Monday, November 19, 2012

The Keystone Cluster of The Links, Incorporated Founders Day Celebration

My last few weekends have been consumed with activities - which isn't completely suprising since "tis the season!"

And, I lost my camera bag with my USB cord :-(

So once again, I'm sharing a few photos from my phone. 

On Sunday November 11th, I attended the Keystone Cluster of The Links, Incorporated Founders Day Celebration in King of Prussia, PA. I believe there were approximately 200 Links in attendance. The Keystone Cluster consists of nine Links, Incorporated chapters in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Links, Incorporated was founded on November 9, 1946 in Philadelphia by Margaret Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott.
This year's event was hosted by the Penn Towne Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (each chapter takes a turn at hosting the event). Penn Towne Chapter President Thelma Henderson along with Joye Hamer presided over the activities. Monique Braxton (a NBC 10 news reporter and member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated served as Mistress of Ceremonies). There was also a Keystone Cluster Choir who delighted attendees with several songs.

Dianne Hardison (pictured below), Eastern Area Director of The Links, Incorporated also attended the event and noted that she has not missed one of the Keystone Cluster's Founders Day events. She thanked Velma Goode (Philadelphia Chapter Alumnae Member) for inviting her to the first event by this group held in 2007.

Sherilynn Johnson-Kimble (President of The Philadelphia Chapter of The Links, Incorporated - pictured right with Leah Sheppard and Gabrielle Ingram) conceived the idea of this "cluster" of Links chapters hosting one Founders Day event together (versus individual chapter based celebrations) several years ago. She was in attendance and represented the Founding Chapter in the ceremony.

Presidents and/or representatives from the Delaware County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Bucks County, PA; Wilmington, DE; and Dover, DE were also in attendance. There was also a nice recognition of Alumnae members who were showered with white roses and hugs for their many years of devoted service to The Links, Incorporated.

It was nice seeing so many Sister Links in their fabulous white attire for what was a great afternoon. Of special note was seeing 90+ year old  Anne Garrett Marquis (pictured in front) enjoying the fellowship. 

Marion Tasco (member of Philadelphia City Council & the Delaware Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated) read a City of Philadelphia Citation honoring the Links Founders Day.

I wasn't able to snap a photo of the Wilmington, DE Chapter of The Links, Incorporated representative who presented a flag that flew over the state's capital in honor of the Links Founders Day.

Next year's event will be hosted by the Harrisburg, PA Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.