Thank you for your interest in The Links, Incorporated, Durham (NC) Chapter and for visiting our website. I am honored to serve as the Chapter's 27th President and stand on the shoulders of the dynamic women who served in this role before me.
The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. We have a membership of more than 12,000 extraordinary professional women of color who comprise 274 chapters in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Ours is one of the Nation's oldest and largest volunteer service organizations committed to enhancing the educational, cultural, physical, and economic development of African-Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
I recently completed year one of my two year term as President. It was a marathon year, but we survived and accomplished some amazing things along the way.
Our Chapter was recognized at the National Assembly in July 2014 for our National Trends and Services Facet and Integrated Programming at Genesis Home (National Trend and Services, Services to Youth, and Health and Human Services Facets).
In May 2015, we received 1st Place and The Legacy Award for our Integrated Programming at Genesis Home. Both awards include a monetary donation to enhance our integrated programming efforts.
The Arts Facet coordinated a reception on behalf of our Chapter as part of the Freelon Groups exhibition at the NCCU Art Museum February 15, 2015. The exhibition displayed the innovative and pioneering designs of the Freelon Group. Architects and architectural and cultural historians from the firm lectured about their involvement in the development and construction of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), in Washington, D.C.
International Trends and Services instituted 'ITS Thursday', a weekly email notification to the Chapter providing information about the international activities supported by National, Southern Area, and our local Chapter. Local ITS Committee members attended a United Methodist Women's luncheon and packed birthing kits to send to Haiti on May 3, 2015.
Health and Human Services hosted a forum, Domestic Violence against Women and Children in collaboration with the Durham Crisis Response Center and the Adult Humanities Division of the Durham Public Library. Two separate panels of six members each shared information about the issue, some of the causes, and potential opportunities/solutions to combat the issue. They also coordinated several activities for the children at Genesis Home.
National Trends and Services facilitated seven workshops with topics ranging from effective parenting, spirituality, oral health, to entrepreneurial opportunities, stress management, and effective family planning, for the families at Genesis Home. The year culminated with certificates of completion for the participants, an evaluation, and group meal hosted by the Chapter.
Services to Youth participated in the annual Touch-A-Truck event in Chapel Hill April 26, 2015, and transported families from Genesis Home to enjoy the festivities. They also hosted other activities throughout the year including Magician Max, a robotics (STEM) activity, and they decorated gingerbread houses with the children at Genesis home and their families in December .
Our Organizational Effectiveness Committee has diligently addressed its assignment of completing a Chapter Survey and developing a more formal process for allocating revenue to the charities we elect to fund.
Sister Support hosted the annual Alumna Luncheon April 17, 2015. Platinum Alumna Links Wanda Garrett and Patsy Perry along with Alumna Links Dorothy Campbell, Ida Daniel Dark, Meredythe Holmes, Lula Thorpe, and Eileen Watts Welch were all in attendance. On September 19, 2015, we will conduct a ceremony for our Alumna members including our newest members to take Alumna Status: Links Hazel Brown, Nellie Riley, and Enid Smith.
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Committee awarded six scholarships for summer camps enrichment for elementary, middle and high school students. This is a collaborative initiative with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - Durham Alumnae Chapter. STEM and The Arts Facet will coordinate their efforts to transform STEM to STEAM, an initiative of our National organization to incorporate arts into STEM programming.
The Communications Committee established our local website, completed our Fall/Winter newsletter, and now our Spring/Summer edition. They keep our website and Facebook Pages updated with pictures of our programming and initiatives and publicize the work we do in the Durham community in other media outlets. They are in the process of establishing a calendar of our events for the website, so members will know what activities are scheduled throughout the year.
The Ways and Means Committee coordinated another successful Shades of Green charity fashion show March 21, 2015. The event was sold out and through the efforts of our entire Chapter, we raised over $20,000 to support local charities who have programs and initiatives that link with our National, Southern Area, and local programmatic initiatives and activities.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention another break in our chain of friendship - - Charter, Platinum and Alumna Link Lyda Constance Merrick Watts. Link Constance was indeed a jewel to our Chapter and the Durham community. Links Carolyn, Selena, and Constance will always be remembered and sorely missed.
It has been an amazing first year, Sister Links! I sincerely thank all of you for a wonderful first year serving as your President. It is truly my honor to represent you and the Durham community. I also thank and salute our Links Sisters who have taken Alumna Status and wish them the very best in the years to come. Last but certainly not least, I must acknowledge the dynamic executive team of Links Vicki, Mich, Avis, Regina, Jackie, Nicole, and June S, and our Parliamentarian, Link Pam.
And so I begin my second year. We begin my second year together. My sleeves are still rolled up, and I am prepared to give you the very best I have to offer in 2015-16!
Please explore our website to see how we connect in friendship and service to address the growing needs of our community. Our theme for the biennium is 'Linking our friendships, leveraging our philanthropy, and lifting our community.' I hope you are inspired to link with us and support our initiatives and activities in the months and years to come. Together, we can make a difference in Durham!
In friendship and service,
Anita A. Daniels
'Linking our friendships . . . Leveraging our philanthropy . . . Lifting our community'