About Elizabeth city chapter 



History

It all began on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, May 2, 1982 when twenty-one women from Elizabeth City and nearby areas met at the home of Mrs. Dorothy Thomas with a common interest in establishing a local chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The group discussed literature received by Mrs. Thomas from the National Office regarding the history, purpose, and philosophy of the organization.

At this first meeting, the organization’s name- The River City Connection- was adopted. This name was chosen because Elizabeth City is located on the Pasquotank River and is often referred to as River City. Also, the organization was comprised of a group of women whose relationship (connection) was their desire to become a chapter of the Links, Incorporated.

A letter of interest indicating our desire to establish a local chapter of The Links, was sent to the National Chapter Establishment Officer, Link Jacqueline Robinson. The acknowledgement of receipt of this application was recorded on June 27, 1982.

Officers elected were: President, Dorothy Thomas; Vice President, Loretta White; Recording Secretary, Alma Newby; Corresponding Secretary, Treva Thomas; Financial Secretary, Hazel Spellman; Treasurer, Lois Green; Parliamentarian, Carol Jones and her committee developed our Bylaws.

The group organized into working committees based on the National Programs. The focus of our efforts and activities would be the African students attending Elizabeth City State University. Projects included were: “An African American Experience Through the Arts”; a traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for the students and tutorial services in the areas of mathematics and reading. “Rap sessions” were held to acquaint the students with frequently used slang expressions and other facets of our American culture. A Get-Acquainted Reception was held and a clothing and household item bank was established.

In turn, the African students presented a “Native Fashion Show” and exchanged cultural facts with a group of young students housed at the University kindergarten.

Our first annual Aging Awareness Conference was held on March 19, 1983. We were encouraged by the attendance and positive feedback from all age groups within our community and felt this project was worthy of continued support.

Additionally, members enjoyed several social activities with spouses and after months of busy and rewarding experiences, our dream of being installed as a chapter of The Links, Incorporated became a reality. Link Jacqueline Robinson, Chapter Establishment Officer, and Link Regina Frazier, Southern Area Director, conducted the installation process. Link Regina Frazier served as our keynote speaker. We were delighted to have many visiting Links from surrounding areas to share in our weekend of installation.


Elizabeth City Chapter


Officers

​​Yvonne S. Walton, President

Gwendolyn Sanders, Vice President

Kesha Williams, Recording Secretary

Gloria Knight, Corresponding Secretary

Wanda Hunt McLean , Financial Secretary

Freda H. McBride, Treasurer

Cheryl Jackson Lewis, Nominating Chair

Membership

Carol E. Baker 

Leah Banks

Lucretia Banks

Shelva Banks

Velma Brown Blackmon

Helen Caldwell (Platinum Member)

Andrea Combs

Mary Foskey

Gloria Frelix

Addie Griffin

Evelyn Henley

Virginia Houston

Mary Jackson

Lenora Jarvis-Mackey

​Gloria Knight

Cheryl Jackson Lewis

Bettie Mitchell Lyons

Freda McBride

Wanda McLean

Mary Morris

Joyce Nowell 

Gwendolyn Sanders 

Roberta Shaw

​Jean Sims

Latoya Sisson

Dorothy Skinner

Constance Smith-Field

Trisha Walton

Yvonne Walton

Alice Gallop West

Kesha Williams






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Purpose / Key Messages



The Elizabeth City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was chartered on June 23, 1984 and is a part of the Southern Area Region consisting of AL, FL, GA, LA, MS NC, SC and Nassau, Bahamas. This chapter currently has a membership of 26 accomplished and dedicated African-American woman. The purpose of this organization is to promote educational, cultural, and civic activities. It is our charge to lead with excellence and serve with grace by enriching the lives of others. The chapter contributes annually more than 2,000 hours in service to the Elizabeth City community through various facets and programs.


Traditionally, The Elizabeth City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated provides outreach services/activities such as: 1) Services to Youth, 2) National Trends and Services, 3) International Trends and Services, 4) The Arts and 5) Health and Human Services that synonymous to excellence.

Alumna Members

Mollie Beasley

Wilhelma Cooper

Jeanette Evans

Rwanda Farrer

Carol Jones

Virginia Jones

Katrena Reid

Dorothy Robinson

Helene Taylor

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About The Links, Incorporated



The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 283 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.


The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Inc. has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists, and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation.


The organization is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs. The outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.