2017 Associates Newsletter

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Table of Contents Greetings – Danielle Brown, National Vice President Greetings – Spring Capers, National Associate Chair J&J Mission Statement State of the Associates - Central Region State of the Associates - Eastern Region Feature Article – Depression & African Americans State of the Associates - Far West Region State of the Associates - Mid-Atlantic Region State of the Associates - Mid-Western Region Feature Article – The Best Anti-Aging Tools and Treatments for Dark Skin State of the Associates - South Central Region State of the Associates - Southeastern Region Feature Article – 6 Ways To Find Lasting Happiness After 50 In Memorial - “A Rose Still Grows”

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Jack & Jill Associate Chapters CENTRAL REGION COLORADO Denver South Suburban Denver IOWA Des Moines ILLINOIS East St. Louis KANSAS Johnson County MISSOURI Kansas City OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City Tulsa EASTERN REGION CONNECTICUT Stamford-Norwalk DELAWARE New Castle County MARYLAND Arundel Bay Area Baltimore Baltimore County Columbia Montgomery County Prince George’s County Southern Maryland MASSACHUSETTS Boston Newton NEW JERSEY Atlantic City Bergen-Passaic Burlington-Willingboro Burke-Fairfax Central New Jersey Essex-Hudson Greater Essex County Greater Union County Mercer County North Jersey Ocean County NEW YORK Brooklyn Buffalo Metropolitan Nassau County Rochester Suffolk County Syracuse Westchester PENNSYLVANIA Bucks County Chester County Montgomery County Pittsburgh VIRGINIA Alexandria/Mt. Vernon Loudoun County Northern Virginia Prince William County FAR WEST REGION ALASKA Anchorage ARIZONA

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Phoenix CALIFORNIA Fresno Greater Vallejo Inglewood Los Angeles North County San Diego Oakland-Bay Area Pasadena Pomona Area San Diego San Fernando Valley San Jose South Los Angeles Tri-Valley NEVADA Las Vegas WASHINGTON Seattle MID-ATLANTIC REGION NORTH CAROLINA Charlotte Durham Raleigh-Wake Wilmington Winston-Salem SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston Columbia Florence VIRGINIA Chesapeake Hampton James River Midlothian Portsmouth MID-WESTERN REGION ILLINOIS Chicago Lake Shore South Suburban Chicago St. Clair County West Suburban Chicago Western Cook County Windy City INDIANA Gary-Northwest Indiana Indianapolis KENTUCKY Central Kentucky Derby City Louisville MICHIGAN Ann Arbor Detroit Flint Greater Lansing Motor City North Oakland/Macomb Oakland County Ypsilanti MINNESOTA City of Lakes Minneapolis MISSOURI St. Louis

OHIO Akron Cincinnati Cleveland Columbus Dayton Toledo WISCONSIN Milwaukee SOUTH CENTRAL REGION LOUISIANA Alexandria Baton Rouge New Orleans TEXAS Arlington Austin Clear Lake/Bay Area Dallas Greater Channel Greater Frisco Houston Humble-Kingwood Katy-Prairie View Missouri City/Sugar Land North Houston Suburban North Suburban Dallas North Texas San Antonio South Belt Houston Southwest Suburban Dallas The Woodlands SOUTHEASTERN REGION ALABAMA Birmingham Lake Spivey Miami Mobile Montgomery Tuskegee FLORIDA Fort Lauderdale Daytona Beach Area Greater Tampa Jacksonville Pensacola South Miami Tallahassee GEORGIA Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Albany Atlanta Columbus Greater North Atlanta Macon North Suburban Atlanta Savannah Stone Mountain TENNESSEE Treasure Coast Knoxville Memphis Nashville Williamson County


WELCOME DANIELLE BROWN, 27TH NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. -Maya Angelou. That is exactly what the associates have been doing and doing it quite well over the past year.

On behalf of all of the National Associates Committee

and the National Executive board welcome to this edition of the Jack and Jill Associates Jewels magazine. 2017 began with much excitement as the associate’s set attainable goals to ensure our organization continues to be seen as the premier family organization. I’m so proud of what has been accomplished and excited to see that Jack and Jill is alive and well in the hearts and minds of so many associates. The National Associate Committee is committed to bringing continued improvements and additions to ensure all associates are valued and treasured. This program year they are dedicated to: 1. The Mother’s Away From Home Program (MAFH)– The National Associates Committee is committed to finding ways to better serve students enrolled in the program. They are implementing a care package program to ensure 100% of the students are reached 2. Jack and Jill Internships – The National Associates Committee are increasing opportunities for career connections on the new Jack and Jill app to assist students in internships 3. Networking for Associates - Using the Jack and Jill app and the creation of a Facebook page. The National Associates are creating media outlets for associates to reach out and share what is happening in their areas and create opportunities for connection 4. Associates Getaway – Although, Hurricane Irma has derailed the trip. The Associates are working hard to get a new date and location This edition of the magazine is filled with outstanding programming around the country and it’s a great opportunity to see all of the associates participating in exceptional days of service, events and just having fun. Danielle Brown 27th National Vice President 4

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ASSOCIATE MOTHERS AWAY FROM HOME PROJECT The Mothers Away from Home Project is the premiere program of The Associates of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. This program is designed to provide a “network” of contacts by which Jack and Jill College and boarding school students may be assisted in their transition and existence in their new environment. The MAFH Project is administered through local Jack and Jill chapter Associates Groups across the country. The major thrust is to continue to perpetuate the aims and objectives of the organization through educational, cultural, civic, recreational and social activities. The program is open to all consenting mothers and students who meet the following criteria: • Active Mother • Associate Mother • Mother who has completed tenure in good standing Enrollment Procedure: • MAFH Student registration form must be completed and submitted to the National Office • Enrollment is available at anytime • Full instructions and forms may be located on the Jack and Jill web site by clicking on the Associates link, then select procedures to enroll in the MAFH Project • Chapters are encouraged to keep logs of outreach activities provided to college students. • Chapters should make contact with the collegiate through the months of November through April Required Forms: • MAFH Student Registration Form • MAFH Chapter Assignment Form • MAFH Activity Log Suggested Activities: 1. Send school supplies 2. Box of goodies for room 3. Telephone call 4. Invite to lunch or dinner 5. Holiday memoirs 6. Send cards (birthday, holidays, etc.) 7. Personal items 8. Invite collegiate to speak to teens 9. Off-campus activities 10. Travel assistance 5

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Mothers Away-from-Home Project Registration Form

This form is to be completed by the mother of the student. This form is due September 1st and/or January 31st.

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Parents Information Mother’s Name

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Alternate Phone Number Email the completed form to admin@jack-and-jill.org or print and mail this form to Jack and Jill Headquarters at: Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Mothers Away-From-Home Project 1930 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009

Mother’s Email Address

Mother’s Signature Contents within this box will be completed by the National Headquarters.

Name of Regional Associate Chair

Participating Chapter

Name of Chapter President

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WELCOME SPRING CAPERS

Greetings Associates of Jack and Jill of America, I am Spring Capers hailing from the Mighty Mid-Western Region. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the chair of my region and as your National Associate Committee Chair. Over this past year, I have been able to see Jack and Jill with new eyes – eyes that can look back and appreciate all the dedication and commitment we had contributing to making this organization stand out as the premiere African American Family Focus Organization. As we slide into the Associate’s lane, we can reflect, connect and project our legacy on to the next generation. We now have young mothers standing on our shoulders carrying the torch of motherhood and the hard work of purpose living families. The beauty of it all is we still have something to give and to get. Our network is strong and powerful, and we are improving our network connections through our very own JJOA APP, social media Facebook and of course our magazine. Associates, I encourage you to stay connected and continue to model what it looks like to have worked hard and now hopefully playing harder! Yours in Jack and Jill Service, Spring Capers Regional Associate Chair Mid-Western region

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MISSION Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 – 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

Today, Jack and Jill boasts 238 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.

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Central Region Greetings from the Cool and Classy Central Region! I am deeply honored to be serving as the 2016-2018 Associate chair. I was a mother member of the Des Moines chapter for over a decade where I held various positions, including Chapter President and national committee member on the Strategic, Relevance and Value committee. Our family (husband Odell, daughter Carey and son Ty) has been richly blessed by our experiences in Jack and Jill and I view my newest role as an opportunity to return the rewards to our magnificent organization.

As a former Des Moines School Board President and current Vice Chair of our City Council’s Planning and Zoning Commission, my passion is centered with community service. As associates I believe we can use the wisdom that comes from our experiences (translation: our age!), to support our mothers and our communities with chapter service projects and membership activities. Founder Marion Stubbs Thomas challenged us with these words; “May we always keep before us the lofty principals upon which Jack and Jill was founded.”

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Jacquie Easley Central Region Chair


Central Region Des Moines Associates gather to volunteer for Meals from the Heartland.

St. Clair County Associate Appreciation Day.

Des Moines Associates prepare meals to be delivered to Haiti.

Des Moines Associate Appreciation Day.

Des Moines Associates fill bags for veterans.

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Eastern Region Greetings to my dear fellow Associates and Mother Members of the Eastern Region.

The Associate Jewels across the country have been very busy during the 2016-2017 program year and excited for 2017-2018. At the National level, we have launched a new Jack and Jill of America app, which we encourage all Associates to download and join as an easy and fun way to remain engaged and to receive updates on what’s happening. The National Associates Committee has also launched a new Associates Facebook page. Each day, we have more Associates joining the page and sharing stories, photos, inspiration and greetings from across the country. Join in! With regard to the Mighty Eastern Region, we are busy with the planning of chartering of new Associates groups. In 2017, the Eastern Region has chartered Associates groups in 62% of our chapters. This number will greatly improve by the end of the 2017-2018 program year. As your Regional Associate Chair, I am planning to conduct ongoing Associate webinars to answer questions about chartering, activities and our signature Associates program, Mothers Away from Home. I encourage chapters which have not yet chartered an Associate group J a c k fellowship a n d J i l and l o activity. f A m eYou r i c don’t a , I need n c . to be to engage11 in Associate

formally chartered to enjoy one another and formalize your Associate programming. Through this experience, you are likely to spark interest in beginning the chartering process. In May, the Eastern Region Associates enjoyed themed gatherings in their respective local areas. So many of you connected with your neighboring chapters and groups to welcome the spring season and to share your ideas and plans. The Eastern Region Associates Committee has also developed an Associates calendar to serve as support as your look to plan your year and find new and innovative ideas to keep your Associates “in action”. I look forward to hearing from each chapter and Associates group. Please send me your photos and tidbits about your events, no matter how small. I’m always on the lookout for groups to showcase and use as inspiration for other chapters.

Rose Richardson Eastern Region Chair


Eastern Region Philadelphia Chapter Associates

Northern Virginia, Chartering Associates

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Eastern Region Arundel Bay, MD Chartering Associates

Burlington Willingboro Chartering Associates

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Eastern Region Chartering of Bergen-Passaic Associates

Philadelphia Chapter Chartering Associates

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Eastern Region Chartering of Prince William County Associates

Loudoun County Virginia Chapter (LCVC) Associates

LCVC Associates join the LCVC Chapter February 2017 attendance at the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

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Questers Annual Fashion Show Scholarship Fundraiser LCVC Associates attendance.

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LCVC Associates Bridging Ceremony.

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Event Chair and hostess Renaire Frierson and Associate Carole Phillips with Deborah and Enix-Ross

Nassau County Associates

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Associates from the Nassau County chapter at their 2016-2017 “Welcome Back� Get Together at the home of Renaire Frierson.

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Eastern Region Associate Cluster Lead Paula Magnus to the rhythm of karaoke.

In October, we enjoyed an “Associates weekend” beginning with Karaoke on Friday night and ending with the Chapter’s associates “Welcome Back” at the home of Paula Magnus on Sunday afternoon. It was a weekend of fun and fellowship. The Nassau County Associates group is 28 strong.

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Eastern Region Burke Fairfax

Burke Fairfax Associates Bridging Ceremony

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Photos from the 2016 National Conference

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FEATURED ARTICLE

Depression And African Americans Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy can help teach better ways of handling problems by talking with a trained mental health professional. Therapy can be effective in treating clinical depression, especially depression that is less severe. Scientific studies have shown that short term (1020 weeks) courses of therapy are often helpful in treating depression.

Not “Just the Blues” Clinical depression is more than life’s “ups” and “downs.” Life is full of joy and pain, happiness and sorrow. It is normal to feel sad when a loved one dies, or when you are sick, going through a divorce, or having financial problems. But for some people the sadness does not go away, or keeps coming back. If your “blues” last more than a few weeks or cause you to struggle with daily life, you may be suffering from clinical depression. Clinical depression is not a personal weakness, gracelessness or faithlessness—it is a common, yet serious, medical illness. Clinical depression is a “whole-body” illness that affects your mood, thoughts, body and behavior. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who have clinical depression. Clinical depression can affect anyone: Anyone can experience clinical depression, regardless of race, gender, age, creed or income. Every year more than 19 million Americans suffer from some type of depressive illness. According to a Surgeon General report, African Americans are overrepresented in populations that are particularly at risk for mental illness. Depression robs people of the enjoyment found in daily life and can even lead to suicide. A common myth about depression is that it is “normal” for certain people to feel depressed—older people, teenagers, new mothers, menopausal women, or those with a chronic illness. The truth is that depression is not a normal part of life for any African American, regardless of age or life situation. Unfortunately, depression has often been misdiagnosed in the African American community. Myths about depression: The myths and stigma that surround depression create needless pain and confusion, and can keep people from getting proper treatment. The following statements reflect some common misconceptions about African Americans and depression: “Why are you depressed? If our people could make it through slavery, we can make it through anything.” “When a black woman suffers from a mental disorder, the opinion is that she is weak. And weakness in black women is intolerable.” “You should take your troubles to Jesus, not some stranger/psychiatrist.” The truth is that getting help is a sign of strength. People with depression can’t just “snap out of it.” Also, spiritual support can be an important part of healing, but the care of a qualified mental health professional is essential. And the earlier treatment begins, the more effective it can be. What causes clinical depression? Many factors can contribute to clinical depression, including cognitive issues (e.g., negative thinking patterns); biological and genetic factors; gender (it affects more women than men); other medications; other illnesses; and situational factors. For some, a number of these factors seem to be involved, while for others a single factor can cause the illness. Often, people become depressed for no apparent reason. In an effort to cope with the emotional pain caused by depression, some people try to “self-medicate” through the abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs, which only leads to more problems.

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Clinical depression is a treatable illness: The good news is that, like other illnesses such as heart disease or diabetes, clinical depression is treatable with the help of a health care professional. In fact, over 80 percent of people with depression can be treated successfully. Symptoms of clinical depression: Due to cultural backgrounds, depression may be exhibited differently among African Americans. To help decide if you— or someone you care about—needs an evaluation for clinical depression, review the following list of symptoms. If you experience five or more for longer than two weeks, if you feel suicidal, or if the symptoms interfere with your daily routine, see your doctor, and bring this sheet with you. • A persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood, or excessive crying • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased appetite and weight gain • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain • Irritability, restlessness • Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down” • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, pessimism • Sleeping too much or too little, early-morning waking • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities, including sex • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

Treatment Options The most common ways to treat clinical depression are with antidepressant medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. The choice of treatment depends on how severe the depressive symptoms are and the history of the illness. Medication: Research strongly supports the use of medication for more severe episodes of clinical depression. Antidepressant medication acts on the chemical pathways of the brain related to moods. The two most common types are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are also prescribed by some doctors. Antidepressant medications are not habit-forming. It may take up to eight weeks before you notice an improvement. It is usually recommended that medications be continued for at least four to nine months after the depressive symptoms have improved. Those with chronic or recurrent depression may need to stay on medication to prevent or lessen further episodes. People taking antidepressants should be monitored by a doctor to ensure the best treatment with the fewest side effects. Do not stop taking your medication without first talking with your doctor, since some medications cause problems if stopped abruptly.

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Making the most of your treatment: In addition to treatment, participation in a patient support group can be very helpful during the recovery process. Support group members share their experiences with the illness, learn coping skills and exchange information on community providers. Also, be sure to take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, exercise in moderation, stay away from alcohol and drugs, and eat regular, well-balanced meals. Some find strength from faith or spiritual communities.

Commonly Asked Questions about Clinical Depression How do I get help for clinical depression? The first step is to talk to your doctor, who may recommend a physical checkup to find out if there is any underlying physical cause for the depressive symptoms. If clinical depression is diagnosed, then your physician or health maintenance organization will refer you to a mental health specialist. Mental health professionals include psychiatrists, psychologists, pastoral counselors and social workers. What if I don’t feel comfortable talking to my doctor? Many people find strength and support through their religious and spiritual communities, however, only a physician or mental health professional is able to diagnose clinical depression. Pastoral counselors offer an integrated religious and spiritual approach to treatment. How do I pay for treatment? If you participate in private insurance, such as a health maintenance organization (HMO) plan, your costs for treatment may be covered. Contact your health insurance provider for details. If you’re over 65 years old, Medicare pays for 50 percent of the costs of mental health treatment, and Medigap insurance will typically reimburse the remainder. Depending on the rules of each state, many low-income or disabled residents may also be eligible for Medicaid coverage. Counseling by a certified pastoral counselor is generally covered by health care plans if the pastoral counselor is licensed by the state. Your workplace may also have an employee assistance program (EAP) available to provide counseling or to help you find appropriate care. If you don’t have insurance or can’t afford treatment, your community may have publicly-funded mental health centers or programs that charge you according to what you can afford to pay. Some mental health professionals in private practice also work on a sliding-fee basis. University or teaching medical centers can be a source of low-cost or free treatment services. Many publicly-funded entities have waiting lists or other barriers to treatment. If you have trouble accessing treatment, contact your local mental health association or MHA for assistance. You can enjoy your life again! With proper diagnosis and treatment, clinical depression can be overcome.

Reprinted from mentalhealthamerica.net, http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/ depression-and-african-americans


Far West Region Greetings on behalf of the Fabulous Far Western Associate Jewels, The associate jewels in the Far West Region are making and giving out blessing bags to the homeless in Fresno, California while the associate in the Seattle Chapter are preparing and serving over 100 hot meals to the homeless. The Greater Vallejo, Inglewood and the Las Vegas Chapter have taken the liberty of going out on the town to hear one of their associate Jewels sing songs of relaxation and inspiration after giving of their time not to mention the Inglewood Chapter has been mentoring the youth while the Pasadena Chapter has been making care packages to send to all their Senior Alumni. Kudos, to The Greater Vallejo Chapter for sharing a meal together and talking about the good ole days. The San Fernando Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles also continue to volunteer in their prospective communities each month. Yes, the Associate Jewels in the Far West Region no how to work, play and have fun. They truly understood the Jack and Jill motto: “Let’s Work, let’s play, 23 Jack and Jill of America, Inc. let’s live together.”

Della Caver Far West Region Chair


Far West Region Seattle Jewels Associates

Pasadena Jewels Associates MAFH Project

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Inglewood Associates

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Far West Region Greater Vallejo Associates

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Far West Holiday Baking Holiday Baking for Union Station Family Center Thank you to Jewels Beverly Allen, Gloria Lefroy, Charmayne Mills-Ealy, Debbie Williams, Mildred Dockery and Pam Cosse for baking and providing desserts and recipes for the Christmas season to the Union Station Family Center. On Monday, December 19th, we filled the kitchen and dining area with the sweet smells of cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, brownies, etc. All the staff and residents were so grateful for the desserts. We had so many desserts that the dinner staff didn’t have to prepare any additional treats. Thanks you once again Jewels for your generosity during the Holiday season.

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MAFH – Far West On Saturday, November 5th, the Jewels began our new Mothers Away From Home (MAFH) initiative. Whereas not all of our college students have been connected with a MAFH program in their college town, we decided to treat our 16 students (undergraduates and graduates) with a care package and a subsequent birthday card and monetary gift on their respective birthdays. The moms in attendance had a great time catching up and filling the gift boxes. All the birthday cards were personally addressed with a handwritten note of encouragement and love. Needless to say the students were pleasantly surprised by our random act of kindness. Here are responses from our own. They came by email, text (with photos), Facebook and a mailed handwritten thank you note. 28

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Greetings on behalf of the Fabulous Far Western Associate Jewels, The associate jewels in the Far West Region are making and giving out blessing bags to the homeless in Fresno, California while the associate in the Seattle Chapter are preparing and serving over 100 hot meals to the homeless. The Greater Vallejo, Inglewood and the Las Vegas Chapter have taken the liberty of going out on the town to hear one of their associate Jewels sing songs of relaxation and inspiration after giving of their time not to mention the Inglewood Chapter has been mentoring the youth while the Pasadena Chapter has been making care packages to send to all their Senior Alumni. Kudos, to The Greater Vallejo Chapter for sharing a meal together and talking about the good ole days. The San Fernando Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles also continue to volunteer in their prospective communities each month. Yes, the Associate Jewels in the Far West Region no how to work, play and have fun. They truly understood the Jack and Jill motto: Let’s Work, let’s play, let’s live together.

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Mid-Atlantic Welcome to a year of magic and wonder. On behalf of the Magnificent Mid-Atlantic region it is my pleasure to extend to you an open door to serve. I am Paulette Davis Motley, the Regional Associate chair for 2017. We a bold determination I am proud to serve with the solid leadership team that has taken great steps to build upon the foundation laid by our predecessors. This year we focus on living out loud the strategy and principal of “Let’s Work, Let’s Play, Let’s Live together”. So together we will continue to serve our communities in Virginia with food for the Food Banks, in North Carolina toiletries to the women’s shelter and in South Carolina survival kits for final exams.

Our work is not done, we’ve only just begun to share the JJ nurturing and loving spirit with our own adult children and continue the legacy for their children. As the Mid Atlantic Regional Associate Chair I will work you, play with you as we help families build strong legacies. As associates lets live out loud the fun years. “We are in the “Forever Fun Years” and it’s a journey that is full of wonder”. This year we will continue the focus on completing our Mother’s Away from mission, documenting our history and of course having fun. As we work this year we will strengthen the link that helps mothers across the region to build strong bonds of wisdom for themselves and families. 30 Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

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On Sunday, December 11, the Conway Chapter held a Holiday Soirée and Interest festival. We also invited our MAFH student Taylor Greshem (Sophmore) and her brother Keita Greshem who is a freshman at CCU. The CCU students helped the children with crafts and also spoke to our potential new moms about their Jack and Jill experience. The Chapter presented both Taylor and Keita with a “survival kit” for finals exam week. The kit contained items such as note cards, stick ums, hand sanitizer, pens, inspirational mugs, hot cocoa and assorted snacks. Our CCU students also attended our Jack and Jill/Carol Robertson Day in September. Taylor and I speak about once a month, sometimes twice in a month depending on activities in the chapter. I also stay in touch with her parents. We have dined together and cooked together in my home.

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Mid-Atlantic Region Florence Associates The Florence Associates began the 2016-2017 program year with its annual program planning dinner at Percy’s and Willie’s in September. The Fall season continued to be productive with hosting the annual “Time of Sharing Thanksgiving Dinner” for disabled residents at Gene’s Residential Home. The Mothers of the Florence Chapter graciously assisted. The residents were served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and entertained by the children and teens of the Florence Chapter. Mr. Gene Jones, Director expressed his appreciation and stated that the residents look forward to coming each year.

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Left to right: Sharon Harrington, Denise Lipscomb, and Sharon Goodwyn Associates at the Bridging Ceremony with Denise Lipscomb

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Left to right: Denise Robinson, Edna Felton, Sharon Goodwyn, Sharon Harrington, and Angela Mercer. Associates dinner meeting


Mid-Atlantic Region Raleigh Wake Associates

Meeting once a month at our homes with a “potluck” dinner or at a restaurant has been very productive, engaging and festive. We take care of Associate business first and then the fun begins. We’ve had various activities: An Associate Mom Roundup for interested mothers was enlightening, a health and fitness coach with “weights” and healthy snacks presented by our Fitness Associate, Myra Jackson, a game night with great prizes, a professional instructor to teach some of the latest line dancing steps, and a fun filled excursion to New York City to see the Broadway play, “Shuffle Along”. Our holiday celebration was held at **Dame’s Chicken & Waffles! What a treat it proved to be. This was a first-time experience for several moms. One Associate mother exclaimed “these wings are as large as my thighs” …… we ended our year with lots of fun, food, and laughter! We are pleased with our ambitious calendar of events for the coming year! We will continue to support our Chapter and community as well have fun and fellowship as Associates in Action with A Purpose! Raleigh Wake Jack and Jill Associates in Action The Raleigh Wake, North Carolina Associates of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., had a phenomenal year of service to our community, support to the local chapter, and lots of fun! The appointment of our own, Paulette Motley, as Regional Associates’ Chairperson for the Mid-Atlantic Region was an exciting event. We celebrated the appointment and are willing, ready, and able to assist her. This is a great honor for our chapter and we are very proud of Paulette. We supported our Raleigh Wake Jack and Jill(RWJJ) Chapter Fundraising Committee in the following activities: • “RWJJ Rainmaker Society” by making individual donations of $200.00 to the Jack and Jill of America Foundation to make an impact in our community. • Jack and Jill Ran Up the Hill 5K race. • Annual Jazz Brunch. • Annual Christmas/Kwanzaa Celebration -- Identifying Jack & Jill children in scrapbooks for our Chapter Historian.

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Mid-Atlantic Region South Charlotte Associates

This dynamic group of women from South Charlotte, NC started their journey September 2007. They became an official chapter of Jack and Jill of America on August 28, 2010. Founding President Sonja Nichols and Marvelous Mid-Atlantic Mothers Felicia Perez, Lila Donaldson (2016-2017 Associate Chair) and Dr. Vernease Miller were all members of the original chartering chapter. These moms have made the continued commitment to extend the South Charlotte Legacy to 5-Star Status by forming an Associates Chapter. Glory Be To God!

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Mid-Western Region ASSOCIATE HAPPENINGS

The Associates around the region are a pretty busy bunch of ladies. Most chapters kicked their chapter year off with either a luncheon, a tea or gathering/meeting.

Cleveland Associates

Greater Lansing Associates

South Suburban Associates

MI/OH and Illinois Workday Clusters Associates

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Mid-Western Region ASSOCIATE HAPPENINGS

Founder’s Day Celebrations

The Lakeshore Associates enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of tea the luxurious Langham Chicago Hotel with guest speaker Past National Editor Kimberely Crews Goode.

Chicago Associates

Chicago Chapter celebrated our 70th year Founders’ Day! The day was filled with mothers, dads, children, and an abundance of Associates. Chicago had the pleasure of having six former presidents and two past national officers in attendance.

Associates Day of Service

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Mid-Western Region ASSOCIATE HAPPENINGS

The Associates spent the morning volunteering in Brown Chapel AME Church’s Good Samaritan Outreach Program that regularly feeds the underprivileged in the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor communities. This rewarding program provides a hot meal and groceries to participating underprivileged families

This year the Cleveland Associate Moms purchased over 80 plus pajamas for infants and toddlers. The pajamas were donated to the Cuyahoga Family and Children Services. The pajamas will be given to infants and children that are going into foster care due to a family crisis or emergency.

Chicago associates “read to me” take over- the associates FACILITATED A reading program usually lead by the chicago teens to spread the love of reading to the young children at harvard school of excellence.

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Associate Appreciation

MOTHERS AWAY FROM HOME

MOTHERS AWAY FROM HOME PROGRAM– We did something new in our region– along with connecting college students with local chapters in the college area, we collected enough money through our associate chapters to send a college care package to each student during fall finals week. The care packages were well received and pleasant surprise.

OAKLAND COUNTY ASSOCIATE APPRECIATION WINE TASTING

The Motor City Associates have been busy this program year. In addition to our initial planning meeting (dinner meeting), we have completed two service projects this program year. Annual Care Packages for Motor City College Students (Nov. 3) - The Associates met at the home of Associate Karen Gunn Dozier and packed care packages for 27 Motor City college students. This included undergraduate, graduate and professional (MBA, law and medical school) students. Clothing Donation to the Children’s Center (Nov. 19) - The Associates donated clothing to support families who receive services from The Children’s Center.

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Our 1st Associate Appreciation/Founder Day Luncheon., they ask us to dress in grey with pearls. It was fabulous the invites were beautiful we were met at the door with corsages and our coats were taken and we were seated at our special table. There was a live band playing and we did a lighting of the candle ceremony and the chapter which was dress in Black and pearls recited a poem to us. Each associate was presented with a potted orchid plant.


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If sagging skin is a concern, try NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device. This handheld device uses microcurrents to improve skin tone and contouring, and to give sagging skin a boost. Before trying NuFace, I reached out to several dermatologists to discuss my smile lines. All recommended facial fillers. Unwilling to take to the needle just yet, I decided to give NuFace a whirl. It takes about two months of consistent use to see a marked result, but it’s worth it! Smile line crisis averted. I love dispelling the myth that “black don’t crack.” As a black woman, I’ve heard this saying proudly (boastfully, even) repeated countless times over the course of my adult life. I’ve actually been chided for using serums, eye creams, sunscreen, and other anti-aging products. The resounding snarky comment is usually “Girl, we don’t need all of that.” The gist: We black women don’t need to concern ourselves with skincare products because we are anti-aging unicorns. This simply isn’t true. While black skin is slower to show the typical signs of aging like fine lines, deep forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet around the eyes, our skin is prone to uneven tone, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and sagging, all of which rob our skin of its youthful glow and makes us appear older than we really are. Thankfully, lots of at home treatments and in-office procedures can help treat dark spots, rough textures, blotchy skin tones, and sagging skin—but are these treatments safe for dark skin? Dr. Neal Schultz, NYC-based dermatologist, host of DermTV.com, and creator of BeautyRx, advises, “At-home lasers and devices (i.e. hair removal, acne treatment, reduction of fine lines) are generally safe. The FDA is very demanding that manufacturers demonstrate safety before the FDA approves them.” So what’s the best of the best? We want bright, radiant, flawlessly smooth skin, and we want it now. Read on as we break down the best tools and treatments that deliver noticeable results and are safe for dark skin!

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When it comes to popping pimples, please don’t! According to Dr. Schultz, “Dark skin is prone to hyperpigmentation from squeezing or popping. You probably won’t get scars, but the brown stains can be very difficult to treat.” Dark spots can also start to increase with age. Try a hydroquinone-free option like BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz Brightening Complex . It lightens the affected area without lightening the healthy pigmentation surrounding the dark spot.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the oscillating face-cleaning brush, try the Foreo Luna 2. The handheld silicone facial brush deep-cleans without excessive scrubbing. Forea Luna 2 is both a cleansing and anti-aging device. It decongests pores, removes dead skin cells, and channels low-frequency T-sonic pulsations to reduce the signs of aging. If you’re accustomed to a washcloth or oscillating brush, I will admit that the Foreo Luna 2 is an adjustment. After about a week of cleansing in this “new” way, I noticed my skin was less irritated, plumper, and visibly firmer. After adjusting to a silicone-cleansing device, I find it hard to go back to those spinning brush heads.

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South Central Region Greetings from the South Central Region! It is my pleasure to represent the Associates of the South Central Region as the Associate Chairperson! There are many chapters in our region that have not yet accumulated enough former mothers to activate and Associate Chapter, however, to date, we have 18 active Associate Chapters in the South Central Region. Our Associate groups are busy “living, working, and playing together” for the benefit of our children, as well as our Foundation. We have participated, across the region in many fundraising efforts for the benefit of the Jack and Jill Foundation, Incorporated, as well as having assisted our chapters in their local and community operations and chapter fundraising efforts. All associate groups assist the local chapters in their community service endeavors as well as the “Super Bowl of Caring” that all chapters are involved in. Many groups have held their own galas and events to benefit our Foundation. We are ready to assist when called! We look forward to the region’s upcoming cruise that is planned for our Mother’s Conference 2017 on the Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas ship. This will be a seven night Western Caribbean cruise wherein the mothers and associate groups will be conducting the business of Jack and Jill and finding more ways to “live, work, and play together”. We are “Charting the Course towards Leadership for the Next Generation”! 41 Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Looking forward to November 2017 Associates Retreat! See you there!

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The associates of the Sensational South Central Region at Area Workday! Living, Working, and Playing Together! CHARTING THE COURSE! LEADERSHIP FOR THE NEXT GENERATION!

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Baton Rouge Chapter Associates adorned patriotic attire for the upcoming election to host their first scheduled meeting for 2016. In addition, Baton Rouge Chapter Associates collected funds to support the local Food Bank and relief efforts to victims of the Louisiana Flood of 2016.

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Associates Chapter of North Houston Suburban, South Central Region “Puttin on the Ritz Fundraiser� March 4, 2017

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South Central Region ASSOCIATE HAPPENINGS

The North supporting and partnering to achievSuburban Dallas (NSD) Chapter Associates are committed to service and e the Initiatives with NSD, Regional and National. Meetings are scheduled on the 3rd Saturdays of February, April, September and November. Adrienne Whiting, daughter, Leah and grandson, Roman

Arlington Associate Helen Waiters along with representative from the Fort Worth Independent School District share a moment at the community event to celebrate early literacy.

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Pictured (L to R): Mary Quinn; Adrian Taylor; Carmen Webb; Earline Jackson; Cassie Smith; Jo Ann Hill; Myekye Hamilton The Associate Jewels of the North Texas Chapter Associates Group continued their annual activities in support of one of their long-time community service projects, Annual Run/Walk Against Child Abuse - “Walking in Love event”, benefiting Community Partners of Denton County, Inc. The Associates participated in the walk and provided fresh fruit for the event. (April 22, 2017)

Chair Jackson and Secretary Hill presented the check proceeds from North Texas Chapter’s 2017 fundraiser to Community Partners of Denton County’s Rainbow Room. The Rainbow Room has recently been updated. (June 2017)

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The Associates were honored during the Annual Founder’s Day at Maggiano’s “Little Italy” on January 22, 2017. The ladies walked the red carpet while giving words of wisdom to the mothers and prospective ladies. There were eight of the Associates that participated and enjoyed the company of some of the graduates that came out to support the chapter. Three of the alumni members, Nathan Jones, Taryn Bright and Adrienne Hill each presented their personal story as a Jack and Jill alumni and how the organization impacted their lives. The chapter saluted each Associate with warm hugs and gifts to cherish for a life time.

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South Central Region NSD Chapter Bridging Over Ceremony

Sheila Wooten (left) receives recognition/award from Diane Brown, Vice President (right) at the NSD Chapter Bridging Over Ceremony on Sunday April 24, 2016 at the Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas.

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Hello Associates of the Sweet, Sweet, Southeastern Region. It is my pleasure to introduce myself as your newly appointed Regional Associate Chair for the 2016 – 2018 program years.

I felt when my nephew suddenly had to leave the university campus due to weather conditions and a Jack and Jill Mom picked him up until my sister and I were able to get there. That piece of mind is invaluable, and is what we do as Sister Moms.

As Associates we have an awesome responsibility to this wonderful organization known as Jack and Jill of America, Inc. We are the keepers of the dream and must work to perpetuate the ideals that make this organization unique. As Associates support their Mother’s Chapter, our traditions continue to strengthen the Black Family.

Associates are also about community service. We will continue to find avenues to offer support to our communities. I put more emphasis on the 2017 National Associates Day of Service, because this is at the core of who we are. Imagine the positive impact our communities received due to this event. Chapters and Groups in the Southeastern Region participated in service to the elderly, to the sick, to the hungry, lending a hand to high risk teens with financial support and decorating apartments, providing breast cancer information, supporting families at Ronald McDonald house, providing clothing, providing books, park cleanup, restoring personal identification, providing support for historically Black churches, even helping with the presentation of the Dorothy Height stamp… we were busy. And most importantly, along with our loving what we were doing, Jack and Jill of America, Inc was positively highlighted in our communities.

We are exposing our children to a variety of experiences received in Jack and Jill. Experiences such as: improving oratorical skills; understanding the political arena, including how to run campaigns; understanding the stock market and other financial instruments; developing poise and self confidence; embracing the need to develop networks; knowing the need for higher education; all these items and much more comes from their Jack and Jill experience. During these years we must look within and fully engage our Alumni as they leave their chapters and head off to college. There are 43 registered Alumni in the Southeastern Region. We must work whole heartedly on our Mothers Away From Home program. What a wonderful opportunity to separate Jack and Jill from all other organizations as we provide the ultimate gift to Moms; the peace of mind of knowing she has someone who is in close proximity to her child that she can reach out to, if needed. I remember how relieved

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Associate Groups. The Miami Chapter (June 4, 2017), Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter (June 4, 2017) and the Treasure Coast ( July 15, 2017) recently installed Associates Groups. The Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter has a Potential Associates Group and several other chapters are looking to start the process. We will look to ensure the bond between the Chapter and the Group is healthy and supportive. Improved communications, both verbal and written, will be the goal for these two years. Every Mother’s Chapter will know that they have the support they need right there with the Associates. As we continue to do what we do, we must also take some time off, just to be with one another. We will have our National Associates Getaway in November 2017 and I am hoping we can work to start a Regional Associates Getaway in 2018. All in all, we plan on being a little busy in the Southeastern Region. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. Sincerely, RAC Eoline Watson


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Front row: Regional Director Gina Williams-Jackson, Associate Chair Agenoria Paschal-Powell, Associate Latasha Johnson, Regional Associate Chair Eoline Watson Back Row: Associate Arleen Poitier, Associate Renee Jones, Associate Bobbie Wilfork, Chapter President Davrye Gibson Smith, Associate Patricia Daniels, Associate Mary Dunn, Associate Althea Coleman, Associate Bryley Wilson, Associate Beverly Rao.

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for two teenage Moms and their babies Help a high risk high schol teen

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6 Ways To Find Lasting Happiness After 50 After turning 50, we want to do everything we can to stay healthy, active and strong. After all, with at least 30 years more ahead of us, the investments that we make now will make all the difference in the future. We all know that starting weight training or taking up a sport can make a significant difference in our physical health. But, what can we do if we want to improve our mental well-being and mindset? Quite a bit actually! There are plenty of small things that we can do every day to feel great. So, if you are wondering how to be happier and more positive after 50, here are six simple ideas. Focus on Achievement, Not Luck

Make Breakfast a Pleasant Ritual

Several studies have shown that the amount of happiness that outside events bring to our lives is low. For example, people who win the lottery tend return to their original level of happiness after a few years. Good or bad luck just doesn’t seem to change our happiness for long.

We learned as children that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and this is still true after age 50. Eating a full breakfast helps you stay mentally focused, calm and alert throughout the day.

However, if you focus on activities that give you a sense of achievement, you can bring more satisfaction to your life.

If you don’t have time or don’t like to cook in the morning, buy some high-protein breakfast bars or other easily portable healthy snacks to give you the sustenance you need to start the day.

So, pick a skill that you have always wanted to improve and start working on it every day. Not only will your daily achievements make you happier, but, you may make some new friends who share your interests along the way.

Even if you don’t have time for a cooked breakfast, try to make a morning meal part of your daily ritual. Give yourself some time to sit, reflect on the day ahead, and focus your energy. Use Small Gestures to Strengthen Relationships If you live with your spouse or partner, write them a little love note on the bathroom mirror and leave it for them to have a happy surprise to start the day. Take the time to write personal messages on Facebook. Instead of writing, “Happy Birthday,” tell your friend about a special memory that you have of them. Sometimes maintaining intimate friendships requires us to take a few emotional risks. Look for ways to make other people feel better by telling them how much they mean to you. Celebrate their successes and share in their triumphs.

Express Your Gratitude through Meditation or Prayer If you have a spiritual practice, it often helps to start the day by sharing your intentions and expressing your gratitude and hopes. Even if you are not a particularly religious person, you may be able to benefit from meditation. Practicing mindfulness can be a great way to prepare for the day ahead. In addition, according to this article by the Mayo Clinic, practicing meditation regularly can help you to manage stress, reduce negative emotions and increase self-awareness. Plan Your “To Do” List Whether you’re still working, starting a “second act” career, or even retired, you’re probably super busy these days. In my experience, everyone can benefit from having a clear sense of what they need to accomplish. Making a list of items ahead of time gives you a sense of control and purpose to your day. This will help you feel more confident and empowered to handle whatever challenges come along. Organizing your life doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply taking 5 minutes every morning to write down the most important tasks that you want to accomplish can give you a huge productivity boost.

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Give genuine compliments. Simply saying “That dress is a lovely color on you” or “You have the most beautiful eyes,” can make someone’s day. Find Something to Look Forward to Every Day Many of us are reinventing our lives in our 50s and 60s. We are exploring our interests, starting new careers and rededicating our energy to projects that we enjoy. From this perspective, every day is a gift. Every day gives us the opportunity to be of service to others and to experience the wonders of life. What are you looking forward to doing and experiencing today? Try to find something to look forward to every day. Meet with a friend, go to a local museum, take a class or cook a new type of cuisine. Take a few minutes at the end of each day to look back and be grateful for all of the amazing opportunities in your life. After all, gratitude is one of the secrets to happiness at any age. Life after 50 is a time of new challenges and amazing opportunities. For many of us, our children have left the house and our social circumstances are changing. Now is the time to invest in our physical and mental health. We can feel energized and positive every single day. We just need to take action. Reprinted from huffpost.com, http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6894794


A Rose Still Grows IN MEMORIAL

Deborah “Debbie� Ann Jones Riley November 13, 1952 - March 8, 2017

Arlene Janet (Roberts) Morris April 7, 1926 - October 28, 2016 Des Moines

Berniece Estella Wright September 24, 1925 - November 7, 2016 Des Moines

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Carlyn Hagler-Brooks June 11, 1943 - May 1, 2016 East St. Louis

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Dr. Lena Jane Weathers September 5, 1930 - February 17, 2017 East St. Louis

Donna Bender November 4, 1943 - March 20, 2016 East St. Louis

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UPCOMING 2018 EVENTS FOR EVERY SEASON THERE IS A TIME AND A PLACE FALL The start of another great programming year!

• September- Kickoff Retreat – Welcome new Associates- Submit Associate Application • Plan a theme party!!! • Regular Associate Meeting Attend Cluster/Workday • “Just wanna get-a-way Spa Day!” - Book the entire day from morning to late afternoon. • Football season is here – Plan to support a favorite hometown team where there are Jack and Jill Teen Graduates you can surprise with MAFH special deliveries. Why not have a tailgate party while you’re at it!! • Tell others what you’re doing by submitting a newsletter article with pictures. • November 9th-12th Make travel plans for the Annual Associate Getaway to Puerto Rico! WINTER Holiday Party Season! • Turn your regular Associate meeting into a holiday party – a little business with a lot of fun! Consider a progressive party - these are always fun – in the home or at your favorite group of restaurants. HINT--(It’s nice when you can walk from one location to the next!) • Broadway is calling! Plan a trip to New York to catch the latest and greatest show and if that doesn’t work, then plan to all go to a local play and make it a night out with dinner or lunch. • Host a Chapter meeting in honor of Founders Day! • February 15th Associate’s Day of Service-Execute a well-planned Service Project SPRING The Cycle Continues – New Mothers, New Associates, and Graduating Teens! • March- Associate Appreciation Month • Attend/Assist with Regular Associate Meeting and Bridging Ceremony. • Assist Chapter with New Member Orientation • Plan to attend New Member and New Associate Installation Ceremony • Don’t forget to tell others what you’re doing by submitting newsletter articles! • Support foundation – Consider creating your own signature event or join in with the Chapter. SUMMER A Time To Get Re-energized! • Time for a retreat – Plan your yearly calendar • Obtain names of Students in your area to support under the MAFH initiative • Plan to look cute by ordering matching outfits for the upcoming programming year • Attend Regional Conferences, National Conventions • Plan your Community Service Projects

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