Chapter History

History of the Azalea City Chapter

On June 26, 1995, with the sanction and endorsement of the National President, Patricia Russell-McCloud, and the advocacy and declaration of the Executive Board of The Links, Incorporated, thirty women with exemplary integrity, credentials, commendations and accolades received the charter of the Azalea City Chapter. As a result of the division of a former Atlanta service area chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the chapter was chartered with the following members:

  • Nellie W. Adams
  • Marilyn Jones Arrington
  • Nancy Cooke
  • Francine Burnett Edwards
  • Penny B. Etienne-Boone
  • Delores Bailey Gibson
  • Billie Curry Greenwell
  • Joyce Smith Hendricks
  • Azira G. Hill
  • Beatrice Hill
  • Bunnie Jackson-Ransom
  • Cheryl Lomax
  • Barbara K. McGhee
  • Lucretia Payton-Stewart
  • Lillian L. Rance
  • Synthia Teele Roberson
  • Mary Shy Scott
  • Eva Stroud
  • Althea L. Turk
  • Charlotte Willis Turk
  • Gerri Watkins Wiley

The following members were inducted following the Chartering ceremony: Carolyn Hogan Baldwin, Yvonne King Gloster, Marilyn Vincent Holmes, Brooke Renee Jackson, Patricia Franklin Lottier, Rubye D. McClendon, Marcia Prewitt Spiller, Tina Tyler and Ellen Robinson Wade.

Immediately upon its establishment, Azalea City Chapter began to fulfill its commitment to the National organization by becoming involved in local causes and sponsoring activities to strengthen the black community. Since the designation of the chapter transpired during the second half of the contributing phase of the 1994 – 96 Biennium Program years, this abbreviation created an atypical time factor to plan and implement the chapter’s programs. Utilizing data on seven states (under the geographical auspices of the Southern Area) obtained from the federal government, the chapter’s first umbrella program was launched to implement an initiative to address significant health and social ills through “Empowerment for the Young and Older Adult.” The chapter also sponsored Haitian family activities and the Ugandan children’s “Tour of Lights.” In addition, the chapter’s first year included providing and facilitating for the needs of senior citizens in a changing health and social environment; promoting voter registration; and, focusing on the general needs of Haitian families.

National and Area Participation
Azalea City Chapter is proud to acknowledge that several members of the chapter have served on National committees: Link Billie Curry Greenwell on the Women’s Commission; Link Althea Turk, MD on the Health and Wellness Committee and Southern Area Walk-A-Thon Chair; Link Lucretia Payton-Stewart on the Women’s Empowerment and Issues Committee and the Curriculum Committee for Education Across the Miles; Link Bunnie Jackson-Ranson is the immediate past Chairman of the National Communications and Public Relations Committee. Link Michele S. Gandy currently serves on the Southern Area Nominating Committee. In October 2010, Link Yolande Brunson Collins was appointed to the National Logistics and Arrangements Committee to serve as Co-Chair of Hospitality and as the Lead Logistics person for the Program Luncheon at the 2012 National Assembly.

Other Notable Fact
In 1999, Azalea City Chapter established its archives at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta, Georgia.

With over fifteen years of service to the Atlanta community, Azalea City Chapter remains active and is proud to provide continuous Service through Friendship.

June 26th is Azalea City Chapter of the Links, Inc. Day in the City of Atlanta, GA as proclaimed by the Atlanta City Council under Council President Ceasar Mitchell (2012).