The Fort Pierce (FL) Chapter, The Links Incorporated was chartered on October 30, 1976. The name was officially changed to The Treasure Coast (FL) Chapter on December 5, 2012, by The Links, Incorporated Executive Board.
The chapter’s chartering was a result of the efforts our co-organizers, Link Arlena Benton Lee and the late Link Ernestine Davis. They were encouraged to organize a chapter by the late Link Leola Nixon, who was a member of the Orlando (FL) Chapter and a sister of the late Link Ernestine Davis.
Twenty-two women were inducted in a formal ceremony held at Holiday Inn Oceanside, Fort Pierce (FL) with Southern Area Director, Link Julia Purnell, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the installing officer (who later became the 7th National President). Assisting in the induction ceremony were Link Delores Albury, Southern Area Secretary of Pensacola and Link Regina Frazier, National Member-at-Large of Miami (who later became the 9th National President). A very impressive “get-acquainted” social evening was held at the home of Link Arlena Benton Lee, President.
The chapters represented in this historic occasion were: West Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, and Miami, Florida, and Brunswick, Georgia.
Our chartered members are/were: Irene Baker (deceased), Helen F. Barr, Algernon Bolen (deceased), Carnelle B. Clifton, Ernestine Davis (deceased), Gertrude Baker Dixon, Parolee P. Ellington (deceased), Lon McIntosh Floyd (deceased), Theresa D. Gaines, Delores Y. Hayes (deceased), Joelene M. Hayling, Zanobia Jefferson (deceased), Arlena Benton Lee, Annie Frank Little (deceased), Emma Adams Loman, Florida Mobley (deceased), Wilester Moore Caynon (deceased), Cora L. Monroe, Margaret Paige (deceased), Barbara J. Scott, Katherine Washington and Marian C. Williams.
Our first officers were: Arlena Benton Lee (President), Ernestine Davis (Vice President), Parolee P. Ellington (Recording Secretary), Delores Y. Hayes (Corresponding Secretary), Annie Frank Little (Treasurer), Helen F. Barr (Parliamentarian), Algernon Bolen (Reporter) and Wilester Moore Caynon (Chaplain)
In our first year, major accomplishments include:
Developing special reading programs and tutorial services to help educationally disadvantaged and culturally deprived students.
Sponsoring a guest lecturer, Mrs. Hooshang Kadivar, from Lebanon, who shared information concerning Iranian culture, government, food, agriculture, and economic resources.
Presenting holiday gifts and musical entertainment for the elderly at Abbiejean Russell Care Center.
The first inductee into our membership was Link Jovita Williams in June 1982.
Our chapter has continued to exemplify the vision and promote the initiatives of The Links, Incorporated for forty years.