Greater Huntsville Chapter
  The Links, Incorporated 

 

THE HISTORY OF THE LINKS, INCORPORATED

GREATER

HUNTSVILLECHAPTER

Chartered September 20, 1997

 

On February 17, 1994, twenty-five ladies with common interest assembled at the Holiday Inn, in

Huntsville, Alabama, to evaluate the feasibility of organizing a group of diverse women who were aspiring to become a part of The Links, Incorporated.  The organizer was Gladys Brown Davis with assistance from Michelle Dees and Katrina Ross.  After a lengthy discussion and careful planning, the group organized with two objectives:  to provide programs of service to enhance our community, and to foster strong bonds of friendship among the members. 

Dr. Olivia Sanders later coined a name for the interest group entitled: “Ladies Addressing Serious Situations in Everyday Society” (L.A.S.S.E.S).  There were 22 active members of the interest group working together to make a positive impact in the community.  These members had very diverse professions and were community leaders in their own right.  Their careers included: a librarian, a speech pathologist, a state legislator, a city planner, a physician, a lawyer, and a dentist.  In addition, there were educators, administrators, governmental employees, and business executives.

 

On September 20, 1997, twenty two (22) members were inducted into Greater Huntsville Chapter and were actively involved in supporting many worthwhile endeavors in the Huntsville, Madison, Morgan, and

Limestone County areas.  The Charter members of the chapter are Eva Adams (who transferred to Greater Huntsville from the Delaware Chapter at the time of chartering), Betty Batts, Jocelyn Jones, Katie W. Byrd, Mary Chambers, Linda Crawford, Brenda Davis, Gladys Brown Davis, Constance Dees, Michelle Dees, Kimberly Ford, Patricia Ford, Laura Hall, Vivian Aboko-Cole, Patricia Johnson, Gina Jones, Jeanette Jones, Gladys C. Nance, Evelyn S. Rich, Katrina Ross, Monica Sanders, Olivia Sanders, and Madelyn Sams.

The persons who led the interest group, also served as the first officers for Greater

Huntsville.  These officers included:  Gladys Brown Davis, President; Dr. Linda Crawford, Vice President; Patricia D. Ford, Secretary; Dr. Katie W. Byrd, Financial Secretary; Dr. Constance Dees, Corresponding Secretary; Gina E. Jones, Treasurer. 

Of the twenty-three members, (6) are deceased, (2) transferred to Birmingham area chapters, and (13) have maintained their membership status within Greater Huntsville.  New members were inducted in 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2007, 2014, 2016 and several new members have transferred in from all over the country.

 

The Greater Huntsville Chapter has grown and flourished under the leadership of the following presidents:  Mrs. Gladys Brown Davis (1997-99); Dr. Linda Crawford Bradley (1999-2001); Mrs. Gladys C. Nance*(2001-2003); Dr. Olivia H. Sanders (2002-2003) who graciously completed the term of office for Mrs. Gladys C. Nance upon her death; Dr. Jeanette Jones (2003-2007); Mrs. Michelle Gilliam Jordan (2007-2009); Mrs. Brenda Davis (2009 – 2013); and Dr. Jeanette Jones (2013 - present).

 

Chapter programs and activities are organized under the standing committees and national program facets with emphasis on the interest and needs of the chapter members.  All programs fall under one of the five program linkages:  The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services.  Over the years, we have developed bonds of friendship, and worked diligently to address various situations and needs in the communities of Huntsville, Madison, Morgan and Limestone Counties.

 

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