linda-johnson.jpgFriendship and service were recently celebrated in grand style by the Miami-Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links Inc., as several service-oriented women were inducted into the international organization. The chapter recently held its ceremony and an opulent luncheon at the Trump National Collection Doral in Miami-Dade County. 

Rosa Simmons, chapter president, and Ronda Vangates, membership chair, presented the following eight women as Links to more than 120 guests: Tiffany Britton, Ebony Edmonson, Lakitisia Gaines, Carla Hill, Suzan McDowell, Anita Petteway-Tyler, Treska Rodgers and Ashley Vangates. Regina Jollivette Frazier, the organization’s former national president, and Anne T. Herriott, the Southern Area Secretary, were present at the celebration, in addition to many sister Links from the South Florida community.  The Links Inc. is one of the country’s preeminent service organizations comprised of accomplished, professional women of color.

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Miami native, Alexandria McCloud, was a stunning June bride as she wed her college sweetheart, Dontavius Logan, in a beautiful afternoon ceremony at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Cutler Bay. Relatives and friends from South Florida, Florida’s west coast, Georgia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York and Washington State witnessed the handsome couple exchange vows at the inspirational nuptials, which were officiated by the Rev. Theo Johnson. The father of the bride, Ralph McCloud, underscored the enchantment with a moving vocal rendition of Stevie Wonder’s You and I during the lighting of the unity candle. Faye McCloud, mother of the bride, and Dardanious Logan and Judy Williams, parents of the groom, were also beaming with love and pride.  Guests continued to celebrate at a joyous reception and dinner at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami. The couple honeymooned in Orlando and will reside in Hawaii.

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The AKAs of Chi Psi Omega Chapter have been busy bees this summer.  More than 40 members recently celebrated the ninth anniversary of its chartering at the Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Country Club Restaurant in Broward County. The occasion’s theme, “Celebrating Pearls of Timeless Service”, provided just the right backdrop to reminisce, fellowship and pay tribute to charter members: Andrea Bailey-Downing, Ernestine H. Bobb, Mildred Hightower-Bryant, Yulonda Smith-Ellis, Michelle Green, Karena Ivey, Sharon Jordan, Ann B. Lee, Josetta Patterson, Veronica Phillips, JoAnnethier Ritter, Barbara Thomas, Arnetta Davis, Revertha W. Grace, and Emma H. Kurtz. Tamara Battle and Karen Ivey co-chaired the festive event. Fulfilling their commitment to community service, board members of the chapter’s charitable arm, the A Plus Foundation Inc., presented a donation to the Children’s Services Council. The annual contribution helps provide school supplies to 50 needy students for the new school year. Veronica Phillips is the chapter’s president, and Luwando Wright-Hines is president of the board of directors.