“The Clemmie” Services to Youth Award

“I just wanted to help others, like the help I received as a child from the community. It makes me feel happy to help children,” stated Mrs. Clemmie Owens, during a 2008 interview in her home in Stockton, CA. The philosophy behind this quote correlates directly with the mission of the Stockton Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Services to Youth Program.

Since its charter year in 1966, the Stockton Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, a service organization, has been committed to the vision of excellence, empowerment, and service for the youth of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. Service is not a noun, but an action verb that is incorporated directly into the Services to Youth Program objectives.

In 2008, the Stockton Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, created “The Clemmie” Services To Youth Award. The purpose is twofold. 1) It is an opportunity to honor and express appreciation to individuals, organizations, corporations, and families that recognize, develop, accomplish, and sustain volunteer youth programs that enrich and enhance the development of the youth community. (2) It is to be an inspiration to the community in fostering proactive role models for the youth in our community, highlighting significant youth achievements and initiating innovative programs that impact the youth and improve their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

“The Clemmie” Services to Youth Award is named for Mrs. Clemmie Owens, an alumnae member of the Stockton Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

Mrs. Owens and her late husband, Harry, dedicated 20 years to an outstanding music teaching program for piano and band instruments. This program was free of charge to youth, regardless of ethnicity, financial status, or ability. Their passion for young people was exhibited at recitals that were financially supported by parents, community entrepreneurs, and community members at large. They inspired the community to recognize the needs of youth.

The Owens’ unstinting sacrifice of time, effort, and love for youth, was acknowledged by the Stockton Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. They were the first recipients of “The Clemmie” Services To Youth Award at the “Hats Off To Central Valley Women” Luncheon, on September 7, 2008, held at Brookside Country Club, in Stockton California.

“The Clemmie” Services To Youth Award is given annually to individuals, organizations, corporations or families at the annual Hats Off Luncheon. A check in the amount of $1000.00 accompanies the award and is to be used solely for the purpose of furthering their work in volunteer services for youth.


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thank you to everyone who joined us in commemorating our rich history and 50 years of service in our community!


Our Celebration was a Huge Success!
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Special Thank you our Major sponsors
William and Occeletta Briggs
Earl Taylor, M.D.


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