On Saturday, May 7, at an induction ceremony held at The Club, the Tri-County (AL) Chapter inducted the following ladies into the chapter: Patricia Bowman Billups, Arlillian Kate Bushelon, Patricia Aurelia Hill, Rosilyn Houston, Catrina L. Jackson, Alesia R. Jones, Carle’ D. Underwood, and Mechelle S. Wilder.
On Friday, May 6, at a reception held at The Summit Club the night before the induction, the candidates presented their service project and scrapbook to the current members of the chapter. Focusing on one of the facets of The Links, Incorporated, National Trends and Services, the candidates spent several volunteer hours at Habitat for Humanity-Birmingham ReStore, where they assisted in making quality and affordable homes by building tables and chairs, donating kitchen appliances, washers and dryers to accommodate two (2) families. The staff at ReStore was then treated with a complimentary lunch on behalf of the candidates.
The induction ceremony was led by The Links, Incorporated - Southern Area Parliamentarian, Mrs. Tracey Morant Adams, a current member and charter member of the Tri-County (AL) Chapter. Following the ceremony was a luncheon celebration which included friends and family of the new members. Present in support also was the Southern Area Secretary of The Links, Incorporated - Vanessa Falls along with members from two sister chapters, Birmingham (AL) Chapter and the Magic City (AL) Chapter.
The 2016 "Inductees" of the Tri-County (AL) Chapter bring many gifts of time, talents and community service to The Links, Incorporated. These ladies have already made a difference in the community and beyond. They now join the influential decision makers and leaders of The Links, Incorporated – further demonstrating their commitment to service in our community; locally, nationally and globally.
The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 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 insuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Chartered on June 12, 2010, Tri-County (AL) Chapter will be celebrating six years of service in the Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair County areas. Forty-seven members strong, Tri-County (AL) Chapter is getting ready to plan programs and activities for another year of service.
The Tri-County (AL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated welcomed eight new inductees on Saturday, June 15 2013, at The Summit Club in Birmingham. Joining “Linkdom” as Tri-County (AL) members are Brooke Adams, Wardine Alexander, Nanette Baldwin, Kathy Bonds, Judge Agnes Chappell, Linda Parson, Sharon Sherrod and Teresa Williams. The induction ceremony was led by Betty Jean Hill-Underwood, Chapter President and Barbara Allen, Chapter Vice-President. Immediately following the ceremony, members of Tri-County (AL) Chapter, visiting Links from The Magic City Chapter and Birmingham Chapter, Connecting Links (Husbands), family and friends continued the morning with a Brunch in honor of the new Links.
After weeks of workshops and preparation, these talented, professional women implemented a service project titled “Financial Literacy Workshops for High School Seniors”, where mini lessons were presented to high school seniors during morning assemblies. The focal points were money management, budgeting and credit protection. The financial curriculum presented was made possible through partnership with Wells Fargo Bank to provide the money skills needed for life. This project was designed to align with The Links, Incorporated’s “Services to Youth” facet. The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 276 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. Chartered June 12, 2010, Tri-County (AL) Chapter celebrated its 3rd year of service in the Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair County areas. Forty-two members strong, Tri-County (AL) Chapter will begin and plan programs and activities for another year at the Chapter’s Retreat.
The Tri-County (AL) Chapter is very pleased to welcome the new Links into its chain of friendship and service!!
Under the leadership of Betty Underwood, President of the Tri-County (AL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the International Trends and Services (ITS) Facet sponsored a service project to aid women and girls in Haiti. This chapter level project is a contribution to the national ITS Facet Linking to Haiti objective, and reflects the International Trends and Services current theme of “Expanding the Links Presence.”
The Facet members gathered on a recent Sunday in April to assemble one hundred kits, which contained items such as soap, deodorant, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrush, comb, and washcloth. Since the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, there has been an increased need for daily hygiene essentials. For several women and girls in Haiti, these kits will supply them with these basic hygiene items.
Janice Jackson, the Tri-County (AL) Chapter ITS Facet Chair, applauds her Co-Chair, Rukiya McClain and the ITS Facet members for their support and participation in this meaningful service activity, which exemplifies “Expanding the Links’ Presence “ to the women and girls of Haiti.
Tri-County Alabama Chapter of The Links Incorporated Empowers Area Youth
Through Leadership Summit
Birmingham, AL – The Tri-County (Al) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, under the leadership of President Betty J. Underwood, recently hosted its third annual Youth Empowerment Leadership Summit for more than 75 local youth who are poised to become our community’s next leaders. With sessions focusing on self-esteem, college applications and scholarships, dating, bullying/cyberbullying, violence, and race, students were given the opportunity to actively engage with some of the city’s most influential doctors, lawyers, judges, law enforcement professionals, elected officials and educators. Students listened to presentations, participated in hands-on activities, and engaged in open discussion and dialogue relative to issues of importance to today’s youth.
The Summit culminated with a powerful general assembly where all students were convened to hear a message of motivation and inspiration from Ms. Melva Tate, a local motivational speaker, activist, entrepreneur and self-proclaimed networking “Diva”. The group was also addressed by Councilor LaShunda Scales and Principal John Lyons, to even further encourage and reinforce the positive messages of the day. Students were dismissed to a fun and informal pizza luncheon where they could talk over the lessons of the day, socialize, and get to know more about new acquaintances made at the summit.
“I am proud of the mark that the Tri-County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is making on the lives of our local youth in our service area,” said President Underwood. “Each time a young person tells me that he or she learned something new, has been influenced in a positive way, or is making better decisions because of our work, I, along with the members of my chapter, am inspired to find ways to do even more.”
In keeping with the standards and guidelines of the national chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the Tri-County Chapter, which serves Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair counties, demonstrates an ongoing commitment to “Friendship and Service”. With a focus on youth empowerment, AVID/S.H.A.P.E. The Green Wave is one of Tri-County's signature programs designed to ensure that tomorrow's leaders will be well rounded citizens with sustainable habits: Financial, Physical, Emotional, Social and Cognitive. Through its signature program, the Tri-County Chapter incorporates and addresses the five facet areas established by the national chapter which guides all affiliate chapters nation and worldwide: Services to Youth; The Arts; National Trends and Services; International Trends and Services; and, Health and Human Services.
Members set aside time to celebrate the Valentine’s holiday with the kindergarten students at Leeds Elementary School. Spearheaded by the Services to Youth Facet, members provided crafts and assisted the children with creating the cutest little cards for their loved ones. Afterwards, members read their favorite books to the students and donated more books to each classroom.
Tri-County members volunteered as judges in an area spelling bee. The winning student moved on to the district competition for a chance to compete nationally in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship near Washington D.C.
This workshop is an effort to implement the national “Are You Ready” Initiative of The Links, Incorporated. This is an ongoing effort that offers assistance to women who are over the age of fifty.
The Tri-County (AL) Chapter was presented with a Community Service Award for services rendered to Leeds High School students through the chapters AVID/Shape the Green Wave Umbrella Program.
Tri-County applauds AT&T’s efforts to stop the alarming epidemic of texting while driving, and are proudly supporting AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign.
With more than 100,000 "texting while driving" deaths just last year, we recognize the importance of ending this dangerous habit that has become all too popular among teens and adults. Drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash while texting and driving, according to a recent AT&T Wireless survey. AT&T is leading the way in educating drivers and passengers about this danger through its campaign.
We encourage all members to sign AT&T’s pledge to not text and drive, located on the website, www.ItCanWait.com, and to participate in the September 19, “No Text on Board – Pledge Day” to bring attention to this important issue.
To find out more information about the pledge visit the AT&T website: www.ItCanWait.com or CLICK on the picture below.
November is American Diabetes Month. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes, including over 12% of people in Alabama. Alabama ranks number one among the top five states in the nation for the prevalence of diabetes. An additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for type 2 diabetes.
Heir-o-Link Briana Kinsey, a college sophomore and Miss Hoover 2013, has chosen Daring to Defeat Diabetes as her platform and the Dance Away Diabetes was her idea to help teens get involved the movement to stop diabetes. “As a community, we need to make a pledge to do everything we can to end this disease. We are asking everyone to raise their hand to Stop Diabetes, whether it is attending this event or getting involved in other ways.” This year, Briana in collaboration with the Tri-County (AL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated through the Health & Human Services facet added a Poster Contest on the theme “Things I can do now to avoid Type 2 diabetes.” Youth in grades K-12 were encouraged to participate. Over 35 students from several schools took part in the contest. All students received service hours for their participation from the American Diabetes Association. Judges for this event were Dr. Timarie Fisk, Dr. Denise Gregory and Tim Gann. This year’s winners were Jhameria Jolley from Phillips Academy, Ashley Matthews of Huffman High and Jasmine Jordan of Gardendale High School. Each winner received a $50 gift certificate and a service letter. One of the students mentioned that “because of this poster project I have learned a lot about diabetes and the importance exercise and watching what I eat. This is good to know as I have many people in my family who have diabetes.” Students were encouraged to share what that learned about diabetes with their friends and family.
November is the organization’s National Friendship Month. The Tri-County (AL) Chapter celebrates 2 years of service and friendship, and gathered for several enjoyable activities.
Members reconvened following the summer months for the annual retreat on Saturday, September 8, 2012, in preparation for the upcoming programming year. The retreat serves as excellent way to foster closer ties amongst the chapter, and thereby furthers the mission of the organization, “friendship and service.” The speakers for the retreat were Ms. Lydia Lewis Alexander and Ms. Melva Tate. Ms. Alexander, a retired educator, is a member of the Birmingham Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and is the Immediate Past Southern Area Parliamentarian. She presented information on Robert’s Rules of Order. Ms. Melva Tate, owner of Tate and Associates, LLC, conducted a workshop on the Components of Team Building.
Co-Founder Award Recipients
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Members of the Tri-County (AL) Chapter had a great time honing their leadership skills and providing service at the 38th National Assembly of The Links, Incorporated. Members from across the nation and internationally attended numerous workshops and plenary sessions during the four-day conference held in Orlando, Florida. The assembly focused on its theme, "Transformational Programs, Impacting Lives."
The ladies of the Tri-County (AL) Chapter of The Links, Inc. began their 2012-2013 program year in "Sisterly Style" on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the first official business meeting led by the newly elected officers. Friendship and Service are the two main pillars of The Links, Incorporated and Tri-County members love serving the community and fostering sisterhood.
The business meeting hostesses, Marshell Jackson and Brenda Carter Taylor invited members to a "Tea Party with Hats and Gloves." The idea for the tea party served also as a reward and thanks to the entire membership for another successful year servicing youth and the tri-county areas. The meeting would also be the last held just before the summer break.
Members were asked to wear their favorite hat and gloves as they enjoyed tea and scones prior to the meeting. Finger sandwiches, fruit, cheese, lemon aid and hot tea was served during the allotted fellowship time where members filled the room with laughter and great conversation.
THE TRI-COUNTY (AL) CHAPTER SPONSORS THE MEN OF DISTINGUISHED EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (M.O.D.E.L.) AT OLD CAR HEAVEN
An afternoon of “Model Stars with Classic Cars” honored 13 “model” men who are outstanding citizens in the community. The Tri-County (AL) Chapter of The Links,
Incorporated held its signature fundraising event, the 2012 M.O.D.E.L. (Men of Distinguished Exemplary Leadership) Program, on May, 5, 2012, at Old Car Heaven. Each honoree, a man of excellence
who has made outstanding contributions to the tri-county community (Jefferson, Shelby, and St. Clair Counties) in the areas of politics, health, law, business, religion, education, or law
enforcement, was highlighted at a luncheon affair for his accomplishments and featured in a 2012 calendar sporting a classic car from Old Car Heaven.
The 2012 M.O.D.E.L. honorees were as follows: The Honorable William A. Bell, Sr., Mayor of the City of Birmingham; State Representative Oliver Robinson, Jefferson County - District 58; Mr.
James "Jay" Roberson, Associate Director of Athletics - Samford University and Birmingham City Councilor - District 7; Mr. Ken Washington, Leeds City Councilor - District 1; Mr. John O. Hudson,
Vice President of Public Relations, Alabama Power Company; Mr. Gary Burley, Owner and CEO, Pro Start Academy; Bishop James L. Davis, President of the Council of Bishops, African Methodist
Episcopal Church; Brigadier General A. C. Roper, Chief of Police, City of Birmingham; Reverend Al B. Sutton, Senior Pastor and Founder, Living Stones Temple Church; Dr. Perry Ward, President,
Lawson State Community College, Mr. Garrick McGee, Head Football Coach, University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Leeds educators, Mr. Andrew Briskey, Principal of Leeds Elementary and Mr.
Michael Turner, Principal of Leeds High School.
The Tri-County (AL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, chartered in June 2010, created this event to showcase positive male role models in the community. Immediate Past President Samuetta Drew stated, “Our communities, particularly our youth, need to see our successful men who are role models for our neighborhoods, cities, counties, districts, state, and nation. Our youth need to know that they, too, can achieve what these distinguished men have accomplished. We need to celebrate them, uplift them, and use them as examples to follow. These honorees represent the types of citizens we want all of our youth to become.” Much of the proceeds from this event will be used to support youth empowerment, which is the primary focus of the chapter.
This event began with Sarah Verser, WBRC Fox 6 Anchor, as mistress of ceremony, greeting the attendees. Dr. Susanne Matthews, Luncheon Program Chairperson, welcomed everyone followed by Melva Langford, who shared the purpose of the occasion. Before lunch catered by Ambrosia, Chaplain Janice Orange provided words of inspiration. Following a delicious meal of salad, fruit, rice, bake chicken, green beans, squash casserole, roast, and assorted desserts, Past President Samuetta H. Drew and President Betty J. Underwood presented the distinguished honorees their awards-- a plaque, a large color photo of the honoree pictured with his selected car, and a gift. Adrienne K. Mitchell, chair of the Calendar Committee read biographies for each of the honored guests. Tracey Morant Adams acknowledged the corporate sponsors of the event: Alagasco, Alabama Power Company, Belk at the Summit, Malcolm Pirnie/Arcadia, and Old Car Heaven. Other contributors were Sanders Jewelry, Ninth Episcopal District State Lay Organization, Ninth Episcopal District Northwest Lay Organization, St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, Melvin Humes State Farm Insurance Agency, Goodyear Shoe Hospital, Emmanuel's Barbering Salon, and Custom Trophies. Special gratitude was extended to the calendar stylist, Mr. Emmett Reed, Jonathan Harrison, and Handy Photography.
The Tri-County (AL) Chapter understands how important it is to work with and impact youth. The signature community program for the group is S.H. A.P.E. The Greenwave Program, a partnership with Leeds High School that promotes positive social interaction, healthy living, academic excellence, physical activity, and emotional wellness. Each week, the chapter members design a program for selected adolescents to support students' growth in education, arts, health, and national and global awareness. In addition, the organization sponsors field trips and other activities for the Leeds youth to extend their learning beyond the school building. The members also host an annual Youth Summit to educate youth and parents among the three counties about making healthy decisions. In March, the 2012 Youth Summit was held at Bessemer City School featuring speakers who discussed relevant topics such as obesity, bullying, dating, careers, and juvenile law. Tri-County members continue to dedicate their time to the Huffman High School Future Business Leaders of America Club, providing tips for increasing their “Job Seeking and Job Keeping” skills. Members of the organization value literacy and shared their enthusiasm with elementary-age students in Fairfield City Schools, Birmingham City Schools, and Leeds City Schools on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Through the years, the group has hosted youth at Arts events in the city, such as plays in partnership with the Virginia Samford Theatre, Miles College and ArtPlay at the UAB Alys Stephens Center.
Immediate Past President Samuetta H. Drew commented, adding to an old African proverb, “It takes a complete village to raise a child. We must all work together to support our youth. We must provide positive role models for them and show them how to be productive men and women in society. It is our service.”
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Leeds Councilman Kenneth Washington, Miles College President George French, Tri-County(AL) Chapter President Samuetta Drew, Superintendent of Leeds City Schools John Moore, and Committee Chairperson Charcey Glenn.
Barber MotorSports is known as the space for spirited vehicles, but on Monday, January 16, the vehicles took a back seat to the energetic
attendees at the MLK Breakfast at the Motor Park. The Tri-County (AL) Links supported the program and the community members during the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King.
After breakfast, the program began with a warm welcome by Leeds student Raven McCain. Following her words, Mayor Eric Patterson extended greetings to all attendees. Reverend Curtis White of
Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church prayed immediately before a heartfelt song was rendered by the singing group Covenant, the inspirational musical ensemble for the program. Dignitaries,
community leaders and special guests were recognized, such as city council members, Leeds School administrators, and elected officials including Juandalynn Givan (and member of the Tri-County (
The Leeds Community Praise Dance Ministry honored guests with their choreographed movements immediately before the introduction of the speaker by Juandalynn Givan. The keynote speaker, Dr. George
French, president of Miles College, spoke to the audience passionately about the importance of furthering the dream. “We have not realized the dream,” he added, “as long as we have schools that
are not performing and the poor exist in our communities. We have not arrived.” He intimated that having “pockets” of success is not enough, “For as long as there is an unchecked disease in the
valley, it will inevitably attack the mountain top, too.”
Charcey Glenn, representing the organizing committee, presented awards to community members, including Leeds High School girls’ basketball team, the president of Covenant Bank of Leeds, and the
videographer. The Tri-County (AL) Links were recognized by Councilman Kenneth Washington, who thanked the women for participating in the community and working with the students at Leeds High
School. Link President Samuetta Hill Drew talked briefly about the S.H.A.P.E. the Greenwave Program at Leeds High School and introduced each of the other members of the Tri-County (AL)
After the benediction, the community members and guests greeted each other in the intended spirit promoted by Dr. King’s legacy.
TRI-COUNTY'S UMBRELLA PROGRAM - S.H.A.P.E. THE GREEN WAVE ENTERS ITS SECOND YEAR OF SERVICE TO STUDENTS
Each module of the program corresponds with S.H.A.P.E.: Socially, students will become socially aware of and meet challenges of a complex global society; Habitually, students will develop a practice of academic excellence; Artistically, students will develop an awareness of the various forms of arts; Physically, students will be educated on causes and effects of obesity and become more active; and Economically, students will be able to adapt in society by applying the terms of budgeting, banking, credit, savings and investments.
“I remember the dating seminar,” stated one teen. Another added, “I like the one on saving money.” A young lady energetically shared, “My favorite was African Dance.” That’s when you know you are making a difference—when adolescents believe the work you do has impacted their lives. The current tenth graders at Leeds High School believe that S.H.A.P.E. makes a difference, and that is why they have chosen to remain in the program.
Two groups of students will meet each week at Leeds High School. Students in ninth grade will focus on various topics of the S.H.A.P.E. program. Returning tenth graders will benefit from the partnership between the Tri-County (AL) Chapter and UAB ArtPlay for six weeks with theatre expert Alicia Johnson. All participating students will take part in field trips and learn from experts in the field related to weekly topics. In partnership with UAB ArtPlay, the organization will sponsor a fieldtrip to the Alys Stephens Center on February 13, 2012, entitled “Meet the Artist: Our Journey Through Song.”
SHAPE is a program created by the Tri-County (AL) Chapter to promote well-rounded growth in students. President Samuetta Drew states, “I believe in the old adage ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ and we enjoy doing our part in our tri-county village and beyond.”