Process of Collaboration Part 1 Seminar

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Process of Collaboration 3 Day Seminar Is Coming Up On November 06-08 from 8:30am-5pm In Edom, TX At The Dragonhead Retreat:
A Circle of Ten, Inc. believes people in the field doing the work, the dreamers and the doers, are best suited to build their programs and write their own grants. These training classes and workshops allow them to pursue and achieve their dreams. Small Classes narrow the scope of training for greater effectiveness. Grant teams multiply the success of each agency. Each class is kept to 10 -15 individuals to narrow the scope of training for greater effectiveness. Seminars are taught in a Three Step Process to allow C10 staff and volunteers to meet individual and agency needs:
Step 1. Pre-Seminar Interviews and Research to assess your needs and find funds.
Step 2. Three-Day Seminar to teach the process of community, program and grant development.
Step 3. Post Seminar Consultation to give a real boost in confidence to new grant writers as we walk you through your first grant. Participants receive two full hours of free individual feedback to use after the seminar.
Register Here:

A Process of Collaboration Part 2 Seminar

A Process of Collaboration Part 2 Seminar will be Dec. 11-13, 2018 from 8:30am-5pm in Edom, Tx at the Dragonhead Retreat.

Part II picks up right where Part I leaves off, EXCEPT we (you) determine ahead of time what REAL grant ideas to work on. Do you have an idea or suggestions for a grant proposal to incorporate into the Part II Workshop?  We need four “REAL” ideas in writing. Your idea for a grant proposal can be the focus of several bright minds for three days in a row.  Just email a short paragraph to Pam and Kathy at  Registration for the Workshop is required, prior to considering your idea for inclusion. Register Here.

Empowerment CDC Hosts Community Meetings

North Tyler 
Community Wide
Priority Setting Meetings

Hosted by
Empowerment Community Development Corporation

Folks who
Live, Work, or Play in North Tyler Are invited to Come voice your Concerns & Solutions & Shape our Strategy for Growth in North Tyler.  Join ECDC, Partners, Neighbors & Leaders from Churches, Businesses, Schools, Nonprofits, the City & County.   Tell folks their voice matters!

When                                                   Where
Jan 30      Tues    6:30 ~ 8 pm             @ ET Cornerstone Assistance Network
Feb 1       Thu      11:30am ~1 pm        @ ET Cornerstone Assistance Network
Feb 10     Sat       1:00 ~ 2:30 pm         @ Tyler Chamber’s Genecov Room

ECDC Survey Form      ECDC  Network Partner Application     ECDC Referral Form

Continuing Troup Mayor Bill Lacy’s Legacy


Continuing Mayor Bill Lacy’s Legacy

Mayor Bill Lacy of Troup passed away before his vision could be fulfilled.  People who live, work and play in the Troup area are invited to help continue his legacy to increase youth opportunities, affordable housing, options for businesses in empty downtown buildings and tourism in Troup.  Kathy Dowdy Holdway, A Circle of Ten, Inc. and Greg Fleck, New Creation Foundation invite you to get active.  The door is open for citizens and agency reps to help plan and benefit in collaborative grants.

Survey for Involvement Due Feb 20!    Additional details by clicking here for More information.


YES! bring innovative projects to life, divide the work and multiply the mutual success of each partner.  Who should you collaborate with? Partners that compliment but not duplicate services to your clients.

For example, a community center wants to offer literacy classes but no one at the center is qualified.  However, just down the road is a literacy agency with training available.  If these two partner, there are benefits for both agencies.   The Community Center staff/volunteers receive training to use at the center and possibly elsewhere.  The literacy agency gets to provide their services and count the statistics of not only the number trained, but also how many clients those trained served, how many hours of service, etc.  A third partner may bring yoga, a fourth after school programming, and so on.

If you think of collaboration as a pie, each new partner does not take away from the pie but rather adds more filling to the pie, allowing for each partner to continue to benefit.

CAUTION: Only partner with those you trust.  Run background checks, ask questions, get references if necessary.  Be sure to have signed Agreements or Contracts in place to protect all parties involved.

Want to know more about collaboration? Check our calendar for upcoming seminars.

Governor’s Volunteer Awards

Wednesday September 9, 2015

        As a small nonprofit organization, our staff are the only reason that we survive. A Circle of Ten, Network for Collaboration was founded by Kathy Holdway currently residing in Edom, Texas.

            As the announcement of the Governor’s Volunteer Awards were announced last week, I wanted to give a shout out to the lady Mrs. K and our C10 crew.

            In December 2009, A Circle of Ten, Inc. (C10) received the Governor’s Community Collaborator Award.  The award recognized C10 for “..creating and strengthening partnerships within their communities. Community Collaborators understand the importance of relationships, and develop connections between groups and individuals to help those craft collaborative solutions to local needs.”   C10 was selected out of a pool of over 50 nominees.

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards honor Texans who devote their time and talents to their communities.  This tradition allows Governors to recognize some of the individuals, organizations, corporations and public entities that embody the Texas tradition of community service. 

A Circle of Ten’s selection was based on regional work through their Rebuild America- Rural Community Building Initiative.  These efforts bring leadership, education, workforce and energy efficient affordable housing/building opportunities, while impacting economic development, tourism, and the environment/emissions.                            

 “It truly was an honor to be selected for this award,” stated Kathy Holdway, President of A Circle of Ten.  “C10 believes in collaborations!  Working together empowers leaders and increases partnering agencies’ capacity to provide services and improve quality of life for Rural Texans. ”   

If you want to see who the latest winner are go here:          

Congratulations to the new recipients!