The Raleigh (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was chartered on April 18, 1949 to serve the Wake County community. Organized by Link Julia B. Delany and with only 14 members*, the Raleigh (NC) Chapter was the tenth club of The Links and therefore one of the 14 original clubs (later known as chapters) of The Links, Incorporated. The organizer and first president of the Raleigh (NC) Chapter was Julia B. Delany. Being one of the original 14 chapters, the Raleigh (NC) Chapter participated in the nationalization of The Links and Julia B. Delany was among the first national officers, having been selected as the first National Parliamentarian.
Today, The Raleigh Chapter includes 50 women involved in activities throughout the community. All Links are professional women and experts in their chosen fields. Members are active in other community and civic organizations by serving as board members and officers in groups such as the Triangle Urban League, YWCA, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, Junior League of Raleigh, Raleigh Opera Association, Raleigh Arts Association, and many other professional organizations.
While it would be unfair to cite some and not all, here is a short list of some of the community-based leadership positions, honors, and noteworthy accomplishments achieved by a few individual members.
City of Raleigh Human Relations Award
Raleigh Award for Lifetime Achievement
Raleigh City Council
Meals on Wheels of Wake County
Raleigh News & Observer Woman of the Year Award
Salvation Army Volunteer of the Year Award
For 74 years, The Raleigh (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been serving and working in partnership with the community. Our chapter includes over 50 women who collectively contribute more than 16,000 volunteer service hours annually to the greater Raleigh community. On behalf of the Raleigh Chapter, we invite you to join us in our pledge of service and friendship to the Raleigh community.
* 14 CHARTER MEMBERS
Willie O. Kay
Julia B. Delany
Amelia R. Hamlin
Louise F. Perrin
Ernestine P. Hamlin
Nannie B. Inborden
Marguerite B. White