It was a “who’s who” of North Texas civic leaders, chamber of commerce members and other business owners representing at least eight cities from the surrounding area that attended Thursday morning’s Rise and Shine mayor’s breakfast at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

“I think this meeting is appropriately named,” Waxahachie Mayor Joe Jenkins said in his opening remarks to the crowd of more than 100 people. “And I know that everyone of you here love your town, and I want to go on record as saying that I love Waxahachie.”

“There is not another meeting like this anywhere,” said Alan Jackson, co-organizer of the meeting with Glenn Carter and Troy Ketchem.

“Anyone, anywhere can attend,” said Jackson of the breakfast, which was designed as a networking venue for chamber members and civic leaders throughout North Texas.

Three other mayors on hand also addressed the crowd: Joe Tillotson of Lancaster, Rob Franke of Cedar Hill and Boyce L. Whatley of Midlothian.

Chamber representatives from Waxahachie, Midlothian, Duncanville, Oak Cliff, Lancaster, DeSoto, Red Oak and Cedar Hill plugged their events, including benefit golf tournaments, small business incentives, fall festivals, chamber auctions and other civic fund-auctions and other civic fund-raisers and campaigns.

Door prizes were awarded and a cash gift of $175 was awarded to the winners of a get-acquainted exercise.

Richard Kinney, Web master of the Rise and Shine Web site announced that everyone was welcome to list his or her place of business on the site,

Jackson said the next Rise and Shine breakfast would be held at the Bank of America in Oak Cliff from 7-9 a.m. Oct. 18.

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