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October 1, 2009

Contact: Dan Rene of Impact Strategies
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drene@impactstrategiesllc.com


THE LINKS, INCORPORATED MOURNS LOSS OF FOUNDING MEMBER
FRANCES VASHON ATKINSON

National President Says All Should ‘Aspire To Emulate Her’


[October 1, 2009] [Philadelphia, PA] – To honor the life and accomplishments of Frances Vashon Atkinson (1912-2009) The Links, Incorporated has passed a resolution stating how her efforts impacted the organization and inspired tens of thousands of women to dedicate their lives to service to the community. Atkinson was the last surviving organizer of The Links, Incorporated.

The organization she began in November 1946 with two other women has blossomed and flourished. Today, the Links, Incorporated remain committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and people of African ancestry. Their membership has grown from the inter-city club she helped start in Philadelphia to over twelve thousand members in forty-two states, the District of Columbia and the Bahamas.

Dr. Gwendolyn Lee, The Links, Incorporated National President submitted a resolution in an effort to honor the memory and accomplishments of Frances Vashon Atkinson. In submitting the resolution Dr. Lee stated, “Today we mourn the loss of an incredible woman whose devoted life of service is one we should all aspire to emulate.”

THE LINKS, INCORPORATED MOURNS LOSS OF FOUNDING MEMBER

The resolution states in part:

“This illustrious organization would not have existed without the vision, ideals and commitment of charter members like Link Frances Vashon Atkinson…Link Frances Vashon Atkinson, just as all of her other Link Sisters, was Chosen, Challenged, and Cherished: Chosen for Linkdom because of her wonderfully unique qualities and talents; Challenged in Linkdom to make a significantly personal contribution to human life in her community and her chapter; and forever Cherished in Linkdom for her commitment to loving friendship and faithful service…”

Link Frances Atkinson composed the lyrics of the National Song of The Links, Incorporated that reminds all members that “we are each a Link in friendship’s chain” and that once we remain “loyal to our creed / of doing good through work and play / together we’ll succeed”

Link Frances Vashon Atkinson truly stands as one of the supporting pillars of The Links, Incorporated and was honored as such by The Links, Incorporated. During a ceremony honoring Link Atkinson, she was presented as “the lady we should all aspire to emulate….Our link to the birth of The Links, Inc.”

“Link Frances Vashon Atkinson devoted her life to serving and promoting the ideals of The Links, Incorporated” Dr. Lee continued. “As we mourn her passing we know that her life will continue to inspire future generations of The Links, Incorporated. While she may no longer be with us here, she lives on through the example she leaves for all of us.”

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About The Links, Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated is an international, women's non-profit, social welfare and service organization of over 12,000 members in 270 chapters across the United States, and the Bahamas. It was founded in 1946. From its inception, the organization's members have been developing and implementing programs that target issues affecting its members and communities. Community service has been the corner stone of the organization's outreach with members contributing more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually. For the past 60 years, The Links, Incorporated has been internationally known for its programs that are focused on topics such as health, economics and education, youth, and policy efforts. Please visit http://www.linksinc.org.

For more information, to obtain a complete copy of the resolution or to schedule an interview please contact Dan Rene at 703-869-1146 or drene@impactstrategiesllc.com

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