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Michelle Denson Boykin

It has been said that “more is caught than taught,”
meaning that children are more likely to learn from the
examples set by their parents than they are from formal
instruction. This statement rings true for Michelle
Denson Boykin, who says volunteering is a family
“I was fortunate to be raised in a family where
everyone volunteered,” Mrs. Boykin said. “I saw
firsthand that it is better to give than to receive, and that
together we can make a difference in our community
and beyond.”
A graduate of Whitehouse High School, Mrs. Boykin
earned her bachelor’s degree in construction science
from the University of Oklahoma. She previously
worked as a project manager for Denson Construction
Now a stay-at-home mother to Sloan, 6, and Brooks,
1, Mrs. Boykin dedicates her time to serving in her
community as the president of the Junior League of
Tyler (JLT).
The JLT supports local non-profit organizations
through channeling funds and providing volunteers to
the programs that need it most. Since its founding in

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1950, the JLT has given more than $7.5 million and
hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to worthwhile
community projects.
Mrs. Boykin said the organization is already planning
their annual fundraiser, Mistletoe and Magic, scheduled
for December 4-7.
“This event is our main fundraiser and allows us to
give money back to the community we love,” she said.
In addition to her work with the JLT, Mrs. Boykin
also volunteers with Jack Elementary School’s ParentTeacher Association. She and her husband, Tony, love
volunteering because they want to pass on the tradition
started by Mrs. Boykin’s parents.
“I look forward to continuing the tradition of service
with my children in hopes they will also have that love
of volunteerism we all share,” Mrs. Boykin said. “Tyler
is a place filled with people and volunteers with huge
hearts. There is no other place like it in my opinion. I
love having the opportunity to serve alongside so many
amazing people.”
For more information about the Junior League of
Tyler, please visit