Chapter History

Established on April 10, 1948, the Wilmington (DE) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated celebrates more than 70 years of friendship and service in Wilmington and its surrounding communities. Led by the chapter’s first president, Alice Brown, twelve civic-minded women founded the Wilmington (DE) Chapter and established the chapter as the third chapter to join the national chain of civic-minded women known as The Links.

Since its inception, the members of the Wilmington (DE) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been committed to serving the Wilmington community with thoughtful service and impactful programs with an eye toward enriching the quality of life for all residents. Through the years, the members have brought many firsts to the community including: sponsorship of the Ebony Fashion Fair Show, presentation of the incomparable Duke Ellington in concert, sponsorship of projects for migrant workers, book awards, scholarships to college bound students, presentation of African-American artists at the Delaware Art Museum, and was one of the first African-American women’s organizations to join the Fund for Women (providing funding to programs for women and girls).

Over the years, the chapter has donated educational supplies and finances to schools in South Africa, fostered cross-cultural communication by hosting local international students at luncheons, and instituted a tutorial and checkers program (homework for 1 hour, checkers for 1 hour) which aided students in developing their math skills.

Today, the Wilmington (DE) Chapter boasts a membership of 43 active members, 15 alumnae members, and 1 platinum alumna member under the dynamic leadership of the current president, Rhonda Starks Crowder. This diverse group of talented women continues their legacy of service by providing transformational programming in the organization’s five facets: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services & Health and Human Services.