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History of The Atlanta Chapter


The Atlanta Chapter was chartered in February 1953 by 19 visionary members serving under the leadership of Link Bennie B. McLendon who was later elected as the National Vice President for the Links, Inc.  Over the last half century, the chapter has maintained a significant legacy of lasting contributions to the Atlanta community.  We are proud that several of the Atlanta Chapter’s initiatives have gained national recognition.  Our members are women of influence and accomplishment who serve through the organizations five facets:


  • National Trends and Services: Organ Donor Initiative, AARP Links Academy

  • The Arts: Atlanta’s Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, Monthly ARTportunities

  • Services to Youth: Project L.E.A.D. 30+Year legacy with Sammye Coan Middle School (now Coan/King)

  • International Trends and Services: The Haitian Goat Project, Books for Africa

  • Health and Human Services: Walk-With-A-Doc, Girls on the Run



Vision Statement


The Atlanta Chapter of the Links, Inc. will continue to embody the highest principles of friendship and service through community service programs and community focused chapter activities.

 Strategic Goals


  • To insure chapter continuity by identifying and nurturing the next generation of chapter, area and national leadership;

  • To provide financial resources through our personal assessments and fund development activities to insure the continuity and high quality of our transformational local and national  programs;

  • To strengthen sisterhood  through prescribed recruitment and retention of members;

  • To strengthen the involvement  of our chapter through  engagement  and communication to our membership;

  • To preserve our history and  codify our practice for posterity; and

  • To contribute actively to the  advancement of the national organization by remaining informed and  providing constructive suggestions and analyses of programs and  activities.

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