Hilton Head (SC) Chapter of
The Links, Incorporated

The 284th Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

June 2023 Observances

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Agents of Change ... Advocates of Action

What a wonderful day we had celebrating the South Carolina Links Day at the Capitol.  All seven chapters of the state  "showed up and showed out!"  A wave of green could be seen throughout the capitol building.  A proclamation was given commending the chapters on the work they have done throughout the years.  At the luncheon, guest speakers spoke to what is being done to address health, education, social justice and other programs that can provide individuals a way out of a cycle of illness and poverty, e.g.,   human trafficking, COVID, women's health, and what South Carolina chapters can do in support state legislative efforts.  At the end of the day ... we continue to be "Agents of Change --- Advocates of Action." 

Our Service Through Transformational Programming Continues ...

(Most recent events are at the top )

National Trends and Services

On February 24, 2023, the Hilton Head SC Chapter of The Links, Incorporated's  National Trends and Services facet partnered with representatives from the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation located in Charleston, SC.  Attorneys Elizabeth Wellman (presenter) and Antonia Frances gave a presentation followed by meeting one-on-one with a few participants to answer more detailed questions and sign them up for having their wills drafted.  Many thanks to Reverend Kardell Ferguson, Sr. of the Lovely Hill Baptist Church in Ridgeland, SC for hosting this event.

Councilman John A. Kemp of Jasper County was in attendance for the purpose of gathering information that he could bring back to his constituents. 

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Multi-Facet Service Event
(Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, Health and Human Services)

On February 18, 2023 the Hilton Head (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was on the move once again as we celebrated the BLACK FAMILY WELLNESS EXPO at The Gullah Festival on Hilton Head, SC.  We highlighted our service in the community through a series of events.  Visitors to our tent were provided with literature and treats on BREAST CANCER AWARENESS, BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, and VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS. 

The youth made and took away beaded bracelets with positive messages about HEALTH WELLNESS.  Two lucky visitors received gift cards for stopping by our tent. Chapter members from all five facets were in attendance.  Special thanks are extend to our Connecting Links for assisting with our setup and breakdown, our Heir-o-Link for assisting with the BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS and our Alumnae Members for their support.  Kudos to our sister, Roselle Wilson, who also happened to be one of the key individuals for organizing the Gullah Festival on Hilton Head Island.  We had a prime location!

We enjoyed the bonding experience as we shared information on the importance of HEALTH WELLNESS with our community. 


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Health and Human Services

Celebrating Healthy Heart Month

The Hilton Head (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated held their February 2023 business meeting and made it a point to don red to show support for Healthy Heart Month.  A table was set up where sisters could obtain literature and brochures on heart health. They received a little red bag with a healthy heart recipe for Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps, a heart pin, and a Valentine.  

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The Arts

The Links, Incorporated hosts a National Poster Arts Competition every other year.  Young artists who depict a chosen national theme are awarded for their work.  The theme reflects a relevant issue in the community, either locally or nationally. This year's theme was: The Art of Social Justice to Transform Communities.  Entries are judged on a local level prior to submitting to the national level for further judging. In January of 2023, members of the Hilton Head (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated chose Madison Butler as our contestant for her beautiful Social Justice entry, An Expression of Poverty and Homelessness, she was presented with a bountiful basket filled with art supplies.  Both Madison and her mother, Dafiney Butler were  joined by members of The Arts Facet to celebrate the occasion. 

Links in Pink and
Celebrating Breast Cancer Survivors

The Hilton Head (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated held its first Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar on October 8, 2022. Chapter members were joined by friends, family and residents of the community at Agape Family Life Center in Hardeeville, South Carolina.

The attendees gathered in the beautifully decorated room adorned in pink and listened to presentations from our supporting partners from Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Volunteers in Medicine of Bluffton. The highlight of the event was the breast simulator which demonstrated how to detect a lump. At the conclusion of the event, guests were treated to a delicious meal prepared by the Okan Foodtruck.

Breast Cancer  Survivors Celebration with Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church & The Hilton Head (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. - Health and Human Services Facet on Sunday Oct. 23rd, 2022. 

Health and Human Services
Keeping Heart Heathy With
Our Walk For Healthy Living

Members of the Hilton Head (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated were joined by their families and friends as they participated in the annual Walk for Healthy Living. The walk is a national program that encourages members and their communities to walk more to improve their health. Our members and guests enjoyed the warm, balmy weather as they walked along the sandy seashore of Hilton Head Island. Thirteen members of our Chapter participated and logged almost 160,000 steps. The fellowship was enhanced by meeting new friends while enjoying an array of healthy snacks and drinks. Special thanks are given to the Health and Human Services Facet for spearheading this event under the leadership of Gloria Statham. Plans for next year’s event are already in place.

A Joint Service Project
National Trends and Services and
Services to Youth

The Hilton Head (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated participated in the Voters’ Registration and Voters’ Education Fair on April 15, 2022 at the Bluffton Gullah Market.   The event was sponsored by Campbell Chapel AME Church Christian Social Action Organization and Black Voters Matter.  Our chapter joined other partners such as Iglesia Torre Fuerte, First Zion Baptist Church, Bible Missionary Baptist Church, League of Women Voters, Lowcountry Indivisible, Lowcountry Coalition Against Hate, Beaufort County Treasurer, Beaufort-Jasper Economic Opportunity Commission, HHIBAC Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Nu-Delta Omega Chapter, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Lowcountry Immigration Coalition.  In addition to sharing the importance of voting down ballot, members were able to share our Chapter’s Voting Impacts Student Awareness Program (V.I.S.A.)  The purpose of this program is to educate and mentor high school students on the importance of registering to vote, casting their vote, engaging in critical thinking when voting and becoming poll workers in their communities.  The goal is to increase the number of voters in Jasper, Hampton and Beaufort counties as students share their knowledge with family and friends.

Even a few of our alums joined in this most worthy event - (Toni Bailey, Jan Billingslea, and Anita Miles)!

Services to Youth

The Linked To Success program is designed to increase students' ability to listen effectively as a skill to improve reading success. In March and April of 2022, the Hilton Head (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated partnered with the James Davis Early Learning Center in Beaufort, South Carolina to bring Linked to Success to their kindergarteners. Our members have become volunteer reader to their kindergarten classes.

Let's thank the Services To Youth Facet for a job well done and all the sisters who read to children.

International Trends and Services

On April 29th, members of the International Trends and Services Facet supported Tania Thomas by attending her graduation ceremony held at the University of South Carolina (Beaufort Campus).  Tania, an international student from Jamaica, has been mentored by the Chapter for a couple of years as she pursued her degree in Biology.  Other means of support provided by the Hilton Head (SC) Chapter has been hosting a panel discussion to introduce her to other pharmacists and providing monetary gifts and words of encouragement during various periods in her academic career.  Her future goal is to enroll in a pharmaceutical school.  Plans are currently being made to maintain a long-term relationship with Tania. 

Services to Youth

National Trends and Services

International Trends and Services

Health and Human Services

Going Strong After Five Years!

On November 11, 2022, we held an anniversary celebration for our fifth year as a chapter of The Links, Incorporated.  What a celebration we had!  Donned in black and wearing all lengths and sizes of pearls, we recommitted ourselves to what it means to be a member of The Links, Incorporated ... SERVICE and FRIENDSHIP.  We are already planning our tenth anniversary!

We are so proud of our sisters who are serving our communities!

We are so proud of our very own The Honorable Laura Singleton, newly appointed Associate Judge for Chatham County Juvenile Court.  However, she still finds time to serve as Chair of the National Trends and Services Facet!   

Our very own Anna Ponder, PhD was featured in the October 2022 Pink Magazine. To read the article in its entirety please click on the following link:


Roselle Wilson, PhD, is the Chairwoman of the Native Island Business and Community Affairs Association, and has held the position since 2020. NIBCAA represents a voice of the native island (Gullah) community of Hilton Head Island, SC. NIBCAA is the sponsor of the annual Gullah Celebration, in February. This year is the 27th annual Gullah Celebration, encompassing the month of February; use of the arts, music, foods, Gullah stories and language, and history are included.

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