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Western Area



When The Links, Incorporated adopted a national structure in 1949, a vital geographical link was missing — chapters from the West. In September 1950, three chapters were chartered in California (Los Angeles, Oakland Bay Area and San Francisco), connecting the chain of friendship from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. From there, the Western Area spread Linkdom from the southern tip of Texas northward to Alaska and westward across the Pacific to Hawaii.


Drawing on the synergy generated by women who are committed to friendship and service, the Western Area now has chapters, located in ten states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Washington. Vada Sommerville was the organizer for Los Angeles, with Loraine Rickmond leading the efforts for Oakland Bay Area and Hortense Thomas for San Francisco. Co-founder and National President Sarah Strickland Scott appointed Loraine Rickmond, Oakland Bay Area Chapter, to chair the cluster.


The Western Area became a formal unit in 1954, when The Links, Incorporated was organized into four geographical areas.


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