The Orlando (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has served the Central Florida community for greater than 65 years. The chapter enjoys a strong tradition of friendship and service, focusing its efforts around the national organization’s programmatic thrust within our five facets which include: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, Health and Human Services and International Trends and Services. Among our premier programs are “A Celebration of the Arts”, “Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood” and our signature fundraiser “How Sweet the Sound”. Each, a stellar example of service and programming that aligns with the mission and vision of The Links, Incorporated.
The Orlando (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is dedicated to a better Orlando community. Together we donate thousands of volunteer hours each year through our facets, fundraisers and programs. We are “Linked in Friendship and Connected in Service”.
On behalf of the members of The Orlando (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, thank you for your support as we work together to improve the lives of women and children of African descent through transformational programming on a local, national and international level.
During a visit to San Francisco, California, where a Links chapter was in the process of being organized, Leola Nixon, a resident of Orlando, Florida, became inspired and had a serious desire to organize such a chapter at home. Leola was much impressed with the purpose of The Links, Incorporated and the fact that its ultimate aim was to improve the quality of life of people in our communities. Upon her return to Orlando, she began talking with several friends, most of whom were public school teachers and administrators, and was able to initiate spontaneous interest in the formation of a Links chapter.
On April 5, 1952, under the astute supervision of Margaret Hawkins, one of the founders of The Links, Incorporated, the chapter’s chaptering ceremony was held at the home of Georgia Schanck. The ten charter members were L. Claudia Allen, Leola Nixon, Linda H. Reddick, Bertha Scales, Georgia Schanck, Betty Smith, Thelma M. Speight, Edith Starke, Clifford Wells, and Ethel Wooden. The first chapter officers were Leola Nixon, President; Clifford Wells, Vice President; Georgia Schanck, Secretary; Bertha Scales, Treasurer; Ethel Wooden, Historian; Linda H. Reddick, Journalist.
The following chapter members have served as National and/or Area officers. Leola Nixon, first National Program Chair; Georgia Schanck, Second Southern Area Director; Linda H. Reddick, Fourth Southern Area Director and Southern Area Chair of The Arts; Betty Bradley Smith, Southern Area Rituals’ Chair and National Rituals Chair.
The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans. LEARN MORE
The Links support of The Arts can be traced to our cultured co-founder Margaret Roselle Hawkins. Her innate artistic talent, discovered at a young age, earned her a four-year scholarship to the Women’s School of Design, later known as the Moore Institute of Art. LEARN MORE
The vision of the National Trends and Services facet is to eliminate disparities by reducing barriers to services through advocacy, education, and service. LEARN MORE
Our mission is to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world. LEARN MORE
Linked in Creativity is a unique program designed to stimulate student interest and achievement in science and math utilizing the performing arts as a platform. LEARN MORE
The Links, Incorporated’s Services to Youth facet is an integrated approach to preparing young people to succeed in the 21st century workforce. LEARN MORE
The Orlando Chapter of the Links Incorporated is committed to service in the community