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Kay Clark, 65th Anniversary Celebration Committee chair, thanks tHs members
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The Links chapter celebrates 65 years in Winston-Salem
CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT ___
While it may have been raining outside, friendship
warmed the inside of Wake Forest Biotech Place on
Saturday, April 25. The Winston-Salem Chapter of The
Links Inc. celebrated the chapter's chartering with a
brunch honoring its past and celebrating its legacy of serv
ice. It was chartered in 1950.
Over 200 Link Sisters, family and friends joined the
members of the Winston-Salem Chapter as they celebrated
65 years of service to Winston-Salem and surrounding
"The attendance of hundreds of distinguished guests is
a reflection of the respect and support of The Links' 65
years of service in the Winston-Salem and High Point
communities," said Linda Jackson Barnes, President of
the Winston-Salem Chapter of The Links Inc. "We are
grateful for the support and opportunity to service those
who need our aid."
The Links Inc., a premier nonprofit international serv
ice organization with more than 14,000 members in 280
chapters in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, boasts a proud legacy of
friends providing service that changes lives. It was estab
lished by an original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia,
It is one of the nation's oldest and largest volunteer
service organizations of women who are committed to
enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and eco
nomic survival of African-Americans and other persons of
The organization has five facets: Services to Youth,
The Arts, National Trends and Services, International
Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The
programs are implemented through strategies such as pub
lic information and education, economic development,
and public policy campaigns.
The Links, Inc. has attracted many distinguished
women who are individual achievers and have made a dif
ference in their communities and the world. The organiza
tion is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of
New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its
l ne wmston-^aiem cnapter was the third chapter ot
The Links Inc. established in what is now known as the
Southern Area, and the I7th chapter of The Links Inc.
established nationally. Ten charter members of the
Winston-Salem chapter were installed on March 23,1950
in a ceremony conducted by national officer, Julia
Delaney of Raleigh. Melanie Walker served as the first
president of the newly formed Winston-Salem Chapter.
Saturday's event honored this great legacy. Dr. Kathy
Stitts served as the mistress of ceremonies for the pro
gram, bringing laughter to the afternoon. Lynne Fuller
Andrews provided the occasion, followed by greetings
from Eneid Francis, the director of the Southern Area of
The Links Inc., which includes Louisiana, Mississippi,
Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida,
Georgia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
President Jackson-Barnes brought greetings on behalf
of the chapter, and acknowledged Tamara Young Lee,
vice-director for the Southern Area, as well as visiting
Links chapter presidents from Greensboro, Wilmington,
Triangle Park and Durham.
Davida Martin provided an inspirational message and
grace before a brunch catered by Simple Elegance
Catering. Keith Byrd provided a inspirational tribute dur
ing the brunch.
After lunch, guests were treated to a video presenta
tion of the chapter's past, present and future produced by
Antonio Davis of Viewfinders Media, as well as reflec
tions on friendship and service by Janet Wheeler and
Parepa (PJ) Williams, respectively. The event was
brought to a close with comments from Kay Clark, who
chaired the 65th Anniversary Celebration Committee.
As the program closed, guests enjoyed cake by
Danielle Kattan as they shared friendship and fellowship.
The Winston-Salem Chapter, led by Linda Jackson
Barnes, concluded a grand celebration of friendship and
service on Saturday, promising to continue its legacy of
service in the years to come.
Links member Candice W. Brown contributed to this
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Pictured are the Charter Members of the Winston
Salem Chapter of The Links Inc., with 1953
inductees (Jannie Williams, Ethel Wilson, Verne
Smith). Front row (from left): Lizzie Dee Brandon,
Jannie Williams, Ethel Wilson, Verne Smith, Louise
Davis. Back row (from left) Eleanor Hall, Melanie
Walker, Elaine Malloy, Beatrice Jordan, Nell Wright
Alford, Irma Todd. Charter Members not pictured:
Mary T. Henry and Theresa L. Moore.
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