Founder Willa Dumas Image

Founder DyAnne Horner-Little Image


Chapter History

History: Where Excellence is the "NORMM"

On Sunday, October 22, 1989, a diverse group of talented women were invited to attend a brunch at the Mark Radisson Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, for the purpose of organizing a Link Interest Group.   The vision to form this chapter began with organizers Willa Rawls Dumas and DyAnne Horner Little.  The group was named National Organization of Role Models and Mentors, Northern Virginia Metro Chapter (NORMM).

During the formative stages, the membership looked to the future and pursued its goals in the spirit of dedication, hard work and a quest for excellence.  As this harmonious and energetic group of 32 women moved forward in establishing objectives and strategies for NORMM, the focus was the future of today’s youth and their families.

With the election of officers, the platform to make positive, impactive change was established and centered on Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services and International Trends and Services.   The ultimate goal was to build self esteem, which was key in improving students’ behavior and academic achievement.

In June 1992, NORMM was advised that it had been designated an Official Interest Group of the Links, Incorporated.   It was through the NORMM spirit of leadership that the Prince William County community continued to receive a heritage of service and distinguished contributions.

Upon completion of the Interest Group requirements, a chartering date was determined.   The organization reevaluated its name and considered a more historical one.   As members reflected, they were reminded that the state of Virginia is known as the "Old Dominion", a name given to it by King Charles II, because it remained loyal to the king during the English Civil War of the mid-1600’s.

As NORMM looked with great anticipation to becoming the 250th chapter of The Links, Incorporated, it became quite evident that Old Dominion was the appropriate name, symbolizing the same loyalty and unity, as the organization entered into Linkdom.

The Links, Incorporated chartered Old Dominion as its 250th Chapter on September 18, 1993 at the Dulles Hyatt Hotel in Herndon, Virginia.


Old Dominion (VA) Chapter History