The Commonwealth Links
Chartered June 6, 1998
The 270th Chapter of The Links, Inc.
The 75th Chapter in the Eastern Region
In May, 1992, Cynthia Mayo asked Marjorie
Chrichlow Smith to join her to research the
possibility of organizing a Links, Incorporated
Chapter, south of the James. A letter was written to
the late Link Patsy Belcher to secure the information
and steps that should be followed to organize a
chapter. The initial meeting or the group was held
October 17, 1992, with 14 members at the Jefferson
Hotel in Richmond, VA.
The officers were selected, the name of the group Chartering Officers
was chosen and the names of other persons who (Shown above)
might be interested were presented. Eight more Gertrude Jones, President
persons joined C-WIF (Commonwealth Women Cynthia Mayo, Vice President
Impacting Families) for the second meeting, making Claudia Wall Johnson, Secretary
a total of 22 members. Other persons joined in 1994, Roberta Caston, Corresponding Secretary
1995 and 1997 and the names are reported below. Marie Moore, Treasurer
During 1993 and 1994, the officers met with the Jacquelyn Joyner, Archivist
presidents of the Richmond Chapter, The James Margie Booker, Parliamentarian
River Valley Chapter and the Petersburg Chapter to
inform them of our intent to apply for a Links A chapter visit and assessment by Link Barbara D.
chapter. Simpkins took place in March 1998 and the
chartering date was set for June 5-7, 1998 at the
In 1994, C-WIF’s application to The Links, Inc. was Marriott Hotel in Richmond, VA.
sent to Mrs. Marian McSweeney, Chapter
Establishment officer. In the interim, several changes The following persons were present during the
took place in The Links related to procedures and initial meeting:
processes required to become a chapter. We were Margie Booker, Archivist
informed that we were an applying group seeking Roberta Caston, Corresponding Secretary
“Interest Group” status in 1996. Beverly Davis
In 1997, we received a letter from Link Barbara D. Claudia Wall Johnson, Recording Secretary
Simpkins, Ed.D indicating that she would be in Gertrude Jones, President
contact with us within a year and that we met the Rosemary Jones
interest group requirements. In February, 1998, Link Jacquelyn Joyner, Archivist
Barbara D. Simpkins met with President Gertrude Vanessa Myers
Jones, Marie Moore, Margie Booker and Cynthia Cynthia Mayo, Parliamentarian
Mayo. She then assigned Link Ann Taylor, Marie Moore, Treasurer
Petersburg Chapter, Link Cora Salzberg, James River Saundra Rollins, Vice President
Valley Chapter and Link Grace Townes, Richmond Joyce Shockley
Chapter to work with us to prepare for the chartering. Margie SThe persons who joined us for
the second meeting included: Rose Adams,
We were given an assignment to complete which had Christine Ballard, Joyce Beckett, Tina Cade,
to be mailed to Link Barbara D. Simpkins by Connie Edwards, Linda Gross, Shirley Reid and
February 26, 1998. LaVerne Spurlock.
Members who joined in 1994: Branda Price, Elected Officers:1999-2001/ 2001-2003
Robbie Thompson, Lornel Tompkins and Jean President- Cynthia Mayo
Williams. Vice-President- Rosemary Jones
Recording Secretary-Rose Adams
Members who joined 1995: Faye Bradley, Denise Corresponding Secretary- LaVerne Spurlock
Dickerson, Pauline Levy, Julia Pope and Marilyn Treasurer- Robbie Thompson
Royal. Chaplain- Rosalind Everette
Members who joined in 1997: Delores Dalton, Parliamentarian-Margie Booker
Carolyn Montgomery Murray, Shirley Pretlow and
Pearl Thomas. Immediate Past President- Gertrude Jones
One additional member joined in 1998: Deborah
Jewell-Sherman. In 1998, 21 members of the chapter attended the
Total membership of the chartering group was 32. National Assembly in Boston, MA. They were
Links: Rose Adams, Christine Ballard, Margie
Chartering/Elected Officers-1996-1999 Booker, Faye Bradley, Roberta Caston, Beverly
Gertrude Jones-President Davis, Connie Edwards, Rosalind Everette, Linda
Cynthia Mayo-Vice-President Gross, Claudia Wall Johnson, Gertrude Jones,
Recording Secretary-Claudia Wall Rosemary Jones, Jacquelyn Joyner, Cynthia Mayo,
Corresponding Secretary- Roberta Caston Marie Moore, Vanessa Myers, Branda Price,
Treasurer- Marie Moore Deborah Jewel-Sherman, Joyce Shockley, LaVerne
Archivist-Jacquelyn Joyner Spurlock, Robbie Thompson, Lornel Tompkins and
Parliamentarian, Margie Booker Jean Williams.
Rose Adams In 1999, 13 members of the chapter attended the
Christine Ballard Eastern Area Conference in New York, NY. They
Faye Bradley were Links: Rose Adams, Faye Bradley, Beverly
Beverly Davis Davis, Denise Dickerson, Rosalind Everette,
Delores Dalton, Gertrude Jones, Rosemary Jones, LaVerne Spurlock,
Denise Dickerson Jacquelyn Joyner, Cynthia Mayo, Marie Moore,
Connie Edwards Vanessa Myers and Lornel Tompkins.
Rosemary Jones The Chapter hosted Legislative Days at the General
Pauline Levy Assembly in 2000 and 2001. Vanessa Myers chaired
Vanessa Myers the first committee and LaVerne Spurlock chaired the
Carolyn Montgomery Murray committee in 2001.
Shirley Pretlow In the year 2000, 11 members of the chapter
Branda Price attended the National Assembly, San Francisco.
Marilyn Royal They were Links: Rose Adams, Margie Booker,
Deborah Jewell-Sherman Rosalind Everette, Rosemary Jones, Cynthia Mayo,
Joyce Shockley Vanessa Myers, Julia Pope, Branda Price, Robbie
LaVerne Spurlock Thompson, Joyce Shockley and LaVerne Spurlock
Pearl Thomas. and Connecting Links Warner Jones and Dr. Randy
Lornel Tompkins Adams.
Lornel Tompkins The First Biennial Green and White Luncheon was
Jean Williams. held at the Marriott Hotel. A $10,000 scholarship
was given to Virginia Union University. Ray and
Jean Boone were honored as community leaders.
32 Persons are designated as “Chartered In 2002, the scholarship was given to St. Paul
Members.” College and Dr. Grace Harris was the honored
community leader. The speaker was Dr. Gladys Gary Pope, LaVerne Spurlock, Robbie Thompson and
Vaughn, national president of The Links, Inc. Lornel Tompkins along with Connecting Links:
William Joyner and Patrick Liverpool.
In 2004, the scholarship was awarded to Virginia
State University, and the community leader was The
Honorable Judge Roger Gregory. The speaker was Elected/Appointed Officers
Alvatrice Belches, a historical archivist. 2003 – 2005
In 2006, the scholarship was given to Virginia Union Rosemary N. Jones – President
University. The speaker was Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, Robbie S. Thompson – Vice President
immediate past national president of Delta Sigma Pearl W. Thomas – Recording Secretary
Theta Sorority, Inc It was held at The Jefferson Denise P. Dickerson – Corresponding Secretary
Hotel. Rose B. Adams – Financial Secretary
Jacquelyn S. Joyner – Treasurer
Gertrude S. Jones – Chaplain
A significant bylaw change took place during the Rosalind Everette – Historian
National Assembly which requires all members to Margie R. Booker – Manager, Special Projects
attend a regional or national Assembly to Julia W. Pope – Archivist
maintain membership in The Links, Inc. Cynthia R. Mayo – Parliamentarian and
Immediate Past President
Members who joined in 2001: Gena Burr, Carla
Harrell, Diane Liverpool, Kimberly Weaver and Elected Nominating Committee
Vicki Scott Johnson (transfer from Topeka, KS.) Deborah Jewell Sherman
Vickie Scott Johnson
In 2002, 9 members of the chapter and 2 Marie Moore
connecting Links attended the Convention in Branda Price
Chicago, IL. They were Links: Gena Burr, Connie Joyce Shockley
Edwards, Rosemary Jones, Jacquelyn Joyner,
Cynthia Mayo, Branda Price, Pearl Thomas, Robbie Link Rosemary Jones presented The Arts Project
Thompson and Jean Williams along with connecting during the Eastern Area Conference in April of 2003.
Links : William Joyner and Willie Williams. the Chapter won the Second Place Honorable
Link Deborah Jewell Sherman was one of the guest
speakers at the Cluster Meeting in March of 2003. On September 3, 2003 The Chapter, along with
Richmond and James River Valley, was invited to
Link Pauline Levy transferred to the Charlotte, NC serve as Hostesses for the grand opening of
Chapter of The Links, Inc. Nordstrom’s.
The Chapter sponsored its’ Third History Bowl In 2004, 8 members of the Chapter attended the
Challenge in March of 2003 for 5th graders. Three National Assembly in Atlanta, GA. They were
students from the Richmond Public Schools won. Links: Gena Burr, Margie Booker, Rosemary Jones,
Each winner was given a United States Savings Branda Price, Vickie Johnson Scott, Pearl Thomas,
Bonds. Remy Jones Thompson and Robbie Thompson.
The second Biennial Green and White Luncheon was In March, 2004, The Chapter hosted the Cluster
held at the Virginia Crossings Resort, Glen Allen, Meeting, chaired by Link LaVerne Spurlock.
VA. The $10,000 endowed scholarship was given to consisting of Petersburg, Richmond, ,James River
St. Paul’s College. Valley and Commonwealth. Link Cora Salzberg,
National Chair of Links to Success, Children
In 2003, 18 members of the chapter and 1 Achieving Excellence made a presentation. Reports
connecting Link attended the 37th Area were given from each participating chapter related to
Conference in Baltimore, MD. They were Links: national facets. More than 60 Links attended.
Christine Ballard, Margie Booker, Gena Burr, Tina
Cade, Delores Dalton, Beverly Davis, Carla Harrell, Members who joined in 2004: Diane Simon Beatty,
Gertrude Jones, Rosemary Jones, Diane Liverpool, Yvonne Brandon and Remy Jones.
Cynthia Mayo, Marie Moore, Shirley Pretlow, Julia
On November 20, 2004, The Green and White
Luncheon took place. One hundred and eighty During the 2004-2006 years, Links Diane Liverpool
persons attended. Virginia State University received served on the National Human Resources Committee
the $10,000.00 endowed scholarship. President and Link Cynthia Mayo served as a program chair of
Eddie N. Moore and Dr. Robert Turner attended the Health and Wellness for the Scott-Hawkins
event. We conducted a mini-forum to assess Leadership Program.
Officers Elected for 2005-2007
In April of 2005, the Chapter was honored as the
group giving Virginia State University the highest Rosemary N. Jones – President
amount of money. Marie M. Moore – Vice President
Pearl W. Thomas – Recording Secretary
Other events included: Vanessa Myers Mason– Corresponding Secretary
Premiere presentation of movie made by Rose B. Adams – Financial Secretary
children at Southampton School. Jacquelyn S. Joyner – Treasurer
Support of President Rosemary Jones as a Gertrude S. Jones – Chaplain
candidate for the School Board. Jean T. Williams – Historian
Marriage of Link Remy Jones on February Margie R. Booker – Manager, Special Projects
12, 2005. Linda Gross – Archivist
Cynthia R. Mayo – Parliamentarian
In 2005, 20 members of the Chapter attended the
Eastern Area Conference in Norfolk, VA. They Elected Nominating Committee
were Links: Rose Adams, Diane Beatty, Margie Laverne B. Spurlock, Chairman
Booker, Faye Bradley, Yvonne Brandon, Gena Burr, Connie Edwards
Beverly Davis, Denise Dickerson, Rosalind Everette, Cynthia Mayo
Linda Gross, Claudia Wall Young, Gertrude Jones, Branda H. Price
Rosemary Jones, Jacquelyn Joyner, Cynthia Mayo, Claudia Wall
Marie Moore, Deborah Jewell Sherman, Pearl
Thomas, Remy Thompson, Robbie Thompson and In May 2006, four new members were initiated. They
Jean Williams. were: Aretha Armwood, Carla Gregory, Rosalind
Taylor and Stephanie White. The total membership:
Lind Tina Cade served as a surrogate mom for her 41.
daughter and carried three healthy babies the full
term. CNN and many other news entities wrote the In August 2006, the 14th Annual Richard M. Ballard
story. Since then, the Tina Cade Foundation was Golf Tournament was held at the Crossings Golf
organized. Club. Seventy golfers participated.
In 2005, Link Joyce Shockley transferred to South The 4th Biennial Green and White Luncheon was held
Carolina. at the Jefferson Hotel. It was attended by more than
250 persons. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd was the speaker.
Fifty four golfers participated in the 13th Annual The $10,000 endowed scholarship was given to
Richard M. Ballard Golf Tournament. Virginia Union University. Links Jean Williams and
Cynthia Mayo served as co-chairs of the event.
In 2006, 11 members traveled to Philadelphia for the
National Assembly. Persons who attended include: In April, 2007, 17 members attended the Eastern
Rosemary Jones, Marie Moore, Margie Booker, Area Conference held in Arlington, VA. The
Cynthia Mayo, Gertrude Jones, Tina Cade, Christine members who attended were: Links: Rosemary Jones,
Ballard, Faye Bradley, Beverly Davis, Deborah Marie Moore, Cynthia Mayo, Pearl Thomas, Margie
Jewell-Sherman, Lornel Tompkins Booker, Claudia Wall, Gertrude Jones, Faye Bradley,
Vanessa Mason, Marilyn Royal, Carolyn
The chapter designed and sponsored Project L.I.F.T. Montgomery, Branda Price, Lornel Tompkins,
(Links Impacting Family Traditions). Link Jean T. Beverly Davis, Rosalind Taylor, Aretha Armwood,
Williams served as chairman. The project was Stephanie White.
conducted at John Marshall High School and was
targeted for students who have problems attending
Link Rosemary presented a lighted sign with
Commonwealth Links to the chapter as her
Officers elected for the 2007-2009 Years
Robbie S. Thompson – President
Marie M. Moore – Vice President
Diane R. Liverpool – Recording Secretary
Claudia Wall– Corresponding Secretary
Denise Dickerson – Financial Secretary
Cynthia R. Mayo – Treasurer
Lornel Tompson – Chaplain
Diane S. Beatty – Historian
Margie R. Booker – Manager, Special Projects
Linda Gross – Archivist
Pearl S. Thomas – Parliamentarian
Rosemary N. Jones-Immediate Past President
Elected Nominating Committee 2007-2009
The 15th Annual Richard M. Ballard, Jr. Memorial
Golf Tournament was held on August 4, 2007 at the
Crossings Golf Club. Sixty-four golfers participated.
McGeorge Mercedes Benz provided a car for the
“Hole in One” prize. Co-chairs were Margie Booker,
Marie Moore, Rosemary Jones and Cynthia Mayo.
During 2007-08, the chapter focused on planning for
its 10th Anniversary. It was held on June 21, 2009 at
the Richmond Marriott. More than 300 persons
The Bieennial National Assemble was held in Seattle,
Washington from June 30-July 4, 2008. The
following Links attended:
Jacquelyn Joyner serves as the Chair of a youth
initiative, sponsored by the Eastern Area Region.
Roselary serves on the National Ethics Committee.