The Wilmington NC Chapter of Links International, Incorporated joined the American Heart Association in the Cape Fear Heart Walk on Saturday, October 28, 2017 on the campus of UNC-Wilmington. This walk was to help build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. The chapter raised $1225.00 for the AHA during the heart walk. Congratulations to the chapter for support of healthy living and cardiovascular health.
The November 2, 2017 Links' session at the Rachel Freeman School of Engineering was led by the National Trends and Services facet. Link Deborah Maxwell introduced the speaker, Deb Butler, a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 18, New Hanover and Brunswick counties.
Representative Butler discussed the state government of North Carolina, her role as a state representative, and the importance of voting. She also touched on the under representation of women in politics.
The students raised important issues facing the Wilmington community such as homelessness and lack of access to clean water. The students then went to the computer room for a productive coding session led by Link Sabra Wright, the chapter's STEM chairperson.
The Wilmington NC Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is partnering with the Rachel Freeman School of Engineering mentoring a group of young ladies during the school year. The Links meet with these ladies approximately twice monthly, as the school calendar allow, to work on different learning and experiential activities. The chapter kicked off the 2017-2018 program on October 26, 2017.
Link Rita Todd began the orientation session with a physical break before the welcoming session. Link Charlene Richardson welcomed the students who had enrolled in the program. She explained the planned activities for the orientation and had each student complete paperwork to join the Junior Engineering Club, which will help them explore and understand basic computer coding. Each student was asked to introduce themselves and tell the group their favorite hobby and what they liked best about school. The group was pleasantly surprised to hear that many of the students liked math and reading. Hobbies were varied and included dancing, art and gardening.
The members of the chapter that were present then introduced themselves and those on the different Facet committees, (Arts, Services to Youth, Health and Human Services, National Trends, and International Trends). Each Facet leaders shared and an overview of the upcoming activities that would be presented over the year.
The highlight of the orientation was a STEM activity coordinated by Link Sabra Wright that will allow the students the opportunity to learn basic computer skills. They were also introduced to coding through a program that will capture their creativity by designing clothing and fashions.
The Wilmington NC Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is partnering with the Rachel Freeman School of Engineering mentoring a group of young ladies during the school year. The Links meet with these ladies approximately twice monthly, as the school calendar allow, to work on different learning and experiential activities. On February 3, 2017, the Arts Facet celebrated African-American History and the Freedom Fighters with our young ladies. Very elaborate displays, coordinated by Link Margaret Fredlaw, were available for review by the students and presentations made on specific people in our history. Our young ladies had a great session and learned a great deal of our heritage.
The Wilmington NC Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is partnering with the Rachel Freeman School of Engineering mentoring a group of young ladies during the school year. The Links meet with these ladies approximately twice monthly, as the school calendar allow, to work on different learning and experiential activities. On January 19, 2017, Link members of The Arts Facet met with our young ladies to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The young ladies were provided with a history lesson on the life and legacy of Dr. King, and participated in singing Free At Last, We Shall Overcome, and Happy Birthday to Dr. King. They also enjoyed healthy snacks and coloring pictures of Dr. King.
The Wilmington NC Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is partnering with the Rachel Freeman School of Engineering mentoring a group of young ladies during the school year. The Links meet with these ladies approximately twice monthly, as the school calendar allow, to work on different learning and experiential activities. On December 12, 2016, the Links provided educational activities on Kwanzaa, which included a history of Kwanzaa and specific observances for the principles of Kwanzaa; a story that incorporated the principles of Kwanzaa; and coloring activities involving Kwanzaa principles. The Links and their participating young ladies enjoyed the session and best wishes were extended for a joyous holiday season.
On December 12, 2016, New Hanover County Schools held a retirement reception and program for Link Emma H. Jackson. Link Emma was retiring after over 50 years of dedicated service to the youth of New Hanover County. Link Emma was also the recipient of The Order of The Long leaf Pine, which is the most prestigious award conferred by the Governor of North Carolina. The Order of the Long leaf Pine is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.
Link Emma Jackson began her illustrious career with New Hanover County Schools as a teacher at the former James B. Dudley Elementary School. She continued to excel in teaching at Peabody and Alderman Schools and was then named the first assistant principal at Snipes Elementary School.
As the challenges of the Civil Rights movement swept the nation, Link Emma was selected to serve as principal of Wrightsville Beach Elementary. With her boundless energy, quick wit and love for children, she quickly won over the parents and students and became one of the school's most beloved leaders. Then she went on to open Bellamy Elementary as their first principal and subsequently served as principal with distinction at Pine Valley Elementary and Gregory School of Science, Math and Technology.
After her principalships, Link Emma was promoted to Executive of Instruction and Title I. She has also served as the Federal Programs Director and is currently serving as Director of Elementary Education.
Link Emma’s work in the community is legendary. She has served on some of the top boards and committees in the state to lead and shape education in North Carolina. Locally, she has served as a leader in several prestigious civic and community organizations such as Jack and Jill, The Links, Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where she has taught Sunday School and held many leadership positions.
She has been married to Mr. Russell Jackson for over 50 years and is the mother of Marcella Watkins and Tamika Jackson, and grandmother of Briana.
Link Mercedes Ioma Jones Newsome
It is with deep sadness that the Wilmington (NC) Chapter inform you of the passing of our dear member and past president, Link Mercedes Ioma Jones Newsome. Link Newsome transitioned on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Link Newsome was initiated into the Wilmington (NC) Chapter on May 13, 1995. She leaves to cherish her memory, Connecting Link Carter W. Newsome, Heir-O-Link Paula Newsome, and granddaughter Ayanna Washington. Celebration of Life Services were held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Wilmington, NC.
Wilmington, NC Chapter Members/April 16, 2016
Wilmington, NC Alumnae Members Attending Brunch / April 16, 2016