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History of The Austin (TX) Chapter

During the middle fifties, Goldie Reid Hortshorn, President of the Houston Chapter of The Links, Incorporated discussed with her sister, Opal McDonald Seabrook, the possibility of setting up a chapter of the Links, Incorporated in Austin.  There were subsequent discussions between Goldie Hortshorn and Opal Seabrook.  Eventually, Goldie came to Austin for the purpose of meeting with some interested persons regarding a chapter.
Those meeting with Goldie were Opal Seabrook, Connie Yerwood Conner, Olive Durden Brown, and Mary Yerwood Thompson at Mary Y. Thompson’s home,1212 Harvey Street. As a result of this meeting enough interest was shown to indicate the desire on the part of those assembled to proceed with applying for a chapter in Austin Potential members were suggested as follows:  Hazel Poole Adams, Thelma Mitchell Elliott, Lillie Belle Corley Hines, Clara M. Cadd Johnson, Catherine B. Lamkin, Percy Grace Skaggs Lyons, Ruth Meeks Mayes and Emma Louise Smythe Woodward.  Together, they completed the necessary twelve for establishing a chapter.  Goldie returned to Houston to set the machinery in motion for an Austin Chapter sponsored by the Houston Chapter.
At the time of this process the Texas chapters were in the Southern Area.  When the National Assembly met it was evident that Texas would become a part of the Western Area.  This created a delay in the processing of the application for a chapter until early 1960.  By this time  Vera G. Codwell was president of the Houston Chapter and she continued sponsoring negotiations with the Austin group through Olive D. Brown and Connie Y. Conner
By National Assembly time in1960, Austin had been approved for a chapter along with San Antonio.  Austin and San Antonio collaborated in certain aspects and details in preparation for establishment of the two chapters.

Induction and Installation

The Austin Chapter of the Links, Incorporated was chartered on December 9, 1960. Installation ceremonies were held in the home of Lillie Belle Hines. The Banquet was held in the home of Percy Grace Lyons with husbands and visiting guests in attendance.  Many of the members of the sponsoring Houston chapter and their spouses were in attendance as well as members from the Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters. The new Austin Chapter served breakfast in the home of Hazel P. Adams, the following morning.

Past Presidents

  • 1960 – 1963: Olive D. Brown
  • 1963 – 1965: Connie Y. Conner
  • 1965 – 1967: Catherine B. Lamkin
  • 1967 – 1969: Clara M. Johnson
  • 1969 – 1971: Olive D. Brown
  • 1971 – 1975: Dorothy N. Cashaw
  • 1975 – 1979: M. Lavon Marshall
  • 1979 – 1983: Ora A. Houston
  • 1983 – 1987: Bettye Crawford
  • 1987 – 1991: Una Flemings
  • 1991 – 1993: Dorothea Brown
  • 1993 – 1995: Dorothy Madison
  • 1995 – 1997: Harriet Murphy
  • 1997 – 2001: Arthuree Quander
  • 2001 – 2005: Barbara Williams Huggins
  • 2005 – 2009: Susan Johnson
  • 2009 – 2013: Etta Ferguson
  • 2013 – 2017: Brenda Kennedy


Health and Human Services
The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans. This new facet brings greater focus, resources, and coordination to The Links, Incorporated’s health initiatives already in existence.
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