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The PACE 2024 Scholarship application process is now closed




The members of PACE are united to enhance community excellence, spiritual growth, educational opportunity, and leadership.



Our purpose is to serve the community, build friendships and mutual support; pursue educational, family, social and cultural endeavors.


We hope this website will help to answer any questions you have about our organization, and will encourage you to visit with us both virtually and in person.


Please browse through our site to learn more about us and if you have any questions afterward, please feel free to contact us directly and we will be glad to answer them for you.

What We Do

Each year, PACE awards as many $1,000 scholarships as your generous donations to the fund will allow. You can make a docation via this link:  


How We Do It

In the spring of each year, scholarships of various denominations are given to young women enrolling in colleges, universities, or any institution of higher learning. We hope you will join us in this effort by making a contribution to the PACE Scholarship Fund.

How You Can Help
At PACE, we are always happy to have guests who are interested in becoming a member of our organization, or helping out, join us. We meet the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Josey Ranch Library, 1700 Keller Springs Rd, Carrollton, Texas, unless otherwise posted. We look forward to seeing you at our PACE functions.


Our website is our way of staying connected with friends and family. We hope you enjoy it! Thanks for visiting our site and we look forward to hearing from you soon.



Professional Achievers for Community Excellence





PACE is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Copyright  2022

P.O. Box 112721  *  Carrollton, TX 75011-2721


PACE 2024 SCHOLARSHIP Recipients



PACE Service Projects
and Events

On Friday September 16, Cecilia Smith, a long-standing member of PACE connected with Norman Goode Of Catholic Charities. Norman’s daughter received one of our 2020 scholarships two years ago. He is a case manager working with the Homeless and Housing population at Catholic Charities. I delivered the following:

 Pace Items for Men’s and Women’s Hygiene:


Soap or Body Wash 

Deodorant  and razors

Toilet paper & Detergent 

Cleaning supplies 


4 bags of toiletries

Cecilia Also collected through my nonprofit Strong Sisters of Strength Ministries Inc.™️

100 toothbrushes, 100 toothpaste, 50 packs of lotion, and travel size soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner. Also included 12 bags of toiletries. 

You too can help by donating some of the items on the Catholic Charities donations list!

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PACE Scholarship Luncheon is Back!

Click on the button below for info

PACE 2024 - 2025

Annual Planning Meeting


Unless advised otherwise, future in-person general meetings will be held the second Sunday of each month (except January) at Josey Ranch Lake Library, 700 Keller Springs Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006.

PACE now offers PayPal and Zelle as methods of payments for membership dues, donations, and payments for tickets to our events.


For PayPal: please use

For Zelle:

PACE 2023 Annual Christmas Gala


On Friday, December 1, members of PACE and their guests enjoyed a night of “Elegance, Glamour and Pizazz“ at the Annual Christmas Gala, which was held at the Carrollton Marriott Courtyard. The evening was spent partaking of a delicious meal, singing Christmas Carols, dancing, and bidding on items in the silent auction. Guests also purchased raffle tickets for an opportunity to win half of the monies collected in our 50/50 Raffle. A great time was had by all.


Proceeds from the event were placed in the PACE Scholarship Fund, benefiting young ladies who are graduating from high school in the spring and who meet or exceed the criteria established by the Scholarship Committee.



PACE 2022-2023 Membership Drive

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History of the PACE African American Read-In

Professional Achievers for Community Excellence is proud to have hosted an African American Read-In during Black History month in Partnership with the Carrollton library since 2005. To quote from the National African American Read-In website: “At its November 1989 meeting, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English accepted the Issues Committee's recommendation that the Black Caucus sponsor a nationwide Read-In on the first Sunday of February. At the request of educators, Monday was designated for educational institutions. Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, an active member of NCTE and the Black Caucus, brought the idea to the Committee. It was envisioned that following a decade of rigorous campaigning for participants, the African American Read-Ins would become a traditional part of Black History Month celebrations. The commitment for nationwide promotion extends from 1990 to the present. In 1990, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship of the African American Read-In Chain.

"The African American Read-In (AARI) . . . is built on an ambitious yet confident premise: that a school and community reading event can be an effective way to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors" (NCTE Council Chronicle, November 2014).”

PACE became interested in doing a Read-In in 2005 when Doris Moon and Roxanne Forster served as president and vice president of the club and were trying to plan a Black History month program. Roxanne had the opportunity to attend a Read-In program organized by DCCCD free to the community.  Dallas County Community College District spearheaded the task of putting on the first Kick off Read-In event at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas. For many years they invited local celebrities, dancers, singers, actors and other volunteers to take part in this huge undertaking.


In addition they encouraged local community groups, churches, libraries or just groups of friends to sponsor their own Read-In by providing tote bags, tee- shirts, books, pens, and pencils to them for free from donations they had received from sponsors so that groups could give them out to the people who attended their program or event.


The rest is history. Later with assistance from the Carrollton Public Library and recently the Friends of the Library, PACE has been able to continue to honor Black History month, encourage reading, and serve the community by hosting the African American Read-In.

Many thanks to all who attended the African American Read-In at the Carrollton Public Library on Sun., Feb. 4. Attendees heard excerpts from stories, poems, and songs written by African American authors. Hosted by PACE -Professional Achievers for Community Excellence, this annual event is always an educational and entertaining crowd pleaser.


Pictures below

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PACE Fundraiser

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Ask any PACE member
Pacettes 2023 Quilt Donation

Copyright 2024 Professional Achievers for Community Excellence

P.O. Box 112721  *  Carrollton, TX 75011-2721

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