In the summer of 1984, Shirley Lewis Breda facilitated the first meeting of a group of professional women.  Others supportive and instrumental in this endeavor were Arminta Bolden, Adrianne King, and Lois H. St. Amant.  The purpose of the first meeting was to brainstorm and discuss the possibility of establishing a new Links chapter in the Baton Rouge area.  The idea was met with great enthusiasm.

Following a series of meetings, the group formed an interest group named the Metropolitan Urbane League.  They invited twenty-eight professional women, who were prospective members from the community.  The Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links, Incorporated served as the local sponsor chapter.  The members sought and received Interest Group Status from the members of the National Executive Board of The Links, Incorporated.  The group, consisting of twenty dedicated women, successfully completed the requirements and was installed as La Capitale Chapter, The Links, Incorporated on April 12, 1986 by National President Dolly Desselle Adams.  The installation reception was held at Boudreaux’s

Shirley L. Breda, President

Lois H. St. Amant, Vice President

Patricia BarancoGwendolyn Kirk
Arminta BoldenThelma McDonald
Gloria ChapmanThomasine Mencer
Marian DavisJoyce O'Rourke
Doris DawsonElaine Patin
Eva FieldsHarriet Pitcher
Juanita HarrisGenevieve Stewart
Erma HinesLuverne Travis
Pamela HollinsLorina Turner
Velma JacksonDelores Washington
Elmenia JohnsonPhyllis White
Adrianne KingTheta Williams

La Capitale Chapter History

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women. La Capitale was chartered as a chapter of the Links, Incorporated in 1986.  Nationally, Link members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually. For information, click here for our national website.

Charter Members

Chartering Ceremony

La Capitale Chapter of

The Links, Incorporated