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					   41ST EASTERN AREA CONFERENCE
         THE LINKS, INCORPORATED




CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
     “Revved Up For Service”




         APRIL 27 – MAY 1, 2011


                     Bishetta D. Merritt
                   Eastern Area Director

                    Margot J. Copeland
                    National President
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    April 27, 2011

    Dear Link Sisters, Connecting Links, Supporters, and Guests:

    It is my distinct honor to welcome you to the 2011 Eastern Area Conference, the “41st
    Circle of Friends: Revved Up for Service.” What a history we in the East share! Not
    only was our glorious organization founded in the East, our national headquarters is in
    the East, and, six national presidents hail from the East. What a legacy!

    The Eastern Area Team and the members of the CARRS Cluster—the chapters of
    Central New Jersey, Atlantic City, Rancocas Valley, Raritan Valley and South Jersey,
    planned a conference that will foster great memories, provide exciting workshops,
    and fun-filled social events. You will learn cutting edge information regarding health
    and wellness and the pen-pal program, new ideas on reaching our children and youth,
    creative programs in international finance and the global marketplace, and, arts initia-
    tives to make you see “green!” We know you will benefit from the guest speakers,
    honored guests and conference events.

    On time, on time, we shall be, so make sure to set your iPhone and Blackberry for the
    plenary sessions and special events planned for you. There will be snacks during our
    friendship breaks to give you blocks of time to share friendship or visit the vendors. It
    is my wish that you explore Atlantic City and experience everything it has to offer!

    Remember, this is a celebration: The 41st Eastern Area Conference. We will honor our
    legacy, highlight our present accomplishments, and set goals for the future. We will be
    Revved Up for Service! The Eastern Area Circle of Friends welcomes you to Atlantic
    City as we dedicate ourselves to: “Leading With Excellence, Serving With Grace.”

    Enjoy Atlantic City and enjoy the celebration!

    Sisterly and Sincerely,

    Bishetta

    Bishetta D. Merritt, Ph.D.
    Eastern Area Director




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    Dear Sister Links, Connecting Links, and Guests:

    Welcome to Atlantic City, New Jersey and the 41st Eastern Area Conference! We hope that
    you are “Revved up” for excitement, and the fantastic activities planned by the Eastern Area
    Planning Team and the Garden State C.A.R.R.S. Cluster. You were delighted by the 40th
    Eastern Area Conference in Roanoke, and you will be mesmerized by the 41st Eastern Area
    Conference in Atlantic City.

    On behalf of Link Bishetta D. Merritt, our esteemed Eastern Area Director, and the Eastern
    Area Team, we invite you to Atlantic City to celebrate our legacy, our friendship, sisterhood,
    love of tradition, and our service to our communities. You will be thrilled with the exciting
    program and operational workshops, entertainment, and camaraderie during our friendship
    times. Come to Atlantic City and let us celebrate our successes, heritage, and pride in our
    great organization.

    Welcome to our Connecting Links! The Connecting Links of the Garden City C.A.A.R.S.
    Cluster have worked hard day and night to make this an experience that you will never forget.
    The Connecting Link’s Committee has planned a multitude of activities such as golf, fishing,
    a walking tour, games, and friendship time throughout the conference.

    Thank you in advance for accepting our invitation to the 41st Eastern Area Conference in
    Atlantic City. Let the Links, Connecting Links, and our guests add more sparkle and pizzazz to
    the Atlantic City skyline.


    In Friendship,



    Mary C. Calloway
    Eastern Area Conference Coordinator




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  ALL ROADS LEAD
TO THE JERSEY SHORE
     The state of New Jersey provides a cornucopia of choices for entertainment, educa-
     tion, lifestyle and opportunity. It is a state of firsts. It was the first state to sign
     the Bill of Rights, the first professional basketball game was played in Trenton in
     1896, and the first passenger flight was flown from New York to Atlantic City in
     1919. Atlantic City is home to one of two international airports in the state. The
     state is honored to have been the home of the 28th president, Woodrow Wilson and
     the second oldest State House still in use. The oldest is in Maryland. Still in the
     Eastern Area!!

     New Jersey, nestled between Delaware to the south and New York to the north has
     a glorious history that reflects its contributions to the United States and its people.
     Who would imagine that the film industry has it origins in New Jersey? Well,
     it does.

     Thomas Edison, the inventor of the first movie studio (the black maria), sprocket
     holes in film and the kinetescope, made his home in the Garden State. Plus, Fort
     Lee was the motion picture capital in the 1900s. The first western, The Great Train
     Robbery, filmed in the state, is a silent masterpiece.

     At one time the state had two personalities, the industrial north known for its
     textile, iron, and steel plants and the south where farmers grew the crops that feed
     the state and the nation. Known for its peaches and cranberries, New Jersey also
     has 127 miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. Connected by the railroad, the
     seashore expanded and the rural south is now as urban as the northern sector.

     Whatever your pleasure, it can be found in southern New Jersey. From the winery
     in Egg Harbor and the Wheaton Village glass art museum, to the Edwin Forsythe
     National Wildlife Refuge, Lucy the elephant, the library at Rowan College, and the
     zoo in Cape May, the Atlantic City area is anticipating your arrival to explore its
     diverse sights and scenes. No, I did not forget the boardwalk, casinos and fabulous
     shops on “The Walk.” It all awaits you this April!

     Mark your calendar and join the CARRS Cluster at the 41st Eastern
     Area Conference!




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                                      Link VIPS to attend Eastern
                                      Area Conference!!
                                      The historic Eastern Area is proud to welcome the
    EASTERNAREA                       15th national president, Link Margot James Cope-
                                      land, Cleveland Chapter, to our 41st Area Conference.
                                      She challenged us to rise like the phoenix and soar
                                      while we lead with excellence and serve with grace.
                                      With her leadership, energy and vision, we will! Link
                                      Margot is a daughter of Virginia, and we are excited
                                      to welcome her home! The national vice-president,
                                      Link Glenda Newell-Harris, the Alameda-Contra Costa
                                      chapter, will also be in attendance.

                                      Strong leadership, a characteristic of the Eastern Area,
                                      exemplifies our excellent past national presidents.
                                      They consistently demonstrate their commitment to
                                      our organization. Links Pauline Ellison and Gladys
                                      Gary Vaughn will join us and share their wisdom.

                                      Our former Area Directors, inspiring and dedicated
                                      leaders, will participate in the conference: Link Betty
                                      Obiajulu, Ninth Eastern Area Director; Link Cecelia
                                      Henderson, 11th Eastern Area Director; Link Alethia
                                      Spraggins, 12th Eastern Area Director; and, Link Joyce
                                      Lowe, 13th Eastern Area Director.

                                      Also invited to attend are the current Area Directors:
                                      Link Mary Currie, Southern Area; Link Teree Caldwell-
                                      Johnson, Central Area; and, Link Barbra Ruffin-Boston,
                                      Western Area.




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                                 GARDEN STATE
                             C.A.R.R.S. CLUSTER

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT




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     The Garden State C.A.R.R.S. Cluster has established a Learning Center at the Covenant
     House Rights of Passage as our Community Service Project. This Center will enhance the
     educational development of at risk youth who are served by Covenant House.

     Covenant House began its work in New Jersey more than 20 years ago providing basic
     services to homeless youth on the streets of Atlantic City and Newark. In the beginning,
     outreach staff traveled in vans to these areas offering food, clothing, counseling and referrals
     for shelter.

     In 1993, Covenant House opened their first transitional living program in Atlantic City –
     Rights of Passage (ROP). Homeless teenagers and young adults call the Covenant House,
     Rights of Passage home. ROP is an innovative transitional living program that addresses the
     long-term needs of at-risk youth who come to Covenant House in crisis. The goal of ROP
     is to meet the needs of youth who have become stabilized enough to benefit from a program
     that provides education, job training and placement, leading to independent living.

     The Garden State C.A.R.R.S. Cluster Learning Center will use technology for career explo-
     ration. As students learn more readily through having an access to technology, the Learn-
     ing Center will have available new computers and software, bookshelves stocked with
     educational materials and information on career opportunities that will assist them in their
     academic advancement. The Learning Center will provide information that will help the
     students to recognize their potential and identify their career interests and opportunities.

     The Learning Center will be a permanent educational resource at the Covenant House in
     Atlantic City and on an annual basis will serve approximately 30 homeless youth who call
     the Rights of Passage home. The C.A.R.R.S. Cluster’s local chapter will sustain the ROP
     Learning Center through mentoring programs, workshops-on-the move, training sessions
     and the awarding of scholarships.

     On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, our Eastern Area Director Link Bishetta Merritt, Atlantic
     City Mayor Lorenzo Langford, state and local officials will conduct a ribbon cutting cer-
     emony dedicating the Garden State C.A.R.R.S. Cluster Covenant House Learning Center.




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Agenda:                                            Preliminary Agenda for Links

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

8:00 am - 5:00 pm                        Vendor and Exhibits Setup-Hall B
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm                        Area Office Opens-Hall B Show Mgr. Office
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm                        Registration-Hall B Prefunction Area
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm                        Eastern Area Team Dinner (TBA)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

7:00 am - 5:00 pm                        Registration-Hall B Prefunction Area
8:00 am - 10 pm                          Vendors & Chapter Exhibits- Hall B
5:00 pm                                  Vendor Ribbon Cutting- Hall B
8:00 am - 5:00 pm                        Area Office Opens-Hall B Show Mgr. Office
8:00 am - 5:00 pm                        Scott-Hawkins Institute- Sheraton States Board Room
9:00 am - 5:00 pm                        Medical/First Aid Station-Hall A Press Office
11:00 am - 1:30 pm                       Community Service Project/Ribbon Cutting-
                                         Covenant House, Atlantic City, N.J.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm                      Protocol/Hostess Committee Meetings-
                                         Convention Center 4th Floor (405, 406, 407, 408, 420)
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm                       Concurrent Committee Meetings- Convention Center
                                         4th Floor (405, 406, 407, 408, 420)
                                         (Time Keepers, Floor Couriers, Doorkeepers, Swipers)
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm                        Leadership Institute II--Sheraton—Sheraton
                                         Crown Ballroom
                                         (Chapter Officers, Area Officers, Members)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm                        Choir Rehearsal—Convention Center - 401
                                         DINNER ON YOUR OWN
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm                        Conference Opening-Sheraton Crown Ballroom
                                         Prefunction Area
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm                       Opening Reception-Sheraton Crown Ballroom
                                         “Jazz on the Jersey Shore!”
10:00 pm - Midnight                      Hospitality Suite –TBA




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                                                   Preliminary Agenda for Links

 Thursday, April 28, 2011

 7:00 am - 5:00 pm                       Registration-Hall B Prefunction Area
 7:00 am - 8:00 am                       Friendship Time –Hall B
 8:15 am - 9:15 am                       Memorial Service - 402 & 403
 9:30 am - 11:30 am                      1st Plenary - 402& 403
 8:00 am - 5:00 pm                       Area Office Open – Hall B Show Mgr. Office
 10:00 am - 10:00 pm                     Vendors / Exhibits Open- Hall B
 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm                      Legacy Luncheon-“Hats Off to Barbara!”Hall C
 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm                       2nd Plenary - 402 & 403
                                         DINNER ON YOUR OWN
 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm                       Elections Committee Meeting -401
 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm                       Meet the Candidates--404
 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm                      Special Entertainment-“Circle of Friends Concert” –
                                         Hall B (Optional)
 8:00 pm - Midnight                      Hospitality Suite- TBA

 Friday, April 29, 2011

 7:00 am - 5:00 pm                       Registration-Hall B Prefunction Area
 7:30 am - 9:30 pm                       Program Breakfast-Hall C
 8:00 am - 5:00 pm                       Area Office Open-Hall B Show Mgr. Office
 10:00 am - 10:00 pm                     Vendors/Exhibit Open-Hall B
 7:00 am - 9:00 am                       Voting- 404
 9:30 am - 10:45 am                      Program Workshops-1st Session-4th Floor
                                         Convention Center Meeting Rooms
 11:00 am - 12:15                        Program Workshops-2nd Session-4th Floor
                                         Convention Center Meeting Rooms
 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm                      Program Luncheon-Hall C
 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm                       Friendship Time- Hall B
 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm                       3rd Plenary Session- 402 & 403
                                         DINNER ON YOUR OWN
 6:00 pm---                              Shopping and Vendors
 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm                       Hospitality Suite -TBA




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                                                  Preliminary Agenda for Links

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm                      Friday Night Fun and Games Friendship Activity-
                                        C.A.R.R.S. Cluster- Hall C

Saturday, April 30, 2011

7:00 am - 8:00 am                       Friendship Time –Hall B
10:00 am - 6:00 pm                      Vendors and Exhibits Open- Hall B
8:00 am - 5:00 pm                       Area Office Open-Hall B Show Mgr. Office
8:00 am - 9:30 am                       4th Plenary Session- 402 & 403
9:45 am - 11:00 am                      Operational Workshops-1st Session 4th Floor
                                        Convention Center Meeting Rooms
11:15 am - 12:30 pm                     Operational Workshops-2nd Session 4th Floor
                                        Convention Center Meeting Rooms
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm                       Civic Luncheon - Hall C (Optional)
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm                       FriendshipTime Hall B
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm                       White Rose Reception-Hall A & B Prefunction
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm                      White Rose Banquet-Hall A
10:00 pm - Midnight                     Hospitality Suite -TBA

Sunday, May 1, 2011

                                        Safe Travels!!




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Agenda:                       Preliminary Agenda for Connecting Links

 Tuesday, April 26, 2011

 8:00 am - 5:00 pm                        Vendor and Exhibits Setup-Hall B
 2:00 pm -5:00 pm                         Area Office Opens-Hall B Show Mgr. Office
 2:00 PM - 5:30 pm                        Registration-Hall B Prefunction Area
 6:00 PM - 9:00 pm                        Eastern Area Team Dinner (TBA)

 Wednesday, April 27, 2011

 7:00 am - 5:00 pm                        Registration-Hall B Prefunction Area
 8:00 am - 10 pm                          Vendors & Chapter Exhibits- Hall B
 5:00 pm                                  Vendor Ribbon Cutting- Hall B
 8:00 am - 5:00 pm                        Area Office Opens-Hall B Show Mgr. Office
 9:00 am - 5:00 pm                        Medical/First Aid Station-Hall A Press Office
 11:00 am - 1:30 pm                       Community Service Project/Ribbon Cutting
                                          Covenant House, Atlantic City, N.J.
                                          DINNER ON YOUR OWN
 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm                        Conference Opening-Sheraton Crown Ballroom
                                          Prefunction Area
 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm                       Opening Reception-Sheraton Crown Ballroom
                                          “Jazz on the Jersey Shore”

 Thursday, April 28, 2011

 7:00 am - 5:00 pm                        Registration-Hall B Prefunction Area
 7:00 am - 8:00 am                        Friendship Time –Hall B
 9:00 am - 4:00 pm                        Hospitality Suite- Steele Pier-Sheraton
 9:00 am - 4:30 pm                        Golf – Seaview Golf Resort (Optional)
 8:00 am - 4:00 pm                        Fishing Tour, Aquarium, Historic Gardner’s
                                          Basin Maritime Park -Maritime Park
 8:15 am - 9:15 am                        Memorial Service - 402 & 403
 8:00 am - 5:00 pm                        Area Office Open – Hall B Show Mgr. Office
 10:00 am - 10:00 pm                      Vendors / Exhibits Open- Hall B
                                          DINNER ON YOUR OWN




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                            Preliminary Agenda for Connecting Links

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm                      Special Entertainment: “Circle of Friends Concert”—
                                        Hall C (Optional)


Friday, April 29, 2011

7:00 am - 5:00 pm                       Registration-Hall B Prefunction Area
8:00 am - 5:00 pm                       Area Office Open-Hall B Show Mgr. Office
10:00 am - 10:00 pm                     Vendors/Exhibit Open-Hall B
9:00 am - 4:00 pm                       Hospitality Suite –Steele Pier-Sheraton
10:00 am - 3:00 pm                      Cape May AfricanAmerican-Cape May, NJ
                                        Heritage Walking Tour (Optional)
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm                       Friendship Time- Hall B
6:00 pm -                               Private Shopping and Vendors
                                        DINNER ON YOUR OWN
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm                      Friday Night Fun and Games Friendship Activity-
                                        C.A.R.R.S. Cluster- Hall C

Saturday, April 30, 2011

10:00 am - 6:00 pm                      Vendors and Exhibits Open- Hall B
8:00 am - 5:00 pm                       Area Office Open-Hall B Show Mgr. Office
9:00 am - 3:00 pm                       Hospitality Suite - Steele Pier- Sheraton
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm                       Civic Luncheon - Hall C (Optional)
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm                       FriendshipTime Hall B
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm                       White Rose Reception-Hall A & B Prefunction
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm                      White Rose Banquet-Hall A

Sunday, May 1, 2011

                                        Safe Travels!!




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 Connecting Link:                                                                       Event Descriptions


 Golf Outing                                                       Cape May African American
                                                                   Heritage Walking Tour
 Start the morning early with the feel of the sea breeze
 against your swing while you warm up to play 18 holes of          Connecting Links will experience a brief bus ride south
 championship golf at the famous Seaview Resort & Spa              of Atlantic City to historic Cape May, NJ for the Afri-
 in Galloway NJ. Seaview Golf Course was home to the               can American History Walking Tour. Participants will be
 Shoprite LPGA Classic, where Hall of Famers Nancy Lopez,          exposed to the facts and factors associated with contribu-
 Betsy King and Juli Inkster, as well as Annika Sorenstam,         tions of African Americans to the history of Cape May, NJ.
 Se Ri Pak and Janice Moodie have played. On April 28,             The African American Heritage tour actually begins in the
 2011 Seaview Pine Course designed by Howard Toomey &              neighboring town of Whitesboro, NJ. Whitesboro was home
 William Flynn, will serve as host to the Connecting Links         to many African Americans who contributed in a meaning-
 during the 2011 Eastern Area Conference. Greens fee, lunch,       ful way to the service industries in the Cape May area; par-
 prizes and bus transportation are included. See registration      ticularly in the Historic District and the renowned Chalfonte
 page for cost. This is an optional activity. Club rentals and     Hotel. The significance of the African American contribu-
 footwear are available at additional cost. Bus will begin         tions to the Cape May culture is as profound as the Atlantic
 picking up participants at 6:45 am.                               Ocean is to the seaside topography. See registration page
                                                                   for cost. This is an optional activity. Transportation and
 Fishing Tour/Historic Gardner’s                                   lunch are included. Bus will begin picking up participants
 Basin Maritime Park                                               at 8:45 am

 Left your pole at home? No problem. You can still join Con-
 necting Links and others for a memorable four hour fishing
 tour of the Atlantic Ocean’s back bays and coves. Climb
 aboard Gardner’s Basin Party Boat in Atlantic City and fish
 for 4 hours (8-12 pm or 1-4 pm) while enjoying the breath
 taking views of the Atlantic City skyline and coves. After
 the fishing tour, explore the rest of Historic Gardner’s Basin
 Maritime Park. Be sure to see the aquarium, diving bell, an-
 tiques, restaurants and other attractions. The cost is included
 in the registration fee.




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                                                                     EASTERNAREA




Dear Sister Links:

The Eastern Area of The Links, Incorporated will hold its 41st Eastern Area Conference in
Atlantic City, New Jersey April 27 – May 1, 2011. We invite you to purchase an advertise-
ment in our 41st Eastern Area Conference Souvenir Journal.

The book will be distributed to approximately 1,200 registered attendees. You may publi-
cize your business, celebrate personal or chapter accomplishments, special events, or offer
congratulations to family and friends. All proceeds from the 41st Eastern Area Conference
Souvenir Journal will help support our Conference and Eastern Area efforts.

Please review the attached Souvenir Journal Ad Form. It details ad rates and specifications.
We look forward to receiving your ad by Friday, March 18, 2011.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Link Natalie Fant,
at (703) 516-7133 or via email at Fantn@aol.com.


Sincerely,




Natalie H. Fant
Souvenir Journal Chair
41st Eastern Area Conference Souvenir Journal




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THE LINKS, INCORPORATED
             EAC11 SOUVENIR JOURNAL AD FORM
 Support the 41st Eastern Area Conference by purchasing an ad in our Souvenir Journal.

 • Publicize your business, products and services.
 • Celebrate accomplishments and special events.
 • Congratulate friends and family.


 Please enter below the identifying information in the blanks. Indicate your action by marking the
 appropriate box or line, and return this ad form along with your ad.

 Date: _____________________

    Chapter/Company/Individual Name: __________________________________________________________________
    Contact Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________
    Address: _________________________________________________________________________________________
    Telephone: __________________________     FAX: _____________________________________________________
    Email: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

     Camera-ready ad
     One ad per Souvenir Journal Ad Form
     Souvenir Journal Ad Form, Electronic camera-ready ad and special request must be emailed to: lbrhodes@verizon.net.
     Any questions about the Souvenir Journal, please contact Mr. Leslie B. Rhodes at 703-819-0124 or 703-878-2122 /
     lbrhodes@verizon.net or Natalie Fant at 703-516-7133 / Fantn@aol.com
     Souvenir Journal Ad Form and Laser-hard copy (Proof), disk or CD must be mailed to: Mr. Leslie B. Rhodes,
     3668 Bracknell Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192. Camera-ready art will be imported into Adobe Indesign. Acceptable
     Electronic Ad File Format Hi-resolution (300 dpi) .pdf, .tiff, jpg or .eps files only.
     Make check payable to: The Eastern Area of The Links, Incorporated - Eastern Area Conference for the appropriate
     amount due and mail along with a copy of the Souvenir Journal Ad Form to: Link Natalie Fant, 1127 North Kirkwood
     Road, Arlington VA 22201.
     Ad and Check submitted by deadline – March 18, 2011. Please return this form with your ad.



ADVERTISING RATE                                             AD SUBMISSION SPECIFICATIONS
     Inside Front Cover                              Sold       Full Page Bleed*                        8.75” horizontal x 11.25” vertical
     Inside Back Cover                               Sold       Full Page Non Bleed                     7” horizontal x 9.5” vertical
     Outside Back Cover                              Sold       Half Page                               7” horizontal x 4.5” vertical
     Corporate Full Page                             $500       Quarter Page                            3.25” horizontal x 4.5” vertical
     Corporate Half Page                             $300    * Includes .125 inch bleed on all sides.
     Full Page (Individual/Chapter)                  $250    Mechanical Requirements: Commercial advertising MUST be
     Half Page (Individual/Chapter)                  $150    submitted as electronic data and MUST be saved at 100% CYMK to
     Quarter Page (Individual)                       $80     SWOP standards. All elements MUST be placed at 100% size.
 All pricing includes the cost for black & white photos.
                                                             Thank you for your support of the Souvenir Journal for our
 Total Amount of Check             $_______________          41st Eastern Area Conference.




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Traditional Opening
and Jazz on the
Jersey Shore
The opening of the 41st Eastern Area
Conference will reflect our glorious years of
leadership, friendship and service. We will
participate in the traditional Link opening and
then enjoy excellent music, delicious food,
and thought provoking conversation, while we
renew friendships. The opening will take place
on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Elegantly causal
attire is required for this event.


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 Legacy Luncheon:                     Our 41st Circle of Friends will
                                      lovingly share and celebrate the
Hats Off to Barbara!                  Links Legacy of our 10th Eastern
                                      Area Director and 12th National
                                      President, Link Barbara Dixon
                                      Simpkins! Join us to embrace
                                      our Link traditions, reflect upon
                                      our cherished memories of our
                                      sisterhood, and honor the rich
                                      heritage of our Founders. We will
                                      showcase our remarkable Link
                                      journey of friendship and service
                                      from our origin in Philadelphia
                                      to 2011. The luncheon will
                                      also provide the Eastern Area a
                                      special opportunity to publicly
                                      recognize and honor our 40 year
                                      and 25 year sisters. This is an
                                      event you certainly will not wish
                                      to miss!! What an event, the
                                      chance to honor Link Barbara,
                                      wear your best hat, and share a
                                      special afternoon with friends.
                                      Plus, it’s included in registration!




                                           EASTERNAREA




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Civic Luncheon
In keeping with tradition, our imaginative leader and National
President, Link Margot James Copeland will be the
guest speaker for the annual civic luncheon. Link Margot’s
vision inspires positive change for all members of the Links
Incorporated. We are honored to have our innovative, dynamic
and creative National President to inspire and challenge us
with a message of hope.
During the Civic Luncheon, we will honor those who have
rendered outstanding service to their various communities.
The Hardiman-Johnson Award will be presented. The
corporate sponsors will also be recognized for their
continued generosity.

The luncheon takes place Saturday, April 30, 2011.




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                                Conference
                         Entertainment
                         T
                               he place to be if you want to celebrate
                               the 41st Eastern Area Conference is
                               Atlantic City. Our days will be full of
                         workshops and business meetings, but our
                         evenings will be jam-packed with good food,
                         fun and great entertainment. On Wednes-
                         day evening join your Link sisters for an
                         evening of great jazz. The Circle of Friends
                         Concert is scheduled for Thursday evening
                         where a national recording artist will provide
                         a night of smooth rhythm and blues hits.
                         Don’t miss an opportunity to relax, unwind
                         and have a marvelous time.

                         On Friday evening you may chose to try
                         your luck at black-jack, roulette, and the
                         slots, OR you may wish to shop til’ you drop
                         with our vendors, OR you may wish to join
                         the CARRS Cluster Links and stomp your
                         feet to the beat of Motown hits and remi-
                         nisce to a soulful ballad. Bring your danc-
                         ing shoes and join the “line.” This will be
                         a night full of fun, laughter, music and
                         yes—plenty of dancing and
                         excellent food.




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TIPS FOR DRESS
                  Wednesday
                  Event:    Leadership Institute
                  Attire:   Business Casual

                  Event:        Opening Ceremony/Jazz on the Jersey Shore
                  Attire:       Elegantly Casual

                  Thursday
                  Event:        Memorial Service/First Plenary Session
                  Attire:       Uninterrupted White

                  Event:        Legacy Luncheon: Hats Off to Barbara!
                  Attire:       Business Attire and Your Fabulous Hat!

                  Event:         Circle of Friends Concert
                  Attire:        Elegant

                  Friday
                  Event:         Programming Day/Plenary Session
                  Attire:        Business Attire

                  Event:          CARRS event OR Gamble OR Shop
                  Attire:         Casual

                  Saturday
                  Event:          Plenary Session/Civic Luncheon
                  Attire:         Business Attire

                  Event:          White Rose Reception/Banquet
                  Attire:         Ladies—White Formal
                                  Gentlemen—Black Tie

                  Sunday Travel Safely!
                  NOTE: Feel free to wear your favorite hats to all events!!




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       DIRECTIONS TO SHERATON ATLANTIC CITY
                  CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL

                                            Two Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
                                                                                609-344-3535

 FROM NORTH JERSEY/NEW YORK/CT - Take any major        FROM PHILADELPHIA & WEST - Via Philadelphia,
 interstate highway to connect to the Garden           exit Pennsylvania Turnpike at Valley Forge. Exit
 State Parkway South. Take exit to Atlantic City       Expressway (Rt. 76 East) through Philadelphia
 Expressway (exit 38). Follow Expressway               to the Walt Whitman Bridge to North-South
 directly into the city. Go to 2nd light and turn      Freeway. Go to exit to Atlantic City Expressway
 left onto Arctic Avenue, then proceed to 2nd          East. Follow Expressway directly into the city.
 light and make a left on Michigan Avenue. Then        Go to 2nd light and turn left onto Arctic Avenue,
 go straight through 1st traffic light into the        then proceed to 2nd light and make a left on
 Convention Center for self-parking or follow signs    Michigan Avenue. Then go straight through 1st
 to Hotel Entrance on Miss America Way for valet       traffic light into the Convention Center for self-
 parking.                                              parking or follow signs to Hotel Entrance on Miss
                                                       America Way for valet parking.
 FROM MARYLAND, DE, WASH DC, & SOUTH - Take
 I–95 North to 76 East. This will cross the Walt       FROM ATLANTIC CITY AIRPORT - Follow signs out of
 Whitman Bridge in Philadelphia. After crossing        airport to Atlantic City Expressway East. Follow
 the bridge, follow 76 East to 42 South. 42            Expressway directly into the city. Go to 2nd light
 South will turn into the Atlantic City Expressway.    and turn left onto Arctic Avenue, then proceed
 Follow Expressway directly into the city. Go to       to 2nd light and make a left on Michigan Avenue.
 2nd light and turn left onto Arctic Avenue, then      Then go straight through 1st traffic light into the
 proceed to 2nd light and make a left on Michigan      Convention Center for self-parking or follow signs
 Avenue. Then go straight through 1st traffic light    to Hotel Entrance on Miss America Way for valet
 into the Convention Center for self-parking or        parking.
 follow signs to Hotel Entrance on Miss America
 Way for valet parking.                                FROM PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT - Take Route 76 East
                                                       to Walt Whitman Bridge to North-South (42)
 OR FROM THE CAPE MAY-LEWES FERRY - After exiting      Freeway. Take exit to Atlantic City Expressway
 the ferry, take the Garden State Parkway North        East. Follow Expressway directly into the city. Go
 to the Atlantic City Expressway (Exit 38). Follow     to 2nd light and turn left onto Arctic Avenue, then
 Expressway directly into the city. Go to 2nd light    proceed to 2nd light and make a left on Michigan
 and turn left onto Arctic Avenue, then proceed        Avenue. Then go straight through 1st traffic light
 to 2nd light and make a left on Michigan Avenue.      into the Convention Center for self-parking or
 Then go straight through 1st traffic light into the   follow signs to Hotel Entrance on Miss America
 Convention Center for self-parking or follow signs    Way for valet parking.
 to Hotel Entrance on Miss America Way for
 valet parking.




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                        PROGRAM WORKSHOPS

THE ARTS                                                        • More than 92 percent of people who suffer cardiac
                                                                  arrest outside the hospital will not survive to hospital
The Shape of Things To Come                                       discharge.

Site-specific public artwork makes art accessible outside the   • Unless CPR and defibrillation are provided within
traditional confines of museums and galleries. Public Art         minutes of collapse, few attempts at resuscitation are
cultivates art appreciation and enhances artistic expression.     successful.
Through high quality public designs, artist, architects and
designers work collaboratively to create unique places to       • Less than 1/3 of out – of- hospital sudden cardiac
display art. Attendees will learn how this process revital-       arrest victims receive bystander CPR.
izes neighborhoods both aesthetically and economically.
Through projected visual images, participants will observe      • EFFECTIVE BYSTANDER CPR, PROVIDED
the radical transformation of open spaces and its effect on       IMMEDIATELY AFTER A CARDIAC ARREST,
the public. This workshop will also include an overview           CAN DOUBLE, OR TRIPLE A VICTIM’S
and guidelines regarding temporary art concepts.                  CHANCE OF SURVIVAL!

Who Should Attend: Arts Facet chairs and members;               Health and Human Services Facet encourages each
                                                                Link to become trained in CPR. Participants of this
anyone interested in learning more about The Arts.
                                                                workshop will be able to learn the core skills of CPR
                                                                in a short time. In addition, participants will learn
HEALTH AND HUMAN                                                how they in turn, can provide CPR training for their
SERVICES                                                        families, friends and communities, (a new initiative of
                                                                Health and Human Services).
CPR Anytime—Empowering Links to Help Provide
Families, Friends and Communities the Skills to                 Who Should Attend: All Links are invited.
Save Lives!
                                                                Sistas Living Well! A Links’ Guide to
Each year in the United States, Emergency Medical               Healthy Living
Services treat nearly 300,000 victims of out-of-hospital
cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to             What medical screening tests and examinations are
anyone at anytime. Many victims seem healthy with no            advised for each stage of life particularly for African
known heart disease or other risk factors. CPR Any-             Americans? What immunizations and vaccinations
time was developed to increase CPR knowledge and                should we have to help prevent communicable diseases?
awareness among the general public and provide an               What additional tests should we obtain if we have a
alternative “hands only approach” in delivering                 family history of various diseases and disorders? How
CPR services.                                                   can Links improve their health profiles by incorporat-
                                                                ing Life’s Simple 7 principles in their life? Embracing
• About 80% of cardiac arrests occur at home, so be-            a healthier lifestyle and encouraging immediate family
  ing trained to perform CPR can mean the difference            members to do the same is the greatest gift Links can
  between life and death for a loved one.                       give themselves and those we love.




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 Health and Human Services Facet is encouraging each Link          NATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES
 to improve their health literacy and make small changes in
 their life styles that in time will significantly improve their   A New Spin on the Gift of Life
 health. To that end, we have developed a comprehensive list
 of guidelines that can be of great assistance in this endeavor    The Power to make a difference: donating tissue to sci-
 -your Links Health Passport! Sistas it’s time to get              ence in your lifetime. Organ Procurement Organizations
 empowered!                                                        (OPO) are non-profit organizations responsible for:

 Who Should Attend: All Links are invited.                         • Approaching families about the option of donation
                                                                     when they have lost a loved one.
 INTERNATIONAL TRENDS
 AND SERVICES                                                      • Evaluating the medical suitability of potential donors.

                                                                   • Coordinating the recovery, preservation, and transpor-
 Global Connections: Circling the World With                         tation of organs donated for transplant.
 White Roses in Friendship and Service
                                                                   • Educating the public about the critical need for
 As an international women’s organization, The Links,
                                                                     organ donation.
 Incorporated, is in the forefront in addressing issues
 that transcend our national boundaries. This in-depth,
                                                                   Who Should Attend: Anyone.
 high-powered workshop will feature an informative and
 inspiring presentation by a renowned expert on current
 international issues that seriously affect people of Africa       Colgate Palmolive and Oral Health
 and people of African descent around the world. This
                                                                   The Links to Oral Health Initiative focuses on provid-
 “call to action” will offer practical and pragmatic infor-
                                                                   ing oral health to our youth. Colgate Palmolive has
 mation to enable The Links, Incorporated, to continue its
                                                                   partnered with the Eastern Area in this initiative. We
 leadership role as committed partners and collaborators           have had the opportunity to participate in an innovative
 in the international community. The workshop will also            and unique partnership with Colgate-Palmolive. The
 showcase excellence in Eastern Area International Trends          Eastern Area’s “Links to Oral Health” project is collab-
 and Services and Education Across The Miles program-              orating with Colgate Palmolive’s “Bright Smiles Bright
 ming. These presentations will take a hands-on, interac-          Futures” project.
 tive approach to ensure that participants are afforded
 the necessary tool kits and planning guides to implement          This collaboration offers the Eastern Area chapters the
 comprehensive, sustainable international initiatives de-          opportunity to utilize the Colgate-Palmolive Van. The
 signed to serve the needs of people of the African Dias-          Van comes fully stocked with a dental assistant, gifts
 pora. Chapters will have the opportunity to participate           for the participants and dental literature. The Chapters
 in the International Trends and Services Swap Shop II.            were requested to select their 1st and 2nd choice of
                                                                   dates, recruit children and a dentist to utilize the Van.
 Who Should Attend: Chapter International Trends                   Utilization of the Colgate Palmolive Van with your
 and Services Chairs and committee members, Program                Chapter’s Health Fair offers a marvelous opportunity
 Chairs and anyone interested in learning more about               for full health care services. Utilization of the Colgate
                                                                   Palmolive Van could be a standalone project.
 International issues and programs of The Links,
 Incorporated.




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Numerous Eastern Area chapters have held health fairs         nurses, licensed practical nurses, home health aides,
and/or dental clinics utilizing the Colgate Palmolive         physicians, social workers, chaplains and other care
van. The Colgate Palmolive van has been utilized ap-          giving professionals.
proximately 25 times by Eastern Area chapters and has
served over 2,000 children.                                  If you are not ready, you can become READY!

Who Should Attend: Anyone                                    Who Should Attend: Anyone

READYING for the Rapture                                     You and Your Health

The Eastern Area’s Sandwich Generation/Seniors/Care-         Now, pharmacogenomics – personal medicine and YOU
giving Initiative focuses on providing information and/      will be our focus. Pharmacogenomics focuses on how
or assistance to caregivers. This initiative has a two       your genetics impacts your response to medications.
prong focus by providing information on how to care          This branch of pharmacology ensures maximum ef-
for others or themselves (self-care). The Links, Incor-      ficacy with minimal adverse effects from the medicines.
porated but especially the Eastern Area is excited about     Personalized medicine has evolved from family his-
the partnership with AARP.                                   tory, social circumstances, environment and behaviors.
                                                             Today, personalized medicine takes into account the
The “Are You Ready?” Program was piloted in 2010 in          genetic variability of an individual as it impacts the pa-
the Eastern Area with the Morris County Chapter and          tient’s preventative and therapeutic care. Determining
the Washington, DC Chapter. Yes, the Detroit National        an individual’s specific therapy is dependent on his/her
Assembly unveiled its newest Signature Program – “Are        particular medical conditions and genetic composition
You Ready?” These chapters will provide insight as to        combined with the proper medication with appropriate
how chapters can implement the program.                      dosage that meets each individual’s specific
                                                             health needs.
We will focus on the NEXT STEPS in the “REadying”
process. These “Readying” steps would be ensuring            Yes, YOUR health is important! We are always re-
financial stability and preparing for end-of-life care.      searching and providing tools that will greatly impact
                                                             the longetivity of people of African decent.
• PRUDENTIAL will address financial planning. PRU-
  DENTIAL has a balanced, high-quality portfolio of          Who Should Attend: Anyone
  businesses that are diversified geographically, by mar-
  ket, and by risk profile. Our wide range of insurance
  and investment-related products and services enables       SERVICES TO YOUTH
  us to address the ever-increasing retirement needs of
  people and businesses in the U.S. and abroad.              The Best of the Best: Programs That Win

• VITAS will address end-of-life care. VITAS operates        Several Eastern Area chapters won recognition in De-
  46 hospice programs in 15 states and the District of       troit for their outstanding programs. Come and hear
  Columbia. Today, VITAS employs 9,000 profession-           from Chapters who will share their success stories and
  als who care for terminally ill patients daily—primar-     give you ideas. Prince George County will share the
  ily in the patients’ homes, but also in the company’s      components of “Green Light for Excellence,” a pro-
  inpatient hospice units as well as in hospitals, nursing   gram located at Samuel Massie Elementary. “Green
  homes and assisted living communities/residential          Light” improved grades, provided life skills and de-
  care facilities. VITAS team members include registered     veloped leaders. Raritan Valley will introduce you
                                                             to Health Links Program, a guided career awareness




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                                                                      PROGRAM WORKSHOPS

 experience which focuses on eighth graders. Long Is-
 land implemented Links to Success: Children Achieving
                                                           UMBRELLA PROGRAMMING
 Excellence Program and will share their secrets. The      Raising the PMI – Programs Making an Impact -
 Wilmington Chapter turned their Young Achievers pro-      Best Practices in Umbrella Programming
 gram into an umbrella project. Come and find out how
 they did it. Workshop attendees will receive specific     This workshop is designed to put friendship and service
 information about the formal and informal events that     to work in “Raising the PMI – Programs Making an
 comprise the calendar year for the Achievers.             Impact”. The workshop will promote a comprehensive
                                                           approach to umbrella programming utilizing the Service
 Who Should Attend: Open to all Services To Youth          Delivery Model in program planning and evaluation.
 Chairpersons and committee members; all are invited.      Chapters recognized by National and Area as “Best
                                                           Practice” will share their expertise and experience in
 What’s in a Book Club?                                    how to plan, implement, and evaluate programs. Par-
                                                           ticipants will have an opportunity to learn how to take
 “Reading is fundamental.” So is the need for parents      their programs from “Good” to “Great” and raise the
 to read to and with their children. A book club is a      impact in their community. Learning how to become
 dynamic way to encourage reading, instill a passion       Best Practice!
 for reading and foster creative writing skills in young
 people. Reading takes on new meaning when parents         Who Should Attend: All Links, Program Coordinators
 and their children read together.                         and Facet Chairpersons and committee members are
                                                           invited.
 In this workshop, our panel will give the why’s and
 how-to’s of a book club. Hear from library experts as
 they convince you of the value a book club adds to your
 community. Experienced Chapter members will share
 the steps to developing book clubs, the costs, and warn
 you of the pitfalls to avoid. Learn how to make your
 book club an umbrella project. Leave our workshop
 with a roadmap to creating your own parent – child
 book club.

 Who Should Attend: Open to all Services to Youth
 Chairpersons and committee members; all are invited.




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                        OPERATIONAL WORKSHOPS

                                                                Chapter Presidents, and Chapter Public Relations committee
ARCHIVES AND HISTORY                                            members interested in learning more about communications
                                                                and public relations.
Invest In Your Future: Understand Your Past

The Archives Workshop is designed to put the past to work       CONFERENCE PLANNING
by: making history a staple, enabling mastery of archival
practices and techniques, collecting and protecting docu-       Event Planning
ments, keeping history current and accurate, and recogniz-
ing historical and preservation excellence at the chapter       Ever notice how the best meetings and events look effort-
level. Participants will be uniquely introduced to several      less? Everything just seems to unfold perfectly — and at
archival supported activities such as how to: celebrate         just the right moment. A well-planned, well-run meeting,
milestones and leaders, use the Archives Manual effectively,    retreat, or luncheon is a thing of beauty. Come to this work-
provide inventory of collections in the repository, monitor     shop for tips, techniques, and tricks you can use to put on
the transfer of officer and committee reports, records, docu-   flawless chapter events.
ments, and materials to an appropriate repository at the end
of each administration, and conduct a critical review of the    Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in learning more
third edition of the official history of Linkdom. This will     about Event Planning.
enhance member services and engagement which is a major
contribution to the mission of The Links, Incorporated. The     ETHICS AND STANDARDS
1st Eastern Area Legacy Award will be awarded at this con-
ference during the Legacy Luncheon.                             Annual Chapter Certification of Compliance
                                                                with the Links Organization Code of Ethics
Who Should Attend: Chapter Presidents and Chapter               and Standards, 2008
Archivists.
                                                                Are you aware that the Chapter President makes the first
COMMUNICATIONS AND                                              implementation step? Who should chair the Chapter Ethics
PUBLIC RELATIONS                                                Committee and who should serve? Who is directly respon-
                                                                sible for the Chapter orientation? What is the relationship
                                                                of the Area Ethics Chair to the Chapter? What are the
Public Relations in Your Chapter:                               sanctions for not appointing an ethics committee and/or
How to Get the Word OUT!                                        the Chapter refusing to comply? After a brief overview the
                                                                workshop will be divided into work stations where attendees
 Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of public relations while we         will be oriented to each step of the process by members of
explore the Links PR Handbook. We will discuss the best         the Area Ethics and Standards Committee who were
strategies for developing relationships with local media        appointed from the Eastern Area.
contacts, getting your press releases distributed and your
stories placed. Learn what is newsworthy for members of         Who Should Attend: Chapter Presidents, Chapter Vice
the Links, your community, the Eastern Area and the nation.     Presidents, Parliamentarians, Chapter Ethics Chairs and
                                                                members, and Links.
Who Should Attend: Chapter Public Relations Chairs,




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                                                                      OPERATIONAL WORKSHOPS

 FINANCE                                                          PROTOCOL
 Back to Basics – Links Finance 101                               Protocol From A to Z

 Good financial management of Chapter funds requires              Learn how to do “Do the Right Thing” from the beginning
 proper accounting procedures and internal controls. Join         to the end at this exciting, enlightening, and informative
 us and learn basic financial policies and procedures at the      workshop. Come and enhance your knowledge, awareness
 Chapter, Area, and National levels. You will receive in-         and understanding of the basic protocol practices from A to
 formation on important deadlines, guidelines on budgets,         Z. Participants will leave with a familiarity and correctness
 Chapter fundraisers (specifically non tax-deductible and         of the Protocol of the Links, Incorporated.
 tax-deductible donations), and all financial operations of the
 Chapter. We will also conduct a review of key areas in the       Who Should Attend: Chapter protocol chairs, commit-
 National Financial Handbook. This is Links 101!                  tee members and anyone interested in learning more about
                                                                  protocol.
 Who Should Attend: Chapter Treasurers, Chapter Finan-
 cial Secretaries, Chapter Presidents, and anyone interested      RECORDING SECRETARIES
 in learning about the management of Chapter Finances.
                                                                  No one else can do it but me! = Management for
 MEMBERSHIP                                                       Secretaries and Officers

 MEMBERSHIP MATTERS                                               This workshop will highlight specific strategies for working
                                                                  with the Secretaries Handbook. It will further address the
 Membership is the Heart, Soul and Lifeline of Linkdom.           Chapter Presidents concerns when working with a secretary
 This fast-paced and insightful workshop will address the         and concerns of secretaries when taking directions from the
 nuts and bolts of the membership process, as well as the         Chapter Presidents. The workshop will also cover specific
 sisterly dynamics crucial to chapter cohesion. A “Best Prac-     duties and expectations of a Financial Secretary
 tices,” handout regarding membership and sisterly relations’     and delegation.
 topics which was developed by all four Area Vice Directors,
 will be distributed.                                             Who Should Attend: Chapter Officers, Committee Chairs
                                                                  and Members.
 Who Should Attend: Chapter Vice Presidents and Mem-
 bership Coordinators; anyone interested in learning more         RITUALS
 about membership related processes, rules and regulations
 of The Links, Incorporated.                                      Rituals Without Worry

 PARLIAMENTARIAN                                                  Allay all worries and concerns associated with rituals and
                                                                  ceremonies of the Links, Incorporated! Through this highly
 A View from the East                                             informative workshop, attendees will learn how to easily
                                                                  prepare for and implement appropriate, elegant rituals and
 You will learn the ins and outs of running a successful          gain a more thorough understanding of Links’ rituals and
 meeting and how to make chapter bylaws a living, working,        ceremonies. Workshop participants will also expand their
 friendly document.                                               knowledge of Links’ rituals and ceremonial formats and
                                                                  view demonstrations of the Induction and Rededication
 Who Should Attend: Chapter Presidents, Chapter Vice              ceremonies.
 Presidents and Parliamentarians.




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Who Should Attend: Rituals committee chairs and mem-            • Analyze strengths, opportunities, and weaknesses;
bers; anyone interested in learning more about the rituals of
The Links, Incorporated.                                        • Make decisions regarding resources, audiences,
                                                                  and partnerships;
STRATEGIC PLANNING
                                                                • Report outcomes based on metrics that demonstrate
Catch the Planning Spirit                                         achievement of the objectives.

Learn the nuts and bolts of strategic planning to best serve    Attendees will receive a strategic planning toolkit.
your chapter and communities. Execute a new “Cascading
Goals” methodology to align chapter goals with the six Na-      Who Should Attend: Chapter strategic planning com-
tional Priorities developed by the Links Executive Leader-      mittee members, program and membership chairs, chapter
ship Team in August of 2010. Attendees discover how to:         officers, and anyone interested in strategic planning.

• Properly align chapter goals with national priorities;

• Define directions and strategies to achieve the goals;




                                                           LINKS, CONNECTING LINKS:
                                                            Join The Eastern Area Choir
                                                            Rehearsal: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
                                                               Convention Center, Room 401
                                                                         4 - 5 p.m.



             Make a joyous sound for the
                      Eastern Area Conference!




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                                  Registration and Housing Form
                                                             
     REGISTRATION

     1. Registrant Information (Please type or print clearly.)

     Links Membership ID Number: ___________________________________________________

     Name:______________________________________________________________________

     Nickname (as it should appear on your badge):_________________________________________

     Chapter:_____________________________________________________________________

     Address: ____________________________________________________________________

     City: __________________________, State:___________________ Zip Code:____________

     Email Address: _______________________________________________________________
     (An email address is required to receive an electronic confirmation, otherwise you will be faxed or mailed
     a confirmation.)

     Telephone: _____________________________ Fax:_________________________________

     Special Dietary Needs: ___Diabetic ____Gluten Free ___Vegetarian ___Other____________

     ADA Needs: ___Audio ____Mobile ___Visual ___Other_____________________________

     2. Registration Categories (please check all that apply)

      __ 1st Time Attendee                           __ Guest                                   __ SHLI II
      __ 25-Year Member                              __ Host Chapter                            __ SHLI III
      __ 40-Year Member                              __ Leadership Academy                      __ SHLI IV
      __ Alternate                                   __ Member
      __ Alumna                                      __ National Executive Team
      __ Area Officer                                __ National Officer
      __ Chapter President                           __ New member
      __ Connecting Link                             __ Past Area Officer
      __ Connecting Link Host Chapter                __ Past National Officer
      __ Delegate                                    __ Platinum Member
      __ Eastern Area Executive Team                 __ SHLI I




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                             Registration and Housing Form
                                                         
3. Committee Sign-Up (please check all that apply)

 __ Doorkeeper/Sergeant-At-Arms
 __ Floor Couriers
 __ Hostesses
 __ Link/Connecting Link Choir
 __ Protocol
 __ Sign Language Interpreters
 __ Timekeepers


4. Will you be attending any of the following events? (please circle all that apply)

              Legacy Luncheon?                         Yes      No

              Program Breakfast?                       Yes      No

              Program Lunch?                            Yes     No

              Jazz on the Jersey Shore?                Yes      No

              White Rose Banquet?                      Yes      No



5. Registration Fees - Advance Registration Deadline is March 16th. Registrations must be postmarked or
   received online by March 16, 2011. Late Registrations must be postmarked or received online March 17 –
   March 25, 2011. A fee of $100.00 will be charged for each late registration. No registrations will be
   accepted after March 25, 2011 and there is no on-site registration.

                                                Registration Fees

                                                            Advance Period   Late Period
                            Registration Type
                                                             Before 3/16     3/17-3/25

                   Link                                       $575.00         $675.00

                   Host Chapter Links                         $550.00         $650.00

                   Connecting Links                           $385.00         $485.00

                   Host Chapter Connecting Links              $360.00         $460.00

                   Guest                                      $575.00         $675.00




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                                 Registration and Housing Form
                                                               
     6. Optional Activities

                                                   Activity                              Fee

                       Civic Luncheon                                                   $35.00

                       Circle of Friends Concert                                        $35.00

                       Golf at Seaview - A Dolce Resort – Includes Lunch, Green
                                                                                       $200.00
                       Fees, Golf Club and Shoe Rental*

                       Golf at Seaview - A Dolce Resort – Includes Lunch and
                                                                                       $135.00
                       Green Fees Only*

                       Cape May African American Heritage Walking Tour*                 $70.00


                         * For Guests and Connecting Links only.

     7. Operational and Program Workshops - Please select ONE workshop per time slot. The workshops are
        available on a first come, first served basis. Please enter the code for the corresponding workshops that
        you wish to attend. For a full list of Operational and Program Workshops please see the end of the
        registration section.

            Operational Workshop _________1st Choice              ________2nd Choice   ________3rd Choice



            Program Workshop       _________1st Choice            ________2nd Choice   ________3rd Choice



     8. Registration Cancellation Policy - All requests for refunds of 41st Eastern Area Conference
        Registration fees must be submitted in writing on or before Wednesday, March 16, 2011 to:

            41st Eastern Area Conference, The Links, Incorporated
            c/o Experient, Inc
            PO Box 4088
            Frederick, MD 21705
            Fax: (301) 694 -5124
            Phone: (800) 974-3084 - 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday (EST)
            Email: linkseast@experient-inc.com




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                           Registration and Housing Form
                                                      
   A $50.00 processing fee will be deducted for all refund requests that are postmarked on or before
   Wednesday, March 16, 2011. There will not be any refunds granted after Wednesday, March 16,
   2011. All refunds will be issued four to six weeks AFTER the 41st Eastern Area Conference.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

All housing arrangements must be received and guaranteed with a credit card by 03/25/2011.

 1. Dates: Arrival Date ____/____/____              Departure Date ____/____/____



 2. Hotel Choice: Please rate your hotel preference below. If your first choice is not available, you will
      be placed in the next available hotel.

              Sheraton Atlantic City___ Trump Plaza___ Caesar’s Palace___ Tropicana___

              I do not need hotel accommodations_______



 3.      Bed Type: King Bed______ Double Beds______ ADA Access________

         Special Requests_________________________________________________



 4.      Guests: Name of Guest(s) sharing this room:

         a.   ___________________________ b. _______________________________



 5. Hotel Cancellation Policy - All changes, cancellations or additions (based on availability) can be
      made online by accessing your registration/housing record or in writing via email at
      linkseast@experient-inc.com. All cancellations must be received a minimum of (72) seventy two
      hours prior to arrival in order to receive a refund of your deposit. All no-shows will be charged for
      one night's room and tax.




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                              Registration and Housing Form
                                                          




     PAYMENT METHOD

     We accept credit cards, money orders and certified or cashier’s checks for registration related fees
     only. Housing deposits must be paid with a credit card.




        1. Credit Card Type: American Express_____ MasterCard_____ Visa_____

            Account No.:_____________________________________________________

            Expiration Date:___________________________________________________

            Name on Card:____________________________________________________

            Authorized Signature:_______________________________________________

            I authorize all charges to this card. I also understand that any cancellation will result in a
            cancellation fee, explained above, that will be charged to the above credit card.

        2. Check/Money Order – For registration and optional activity fees only, please make checks
           payable to: Experient, Inc.


        3. Mail or Fax completed form and payment to:

            41st Eastern Area Conference, The Links, Incorporated

            c/o Experient, Inc

            PO Box 4088

            Frederick, MD 21705

            Fax: (301) 694 -5124

            Phone: (800) 974-3084 - 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday (EST)

            Email: linkseast@experient-inc.com




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                                                                                  THE LINKS, INCORPORATED




                                                                                                                                 
                                           Registration and Housing Form
                                                                       




                                                Operational and Program Workshops

Code              Program Workshops                      Committee/Facet                    Day/Date                     Time

F101   A New Spin on the Gift of Life             National Trends & Services        Friday, April 29, 2011   9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

F102   Global Connections: Circling the World     International Trends & Services   Friday, April 29, 2011   9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
       With White Roses in Friendship and
       Service

F103   Colgate Palmolive and Oral Health          National Trends & Services        Friday, April 29, 2011   9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

F104   CPR Anytime—Empowering Links to Help       Health & Human Services           Friday, April 29, 2011   9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
       Provide Families, Friends and
       Communities the Skills to Save Lives!

F105   READYING for the Rapture                   National Trends & Services        Friday, April 29, 2011   9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

F106   Raising the PMI – Programs Making an       Umbrella                          Friday, April 29, 2011   9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
       Impact – Best Practices in Umbrella
       Programming

F107   Sistas Living Well! A Links’ Guide to      Health & Human Services           Friday, April 29, 2011   9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
       Healthy Living

F108   The Best of the Best: Programs             Services To Youth                 Friday, April 29, 2011   9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
       That Win

F109   The Shapes of Things To Come               The Arts                          Friday, April 29, 2011   9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

F110   You and Your Health                        National Trends & Services        Friday, April 29, 2011   9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

F111   What’s in a Book Club?                     Services To Youth                 Friday, April 29, 2011   9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

F201   A New Spin on the Gift of Life             National Trends & Services        Friday, April 29, 2011   11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

F202   Global Connections: Circling the World     International Trends & Services   Friday, April 29, 2011   11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
       With White Roses in Friendship and
       Service




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                                            Registration and Housing Form
                                                                          
 F203   Colgate Palmolive and Oral Health           National Trends & Services     Friday, April 29, 2011     11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


 F204   CPR Anytime—Empowering Links to Help        Health & Human Services        Friday, April 29, 2011     11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
        Provide Families, Friends and Communities
        the Skills to Save Lives!


 Code              Operational Workshops                      Committee/Facet              Day/Date                       Time


 F205   READYING for the Rapture                    National Trends & Services     Friday, April 29, 2011     11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

 F206   Raising the PMI – Programs Making an        Umbrella                       Friday, April 29, 2011     11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
        Impact – Best Practices in Umbrella
        Programming

 F207   Sistas Living Well! A Links’ Guide to       Health & Human Services        Friday, April 29, 2011     11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
        Healthy Living

 F208   The Best of the Best: Programs              Services To Youth              Friday, April 29, 2011     11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
        That Win

 F209   The Shapes of Things To Come                The Arts                       Friday, April 29, 2011     11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

 F210   You and Your Health                         National Trends & Services     Friday, April 29, 2011     11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

 F211   What’s in a Book Club?                      Services To Youth              Friday, April 29, 2011     11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

 S101   Annual Chapter Certification of             Ethics & Standards             Saturday, April 30, 2011   9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
        Compliance with the Links Organization
        Code of Ethics and Standards, 2008


 S102   Back to Basics –Links Finance 101           Finance                        Saturday, April 30, 2011   9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 S103   Catch the Planning Spirit                   Strategic Planning             Saturday, April 30, 2011   9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 S104   Invest In Your Future: Understand           Archives/History               Saturday, April 30, 2011   9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
        Your Past

 S105   Membership Matters                          Membership                     Saturday, April 30, 2011   9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 S106   No one else can do it but me! -             Recording Secretaries          Saturday, April 30, 2011   9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
        Management for Secretaries and
        Officers

 S107   Public Relations in Your Chapter: How to    Communications & Public        Saturday, April 30, 2011   9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
        Get the Word OUT!                           Relations




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                                           Registration and Housing Form
                                                                         
S108   Protocol From A to Z                       Protocol                       Saturday, April 30, 2011   9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

S109   Rituals Without Worry                      Rituals                        Saturday, April 30, 2011   9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

S110   Parliamentary Procedures” to “A View       Parliamentarian                Saturday, April 30, 2011   9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
       from the East


Code              Operational Workshops                     Committee/Facet              Day/Date                       Time


S111   Event Planning                             Conference Planning            Saturday, April 30, 2011   9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

S201   Annual Chapter Certification of            Ethics & Standards             Saturday, April 30, 2011   11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
       Compliance with the Links Organization
       Code of Ethics and Standards, 2008

S202   Back to Basics –Links Finance 101          Finance                        Saturday, April 30, 2011   11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

S203   Catch the Planning Spirit                  Strategic Planning             Saturday, April 30, 2011   11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

S204   Invest In Your Future: Understand          Archives/History               Saturday, April 30, 2011   11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
       Your Past

S205   Membership Matters                         Membership                     Saturday, April 30, 2011   11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

S206   No one else can do it but me! -            Recording Secretaries          Saturday, April 30, 2011   11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
       Management for Secretaries and
       Officers

S207   Public Relations in Your Chapter: How to   Communications & Public        Saturday, April 30, 2011   11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
       Get the Word OUT!                          Relations

S208   Protocol From A to Z                       Protocol                       Saturday, April 30, 2011   11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

S209   Rituals Without Worry                      Rituals                        Saturday, April 30, 2011   11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

S210   Parliamentary Procedures” to “A View       Parliamentarian                Saturday, April 30, 2011   11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
       from the East

S211   Event Planning                             Conference Planning            Saturday, April 30, 2011   11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.




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 CHAPTER EXHIBIT ENTRY FORM
                                                      The Links, Incorporated 41st Eastern Area Conference
                                                            Atlantic City, New Jersey April 27 - May 1, 2011




 Deadline; March 10, 2011

 (Type or print the following)

 Date:

 Name of Chapter:

 Location of Chapter:

 Chapter President:

 Email:                                                    Telephone #

 Exhibit Chairman:

 Email:                                                     Telephone #

 Title of Exhibit:

 Facet:

 Single or Umbrella:

 Exhibit Space Requested
    Tables ($150.00 ea.) #               Tables
    If you need electrical outlets please contact Link Jacquelyn Joyner at whjjsj@mac.com.
 Exhibit Fees include table signage, white skirted table(s)

 Please make check or money order payable to
 The Eastern Area of The Links, Incorporated - Eastern Area Conference

 Mail payment along with the Exhibit Entry Form to:
 Link Natalie Fant
 Eastern Area Treasurer
 1127 North Kirkwood Road
 Arlington, VA 22201

 Please send any questions to Link Jacquelyn Joyner at whjjsj@mac.com.




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MEDICAL/EMERGENCY
  During the conference, a First Aid Station will be located in a location to be
  announced. Anyone in need of minor medical care should report to the First
  Aid Station.

  Anyone experiencing a major medical emergency should contact either the First Aid
  Station attendant or any Hotel employee so that hospital transport may be arranged.

  All Links should fill out the emergency medical information located on the back of
  their name badge. Please remember to bring your health insurance card(s) and a list
  of medications with dosages that you take daily.




  Here is what should be located on the back of the name badge:


  IMPORTANT EMERGENCY INFORMATION

  Name:                                                              Age:

  Roommate:

  Medical Conditions:


  Medications:


  Allergies:


  In Case of Emergency (ICE) - Contact the following:

  Name(s):

  Phone#(s):




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