When The Links, Incorporated adopted a national structure in 1949, a vital geographical link was missing — chapters from the West.
In September 1950, three chapters were chartered in California (Los Angeles, Oakland Bay Area, and San Francisco), connecting the chain of friendship from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The organizers of the three chapters were: Vada Sommerville–Los Angeles, Loraine Rickmond—Oakland Bay Area and Hortense Thomas—San Francisco. Sarah Strickland Scott, Co-founder and National President, appointed Loraine Rickmond, Oakland Bay Area Chapter, to chair the cluster. From there, the Western Area spread Linkdom from the southern tip of Texas northward to Alaska and westward across the Pacific to Hawaii.
Los Angeles (CA), Oakland Bay Area (CA) and San Francisco (CA) joined by Phoenix (AZ) and Sacramento (CA) (chartered in 1952)
Denver (CO), re-zoned from Central Area to Western Area in 1953.
Today, the Western Area’s 60 chapters are characterized by leadership, award-winning programs, and warm, interpersonal relationships between and among members of their respective chapters and beyond. The Western Area is known for innovations.
The Western Area’s innovative and meaningful projects can be traced to the distinctive leadership of the Area Directors. Translating purpose into performance is the measure of great leaders. Like the navigators of the age of exploration, great leaders always have one eye fixed on the horizon and the other on optimism and the promise of a better tomorrow. The past leaders of the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated are to be commended. An elite group of women distinguished by their courage, fortitude, vision, and brilliance, that represent the best of The Links, Incorporated and leave an indelible imprint on the great history of the area and the organization by transforming visions into reality.
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