With boxes, baskets, bags, and other various and sundry carry-alls, Music City Links devoted their 2013 Retreat to putting pen to paper to capture their story as a Links chapter with an illustrious past. Under the direction of Chapter President Shirley Corry and History Committee Chair Robin Richard, Music City discovered gems of praise in the form of letters and certificates of commendation from government officials, community leaders, clergy, and educators honoring the chapter’s noteworthy programs.
Decked out in protective masks, rubber gloves, and ‘all-things-Links,’ they were ready for whatever the day might bring. Some members, like Link Sandi Hill, got a kick out of reading documents aloud for everyone’s benefit no matter the musty smell or the dust cloud that collected here and there.
“Who would have thought that we could get so excited about a bunch of old newspaper articles and fading photos,” said Link Lueatrice Green Lovett as she quickly paced back and forth from table to table organizing documents by decade. “Has anybody found the charter group?” became her constant query? As the day rolled on, others joined the refrain.
“Have we found the charter photo yet? How can we capture our history without that?”
Not to be out done, Chapter President Corry continued her orders of the day: “Everybody has 30 minutes to write your part of the history, so I can begin typing. We’re organizing by decade, so hit the high points. The clock is ticking.”
Meanwhile, the ‘readers’ and ‘runners’ continued their recovery effort to get the gist of it, the history that is, and create order out of this mountain of material. In the midst of all of these memories, it was hard to avoid sharing them and musing about how ‘young’ they all looked 30-plus years ago. Link Linda Smith gladly showed Link Harriette Bias-Insignares several news articles about her and her character Juba-the-Storyteller as she entered the meeting room.
“My goodness! That was a long time ago. Look how skinny I was! And there I am with Link Cecile Crump and Tennessean Arts Critic Clara Hieronymus at the first ‘Showcase of Young Artists’ Exhibit at Fisk University,” Link Bias-Insignares said.
All of a sudden Link Corry ran across the room with Lovett following on her heels with a Eureka moment. It was as if someone had found buried treasure as she shouted, “We found it!” Links Lovett and Corry had finally located not only one photo but a stack of photos of the charter group that had eluded them for most of the day.
Even as the group continued to cull through the archives, Link Corry called for the manuscripts to capture their history. When all was said and done, Link Corry ended the meeting with a glowing overview of the past year’s work reporting that the chapter had met all of its responsibilities and is in good standing in every category.
“I am proud to serve as your president, and I look forward to a great year because we have the ability to rise to any occasion and get the job done,” she said.
More photos below.