Chapter History

The Prince George’s County (MD) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, was chartered on Saturday, March 24, 1979, at Host Farms Resort in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Chapter organizer and first President, Dr. Barbara Dixon Simpkins, led the way for a memorable and history-making chartering event. The chartering officials were Links Thelma Hardiman, sixth Eastern Area Director and National Chapter Establishment Officer; Thelma Doby, Eastern Area Treasurer; and Sarah Scott, the co-founder and first National President of The Links, Incorporated. The presence and support of a National co-founder made this chartering a truly special and historic occasion.

Twenty-two members comprised the original roster of the Chapter. They were: Cilla Lane Adkins, Dr. Beverly Jacques Anderson, Mary Theresa Anderson, Dr. Dolores E. Cummings, Mary Polly Douglass, Cheryl Gale Dowdy, Queen Logan Gladden, Dr. Verdell G. Graham, Dr. Venola L. Hill, Dr. Deanna Ford Horton, Dr. Mary E. Ivey, Dr. Judine Bishop Johnson, Tempy Brooks Lewis, Geneva Mays, Attorney Helen N. Miller, Raye Parrott Montague, Dr. Patricia Niles, Betty Quick, Jean Stephens, Dr. Barbara Dixon Simpkins, Jane Texiera, and Janie B. Taylor. Of the twenty-two members, the following were installed as the first chapter officers: Dr. Barbara Dixon Simpkins, President; Janie Taylor, Vice President; Jane Texiera, Recording Secretary; Dr. Judine Bishop Johnson, Corresponding Secretary; Dr. Beverly Jacques Anderson, Treasurer; and Dr. Deanna Ford Horton, Financial Secretary. Spouses and friends attended their chartering as along with members of the Arlington (VA), Harrisburg (PA) and San Francisco (CA) chapters, who welcomed the new members into the family of Linkdom. The Prince George’s County (MD) Chapter chartering program became the model that all future chapters-elect were encouraged to replicate.

Dedicated members who later served as Chapter President are as follows: Janie B. Taylor (1981-1983); Gloria T. Massie (1983-1985); Dr. Judine Bishop Johnson (1985-1989); Dr. Beverly Jacques Anderson (1989-1993); Dr. Deanna Ford Horton (1993-1997); Dr. Flavia B. Walton (1997-2001); Joyce E. Felder (2001-2005); The Honorable Gloria G. Lawlah (2005 - 2009); Virgenia L. Embrey-Brock (2009-20013); and Charlene Bey Proctor, Esq., (2013 – present). Under their leadership, goal-oriented, talented, creative, compassionate, resourceful and accomplished women volunteered countless hours over the years to serve the residents of Prince George’s County and beyond. They do so linked in friendship and service to deliver transformative and extraordinary programs and activities to make a difference where it counts in the lives of so many. Examples of this service include: