The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation established in 1946. The membership consists of more than 17,000 professional women of African descent in 299 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. 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 Southern Maryland Chain, an interest group for Links membership, was organized in the spring of 1980 by Albertine Lancaster. Twenty-seven professional women with diverse talents and abilities came together and determined that the outstanding commonality among them was a commitment to service to the people of the communities in which they lived. It was felt that their joining together would strengthen their impact on the civic, political and educational life in the area.
On May 15, 1982, after two years of demonstration projects and orientation to Links’ goals and procedures, the interest group became a chapter of The Links, Incorporated with the installation ceremonies held at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland. Elfreda Mathis became the first Chapter President. Our Chapter Establishment Officer was Link Thelma Hardiman of the Buffalo, New York Chapter. The area director was Migon Johnson of the Arlington, Virginia Chapter. The National President, Link Julia Purnell, of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Chapter conducted the installation activities.
Southern Maryland Chain (MD) Chapter The Links, Incorporated
PO Box D
Bryans Road, MD 20640