Charter Members:  Tommye Kay Armstrong*, Beverly Baker-Kelly, Delores Benton*, Odessa Broussard, Dorothy Bryant, Ulyssine G. Clift*, Myrtle R. Davis, Grace Driver, Nerissa W. Jarrett*, Christine Johnson, Gladys M. Jordan, Osie Lawrence* , Rochelle Lester*, Ruth Lockhart, Henriette Major*, Bernice McMillan, Evelyne H. Myatt, Glenda Newell-Harris, Eloise Norton, Emma H. Pendergrass, Etna Laura Ross, Carolyn Bush Stuckey*, Gwendolyn Seay Townsend*, Norma Jean Tucker, Greta Clarke Wims

History of ACCL

ACCL had its beginnings in the early 1980s with a small group of talented entrepreneurial and professional women who formed the core nucleus.  In August 1983, the women were invited to develop an official chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The group selected the name the “Alameda/Contra Costa Innovators,” because the prospective members resided in the two counties.  On Saturday, February 9, 1985, 25 talented women participated in the formal chartering of the chapter. A formal dinner dance was held that evening during which the new Link inductees were presented to the public.


ACCL Today

Each member of ACCL pledges and commits to providing substantial service hours per year through the organization’s programs.  This time is spent by women with a “heart for service” who are dedicated and determined to make a difference. These services are implemented by strategic and focused goals in five program areas: the Arts, Services to Youth, Health & Human Services, National Trends & Services and International Trends & Services. ACCL has contributed more than $250,000 to our community while providing other services to families in crisis, youth in varied situations, welfare-to-work agencies and education and health concerns here and abroad.  Our signature projects for over fifteen years, include services to middle school youth through our award winning “Respect Yourself” Youth Symposium held each year and our monthly “Reading Links to Living” Book Club which focuses on reading and mentorship. We stand 54 members strong and our Links sisterhood continues to deepen as our membership expands. Our current chapter activities continue to advance community service to the Bay Area at the same levels of excitement, impact and standards of our earliest days as a chapter.  With a strong foundation of more than two decades, the Alameda Contra Costa Links are well poised for many more successful years of service and sisterhood.

        

Current Chapter Photo

1st Row Left to Right:  Jennifer Madden, Ingrid Moore, Deirdre Haizlip Celotto, Glenda Newell-Harris, Saundra Jones, Sidney Lovett Hunter, Andrea Breaux, 2nd Row Left to Right:  Donna Harper, Denise LeNoir, Adimika Arthur, Victoria Barber Spears, Jacqui Love Thornell, Joyce Melton, Fern S. Jackson, Constant Young, Regina Jackson, Theresa Handis, Emma Pendergrass*, Nicole Willingham, Stalfana Bello, Shirley Steinback, 3rd Row Left to Right:  Shari Ross-Hollis, Diana Bell, Gwen Renshaw-Ovid, Dawn Sykes Williams, Yolanda Mouton LeBlanc, Deborah Gould, Elaine Needham, Sonya Simril, Chonda Nwamu, Rita Gordon, Meryl Johnson Jackson, 4th Row Left to Right:  Vianna Briscoe, Andrea Jones, Angela Harris, Teiahsha Bankhead, Christina Deadwiler, Debra Hill-Houston, Beverly Harrison, Stephanie Jackson Christmas, Kathrina Weekes, Jocelyn Freeman Garrick, Members Not Pictured:  Gale Bell*, Doris Britt*, Dorothy Bryant*, Odessa Broussard*, Myrtle Davis*, Grace Driver*,  Myrtle Jones*, Gladys Jordan*, Bernice McMillan*, Eloise Norton*, Carrie Richardson*, Etna Laura Ross*, Tamara Scott, Rose Mary Towns*, Gwendolyn Townsend, Norma Jean Tucker, Val Weaver, Lillian White, Elouise Wilson*, Wendi Wilson.                                   


    Current Active Members

    Adiminka Arthur

    Teiahsha Bankhead

    Veda Bartlow

    Diana Bell

    Stalfana Bello

    Terri Phillips Bonner

    Andrea Breaux

    Vianna Briscoe

    Deirdre Haizlip Celotto

    Stephanie Jackson Christmas

    Yvette Hollingsworth Clark

    Simone Davis

    Christina Deadwiler

    Jocelyn Freeman Garrick

    Rita Gordon

    Deborah Gould

    Theresa Handis

    Donna Harper

    Angela Harris

    Brittany Harris

    Beverly Harrison

    Debra Hill-Houston

    Shari Hollis-Ross

    Sidney Hunter

    Fern Jackson

    Meryl Johnson Jackson

    Regina Jackson

    Andrea Jones

    Saundra Jones (Current Chapter President)

    Michelle L. Kenney

    Yolanda LeBlanc

    Denise LeNoir

    Jacqui Love-Thornell

    Jennifer Susan Madden

    Joyce Melton

    Ingrid Moore

    Elaine Needham (Immediate Past President)

    Glenda Newell-Harris (National President)

    Chonda Jordan Nwamu

    Gwen Renshaw-Ovid

    Tamara Scott

    Sonya Simril

    Melissa Brown Sladden

    Victoria Barber Spears

    Shirley Steinback-Hawthrone

    Tiffany Stevenson

    Farae Strickland

    Julie Waters

    Kathrina Weekes

    Lillian White

    Dawn Sykes Williams

    Nicole Willingham

    Wendi Wilson


    Alumni Members

    Gale Bell

    Doris Britt

    Odessa Broussard

    Dorothy Bryant

    Myrtle Davis

    Grace Diver

    Myrtle Jones

    Gladys Jordan

    Emma Pendergrass

    Etna Ross

    Mary Rose Towns

    Norma Jean Tucker

    Val Weaver

    Elouise Wilson