Chapter History

On March 15, 1991, organizers Alexis “Jackie” Bolden, Trudy Faulk, Louise Jefferson and B. Renee Stewart Jackson met with then immediate past Western Area Director, Link Edwina Higgins, to determine if there was sufficient interest in the southeast Texas Gulf Coast community stretching from Clear Lake southward toward Galveston, to establish a local chapter of the Links, Incorporated. These women shared similar interests and came from families and communities that had been impacted by The Links, Incorporated.

 

The Clear Lake community is home to the Johnson Space Center (NASA) and its affiliates, which would, over the years, significantly impact the membership and service outreach of the developing group. One month later, the group held its first business meeting at the home of Jackson, who would be elected its first president. Twenty-one women attended that meeting. On May 4, 1991, the group adopted the name “Apollo Ladies” and by September of that year had grown to include twenty-four members. Also in September, the Apollo Ladies participated in their first service project: The First Annual Summit Conference on Crack Cocaine Dependence. The interest group would later select as its inaugural service focus “The Family.” By August 1995, the sisterhood had grown to thirty-one and in August 2009 the chapter opened its program year with forty-one members including seventeen charter members.

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2018 Gulf Coast Apollo Chapter of The Links, Inc.