The members of PACE are united to enhance unity 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.
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.
P.O. Box 112721 * Carrollton, TX 75011-2721
The PACE 2019 Scholarship Luncheon celebrating 35 years of PACE's origination, was held on April 13, 2019 at the Brookhaven Country Club, 3333 Golfing Green Dr., Farmers Branch, TX 75234.
In addition to an excellent luncheon meal, guests were treated to a stunning fashion show featuring fashions from local merchants and from those far away. Models were excited to model the garments that have been selected for the show. Before the luncheon began the power went out due to a major thunderstorm in the area. But PACE members, being the women who persevere against the difficult and sometimes the impossible, went on with the show.
Vendors were in attendance with a wide assortment of merchandise for purchase by guests. Guests came early and stayed late to shop.
This year PACE published a 35 Year Souvenir Program which high-lighted PACE's participation in community events over the years.
Two of last year's scholarship recipients read their powerful biographies before the luncheon crowd. Each were applauded for sharing their story in the hopes that it will inspire others.
PACE 2019 Scholarship Recipients
Pearl Akonnor - Pearl attends Ranchview High School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. She will be attending University of Texas at Austin and plans on majoring in nursing or psychology.
Alicia Capers - Alicia attends L. D. Bell High School in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. She has not yet decided on a major but plans on attending University of North Texas or Texas A&M. At Bell she was enrolled in AP and honors courses and was a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, and Bell’s Student Council. She is currently enrolled in five dual credit classes at Tarrant County College. Although she has not yet decided what profession she will choose, she knows she will be committed to it.
Jacie Ford - Jacie attends Allen High School in the Allen Independent School District. She has a passion for sports. She has played basketball, softball, soccer, and run track. Basketball+6-* is the sport she has enjoyed playing the most. She is an active member of A.S.C.E.N.D., an educational enrichment program which motivates, engages, and assists high school students in reaching their maximum potential. She is also an active member of the National Black MBA Association Leaders of Tomorrow youth program.
Kennedy Mason - Kennedy attends Trinity Christian Academy, a non-denominational Christian school in Addison. She will be attending Auburn University, majoring in nursing and global studies.
Angel Moore - Angel attends Frisco Centennial High School in the Frisco Independent School District. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Youth Auxiliaries. Her plans include transitioning from her undergraduate program into the Master of Athletic Training program at Tarleton State University, pursuing her master’s from that institution. Afterwards, she plans on returning to the Frisco area to become an athletic trainer at a high school. She is definitely goal-oriented and motivated and she is determined to stay focused on her goals.
Allyssa Reynolds - Allyssa attends Ranchview High School in the Carrollton - Farmers Branch School District. Although she has not yet selected a school, Allyssa plans to pursue a degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Management. She hopes to have her own construction firm one day, giving back to the community through organizations such as Dallas Life; Recovery for the Homeless; and Habitat for Humanity. Her vision is to take her talents overseas to underdeveloped countries to help towns that have the potential, but not the resources, to build their infrastructure.
Jhorden LeRay Tennyson - Jhorden attends Ranchview High School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. She will be attending Texas State University majoring in nursing or kinesiology.
Sandra Wambaa - Sandra attends The Colony High School in the Lewisville Independent School District. She plans to major in education or psychology. She has not yet decided on which college she will attend. Both her parents were born and raised in Kenya and moved to America to have a better life-. Sandra states that going through elementary school she did not think about her culture very much. As she became older, she became to notice negative comments from others. She and her family took trips to Kenya and she began to appreciate and gain confidence and pride from her native culture, country, and continent. She has come to the conclusion that she would like to become a teacher.
Reagan Ruffin - Reagan attends Skyline High School in the Dallas Independent School District. She has not decided on a school but plans to major in Finance.
PACE 2018 - 2019 Members
Feed the Homeless Project
On Saturday, September 14, 2019 PACE members participated in The Salvation Army Feed-the-Homeless Project at the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center, located at 5302 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX. PACE members served over 350 homeless men, women, and children. Excellent job PACE ladies!
PACE Service Projects and Events
PACE 2019 - 2020
Annual Planning Meeting
The PACE Annual Planning Meeting was held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Meadows Conference Center in Dallas. Members planned events for the upcoming season.. Upcoming meetings and events have been posted on the 2019 - 2020 Calendar of Events link at the top of the page.
Unless advised otherwise, future general meetings will be held the second Sunday of each month (except January and May) at Northside Baptist Church, 2000 N Denton Dr, Carrollton, TX.
2018 Membership Rush
On October 13, 2019,after the regular monthly general meeting, PACE hosted its annual Membership Rush at the Josey Ranch Public Library in Carrollton, Texas. In attendance were PACE members, the Pacettes and their parents and guardians, and persons interested in being PACE members. Guests were given information about how and why PACE was formed, its goals and accomplishments. Light refreshments were served.
PACE once again participated in the Carrollton MLK parade in January 2017.
PACE 2019 Annual Christmas Gala
The PACE annual Gala will be held this year at anew venue for PACE members and Guests. The Gala will be on December 6, 2019 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1201 Raiford Rd, Carrollton, Texas . The theme this year is "It's a Red and Gold Christmas".
There will singing and dancing, a silent auction, and of course the fabulous food provided by the hotel catering staff of the Courtyard by Marriott.
The building will be rocking with music from DJ Roderick Rush, including Christmas music, oldies, and some of the latest vibes.
If you have never attended a PACE Gala before and would like to attend this year, or if you are a returning guest, please contact a PACE member or contact the Gala committee by clicking on the button below. But hurry, the deadline to purchase tickets is December 1, 2019.
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.
PACE 2019 African American Read-In
PACE, in conjunction with the Josey Ranch Lake Branch of the Carrollton Public Library will present their annual African American Read-In at 4PM on February 10, 2019.
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P.O. Box 112721 * Carrollton, TX 75011-2721