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River City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated turns page with new book, reception

 

The River City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated recently unveiled a hardcover book documenting its history since its inception 18 years ago. The River City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated recently unveiled “The History of the River City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated: 1993 – 2011,” a hardcover book documenting its history since its inception 18 years ago.  

 
 The unveiling of “The History of the River City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated: 1993-2011” brought out Dr. Inetta F. Rogers, Emma Jean H. Stotts, LOC President Johnnie B. Watson, Dr. Elma H. Mardis and Charlene Turner. (Photo by Tyrone P. Easley)

The event held last Sunday (May 15) at The LeMoyne-Owen College commemorated the completion of the project and served to present the finished work to the chapter and community at large. Led by President Dr. Inetta F. Rogers, it also provided an opportunity to recognize the chapter co-organizers, Emma Jean H. Stotts and Dr. Elma H. Mardis.

Mayor A.C. Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell marked the day with a joint proclamation designating River City Chapter Charter Day in Memphis and Shelby County.  Over a hundred guests attended representing other Link chapters from surrounding areas, family members and friends of River City Chapter, along with The LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie B. Watson.

The unveiling was the first event to be hosted by River City Chapter to kick off the new administration. The 2011-13 officers are: President, Dr. Inetta F. Rogers, Vice President, Dr. Susan Calhoun Richardson, Recording Secretary, Dr. NaShawnda Thomas, Corresponding Secretary, Darla Mayse, Treasurer, Gwenda G. Hudson, Financial Secretary, Gladys Sawyer, Archivist, Lashell M. Vaughn, Chaplains, Mae F. Martin and Dr. Deborah Smith, Parliamentarian, Judge Loyce Lambert Ryan, Sergeant-at–Arms, Lois Williams, and Program Officer, Michelle Fowlkes.

On Sunday, June 12, the organization will hold the third Groovin’ in the Garden, an event which brings together the music and design of local artists in one evening of entertainment and fine art. The concert and silent auction will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Funds raised will support the River City Links community program Facets.

This year’s Groovin’ in the Garden will include special guest Kirk Whalum, the first recipient of the Community Service Award for Services to Youth and The Arts, and the Stax Academy Student Musicians. Also performing will be the King Ellis Band and Spur of the Moment. In addition, a silent auction will be held for the original artwork, “Seasons of Grace,” created by Memphis native Emery Franklin. Notecards and signed and numbered limited edition prints will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $50. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Richardson at 901-298-6003.

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