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                                    Leading
                                          the Way
linksinc.org | Volume 1 | issue 1       2010-2012 Executive Team
   Contents
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Upfront                                    Health                                          Around the Areas
Letter from the National President | 2     Health Focus | 32                               CeNtral area FoCuS
                                                                                           Heart of Linkdom | 54
Letter from the Communications Chair | 3   Breast Cancer Statistics for African-
                                           American Women | 33                             Political Action | 56
Introducing the National Communications
Committee | 3                              Crowning Glory | 34                             eaSterN area FoCuS
                                                                                           Youth Go Global | 57
Editor’s Note | 4
2011 Link to Link Newsletter | 5           Friendship                                      SoutherN area FoCuS
                                                                                           Commission on Childhood Obesity
Save the Date | 5                          The Power of Restoration | 36
                                                                                           Prevention | 59
                                           Celebrate Friendship | 38
                                                                                           WeSterN area FoCuS
Features                                   Welcome: Tri-County (AL) Chapter | 39           Racial Profiling | 62
Engineering Success | 6                    Welcome: Miami-Biscayne Bay
Leading the Way | 8
                                           (FL) Chapter | 40                               Back Pages
                                           The Laughter Cure | 41                          Congressional Links | 64
A Tribute to 14th National President
Gwendolyn B. Lee | 12                                                                      Links to Watch | 65
37th NatioNal aSSembly                     Service                                         Linkspiration | 72
Assembly Highlights | 14                   Art Infusion | 42
Co-Founders Award Winners | 16             College Prep | 43
Focus: HOPE | 17                           Saturday Morning Startup | 44
                                           Hope for the Homeless | 46
Leadership                                 Stop the Genocide | 48
Team Building | 18
                                           STEM-ULATING Students | 50
2010-2012 Strategic Priorities | 22                                                        National Headquarters
                                           Sponsors | 52
Linked Debut | 23                                                                          The Links, Incorporated
                                           National Partners | 53                          The Links Foundation, Incorporated
New National Program Initiatives | 24                                                      1200 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
                                                                                           Washington, DC 20005-4501
Recommended Reading | 27
                                                                                           Tel: 202-842-8686
Step by Step | 28                                                                          Fax: 202-842-4020
Executive Council Directory | 30                                                           Web: www.linksinc.org

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Letter from the National President
                                                                                                     My Dear sister links,

                                                                                                     in this new Year and beyond, we must continue to raise the bar as one of our nation’s leading
                                                                                                     organizations. To that end, i am asking all of us to embrace our new platform: Leading with
                                                                                                     Excellence ~ Serving with Grace. it is imperative that we take it upon ourselves to serve when it
                                                                                                     is unexpected, act when called upon, and respond when necessary.

                                                                                                     As part of this effort, i have assembled an executive team of highly talented and innovative link
                                                                                                     sisters who have generously and graciously agreed to serve. With their help, we are focused
                                                                                                     on achieving even greater excellence in our programming. i am confident that each of you will
                                                                                                     also strive to propel our organization forward and exceed expectations through the work you
                                                                                                     perform in your chapters. This is extremely important in preserving our rich legacy. i am sure
                                                                                                     our beloved co-founders, Margaret roselle Hawkins and sarah strickland scott, the visionaries
                                                                                                     behind our 64-year-old sisterhood, would applaud us for fulfilling their dreams.

                                                                                                     As promised, this administration will be transparent and communicate as often as possible.
                                                                                                     LinkEd is one of the many vehicles that will help us deliver on this promise. As you peruse
                                                                                                     these pages, remember it is your commitment to serve that enhances the lives of your
                                                                                                     respective communities. This magazine exists because of your exceptional programs, your
                                                    eboni Wallace leWis, croWn JeWels (nc) chapter




                                                                                                     achievements, and most importantly you. thank you exxon mobil for your generous support
                                                                                                     of our vision by underwriting this publication. it is partners such as you that enable us to
                                                                                                     showcase our service to the community.

                                                                                                     By working together, we prove time and time again that The links, incorporated is a force to be
                                                                                                     reckoned with. it is our challenge to continue to help those who need our aid.

                                                                                                     i would like to thank 14th national President gwendolyn B. lee for the extraordinary work she
                                                                                                     and her team delivered over the past four years. she was an amazing leader and i personally
                                                                                                     learned a great deal watching her in action. Also, thank you to the Detroit cluster—Detroit (Mi),
Congratulations, Tina Tchen, on your
                                                                                                     renaissance (Mi), oakland county (Mi), greater Wayne county (Mi), great lakes (Mi) and Ann
appointment as chief of staff for First Lady
Michelle Obama. Tchen addressed the Executive                                                        Arbor (Mi) chapters—for hosting a fabulous 37th national Assembly in the Motor city. You
Council and Scott Hawkins fellows at the winter                                                      opened your hearts and your city to us and we had an extraordinary time. And a special thank
board meeting in Washington, D.C. Left to Right:                                                     you to Vivian Pickard of the renaissance (Mi) chapter for leading the national sponsorships
Legislative Issues and Public Affairs Chair Karen                                                    efforts. Your connections in the business world are unparalleled and your consistent
Jefferson Morrison, Columbus (OH) Chapter;                                                           commitment to serve is invaluable.
National Vice President Glenda Newell-Harris,
Alameda Contra-Costa (CA) Chapter; Tchen;                                                            i am continually grateful for all that you, my link sisters, do. Thank you for Leading with
National President Margot James Copeland,                                                            Excellence ~ Serving with Grace.
Cleveland (OH) Chapter; and Women’s Issues
and Economic Empowerment Chair Madeline                                                              sisterly Yours,
Lawson, Capital City (DC) Chapter.



                                                                                                     margot JameS CopelaNd
                                                                                                     nATionAl PresiDenT
                                                                                                     CLEvELand (OH) CHaptEr




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                                    communications chair
                                    buildiNg bridgeS that liNK uS aS oNe
                                    i recently saw a message on a poster that speaks to the power of communication. it said:
                                    “When we communicate we build bridges. We make connections that enable ideas to flourish
                                    and actions to occur. Healthy connections begin with clarity and last only as long as we continue
                                    to invest in them.”

                                    For more than six decades, links have given their time, talents and resources to help build
                                    stronger, more productive communities. We’ve stepped outside our comfort zones to give birth
                                    to new and dynamic ideas that are redefining who we are as a unique 21st century organization
                                    that is truly Leading with Excellence ~ Serving with Grace.

                                    The newly assembled national communications committee will continue to invest in and build on
                                    the strong foundation laid by our inaugural communications team led by Bunnie Jackson-ransom,
                                    Azalea city (gA) chapter. communications will play a pivotal role in helping us to mold, shape and
                                    re-energize our brand, platform and overall direction. our format will be a two-way communication
                                    vehicle for information, inspiration, and empowerment. stay tuned for a communications survey
                                    and toolkit that will help us assess and improve current strategies while preparing to embrace
                                    new ones.

                                    our 2011 journey will be one filled with progressive action and consistent messaging as we plan
                                    and execute the great work that awaits us.




                                    CaSSaNdra hugheS WebSter
                                    nATionAl coMMunicATions cHAir
                                    SHELbY COuntY (tn) CHaptEr




                  2010-2011 National Communications Committee
                                       CaSSaNdra hugheS WebSter                     rozalyNN S. Frazier
                                         national communications chair         national communications co-chair
                                          Shelby County (tn) Chapter            Metro-Manhattan (nY) Chapter
                                              websmc@gmail.com                      linkrozfrazier@gmail.com


           Kathy Wade                       daWN haNKiN Cliette                           maxiNe Smith                         ChryStle SWaiN
central Area communications chair     eastern Area communications chair      southern Area communications chair        Western Area communications chair
     Cincinnati (OH) Chapter            Metro-Manhattan (nY) Chapter               Charleston (SC) Chapter                     austin (tX) Chapter
     dakamusic@yahoo.com                    dawnhankin@gmail.com                     sonmax44@aol.com                       swaincom_45@msn.com


                                             maya payNe Smart                             aliCia NailS
                                                LinkEd editor                     LinkEd Managing editor
                                            richmond (va) Chapter                Oakland County (Mi) Chapter
                                            newsletter@linksinc.org                   emmy40@aol.com


     deborah elam                   aliSoN harmoN                     Kyra harvey             veroNiCa SpeNCer-auStiN              Sadie WiNloCK
 national communications        national communications         national communications         national communications        national communications
      committee Member             committee Member               committee Member                committee Member                committee Member
Fairfield County (Ct) Chapter   Youngstown (OH) Chapter          Magnolia (Ga) Chapter           Mid-Cities (tX) Chapter        Cleveland (OH) Chapter
 deborah_elam@msn.com            aharmon118@aol.com               hkyra@bellsouth.net           vspenceraustin@aol.com       lockassociates@ameritech.net



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                   editor’s note
                   Very few women’s groups influence public policy, give million-dollar grants, and devote more than
                   500,000 volunteer hours a year to responding to the most pressing challenges of hundreds of com-
                   munities from Anchorage, Alaska, to Yonkers, new York.

                   More than 12,000 women strong, the reach and impact of The links, incorporated’s 274 chapters
                   in 42 states, the District of columbia and the Bahamas are undeniable. individually and collectively
                   links rush to the forefront of major issues confronting the black community, from the childhood
                   obesity and breast cancer epidemics to the decline of arts education and college affordability. We
                   bring leadership, volunteer power and significant financial resources to the table. We’ve given more
                   than $24 million to charitable causes, including $1 million each to the united negro college Fund,
                   the nAAcP legal Defense and educational Fund and the national civil rights Museum.

                   of course, those numbers (however impressive) don’t tell the full
                   story. What makes The links, incorporated such a compelling
                   organization isn’t only the work that we do, but the way we do it—       “We hope this issue leaves
                   through friendship. For the inaugural issue of LinkEd, we go behind
                   the scenes of links leadership training, team building and program
                                                                                             you not only informed,
                   planning to reveal the compassion, camaraderie and commitment
                   that fuel our efforts.
                                                                                             but inspired to take your
                   We salute the previous national administration (pages 12-13) and
                                                                                             leadership, friendship and
                   introduce the new one (pages 8-11) as well as highlight some emerg-       service to new heights.”
                   ing leaders within our ranks (pages 65-71). We also welcome the
                   new Tri-county (Al) and Miami-Biscayne Bay (Fl) chapters (pages
                   39-40) and urge you to take care of mind, body and spirit (pages 36-37). And if you need any
                   extra encouragement, check out our profiles of six nationally award-winning programs (pages
                   42-51) and a unique local example of our national partnership with susan g. komen for the cure
                   (pages 34-35).

                   We hope this issue leaves you not only informed, but inspired to take your leadership, friendship
                   and service to new heights.

                   enjoy!




                   maya payNe Smart
                   eDiTor
                   riCHMOnd (va) CHaptEr                                         Special Thanks
                                                                                 Special thanks to Sophie Gibson and the Sojo Inc. team for giving
                                                                                 the magazine a sleek design. I also greatly appreciate the expert
                                                                                 editing support of National Communications Chair Cassandra H.
                                                                                 Webster, Shelby County (TN) Chapter; Communications Co-Chair
                                                                                 Rozalynn S. Frazier, Metro-Manhattan (NY) Chapter; and Impact
                                                                                 Strategies LLC.

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2011 link to link neWsletter
Call For CoNtributorS
The National Communications team is excited to announce the launch of a bi-monthly digital
newsletter in 2011, and we invite your active participation.
If you are interested in writing, editing or producing for the publication, please send your
resume or bio to newsletter@linksinc.org. We are looking for experienced journalists and
other communications professionals to help us produce articles and multimedia content for
the publication.
We also ask all members to let us know what kind of content you would like to see in future
issues. Please send your questions, comments and story ideas to newsletter@linksinc.org. Due
to the volume of correspondence, we will not accept unsolicited manuscripts but are happy to
review short summaries (three paragraphs or less) of proposed articles. If your story idea is cho-
sen for publication, one of our team members will work with you or other appropriate sources
to develop the piece.

iSSue themeS aNd deadliNeS
May – Women’s Health Month – Health and Human Services focus (March 15)
July – Black Family Month – National Trends and Services focus (May 15)
September – Strategic Thinking Month – strategic planning and international trends and
services focus (July 15)
November – Links National Friendship Month – friendship focus (Sept. 15)
Submission deadlines are subject to change.




      Eastern Area Conference
           April 27 - May 1, 2011
           ATlAnTic ciTY, neW JerseY


     Southern Area Conference
             May 25 - 29, 2011
            neW orleAns, louisiAnA


     Western Area Conference
             June 22 - 26, 2011
               PHoenix, ArizonA


      Central Area Conference
           June 29 - July 3, 2011
               sT. louis, Missouri


      38th National Assembly
           June 27 - July 1, 2012
               orlAnDo, FloriDA




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    EnginEEring SUCCESS
    BUiLding on                   since 1985, we have held a coveted spot on
                                  Massachusetts Ave., a historically and architec-
                                                                                       Twenty-five years after the purchase of the origi-
                                                                                       nal headquarters, the membership has made

    THE LEgACy                    turally significant street. under the leadership
                                  of our 8th national President, Dolly Desselle
                                                                                       possible the purchase of the adjoining building.
                                                                                       We are now immersed in the renovation of 1200
    oF THE LinkS,                 Adams, we purchased 1200 Massachusetts
                                  Ave. and made it our own. We filled it with our
                                                                                       Massachusetts Ave. and its neighbor 1204
                                                                                       Massachusetts Ave. to expand our footprint in
    inCorPorATEd                  history and symbols and put it to work for our       the capital. Together, these buildings are be-
                                  mission to enrich the lives of persons of African-   coming one extraordinary asset for The links,
                                  American ancestry.                                   incorporated both in terms of real estate value
                                                                                       and organizational clout.
                                  As link Adams predicted, our headquarters
                                  is “a national community center from which
                                  people, projects, and programs are developed
                                  and empowered.” like our Massachusetts Ave.
                                  neighbors, The links, incorporated has a per-
                                  manent diplomatic mission in D.c. our national
                                  headquarters is the flagship of our organization;
                                  it is the home of our global membership of more
                                  than 12,000 links who live in the communities
                                  we serve in the u.s. and the Bahamas.




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our 14th national President gwendolyn B. lee and her very capable
committee led the concept and design phase of the project. This ad-
ministration has embarked on the finance and construction phase,
which will bring the headquarters project to fruition.

our expanded presence, just minutes from the capitol and White
House, exemplifies our national prominence. More importantly, it
enlarges our organization’s capacity to better serve nationwide and
abroad by providing much needed space, enhanced technology
and infrastructure.
                                                                         2nd Floor Architectural Drawing
As further evidence of The links, incorporated’s vision and leader-
ship, the building also will meet Historic Preservation office guide-
                                        lines and make us the first
                                        African-American organization
                                        to attain silver certification
                                        from the u.s. green Building
                                        council’s leadership in en-
                                        ergy and environment Design
                                        {leeD} program.

                                     leeD is the internation-
                                     ally recognized green building
                                     certification system, provid-
                                     ing third-party verification
                                     that a building or community
                                     was designed and built using
                                     strategies aimed at improving
                                     performance across all the
metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, carbon
dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality,      3rd Floor Architectural Drawing
and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impact. in this
way, we respect the past while forging a sustainable future.

My link sisters, we are moving forward, encompassing the past,
present, and the future, becoming a model organization, not only in
our new home, but also through the actions of every link who will
walk through its doors.

Welcome to the home and the future of The links, incorporated and        Our expanded presence, just
The links Foundation, incorporated.

margot JameS CopelaNd, nATionAl PresiDenT, CLEvELand (OH) CHaptEr
                                                                         minutes from the Capitol and
                                                                         White House, exemplifies our
                                                                         national prominence.


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                                            Leading
                                                                                     the Way
                                          Six Women Who are Shaping The Links, incorporated



    Mothers, managers and volunteers,                                  MARgoT JAMES CopELANd
                                                                       National president, Cleveland (OH) Chapter
    the new national leaders of The
                                                                       Margot James Copeland has made service her life’s mission. As ex-
    Links, Incorporated wear all three                                 ecutive vice president and director of Corporate Diversity & Philan-
                                                                       thropy for KeyCorp, one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial
    hats with grace and excellence. They
                                                                       services companies, her portfolio of duties includes heading up the
    include a high-ranking Fortune 500                                 KeyBank Foundation. She helps guide the company’s strategic phil-
                                                                       anthropic investments and their financial education and workforce
    executive and a recently retired one,                              development programs. This chief diversity officer helped place her
    a medical doctor, two public health                                company on Diversity Inc.’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list.
                                             Her personal service includes investing time and expertise in educational and community
    experts and a professional registered
                                             enrichment. Copeland serves her alma mater, Hampton University, as a member of both the
    national parliamentarian. Together,      President’s and the Business School’s Advisory Boards; is a Mentor/Protégé Program advisor for
                                             Morehouse College; a trustee of Kent State University; serves on the boards of numerous foun-
    they’ll build on the organization’s      dations and has been active with the Greater Cleveland Roundtable and Leadership Cleveland.
    legacy of service through friendship.    She has been honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business; The Cleveland Chapter of the National
                                             Black MBA; the YWCA; and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
                                             The Virginia native, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Hampton University
                                             and a Master of Arts in Educational Development from Ohio State University, is the mother
                                             of three.




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        dR. gLENdA F. NEwELL-HARRiS
        National Vice president, Alameda Contra-Costa (CA) Chapter
        Dr. Glenda Newell-Harris’ motto is: “Take Charge of Your Health.” She believes people must
        advocate for the highest quality healthcare available. Newell says health literacy and clear com-
        munication create an empowering culture of wellness.
        As a board certified physician in internal medicine, the media has sought her opinions on
        advances in medicine and on controversial medical issues. Through her healthcare consult-
        ing business, Newell & Spriggs Consulting, she speaks to corporate, faith-based, professional,
        medical and youth organizations that mentor pre-med and medical students.
        Dr. Newell-Harris serves as vice chair of the Physician Medical Forum Board and the Imani
        Community Church Board of Directors. She is also on the Alta Alliance Bank Advisory Board
        and on the Ethnic Health Institute board. Dr. Newell-Harris has served as a medical consultant
        in healthcare settings including ambulatory teaching clinics, private practice and a physician
        foundation clinical practice.
        A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she and husband Robert L. Harris, Esq., the
        Immediate Past Grand Sire Archon of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (the Boulé), are the parents of
        four children.
        The North Carolina native earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati School
        of Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tufts University. She has also com-
        pleted certification in Physician Leadership Managing Ambulatory Care at the Harvard School
        of Public Health.

        KiMbERLy JEFFRiES LEoNARd
        National Recording Secretary, Arlington (VA) Chapter
        As COO of the District of Columbia’s Department of Health (DOH), Kimberly Jeffries Leon-
        ard is at the forefront of issues that define healthy living. She provides leadership and oversight
        of all operational areas, and technical and strategic direction in the development and delivery
        of DOH health service programs. Leonard has more than 20 years of experience in applied
        social and behavioral research and evaluation, and has served on advisory committees for the
        Centers for Disease Control.
        Her expertise is in substance use and disorders, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, cardiovas-
        cular disease, and mental health – particularly as these affect the disadvantaged and underserved.
        Leonard has led multi-year, multidisciplinary projects for federal and private entities, including
        smoking cessation and women’s cardiovascular health education campaigns, and campaigns for
        the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, among others.
        The public policy professional earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from Howard
        University, her Master of Science from North Carolina Central University, and a Bachelor of
        Arts in Psychology from Fayetteville State University, where she was awarded a National As-
        sociation for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) Alumni of the Year Award.
        She was a National Institutes of Health pre-doctoral fellow at George Washington University
        Medical School; a post-doctoral fellow at the Howard University Cancer Center; and com-
        pleted the Graduate Summer Program in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of
        Hygiene and Public Health.
        Leonard is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a member of the Washington,
        D.C. chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and is an active elder at Fifteenth Street Presbyterian
        Church. She is married to Stephen V. Leonard and they are the proud parents of two sons.


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                                   KATHERiNE E. wiLSoN
                                   National Treasurer, Bold City (FL) Chapter
                                   An attorney who recently retired as assistant vice president in risk management for CSX Corpo-
                                   ration, Katherine E. Wilson says she wants to serve those who seek a better quality of life.
                                   Active in the Jacksonville community, Wilson is licensed as a sub-deacon by the Episcopal Dio-
                                   cese of Florida. She managed a $30 million budget as chair of the Duval County School Readi-
                                   ness Coalition, which served more than 12,000 children, and served on the Florida Universal
                                   Pre-Kindergarten Education Advisory Council. Florida governors have appointed her to chair
                                   Workforce Florida and to the Early Learning Council.
                                   She is past president of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association and has been honored
                                   by the Florida Children’s Forum, Episcopal Children Services, Inc., the United Negro College
                                   Fund, and Florida Commissioner of Education.
                                   She is a charter member of the Bold City (FL) Chapter, immediate past Southern Area trea-
                                   surer and a past financial secretary of The Links Foundation, Incorporated.
                                   The New Jersey native earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore Law School
                                   and is licensed to practice in Maryland.
                                   She is married to Richard Paul Byers and is the proud mother of a son, two grandsons, two
                                   stepdaughters and a stepson.


                                   pAMELA J. gENTRy
                                   National Nominating Chair, Annapolis (MD) Chapter
                                   Pamela Gentry brings her communication expertise to the U.S. Department of Health and
                                   Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as the director of Strategic
                                   Research and Campaign Management. This makes her responsible for national education and
                                   outreach campaigns for federal health programs that serve more than 90 million Americans.
                                   Her career includes serving as senior producer and bureau chief for CBS/BET Nightly News
                                   and as senior manager for broadcast and online media for BET Networks. As BET’s senior po-
                                   litical analyst and White House correspondent she covered the policies of the Bush and Obama
                                   administrations and Capitol Hill from 2000 - 2009. Her online blog, “Pamela On Politics”
                                   led to her being tapped for political commentary by CNN, FOX News and the BBC, and as a
                                   guest blogger for HuffingtonPost.com.
                                   Before BET, she was a political producer at C-SPAN and associate administrator for External
                                   Affairs at HHS for the Clinton administration. Gentry got her start in Washington media as an
                                   assignment editor and producer at Washington D.C.’s WUSA TV 9 (CBS) and, before that, as
                                   a general assignment reporter at WATE-TV Knoxville.
                                   She has been honored by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Black Journal-
                                   ists, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and as the Best of Gannett.
                                   The Detroit native earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Detroit-Mercy. She is mar-
                                   ried to Newton Gentry III, and the couple has two children.



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Shaping The Links
      JACqUELiNE SpRiggS REViS
      National parliamentarian, San Antonio (TX) Chapter
      Jacqueline (Jacqui) Spriggs Revis is one of only 350 currently practicing parliamentarians
      who has earned the designation of Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP), the highest
      certification granted by the National Association of Parliamentarians, of which she is a mem-
      ber. She is past president of the Texas State Association of Parliamentarians, has testified as an
      expert witness on parliamentary procedure, and is now the owner of Parliamentary Services.
      Most recently Revis was director of Customer Care Training for Caremark, Rx. This followed
      a 30-year career at AT&T where she retired as district manager of Global Consumer Customer
      Service Training Development and Delivery. She was the first in the company to manage an
      out-of-hours national call center, allowing for 24-7 customer service delivery.
      Revis has served on the boards of the San Antonio Metro Unit of the American Cancer Society,
      KLRN Public Television, and the Carver Community Cultural Center.
      She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University in Los Angeles.
      A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Revis is the mother of two sons and has
      three grandchildren.


      EDITED BY ALiCiA NAiLS, OAkLAnd COunty (MI) ChApter




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    a tribute
                   to 14th national President
                   gwendolyn B. Lee
                   under the banner of “seizing the opportunity to Provide World-class leadership, Friendship and service,” 14th national
                   President gwendolyn B. lee positioned The links, incorporated for the future, spearheaded substantial initiatives and made
                   a difference in the lives of people in communities across the united states and the world. Her administration will be remem-
                   bered for its many contributions:

                   •	 Established	a	new	Health	and	Human	Services	Facet
                   •	 Published	an	updated	national	history	book
                      F
                   •	 	 orged	new	national	partnerships	with	organizations	including	Susan	G.	Komen	for	the	Cure,	National	Cares	
                      Mentoring Movement, The Heart Truth, AArP, and Habitat for Humanity international
                      E
                   •	 	 xpanded	our	national	headquarters	to	include	a	second	building	on	historic	Massachusetts	Ave.
                   •	 Launched	new	accounting	and	membership	information	management	systems
                   •	 Instituted	the	Service	Delivery	Model	to	strengthen	chapter	programs
                   •	 Enhanced	communication	with	internal	and	external	audiences

                   Moreover, 14th national President lee made service a priority wherever she traveled in the name of The links, incorporated.




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opposite page: 14th National President Lee leading a community service walk in New Orleans where The Links, Incorporated, donated
medical supplies, equipment and funds to the Lower 9th Ward Health Clinic.

Top Left: 14th National President Lee advocating for hunger relief during the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in
Washington, D.C.

Top Right: National Program Chair Alma Dodd, Grants, Awards, Proposals and Scholarships Committee Chair Jeannine Quick-Frasier
and 14th National President Lee at AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour Stop in Detroit, part of the 37th National Assembly Service Project.

bottom Left: 14th National President Lee with students at the Umgijimi School in South Africa, one of more than
50 schools The Links, Incorporated has built or renovated through its Education Across the Miles program.

bottom Right: 14th National President Lee and Corporate Linkages Chair Vivian Pickard honor Bob Billingslea of
The Walt Disney Company at the Opening Concert at the 37th National Assembly in Detroit.




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    Assembly Highlights
    ProgrAm And oPErATionAL WorkSHoPS Win ToP
    mArkS in dETroiT.
                                   Links certainly aren’t shy about voicing their opinions. More than 2,000 members attended the
                                   37th National Assembly in Detroit this past summer and more than half completed an online
                                   evaluation afterward. They answered a series of multiple-choice questions about topics rang-
                                   ing from registration and the venue, to plenary sessions and workshops. They also left detailed
                                   comments and offered suggestions for Assembly enhancements.
                                   The Evaluations Committee read it all and the responses were overwhelmingly positive.
                                   Ninety-one percent of respondents answered affirmatively when asked about overall satisfaction
                                   with the assembly experience and return on investment. Still, the committee observed several
                                   opportunities for improvement and The Links, Incorporated is committed to responding in or-
                                   der to provide you with the best possible member experiences. The key findings are highlighted
                                   on the next page and you can download the full report from the members-only section of
                                   the website.
                                   KATHRyN TowE LiTTLEToN, NATIONAL EVALUATIONS CHAIR, OAkLAnd COunty (MI) ChApter




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The plenary sessions received an overall score of 3.33    The heart of Linkdom is programming, and you             High attendance at the operational workshops sent a
out of a possible 4.0, which was an improvement of        responded to the programming workshops with an           clear message that you value learning how to manage
1% from the 2008 assembly. Your comments included         average rating of 3.4. The workshop “The Arts: Black     your chapter effectively to build a solid foundation for
phrases such as “well planned” and “excellent and         Hollywood” stole the show with the highest rating.       implementing world-class programming. The overall
informative.”                                                                                                      evaluation of that workshop was 3.37.




You awarded the highest rating to the Ethics and          Comments about the registration experience were very     The breakfasts and luncheons earned an average rating
Standards workshops. These workshops were the high        favorable, ranging from “well planned” to “material      of 3.39. And yes, although there was satisfaction, you
points of the National Assembly, and you told us you      arrived early,” “smooth and orderly,” and “no line.”     noted some opportunities for improvement.
want to see more of them.                                 You shouted loud and clear to the Detroit Cluster that
                                                          registration was friendly, warm and welcoming!




                                                                Detroit Cluster…
                                                                the Assembly attendees thank you!

You felt the entertainment in Detroit rocked the
house, and it’s no surprise that the highest rating was
given to Smokey Robinson.




                                                                Visit the members-only section of www.linksinc.org to view the detailed
                                                                Assembly evaluation, which includes all of the ratings by event and all of
                                                                the responses to open-ended questions.



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    Above: Services to Youth – Beverly Tatum

    Right: National Trends and Services – Malaak Compton-Rock




                                                                   Above: The Arts –
                                                                   Sonia Sanchez

                                                                   Left: The awardees received
                                                                   specially commissioned
                                                                   Elizabeth Catlett bronze
                                                                   sculptures at the National
                                                                   Assembly in Detroit.

                                                                   below: International
                                                                   Trends and Services –
                                                                   Janet Nkubana




    Above: International Trends and Services – Ambassador
    Susan E. Rice




    Congratulations to the
    2010 Co-FoUndErS AWArd

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                                                                WINNERS
Focus: HOPE
The detroit Assembly
service project takes
root and blooms.
The host city service project launched during
the 37th national Assembly at Detroit’s nation-
ally recognized Focus: HoPe is already making
a big difference in the community. The links
Foundation, incorporated was named a found-
ing sponsor of the new Family learning center
and its $50,000 donation was presented at the
ribbon-cutting event. Today, chapters conduct
programming in the learning center for both
senior citizens and youth.

The greater Wayne (Mi) chapter hosted a
children’s camp featuring urban gardening. it
culminated in a salad event where more than
20 young “farmers” feasted on vegetables they
raised. The camp also included pottery classes
where clay pieces were designed and painted.
Financial management training has also been
provided. in a truly innovative program, youth
were able to earn money for positive behaviors
and paid fines for inappropriate behavior.
                                                   Top: 14th National President Gwendolyn B. Lee fields questions
The chapter has served seniors with wellness       from reporters at Focus: HOPE.
programming conducted in cooperation with the      bottom: Grants, Awards, Proposals and Scholarships Committee
Detroit Medical center, including workshops on     Chair Jeannine Quick-Frasier, 14th National President Gwendolyn
diabetes, heart health, weight control and other   B. Lee, National President Margot James Copeland and Immediate
key topics. These seniors have also had lessons    Past National Treasurer Lula Lang-Jeter present $50,000 mock check
in computer literacy and financial management.     to Focus: HOPE.

Additionally, the Detroit (Mi) chapter hosted a
“christmas Around the World” event for youth
and the six chapters that comprise the Detroit
cluster are continuing to plan future program-
ming and develop proposals for partner corpo-
rations to expand service project offerings.

aliCia NailS, OakLand COuntY (Mi) CHaptEr




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         Team Building
                            national Leadership Summit in Cleveland
                            sets the tone for new administration.

         Member engagement and community impact were the key themes of national president Margot James Copeland’s Leadership
         Summit, held this summer at the renaissance Cleveland hotel. Attendees got down to business with a series of team-building
         exercises, expert presentations and small-group discussions — and managed to have a little bit of fun too.




    Top Left: National President Margot James Copeland gives
    summit participants the weekend overview.

    Top Middle: Left to right: Protocol and Courtesies Co-Chair
    Lucy McLamb, Wilmington (DE) Chapter; Rituals Co-Chair
    Catherine “Pepper” Taylor, Cleveland (OH) Chapter; Western
    Area Foundation Representative Jennifer Giddings Brooks,
    Fort Worth (TX) Chapter.

    Top Right: Left to right: National Nominating Committee
    Chair Pamela Gentry, Annapolis (MD) Chapter; Eastern
    Area Foundation Representative LaVern Miles, Silver Spring    bottom Left: Left to right: Taking Care of Mind, Body and Spirit Chair Elaine Flake, Greater
    (MD) Chapter; Technology Co-Chair Jennifer Coleman            New York (NY) Chapter; National Vice President Glenda Newell-Harris, Alameda Contra-
    Fluker, Cleveland (OH) Chapter; Awards and Recognition        Costa (CA) Chapter; Southern Area Vice Director Eneid Francis, Pontchartrain (LA) Chapter;
    Chair Cynthia Hightower Jenkins, Shreveport (LA) Chapter;     Commission on Ethics and Standards Chair Mattie Compton, Ft. Worth (TX) Chapter; Eastern
    Technology Co-Chair Tequel Douglass Hager, Greenville         Area Vice Director Diane Hardison, Old Dominion (VA) Chapter.
    (SC) Chapter.
                                                                  bottom Right: Western Area Foundation Representative Jennifer Giddings Brooks, Fort
                                                                  Worth (TX) Chapter, and Central Area Foundation Representative Thelma Cook, Gateway
                                                                  (MO) Chapter.

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An unconventional icebreaker energized the proceedings and helped summit
participants get to know one another – quickly.

Step oNe
evaluations chair kathryn Towe littleton challenged summit attendees to make wedding
dresses…out of toilet paper. But this exercise was about much more than fashion. creativity,
conflict resolution and consensus building skills were all required to imagine and create wear-
able dresses, given strong personalities, limited time and scarce supplies.
                                                                                                                             1
Step tWo
Teams jumped into action divvying up designer, seamstress, model, coach and presenter du-
ties. Along the way, the ice of apprehension, intergenerational differences and unfamiliar faces
melted into pools of laughter, cooperation and goodwill.


Step three
The final designs were as diverse as the teams who created them, but each succeeded in
giving participants something to talk about! Left to right: sadie Winlock, cleveland (oH)
chapter; Technology co-chair Jennifer coleman Fluker, cleveland (oH) chapter; corpo-
rate linkages chair Vivian Pickard, renaissance (Mi) chapter; linked editor Maya smart,
richmond (VA) chapter; southern Area Director Mary currie, Atlanta (gA) chapter; rituals           2
co-chair catherine “Pepper” Taylor, cleveland (oH) chapter; Program specialist Jennifer
Hudnell, Headquarters staff; kimberly copeland, Metro-Manhattan (nY) chapter; Member-
ship specialist naima Wood, Headquarters staff.




       “In the chaotic world today, true sisterhood is of
        utmost importance… Friendship is empathy, it’s
        sympathy, it’s togetherness, it’s tolerance.”
        - Julia Brogdon purnell, 7th national president                                                                                 3




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    Left to Right: Youngstown (OH) Chapter President     Left to Right: Sadie Winlock, Cleveland (OH)         Left to Right: Education Across the Miles Chair
    Krishmu Shipmon, Western Reserve (OH) Chapter        Chapter, and Assembly, Conference and Event          Gwendolyn Boyd, Capital City (DC) Chapter; Vivian
    President Awilda Hamilton, National President        Planning Co-Chair Charlotte Polk, Shelby County      Neal, Kent Area (OH) Chapter; and SHLI Alumnae
    Margot James Copeland, Cleveland (OH) Chapter        (TN) Chapter.                                        Chair Josephine Davis, Fort Valley (GA) Chapter.
    President Delores Groves and Kent Area (OH)
    Chapter President Diane Stevens Robinson.




                                                         Left to Right: Controller Robert Yamoah, National
                                                         President Margot James Copeland, Senior Accountant
                                                         Gabriel Riley, and Senior Accountant Mehari Debas.




                                                                “All Links must exemplify the high ideals and values
                                                                 upon which the organization was founded. Within our
                                                                 organization, the existence of friendship and service is
    Left Top and bottom: Links from across the country           dependent on the presence of honesty, trust, integrity,
    enjoyed food, drink and music on the shores of
    Lake Erie.                                                   commitment, respect, and exemplary leadership in our
                                                                 interactions with each other and the public.”
                                                                - Gladys Gary Vaughn, 13th national president



    The Lake erie Cluster, which includes the Cleveland (Oh), kent Area (Oh), Western reserve (Oh) and youngstown (Oh)
    Chapters hosted Leadership Summit attendees at a lovely lakeside affair at the Shoreby Club.




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 national president Margot James Copeland
 held a reception for summit attendees at
 keyCorp’s offices in key tower, the tallest
 building in Cleveland. Copeland is key-
 Corp’s executive vice president and director
 of Corporate diversity and philanthropy.



“Because we are the children of the
 late Sarah Strickland Scott and
 Margaret Roselle Hawkins…we
 have everything we need to keep
 as indestructible our bond
 of friendship, the commitment
 to serve, and the obligation                   Front Row, Left to Right: Services to Youth Director Argentina James, Missouri City (TX)
 to share.”                                     Chapter; National Communications Chair Cassandra Webster, Shelby County (TN) Chapter;
                                                National Treasurer Katherine Wilson, Bold City (FL) Chapter; National Vice President Glenda
                                                Newell-Harris, Alameda Contra-Costa (CA) Chapter; National President Margot James Copeland,
- regina Jollivette Frazier,                    Cleveland (OH) Chapter; National Recording Secretary Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, Arlington
  9th national president                        (VA) Chapter; National Nominating Committee Chair Pamela Gentry, Annapolis (MD)
                                                Chapter; National HBCU Initiative Chair Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Atlanta (GA) Chapter.
                                                2nd Row, Left to Right: Education Across the Miles Chair Gwendolyn Boyd, Capital City
                                                (DC) Chapter; Technology Co-Chair Tequel Douglass Hager, Greenville (SC) Chapter; Eastern
                                                Area Director Bishetta Merritt, Washington (DC) Chapter; Southern Area Director Mary
                                                Currie, Atlanta (GA) Chapter; Western Area Director Barbra Ruffin-Boston, San Francisco
                                                (CA) Chapter; Technology Co-Chair Jennifer Coleman Fluker, Cleveland (OH) Chapter;
                                                Taking Care of Mind, Body and Spirit Chair Elaine Flake, Greater New York (NY) Chapter.
                                                3rd Row, Left to Right: Protocol and Courtesies Chair Fern Jackson, Alameda Contra-Costa
                                                (CA) Chapter; Assembly, Conference, and Event Planning Co-Chair Sharon Clayton, Western
                                                Reserve (OH) Chapter; Human Resources Chair Roslyn Smith, Baltimore (MD) Chapter;
                                                Arts Director Alpha Blackburn, Indianapolis (IN) Chapter.
                                                4th Row, Left to Right: Assembly, Conference, and Event Planning Co-Chair Charlotte Polk,
                                                Shelby County (TN) Chapter.
                                                5th Row, Left to Right: Evaluations Chair Kathryn Littleton, Oakland County (MI) Chapter;
                                                Chapter Establishment Chair Sandra Malone, Dallas (TX) Chapter; Health and Human
                                                Services Chair Monica Parker, Athens (GA) Chapter.
                                                6th Row, Left to Right: Taking Care of Mind, Body and Spirit Co-Chair Ida Woolfolk,
                                                St. Louis (MO) Chapter; National Trends and Services Director Lynne Rogers, Columbia
                                                (SC) Chapter; International Trends and Services Director Sharon Richardson, Newport News
                                                (VA) Chapter.
                                                7th Row, Left to Right: Organizational Effectiveness Co-Chair Jayne Khalifa, Minneapolis-
                                                St. Paul (MN) Chapter; Legislative Issues, Public Affairs and Disaster Relief Chair Karen
                                                Morrison, Columbus (OH) Chapter; Strategic Planning Chair Gloria Parker, Harbor City
                                                (MD) Chapter; Fund Development Chair Marcella Jones, Capital City (DC) Chapter.
                                                8th Row, Left to Right: National Programs and Strategic Partnerships Director Alma Dodd,
                                                Windy City (IL) Chapter; Organizational Effectiveness Co-Chair Patricia Larkins Hicks,
                                                Columbus (OH) Chapter; Archives and History Chair Earnestine McNealey, Tuscaloosa
                                                (AL) Chapter.
                                                9th Row, Left to Right: Rituals Chair Larnell Burks-Bagley, Indianapolis (IN) Chapter; General
                                                Counsel and Legal Affairs Chair Sherri Blount Gray, Potomac (VA) Chapter; Commission on
                                                Ethics and Standards Chair Mattie Compton, Fort Worth (TX) Chapter.
                                                10th Row, Left to Right: Awards and Recognition Chair Cynthia Hightower-Jenkins,
                                                Shreveport (LA) Chapter and Chapter Establishment Co-Chair Jeannine Quick-Frasier,
                                                Columbus (OH) Chapter.
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         2010-2 0 1 2
         Strategic Priorities
              Strategic plans help organizations determine where they are headed and how they will get there. After two days of delib-
              erations, Leadership Summit attendees left Cleveland determined to make progress in six key areas that will position The
              Links, Incorporated for continued success:

              organizational assessment and alignment – Evaluate all aspects of the organization, including but not
              limited to membership, leaders, programs, partners, funders, chapters, staff, etc. The data is used to facilitate con-
              necting all aspects of the organization.

              promoting the links brand – Reach consensus about who we are, what we do and the value we bring. We
              communicate and collaborate effectively both internally and externally.

              leadership deVelopment – Train leaders at all levels of the organization including Chapters, Areas, and
              National. Members are prepared to lead within the organization to ensure consistency, continuity and to manage
              intergenerational opportunities.

              enhanced member serVice and engagement – Ensure that members get what they need, when they
              need it, in the manner that is appropriate and most effective for their utilization at all levels of the organization. It
              involves embracing friendship, engaging in training, and communicating effectively.

              Fund deVelopment and Fiscal responsibility – Ensure that the organization has adequate resources to
              support its strategic priorities at all levels. It focuses on transparency, accountability and good stewardship.

              deliVering and sustaining transFormational programs – Deliver programs that are community
              relevant and have a positive sustainable impact. Ensure that we are meeting the needs of the community in the
              design, implementation and delivery.
                                                                    eboni Wallace leWis




                                                                                          “Few people turn away from ideas put forth by Links,
                                                                                           because they come with immediate credibility due
                                                                                           to the history of The Links and the power that Links
                                                                                           hold in their communities.”
                                                                                           - patricia russell-McCloud, 11th national president


    Ninth National President Regina Jollivette Frazier and Eighth
    National President Dolly Desselle Adams at the November
    2010 Executive Council Meeting in Washington, D.C.


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                                      The first edition of the history of The Links was published in 1981,
                                      the second in 1992, and the third in 2010.



LinkEd FOr FriEndSHip and
SErviCE dEBUTEd in dETroiT
                                      The wait is over. The third edition of the        Director Joyce Dixon expressed apprecia-
                                      history of The Links, Incorporated debuted        tion for articles that were “well-researched
                                      at the 37th National Assembly — 29 years          and documented,” and former Rituals Chair
                                      after Marjorie Holloman Parker penned the         Charlotte Polk called Linked “an outstanding
                                      first edition. Written by a team of 27 archi-     historical document.”
                                      vists, officers, committee chairs and members,
                                                                                        Anticipation began at the 2007 area confer-
                                      Linked for Friendship and Service has been
                                                                                        ences, where 14th National President Gwen-
                                      lauded for its prowess in using narratives
                                                                                        dolyn B. Lee announced the publication of
                                      to examine, analyze and arrange events in
                                                                                        a new history book as one of her objectives.
                                      Linkdom, and its inclusion of references that
                                                                                        Lee’s foreword in Linked crystallizes the need
                                      facilitate further investigation.
                                                                                        she articulated in 2007 that “developments
Earnestine Green McNealey,            Hailing Linked as “beautifully written,” 10th     in the organization — structural changes and
National Archives and History Chair   National President Marion Schultz Suther-         new directions in programs and membership
                                      land exclaimed, “I really love it;” and Eastern   since the last edition — have long beckoned
                                      Area Director Bishetta Merritt uttered delight    another testament to the rich legacy of this
                                      for “the look, feel, and manner in which the      world-class organization.”
                                      book was organized.” Former Southern Area
                                                                                        Rather than being a simple update of the
                                                                                        second edition, the resulting work garners
                                                                                        Lee’s praise as “a fresh perspective of the story
                                                                                        of Linkdom.”
                                                                                        EARNESTiNE gREEN MCNEALEy,
                                                                                        NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND HISTORY CHAIR,
                                                                                        tuSCALOOSA (AL) ChApter




                                                                                           to order a copy, download the order form
                                                                                           from the members-only section of linksinc.org
                                                                                           and mail a $60 check made payable to:
                                                                                           The Links, Incorporated
                                                                                           1200 Massachusetts Avenue, nW
                                                                                           Washington, dC 20005


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    New
    National
    Program
    Initiatives
    THE ExECUTivE CoUnCiL
    APProvEd FoUr nEW
    nATionAL ProgrAm
    iniTiATivES in novEmBEr
    2010, FUrTHEr SoLidiFying
    oUr PLACE AS A
    nonProFiT PoWErHoUSE
    oF ProgrAmming.




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NatioNal hbCu iNitiative
The goal of the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Initiative is to
implement and support efforts that align with President Obama’s plan to increase the retention
and graduation rates of students attending college by the year 2020. While emphasizing the
relevance of HBCU’s past, present and future, this initiative will create synergy and comple-
ment program initiatives already underway in the Areas. Through partnerships with identified
national organizations we will encourage a national dialogue on HBCU/Community College
collaboration at the Area Conferences. The Links, Incorporated will assist HBCUs in their ef-
forts to recruit students by partnering with other national organizations to host HBCU college
fairs and other events.
Other goals include: (1) development of an HBCU Toolkit for dissemination to Chapters,
(2) encouraging Link members to connect with an HBCU, to mentor and recruit students, to
identify opportunities for faculty research and/or professional development, and to contribute
to the sustainability of HBCU institutions, (3) establishing and branding the name “The Links
Scholars” and “The Links HBCU Endowment.”
For additional information on the national hBCu Initiative, please contact:
dorothy Cowser yancy
Chair, National HBCU Initiative
Atlanta (GA) Chapter
dcyancy@bellsouth.net


NatioNal Childhood obeSity iNitiative
The adoption of the Childhood Obesity Resolution at the 35th National Assembly in 2006
signified The Links, Incorporated’s recognition of the need for targeted intervention strategies
that address and produce sustained results among African-American children battling obesity.
The Southern Area’s success in launching such a program gave root to the new National Child-
hood Obesity Initiative.
With a purpose of developing and implementing strategies targeted to the specific health needs
of African-American children, this initiative has been embraced to give a greater voice and
sustainability to the health and well-being of our children. The Links, Incorporated plans to
increase awareness and heighten understanding surrounding the multi-dimensional issues that
contribute to obesity in African-American children. Additional goals are to: (1) develop an
action-oriented agenda for disseminating key messages that aid in the prevention of childhood
obesity among African-American children and (2) establish approaches that will strengthen col-
laborative networks regarding obesity prevention to sustain on-going health initiatives.
For additional information on the national Childhood Obesity Initiative, please contact:
Henrie Treadwell
Chair, National Childhood Obesity Initiative
Atlanta (GA) Chapter
htreadwell@msm.edu




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                                     SCieNCe, teChNology, eNgiNeeriNg aNd mathematiCS (Stem.) eduCa-
                                     tioN aNd Career readiNeSS iNitiative
                                     The Western Area’s commitment to STEM education gave light to our need for a comprehen-
                                     sive national initiative. The STEM Education and Career Readiness Initiative was crafted out
                                     of The Links, Incorporated’s dedication to ensuring quality STEM education at all grade levels
                                     and to prepare youth for STEM-related careers.
                                     Through The Links, Incorporated’s National STEM Initiative, local chapters will continue
                                     working to:
                                     1) Increase STEM literacy so K-12th grade students can think critically in science, technology,
                                        engineering and mathematics
                                     2) Close the education gap so underrepresented groups, including minority students, women
                                        and girls are no longer outperformed by any competing geographic or demographic group
                                     3) Prepare youth to better compete for STEM-related career opportunities, through career
                                        awareness and field-based learning
                                     By preparing and encouraging students to attend colleges and universities with STEM pro-
                                     grams, we will equip minorities with the skills to compete and excel in the global workforce
                                     that increasingly relies on individuals with STEM-related proficiencies.
                                     The Links, Incorporated aims to identify and align with a national STEM-related program that
                                     is consistent with the initiative.
                                     For additional information on the SteM education and Career readiness Initiative, please contact:
                                     Argentina James
                                     Director, Services to Youth
                                     Missouri City (TX) Chapter
                                     saacjames@aol.com


                                     aChieviNg the dream iNitiative
                                     Education Linkage aims to support President Barack Obama’s education initiative by building
                                     an alliance with community colleges nationally and partnering with the Achieving the Dream
                                     program. Achieving the Dream is a multi-year national initiative designed to ensure the success
                                     of students who attend community college. Achieving the Dream is particularly concerned
                                     with student groups that traditionally have faced significant barriers to success, i.e. students of
                                     color and those from low-income families. There are currently 130 community colleges and
                                     four-year institutions participating in Achieving the Dream programs across the United States.
                                     Education Linkage will lead The Links, Incorporated’s efforts to create a sustainable relation-
                                     ship with other national organizations that are especially focused on assisting African-American
                                     youth gain success in higher education and thus improve the quality of life for themselves and
                                     their families. This initiative will provide an opportunity for each of our 274 chapters to part-
                                     ner with their local community college.
                                     For additional information on the Achieving the dream Initiative, please contact:
                                     Erma Johnson Hadley
                                     Chair, Education Linkage
                                     Fort Worth (TX) Chapter
                                     erma.johnson-hadley@tccd.edu



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  recommended reading
  resonant leadership | richard boyatzis, annie mcKee

  great leaders “give of themselves in the service of the cause, but they also care for
  themselves, engaging in renewal to ensure they can sustain resonance over time,”
  richard Boyatzis and Annie Mckee argue in resonant Leadership ($25.95; amazon.
  com), their 2005 follow-up to the new York times Bestseller primal Leadership.

  striking the right balance between serving others and caring for oneself isn’t easy
  given the immense challenges of modern life. Weighed down by the continual pressure
  to perform, leaders often resort to cynicism, overreaction and other negative coping
                          mechanisms as their emotional states spiral downward.

                                  Making self-renewal a priority is the only way to provide
                                    good leadership over time, the authors emphasize.
         Read                        “leaders are often advised to focus on the rational
  RESoNaNt LEadERShIp                 mind and on the mechanics of business—planning,
and let us knoW What you think        organizing, and controlling resources (including
 by emailing your reaction to
                                      people)—and to leave the soft stuff alone,” Boyatzis
  neWsletter@linksinc.org.
                                     and Mckee say. “They are told to ignore the body,
                                   heart, and spirit or, better yet, leave them at the front
                                door when entering the office. But bringing only parts of
                          ourselves to work leaves us feeling lost, dull, or
  as if we are running on a treadmill.”
                                                                                national
  The same is true of work within volunteer groups like The                president margot
  links, incorporated. From evaluating the pressing needs of             James copeland gaVe
                                                                          copies oF RESoNaNt
  communities, to raising funds and developing programs,
  there is much to be done. Attentiveness to the fullness of
                                                                        LEadERShIp to national
                                                                          leadership summit
                                                                                                 Are you a Resonant Leader?
  community members, fellow links, and even ourselves are                      attendees.        Ask yourself these questions:
  crucial to long-term success. “Mindfulness, hope, and com-                                       Am i inspirational?
  passion enable us to be resilient and function effectively even in                               Do i create an overall positive emotional tone that is
  the face of challenges,” Boyatzis and Mckee say.                                                 characterized by hope?
                                                                                                   Am i in touch with others?
  read resonant Leadership for its theory of sustainable leadership and eye-opening                Do i know what is in others’ hearts and minds?
  profiles of good (and some bad) leaders at work.
                                                                                                   Do i experience and demonstrate compassion?

  maya payNe Smart, riCHMOnd (va) CHaptEr
                                                                                                   Am i mindful—authentic and in tune with myself, others,
                                                                                                   and the environment?

                                                                                                 – excerpted from resonant Leadership

  For more on taking care of mind, body, heart and spirit, read The power
  of restoration on page 36.



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    Step by
                  STEP

    Scott Hawkins                    if you ask scott Hawkins leadership institute (sHli) participants to describe the two-year program’s
                                     impact on their lives, the most common response you will receive is: a broader network of friends,

    Leadership institute             inspiring leadership and an energized passion to make a difference.

                                     But the proof is in their service. Take sHli alumnae rozalynn s. Frazier, Juli Farris and Tonya
    grooms members                   cantlo. After completing the two-year curriculum of formal leadership instruction and mentoring, the

    for area and                     representatives of three different graduating classes have put their knowledge to work by taking on
                                     roles of increasing responsibility within The links, incorporated.

    national leadership.             Their progression into more challenging leadership roles is exactly what 13th national President
                                     gladys gary Vaughn had in mind when she established the program at the 2004 national Assembly
                                     in Atlanta. “My hope was that after the institute, the young women would stand for office in The
                                     links or offer themselves up for positions in houses of worship, workplaces and volunteer organiza-
                                     tions,” she says.

                                     Helped by a strong safety net of experienced leaders, these young links are empowered to make a
                                     difference wherever they are. “sHli connected me to a cadre of inspiring, powerful and successful
                                     women, including our past and present national and area leaders, that i can turn to, learn from and
                                     grow with,” Frazier says. “sHli also strengthened my voice in my work endeavors and helped me
                                     recognize that my contributions, no matter how big or small, are indeed valuable.”

                                     And contribute she has. A 5-year member of The links, incorporated and a 2008 sHli graduate,
                                     Frazier is communications chair of the Metro-Manhattan (nY) chapter and past chair of programs.
                                     Her exceptional work as founding editor of the sHli newsletter resulted in a recent appointment as
                                     national communications co-chair.


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                                                      Left: Rozalynn S. Frazier, Metro-Manhattan (NY) Chapter. Middle: Juli Farris, Greater Seattle (WA) Chapter.
                                                      Right: Tonya Cantlo, Greater Queens (NY) Chapter.




Juli Farris of the greater seattle (WA) chapter       NeW deaNS JoiN Shli team
also says the institute opened the door for her       The Scott hawkins Leadership Institute has come a               Welcome cohort iV
to participate in the organization on a larger        long way since its inception at the 2004 national               We are inspired and energized by cohort iV
scale. “it expanded my perspective of the             Assembly in Atlanta. to date, more than 200 young
                                                                                                                      of the scott Hawkins leadership institute
organization and changed my level of interest         women have completed the two-year program and
                                                                                                                      (sHli). Fifty-three accomplished, dynamic
and commitment,” explains the 2006 graduate.          applied their enhanced knowledge of leadership prin-
                                                                                                                      and articulate sHli fellows met in Wash-
“i feel so lucky to know so many of our future        ciples and practice to work in The Links, Incorporated
                                                                                                                      ington, D.c. for the initiating retreat. They
leaders and to have such confidence in where          and beyond.
                                                                                                                      began learning how to be leaders in their
our organization is headed.”
                                                      ShLI is also enhanced by the addition of two first-             chapters and throughout the organization.
Farris first served as financial secretary and Arts   time associate deans: Mildred edwards, Wichita
                                                      (kS) Chapter, brings her public administration skills           The fellows are on a personal journey to
facet chair prior to serving as president of the
                                                      and her experience as a community psychologist; and             learn more about themselves and ways
greater seattle (WA) chapter. Fulfilling a major
                                                      Valerie kennedy-Miller, Metro-Manhattan (ny)                    to translate their professional expertise to
role at the area level, Farris coordinated link
                                                      Chapter, is enhancing our program through her legal             leadership experience within their chapters.
leaders across a broad geographical stretch as
                                                      expertise and women’s leadership development back-              some new aspects of the curriculum are
the cluster liaison for the 2008 seattle Assembly.
                                                      ground. dean Jan Collins eaglin and Associate dean              examining on a deeper level The links, in-
The legacy of leadership continues with the third     deborah Brittain continue enhancing and guiding                 corporated’s ethics and integrity policies as
cohort of scott Hawkins fellows.                      the evolution of the program.                                   a core element of leadership, appreciative
                                                      each dean is responsible for keeping contact with the           inquiry and other models of strength-based
Tonya cantlo of the greater Queens (nY) chap-         fellows from their Areas. kennedy-Miller is respon-             leadership, and expanding continual contact
ter credits her recent appointment to co-chair of     sible for the eastern Area; Brittain for the Southern           with the fellows through technology.
the commission on ethics and standards to the         Area; eaglin for the Central Area; edwards for the
relationships and visibility she gained through                                                                       JaN ColliNS eagliN, sHli DeAn,
                                                      Western Area. The deans will work with past fellows
                                                                                                                      LanSinG/EaSt LanSinG (Mi) CHaptEr
the institute.                                        as mentors and find multiple ways to enhance their
                                                      leadership potential. They also will update the area
“i was shocked,” she says of her appointment.
                                                      directors on the cohort’s progress.
“But i was prepared. scott Hawkins taught me
how to adapt to different leadership styles and       Inaugural Scott hawkins Leadership Institute dean
always keep the ultimate goal — the betterment        Josephine davis will lead the newly created ShLI
of the organization — in mind.”                       Alumni Initiative. In this new role, davis will
                                                      develop and implement programs to ensure that the
JoSephiNe d. daviS, sHli AluMnAe cHAir, FOrt          network, enthusiasm and motivation of fellows don’t
vaLLEY (Ga) CHaptEr                                   wane after graduation.




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    Executive Council
         margot JameS CopelaNd                               mary Currie
         national president                                  southern area director
         Cleveland (OH) Chapter                              atlanta (Ga) Chapter

         gleNda NeWell-harriS                                alma dodd
         national Vice president                             director, national program and strategic partnerships
         alameda Contra-Costa (Ca) Chapter                   Windy City (iL) Chapter

         Kimberly JeFFrieS leoNard                           hazel duKeS
         national recording secretary                        ngo representative
         arlington (va) Chapter                              Metro-Manhattan (nY) Chapter

         KatheriNe e. WilSoN                                 elaiNe mCColliNS FlaKe
         national treasurer and chair, Finance committee     chaplain and chair, taking care of mind, body and spirit
         bold City (FL) Chapter                              Greater new York (nY) Chapter

         pamela J. geNtry                                    JeNNiFer ColemaN FluKer
         chair, national nominating committee                co-chair, technology
         annapolis (Md) Chapter                              Cleveland (OH) Chapter

         alpha blaCKburN                                     Sherri blouNt gray
         director, the arts                                  general counsel and chair, legal affairs
         indianapolis (in) Chapter                           potomac (va) Chapter

         gWeNdolyN e. boyd                                   erma JohNSoN hadley
         chair, education across the miles                   chair, education linkage
         Capital City (dC) Chapter                           Fort Worth (tX) Chapter

         larNell burKS-bagley                                tequel hager
         chair, rituals                                      co-chair, technology
         indianapolis (in) Chapter                           Greenville (SC) Chapter

         teree CaldWell-JohNSoN                              CyNthia hightoWer-JeNKiNS
         central area director                               chair, awards and recognition
         des Moines (ia) Chapter                             Shreveport (La) Chapter

         SharoN ClaytoN                                      patriCia iNgram
         co-chair, assembly, conference and event planning   Financial secretary
         Western reserve (OH) Chapter                        Gulf Coast apollo (tX) Chapter

         mattie ComptoN                                      FerN JaCKSoN
         chair, commission on ethics and standards           chair, protocol and courtesies
         Fort Worth (tX) Chapter                             alameda Contra-Costa (Ca) Chapter




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 argeNtiNa JameS                                                 viviaN piCKard
 director, services to youth                                     chair, corporate linkages
 Missouri City (tX) Chapter                                      renaissance (Mi) Chapter

 marCella JoNeS                                                  Charlotte brooKS polK
 chair, Fund development                                         co-chair, assembly, conference and event planning
 Capital City (dC) Chapter                                       Shelby County (tn) Chapter

 JayNe baCCuS KhaliFa                                            JeaNNiNe quiCK-FraSier
 co-chair, organizational effectiveness                          co-chair, chapter establishment
 Minneapolis-St.paul (Mn) Chapter                                Columbus (OH) Chapter

 patriCia larKiNS-hiCKS                                          JaCqueliNe SpriggS reviS
 co-chair, organizational effectiveness                          national parliamentarian
 Columbus (OH) Chapter                                           San antonio (tX) Chapter

 madeliNe laWSoN                                                 SharoN u. riChardSoN
 chair, Women’s issues and economic empowerment                  director, international trends and services
 Capital City (dC) Chapter                                       newport news (va) Chapter

 KathryN toWe littletoN                                          lyNNe W. rogerS
 chair, evaluations                                              director, national trends and services
 Oakland County (Mi) Chapter                                     Columbia (SC) Chapter

 SaNdra maloNe                                                   barbra ruFFiN-boStoN
 chair, chapter establishment                                    Western area director
 dallas (tX) Chapter                                             San Francisco (Ca) Chapter

 earNeStiNe mCNealey                                             roSlyN Smith
 chair, archives and history                                     chair, human resources
 tuscaloosa (aL) Chapter                                         baltimore (Md) Chapter

 biShetta merritt                                                CaSSaNdra hugheS WebSter
 eastern area director                                           chair, communications
 Washington (dC) Chapter                                         Shelby County (tn) Chapter

 KareN JeFFerSoN morriSoN                                        ida WoolFolK
 chair, legislative issues, public affairs and disaster relief   co-chair, taking care of mind, body and spirit
 Columbus (OH) Chapter                                           St. Louis (MO) Chapter

 moNiCa parKer                                                   dorothy CoWSer yaNCy
 director, health and human services                             chair, national hbcu initiative
 athens (Ga) Chapter                                             atlanta (Ga) Chapter

 gloria parKer
 chair, strategic planning
 Harbor City (Md) Chapter




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                                                       Health Focus
                                                       Dr. Monica Parker answers your questions about
                                                       the new Health and Human Services facet.
    The Health and Human Services facet burst          Why WaS the NeW FaCet Created?                     parities. The areas of emphasis are childhood
    onto the scene this summer at the national         Many of our national programs focused on           obesity, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer,
                                                       issues of health disparity. African Ameri-         and organ, tissue and blood donation.
    Assembly in detroit, but programs aimed
                                                       cans suffer premature death related to these       WhiCh exiStiNg programS Will
    at eliminating health disparities in African-      disparities. Program Coordinator Alma Dodd         move uNder the health aNd humaN
    American and economically disadvantaged            proposed the creation of a health facet to         ServiCeS FaCet?
                                                       directly address these problems. The member-
    communities have long been a Links                 ship voted to establish a health facet at the      All health-related programs will find a
                                                       37th National Assembly.                            home within the new facet. This includes
    tradition. Under the direction of dr. monica
                                                                                                          Linkages to Life, HeartLinks, and Walk for
    Parker of the Athens (gA) Chapter, the new         Community education about health risk is           Healthy Living signature programs; child-
    facet will bring greater focus, resources and      crucial and The Links, Incorporated can play a     hood obesity, oral health and brain health
                                                       significant role in providing it. Cardiovascular   initiatives; and the Susan G. Komen for the
    coordination to our health initiatives. Here dr.   disease is the leading cause of death among        Cure national partnership.
    Parker answers your top Health and Human           all groups. There is an increased prevalence
                                                       of CVD in African Americans. Breast cancer         What Should ChapterS do NoW
    Services facet questions.                                                                             to eStabliSh their health aNd humaN
                                                       is the leading cause of death among African-       ServiCeS FaCet?
                                                       American women over age 40. Risk factors for
                                                       these diseases include obesity, diabetes, sed-     All health programming should now fall
                                                       entary lifestyle and no early detection which      under Health and Human Services. Chapters
                                                       would allow for effective treatment and cure.      should name a Health and Human Services
                                                                                                          chair and begin to move in alignment with
                                                       What iS viSioN For the NeW FaCet?                  the national program.
                                                       Our Health and Human Services theme is             hoW do We CommuNiCate With the health
                                                       Making Black Women’s Health a Priority.            aNd humaN ServiCeS FaCet leaderShip?
                                                       There are many excellent health programs           Email us at health@linksinc.org
                                                       being conducted by our chapters. We would
                                                       like to provide greater structure and support      Health and Human Services Director
                                                       for our signature programs and develop or          Monica Parker, Athens (GA) Chapter,
                                                       expand partnerships with national agencies         monicawparker@bellsouth.net
                                                       that support our mission. We’d also like to        Health and Human Services Assistant Direc-
    dr. Monica parker,                                 encourage good health among our members            tor Cheryl Capers, Savannah (GA) Chapter,
    Health and Human Services Director                 with a Link Passport to document health            checap@coastalnow.net
                                                       screenings and other wellness milestones.
                                                                                                          Susan G. Komen Chair Lolita McDavid,
                                                       Health and Human Services will promote and         Cleveland (OH) Chapter,
                                                       facilitate programs that support the mainte-       lmcda51089@aol.com
    Helpful links                                      nance of good health and the elimination of
                                                                                                          Linkages to Life Chair Joyce Dixon, Greens-
                                                       chronic health disparities in communities of
    healthy people 2020                                color through education, health advocacy, and      boro (NC) Chapter, jdixon39@triad.rr.com
    http://www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/               optimal utilization of health resources. We
                                                                                                          Childhood Obesity Initiative Chair
                                                       will educate members about health promotion
                                                                                                          Henri Treadwell, Atlanta (GA) Chapter,
    national center on minority health                 and disease prevention to ensure that we be-
                                                                                                          htreadwell@msm.edu
    and health disparities (ncmhd)                     come models of the health behavior we hope
    http://ncmhd.nih.gov/                              to promote in our communities.                     HeartLinks Signature Program Chair
                                                                                                          Mary E. Clark, Reston (VA) Chapter,
                                                       We’ll be guided by chapter assessments of
                                                                                                          mary.e.clark@verizon.net
                                                       community need, Healthy People 2020 (a
                                                       U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser-           Walk for Healthy Living Chair Ella Horton,
                                                       vices initiative), and the goals of the National   Shelby County (TN) Chapter,
                                                       Center on Minority Health and Health Dis-          ellahorton@mindspring.com


                                                       Thank you to the 206 chapters that completed
    32        linksinc.org | HEALTH                    the Health and Human Services Survey!
                                                        breast cancer statistics
                                                        For AFriCAn-AmEriCAn WomEn
                                                        The most recent report of the American cancer society projects:
                                                           A
                                                        •	 	 n	estimated	19,540	new	cases	of	breast	cancer	were	expected	to	occur	among	African-
                                                           American women in 2009.
                                                        •	 Breast	cancer	is	the	most	common	cancer	among	African-American	women.
                                                           A
                                                        •	 	 n	estimated	6,020	deaths	from	breast	cancer	were	expected	to	occur	among	African-American	
Above: The Nassau Chapter of the Links,                    women in 2009.
Incorporated in partnership with Susan G.
Komen Race for the Cure, held their first 5K in            B
                                                        •	 	 reast	cancer	is	the	second	most	common	cause	of	cancer	death	among	African-American	
Nassau, Bahamas, January, 2011. More than 1500             women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
participated in this inaugural event.
                                                           D
                                                        •	 	 uring	the	early	1980s,	breast	cancer	death	rates	for	white	and	African-American	women	were	
The Links, Incorporated presented a $25,000 check          about equal, but during 2001-2005 African-American women had a 37 percent higher death rate.
to the Princess Margaret Hospital. Left to right: Dr.
                                                           T
                                                        •	 	 he	higher	mortality	rate	in	African-American	women	may	be	related	to	differences	in	access	to	
Monica W. Parker, Director Health and Human
Services facet, The Links, Incorporated; Coralie           and utilization of early detection and treatment and differences in tumor characteristics.
Adderley, Chief Hospital Administrator, Princess           F
                                                        •	 	 rom	1996-2004,	the	five-year	survival	rate	for	breast	cancer	among	African-American	women	
Margaret Hospital and Secretary to the PMH                 was 77 percent, compared with 90 percent among white women. The difference may be attrib-
Foundation; Paulette Zonicle, Board member, PMH
                                                           uted to both late stage at detection and poorer stage specific survival.
Foundation; Margot James Copeland, National
President, The Links, Incorporated; Mary Currie,
Southern Area Director, The Links, Incorporated;        AMericAn cAncer socieTY cAncer FAcTs & Figures For AFricAn AMericAns 2009-2010.
Patricia Newbold, Senior Nursing Officer for
Oncology Services, PMH; Katherine E. Wilson,
National Treasurer, The Links, Incorporated.

Main photo: Kenna Williams, senior marketing              Share Your Stories with Us
coordinator for Komen for the Cure, hosts booth at        To highlight your chapter’s work with susan g. komen for the cure,
the 37th National Assembly.                               contact lolly McDavid at LMCDA51089@aol.com



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                                     crowning glory
    Parthenon (Tn) Chapter takes         H        air loss is a common, and devastating,
                                         side effect of chemotherapy for many cancer
                                                                                            But the Parthenon Chapter’s efforts didn’t
                                                                                            stop there. The Chapter planned a day of
    message of breast cancer             patients. For women battling breast cancer,        rejuvenation and beauty for cancer survivors,
                                         losing their locks is often one more obstacle      including a photo shoot with Lucius Outlaw,
    awareness, support and               they face as they battle heroically against this   Jr., owner of Lou Outlaw photography and
                                         disease. To that end the Parthenon (TN)            husband of a Parthenon Link. Participants
    empowerment on the road.             Chapter launched Project Crowning Glory            are now taking their photos and message of
                                         to lessen the blow by providing wigs styled        breast cancer awareness, support and empow-
                                         especially for black women.                        erment on the road with Project Crowning
                                                                                            Glory: A Photographic Expression of Beauty,
                                         The chapter quickly met its goal of collect-
                                                                                            Strength and Resilience.
                                         ing 150 new or gently used wigs for cancer
                                         patients and invited the rest of the Nashville     Launched in August 2010 at the Vanderbilt
                                         Cluster to participate as well. The other          Marriott Hotel, the exhibit features evocative
                                         chapter presidents readily agreed and together     photographs of the survivors of breast and
                                         Links from the Parthenon (TN), Nashville           other cancers, both with wigs and without.
                                         (TN), Music City (TN) and Hendersonville           The Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G.
                                         (TN) Chapters collected more than 500 wigs         Komen for the Cure recently underwrote the
    For more information about Project   in less than six months.                           traveling exhibit with a $7,500 grant.
    Crowning Glory, contact Paulette     While collecting, washing, conditioning, and       As cancer survivor Harriette Bias-Insignares
    Coleman, Parthenon (TN) Chapter,     styling the wigs were pretty simple tasks, dis-    noted, the portraits are a powerful reminder
    at saico7@aol.com.                   tribution proved to be a challenge. Fortunate-     that “there is life and beauty beyond a
                                         ly, the American Cancer Society recognized         cancer diagnosis.”
                                         the need and assisted with wig deliveries.
                                                                                            pAULETTE CoLEMAN, pArthenOn (tn) ChApter
                                         The resulting partnership helped expand the
                                         program’s reach to several Tennessee cities and
                                         even one in Mississippi.


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                                                tl aW
                                              p h o to
                                                 graph
                                                            project Crowning glory:
                                                            a photographic expression of beauty,




                                                        y
                                                            Strength and resilience




                                                                                                       lo u ou tlaW
                                                                                                                    ph ot og ra ph
                                                                 lo u ou tlaW
                                                                                                                                     a diva is born
                                                                                                                                     Makeover Brings Cancer Survivor




                                                                                                                    y
                                                                                                                                     New Look and New Attitude

                                                                              ph ot og ra ph
 Patricia Adams                                                                                                                      Before cancer, i saw myself as a wife, mother, sis-
                                                                                                                                     ter, friend, neighbor, volunteer, journalist, educator,
                                                                 y


                                                                                                                                     storyteller, soloist, poet, author, community activ-
                                                                                               Clara Burnam                          ist, commercial model and christian believer.
                                                                                                                                     After cancer treatment and a bone marrow trans-
                                                                                                                                     plant, the most important question is: Who have
                                                                                                                                     i become? When i thought i was at my lowest,
                                                                                                                                     the makeover and lou’s artistic eye lifted me and
                                                                                                                                     captured the heights that i can reach if i will only
                                                                                                                                     believe and dream.
                                                                                                                                     i have become a cancer activist, a role model, a
                                                                                                                                     diva and to my surprise, a fashion model accord-
                  Marilyn Wyatt Harris
                                                                                                                                     ing to the clearance we signed to be a part of
                                                                                                                                     the exhibit. i have embraced the dream that the
                                                                                                                                     Parthenon chapter has inspired. now i believe my
                                         “There is life and beauty                                                                   life will show that the best is yet to come...


                                          beyond a cancer diagnosis.”                                                                harriette biaS-iNSigNareS, MuSiC CitY
                                                                                                                                     (tn) CHaptEr

                                                  - Harriette Bias-Insignares




                                                               behind the Scenes




Chapter photos courtesy of parthenon
(tn) Chapter.




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          The Power
                                     of restora




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national Chaplain and               As busy and hard-working women, our            Clearly, one of the authentic hallmarks
                                    lives often become overrun with endless        of a life well lived is the desire to serve
Taking Care of mind, Body           to-do lists. Between work, family, civic and   others, but we cannot forget that we are
                                    social commitments, our hearts and minds       our best selves only when our bodies are
and Spirit Chair Elaine m.          become cluttered with demands that take        healthy and our souls are restored. We
Flake explains how rest and         us away from the balance and self-care that    have to be intentional about making our
                                    is necessary for healthy living.               lives simpler and less stressful. The more
renewal fuel service.               We cannot allow our fast-paced lives or
                                                                                   stress we eliminate, the more peaceful
                                                                                   and productive we become. The more we
                                    the ever-growing pressures of daily life to
                                                                                   detach ourselves from stressful people, the
                                    deprive us of the time to renew ourselves.
                                                                                   more certain we are to enter into places
                                    This is essential for our well-being.
                                                                                   where contentment is plentiful and waters
                                    As active women, we must find a way to         are refreshing and still.
                                    relax that empowers us and allows us to
                                    experience enjoyment, contentment and
                                    satisfaction. This process requires more
                                                                                   “He makes me to lie down
                                    than just the nightly requisite of six to       in green pastures. He leads
                                    eight hours of sleep (although that’s a
                                    start). It demands that we address our own      me beside still waters. He
                                    inner conflict, feelings of grief, anger and
                                    mental unrest.
                                                                                    restores my soul.”
Rev. Elaine McCollins Flake,        David’s poetic imagery in the 23rd Psalm        psalms 23:2-3
National Chaplain and Taking Care
                                    advises us that it is imperative that we
of Mind, Body and Spirit Chair
                                    withdraw from the crowd and go to the          God is faithful and provides us with green
                                    mental and spiritual places that provide us    pastures and still waters. God’s desire is that
                                    with nurturing and peace, so that we may       in the midst of all that we do, our spirits
                                    be emotionally healed and rejuvenated.         are uplifted and our souls are restored.
                                    The Psalm also reminds us that we must         REV. ELAiNE MCCoLLiNS FLAKE,
                                    learn to stay away from the choppy waters      NATIONAL CHAPLAIN AND TAKING CARE OF
                                    of stress and unrealistic demands others       MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT CHAIR, GreAter
                                    put on us, and what we put on ourselves.       neW yOrk (ny) ChApter
                                    So, whether your pasture or still water
                                    is a house of worship, a regular time for
                                    prayer and meditation, a therapist’s couch
                                    or a cruise ship, we cannot move ahead
                                    until we get what we need to take us to a
                                    healthy and productive future.



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                                                                               CELEBRATE
                                                                               FRIENDSHIP
                                                                               iT’S ALWAyS THE rigHT TimE To STrEngTHEn CHAPTEr
                                                                               BondS. HErE ArE FivE FriEndSHiP ACTiviTiES To Try.




    1. Perform the Friendship Ceremony at a chapter or cluster luncheon.
    2. Bring in a facilitator to engage your chapter in
         team-building activities.

    3. Host a progressive dinner (cocktails and appetizers at one
         house, entrees at another and dessert at a third).

    4. Worship together at a local church.
    5. Hold a scrapbooking or craft party to preserve chapter                                In honor of Links Friendship Month, members of the
                                                                                             Pontchartrain (LA) Chapter attended worship service
         memories and forge new relationships.                                               together at St. Maria Goretti Church before sharing a
                                                                                             lovely brunch. photo courtesy of Shaniece B. Bickham,
                                                                                             pontchartrain (LA) Chapter.

    reminder
         Please send your chapter Friendship Month write-ups to National Vice President      “Stop for a moment and ask your-
         Glenda Newell-Harris and your respective Area Vice Director:
                                                                                              selves, is what I’m doing kind?
         National Vice President Glenda Newell-Harris – natvp@linksinc.org
                                                                                              Is it helpful? Is it useful? Is it the
         Central Area Vice Director Alice Strong-Simmons – astrongsimmons@msn.com
                                                                                              way I would want to be treated?
         Eastern Area Vice Director Dianne Smith Hardison – dianne_hardison@hotmail.com
                                                                                              Then you will go a long way
         Western Area Vice Director Constance Fitzpatrick Smith – cfitzsmith@sbcglobal.net
                                                                                              toward living up to the word
         Southern Area Vice Director Eneid A. Francis – eneidf@bellsouth.net
                                                                                              friendship as embodied in the
                                                                                              name Links.”
                                                                                             - Marion Schultz Sutherland,
                                                                                               10th national president
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Welcome
                                                                                                                  tri-County (al) Chapter




                                                                                the art oF exposure photography
                                                                                                                  Chartering date:
                                                                                                                  June 12, 2010
                                                                                                                  Chartering Location:
                                                                                                                  Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Birmingham,
                                                                                                                  Alabama
                                                                                                                  Number of Members:
                                                                                                                  37



members
Tracey Morant-Adams, ethics and Standards Chair                     Melva Langford
Barbara S. Allen                                                    Margaret H. Lewis
Rhonda G. Allen                                                     Judy Mannings
Dovie W. Bell                                                       Susanne Matthews
LeVoria Bushelon                                                    Patricia Hendon-May
Mattie Wilkins-Crawford                                             Rukiya P. McClain
Janice Douthard                                                     Latoya McQueen
Samuetta H. Drew, president                                         Adrienne Mitchell
Cassie J. Ferguson                                                  Janice H. Orange, Chaplain
Cassandra Fincher-Fells                                             Carmen Perkins, Financial Secretary
Lynn Flowers-Martin                                                 Tonya Perry
Derritta Ford-Gainer                                                Rolessa Powell
Juandalynn Givan, Vice president                                    Tameka Woodruff
Hazel Hosey                                                         Brenda Carter-Taylor, Corresponding Secretary
Norma Humes                                                         Malera Traylor-Wright, parliamentarian
Janice Jackson                                                      Betty Jean Hill-Underwood
Marshell Jackson, program Chair                                     Margie Varner
Velda Pugh-Kinsey, Archives Chair                                   Debbie Williams, treasurer
Griena H. Knight, recording Secretary




“I am pleased and honored to have been the president of our interest group and now the new tri-County (AL) Chapter of The Links,
Incorporated. Our talented ladies display the very foundations The Links, Incorporated is built upon–warm sisterly spirits rooted in
service. Our journey to Linkdom was a wonderful experience, which allowed us to bond as we served the tri-county communities, but
the ultimate destination of Linkdom has been awesome! Chapterhood has afforded us the opportunity to meet very distinguished sisters
nationwide that mirror the outstanding qualities we saw locally in the Links who helped and supported us along our journey. your
support and well wishes spur us to continue to build upon the strong partnership we formed with the City of Leeds where we provide
youth empowerment service programs. It truly delights us when we use the title “Link” when addressing each other because now we
each understand and value what the word means–friendship and service.”
- Samuetta Drew, president, tri-County (AL) Chapter

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         Welcome
                                                                                                                               miami-biscayne bay




                                                                                             the art oF exposure photography
                                                                                                                               (Fl) Chapter
                                                                                                                               Chartering date:
                                                                                                                               June 30, 2010
                                                                                                                               Chartering Location:
                                                                                                                               37th National Assembly in Detroit, Michigan
                                                                                                                               Number of Members:
                                                                                                                               31



         members
         Effie Adams, rituals Chair                                             Zandra Rucker, program Co-Chair and The Arts Chair
         Elaine Adderly                                                         Val Screen, Corresponding Secretary
         Tearsa Black-Harvey                                                    Rosa Simmons
         Vanessa Byers                                                          Jean Teal, host Committee Chair
         Beatrice Cazeau                                                        Mary Tillman
         Lillian Cooper, president                                              H. Leigh Toney, national trends and Services Chair
         Lucia Davis-Raiford                                                    Reva Vangates, recording Secretary
         Audrey Edmonson, International trends and Services Chair               Ronda Vangates
         Rebecca Fuzz                                                           Jacquelyn White
         Darlene Gay, program Co-Chair                                          Beth Williams
         Jennifer Green                                                         Valerie Williams
         Carolyn Hazelton, Financial Secretary                                  Carol Wilson, Services to youth Chair
         Eunice Hogan, Archivist
         Roslyn Jackson, Vice president
         Martha Johnson-Rutledge, treasurer
         Linda Kearson, By-Laws Chair
         Beatrice Louissaint, Chaplain
         Georgia McLean, health and human Services Chair
         Shirlyon McWhorter, protocol Chair




         “The Miami-Biscayne Bay (FL) Chapter is pleased to join The Links, Incorporated, a nationally admired circle of friendship and
         service. After our chartering at the national Assembly in detroit we hit the ground running. The entire chapter is busily preparing for
         and initiating our umbrella project for this first programmatic year. We have selected to focus our energy around COpe Center north,
         a school for teen parents. We are crafting activities, which connect the five facets in this single initiative. We look forward to partner-
         ships with Florida Memorial university, the local historically black college, as well as the African heritage Cultural Arts Center as
         we infuse the national initiatives into our local endeavors. We are also pleased to move forward in building our first home for those in
         haiti, and furthering our connection with a school in the Bahamas, which has a mission similar to COpe.”
         - Lillian Cooper, president, Miami-Biscayne Bay (FL) Chapter


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                                                                                                      THE
                                                                                                      Laughter
                                                                                                      CURE
rEAdy SmiLES And good HUmor                                               A little laughter can make all our efforts more
                                                                          enjoyable—and effective. So we must seek ways
BoLSTEr FriEndSHiP And SErviCE.                                           to incorporate more humor into our chapter
                                                                          meetings and events— these good-humored
                                                                          interactions among members will help enhance
Recently, I spent an unforgettable evening battling the technology
                                                                          member satisfaction, retention and recruitment.
that’s supposed to make life easier. With an important conference call
just minutes away, my cell phone wouldn’t hold a charge, my wireless      Whether it’s simply sharing a smile with your
Internet conked out and my fax machine rang and rang without ever         sister Link or introducing chapter activities
delivering a message.                                                     that promote playful communications such as
                                                                          a humorous “Linkspiration,” a light-hearted ice
I wanted to scream, but decided to laugh instead. I then turned on
                                                                          breaker or a girls night out, having fun strength-
the TV and tuned into a comedy show. This instantly lifted my mood
                                                                          ens our relationships, attracts others to us, helps
and the crisis I found myself stressing about just moments earlier, now                                                         dr. glenda Newell-
                                                                          to defuse conflict and promotes group bonding.
seemed less important.                                                                                                          Harris, National Vice
                                                                          dR. gLENdA NEwELL-HARRiS, NATIONAL                    President, Alameda
Time and again experiences like this one teach me that laughter is the                                                          Contra-Costa (CA)
                                                                          VICE PRESIDENT, ALAMedA COntrA-COStA
best medicine. Indeed, it is well documented that a hearty chuckle has
                                                                          (CA) ChApter
plenty of good-for-you benefits. From boosting immunity and relieving
stress to improving mood and connecting people emotionally, laughter
offers an inexpensive (and healthy) cure to your everyday issues.
“Laughter occurs when people are comfortable with one another,
                                                                          “In the sweetness of friendship let
when they feel open and free,” says anthropologist Mahadev Apte. Did       there be laughter, and sharing of
you know that shared laughter helps create a positive bond between
people and helps build healthy relationships? And while it is good to      pleasures. For in the dew of little
laugh alone, it is even better to share a chuckle with your close girl
friends and most of all your sister Links.                                 things the heart finds its morning
As Links, we work hard on service projects, fundraisers and chapter        and is refreshed.”
business. As women, we manage busy lives and juggle multiple roles.
                                                                            - kahlil Gibran


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                  Art Infusion
    SoUTH SUBUrBAn CHiCAgo (iL) CHAPTEr
    BringS viSUAL And PErForming ArTS To
    UndErSErvEd yoUTH.
    children in the chicago Heights area have limited exposure to cultural enrichment
    programs due to the lack of family finances, community funding, and the elimination
    of arts programs in the local school district. so, the south suburban chicago (il)
    chapter launched an after school arts program at Harold colbert Jones Memorial
    community center to reverse the trend. Ten years later the chapter’s year-round
    program, in partnership with Tall grass Arts Association, local cable Access Televi-
    sion, and the umoja People, still provides young people with exposure to the arts
    through dance, piano lessons, choir and visual arts.


    “Cultured to our core, the theme for the activities
     of The Arts facet acknowledges our legacy of
     fostering artistic expression and elevating the most
     refined aspects of our culture. We will re-energize
     The Arts through defining their connections to the
     goals of our areas of focus and integrating them
     whenever practical into all areas of programming.”
      - National Arts Director Alpha Blackburn
      - National Arts Assistant Director Gladys Smith

    “The influence of the art infusion has enhanced the skills of the staff and enriched
    the lives of the students,” says Jones center Director Tonnietta ivie. “This inspiration
    resulted in the creation of a colorful mural and other art work that now brightens the
    walls throughout our center,” adds Arts chair Marchelle goens, south surburban
    chicago (il) chapter. “nothing excites me more than to see the commitment, work
    ethic, ambition, and initiative of students who have gained these valuable skills
    through our program.”

    marChelle goeNS AnD JaCqueliNe JameS leWiS, SOutH Suburban CHiCaGO (iL) CHaptEr
                                                                                               Top: Jones Center students take part in Black History Month
                                                                                               performance against a backdrop of student art.
                  Suburban
      The South              on                                                                Middle: Links and art program participants gather at Jones Center
                ) Chapter w
    Chicago (IL          rts
                                                                                               awards ceremony.
                    The A
       1st Place in
                                                                                               bottom: South Suburban Chicago (IL) Chapter President Arlene
                                                                                               Burke with area and national Poster Arts Contest winner.


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           college PreP                                                                                                                      The Esse
                                                                                                                                            Chapter
                                                                                                                                                      x County
                                                                                                                                                    won 1st
                                                                                                                                                                (NJ)
                                                                                                                                                             Place in
                                                         Essex County (nJ) Chapter Helps First                                                 Services
                                                                                                                                                        to Youth


                                                         generation University Applicants Succeed
                                                         national statistics from the Journal of blacks in Higher Education suggest that many black and
                                                         latino students score poorly on standardized tests and often do not apply for financial assistance
                                                         properly. in an effort to close the gap, the women of the essex county (nJ) chapter and the east
                                                         orange Public library have created the roadmap to college program. Together they provide
                                                         students with targeted workshops that focus on sAT preparedness and financial aid readiness to
                                                         insure that participants have the very best opportunity to get into their college or university of choice
                                                         and receive scholarships and grants to assist with tuition.

                                                         “We are dealing with first generation college applicants,” says essex county services to Youth
                                                         chair Joan randall. “What struck me was that many students had never been on a college campus
                                                         before. We allow them to visualize themselves on a college campus, talk to admissions counselors,
                                                         and get a feel for what it’s really like.”

                                                         since the program’s inception in 2004, the essex county (nJ) chapter has positively impacted
Essex County (NJ) Chapter Services to Youth Chair
                                                         more than 200 families annually. notices are placed in local newspapers to recruit students from
Joan Randall congratulates Road to College participant
                                                         area high schools to participate in workshops during the program, which runs for an academic year
during graduation exercises.
                                                         and includes link-led sessions on college admissions, learning strategies, negotiating senior year
                                                         and a college tour. kaplan instructors also teach the intensive 13-week sAT preparation portion of
                                                         the program.

                                                         To gauge program effectiveness, students are tested at enrollment and again at completion of the
                                                         program. each program graduate has demonstrated an increase in both test-taking capabilities and
                                                         sAT scores. students say the workshops have reduced the stress of standardized test taking and
                                                         alleviated the mystery generally associated with completing financial aid forms.

                                                         The chapter hosts a celebration for program participants, complete with certificates and parental
                                                         applause. From there, most participants move on to college. Program graduates have enrolled in
                                                         Montclair state university, Morehouse college, rutgers university, spelman college, and the uni-
                                                         versity of Pennsylvania.

                                                         daWN haNKiN Cliette, eAsTern AreA coMMunicATions cHAir, MEtrO-ManHattan (nY) CHaptEr


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         Saturday Morning
                                  START
                                   Shelby County (Tn) Chapter’s
                                   institute for Women’s
                                   Empowerment helps families
                                   move from poverty to economic
                                   self-sufficiency.




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                                                                                                                                         lby Cou
                                                                                                                            (TN) an               nty
                                                                                                                                      d Lakesh
                                                                                                                            Chapter             ore (IL)
                                                                                                                                    s shared
                                                                                                                           honors in          1st Plac
                                                                                                                                     Nationa           e
                                                                                                                                               l Trends
                                                                                                                                 and Ser
                                                                                                                                          vices




UP
Fifty-five percent of the African-American households in Memphis are led by single females —
women who are struggling to fill the role of two parents, with few, if any, barriers standing
between them and poverty. So the Shelby County (TN) Chapter embarked upon an ambitious
plan to connect this population of women with the educational, professional and personal
resources they need to thrive.
“Our ultimate goal was to break the cycle of poverty,” says Bridget Chisholm, who spearheaded
the outreach effort that would later become the Institute for Women’s Empowerment.
In partnership with government, leading businesses, non-profits and financial institutions, the
Chapter addressed the needs of women in public housing using a four-prong approach. “By
focusing on building self-image, creating health awareness, improving financial literacy, and
providing guidance in personal and professional educational skills, these women could be given
                                                                                                   Institute for Women’s Empowerment Graduation
a second chance in life,” explains Immediate Past President Cecelia Sawyer.
Through the Institute, participants and their children engage in an intensive four-month life
skills program. The three-hour interactive sessions, led by Link sisters on Saturday mornings,
culminate in the development of a five-year Individual and Family Business Plan for each par-
ticipant. The plan provides real-time actions each participant will take over 12 months to begin
the shift from generational poverty to self-sufficiency.
“This has been and continues to be an opportunity for us to
share with other black women what we have been so blessed to      “This has been and continues to be an
know — that believing in oneself is the first step to achieving
anything,” says Chapter President Sandra Reed.
                                                                   opportunity for us to share with other black
The program has also attracted significant community sup-          women what we have been so blessed to
port. “The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis was
one of the first funders to embrace the Institute for Women’s
                                                                   know — that believing in oneself is the first
Empowerment (IWE) program because it “aligned with our             step to achieving anything.”
mission to foster leadership for women by women, build cour-
age and engage participation in a comfortable and friendly en-         - Sandra Reed,     Shelby County (TN) Chapter President
vironment for them and their children,” says Ruby Bright, the
foundation’s executive director and a member of the Chapter.
“I saw first hand the positive and lasting impact that resulted for the entire family.”
While the Chapter has won national recognition for this program at two consecutive national
assemblies, the real achievement is the 236 women who have been served through this initiative.


FELiCiA THoMAS-LyNN, CreAM CIty (WI) ChApter
SAdiE wiNLoCK, CLeVeLAnd (Oh) ChApter




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HOPE
LAkE SHorE LinkS mAkE ovEr WomEn For CArEEr SUCCESS.
                                                                              for the homeless
“You can’t get a job without two front teeth,”      setbacks,” goodwin recalls. “We realized these
says 34-year-old Annette Jones.* she boldly         women were ripe to go back into the workforce
smiles in front of a room of women as if she’s      and they needed some assistance to improve
posing for a toothpaste advertisement. it’s         their resume, writing and literacy skills while
the first time in years that Jones, a homeless      building their self-esteem and building their
woman, has had a full set of teeth. “i now feel i   desire to get back on their feet.”
can look at someone in the eye and don’t have
                                                    The chapter’s relationship with Pacific garden
to be ashamed,” she says.
                                                    Mission, the nation’s oldest homeless shelter,
                                                    with a more than 130-year history, began in
“Missing front teeth at a job                       2007. goodwin remembers the director of the
 interview are like the elephant                    Women’s Division tearfully pleading for The links
                                                    to deliver socks during chicago’s harsh winter.
 in the room, everyone sees it,                     “she said ‘if we can just keep their feet warm that
 no one acknowledges it. But                        would make a difference,’” goodwin says. The
 everyone remembers it.”                            reality of such a basic request humbled commit-       Above: Exterior of Pacific Garden Mission: the nation’s
                                                                                                          oldest homeless shelter.
                                                    tee members who responded by donating more
 - Sheila Brown Boone,                              than 200 pairs of socks and 200 nightgowns.
                                                                                                          opposite Main: Left to right: National Trends and
   Lake Shore (IL) Chapter
                                                    The program quickly flourished to include skills      Services Co-Chair Lottie Powell-Williams delivering
                                                    assessment, resume writing, interviewing tech-        socks to homeless women and Pacific Garden Mission
Jones is just one of 59 women who have par-                                                               Women Services Director Amy Rodriguez accepting
                                                    niques, dressing for success and one-on-one
ticipated in the Pacific garden Mission Women’s                                                           the donation.
                                                    mentoring. recently, a literacy component was
Division Job Preparedness Program established
                                                    added, thanks to the passion of committee co-         opposite Left: Left to right: National Trends and
by the national Trends and services committee
                                                    chair lottie Powell Williams.                         Services Chair Aleda Goodwin and Co-Chair Lottie
of the lake shore (il) chapter.                                                                           Powell-Williams recognize Pacific Garden Mission
                                                    The year culminated with the annual job fair
lake shore member sheila Brown Boone, a                                                                   Women Services Director Amy Rodriguez for her
                                                    in collaboration with the illinois Department of      commitment to the Job Preparedness Program.
dentist, offered free dental care to Jones and
                                                    employment security, which was made possible
other homeless women participating in the pro-                                                            opposite Middle: Job Preparedness participant
                                                    by chapter member Barbara Pinder. As a result,
gram. “Missing front teeth at a job interview are                                                         getting instruction at the IDESC Job Fair to apply for
                                                    many women have obtained employment,
like the elephant in the room,” Boone remarked.                                                           jobs online.
                                                    moved out of the shelter and been reunited with
“everyone sees it, no one acknowledges it. But
                                                    their children.                                       opposite Right: All women at the shelter gather
everyone remembers it.”
                                                    With thousands of women in the chicago-area           for a “Dress for Success” Fashion Show with Links
The program offers complete makeovers includ-                                                             demonstrating ways to dress professionally.
                                                    walking through the doors of Pacific gar-
ing hair styling, nail grooming and even donated
                                                    den Mission each year, lake shore chapter
business attire. However, lake shore national
                                                    President Vicki Hill Brooks says, “We have the                                        The Lakesho
Trends committee chair Aleda goodwin says                                                                                                               re (IL)
                                                    opportunity to change many lives.”                                                 and Shelby
the internal makeover is what really mat-                                                                                                           County (TN
                                                                                                                                       Chapters sh               )
                                                    Jala aNderSoN-mCKee, LakE SHOrE (iL) CHaptEr                                                   ared 1st Pla
ters. “The women at the mission had strong                                                                                            honors in N               ce
                                                                                                                                                  ational Tre
educational backgrounds and had been in the                                                                                                                   nds
                                                    * name has been changed to protect the identity of                                      and Services
workforce, but they had experienced some              the participant.



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                                         Sudan
                                                                          STOP
                                                                            the
                                                                                        Genocide
    inglewood Pacific (CA)                       1. Jewish World Watch, a five-year partner of the
                                                    Chapter’s Darfur Project, presented a tremendously
                                                                                                                a women’s health clinic in Sudan; launching the
                                                                                                                November 2008 Post Card Campaign to encourage
                                                    moving video of issues in the Democratic Republic           President-elect Obama to Stop the Violence on day
    Chapter hosts darfur                            of Congo. Janice Reznik (left), founder and
                                                    president of Jewish World Watch, traveled to the
                                                                                                                1—a project adopted by Links nationwide in
                                                                                                                July 2009; and establishing the e-blast for Darfur
                                                    Congo and met with women who had seen their                 to exponentially increase messages to President
    Forum to advocate for                           families murdered and who themselves had been               Obama to stop the violence. The Chapter made
                                                    raped and set on fire. Tears flowed in the audience         tools and materials for implementing each of these
    women and children.                             as the Congolese women told their stories. Reznik
                                                    concluded that “despite the evil in the world, God’s
                                                                                                                strategies available on the display tables at the
                                                                                                                Darfur Forum.
                                                    presence is in the deliberate actions of people who
                                                    care and help, like the Links.”                          5. A dramatic call to assemble, by the African-
                                                                                                                American women’s drummer group Horoya Kan
                                                 2. Suleiman Mohammed (center, surrounded by ITS                (The Sound of Freedom), opened the space for the
                                                    facet members), a Sudanese who fled civil war in            spirit of communication and collaboration. To the
                                                    his homeland, spoke of the continued rape and               delight of the audience, Horoya Kan interspersed
                                                    mutilation of women as effective weapons of war.            the program with two additional traditional drum
                                                    He also spoke of living through the horror of seeing        and dance performances.
                                                    families, even complete villages, burned to the
                                                    ground. Finally, he urged the audience to closely        6. The Inglewood Pacific (CA) Chapter (pictured here
                                                    monitor the elections in Sudan to ensure they were          at a Darfur demonstration) has a six-year history
                                                    free, fair and did not illegally return convicted war-      of humanitarian support and political advocacy on
                                                    criminal President Bashir to office.                        behalf of the women and children of Darfur, but
                                                                                                                it doesn’t do the work alone. From the beginning,
                                                 3. The Chapter erected a large canvas tent in the              the Chapter has enlisted the support of the broader
                                                    Darfur Forum’s entry courtyard, symbolizing the             community in its efforts to stop the genocide and
                                                    homelessness and suffering of a people displaced by         to bolster effective programming in Africa. More
                                                    civil war. The tent was covered with notes of peace         than 100 people, representing diverse faith-based,
                                                    and encouragement from Darfur advocates.                    charitable, fraternal, and Africa advocacy groups
                                                                                                                attended its Darfur Forum in January.
                                                 4. The Chapter’s accomplishments during the past six
                 ood Pacific
      The Inglew           Place                    years include providing solar stoves to more than
               er won 1st
    (CA) Chapt          Trends                      2,500 women and girls in Darfur and Chad camps,
                  ional                                                                                         JACKiE KiMbRoUgH, InGLeWOOd pACIFIC
      in Internat                                   reducing by 86 percent their risk of rape while
            and Services                                                                                        (CA) ChApter
                                                    seeking firewood for cooking; providing shelter,
                                                    medicine, farm animals and clean water for 3,000
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      Umbrella P

                         Above: Reuben Soto, a volunteer from Mustang Engineering, teams up with BP engineers to show E-STEM 9th graders JaTyrus Zuber, Taylor
                         Wilkerson, and Adora Smith how to construct offshore platforms out of household supplies, while highlighting the importance of teamwork, planning,
                         and communication. The students were at BP’s North America Headquarters in Houston, Texas during National Engineering Week.




    STEM-ULATING Students
                                                              THE miSSoUri CiTy (Tx) CHAPTEr PrEPS STUdEnTS
                                                              For CArEErS in SCiEnCE, TECHnoLogy,
                                                              EnginEEring And mATHEmATiCS.
                                                              The U.S. public education system has failed to equip a large number of minority youth with
                                                              the technological skills required in the 21st century. Sadly, these students are being left be-
                                                              hind with little hope of participating in the competitive global job market, which increasingly
                                                              revolves around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills.
                                                              Pre-college education, specifically middle school and high school, is the bridge for preparing
                                                              our students to excel in STEM related careers. Yet, it is within the middle schools and high
                                                              schools where the educational system is the most dysfunctional in urban America. Results of
                                                              a recent research study published by The Information Technology and Innovation Founda-
                                                              tion, titled Addressing the STEM Challenge by Expanding Specialty Math and Science High


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School, showed that only one in 100 African-          Southern University campus. Additionally,          professionals in the city, coupled with rigor-
American 17-year-olds can comfortably                 the chapter works closely with school admin-       ous study,” says National Services to Youth
solve multi-step mathematics problems or do           istrators to develop field and practical labora-   Director Argentina M. James, who is also a
elementary algebra. Within the state of Texas,        tory experiences and workshops that reinforce      member of the Missouri City (TX) Chapter.
only 41 percent of high school graduates are          the rigorous academic program and highlight        “The 97.9 percent performance rating on the
ready for college-level math (algebra), and           STEM-related careers.                              Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
only 24 percent are ready for college-level                                                              (TAKS) scores, almost three percentage points
                                                      Moreover, each facet develops unique field
science (biology). Alarmingly, the number of                                                             higher than the national average, is another
                                                      experiences and workshops that reinforce the
African-American youth who have prepared                                                                 early indicator that we’re on the right track
                                                      importance and relevance of STEM com-
or are being prepared for the 21st century                                                               and closely aligned with the goals and objec-
                                                      petencies in our everyday lives, and provide
STEM careers has declined over the past                                                                  tives of the program.”
                                                      interactive opportunities for the students
10 years.
                                                      to meet and network with minority and              More concrete evidence of the program’s posi-
To reverse this dire trend, the Missouri City         women STEM professionals. For example,             tive impact on the STEM-deficiency will be
(TX) Chapter launched STEM-ulation:                   the National Trends and Services facet took        available when the students graduate from the
Right Brain-Left Brain, an umbrella project           students to a NASA facility to experience the      program. The curriculum is designed so that
that aims to increase the number of students          weightlessness chamber and meet astronauts         each student will receive 24 college credits
enrolled and retained in STEM based curri-            and ground crews, and The Arts facet took          upon graduation, therefore leaving high
cula, raise related standardized test scores and      students behind the curtain to see the tech-       school with a diploma and a two-year college
bolster awareness of and interest in STEM             nology that supports theatre productions.          associate’s degree.
college courses and post-college careers.
                                                      Although the program is in its infancy, early      “This is an incredible achievement and a huge
“This is an intentional program designed to           results are promising.The E-STEM Acad-             financial boost to families who do not have
support the goal of making the transition             emies participated in a state-wide robotics        the means to pay for college,” James says.
from high school to college not only pos-             competition and won fourth place among             “STEM-ulation; Right Brain/Left Brain is
sible but attainable,” says Chapter President         the 87 schools that competed, an astound-          a powerful tool for producing high school
Sharon Owens. “Our chapter called upon the            ing achievement for students from Houston’s        graduates with a deep knowledge and strong
leadership, knowledge and positioning of its          Third Ward, one of the lowest socioeconomic        passion for science, technology, engineering
members at major corporations, institutions,          areas in the city.                                 and math that translates into much higher
medical facilities and Texas Southern Univer-                                                            rates of college attendance and graduation in
                                                      “We believe this level of success speaks to
sity to propel the STEM charter school to the                                                            scientific fields.”
                                                      the consummate program design and the
next level. This program is a true testament
                                                      commitment of each partner to expose the           dELoRES d. SMiTH, MISSOurI CIty (tX) ChApter
to the breadth and depth of the women and
                                                      students to the best and the brightest STEM
resources within this great organization.”
The Chapter and partners including The
Choice Foundation, the E-STEM Academies
and Ryan Middle School together created a
challenging yet supportive environment for
student success. An annual recruitment event
introduces children to the program, which
includes weekly chemistry labs and biol-
ogy classes taught by STEM professors and
graduate students every Friday at the Texas




Right: A Cinco Ranch Robotics senior student,
representing the award winning Robotics Cryptonite
team, teaches E-STEM Academy 9th graders
Jasmine Davis, Jasmine Jones, Donovan Carter
and Rudy Contreras how to construct a robot and
later demonstrates how Robotic Operating Vehicles
(ROVs) are used in the oil and gas industry. The
students were at BP’s North America Headquarters in
Houston, Texas during National Engineering week.

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Sponsors
Our partners and sponsors are passionate about their involvement with The Links, Incorporated
and play a critical role in helping our organization of accomplished, dedicated women work
toward the realization of making the name Links not only a chain of friendship, but also a chain
of purposeful service.

                               Fedex CorporatioN
                               FedEx serves as a sponsor of The Links, Incorporated Mentoring Program and the National Cares Mentor-
                               ing Movement. FedEx’s sponsorship allows for the development of mentoring materials designed to help
                               enhance the youth outreach work of The Links, Incorporated’s chapters as they address critical issues facing
                               children and teens. Through this sponsorship, FedEx also presents the FedEx Mentoring Award to chapters
                               in each area that achieve the most outstanding results in their mentoring efforts.

                               ally Smartedge
                               Through our national sponsorship from Ally Financial, The Links, Incorporated implements the SmartEdge
                               financial literacy program. The SmartEdge program is aimed at helping people make better financial deci-
                               sions by providing them with information about budgeting, credit reports, credit scoring and other tools
                               in an effort to assist making informed financial choices. Chapters receive funding for conducting and fully
                               completing the SmartEdge sessions using the curriculum developed by Ally Financial. In 2011, Ally will
                               sponsor the SmartEdge program in the following cities: Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Detroit,
                               MI; Jacksonville, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; and Waterloo, IA.

                               aarp are you ready
                               The Links, Incorporated is partnering with AARP to implement the Are You Ready program. This innova-
                               tive, comprehensive program will provide tools and resources to support African-American women who are
                               either preparing for life as they age or are currently dealing with the aging process. The program includes
                               components for preventative measures during each specific life stage and provides health, wellness and finan-
                               cial support and services to the 50-plus community.

                               maCy’S rWaNda path to peaCe aNd heart oF haiti
                               In partnership with Macy’s, The Links, Incorporated has lent its support to the rwanda path to peace
                               initiative. Through the sale of one-of-a-kind hand-woven baskets made by the women of Rwanda, this life-
                               changing initiative raises awareness about the remarkable movement for the economic empowerment of the
                               women of Rwanda. Macy’s generous donation of Rwanda Baskets for auction, has helped The Links, Incor-
                               porated raise much-needed funds for the programming efforts of the International Trends and Services facet.
                               Fall 2010 brought the expansion of the Macy’s partnership through the joint support of the heart of haiti
                               program. The heart of haiti brings trade and aid to the earthquake-devastated country through a program for
                               selling traditional Haitian artisan home décor products, available in 25 Macy’s stores and on macys.com. Macy’s
                               has also awarded program grants to the Detroit (MI), Fort Worth (TX) and Windy City (IL) Chapters.

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National Partners
There are numerous ways to form a partnership with The Links, Incorporated. We invite you to
join us in partnership as we impact the lives of countless men, women and children all over the
world through our program facets: Services to youth, national trends and Services, International
trends and Services, The Arts, and health and human Services.

                       SuSaN g. KomeN For the Cure®
                       The Links, Incorporated has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to promote the Circle of Promise
                       to local communities by working with the 274 chapters and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® affiliates and the
                       Komen on the Go™ mobile trailer. We mobilize to reach and teach African-American communities about
                       proper breast health care in an effort to eliminate the disproportionate number of black women’s lives lost to
                       breast cancer.

                       habitat For humaNity iNterNatioNal
                       The Links, Incorporated officially launched its partnership with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)
                       in August 2009 at the Governance Meeting in Atlanta, GA. This partnership will allow The Links, Incorpo-
                       rated to strategically respond to the long-term housing needs of people living without decent and affordable
                       shelter in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. Following the Haiti earthquake disaster in January
                       2010, The Links, Incorporated was able to make a substantial impact on survivors by mobilizing members to
                       support HFHI’s mission of providing stable housing options in Haiti’s devastated regions. This partnership
                       with HFHI will also facilitate future collaborations between the organization’s chapters and HFHI affiliates.

                       the heart truth™
                       This national campaign aims to increase women’s awareness of heart disease and its dangers. Heart disease is
                       the leading cause of death among African-American and Hispanic women. Women of color also have high
                       rates of the major risk factors for this disease including obesity, lack of physical activity and high blood pres-
                       sure. As a partner of The Heart Truth, we are working to spread the message of heart disease prevention in
                       the communities we serve. The Heart Truth, the creators of the Red Dress, the national symbol for women
                       and heart disease awareness, is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

                       NatioNal CareS meNtoriNg movemeNt
                       This youth outreach initiative aims to mobilize the collective African-American community to become men-
                       tors, volunteers and advocates for young people, in association with national and community organizations.
                       We can and must address the critical issues that prevent our youth from reaching their full potential.




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    Heart of Linkdom
    Central Area Links launch HBCU campaign.
                                Historically black colleges and universities (HbCus) have made historic and ongoing contributions to the general welfare
                                and prosperity of our country. Established by visionary leaders, america’s HbCus have, for over 150 years, produced
                                many of the nation’s leaders in business, government, academia, and the military and have provided generations of ameri-
                                can men and women with hope and educational opportunity.

                                the nation’s 105 HbCus are located in 20 states, the district of Columbia, and the u.S. virgin islands, and serve more
                                than 300,000 undergraduate and graduate students. these institutions continue to be important engines of economic
                                growth and community service, and they are proven ladders of intergenerational advancement for men and women of all
                                ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds, especially african americans.

    Teree Caldwell-Johnson,     – president barack Obama’s Executive Order promoting Excellence, innovation and Sustainability at Historically black
    Central Area Director         Colleges and universities, Feb. 26, 2010




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                                                                                                     the heart of linkdom
N     early 750 Links gathered at the Central
Area Breakfast at the 37th National Assembly
                                                  The event’s keynote speaker, John Wilson,
                                                  executive director of the White House Initia-
                                                                                                     campaign allows Central
                                                                                                     area links to:
this summer to show support for the Area’s        tives on HBCUs, joined the breakfast from
HBCU Heart of Linkdom Campaign: Give!             Washington, D.C. via Skype technology. The         GIVE!
Reach! Grow!, which aims to provide endowed       Morehouse College graduate, who serves as a        giving of our time, talent and resources is
scholarships worth $200,000 to 16 historical-     liaison between the executive branch, HBCUs        what The links, incorporated does best. The
ly black colleges and universities (HBCUs).       and 32 federal agencies, encouraged and            central Area HBcu Heart of linkdom cam-
                                                  congratulated the Central Area on its sorely       paign provides a mechanism for each of us
“This initiative, which was unanimously                                                              to address the educational and scholarship
                                                  needed efforts on behalf of HBCUs.
adopted at the 2009 Area Conference, will                                                            needs of those who attend the 16 HBcus
allow the Central Area of The Links, Incorpo-     The Area’s first endowed scholarship was           located in the central Area.
rated to establish a permanent legacy at each     established at Fisk University in memory
of the HBCUs in our service area thus achiev-     of 13th Central Area Director JoAhn Brown-         REACH!
ing long-term sustainability of this important    Nash, under the leadership of Margot James         reaching out, reaching back and reach-
educational endeavor,” says Central Area          Copeland, then the 15th Central Area direc-        ing beyond has become a mantra of The
Director Teree Caldwell-Johnson.                  tor. Jeannine Quick-Frasier, the 16th Central      links, incorporated. central Area links are
                                                                                                     “Powering the Promise” by reaching students
                                                  Area director, continued the tradition by
                                                                                                     who are on the path to becoming successful
                                                  establishing an HBCU Fund to support all of        global contributors. our resolve to use our
                                                  the HBCUs in the area.                             individual and collective reach can make a
   more Ways chapters                             The Heart of Linkdom Campaign will
                                                                                                     profound difference for students who may not
                                                                                                     otherwise be able to complete their educa-
   can support hbcus:                             endow scholarships at the following Central        tion. With your help we can indeed change
   •	   Mentoring                                 Area HBCUs:                                        the world, one degree at a time.
   •	   Coaching
                                                  1. Arkansas Baptist College
   •	   Community	engagement	
                                                  2. Bluefield State                                 GROW!
   •	   Personal	development
                                                  3. Central State University                        nurturing a seed and watching it grow is what
   •	   Internship	opportunities                                                                     the central Area HBcu Heart of linkdom
   •	   T
        	 est	prep	(LSAT,	GRE,	MCAT,	GMAT)
                                                  4. Chicago State University
                                                                                                     campaign is all about. our efforts to raise
                                                  5. Harris Stowe State University
                                                                                                     $200,000 to establish endowed scholarships
   dorothy CoWSer yaNCy, cHAir nATionAl           6. Kentucky State University                       at 16 HBcus located in the central Area will
   HBcu iniTiATiVe, atLanta (Ga) CHaptEr
                                                  7. Knoxville College                               ensure that educational opportunities for our
                                                  8. Lane College                                    children and our children’s children are avail-
                                                  9. Langston University                             able for years to come.
                                                  10. LeMoyne-Owen College
It’s a worthy goal given the mounting expense
                                                  11. Lincoln University of Missouri
of a college education. “For almost everyone,
                                                  12. Philander Smith College
education is a way up and for many it is the
                                                  13. Tennessee State University
way out,” says Kentucky State University
                                                  14. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff        all pledges must be paid in full
President Mary Evans Sias.“ Unfortunately,
                                                  15. West Virginia State                         by april 30, 2011.
too large a number of these bright students
                                                  16. Wilberforce University                      checks payable to:
are not able to follow their dreams because
                                                                                                  the links Foundation, incorporated
they can’t afford to pay for tuition or books.”   KATHy wAdE, CENTRAL AREA COMMUNICATIONS
                                                  CHAIR, CInCInnAtI (Oh) ChApter
                                                                                                  c/o Jarnell Burks craig, central Area Treasurer
                                                                                                  4346 Hidden orchard lane
                                                                                                  indianapolis, in 46228
                                                                                                  You may also donate online at
“For almost everyone, education is a way up and for many it is the                                www.centralarealinks.org.
 way out. Unfortunately, too large a number of these bright students
 are not able to follow their dreams because they can’t afford to pay
 for tuition or books.”
 - kentucky State university president, Mary evans Sias


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    POLITICAL ACTION
    miCHigAn LinkS UniTE in dArFUr AdvoCACy iniTiATivE.
    The Michigan links for Darfur (MlD), compris-         support for an end to the conflict and requested     working toward ending this tragedy.” Addition-
    ing the 10 Michigan chapters, presented 7,000         signatures on MlD petitions. “We were elated         ally, the Michigan legislative Black caucus
    petition signatures to u. s. senator carl levin       to have 100 percent of the Michigan chapters         sponsored a resolution in support of the Dar-
    (D-Mi), chair of the powerful senate Armed            collaborate in this initiative,” says kathy Har-     furian people, which was adopted by both the
    services committee, in september. The petition        rison, chair of Michigan links for Darfur and vice   Michigan House and senate.
    called for the “u.s. President and congress to        president of the Detroit (Mi) chapter. “The sis-
                                                                                                               “The situation in Darfur continues to warrant
    lead international efforts to protect the lives and   terly energy and passion for helping to remedy
                                                                                                               our attention,” Harrison says. “We are grateful
    human rights of the Darfurian people and bring        the Darfurian situation was powerful, as dem-
                                                                                                               to have had an opportunity to urge our state
    peace to the region.”                                 onstrated by the many creative and far-reaching
                                                                                                               and federal governments and the international
    The chapters joined forces to answer the call         educational projects that were implemented.”
                                                                                                               community to intervene and bring an end to the
    issued at the 2009 central Area conference,           MlD also obtained support from then Michigan         atrocities that continue in that region.”
    and by our national office, to raise awareness        governor Jennifer granholm as well as the            liNda morriS belFord, FLINt aREa (MI) ChaptER
    concerning the genocide occurring in the Darfur       state legislature. granholm issued a proclama-
    region of the sudan.                                  tion declaring April 10, 2010 Darfur genocide
    links across the state helped educate friends,        Awareness Day in Michigan, which encouraged
    family, co-workers and others about the des-          “residents of this state to learn more about the
    perate situation in this region as they garnered      Darfur conflict and to support those who are




    below: Representatives of Michigan Links for Darfur present petitions to U. S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI). From Left to Right: Denise Mallett, Great Lakes (MI)
    Chapter; Linda Morris Belford, Flint Area (MI) Chapter; Kathleen O’Quinn, Renaissance (MI) Chapter; Kathy Harrison, Detroit (MI) Chapter; U.S. Senator
    Carl Levin; Barbara Whittaker, Oakland County (MI) Chapter; Karen Patricia Williams, Lansing/E. Lansing (MI) Chapter; and Sandra Harris, Ann Arbor
    (MI) Chapter.




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LIFe program introduces
youth to global entrepreneurship.
                        The Links International Foreign Affairs and       The Silver Spring (MD) Chapter, in partner-
                        Business Empowerment for Youth program            ship with the Universities at Shady Grove,
                        launched with 25 students at Howard Uni-          sponsored a week-long program for students
                        versity’s Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs   from 14 high schools in Montgomery Coun-
                        Center. To date, several Eastern Area Chap-       ty, Maryland. The seminar increased student’s
                        ters have adopted the program and helped          awareness of entrepreneurship within the
                        build bridges between minority students and       global community with intensive lectures,
                        careers in international business and             special guest speakers, web-based research
                        foreign service.                                  labs, and small group activities.
bishetta d. Merritt,
Eastern Area Director




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    LIFe program continued

    The Greater Providence (RI) Chapter collaborated with Bryant University to de-
    velop its LIFE program for minority high school students throughout the state of
    Rhode Island. The 2010 program included a half day mock UN program, created
    around “The Tragedy of Darfur.” Jason Fortin, a Bryant University sophomore,
    facilitated the activity, in which students learned about the various UN roles and
    the situation in Darfur. Following a dinner hosted by Bryant University, the LIFE
    program participants were given the VIP treatment at the evening’s annual interna-
    tional debate against The Cambridge Union Society (England) Debate Team.
    The Westchester County (NY) Chapter’s LIFE program develops future global
    citizens with its focus on United Nations conferences and educational events,          Greater Providence (RI) Chapter LIFE program participants
    etiquette training, international literary book discussions, college experience, and   enjoy a taste of college life.
    immigration conference. Their LIFE program’s focus on immigrants and citizen-
    ship gave academy students opportunities to participate in a national dialogue.


    ModENA gooLEy, OLd dOMInIOn (VA) ChApter

    dAwN HANKiN CLiETTE, EASTERN AREA COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR,
    MetrO-MAnhAttAn (ny) ChApter

    biSHETTA d. MERRiTT, EASTERN AREA DIRECTOR, WAShInGtOn (dC) ChApter




                                                                                           Greater Providence (RI) Chapter LIFE program participants
                                                                                           pose at Bryant University.




                                                                                           Westchester County (NY) Chapter Links pose with Eastern
                                                                                           Area Director Bishetta Merritt, 14th National President
                                                                                           Gwendolyn B. Lee and National Vice President Margot James
                                                                                           Copeland at the 37th National Assembly in Detroit.




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CommiSSion on

Childhood Obesity Prevention
                                                                                                  forged ahead in
                                                                                                    new Orleans.




“C     hildhood obesity is one of the most
critical and debilitating health problems
                                                hood Obesity Prevention (CCOP), a panel of
                                                leading health experts charged with determin-
                                                                                                  Community: Issues and Policy Recommenda-
                                                                                                  tions from an African-American Perspective”
affecting thousands of children, and it calls   ing long-term solutions for addressing obesity    by Dr. Jada Moore Ruffin; a children’s activity
for The Links, Incorporated to take a more      among African-American youth. The Sep-            book; and The Kid’s Edition, a curriculum
aggressive, proactive, and collaborative ap-    tember meeting in New Orleans introduced          designed to help chapters plan the program
proach to develop strategies to overcome this   several key financial and educational resources   content of childhood obesity programs.
epidemic,” says Southern Area Director Mary     that will aid in The Links’ efforts to improve
                                                                                                  Wells Fargo/Wachovia announced a $35,000
F. Currie.                                      the health and wellness of young people.
                                                                                                  grant to support community outreach efforts.
To that end, the Southern Area convened its     The Commission unveiled a policy brief,           The donation is the most recent financial
fourth meeting of the Commission on Child-      “Childhood Obesity in the African-American        backing of the CCOP initiative.



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    history of the                              Commission on Childhood Obesity prevention continued
    Commission on Childhood
    obesity prevention                          Dr. Kisha B. Holden, associate director,          profession services. The YHL addresses issues
                                                Community Voices and Men’s Health Initia-         related to childhood obesity and the inequity
    •	empanelled May 15, 2009 in                tives and assistant professor, Psychiatry and     of representation of African-Americans and
      Jacksonville at the southern              Behavioral Sciences at the Morehouse School       other minorities in the health profession.
      Area conference                           of Medicine issued a Request for Proposals        Penny Ralston-Davis testified for the Tallahas-
                                                for Links chapters interested in receiving one    see chapter.
    •		ncludes ten national experts in
      i
                                                of seven $2,500 grants for chapter childhood
      diverse disciplines:                                                                        The Charlotte (NC) Chapter crafted “Health
                                                obesity programming.
      obesity prevention, pediatric/                                                              Linkage” a weight management program
      family medicine, nutrition, physical      Beyond the chapter grants, the $300,000 Kel-      that promotes health and wellness through
      activity, health education, public        logg Foundation funds will support the col-       education, self-awareness and physical fitness
      health, public policy, community          lection and dissemination of the CCOP find-       in a fun and entertaining environment. The
      development, private sector               ings; visitation to selected states to document   family-based approach focuses on prevention
      initiatives, child/adolescent             the prevalence of obesity among African-          of obesity and sedentary behaviors, one
      psychology and program evaluation         American children; establishing a community       family at a time. Chapter president Eddyce
                                                report that includes an agenda for collabora-     Hobson testified.
    •		 eetings & locations:
      m                                         tive action concerning obesity prevention;
      october 31, 2008 Atlanta, georgia                                                           The Durham (NC) Chapter and The Links
                                                and the establishment of a permanent entity.
      May 15, 2009 Jacksonville, Florida                                                          Foundation, Incorporated were awarded a
                                                A comprehensive, culturally-centered cur-
      october 30, 2009 Atlanta, georgia                                                           $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation in
                                                riculum targeting African-American children
      september 10, 2010 new orleans,                                                             2009 to conduct “Links Give: Social Justice
                                                (for schools and organizations) is in place.
      louisiana                                                                                   Philanthropy and Civic Engagement,” a
                                                The current grant funds the program through
                                                                                                  program to enhance Links’ social justice phi-
                                                September 30, 2012.
                                                                                                  lanthropy and to help members increase their
                                                Links from four chapters gave testimony           obesity program efforts. Micheline Malson,
                                                before the Commission. The Tallahassee (FL)       director of The Links Give, testified.
                                                Chapter created the “Youth Health Leader-
                                                                                                  The Fort Valley (GA) Chapter’s “Health
                                                ship” Initiative (YHL), an ongoing partner-
                                                                                                  Choices/Healthy Bodies” obesity project tar-
                                                ship with the Millicent Holifield Academy of
                                                                                                  geted 126 sixth graders, their parents/guard-
                                                Allied Health Sciences at James S. Rickards
                                                                                                  ians, their health/physical education teachers
                                                High School. The Academy, established in
                                                                                                  and the community in rural middle Macon
                                                2006, provides students with knowledge
                                                                                                  County. The students served were most at
                                                and skills to enter higher education health
                                                                                                  risk for health disparities due to increased
                                                                                                  poverty levels, unemployment and illiteracy
                                                                                                  rates and the high number of single-parent
                                                                                                  families. Chapter president Robertiena
    Mary Currie,
    Southern Area Director                                                                        Fletcher testified.
                                                                                                  MAxiNE SMiTH, SOUTHERN AREA COMMUNICATIONS
                                                                                                  CHAIR, ChArLeStOn (SC) ChApter

                                                                                                  ViViAN L. KERR, LOUISIANA COMMUNICATIONS
                                                                                                  CHAIR, BAtOn rOuGe (LA) ChApter




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            1



2

        3                   4


                      1. Dr. David Satcher, former Surgeon
                         General of the United States and
                         current director of the Satcher Health
    5                    Leadership Institute at the Morehouse
                         School of Medicine addressed the
                         Southern Area’s 2010 Leadership
                         Summit in New Orleans.
                      2. Charlotte (NC) Chapter President
                         Eddyce Hobson.
                6     3. Tallahassee (FL) Chapter President
                         Linda Dilworth.
                      4. Links Give Director Micheline Malson.
                      5. CCOP Commissioners Dr. Calvin
                         McLarin, Dr. Toni Moody, Dr. Rodney

    7                    Lynn, and Dr. Ruby Takanashi.
                      6. Fort Valley (GA) Chapter President
                         Robertiena Fletcher.
                      7. Left to Right: Delores Bolden Stamps,
                         8th National President Dolly Adams,
                         National President Margot James
                         Copeland, New Orleans, La. Mayor
                         Mitchell Landrieu and Mary Currie.
                      8. Mayor Mitchell Landrieu and CCOP
                8        Commissioner Andrew Young.




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    Racial
    PROFILING
    Western Area Leadership Summit explores the
    immigration debate in Arizona.




                                           R    acial profiling in the united states is an
                                           abhorrent societal ill that has lasted well be-
                                           yond the 1960s civil rights movement. Today,
                                           African-Americans routinely complain of unwar-
                                           ranted traffic stops by law enforcement and
                                           aggressive monitoring by retail outlet security
                                           personnel. And this racial profiling dialogue has
                                           expanded to include the largest growing ethnic
                                           group in the united states—latinos.




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                                                       The centerpiece of the debate is legislation         seek elected office. nAAcP head, rev. oscar
                                                       that was sponsored by Arizona governor Jan           Tillman urges “citizens [to] vote in those who
                                                       Brewer that requires the issuance of federal         carry their interests.”
                                                       registration papers to latino citizens as outlined
                                                                                                            local law enforcement representative Jeri
                                                       in the Arizona state Bill 1070. This piece of the
                                                                                                            Williams, voiced strong opposition to boycotts
                                                       legislation (along with a few other key provi-
                                                                                                            saying, “We do not need a boycott, we need
                                                       sions) was put on hold through a temporary
                                                                                                            a call to action.” she further stated that the
                                                       injunction issued by u.s. District court Judge
                                                                                                            Phoenix area is experiencing the largest civil
                                                       susan Bolton. The legislation is said to have
                                                                                                            unrest actions in its history as a result of this law
                                                       emerged due to the ever-increasing growth of
                                                                                                            that leaves law enforcement under-resourced
                                                       undocumented workers who have migrated
                                                                                                            and unclear of how to respond. “citizens do not
                                                       from Mexico to Arizona. The state filed an
                                                                                                            need to be stopped or detained unless there is
                                                       urgent appeal of the judge’s ruling. Many legal
                                                                                                            a reasonable suspicion for the stop,” she says.
                                                       experts believe the case is ultimately headed to
                                                                                                            she added that bill 1070 is fraught with ambi-
Jeri Williams, assistant chief, Phoenix Police         the u.s. supreme court.
                                                                                                            guities that are problems for law enforcement.
Department; Rev. Oscar Tillman, president of the
                                                       “it is not that latinos are just beginning to ar-
Maricopa County Branch NAACP; Dr. Matthew                                                                   Tillman pressed for the continued interven-
Whitaker, associate professor Department of History,   rive in Arizona, but the country as a whole has
                                                                                                            tion of the obama administration to stand for
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State    10-14 million undocumented workers across
                                                                                                            justice. The solutions the panelists presented for
University; Kay Lovelace Taylor, president, Phoenix    the nation,” according to latina activist and
                                                                                                            consideration in a comprehensive immigration
(AZ) Chapter.                                          Maricopa county Board of supervisors member
                                                                                                            reform package were:
                                                       Mary rosa Wilcox.
                                                                                                               T
                                                                                                            •	 	 he	government	should	develop	a	
The latino community, specifically those within                                                                meaningful guest worker program for
the state of Arizona, find themselves at the epi-
center of the immigration debate. several mem-
                                                       “We do not need a                                       the undocumented worker.
                                                                                                               I
                                                                                                            •	 	mmigrants	should	seek	legal	
bers of The links, incorporated learned more            boycott, we need a call                                citizenship status.
about this issue at the Western Area leadership
summit in Phoenix.                                      to action.”                                         •	 Immigrants	should	learn	English.
                                                                                                               U
                                                                                                            •	 	 nscrupulous	employers	should	be	held	ac-
                            At the request of
                                                         - Jeri Williams, assistant chief of police,           countable for offering jobs to immigrants.
                            Western Area Director
                            Barbra ruffin-Boston,
                                                           phoenix police department                        •	 Criminals	should	be	deported.
                            san Francisco (cA)                                                                 T
                                                                                                            •	 	 he	Obama	administration	should	move	
                            chapter, a panel of        That said, the most hotly debated issues sur-           forward with The Dream Act.
                            experts representing       rounding the legislation are: How should the
                                                                                                               U
                                                                                                            •	 	 .S.	Justice	Department	should	review	
                            the various constitu-      state respond to the swollen rolls created by un-
                                                                                                               abuse of power within the Arizona county
                            ents of this debate        documented workers who receive state social
                                                                                                               sheriffs office.
                            addressed summit           services? How should the state respond to the
                            participants. kay          rising incidence of crime allegedly committed by        D
                                                                                                            •	 	 ialogue	and	discussion	of	“real	reform”	
barbra Ruffin-boston,       lovelace Taylor, presi-                                                            should continue.
                                                       undocumented workers? And how should the
Western Area Director
                            dent of the Phoenix        state respond to the job losses among Ameri-            L
                                                                                                            •	 	 ocal	law	enforcement	should	be	provided	
(Az) chapter and Western Area conference               can citizens to undocumented workers?                   adequate resources.
committee chair Jennifer Harper of the Phoenix
                                                       Professor Willrich suggests that these questions
(Az) chapter facilitated the discussion.
                                                       are fraught with hypocrisy. Most of the experts
                                                                                                            ChryStle SWaiN, WesTern AreA coMMunicATions
Panelists included Penny Willrich, Phoenix             argued that many employers over the years
                                                                                                            cHAir, auStin (tX) CHaptEr
school of law professor; Jeri Williams, assis-         have taken advantage of the undocumented
tant chief of the Phoenix Police Department; Dr.       latino underclass. “These questions used to be
Matthew Whitaker, associate professor in the           met with a wink and a nod as employers rou-
Department of History, college of liberal Arts         tinely hired undocumented workers,” she says.
and sciences, Arizona state university; Mary
                                                       The panel was unanimous in suggesting that
rose Wilcox, Maricopa county Board of super-
                                                       specific immigration laws need to be in place.
visors; and rev. oscar Tillman, president of the
                                                       each advanced the idea that the undocu-
Maricopa county Branch nAAcP.
                                                       mented worker issues should not become the
                                                       platform for local politicians to run on as they

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Congressional Links
             Congratulations to terri Sewell, birmingham (aL) Chapter, and Frederica
             Wilson, Greater Miami (FL) Chapter! both Links were elected to the
             House of representatives in november 2010. they have joined Eddie
             bernice Johnson, dallas (tX) Chapter, and Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston
             (tX) Chapter, in Congress.




Top Left: U.S. Representative Terri
Sewell, a graduate of Princeton, Oxford
and Harvard, is the first black woman
Alabama has sent to Congress.

bottom Right: U.S. Representative
Frederica Wilson, a former teacher,
principal and school board member,
served in the Florida State Legislature for
a decade before ascending to Congress.




                Check out the next issue of LInked for more information on these stellar Links.

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           Jacqueline Moore BowleS
           Jack and Jill of america, inc. immediate Past President
           Milwaukee (WI) Chapter

           elected in 2006 and unanimously re-elected in 2008, Jacqueline Moore Bowles has just completed
           two terms as the 21st national president of Jack and Jill of America, inc. The organization of more
           than 9,500 families nurtures future leaders through programming, legislative advocacy, volunteer
           service and philanthropy.

           currently, Bowles is president and ceo of creative Marketing resources, a public relations and
           advertising agency specializing in urban and ethnic audiences. clients have included McDonald’s
           corp. and government entities, earning the firm a national Minority supplier Development council
           national supplier of the Year Award.

           The state of Wisconsin named Bowles outstanding Woman in Business. she received a national
           Black MBA Association People on the Move Award, a Trailblazer in Business Award from Alpha
           kappa Alpha sorority, inc. and a Top ladies of Distinction Award.

           Her volunteer service includes board work for the university of Wisconsin Foundation, goodwill
           industries of southeast Wisconsin, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Visit Milwaukee, and the university
           school of Milwaukee.

           Bowles earned a Bachelor of science in Business Administration from Marquette university and a
           Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from keller graduate school.

           she is married with two sons and the family belongs to st. Mark AMe church in Milwaukee.


           KiMBerly S. BuDD
           Massachusetts Superior court associate Justice
           Middlesex County (Ma) Chapter

           noted criminal and civil attorney and the past director of the Harvard Business school’s commu-
           nity Values Program, kimberly s. Budd has been sworn in as an associate justice of the Massa-
           chusetts superior court. she was nominated by governor Deval l. Patrick who officiated at the
           investiture ceremony.

           Budd began her career as a trial lawyer in the litigation department of a large Boston law firm. she
           then spent several years as a federal prosecutor with the u.s. Attorney’s office in Boston, where
           she served in the Major crimes unit and the organized crime Drug enforcement Task Force. she
           later joined the office of the general counsel for Harvard university where she handled a wide
           variety of civil matters.

           Budd has been tapped to serve on the governor’s Task Force on Public integrity. This body’s recent
           report served as the basis for landmark ethics and lobbying reforms that were recently signed into law.

           Budd graduated from georgetown university in 1988 and earned her law degree from Harvard law
           school in 1991. she is the daughter of Wayne A. Budd, the former Massachusetts u.s. Attorney.




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                                roMonDa D. Belcher
                                Polk county District associate Judge
                                des Moines (Ia) Chapter

                                Polk county District Associate Judge romonda D. Belcher is the first African-American woman to
                                be appointed judge in iowa. The north carolina native moved to Des Moines to study law at Drake
                                university—she graduated in 1995. While there, she clerked for then iowa supreme court Justice
                                louis lavorato and interned for the Polk county Attorney’s office. For the past 15 years, as an
                                assistant Polk county attorney, she has prosecuted juvenile, civil and criminal matters that will now
                                come before her on the bench.

                                The active attorney has been a mediator for the Volunteer lawyers Project and a project coordina-
                                tor for the iowa national Bar Association’s “A Monumental Journey” public art project. The goal of
                                that initiative is to erect a monument to honor the pioneer African-American lawyers who founded
                                the national Bar Association.

                                Belcher’s activities also include acting with the langston Hughes Players, often portraying historic
                                African-American women.

                                Belcher graduated from Howard university in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in Admin-
                                istration of Justice, and a minor in Broadcast Journalism. she is a 2008 graduate of the scott
                                Hawkins leadership institute, cohort ii.


                                carol a. GoSS
                                The Skillman Foundation President & ceo
                                oakland County (MI) Chapter

                                she’s been featured in the new York times, Fortune magazine named her a Visionary of Detroit,
                                and Crain’s detroit business cites her as one of southeast Michigan’s Most influential Women.
                                As president and ceo of The skillman Foundation, carol A. goss is at the center of the storm
                                surrounding meeting the educational needs of Detroit’s school children. With nearly a half-
                                billion dollars in assets, skillman is Detroit’s second largest foundation. The private independent
                                foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of children in metro Detroit by strengthening schools
                                and neighborhoods.

                                goss came to skillman in 1998 with more than 20 years of philanthropic and social work field
                                experience. she was named to her present position in 2004. goss has worked as a program officer
                                at the stuart Foundation in san Francisco, as program director at the W. k. kellogg Foundation in
                                Battle creek, Mich., and has a background in social work that includes experience in child welfare,
                                family services, and youth development.

                                A native of Detroit, goss earned both a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Master of Arts in social
                                Work from the university of Michigan.

                                she is a member of Delta sigma Theta sorority, inc., and a long-distance runner. Married to Tom
                                goss, the couple has three daughters and three grandchildren.




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                             erMa JohnSon haDley
                             Texas women’s hall of Fame inductee
                             Fort Worth (tX) Chapter

                             she spent more than four decades educating the students of the Tarrant county college (Tcc)
                             District, the new chancellor now sees her name ranked alongside America’s former first ladies and
                             astronauts in the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. A member of Tcc’s founding faculty, Hadley served
                             as interim chancellor for nine months before being named permanent head of the two-year commu-
                             nity college in March. Hadley is the fourth chancellor, the first woman and the first African American
                             to lead Tcc.

                             some of the innovations she brought to the institution include creating the Tcc employee scholar-
                             ship Program for support staff and developing the Human resources Department into an office that
                             actively helps to nurture and expand the careers of faculty, staff and administrators.

                             Hadley has been honored as a local Freedom’s sister as part of the national smithsonian institution
                             Traveling exhibition. she is the first African-American woman to chair a number of boards in north
                             Texas: the Dallas-Fort Worth international Airport Board, the Tarrant county Hospital District Board
                             of Managers; and the north Texas commission.

                             Hadley earned a Bachelor of science from Prairie View A&M university and a Master of education
                             from Bowling green university. she completed the seminar for new presidents at the Harvard uni-
                             versity graduate school of education and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of education from
                             Paul Quinn college.


                             DoroThy GolDen harriSon
                             South carolina african-american achiever
                             Charleston (SC) Chapter

                             chief Administrative officer Dorothy golden Harrison is the first female—and African-American—
                             officer in the 94-year history of the charleston Water system. she oversees human resources,
                             customer service, auditing and purchasing.

                             Harrison groomed herself for this position during her 26 years in banking. she served communi-
                             ties of color, helping innovate strategies to make loans and banking services accessible to more
                             midlands and low-country professionals, churches, and small businesses. she was among the first
                             African-American vice presidents and one of the first commercial bankers in south carolina licensed
                             as an investment broker.

                             The 2011 AT&T south carolina African-American History calendar features Harrison. it’s published to
                             identify African-American role models for youth and honor notable achievers with ties to south carolina.

                             in addition, Harrison has been lauded for her community service and professional accomplish-
                             ments, including the key to the city of columbia, s.c. and the lieutenant governor’s Award for
                             exceptional service to the state. she sits on the Advisory Board of First citizens Bank of south
                             carolina, the college of charleston’s Foundation Board and the President’s Advisory council. she
                             is immediate past president of both the charleston (sc) chapter of The links, incorporated and
                             Trident urban league.



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                                Jo ann JenKinS
                                aarP Foundation President
                                Reston (Va) Chapter

                                Jo Ann Jenkins has been appointed to lead the charitable arm of one of America’s largest member-
                                ship organizations. The AArP organization advocates for public policy and packages financial and
                                investment products for its massive 40 million members. The AArP Foundation focuses on aging
                                with dignity, assisting low-income older Americans in meeting their basic needs for food, shelter and
                                medical care, and serves more than five million seniors each year. Jenkins has served on the AArP
                                services, inc. board of directors since 2004.

                                Jenkins brought more than 25 years of leadership, management, planning and business experience
                                to the AArP Foundation from the library of congress. As chief operating officer and second-in-
                                command at the library, she managed a staff of more than 4,000 and an operating budget of more
                                than $600 million. Jenkins served as the library’s official spokesperson, testifying before congress
                                and working to enhance the exhibits and collections.

                                raising more than $20 million to underwrite the groundbreaking library of congress experience,
                                the interactive exhibit won national and international awards. This educational program won Jenkins
                                the 2010 Women in Technology leadership Award.

                                A founding member of the u.s.-Japan Young leaders Program, Jenkins is married to Frank g.
                                Jenkins and is the mother of two children.


                                BrenDa lauDerBacK
                                Susan G. Komen for the cure national Board Member
                                plano North Metro (tX) Chapter

                                As a 5-year breast cancer survivor and retired national marketing professional, lauderback is
                                uniquely suited for her mission of educating and inspiring women to take charge of their health.
                                The former president of nine West – Wholesale and retail group dedicates her time to telling her
                                compelling story in order to erase myths as she advocates for early detection. she urges women to
                                communicate with family and friends about health matters in general and about the importance of
                                early detection of health conditions in particular. she cautions women against allowing fear to stand
                                between them and a mammogram.

                                lauderback chairs the audit committee of the susan g. komen for the cure Board and serves as a
                                liaison to The links, incorporated. she is an ambassador for The circle of Promise and is an active
                                member of the Plano north Metro (Tx) chapter.

                                The retired corporate executive serves on four corporate boards: Big lots corporation; select
                                comfort; Wolverine World Wide; and Denny’s corporation. Her career achievements include win-
                                ning the career Woman of Achievement Award from the YMcA of cincinnati and the Bragg Award
                                for outstanding Achievement from the Black retail Action group. lauderback is married to Dr.
                                Boyd Wright and they have two adult children, Phallon and Adam.




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                             Jacqueline PoPe
                             Top ladies of Distinction national President
                             texas Spring Cypress (tX) Chapter

                             Jacqueline (Jackie) Pope is national president of Top ladies of Distinction, inc. More than 3,500
                             teens participate in the community service organization’s signature program, Top Teens of America.

                             Pope’s professional background includes serving as executive assistant to Anthony W. Hall, Jr.,
                             chief administrative officer for the city of Houston.

                             Her service includes work on the boards of True Blue community endowment and membership in
                             the Barbara Jordan Houston section of the national council of negro Women. she is a graduate of
                             leadership Houston class xiii, and is also a member of executive Women international, the red Hat
                             society, and Delta sigma Theta sorority, inc., as well as gethsemane Missionary Baptist church.

                             Pope has earned numerous awards including the outstanding Texan Award; the uncF Volunteer
                             of the Year Award; the grambling state university “Tiger Award” which goes to outstanding alumni,
                             and was honored as a Phenomenal Mother by The ensemble Theatre.

                             The louisiana native earned a Bachelors of Arts in social Work from grambling college (now uni-
                             versity) and a Master of Arts in social Work from the university of Houston.


                             Marcia PrewiTT SPiller
                             national association of independent Schools Board chair
                             azalea City (Ga) Chapter

                             Marcia Prewitt spiller is head of school at The children’s school in Atlanta and was elected chair
                             of the board at the annual meeting of the national Association of independent schools (nAis). The
                             membership organization is the national voice of independent education, representing 1,400 inde-
                             pendent schools and associations. spiller has been a member of the board since 2004.

                             Her experience includes serving as vice chair of the board and as chair of the equity and Justice
                             committee for nAis, which monitors legislation and tracks global trends in education.

                             Her involvement in independent education includes working on the boards of the southern Associa-
                             tion of independent schools and the elementary school Heads Association. she has been president
                             of the georgia independent school Association and the Atlanta Area Association of independent
                             schools. spiller also works with independent schools internationally, consulting in the accreditation
                             process for schools in nicaragua, columbia, el salvador, Dubai and the united Arab emirates.

                             spiller is a graduate of Fisk university and earned graduate degrees from The ohio state university
                             and georgia state university.

                             spiller is the proud mother of two children.




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                                connie B. STeele
                                Virginia Morticians’ association President
                                Roanoke (Va) Chapter

                                Members of the Virginia Morticians’ Association, inc. elected connie B. steele president at the or-
                                ganization’s 82nd Annual convention, held in Falls church. she addressed the 200 attendees at the
                                convention’s inaugural ball, with her speech “Honor our legacy, embracing change to empower
                                the Future.”

                                The Virginia Morticians’ Association is one of Virginia’s oldest associations, established in 1928.
                                Member firms are throughout the region, including the states of Virginia and Maryland, and Wash-
                                ington, D.c.

                                steele and her husband, the rev. Dwight o. steele sr., own and operate serenity Funeral Home
                                and cremation service in roanoke.


                                DeBra a. Toney
                                national Black nurses association President
                                Las Vegas (NV) Chapter

                                A robert Wood Johnson executive nurse Fellow, Debra A. Toney serves on the nominating group
                                of the u.s. Food and Drug Administration, chairs nevada’s office of Minority Health Advisory
                                committee and serves on the advisory committee of the office of research on Women’s Health, a
                                research group funded by the national institutes of Health.

                                As chief administrative officer for rainbow Medical centers, Toney oversees six primary/urgent care
                                and diagnostic centers. she is also president/owner of Tlc Health care services, a licensed home
                                health care agency specializing in private duty nursing and supportive care.

                                With experience in a variety of health care practice areas, including family practice, ambulatory care,
                                outpatient diagnostics, hospital and home health care, Toney is founder and past president of the
                                southern nevada Black nurses Association; on the boards of the national coalition of ethnic Mi-
                                nority nurse Associations, and the southern nevada Board of Health; and a member of the nevada
                                nurses Association, and the American nurses Association.

                                Toney serves on the Jourdain kasey Foundation, for the early detection of ovarian cancer; the ovarian
                                cancer Association of nevada; the caucus for African-American nevadans; and the urban league.

                                she is a member of Alpha kappa Alpha sorority, inc. and an active member of second
                                Baptist church.




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                             henrie M. TreaDwell
                             Georgia Board of corrections community expert
                             atlanta (Ga) Chapter

                             governor sonny Perdue appointed Henrie M. Treadwell to the georgia Board of corrections.
                             Treadwell is director and senior social scientist for community Voices. she is also a research
                             professor in the Department of community Health and Preventative Medicine at Morehouse school
                             of Medicine.

                             Treadwell addresses policy regarding health disparities. she disseminates information as founder of
                             the Freedom’s Voice symposium and the soledad o’Brien Freedom’s Voice Award, is on the edito-
                             rial boards of the American Journal of Public Health and of the international Journal of Men’s Health
                             and gender. she chairs the southern Area’s commission on childhood obesity Prevention.

                             Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the university of south
                             carolina, a master’s degree in Biology from Boston university, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and
                             Molecular Biology from Atlanta university. she has also completed postdoctoral work at the Harvard
                             university school of Public Health.

                             Treadwell served 16 years as program director at the W.k. kellogg Foundation of Battle creek,
                             Mich., and is a member of Delta sigma Theta sorority, inc.




                             eDiTeD BY aliCia NailS, OakLand COuntY (Mi) CHaptEr




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Linkspiration
           platinum perspectiVe
           A PETErSBUrg Link rEFLECTS on 41 yEArS oF
           mEETing PrESSing CommUniTy nEEdS
                                                      As I considered what might provide “Linkspiration” to such an inspiring body of
                                                      women, my thoughts turned to Mildred Hayes one of our beloved platinum mem-
                                                      bers. She has been a member of our organization for more than 40 years. Having
                                                      now assumed alumna status in the Petersburg (VA) Chapter, she shared the follow-
                                                      ing reflections about her early experiences as a Link.

                                                      What do you remember about becoming a member of The Links, Incorporated
                                                      and how was the organization’s focus different in those days?
National President Margot James Copeland enjoys a     I became a Link in 1969. I was proud and surprised to have been invited to be a mem-
luncheon in her honor hosted by the Petersburg (VA)   ber. At that time the prime emphasis of the organization was centered around friend-
Chapter in November 2010.
                                                      ship and family. Meetings were always in the home and hostesses took great pride in
                                                      providing a theme for each meeting that would entice those who were coming.




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What kinds of service projects did chapters undertake in those days?
Chapters identified needs in their communities and responded to them; this was before
the facets had been launched. In response to the polio epidemic, I remember our chapter
hosting a series of basketball tournaments to raise awareness. We also recognized a need
to encourage young black males to stay in school. In response to this need we identified
male mentors in the community and we paired them with boys. We called this project
“My name is Man;” this was long before other like initiatives that are in existence now.


“I also never dreamed that my goddaughter
 Margot, the little girl with the three platted braids
 and the twinkling smile, would one day become
 our national president.”                                                                    Margot Marietta James

 - Mildred Hayes, Petersburg (VA) Chapter


What do you most enjoy about the changes that you see in the organization?
The organization has definitely changed, and delightfully so. today we have a global
attitude. I feel good that as an organization we have moved ahead and have embraced
so many of today’s challenges. I never dreamed that the Links would become what it is
today. I also never dreamed that my goddaughter Margot, the little girl with the three
platted braids and the twinkling smile, would one day become our national president.

What traits of young Margot are reflected in her administration’s theme Leading
with Excellence ~ Serving with Grace?
As a little girl she was an observer, and I believe that she became aware very early on of
the possibilities and potential of this organization.
excellence is achievable because of the caliber of women in our organization. There
is so much ‘know-how’ in the Links today. Our members are experts in their fields; we
are powerful, intelligent and creative. to serve with grace we must also be women of
great character.

Indeed, we have been planted in rich soil, and we are still growing. As each one of
us endeavors to embrace the challenge of leading with excellence and serving with            National President Margot James Copeland with Aunt
                                                                                             Mildred Hayes and Uncle Burton Hayes.
grace, may we all hold dear the wisdom, insight, values and hopes of those who
paved the way.


KiMbERLEy S. CopELANd, MetrO-MAnhAttAn (ny) ChApter




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      introducing our FiFth Facet
       health and human serVices


make African-American
Women’s Health
    A Priority
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             geT MoVing
             eAT Well
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