What's Happening This Week in The Arlington Links?
This Week's Communication
Contains The Following:

  1. Mark Your Calendars
  2. Chapter Updates
  3. Eastern Area Updates
  4. Linkspiration
  5. May Birthdays
Happy Program New Year Party
Friday, May 1, 2020
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
May Chapter Meeting
Virtual Meeting
Saturday, May 9, 2020
11:00 a.m.
Monte Carlo Refund Request Deadline
Monday, May 4, 2020
Arlington Chapter's ITS Facet
Recognized by Eastern Area

Congratulations to the International Trends and Services (ITS) Facet, led by Links Elaine Bush and Deborah Walls Foster, for another recognition from the Eastern Area. This facet was the first to answer the call for STEM equipment donations to aid deserving students in two schools in Liberia.

Please see the correspondence below from the Eastern Area ITS Chairs, Links Cynthia Jacobs Carter and Constance Moss.

Subject:   A Huge Thank You to Arlington (VA) Chapter!
Dear Link Deborah and Link Elaine,
We are so appreciative to our wonderful Link sisters of Arlington Chapter. We thank you all for your generous donation of STEM equipment for our deserving students in our two schools in Liberia. You were the first Chapter to kick off Linking With West Africa, and you did so in such an impressive and inspiring way. This was followed up by you and Link Elaine agreeing to report out about your Chapter’s donation during our EA ITS Forum, which prompted many others to make donations.
We had advised in an earlier correspondence that we would make our first shipment once we had collected enough items to do so in a cost-effective manner. We are now happy to report to you and to your Chapter that your shipment is the first to be purchased, packed, and shipped to our schools in Liberia. Congratulations! 
Please see Link Rhonda Crowder’s attached video of the first set of items below. She facilitated the purchase and the delivery to the shipper. Other items had been on “backorder” at Amazon. They arrived at the shipper’s location later and are now in transit. We have also included a list of items that your funds allowed us to procure.
We offer sincere thanks and appreciation to you and Link Elaine as ITS Facet Chairs, and indeed to your Chapter President, and the entire Chapter for such amazing support. Your donation will enable many young students to have a secure future in a world that needs the help and the hope that they will inspire.
The shipment will take several weeks to arrive. The current world situation may also affect the timing of the transit and arrival. We will report back to you once it is received by the schools.
Please convey our gratitude to your Chapter.
In friendship and service,
Link Cynthia Jacobs Carter
EA ITS Chair
Link Constance Moss
EA ITS Co-Chair
"Collaborate, Communicate & Celebrate”  
"Walk for Healthy Living" highlighted by
The Afro Newspaper and Monarch Magazine

The Links, Incorporated's signature program “𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠” has gained a lot of attention, thanks to the National PR Chair, Michelle Bailey. The program which focuses on encouraging members and the community to get in at least 5,000 steps a day to help reduce heart disease was featured in the Afro Newspaper, and highlighted by Monarch Magazine and American Heart Associations' #MoveMoreMonth campaign .

Although April is coming to an end, be a champion and join the heart health and wellness lifestyle movement today!
Afro Newspaper
Helpful Disinfecting Tips

To ensure you cover all those high-traffic touch points, here's a list of places and items that might get overlooked during your usual cleaning or disinfecting.

  • Handles For most, the number of handles you touch regularly probably isn't something you often think about. Give a thorough disinfecting to all handles on doors (internal and external), drawers, bureaus, bedside tables, closets, fridges, ovens, stoves, dishwashers, washers, dryers, toilets and their lids, toilet paper holders, taps and microwaves.

  • Button Again, major appliances (fridges, stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, washers, dryers) and small appliances that are used often (vacuums, irons/steamers, coffee machines, electric kettles, blenders, alarm clocks, toasters) need regular antibacterial cleaning. Ditto for light switches/lamp buttons and all those TV remote controls or game controllers that get handled daily.

  • Vehicles If you drive a vehicle, it's got germs. Disinfect the inner and outer door handles, glove box and latch, console latch, steering wheel, gearshift, and all buttons or handles.

  • Phones There has been a lot of attention lately to the bacteria on smartphones, but another reminder doesn't hurt. Make sure you remove the protective case to properly disinfect that as well, and include your earbuds or earphones and their cases.

Link Nickie Martin
National Director, Health and Human Services
Monte Carlo Refund Request
Due Monday, May 4th

There are only seven days left to submit Monte Carlo refund requests for you and your guest. The $400.00 Non-Monte Carlo year assessment will be automatically deducted from the amount you personally paid and not your guests.

Please review the directions below:

Option 1 – You can have your paid ticket(s) automatically transferred for next year’s Monte Carlo Gala, which is scheduled for March 13, 2021.
Option 2 – You can designate your Monte Carlo ticket(s) to be a tax deductible donation ($200 per ticket) to support our chapter programming/scholarships.
Option 3 – You can receive a refund. Please note, if you paid through Eventbrite, your refund will not include the nominal transaction fee charged by Eventbrite.
Chapter Members – Those Link sisters who personally paid their $2,000.00 assessment, please advise which of the above options (1, 2 or 3) you would prefer.
MC Guests – Those Link sisters who sold at least one ticket, will received their FINAL detailed sales/ticket report (via email). Next to EACH of your guests’ names, you will need to note which option (1, 2, or 3) that particular guest(s) would prefer.
Checks…If you or your guests choose Option 3, the check and the amount will only be written to the member/guests who actually wrote the original check.
Eventbrite…If you or your guests choose Option 3, the check will only be written to the member/guest whose credit card was used.
Once you/ALL your guests’ refund options are noted, I will send your list to the treasurer and she will issue any/all checks to those requesting a refund. Link Traci will then mail the check(s) to you.

May 4, 2020 will be the last day to submit in writing to the Financial Secretary, refund options for you or your guests.
Mental Health and Wellness (Mind, Body, and Spirit) 
F riday, May 1, 2020 | 6:35 p.m. EST
Hosted by: The Eastern Area
Or Dial in:  +1 929 436 2866 
Meeting ID: 838 0900 1123 Password: 572928

The Eastern Area Mental Health and Wellness (Mind, Body, and Spirit) committees are pleased to announce our second First Friday Wellness Connection video chat for members. The chat will be held on Friday, May 1, at 6:35 pm. 
This month’s topic will be navigating these times as a caregiver.  Whether you are a mother, daughter, aunt, sister, friend or in your role at work or in the community, caregiving brings its own joys and stressors that are amplified during this time.  This video chat is a space for a collective exhale and to provide mutual support for members as we cope during these challenging times.
“Through adversity, not only are we given an opportunity
to discover our inner strength, we are also given the gift of foresight
so we can shine a light for others who go through the experience after us.”
Rachel Bermingham

Strength to Endure

Strength is defined as physical powerfulness. It is also defined as the capacity of an object; the ability to withstand great force or pressure, the potency or degree of concentration of a drug, chemical or drink. And as a good or beneficial quality or attribute of a person or thing. During times of great stress and distress, our inner strength, our brawniness, our ability to stand
and endure, are put to the test. Difficult and trying times test the strength or concentration of our confidence. Where does your strength come from? Not the surface kind of strength, not the strength worn like a mask to cover all manner of insecurity, but the confident deep down kind of strength that grandma wore even in the midst of chaos. The kind of strength that your mother, auntie, or women of great significance modeled before you. The real thing kind of strength that allows one to stand even in times of great adversity, great change, and great uncertainty. It is the kind of strength born from great faith and nurtured through prayer. Having this kind of strength does not mean that we won’t waiver. Does not mean that we won’t have moments of questioning. Does not mean that we may never falter. This kind of strength means that we have a
reservoir that is deeper than what we may intellectually see or think. This kind of strength acknowledges a great source. This kind of strength comes from God. We can declare like the writer of Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” (ESV) Having God-given strength means that we rebound with even greater concentration, knowledge and power to keep on keeping on.

During this time Sisters, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Share your faith and strength with those who are in need. When you are feeling down or dismayed seek out those who are encouraging, those who will allow you to lean for a while, and those who can lift you up. Dig deep into the wellspring (the Word, prayer, abiding faith, and love), and the reserves
of your strength as we continue to endure the impact and effects of this worldwide pandemic. Stay well lovely ladies. During this Holy Week, we focus on and commemorate the great sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus. Join with some group and/or someone to stay connected.

Dear God, we thank you for strength and peace beyond our understanding during these difficult times. Cover and keep each one and their loved ones safe I pray, in Jesus’ name.

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