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Batavia ‘Citizen of the Year’ works behind the scenes

Marcia Boyce accounts for rich measure of giving back

Marcia Boyce, who owns Boyce Body Werks with her husband, Ken, has been named the Batavia Citizen of the Year and will be honored at the Inspire awards event planned by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 25.
Marcia Boyce, who owns Boyce Body Werks with her husband, Ken, has been named the Batavia Citizen of the Year and will be honored at the Inspire awards event planned by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 25.

BATAVIA – Marcia Boyce has a talent for accounting that has accrued to Batavia’s benefit.

Volunteering her time and abilities for numerous civic and business organizations that serve the community, Boyce has developed a reputation among Batavians in the know as a behind-the-scenes worker who gets things done.

“She doesn’t just sit around and give advice,” said Rob Hollis, who has served with Boyce on the boards for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and Batavia MainStreet organization. “She works.”

For her community work that goes back more than 25 years to when she started volunteering in Batavia schools, Boyce has been named Batavia Citizen of the Year for 2017. She will be honored at the Chamber’s annual Inspire awards event Jan. 25.

“It’s very humbling, and I’m incredibly honored,” Boyce said.

It was business that brought Boyce and her husband, Ken, to Batavia. In 1985, the couple opened Boyce Body Werks, an automobile body repair business, and made their home in Batavia three years later.

Boyce served on the Chamber board from 2004 to 2010, including a stint as Chamber president in 2009. That was followed by service on the board for the Batavia United Way from 2011 until last year.

Boyce remains a member of the board for MainStreet, the organization promoting downtown Batavia, having served since 2012.

She has been the treasurer for all three organizations at one time or another.

“It’s like my three kids. You love them all differently,” Boyce said, laughing.

Boyce’s three grown children are her sons, Jared and Kyle, who work for the body shop, and her daughter, Taryn.

Starting her volunteer work as a room mother at Alice Gustafson Elementary School, Boyce later wanted to help her daughter realize her talents as a gymnast. Joining forces with fellow “gym moms” Beth Seebert and Beth Parr, Boyce worked to start a gymnastics club, and ultimately saw gymnastics sanctioned as a team sport at Batavia High School.

Today, Taryn Boyce is head coach for the Batavia High School girls gymnastics team.

Marcia Boyce said her accounting skills, which she has put to work at her own business as well as community boards, were self-taught.

At United Way, she computerized the accounting, and she also set up a bookkeeping system for Water Street Studios.

“I love being involved,” Boyce said. “It’s given me something to do for myself that helps other people.”

Now, Boyce has taken on a role with CHIP IN Batavia, an organization that helps local schoolchildren living in temporary housing situations.

Hollis, who nominated Boyce for the Citizen of the Year award, said Boyce’s efforts on behalf of Batavia have been tireless.

“Marcia just rolls up her sleeves and does it without any sense of looking for recognition,” Hollis said.

The response to Hollis’ nomination of Boyce was enthusiastic.

“Marcia’s hands-on, go-getter attitude has been at the forefront of the success of many Batavia gems,” Chamber president and CEO Holly Deitchman said.

MainStreet Executive Director Jamie Saam called Boyce “a mentor and a friend.”

Mayor Jeff Schielke described Boyce as “the ideal candidate” for Citizen of the Year.

Boyce keeps her focus on Batavia’s future.

“I’m looking forward to seeing more people and businesses downtown,” Boyce said. “It’s encouraging to see how Batavia has grown.”

If you go

WHAT: Inspire 2018

WHERE: Nagel Emporium at Marmion’s Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25

COST: $40 for chamber members, $75 for general admission; reservations required by Jan. 22

INFO: 630-879-7134, bataviachamber.org

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