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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2009

Contact: Dan Rene of Impact Strategies
703-869-1146
drene@impactstrategiesllc.com


THE LINKS, INCORPORATED MOURNS LOSS OF TWELFTH NATIONAL
PRESIDENT BARBARA DIXON SIMPKINS


[Washington, DC] [December 11, 2009] – The Links Incorporated’s Twelfth National President, Barbara Dixon Simpkins, has passed away.

In a communication to members of The Links, Incorporated, Dr. Gwendolyn Lee, the current National President, wrote, “Link Simpkins was truly an invaluable member of The Links, Incorporated. Her commitment to leadership and service helped to propel us to ‘world-class’ status.”

Dr. Simpkins’ contributions to The Links, Incorporated over the past 30 years are unparalleled. She was the organizer and the first President of the Prince George’s County, Maryland Chapter in 1979, the Eastern Area Secretary in l987, and served as the Eastern Area Director in 1991-1995.

THE LINKS, INCORPORATED MOURNS LOSS OF TWELFTH NATIONAL PRESIDENT BARBARA DIXON SIMPKINS

As Area Director, Barbara went with a delegation to South Africa to break ground for the Links/IFESH Schools built by The Links, Inc. She returned to South Africa as the National President to solidify the construction of the schools.

In 1995, Dr. Simpkins was appointed National Vice President and elected as National President in 1998. She was instrumental in establishing the National Trends and Services Signature Program, “Linkages to Life,” and also co-authored the Services to Youth Signature Program, “Links to Success: Children Achieving Excellence.” Under her administration, The Links, Incorporated was also successful in building sixty schools in South Africa to ensure the education of underprivileged and underserved children.

In a recent letter to the members of the Prince George’s County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Simpkins described her pride in all the organization has accomplished by writing, “Together, we have made a significant difference in the lives of countless people, locally, nationally, and globally, and the rest is history.”

“Dr. Barbara Dixon Simpkins devoted much of her life to serving and promoting the ideals of The Links, Incorporated,” Dr. Lee stated. “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.”

The Links, Incorporated is an international, women's non-profit, social welfare and service organization of over 12,000 members in 271 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 two million documented hours of community service over the past three years. 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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