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BHW CHARTER MEMBERS

Shirlee Ellis Amos
Joyce Black**
Mattie Dobbs
Patricia Gibson
Jamesina E. Henderson
Alexis Camille Jackson
Rosina V. Jackson
Consuelo B. Marshall
La-Doris McClaney
Claudette Robinson
Margaret Patricia Rodgers

Jan Rooks
Erleen Scott
Mercedes H. Williams
Sonja L. Thompson
Myrlie E. Williams
Doris R. Valdry
Pamelia L. Wiltz
Frances Williams
Geraldine P. Woods
Gail E. Wyatt
Mignon M. Wyatt

** Chapter Organizer

Beverly Hills West (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

CHAPTER HISTORY

In 1975, a distinctive group of professional women shared with each other their efforts, time, and energies in volunteer involvement. As individual small efforts became known to others, the seeds of their collective efforts were sown. Eventually, it was realized that more community service could be rendered if efforts were combined into a single volunteer service group. The result was the SEAVU Service Club, composed of the original service group plus other dedicated women from the community.

To be effective in a large suburban community, they decided to target work in sections of the community demonstrating the greatest need. The women represented a wide variety of professional backgrounds and involvements; thus, they were very successful in expanding and manifesting community services of all types and kinds to those in need.

On May 25, 1985, the Beverly Hills West Chapter became a new link in the historic chain of dedicated women to friendship and service in The Links, Incorporated.

About The Links, Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 14,000 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 Foundationfor its premier programs.

The outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, 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.