SUE WATSON
Former city alderman Nancy Hutchens has accepted the honor of serving as grand marshal of the Holly Springs Christmas Parade, set for Saturday, Dec.1, at 5 p.m.
“I am honored to be asked,” she said. “I love Holly Springs. Having served on the board of alderman 24 years, I feel like this is home. I want to see it grow and succeed.”
Hutchens attributes much of her success as a local CPA, certified appraiser and realtor to having Christian parents. She said she owes much to her father, who never scolded her up front to tell her not to do something.
“He would look at me and say, ‘I know you will do the right thing,’” she said. “That put the responsibility on me. I remember that to this day. It made me be more responsible. I didn’t want to disappoint him.”
Her late father, C.C. Roland, and her mother, Bernice Roland, were farmers.
Hutchens grew up on the farm, graduated from Holly Springs High School, and attended Northwest Junior College and Ole Miss.
Family and community are what she values and where her commitments lie.
“My family is very important to me,” she said.
“They were supportive of me in my career and the sacrifices of time when I’ve been involved,” she said. “I have three fabulous kids and their spouses and five grandkids, and I am fortunate to still have my mother.”
She has served as president of the Holly Springs Rotary Club and remains active in the club. She also serves in several capacities at First Baptist Church where she works as children’s director and has taught adult Sunday school class and served on many committees. For many years she was a member of the local Pilot Club, but she dropped out after her night meetings were taking her away from home and her two small children three nights a week sometimes.
Hutchens said she is optimistic that Holly Springs and Marshall County will rise to the greatness that it is capable of achieving.
“I think this past couple of years with the blues program and with the Tuesday night Praise Night, these activities will generate more involvement,” she said. “There will be something for everybody, plus activities that involve everybody.”
Hutchens said the community needs to be more visible to itself, and the entertainment venues are helping bring people out to meet each other and to support each other and the town.
“Everything we do won’t benefit everybody, but having some things going on helps us to know about each other,” she said. “I would have hoped the (new) hospital would be built and there would be more of a medical presence here. I still am hopeful that it will come about.”
Involvement needs to be fostered through a personal touch, she said.
“I have found out, through the years, that if you ask people to do a specific thing, they are more prone to help, than if you just say, ‘come and volunteer.’ You will get more involvement than by putting out a blanket request. We always feel that someone else will do it and ‘somebody else’ never shows up. You don’t know what’s going on, really, unless you are involved in it. Involvement makes our town better.”
Lucy Carpenter, fellow Rotarian, spoke of Hutchens’ leadership style.
“When I think about Nancy, I think of what a conscientious alderman she was – objective, always on top of things, always bringing good ideas,” Carpenter said. “She has a lot of common sense and she knows how to express herself and makes good decisions.”
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