Five members are inducted into Winston-Salem Links chapter

Five members are  inducted into Winston-Salem Links chapter
June 25
00:00 2015

In photo above: Newly inducted members of the Winston-Salem Chapter of The Links Inc. (l-r):  Reba Hayes Warren, Deborah Washington-McNeill, Kimberly Moore, Monica Rivers and Sonny S. Haynes. (Submitted Photo)

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The Winston-Salem Chapter of The Links Inc., recently extended its “circle of friendship.” On Friday, May 29, 2015 the chapter inducted five new women into its membership during a ceremony at the Piedmont Club led by chapter president Linda Jackson Barnes.

The newest members of the Winston-Salem (NC) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated are Sonny S. Haynes, Attorney of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC.; Kimberly Moore, SVP, Director of Retail and Commercial Marketing Strategy, BB&T; Monica Rivers, Principal Consultant at Corbitt Rivers and Company, PLLC., Deborah Washington-McNeill, Director, CMS Contract Administration, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; Reba Hayes Warren, Managing Counsel, RAI Services Company.

As part of the membership process, these ladies completed a two-part service project, borne out of The Links’ Services to Youth facet. The group designed a four-module workshop titled, “Pearls of Wisdom, Tools for Success” to teach fifth graders at Kimberley Park Elementary School etiquette, decorum, and other social graces. Dr. Amber Baker, Principal, and her staff helped pave the way, so that the students were very receptive to learning, and reinforcing the skills.

The program included four modules: A Note of Thanks, Interpersonal Relationships, Table Etiquette, and Introductions and Greetings that was respectively presented by Kimberly Moore, Monica Rivers, Reba Warren and Deborah Washington-McNeill. Sessions were conducted with one class of boys and one class of girls. The boys’ session included several men who described the importance of social graces to their careers and personal interactions.

In addition to handouts that the students can reference later, they were given an interactive quiz to reinforce the new behaviors and were rewarded with prizes for correct answers.

The fifth-graders and their teachers were treated to a catered celebration meal, complete with stainless china and glassware. The keynote speaker was Rev. Toure Marshall of Grace Presbyterian Church.

After the April 21 and April 24, 2015 events at Kimberly Park, a mini-four-part session was held with students in the after-school program at Reynolds Park Recreation Center. The five women in the group consider “Pearls of Wisdom, Tools for Success” to be a program that provides a meaningful service to the youth in our community by helping them become more self-aware and respectful of others.

The Winston-Salem N.C. Chapter of The Links Inc. was chartered on March 23, 1950 and recently celebrated its 65th anniversary.

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