What's Happening This Week in The Arlington Links?

This Week's Communication
Contains The Following:

  1. Mark Your Calendars
  2. Chapter Updates
  3. National Updates
  4. Eastern Area Updates
  5. Prayers, Blessings and Celebrations
  6. New Member Spotlight
  7. February Birthdays
March Chapter Meeting
Hilton Mark Center Hotel
 5000 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA 22311
Saturday, March 7, 2020
11:00 a.m.
National & Chapter Dues: Payment Deadline
Chapter: $365.00
National: $285.00
Checks must be recieved by
Sunday, March 15, 2020
International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8th. This day of recognition provides an important opportunity to celebrate women's achievements while calling for greater equality. The 2020 theme and yearlong watchword for (IWD) is “ An equal world is an enabled world.”  

The global day of celebration focuses on the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Women’s issues are not country, group, or organization-specific and belong to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD gives rise to unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action for women all over the world.

PURPLE is the primary color to signify and mark IWD internationally. Historically, purple, green, and white are combined to symbolize women's equality originating from the Women's Social and Political Union in the UK during 1908. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity; however, no longer used due to 'purity' being a controversial concept. 

How can you get involved? Individually, we're all responsible for our thoughts and actions. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, raise awareness against bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations, and celebrate women's achievements. An equal world is an enabled world. The race is on for the gender-equal boardroom, a gender-equal government, gender-equal media coverage, gender-equal workplaces, gender-equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth. Let us be a voice in the Women’s equality movement. Share your support and affirmations on Twitter using the hashtags: #EachforEqual or #IWD2020.

Link Mary Dunaway
ITS Facet, Member
National and Chapter
Dues are Due March 15th

At our February Chapter Meeting, the chapter voted to increase our chapter dues from $300.00 to $365.00. Your total amount due by Sunday, March 15, 2020 is $650.00 (Reminder…NO checks will be accepted after March 15, 2020; only cash, cashier’s checks, or money orders will be accepted)

  • Chapter Dues - $365.00
  • National & Foundation Dues - $285.00
Please note, we cannot accept credit card payments for dues. You have two options to make your 2020-2021 Chapter/National Dues: 

    (1)    In Person – at our March 7th chapter meeting

    (2)   By mail – Please mail your check in the amount of $650.00 payable to

Arlington Links to the Financial Secretary
C/O Lisa Lee Packer
8518 Century Oak Court
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

On Tuesday, March 3rd voters across Alexandria will go to the polls to participate in the Democratic Primary to choose the next President of The United States of America. 

#PrimaryFact: Voting locations will be open from 6:00 AM until 7:00 PM. The sample ballot is available online for review. 

#PrimaryFact: Absentee voting has already begun for this primary, both in person at 132 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, 22314 or by mail. You may apply to receive a ballot by mail online.

Please note: absentee ballots were due February 25, 2020.

Link Lillie E. Parker
National Trends & Services, Member
What is LEEP - Links Economic
Empowerment Platform? 
March 2, 2020 | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST
Hosted by: Bridget Chisholm, Chair, Economic Empowerment Committee
Diane Liotta, Co-Chair, Economic Empowerment Committee 
This webinar will introduce you to LEEP - Links Economic Empowerment Platform. LEEP will define what economic empowerment means for Links and the value you can gain as a member. We will discuss the resources and tools we've established to benefit you to support and drive wealth creation, along with the internal networks we’ve established and the ecosystem that supports its sustainability.
Who should attend: Members who are entrepreneurs or are thinking about starting a business, retirees focusing on transition opportunities, independent contractors/consultants, chapter leadership, or any member interested in learning about economic empowerment and what it means for you.
Linking You to Good Health - Health and Human Services Webinar Series Presents:
Oral Health: Link to Healthy Living 
March 4, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. EST
Hosted by: Clarice H. Taylor, Co-Chair, National Oral Health Initiative Committee 
Hazel Harper, National Oral Health Initiative Committee 
The Links, Incorporated celebrates oral health in March. Join the National Oral Health Initiative Committee and learn more about oral health for children and adults. During this webinar you will learn about the tools and resources you can use in your program efforts to raise awareness about oral health, treatment, and prevention.
You will also learn the specific criteria for the 2019–2020 Colgate, Bright Smiles Bright Futures Community Impact Awards. These awards will be presented at the upcoming 42nd National Assembly in New Orleans.

Education Across the Miles - Liberia, West Africa
Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST
Hosted by: The Eastern Area
Green Table Talk 
Tune in for the EA Green Table Talk featuring Patricia Russell- McCloud, Esq., Professional Orator/ Bestselling Author, 11th National President, The Links, Inc., and Supervisor, 14th Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA.
We ask that you keep several of our Link Sisters in your prayers as they experience loss of family members and illness.

Loss of Mother

Please keep Link Chevette Mooney and her family in your prayers, over the recent passing of her mother, Mrs. Irene Bailey. Please see the service information below for her mother.

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Jackson Mortuary
1125 E, 13th Street, N
Wichita, KS 67214

Monday, March 2, 2020
Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
2633 N. Hillside Ave
Wichita, KS 67219

You may send cards of encouragement to

Connecting Link Nathan and Link Chevette Mooney
750 Port St., #1823
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Loss of a Sister-In-Law

We extend our condolences the Link Karen Jordan Wright and Connecting Link Garvey Wright due to the loss of their sister-in-law, Michele Wright (wife of Garvey's brother, James) following a very brief illness, on February 17, 2020. 

Please keep the Wright family in your prayers as they continue to mourn the loss of Link Karen's brother that passed away earlier this year.

Calls and cards of encouragement are welcomed

Connectin Link Garvey Wright and Link Karen Jordan Wright
8311 Mount Vernon Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309
(571) 235-0505

Prayers for a Family Member

Please keep Link Diane Harley's sister, Veronica, and their family in your prayers as she recuperates from a recent surgery.

You may send cards of encouragement to

Link Diane Harley, Arlington (VA) President
8201 Mathew Court
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Prayers for our Link Sister

Link Lisa Lee Packer is home on bed rest and is making steady progress. While she hopes to be back on her feet soon, please keep her in your prayers as she continues to recieve medical care and undergoes testing over the next few days.

You may send cards of encouragement to

Link Lisa Lee Packer 
8518 Century Oak Court 
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Blessings and Celebrations

Link Michelle Bailey Receives
Ally Award from Dress For Success

We are delighted to announce that Link Michelle Bailey is the 2020 recipient of the Ally Award from Dress To Success, Washington, DC. Michelle is being recognized for noteworthy collaboration with the organization through her management of the 2019 & 2020 DMV Red Dress Events, and her ongoing support of the organization.
Please extend your support to Michelle and attend the event held on Friday, March 13th. We would like for members to contact Tara McKenzie at tramckenzie@gmail.com , to coordinate seating arrangements.
Please see the award notification below.

Dear Michelle,
The Dress for Success Washington, DC Second Annual Power Breakfast will be held on Friday, March 13. As you know this is when we take the opportunity to acknowledge those individuals, organizations and corporations who have contributed to our success in various ways.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, and the women we serve it is my distinct pleasure, to invite you to attend the Power Breakfast and accept the Ally Award on behalf of all your efforts donated to help the women we serve. This award is given to an organization individual that has consistently demonstrated qualities of compassion and service to the clients of Dress for Success Washington, DC. You have supported our events but more importantly promoted the significance of helping women to achieve economic independence. We have experienced a spectacular 2019 and looking forward to an even better 2020 because of your continuous support of our mission. 
Please let me know if you are willing and available to accept this award. You will be reserved a seat at the table for award recipients. If you have any guests who would like to attend, we can forward you the information to purchase tickets.
The Power Breakfast details are as follows:
Dress for Success Washington, DC Power Breakfast
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Friday, March 13, 2020
8:00am – 10:00am 
I look forward to you joining us for this wonderful event!
Best regards,
Susan Kyles
Executive Director 
 1533 9th Street NW
Lower Level    
Washington, DC 20001
Name: Kedren Dillard
Previous Chapters: Metro Manhattan Chapter of the Links
Siblings: Two brothers - one older, one younger   
Best thing about getting older: " The wisdom that comes with life experiences."
Favorite hobbies: E xercising outdoors. "If I can get outside and inhale fresh air for an extended period of time, I feel like all is right in the world."
Grew up: " My father was in the military so we moved around quite a bit. I consider Northern California home."
Favorite vacation spot: Sedona, Arizona

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