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. Blessings, Celebrations and Announcements
  6. March Birthdays
March Chapter Meeting - Wear Purple
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

Please join the International Trends and Services (ITS) Facet in celebrating
International Women’s Day (IWD) by wearing something PURPLE to our March Chapter Meeting. Celebrated annually on March 8th, IWD is an opportunity to recognize women’s achievements. The theme for 2020 is “An equal world is an enabled world”…a call for equality.

PURPLE, which signifies justice and dignity is the primary color associated with IWD internationally. Members of the Arlington Chapter recently struck the pose of an equal sign to support the 2020 IWD equality theme. Check out your Link Sisters in the video below.

In addition to wearing PURPLE at the chapter meeting and taking photos, ITS has chosen to highlight the accomplishments of Black women in STEM professions by sharing this article which we encourage you to read and we hope you will enjoy. Katherine Johnson Article

We celebrate you and all women worldwide on this day and every day!

Link Elaine Bush and Link Deborah Walls Foster
Co-Chairs, International trends and Services Facet
Arlington (VA) Links Transform
Communities in Jamaica

Some know them as the Links National President, and Director of Health and Human Services; but to us, they are simply Links Kim and Nickie. Our chapter sisters embarked on an amazing missionary trip to Jamaica last month in partnership with UNICEF, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures, and AARP.

A team of Links joined Kim and Nickie to bring our STEM and oral health programming to the schools adopted. Link Nickie taught hand washing to 4 year olds at the Mt. Carey School and the missionary trip was commemorated with a plaque and Link Kim's name painted on a building at St. Mary's. 
Arlington (VA) NTS Co-Sponsors
DMV Links Census Rally

As part of our NTS Get Out the Vote Initiative, we have agreed to co-sponsor an event organized by the Metropolitan D.C. Links chapter to educate our DMV Link members of the importance of educating our communities about the importance of participating in the 2020 U.S. Census. The event will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the Charlie Palmer Steak House on Capitol Hill. At the event, which will be geared toward DMV Links, we will discuss action items that we can do as Links to make sure our communities are counted. At this time you can also catch up with DMV Link sisters and enjoy food and beverages at the restaurant.

If you plan to attend, please contact Link Debra Long Doyle at msdld07@gmail.com
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
HBCU Voting

"Back by Popular Demand" is the Monte Carlo HBCU Voting. There is no better way to spend your play money than by using it to select your favorite HBCU. The top three HBCU's with highest total of contributions will receive a financial contribution from the Arlington (VA) Chapter.
Rollout of Links - National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Federation Gardens for Wildlife Program

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. EST
Hosted by: Leslye Miller Fraser,
Chair, National STEM Initiative
Mamie Parker, Lead, Gardens for Wildlife National Partnership 
Mary Phillips, National Wildlife Federation Senior Director, Conservation Education, Garden for Wildlif

The Links, Incorporated has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to support its Gardens for Wildlife program at schools, community centers, places for worship, and individual homes. During this webinar, we will outline easy steps you can follow for identifying the native plants you can plant in your garden based on where you live. Each garden that meets the NWF standards, including the garden we will be planting at The Links, Incorporated’s national headquarters on Earth Day, April 22, 2020, will be certified as a G4W partner. We will recognize all chapters who have completed the G4W certification process at our upcoming 42nd National Assembly. This is a great program for all facets to do with youth in your chapter programs. 
Who Should Attend: Chapter presidents, Service to Youth facet leads, STEM leads, and all interested Links members. 
Engage, Ignite, Empow(her): Growth and Evolution
Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 10:00am - 2:00 p.m. EST
Hosted by: The Eastern Area
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 

The start up event of a year-long series of workshops that will focus on engaging our members, community partners, and program participants.

Keynote Speaker: Carla Ann Harris, Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman and Managing Director, will share her journey and help create a map for success.
Invitation from
The Links, Incorporated Annapolis (MD) Chapter
Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
CADE Building
Arnold MD  21012  
The event is opened to the public and is free to attend.
Snacks and Lunch will be provided. 
Blessings , Celebrations and Announcements
Link Telesa Via
Panelist at Vital Voices Mentoring Walk

Link Telesa Via will be a panelist at the Vital Voices Mentoring Walk held on Sunday, March 8th at the Kennedy Center. Over the last several years, the Global Mentoring Walks convene thousands of established and emerging women leaders around the world to walk together in their communities. As they walk, each Mentor guides, advises and supports their Mentees to discuss their challenges and triumphs, to create a safe space for change.

Telesa is the Vice President of Sales for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants and has an extensive career in corporate marketing and sales in the hospitality field.
Link Hope Goins
Panelist at the Eastern Area's Legislative Day

The Eastern Area is hosting a Legislative Day on April 22, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Arlington's own, Hope Goins, will be a panelist on the topic entitled, "Female Power Brokers on the Hill" from 1:30-2:30pm
Please extend your support for this event and Link Hope as she contributes to this enlightening discussion. Hope is the Majority Staff Director for the House Committee on Homeland Security. She is the top advisor to Committee Chairman, Bennie G. Thompson, on all matters related to oversight of national security within the Executive Branch. In addition, Link Hope is responsible for coordinating all Committee legislation and policy with House leadership.
Link Avril Ussery Sisk
Panelist for Leadership Summit

Link Avril will be a panelist for the Arlington County Government's Leadership Summit on April 29, 2020. The summit is hosted Women Work (WoW), a Employee Resource Group formed to attract, develop, inspire, and retain exceptional women leaders.  
Avril is an accomplished attorney with expertise in ethics and governance, and is certified as a Leadership Professional in Ethics and Compliance (LPEC). She is the Chair of the Arlington Community Foundation Board of Trustees, and Vice Chair of the Arlington County Economic Development Commission.
Link Juanita Jackson *   7
Link Belinda LaValle 12
Link Marietta Palmer 14
Link Maia Jackson 15
Link Kelly Bolden 17
Link Theresa Peterson 22
Link Lavern Chatman 26
Link Elaine Bush 30


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