Chapter History


The Missouri City (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was chartered on May 12, 1979, as part of a national philanthropic organization, The Links, Incorporated. At the time of our chartering we were known as the Missouri City, Fort Bend County Chapter of Links, Inc. The chapter had 27 charter members, 11 of whom are still members of Missouri City, six are members in other chapters, two are deceased and eight resigned.

The Missouri City (TX) Chapter was installed by Link Julia B. Purnell, Link Marion S. Sutherland, and Link Anne Campbell, who were then National President, Western Area Director, and National Program Director respectively. Charter Members were Claudia Anderson (deceased), Priscilla Hill-Ardoin, Gwendolyn Boyd, JoAnn Brown, Faye Bryant, Ada Cooper, Rudyne Crawley, Benaye Demby, Leola Edwards (deceased), Gayla Gardner, Pamela Gaskin, Jerelyn Gooden, Pamela Jackson, Catherine LaBohne Williams, Delores Lee, Dorothy Logans, Patricia Odom, Jo Ann Palmer, Yvonne Peterson, Maggie Porter, Eva Purnell (deceased), Mary Jane Simpson, Delores Smith, Donna Smith, Gloria Walker, Lois Walker, and Lodis Wykoff. The organizer was Delores Tarver Smith.

Today the chapter has 58 members, eight of whom are charter members. They are JoAnn Brown, Faye Bryant, Ada Cooper, Benaye Demby, Gayla Gardner, Jerelyn Gooden, Pamela Jackson, Delores Smith. In addition there are eight Alumna members. They are Nancy Henry, Fredricka Gant, Mable Lewis, Clarice Lowe, Patrica Odom, Donna Smith, Polly Turner, Lodis Wykoff.

The membership is proud to announce that two of our charter members,  Jerelyn Mathis Gooden and Delores Tarver Smith, and one alumna member, Clarice Pierson Lowe, obtained the honor of Platinum Member status at the 39th National Assembly of the Links Incorporated held at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor Maryland.

The Missouri City (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was later made a multiple chapter under Link Edwina Higgins, who was the Western Area Director at the time, and Link Marion Sutherland, who was then the Tenth National President. The significance of this change was that we could work within a 50-miles radius of Houston with membership intake and programming. Also, it made way for the establishment of another chapter in the Fort Bend County area.

Over the past 35 years, the Missouri City (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has attained a proven record of commendable activities and community service in Fort Bend County and in the greater Houston area. Our programs feature youth enrichment activities as well as support for families, the elderly, the handicapped and our international neighbors. The focus for the energies of the Links is found in four program facets: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, and International Trends and Services. These emphases structure the setting of Links’ goals. Chapters determine their community’s needs, and they then design and produce programs which effectively address those needs.