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The Charlotte Chapter was sponsored by the Rocky Mount Tarboro Chapter and founded on December 3, 1955. Charlotteans  Isabelle Felder and Edna Morris originally organized the Charlotte Chapter.  Other charter members were:  Bobby Alexander, Cora Booton, Julia Bolding, Thelma Byers, Fannie Dobson, Novella Flanagan, Gladys Greene, Aurelia Henderson, Ruby Martin, Catherine Stinson, Nancy Williams and Maria Wynn.  The Charlotte chapter has grown from 14 members in 1955 to 64 members in 2015.  The Charlotte Chapter has a diverse membership which includes educators, doctors, nurses, dentists, judges, lawyers, bankers, social workers, writers, CEO’s, community activists and volunteers.

Because of the service that this chapter has provided to the Charlotte Community, its stature in the Charlotte community has continued to grow during the past 60 years.  A few Charlotte Chapter Highlights during the last 60 years include, but are not limited to:

  • A scholarship program began in 1958. Students from Charlotte who attended Johnson C. Smith, Syracuse, Duke University, North Carolina A & T University, to name a few, have benefited from this scholarship.
  • Provided lunches to underserved members of the Charlotte community
  • Sponsored a new chapter in the Charlotte area – The Crown Jewels
  • Co-hosted with the Piedmont and Crown Jewels Chapters the 1999 Southern Area Conference
  • Assisted high school students with fees associated with taking college entrance tests
  • Provided financial assistance for a mini-park in the Greenville community
  • Served as a sponsor in the 1970’s for the Charlotte Symphony concerts conducted in the African American community
  • Developed and implemented the award winning “Children Achieving Success” signature program in the Double Oaks community
  • For a number of years, sponsored the Golden Rose award which recognized prominent African American women in the community
  • Sponsored art contests and exhibits in the Charlotte community
  • Makes financial contributions to worthy organizations within the Charlotte community
  • Collaborates with various community and non-profit organizations
  • Awarded in 2004-2007 national, local and area awards for major contributions to the community
  • Co-hosted with the Piedmont and Crown Jewels Chapters the 2006 ‘In concert with Education’ featuring Nancy Wilson which benefited HBCU’s.  This event was sponsored by the Southern Area and raised over $500,000
  • Developed international partnership with children from South Africa (ICOM)
  • Continuous partnership with McCrorey YMCA located in African American community

The Charlotte Chapter of the Links, Incorporated is a phenomenal chapter.  We must reflect on our accomplishments and move forward to the coming year with even greater energy, teamwork and positive attitudes.  The chapter has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of achievements and goals.  We assembled ourselves through the Grace of God to make a difference, and we must continue that commitment.  Even as we do more, we must always realize that there is more to do.  As we experience growth, we are met with wonderful and greater challenges.

Our mission is still the same:  friendship and service.  What we are becoming is even greater than what we have ever been.  We are a blessed chapter by “Setting an Agenda for Success” and “Touching Tomorrow Today.”  Our chapter opened its hearts to the Katrina catastrophe through our churches, other organizations and most importantly through the Charlotte Chapter.

Our fundraising efforts have been HIGHLY successful, but more importantly, we accomplished the goal: a service to help someone in need.  The Charlotte Chapter, Crown Jewels and Charlotte Junior League had an outstanding partnership and collaboration with the opening of Nordstrom Department Stores in 2004 which resulted in $200,000 donations to our charities.  The three organizations donated a computer Literacy Lab for the underserved families in the new Ivory/Baker Building.

The Charlotte chapter celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2004-2005 and raised approximately $50,000 which was donated to our charities to benefit the underserved communities.

The Charlotte chapter has an ongoing partnership with International Children’s Ministry (ICOM) since 2003-2005 to address the problems of the children of South Africa.  Activities have included hosting children in our homes for the summer, providing financial support for lunch at a school for the handicap, purchasing school uniforms and supplies and financing the digging a well to provide fresh water to a village.  The Links in Transit also filled sixteen 50-gallon tubs with health and school supplies to be sent back with the children for their schools.  The Links in Transit raised $3,200 for ICOM (LIT raised $1,700, and the chapter donated an additional $1,500).  Each LIT donated $100 ($800 total) to purchase clothes and gifts for the kids.  $1000 was also donated to the ICOM children’s ministry.

In January, 2004, The Charlotte Links wrote to several agencies within the community to request that they collaborate with us to embark upon an adventure in caring that would make them an integral part of a very special community (Double Oaks/Tryon Hills).  Their decision to support our project, which began in May 2004, “Communities Strengthening Families/Children Achieving Success,” made them a part of a team that realized that the difference between success and failure.  Several partnerships were established and formed in-kind contracts with Charlotte Mecklenburg schools such as Parents Educators, Charlotte Speech and Hearing, and United Way, to provide ongoing workshops and additional training for the families and children.  Together, we have shown that collaboration, hard work, and dedication can make a difference in a life of a parent and/or child.  Our successes have been through our collaborative efforts with several agencies, and developed a program “Communities Strengthening Families/Children Achieving Success.”  We will always be indebted to the collaboration with following agencies:

Double Oaks Resource Center, Afro-American Cultural Center, Life Share Organ Donation, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Crown Jewels Chapter, Links, Inc., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church,  $1000 check for food for children in South Africa.  Mint Museum of the Arts, Paramount Carowinds, Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation,  Jack and Jill of America, America Product Distributors, University Child Development Center, Hendrick Automotive Group, Myers Park Baptist Church, Second Harvest Food Bank, United Way of Central Carolinas, McCrorey YMCA, and Central Piedmont Community College.

In 2005, The Charlotte Chapter was awarded second place for International Trends.

In 2006, The Charlotte Chapter’s Dance-A-Thon benefited approximately $20,000 to several charities:  Anita Stroud Foundation, Charlotte Volunteer in Medicine, Computer Empowerment, Friends of the Arts, HBCU’s, International Children’s Outreach, Kennedy Foundation, Lifeshare of the Carolinas, and McCrorey YMCA.

Our outstanding collaborative and service efforts yielded the 2006 Martin Luther King Award from the McCrorey YMCA Annual Prayer Breakfast   for community service.  At the 2006 Links, Inc National Conference, the Charlotte Chapter was awarded 1st Place Award for National Trends. The Charlotte Chapter was also awarded the 2006 Spirit Award by The Mint Museum for the chapter’s contributions of time, talent and resources which enhanced the relevance of the arts.

The Charlotte Chapter was the host chapter for the 2007 CIAA Fan and Families Extravaganza with a portion of the proceeds benefiting HBCU’s.  The Links formed a Strategic Planning Committee; formed a website committee therefore resulting in chapter’s website.  The charlotte Chapter was featured in The Charlotte Observer, July 2007 …Links Assist children from Africa.

In 2007-2011 Link Carlenia Ivory was elected as Southern Area Foundation Chair

In 2008  the Charlotte Chapter received the Workplace Partnership Award for Life, Health Resources and Service Administration/Division of Transplantation; received a community service award for participation in promotion of organ donations; June 2008 Communities in Schools Award for participation, dedication, and support to The Safe journey/APP Program

Recognized in 2008 National Assembly for Friendship Activities, Best Practices

Recognition at 2008 SA Summit Leadership for Best Practices in the Arts and Services To Youth

Charlotte Chapter is featured for three outstanding programs in 2008

Signature Service Booklet, at July 2008 National Assembly

SA 2009 WON 3 AWARDS: Presidential Award Childhood Obesity, 1st place Award and 3rd place for Mentoring, 2009 Signature Fundraiser which benefitted Childhood Obesity which was founded by two of our Alumna, Drs. Mary Harper and Bertha Maxwell Roddey

2009 Pledged $25,000.00 to The Harvey B Gantt Center

2010 – 2014 Link Daisy Walker appointed to National Mentoring Committee

2010 Awarded $1,475.00 for Childhood Obesity Initiative

Awarded Nordstrom Grant for $5,000

2010, 2011, 2012, Charlotte Chapter recognized for SA Best Practices Programs

2011 – 2013 Link Daisy Walker appointed Southern Area Program Chair

2011 – 2013 Link Carlenia Ivory appointed to National Foundation Philanthropy Committee

2012 The Wilmington (NC) and Charlotte (NC) Chapters “Link Arms for Education and Hope:  The CECM Experience.” (Centre D’Estudes  Classiques de Meyer (CECM) a school serving grades 1-13 in Jacmel, Haiti.

2013 – 2015:

  • National STEM Grant recipient
  • Applicant for National Grant for African American Males
  • National award for Alumna Programs
  • National finalist for ITS Facet Best Practices
  • Southern Area recognition for Chapter Communications Best Practices
  • Southern Area recognition for  Mentoring Programs
  • Southern Area Best Practices for Innovative Leadership
  • Chapter President , Dr. Angelia Fryer, conducted workshop at 2014 National Assembly and Southern Area Leadership Summit
  • Chapter President, Dr. Angelia Fryer,  appointed to Southern Area Organizational Effectiveness Team

2015-2017:

  • Link Shirley Aluko appointed to  National HIV/HEPC Committee
  • Link Susan Branch appointed to National Executive Committee, Intergenerational Committee
  • Link Angelia Fryer, immediate past president,  appointed as Southern Area National Trends and Services Facet Chair
  • Charlotte Chapter awarded grant “Catalyzing  The Community”
  • Link Daisy R. Walker, president, 2005-2009; re-elected president 2015-2017, first in Charlotte Chapter History
  • Charlotte Chapter awarded grant, “Catalyzing The Community”
  • Charlotte Chapter celebrates “60th Anniversary “ ( November 2015)

The Charlotte Chapter is truly phenomenal and continues to prevail in its commitments to service (with a smile) and friendship.  It is a pleasure to do both.


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