The Pine Bluff Chapter of The Links Inc. held its annual strategic planning workshop and acknowledged its new leadership.


Officers are Jerilean Brewer, president; S. Yvonne Blevins, first vice president; Tenita Shannon-Gragg, second vice president; Anissa Buckner, recording secretary; Gladys Benford, corresponding secretary; Veronica Alexander, financial secretary; Carla Martin, treasurer; Barbara Akins, parliamentarian; Josephine Bell, sergeant-at-arms; and Carolyn Blakely, journalist.


The first phase of the program addressed the issue of Ethics and Standards. Eva McGee, Jacquelyn McCray, Akins, Blevins and Benford reminded the group of the core values of the ethics policy.


They also presented scenarios illustrating either adherence to or violations of these values through a presentation, titled “What’s on My Mind?”


Gragg introduced the membership to setting the stage for programming for 2017-18 and the process used in the strategic planning of programs. Following her presentation, small groups spent time planning for sustainable programs that would benefit the community. Those plans were enhanced, shared and discussed with the entire group.


Brewer closed the workshop by thanking the members for their cooperation and commitment and reminded them that the organization was founded on a commitment to service and friendship.


The Pine Bluff Chapter, founded May 17, 1969, is one of more than 200 chapters in the international organization, The Links Inc., which was established as a service organization focusing on developing programs to enhance and improve the quality of life of the community’s citizens.