Southern Area History

Area Directors

Southern Area Executive Committee

Bernice Martin

Esmeralda rich HaWKINS

MAUDE K. REID

REGINA Jollivette. FRAZIER

KATIE R. BELL

JULIA BROGDON PURNELL

CAROLYN C.WASHINGTON

NANCY S. ANDERSON

MARY F. CURRIE

linda h. reddick

GLADYS D. WOODS

MARTHA BOONE

JOYCE M. DIXON

JUANITA J. JOHNSON

BARBARA S. MOORE

MARGARET T. JOHNSON

ENEID A. FRANCIS

Georgia Schank

1st Southern Area Director

1955-1957

“You are all Links! In our organization, each member has an obligation, a responsibility–her own unique contribution to make—towards our understanding of life and of our club.”

She was a charter member of the first Southern Area chapter, Wilson-Rocky Mount-Tarboro. During her administration the friendship chain extended with the chartering of four chapters:  Durham (NC), Daytona Beach (FL), Montgomery (AL), and Jackson (MS).

“I considered the four years I served as Area Director, 1965-1969, to be my most rewarding years in a leadership role of one of the finest group(s) of women I have been privileged to serve.  The cooperation, dedication, loyalty and involvement of these ladies inspired me to serve (the) Southern Area to the best of my ability.”

“Since the inception of The Links, Incorporated, every effort has been made to make The Links, Incorporated by legacy the premier organization of the century.  To this end, the organization is continually evaluating to make sure we have a quality organization.”

"We are the validation of the vision of Sarah Scott and Margaret Hawkins.  We have done much.  Let us recommit today to do even more…I challenge you individually and collectively to enhance the legacy of the Links, Incorporated through a passionate rededication to friendship, leadership and service.”

“The work that you do and the decisions that you make will be unparallelled in historical significance to the growth and success of our organization.”

“An informed group is a cohesive working group.”

“Our legacy has been emerging, strengthening and evolving since 1946, because what is legacy, but a gift, a bequest we receive from our predecessors. Our legacy from Sarah Scott and Margaret Hawkins and their friends is rich, decisive and resolute. (Since the beginning) we have committed ourselves to enriching, and helping sustain the lives of African-Americans and others of African ancestry.”

“We have unselfishly offered our time, talent and support to continue the Southern Area’s legacy of friendship and service. The creativity of our programming, the depth of our service and the warmth of our friendship continue beyond measure. We have had many exciting accomplishments.”

“One of the most important things we can do is to help kids be more prepared academically so that they stay in school. Experience demonstrates that arts integration levels the playing field in education.”

“The legacy of The Links, Incorporated is second to none. Our legacy is a phenomenal gift and an awesome responsibility. We must always be focused on what we are, who we are, what we have done and what we can do to better serve. Let us pledge to work together in alignment with our national officers to ensure that our legacy remains strong and bright.”

“Creativity ignited the ideas, cooperation provided the intensity that kept them afloat, and continuity energized their soaring to extraordinary heights.”

“We must not rest on our laurels…for it is our charge and sacred duty to meet the challenges before us.  The greater the challenge, the bigger the opportunity; it is our responsibility to meet the challenges that confront us because these are our opportunities to serve.”

She encouraged chapter and individual service by providing achievement incentives.  During Area Director Martha Boone’s tenure three chapters were chartered: the Crescent City (LA), Triangle Park (NC), and Elizabeth City (NC) Chapters.

“Every human being needs other human beings to grow into successful social human beings.  This encourages a productive society bent on rendering service through friendship, love and understanding.  You have indeed enriched my life!  As we work toward our common goals, may God allow all of us to become more diligent servers and greater friends.”

“Periodically, there is need for self-renewal and organizational renewal—a time for taking stock of where we are and the direction in which we wish to move in the future. . . . Let us . . . re-examine our total organization by looking for new ways of reaching the goals of the three-fold purpose of The Links, Incorporated. . . . Let each Link in her own mind and in her own way measure the part she will play in strengthening the Area program through personal involvement.”

“I came into the office ready for a challenge…a challenge I found!  On the positive side I found a veritable ‘hot-bed-of-talent’—(the) most intellectually, talented women, just waiting to be ‘tapped’ for service.”

“We have recognized the need for ethical relations.  Let us begin today, now, at home in our chapters, with ourselves to live up to that term “ethical” in our literature.  Let us make it a real and living word—not just a space filler.”

3RD Southern Area Director

1958-1961

5TH Southern Area Director

1965-1969

9TH Southern Area Director

1981-1984

 

 

13TH Southern Area Director

1991-1995

7TH Southern Area Director

1973-1978

11TH Southern Area Director

1985-1987

15TH Southern Area Director

1999-2003

17TH Southern Area Director

2007-2011

4th Southern Area Director

1961-1965

6th Southern Area Director

1969-1973

10th Southern Area Director

1984-1985

14th Southern Area Director

1995-1999

8th Southern Area Director

1978-1981

12th Southern Area Director

1987-1991

16th Southern Area Director

2003-2007

18th Southern Area Director

2011-2015

2ND Southern Area Director

1957-1958

 

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