Music Mondays Celebrate One Year Anniversary

Mid-December marked a full year of Music Mondays at C10’s Education & Event Center in downtown Jacksonville.  Over two dozen musicians, friends and fans celebrated this milestone with our monthly acoustic pickin’ circle.  It’s hard to believe it’s been an entire year, and the pickin’ circle has become our most popular Monday event!

Acoustic Pickin Circle 1 Year Anniversary

Many Special Thanks to everyone who has contributed and participated in these weekly events.  It’s been quite a year with all the Music Monday events, between the Jam Sessions, Acoustic Pickin’ Circles, Open Mics and the Jazz Nights. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting some great players and made a lot of new friends along the way, and feeling very blessed for knowing all of you.

We also welcomed some new faces…guitarists Steve DeVries & Brian Fuqua!  We’re looking forward to next year, and making many more new friends along the way.

Very Special Thanks to Kathy Holdway and Pam Anderson for their continuous support, and also to our unofficial but always gracious photographers Kat Jesch and Connie Giles.

Acoustic Pickin Circle 1 Year Anniversary

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Business man, woman honored

Business man, woman honored

Pam Anderson, David Butler ‘roasted’ at fall luncheon

l Honored at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce fall membership luncheon on Monday are Brett Brewer, chamber chairman of the board; David Butler, business man of the year; Dr. Joe Wardell (standing in rear) 2012 business man of the year; Pam Anderson, 2013 Businesswoman of the year; 2012 recipient Debbie Kerzee and master of ceremonies Byron Underwood.
l Honored at the Jacksonville Chamber ofCommerce fall membership luncheon on Monday are Brett Brewer, chamber chairman of the board; David Butler, business man of the year; Dr. Joe Wardell (standing in rear) 2012 business man of the year; Pam Anderson, 2013 Businesswoman of the year; 2012 recipient Debbie Kerzee and master of ceremonies Byron Underwood.Even though the weather was comfortably crisp outside, the Summers A. Norman Activity Center in Jacksonville “roasted” with the recognition of Jacksonville’s Business Man and Business Woman of the Year.

Pam Anderson and David Butler received two of theJacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s highest honors at the fall membership luncheon attended by approximately 250 persons Monday.

Robert Fanette roasted the Rev. Butler and his award was presented by the 2012 Business Man of the Year recipient, Dr. Joe Wardell, JISD superintendent.

Mr. Fanette credited the Rev. Butler with having prayers answered following the B.P. oil spill in the Gulf of Mexicowhen he lived in Destin, Fla., three years ago. He also joked that Facebook had to limit the number of friends Rev. Butler could have. “He knows everyone,” he said, calling him a social media superstar.

Rev. Butler recognized several tables of friends and family, and shared one of life’s lessons. “If you don’t love God first, it’s hard to love people. It makes it easy to love one another. I want it to be said that I love my fellow man.”

Lisa Hall “roasted” her best friend, Mrs. Anderson; her award was presented by 2012 Business Woman of the Year recipient Debbie Kerzee.

Ms. Hall teased Mrs. Anderson for having a great laugh that can change with moods and circumstances. “You can always tell when Pam lets her hair down at my house, because when she laughs the chickens come running.”

She called her trustworthy, generous and loving.

Ms. Anderson said she felt humbled by the honor. She thanked family and friends who attended and have played an integral role in her life.

Her life lesson is “to always look to God for guidance, and to expect trials to come your way. Be ready to meet them head on. Surround yourself with people who are willing to support and serve with you. Love and accept where God has placed you, and use the gifts and talents to always make it better. Together we can make this magnificent city even greater.”

Four Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce division chairmen were invited to present Chairman Awards to recipients.

Ms. Anderson, education development division chair, presented an award to Vance Royon; Nathan Jones, economic division chair, awarded a Chairman Award to Becky Bailey Hesterley; and Kathleen Stanfill, membership division chair, recognized Mrs. Anderson with an award.

Twenty-two Love’s Lookout Volunteers were recognized as ambassadors of Jacksonville. They include: Clay and Martha Bevel, Ray Brinkley, Dr. Charles Creed, Pansy Conner, Mary Lou Taylor, Altha Haba, Margaret Hightower, Kenny and Patsy McLeod, Dot Rowe, Enid Shepard, Eve Stanfill, Patty Rodewald, Betty Brown, Deana Henslee, Beverly Jimerson, Patsy Mims, Norma Tilley, Nan Stephens, Karen Lovell and Susan Phillips.

Brett Brewer, chamber chairman of the board, welcomed the audience and introduced master of ceremonies Byron Underwood, Cherokee County Commissioner Precinct 4; and Peggy Renfro, chamber president.

Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance were provided by the Rev. Tom Stephenson of First United Methodist Church.

The decorating committee was recognized at the conclusion of the luncheon, including Brittany Traylor, chair; Teresa Langley, membership committee; and Mrs. Stanfill, division chair.

The luncheon was catered by Super Gallo Mercado.

C10’s Pam Anderson Chosen as Business Woman of the Year

October 29, 2013

David Butler and Pam Anderson honored at chamber fall membership meeting

Ben TinsleyJacksonville Daily Progress


David Butler and Pam Anderson were honored Monday as the “2013 Outstanding Businessman and Businesswoman” at the Chamber of Commerce Fall Membership Meeting meeting held at the Norman Activity Center.

This prestigious award is considered a very high honor in the community, as evidenced by former recipients such as 2012’s Dr. Joe Wardell, superintendent of the Jacksonville Independent School District, and Debbie Kerzee, co-owner of Mark Kerzee Insurance Agency.

Both Dr. Wardell and Kerzee spoke at the Monday meeting – at which Pct. 4 Cherokee County Commissioner Byron Underwood was Master of Ceremonies.

Over 100 people attended the noontime event. During the lunch, several letters spelling out “Jacksonville” were passed around for guests to sign. The lunch was provided by Super Gallo Mercado.

Butler, pastor of People’s Church since Nov. 2010, is the son of a pastor. He comes from a long line of Christian workers and church leaders. He has worked as a pastor for nearly 30 years and traveled to 24 foreign countries to do missionary work.

In a previous interview, Butler said he believes God brought him to Jacksonville to aid in restoring schools and businesses.

“This is the place to be,” he said at the time.

Anderson has been employed at A Circle Of Ten, Inc. since 2002. The mission of her nonprofit agency is to empower leaders, foster healthy collaborations, and in the process, improve quality of life.

She has 20 years of experience in the non-profit arena – ranging from service delivery to supervision and management.

A Jacksonville enthusiast, Anderson has often proclaimed her desire to become a successful and published Christian author.

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KETK Welcomes New Education Center


KETK - Rachel HackbarthRachel Hackbarth Reporter
POSTED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 – 7:02pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 12:03am

JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS — On May 20 the owners of Phoenix Square Deli and Coffee shop announced  they would be closing.

Months later and this building finally has new owners, non- profit “A Circle of Ten”, also known as C-10. This organization offers a variety of training and educational courses to inform East Texans on subjects such as literacy and technology.

The building space was within C-10’s small business incubator, and recently the organization’s board gave approval for the non-profit to utilize the empty building space. C-10 hopes to have this building open in two weeks as a venue to host educational seminars and lectures.

For more on the educational tools “A Circle of Ten” has to offer, visit here.
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Jacksonville Daily Progress: Education/Event Center

August 12, 2013

Coffee shop to be replaced by education, event center

Ben TinsleyJacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Well, mystery solved.

Some folks were left scratching their heads after the very recent – and very quiet – closing of the PhoenixSquare Deli & Coffee Shop at 201 E. Commerce.

As a result, some Jacksonville residents also were wondering who the next occupant of the property might be.

That particular question was answered late this week with the announcement of  the incoming “C10 Education and Event Center” – designed to be part of a Circle of Ten Inc.’s small business incubator program.

Incidentally, a story on today’s Jacksonville Daily Progress Business page explores how PhoenixSquare officials have kept fairly mum about the reasons behind their departure.

In effect, this new venture replaces PhoenixSquare’s emphasis on caffeine, art, and local band music with a thrust toward hosting small, nonprofit, rural East Texas agencies that truly need the space to operate, officials said.

“C10 hopes nonprofit agencies …  will make use of the space for a wide variety of services, such as fundraising or community development,” Director of Operations Arthur Blount said in a news release.

“Individuals will also be encouraged to employ the Event Center for corporate retreats to birthday parties; however, nonprofits and C10 Alumni will have first priority.”

This 201 E. Commerce property – valued at $188,200 including building and land –  specifically is owned by the Process of Collaboration Circle of Ten, according to the Cherokee County Central Appraisal Dis-trict.

The decision to move ahead and occupy the 4,481 square foot retail space was  by C10’s board  members in late July, the release shows.

Blount said the center is designed to be used by nonprofit organizations as well as the public at large for various gatherings, including workshops, seminars and various other public meeting.

“The downstairs portion of the building holds approximately 200 people, making it possible for groups large and small to occupy it for their needs,” Blount wrote.

Also sharing this particular space will be the SBI Technology Resour-ce Center, which is designed to offer “various support and contracted trainings in the field of technology and distance learning, and access by the general public will be provided as well,” Blount wrote.

According to its literature, the C10 Network consists of thousands of staff and volunteers from “non-profit agencies, churches, schools, hospitals, colleges, businesses and municipalities” in need of training and support services.

The Small Business Incubator, created in 2007, provides management, business training, incubation and support to entrepreneurs in business and nonprofit corporations, according to organization literature.

To inquire about  A Circle of Ten’s seminars or services, call (903) 541-0013, email, or visit their website at

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