|Birmingham Chapter Celebrates Founders Day and Focuses on Heart Health|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:34|
Birmingham Chapter of the Links
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham Chapter of The Links, Incorporated celebrated 56 years of existence on February 4, with a luncheon and program at the Birmingham Museum of Art. In addition to active chapter members, several alumni members were in attendance. The group was welcomed by Vice President, Janine Pearson Johnson. Chapter Historian, Carnetta Nabors Davis, presented an interactive History Presentation that included photos, artifacts and other memorabilia from the beginning events of the chapter up to the present. Some alumni members were able to provide detailed insight on some past events and activities that were depicted in the presentation.
After a fellowship lunch, the chapter members were addressed by their own alumni member Helen Shores Lee, who was introduced by Chapter Program Chairman, Iris Williams. Helen Shores Lee’s mother, Theodora Shores was one of the founding members of The Birmingham Chapter and also served as Southern Area Treasurer from 1965 – 1969. Shores Lee was 15 years old when the chapter’s installation ceremony was held at the home of her parents, Mrs. Theodora Shores and Attorney Arthur Shores. Southern Area Director Georgia Schank installed the charter members of the Birmingham Chapter on February 4, 1956 as the 66th chapter of The Links, Incorporated. In addition to serving as 10th Judicial Circuit Judge, Jefferson County, Ala., Helen Shores Lee is also very active in the community and has been honored and recognized by numerous organizations for her efforts. She was inducted into the Birmingham chapter in 1978 and also served as Birmingham Chapter President while an active member. She stressed to the chapter members present the importance of service to the community in which you live. She knew many of the founding members and remembered them as dynamic women who made a difference in their community during a period in Birmingham’s history when segregation was the way of life.
Chapter President, Vanessa Falls, gave inspirational remarks at the end of the program and all were encouraged to go forth to continue to carry out the legacy begun by our founders. Many alumni and chapter members applauded President Falls and credited her with being an inspirational servant leader for the chapter and the community.
Chapter members wore RED at the request of The Health and Wellness Committee in recognition of Heart Awareness Month. During the chapter meeting that followed the luncheon, Link Cathy Bradford provided information on the impact of heart disease on women, especially African American women. She discussed the warning signs and risk factors for heart attacks. She also suggested ways that heart disease can be prevented. The Health and Wellness Committee also distributed packets of information for members to take away for additional reinforcement.
Chapter members present were Vanessa Falls, Janine Pearson Johnson, Diann Jackson, Iris Williams, Angelene Whatley, Carnetta Nabors Davis, Carol Kirby McElderry, Cathy Bradford, Camelia Holmes, Gaynell Hendricks, Samuetta Nesbitt, Cheryl Cephus Vickers, Brenda Adams, Kim Hitchens, Marva Owens James, Jewrette Yovonne Johnson, Rica Lewis-Payton, and Stephanie Rayborn.
Alumni members present were Minnie W. Finley, Constance Gardner Jones, Josie Gardner Kirby, Helen Shores Lee, Helen M. Lewis, and Dannetta K. Thornton Owens.