Nichols nominated for Man of the Year

Published 9:31 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Larry Nichols is a nominee for Kiwanis Man of the Year. He was nominated by Carol Lewis who wrote the following letter recommending him.
Due to the sensitive nature of his career and in some of the volunteer work he does, it is not possible to provide certain specifics in this nomination of a highly deserving individual for Man of the Year.  In those instances, generalities are provided to demonstrate his dedication and caring for those in need of his skills and expertise.
As a professional counselor, Larry Nichols is devoted to helping those who make bad choices understand and correct the results of their decisions, those who need help in overcoming behavior problems, and those who need guidance that will facilitate their ability to remove themselves from unhealthy situations.  He devotes those same characteristics in countless hours of volunteer work with community programs.  He is deeply involved in the Prevention of Domestic Violence, is the Chairman of Decatur County Citizens Against Domestic Violence, he organized the Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities and has been speaker at various civic organizations on this very serious problem.  He is also on the board of directors of the Halcyon Home For Battered Women in Thomasville, and works tirelessly to help victims who are caught in indescribably horrific situations.
He is very active in the First United Methodist Church in Bainbridge, and is currently president of The Methodist Men’s Group, which meets one Sunday a month for breakfast and a program.
He has been a board member of the Bainbridge Little Theatre for many years, lending his time and talent to that priceless gem in our community.  Recently, he and another BLT member suggested a renewal of the 30 year old garden behind the Theatre.
Their idea resulted in a beautiful renovation of the garden and greatly enhanced the beauty of the location.
As a longtime member and current president of the Decatur County Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., he guided the Society through a reorganization and a relocation of the Museum contents from storage into a building on Broughton Street.
Just over a year later, he negotiated with the Downtown Development Authority and the ever-expanding collection of artifacts was moved across Willis Park into a much larger facility on Water Street.  The Museum has become a major attraction in Downtown Bainbridge.  Under his leadership the Society is deeply involved in community events that showcase the downtown area and tell of our rich history.
In his career and in his extensive volunteer efforts, he works tirelessly for the betterment of the community and all its citizens, but particularly those in need of the guidance and support so crucial to improving their lives.  Larry Nichols is a gentleman and a gentle man.  It is an honor to know him and to nominate him for the Kiwanis Club Man of the Year.

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