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Atlanta Boat Show

Progressive Insurance recently presented the Atlanta Boat Show at the Georgia World Congress Center. Visitors enjoyed the seminars and demonstrations, and they were able to check out their prospective purchases. Hundreds of new boats, including powerboats, center consoles, ski boats and personal watercraft, and booths showcasing the latest in engines, marine gear, electronics and accessories filled the Georgia World Congress Center.

Kim McNair presents 
Women On The Move

A new Television Show is coming to the AIB Network Women on the MOVE” with Kim McNair

Women on the Move – brings the energy and inspiration of the impactful Women on the Move summit to a broader audience on the AIB Network. Women who are the pacesetters in a variety of industries, businesses and careers come together for an intimate and interactive discussion of the challenges and successes that have shaped their lives. Revealing interviews and insightful profiles will provide both the live and viewing audiences the unique opportunity to share, learn and grow together; to be on the move.

For more than 20 years Kim has been bringing women together across the Southeast for workshops, summits, and conferences for the purpose of empowering and inspiring them to elevate their personal brands, businesses and organizations.  Having developed a network of resources and partnerships through her company KMP-Kim McNair Productions with a background in the fashion industry, strategic event planning, marketing/PR places Kim in the unique position to create powerful connections for ALL women.  Tune in to the AIB Network on Comcast 295 and AT&T U-verse 6 or Live-stream on the AIB website.

The Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter of The Links, Inc. Celebrates 20 Years with the Signature “Linking Heart & Soul” Fundraiser

The members of the Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated recently celebrated the chapter’s 20th anniversary with its signature fundraiser “Linking Heart & Soul” at the Atlanta History Center. More than 400 distinguished guests attended the Sunday afternoon champagne brunch featuring live entertainment by the Infinity Show Band.

Honorary co-chairs, former Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin and Carolyn Young led the organization in raising more than $30,000 to benefit the Center for Civil and Human Rights, The Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club, Jerusalem House and an educational initiative in Haiti.

Barbara Yarn, the chapter’s first president, reflected on the past 20 years and presented current president and charter member, Gail Tusan Washington, a framed copy of the original chapter charter, then led the attendees in a champagne toast. Among those present to celebrate with the chapter were Ambassador Andrew Young, Fulton Country Chairman John Eaves, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, charter member Christine King Farris, State Commissioner Robin Crittenden and several other public officials.

The Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter is dedicated to providing service through friendship. Since receiving its charter in 1995, the members have contributed 3000 volunteer service hours and more than $1 million to the community. The chapter’s numerous outreach initiatives have supported the major facets of ‘Linkdom’ including Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, Health and Human Services.  Some of the programs include efforts to eradicate human trafficking through forums and community conversations, classical music concerts and scholarships as well as youth education, nutrition and fitness programs.

“We cherish our charter and have fun while carrying out our commitment to making a transformational difference in the lives we serve throughout the Greater Atlanta community, said chapter president, Gail Tusan Washington. Over the past twenty years our chapter has grown significantly in number from our original 39 members to just over one hundred. It is an honor to lead these fabulous, generous, resourceful, kindhearted women!”

The anniversary luncheon was tremendously successful and enjoyable occasion as the accomplishments of the Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter of the Links, Inc. were celebrated. The members look forward to the next 20 years and beyond as the chapter continues to blaze trails and impact lives.


About The Links, Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated celebrates 65 years as a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African ancestry. A premier international service organization with more than 12,000 members in 276 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well.

With more than 2 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually. For more information, visit

Inspiring Students To Excel 
In Higher Education Sponsors for the 2nd Year Essay Writing Workshops for College Bound Students in Metro Atlanta

Learn how to attend college debt free.  Inspiring Students To Excel In Higher Education is in its second year of sponsoring Essay Writing Workshops throughout Metro Atlanta for college bound students ages 16-23 to help reduce student loan debt.  The Essay Writing Workshops will began in January for National Mentorship Month at the Wolfcreek Library at 3100 Enon Rd. in Atlanta, GA 30331.  There was a Parent Workshop which kicked off in 2016.   There was be a Scholarship & College Mentoring Workshop at South Cobb Recreation Center.  During Black History Month – there was an Essay Writing Workshop in partnership with the College Prep Ministry of Elizabeth Baptist Church. March is National Educational Month and there will be a Parent Workshop on March 9, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Wolfcreek Library.  March 26, 2016 there will be an Essay Writing Workshop at Wolfcreek Library from 3:00-5:00 pm. April is Financial Literacy Month and on April 9, 2016 from 11:00-3:00 pm there will a Scholarship and Financial Planning Workshop for students. Registrants should bring a notebook, pen, and any essays that they’ve recently written.  Snacks will be served.  To register and reserve a seat, contact Facilitator, Ms. Smith at or via phone at 404.410.3069.

The workshop will assist with the following: review of all types of scholarships available and where to find them; what disqualifies a scholarship and essay; techniques to improve essay writing skills; how to prepare a portfolio of requested documents by scholarship organizations, among other helpful activities.

The workshop Facilitator is Ms. Sheryl L. Smith, Director of Inspiring Students to Excel in Higher Education, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is originally from Toledo and graduated from St. Ursula Academy prior to obtaining a degree from Clark-Atlanta University in Georgia.  Ms. Smith is a Scholarship and Financial Planner with over 20 years of professional writing, mentorship, research, and financial consulting experience.

Visit for more information.