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2017 UP THE HILL JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED


Table of Contents National President’s Letter

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National Editor’s Letter

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Mid-Western Regional Highlights

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National Executive Board

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Mid-Western Chapter News

366

National Teen Board

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Mid-Western Family Albums

416

Jack and Jill History

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Mid-Western Memorials

418

Central Region

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Central Regional Highlights

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Central Chapter News

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Central Family Albums

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Central Memorials

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Central Debutantes and Beaus

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Central Seniors

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Eastern Region

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Eastern Regional Highlights

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Eastern Chapter News

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Eastern Family Albums

142

Eastern Memorials

146

Eastern Debutantes and Beaus

147

Eastern Seniors

152

Far West Region

207

Far West Regional Highlights

208

Far West Chapter News

216

Far West Family Albums

256

Far West Memorials

258

Far West Debutantes and Beaus

260

Far West Seniors

265

Mid-Atlantic Region

283

Mid-Atlantic Regional Highlights

284

Mid-Atlantic Chapter News

292

Mid-Atlantic Family Albums

330

Mid-Atlantic Memorials

333

Mid-Atlantic Debutantes and Beaus 334 Mid-Atlantic Seniors

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Mid-Western Region

357

Mid-Western Debutantes and Beaus 420 Mid-Western Seniors

South Central Region

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South Central Regional Highlights

462

South Central Chapter News

470

South Central Family Albums

510

South Central Memorials

512

South Central Debutantes and Beaus 514 South Central Seniors

Southeastern Region

524

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Southeastern Regional Highlights

552

Southeastern Chapter News

560

Southeastern Family Albums

624

Southeastern Memorials

629

Southeastern Debutantes and Beaus 632 Southeastern Seniors

Children’s Art Contest

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Letter From The

25th National PRESIDENT Greetings Jack and Jill Families,

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t is with great pride that we share the 70th issue of Up the Hill, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated’s annual publication celebrating the extraordinary work of our Chapters, Members, and graduating Seniors. The first annual issue of Up the Hill was published in 1947 under the leadership of our first national president, Dorothy Bell Wright. Seventy issues later, her reflections are as relevant as ever:

“Let’s take the time with our children -- let us take the time for children. The essential things in life still stand -- character is and always will be perpetual wealth. As for the future of the national organization, that cannot be other than worthwhile with women of your caliber behind it.” - Dorothy Bell Wright, Up The Hill, 1947 As we grow as an organization, let us continue to embrace the value of our rich history, while laying the groundwork for a successful future. Our youth leadership development, innovative programming, meaningful community service, and courageous social activism will ensure our organization’s relevance in the lives of all children for generations to come. Our 2017 issue of Up The Hill chronicles our collective Power to Make a Difference, and celebrates the accomplishments of the Class of 2017. To our graduating Seniors, we wish you Godspeed and remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Finally, thank you to National Editor Tanya Hand for successfully making the history of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated come to life. The beautiful memories found in the pages of the 2017 issue of Up The Hill will last a lifetime. Serving to Make a Difference,

Joli Cooper-Nelson

25th National President Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated


Letter From The

National editor Greetings Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Families!

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t is with great honor that I share with you the 2017 Up The Hill. I like to think of our Up the Hill as our Jack and Jill Family Scrapbook. This publication celebrates the families, chapters, regions and national highlights of our organization and demonstrates the strength of our family and our combined Power to Make a Difference. Please take a moment to read and enjoy the great news and impact of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. across our nation. You will see the tireless efforts of you, our members. This yearbook is filled with love, laughter, life, fun and fantastic experiences. Up The Hill celebrates the journey of family. We salute and celebrate our seniors as they matriculate to their next experience and our mothers that have crossed the bridge to “Associates-ville.” Moms and seniors as you leave your beloved Jack and Jill of America, Inc., please take with you the wonderful experiences that you have gained through the years. You take with you a legacy of leadership, love, family and pride that has existed for nearly 80 years. There are few organizations that can tout that they have made a difference in the lives of families for eight decades. In serving as your National Editor, I have been blessed to meet and work with the best of the best. The National Executive Board (NEB) is comprised of beautiful and dedicated mothers working diligently not only for our children, but all children. The National Teen Board (NTB) is a group of dedicated teens that are committed to leading our organization, our teens and our community to the next level of leadership and service. Jack and Jill is a family, so sit back and enjoy flipping through the pages of our family scrapbook. We have much to be proud of. Long live Jack and Jill!

Tanya Hand

National Editor

A Family Is Like a Circle © Nicole M. O’Neil | Published: February 2006

A family is like a circle the connection never ends and even if at times it breaks in time it always mends

A family is like the stars somehow they're always there families are those who help who support and always care

A family is like a book the endings never clear but through the pages of the book their love is always near…


2016-2018 National Executive Board

joli cooper-nelson, 25th National President Danielle brown, National Vice President vara allen-jones, National Program Director michelle gentry anderson, National Recording Secretary paula mccann harris, National Corresponding Secretary pamela d. taylor, National Treasurer tanya hand, National Editor


2016-2017 National TEEN Board

jordyn blythe Central region

morgan smith far west region

maya long Eastern region

hunter martin mid-atlantic region

kellen love mid-western region

peyton bell hunter wesley tillman south central region southeastern region


The History of Jack and Jill of America 1938–2017

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ack and Jill of America, Incorporated was founded January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from a meeting of 20 mothers under the leadership of Marion Stubbs Thomas seeking to stimulate a social and cultural relationship between their children. Jack and Jill of America has avalanched into a strong national organization from the humble beginning of a local group. The National organization was born on June 1, 1946 when representatives of eight of the ten groups that had formed since 1938 voted to establish the national organization. The second national convention was held in 1947 in Columbus, Ohio where plans were formulated to sponsor new groups in accordance to the governing documents. The Constitution and By-laws were drawn up and Jack and Jill of America was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware on August 28, 1947. Each year, chapter programming activities are guided under a national theme in adherence to fulfillment of our organizational goals. Individual chapters embrace a plan of action geared toward a united commitment to address and help alleviate disturbing community problems that affect children. Since 1938 Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated has continued to grow and make a difference in our society for children through chapter programming and collaboration with other organizations that focus on the welfare of our youth. Today, Jack and Jill of America has a membership base of over 10,000 members and over 224 chapters functioning in seven regions across the United States. The organization’s colors are pink and blue and the flower is the pink sweetheart rose.

Our Organization’s Goals To create a medium of contact for children which will stimulate their growth and development. To provide constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational, social and service programs for children. To aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study. To seek for ALL children the same advantages we desire for our own. To support all national legislation aimed at bettering conditions for all children.


2017 Regional Stats 16 Chapters

1 Provisional Groups 413 Mothers 38 Associates 240 Fathers 310 Teens 446 Children

Air Capital Wichita, KS Bloomington-Normal, IL Denver, CO Des Moines, IA East St. Louis, IL Greater Little Rock, AR Greater Peoria, IL Greater Pikes Peak, CO Johnson County, KS Kansas City, KS Kansas City, MO Northwest Arkansas, AR Oklahoma City, OK South Suburban Denver, CO St. Clair County, IL Tulsa, OK

CENTRAL REGION


michelle gentry anderson National Recording Secretary

Greeting Members of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, Welcome to the Cool and Classy Region!

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ou will see from our stats what we are small in numbers, but large in land. We are proud of our hardworking servant-leaders, our dedicated members, our very involved fathers, our outstanding teens and our wonderful children. We are very excited as we plan to host you in the Central Region at the 2018 National Convention in Kansas City. We are led by the dynamic Debrah Mitchell and her equally dynamic team, RS Robin Rice Hodges, RT Traci Rhone and MAL Elsie Jackson. These ladies have led the Central Region to grow in membership numbers, in chapter numbers and in giving numbers. Thank you Central Region Team for your service to the region and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.! Thank you to my chapter, the Tulsa, Oklahoma Chapter. I would not be able to be here as the National Officer of the Central Region without their support for me and my family. These ladies always make me so proud with their dedication and eagerness to do all that is needed to be a chapter of excellence. They have embraced all that Jack and Jill has to offer. It is obvious to all that they love Jack and Jill just as I do! I am most grateful for the support of my family. The understanding and willingness to help of my husband, National Fathers’ Auxiliary Committee Chair, Dr. Bret Anderson, my three children, Amelia, Brett and Alexis allow me to do what I love, serve Jack and Jill! And my mother, for making the choice to join the Tulsa Chapter many years ago. Her choice introduced me to this premier organization! Now, I am so proud to be given the opportunity to represent the Central Region, the region in which I grew up! I have so enjoyed this year as the National Officer of the Central Region, your National Recording Secretary. It has been a delight working with the Regional Secretaries as we discussed MIS and 1-in4, the Nominating Committee as we prepared for the elections of your 2017-2019 regional officers, the Alumni Connection Task Force as we plan for a future for our children after Jack and Jill and the Technology committee as we work on ways to make the Jack and Jill processes easier and streamlined for our members. Thank you so much for letting me serve you, the families of Jack and Jill! Yours,

Michelle Gentry Anderson National Recording Secretary


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CENTRAL REGION Regional Highlights

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he Central Region covers the largest geographical area in Jack and Jill spanning the heartland of America, from the mighty Mississippi River to the rustic Rocky Mountains. Currently, we have 16 chapters that stretch north to Iowa; south to Oklahoma and Arkansas; east to Illinois; and west to Colorado. States rounding out the rest of the region are Missouri and Kansas. The idea of a regional plan of the National Organization was advanced at the third annual meeting of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. held in Washington, DC, in 1948. At the 1953 National Convention in Memphis, TN, guidelines for organizing regional teen conferences were established. At the 1957 annual convention in San Francisco, the concept of regions was finally adopted by the body and the Central Region was born.

The first Central Region, Mothers’ Conference was held in Memphis, Tennessee. Melba Briscoe was the first Central Regional Director. Margaret Simms from the St. Louis Chapter was elected National President in 1962. Dr. Lillian A. Parks from the East St. Louis Chapter was elected National President in 1978. The region has hosted five national conventions in 1953, 1958, 1976, 1990 and 2004. The 2018 National Convention will be hosted by the Central Region in Kansas City, MO.

Regional Officers National Regional Regional Regional Regional Regional Regional

Officer: Michelle Gentry Anderson Director: Debrah Mitchell Secretary: Robin Rice Hodges Treasurer: Traci Rhone Member at Large: Elsie Jackson Associate Chair: Jacquie Easley Fathers’ Auxiliary: Brett Anderson

Teen Officers

President: Jordyn Blythe Vice-President: Alina Wilson Secretary: Kamryn Lanier Treasurer: Hudson Hazlewood Foundation Chair: Sakiya Hearns

Regional Committee Appointments

Associate Chair: Jacquie Easley Bylaws Chair: Zina Cruse Editor: Tiffany Freeman Public Relations Chair Fathers’ Auxiliary Chair: Brett Anderson Legislative Chair: Tamara King Membership Chair: Vanecia Kerr Nominating Chair: Suzanne Ornelas Program Chair: Denesha Snell Protocol Chair: Dawn Jones Gaffney Strategic Relevance and Value: Thembi Conner-Garcia Teen Advisor: Kia Blythe

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conference highlights

The Cool & Classy mothers of the Central Region continued to see a year of membership growth and a willingness to step into new engaging and adventeous opportunities.

2017 will be a milestone year as we commemorate 60 years of the Central Region. In April we will conduct four children’s cluster in Kansas City, MO; Little Rock, AR; Peoria, IL and Denver, CO for our youth 2-12 years. These clusters will be a great opportunity to strengthening our children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. It is the power we have in us to make a difference in our children and in the community.

Our first adventure occurred in June 2016 when attendees from all 16 chapters packed their bags and headed to the beautiful Washington University in St. Louis for the 63rd Annual Central Region Teen Leadership Conference. It had been more than a decade since our region last hosted a teen conference on a college campus. Our theme was Success through Synergy: We’re a Force When We Work Together. We also moved in a different direction with our community service project. We partnered with the Pack Shack to throw a crazy fun packing party as we packed and prepared 25,000 delicious, nutritious, and easyto prepare meals for the metropolitan St. Louis food banks that services food-insecure African-American families. Central Region had an amazing opportunity to positively impact the lives in the St. Louis and East St. Louis communities. The moms of the St. Clair County Chapter did an outstanding job as host and gave us the confidence we needed to consider a college campus again in the near future.

Mother’s Conference 2018 Date: June 20-22, 2017 Location: Oklahoma City, OKlahoma Hosting Chapter: Northwest Arkansas Chapter Conference Chairs: Michelle Gray Teen Conference 2017 Date: June 22-25, 2017 Theme: Black is the New Black; Embrace Your Roots Location: Oklahoma City, Ok Hosting Chapter: Oklahoma City Conference Chairs: Danne Johnson, Sherrita Wilson, and Yolanda Colonel Mother’s Clusters Date: Oct. 1, 2016 (North-East Cluster) and Oct. 15, 2016 (South-West Cluster) Theme: The Power to Make a Difference Location: Johnson County, KS (NE) & Denver, CO (SW) Hosting Chapter: Johnson County (NE) and South Suburban Denver (SW) Conference Chairs: Cheryl Harrison Lee (NE) and Jerilyn Hitch Fuller (SW)

Central Region felt the love as Tulsa’s own Michelle Gentry Anderson was elected National Recording Secretary at the 42nd National Convention in Palm Desert, CA. Central Region may be the smallest region, but we made some noise when St. Clair County won first place in the Best of Best Cultural Programming, Dr. Thembi Conner-Garcia (GPI) won President’s Leadership Award Honorable Mention, JJ Foundation President Dr. Shelley Cooper (KCK) reported out on the outstanding work of the Foundation, and Betty Andrews (DES) won the Power to Make a Difference President’s Award for her outstanding work on all things for our people. We concluded the convention with our invitation to the 2018 National Convention presentation and ended the presentation in “Beyoncé Formation” style handing out 300 goodie swag bags (with hot sauce!) to all the delegates and VIPs.

Children’s Clusters Date: April 8, 2017 East Cluster Location: Peoria, IL Hosting Chapter: Greater Peoria IL Conference Chairs: Erika Carter-Bailey and Jennifer Strickland Children’s Clusters Date: April 22, 2017 - North, South and West Clusters Location: Kansas City, MO, Little Rock, AR, Denver, CO Hosting Chapter: Kansas City MO, Greater Little Rock, Denver Conference Chairs: Cita Trice, Ashia Muhammad, Carmen Beals and Tracy Winchester

October was a busy month for our region when we conducted two area workday clusters for mother members and teens. Johnson County and South Suburban Denver chapters were our gracious host and both clusters saw increased attendance over last year. Also that month, we installed 18 M.O.C.H.A. moms of Colorado Springs to become the newest members of Jack and Jill with a new chapter name -- Greater Pikes Peak. National President Joli Cooper-Nelson officiated the ceremony and the entire regional team was in attendance. 13


debrah mitchell regional director

Debrah Mitchell is a charter member of the Greater Little Rock Chapter. Since 2000, Debrah has served in various chapter leadership positions within her chapter including vice president, program director and four years as chapter president. On a regional level, she served as the first regional program director in 2006. She also served two years as regional teen advisor and was elected Central Region Nominating Chair in 2011. In 2013, she was unanimously elected Regional Director and reelected in 2015. Debrah is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has served as publicity chair for the Little Rock Alumnae chapter. She served on the state committee for the Democrat Party of Arkansas and publicity chair for the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus. She was honored as Women of Excellence in Media in 2011 for her work as co-owner and editorial director for an African-American newspaper called STAND! News. That same year, the paper was the recipient of the President’s Award at the King Kennedy Awards Dinner.

traci l. rhone regional treasurer

Traci L. Rhone, Regional Treasurer, is a member of the Oklahoma City Chapter where she has been a member for 16 years. She has served in various capacities in the chapter including President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary and chair of various committees and programs. She also served on the National Constitution and Bylaws Committee and as Delegate and Alternate at Regional Conferences and National Conventions. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Oklahoma State University and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law. She is a member of the Oklahoma and Kansas Bars. Traci is in private practice and partner/owner in her own law firm of Rhone & House, A.P.A. in Oklahoma City where she is a litigator in the areas of criminal, civil and probate law. She is active in various civic and professional organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Oklahoma City Association of Black Lawyers and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court. Traci has been married to Michael for 21 years and they have three children William, a graduate of Jack and Jill, and twins, Brianna and Brandon.

robin rice hodges regional secretary

Robin Rice Hodges is the mother of three: Torres, Cameryn, and Jackson. Along with her husband Derrick, they are a proud Air Force family, currently stationed at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Robin’s journey in Jack and Jill began in 2008 in the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2011, military duty lead her family to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where she was a member of the Greater Tampa Chapter. Since 2014, Robin has been a member of the St. Clair County Chapter. Robin has held many offices and positions, including Recording Secretary, Grade Group Chair and Program Director. She also served as Chair of the 2015 East Children’s Cluster, 2016 Teen Conference, member of the Regional Nominating Committee, Regional Technology Chair and member of the National Technology Committee. Robin is a member of the East St. Louis Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. chairing, the Information, Communications and Technology Committee, in addition to having served for more than twelve years on the National Technology Committee.

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elsie m. jackson member-at-large

Elsie M. Jackson is has been a member of the Des Moines Jack and Jill chapter since 2005 and has served in a number of leadership roles. She is currently the Central Region Member at Large (MAL). Elsie has been married to Reginald L. Jackson for 27 years and all four of their sons have graduated out of Jack and Jill of America. Elsie and Reginald also have a beautiful granddaughter, Justice Olivia Deanna Jackson she is their pride and joy. Xavier Montel Spencer is a graduate of Lincoln University. Kourtlin Lee Eugene received a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and graduate degree from University of Southern Mississippi. Avery Dominique Williams is a senior at Morehouse College majoring in Sociology and Pre-law and Keenan Isiah Jackson attends Howard University. Elsie received a BA from Iowa State University and has a host of adult learning, process improvement and change management certifications. She is currently Assistant Vice President of National Projects and Implementation at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Jacquie Easley McGhee regional associate chair

After 12 years of active membership Jacquie Easley McGhee became a life Associate member in 2014, and was appointed Central Region Associate Chair in 2016. As a member of the Des Moines chapter, RAC Jacquie served as Chapter president (2012-2014) and as Central Region Chair on the National Strategic Relevance and Value Committee under the leadership former NP Tamara Turnley Robinson. Jacquie is Director, Community & Diversity Services for Mercy Medical Center where she manages health equity programs. In 2017, Jacquie was elected Chair of the City of Des Moines Council Planning and Zoning Commission. Jacquie was inducted in the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame by Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds in August 2011. She has also been inducted in the Iowa African American Hall of Fame. Other honors include Metro Women’s “Woman of the Year in 2009”, Des Moines Business Record’s “Woman of Influence” Dollars and Sense Magazine’s “Outstanding Business and Professional Award”, Iowa Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Iowan, YWCA Woman of Achievement, Outstanding Service to Youth by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

kia m. blythe

regional teen advisor Kia M. Blythe is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters; Jordyn Lynne’ 17 and Taylor Monique who is 11 years old. Kia has been married to Marcel for 25 years and she is a stay at home mom. She has been a member of the Bloomington/Normal Jack and Jill chapter for 6 years where she served as Lead Teen Sponsor for two and is in her second year as Regional Ten Advisor. While she currently lives in Bloomington Illinois, she has lived in Florida and New York - but is a “Jersey Girl” by birth and by heart. Kia is an active community service leader and is instrumental in driving initiatives and challenging the status quo in the local school system. She enjoys traveling, dancing, shopping and listening to old school Hip Hop and House Music. Kia lives a blessed and faithful life and believes that being a member of the Jack and Jill organization has allowed her to contribute to the growth and development of our incredible young leaders; all while growing herself.

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Teen Officers jordyn blythe | Teen President Jordyn Blythe is a junior at University High School in Normal, Illinois. She has been a member of the Blooming/ Normal chapter for 6 years and has held various leadership positions in the organization. Outside of Jack and Jill, she is an active member of her high school’s band, choir, speech, theatre and Senate, as junior class president. She the co-founder of her school’s Black Student Union. Jordyn is an Olympian in the NAACP ACTSO program, where she was awarded the 2016 National Gold Medal in the Dramatics category.

alina wilson | Teen Vice-President Alina Wilson is a sophomore at Heritage Hall. She enjoys singing and art and is enrolled in the Challenge Artist Program. Alina is an athlete and plays on the Varsity softball, soccer, and track teams. She also serves as the co-captain of her JV basketball team. Alina is very active in her community and serves on the OMRF Teen Board, Cleats 4 Kids Teen Board, and as the co-chair of the OKC Teen Arts Council. Alina also founded the nonprofit, the Adopt a Grandparent Program. Alina volunteers at a soup kitchen and Children’s Hospital.

kamryn lanier | Teen Secretary Kamryn Lanier has been a proud member of the Johnson County Chapter for 14 years. Kamryn has held chapter positions as Teen President, Historian and Recording Secretary. Kamryn is a senior at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City, MO. She is an AP Scholar, Mandarin Chinese honors student, plays varsity lacrosse and volunteers as a prosecutor for the Kansas City Youth Court. Kamryn plans to attend Villanova University, major in International Business and become an attorney for a Fortune 500 Company.

name | Teen Treasurer Hudson Hazlewood is a member of the Greater Peoria Illinois chapter. He has served as chapter Vice President. He has attended two previous Teen Conferences and Teen Cluster in Denver, Co. He is an avid soccer player and has trained with professional teams in both Spain and Brazil. He earned two Varsity letters and was named to the all sectional and all conference teams in Illinois. He volunteers in his community for several organizations. He is the principal organizer for eRACEing Hunger, a 5k fun run that he founded.

sakiya hearns | Teen foundation chair Sakiya Hearns is a senior at the historic Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. She been in Jack and Jill for four years. Sakiya also serves as Vice President of the only high school NAACP chapter in Arkansas, was a 2016 Debutante, and is a Next Gen Youth Ministry leader at her church. Her favorite things include Twitter, where she follows many smart and witty black women, and Youtube. Sakiya plans to attend a HBCU in the fall and major in political science. Her favorite Jack and Jill moment is being voted into office and visiting D.C.

carlos sanford | Teen parliamentarian Carlos Sanford is currently a senior at O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon Il. He has been a member of the East St. Louis Chapter since 2013 and has served in leadership roles including Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Carlos is a member of the varsity football team and the youth program with Omega Psi Pi Fraternity as well as Victory Church in East St. Louis. His mother, Tanya Sanford recently passed away so his dad and his brother Tyler are still trying to adjust to the loss. Carlos is a caring, hardworking and outgoing person. 16


sydney smith | Teen chaplain Sydney Smith is a senior at Raytown South High School in Kansas City, Missouri and is the daughter of Nathan Smith and Kimberly Maupin. Sydney has been a member of Jack and Jill for 9 years now and throughout that time she has been Foundation Chair and President of her local chapter. She is one of the top ten of her class and serves as the Treasurer of her National Honor Society branch. She is on the Principal’s Honor Roll and has completed Engineering Drafting & Design and will continue her next semester in Engineering Field Experience.

evan thomas edmondson | Teen sergeant at arms Evan Thomas Edmondson is a senior at Rangeview High School in Colorado. He is both an Honor Roll student and varsity letterman in football and track. He has been a member of the Denver chapter of Jack and Jill since 2008 and has held several positions including Treasurer, Vice President and was elected twice as Senior Teen President. Evan received the US Presidents award for community service in both 2014 and 2015. Evan has received the Youth leadership Award from both Rotary International and the NAACP. He has a passion for acquiring knowledge and serving his community. His strength and honesty are admired.

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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CENTRAL REGION Chapter News

bloomington-normal, il Chapter Officers 2016-2017

teen Officers 2016-2017

chapter history

Department – The Talk(Leadership & Education Thrusts). We also have chapter members serve as Regional Officers, Regional Chairs and/or appointed to National Committees. In 2013, we were thrilled to receive the National Legislative Award during the On The Hill Summit. Our chapter also hosted open dialogue with Ernest “Tennesse Ernie” Westfield of the former Negro League Baseball’s “Birmingham Black Baron” (Cultural Thrust).

President: Pamela M. Starks Vice-President: Heather Butler Taylor Program Director: Nikki Bassett Gibson Recording Secretary: Raquel Romann Corresponding Secretary: Tiffinie Payne Pryor Treasurer: Memuna Lee Financial Secretary: Denise Bridges Editor: Janice Cooper & Kentrica Coleman Chaplain: LaTonya Harris Historian: Dr. Kristal Shelvin Foundation Chair: Sheri Carter Parliamentarian: Tania Willis Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Lorraine Muhammad Associate Chair: Jennifer Palmer-Franklin Father’s Auxiliary: Ken Starks

President: Vernon Smith, Jr. Vice-President: Alexis Starks Secretary: Brooklyn Mosley Treasurer: Michael Mosley Parliamentarian: Alex Phillips Chaplain: Boston Cooper

On May 20, 2000, a Jack and Jill Interest Group was formed in the Bloomington-Normal Community from which 21 mothers worked tirelessly towards being approved as a Provisional Chapter. On May 24, 2001, the National Executive Board made it official by voting the Bloomington/Normal Group in as a Provisional Chapter. After completing requirements, our Provisional Chapter officially became the Bloomington-Normal Chapter of Jack of Jill of America, Incorporated on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at Eastland Suites and Convention Center. Dr. Karen Clark, National 2nd Vice President - Program, presided over the induction ceremony. Over the last fourteen years the chapter continues to carry forward the passion of its chartering members and is recognized in the Bloomington-Normal community for several signature events including its renowned public speaking program in conjunction with Illinois State University, Speaking Up for Success (SUFS). The chapter currently consists of 29 mothers.

We were proud to be named a Five Star Chapter of Distinction and achieved Superior Handbook status at the 2016 National Convention. This past September, we celebrated our 16th annual Jack and Jill Day at Western Avenue Community Center in Bloomington. Our newly inducted mothers planned and implemented a stellar celebration of Carole Robertson’s life and legacy. We continue to obtain grant funds to support our biannual (odd years) Speaking Up for Success (SUFS) program resulting in the chapter’s ability to deliver free public speaking clinics in the month of February to children in grades pre-K-12. The Bloomington-Normal Chapter is looking forward to another remarkable programming year.

chapter programming Our chapter consistently participates in community events reflecting the brand of a premiere AfricanAmerican organization while incorporating all national thrusts. Examples include: Earth Day Celebration – we planted a Jack and Jill tree near the childrens playground at Miller Park – City of Bloomington (Civic Thrust), hosted 2 children’s book signing with The Links Incorporated (Social/Recreational Thrust) , established an ongoing partnership with Barnes and Noble Booksellers, State Farm Insurance Agents, Salvation Army, Western Avenue Community Center, various senior citizen homes, The Baby Fold, Boys and Girls Club, and BANSAGO (Bloomington and Normal Service and Greek Organizations), and City of Bloomington Police 18


Chapter News | CENTRAL Region

denver, co Chapter Officers 2016-2017

teen Officers 2016-2017

President: Meosha Brooks Vice President: Simone Ross Program Director: Angela Green-Garland Recording Secretary: Maria Hicks-Ware Corresponding Secretary: Nicole Nunn-Hilliard Treasurer: Nina Henderson-Moore Financial Secretary: Deidre Wilson Editor: Yemi Odugbesan Chaplain: Natasha Crayton Historian: Yvonne Pace Foundation Chair: Heather Johnson Parliamentarian: Tracy Winchester Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Regina Edmonson Associate Chair: Vanessa Scott-Haynes Father’s Auxiliary: Justin Brooks

President: Laurel Wilson Vice President: Morgan Fuller Recording Secretary: Tatiana Dixon Corresponding Secretary: Jasmine Moore Treasurer: Kylah Coleman Chaplain: Jonathan Fuller Sergeant at Arms: Myles Pace

chapter members Makda Alem, Carmen Beals, Michelle Betts, Melodie Brooks, Meosha Brooks, Natasha Crayton, Jennifer Collins, Toshia Cowans, LaVoynn DuMillier-Miller, Regina Edmondson, Candice Fletcher, Jacqueline Forster-Cooper, Brenda Fuller, Marlena Grant, Angela Green-Garland, Nina Henderson-Moore, Maria Hicks-Ware, Portia Hicks, Heather Johnson, Robin Lawson, Tchernavia “Chevy” Lowe, Katrina Mann-Boykin, Laura Maretich, Tiffany Newton, Nicole Nunn-Hilliard, Yemi Odugbesan, Lori Pace, Yvonne Pace, Simone Ross, Esperonda Siefert, Tomeka Speller, Natalie Williams, Deirdre Wilson, Tracy Winchester chapter history

During September the preschool and kindergarteners kicked off their year off at the Denver Art Museum followed by a pow wow, where they learned about Native American culture. First and 2nd graders explored the library while learning about the Dewey Decimal system. Afterwards they implemented the system to find literature highlighting African American history. In October the 3rd-5th graders attended the “Magic of Chemistry” at CU Boulder, where they observed numerous chemical reactions, including an exploding pumpkin.

The Denver Chapter was established in 1955 by Mrs. Isabelle Bartholomew and with the sponsorship of the Memphis, Tennessee Chapter. It was officially initiated into the National Organization on June 23, 1956 with 36 Charter Members. The Denver Chapter celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2006 and continues to serve the national mission throu gh its dedication to community service as well as cultural, social and educational enrichment programming aimed at producing future African-American leaders and upholding the African-American family.

The chapter has participated in several community service activities, including its annual “Rake Up Colorado,” an event that pairs our organization with seniors citizens in need of leaf removal. The senior teens served Thanksgiving dinner at the Boys and Girls Club and had the privilege of being bell ringers for the Salvation Army during November.

chapter programming

The Denver Chapter started the year with its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s. This popular event gives all the children an opportunity to interact with the community while greeting guests, taking orders, serving food, bussing tables, and washing dishes. This event was wildly successful, in part, because of the efforts of the members of the Fathers’ Auxiliary, who ran the kitchen.

Finally our biggest event was the 33rd presentation of the Denver Chapter Beautillion on December 18, 2016. Twenty-three collegebound seniors were presented, including our very own Evan Edmonson. In preparation for the event, the young men spent the semester completing a community service project that included picking up trash and removing graffiti in the historic Five Points neighborhood. They also attended a series of workshop that covered various topics including interviewing and networking skills, leadership, and how to interact with the police.

The senior teens have attended several leadership development seminars, including one at the University of Colorado Denver. After hosting college night, the senior teens are better prepared for navigating everything from college applications to surviving the first year of university. The junior teens improved their financial literacy by attending an educational session at Young America’s Bank. They also managed to pack in some fun during Halloween Fright Fest held at Elitch Gardens.

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des moines, ia Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Diondra Gamblin Vice-President: Juli Foster Program Director: Latres Bell Recording Secretary: Monique Holman Corresponding Secretary: Betty C Andrews Treasurer: Ayesha Sonoiki Financial Secretary: Nyra M. Bottley Editor/Historian: Kimberly R. Hines Foundation Chair: Elsie Jackson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Hayley Harvey Co Teen Sponsor: Tasha Turner Associate Chair: Juli Foster Father’s Auxiliary: Kimberly Payne-Brown

President: Kennedy “Drew” Turner Vice-President: Kyndal “Reese” Turner Secretary: Hannah M Harvey Corresponding Secretary: Keheir Gamblin Treasurer: Marc Foster Parliamentarian: Nya Bottley Foundation Chair: Chastain Evans

chapter history The Des Moines Chapter was established in

29th, a Science Fair event provided an opportunity for our children to explore the structure and function of molecular biology.The Explorers and Path Finders also completed a Munchkins Cooking Class event. On February 18th, the children participated in an activity to explore the life of the world-renowned scientist, George Washington, and were allowed to take part in experiments. On March 10, 2017, the children attended a Science Family Night at the Science Center of Iowa, allowing the parents to participate along side their child to assist with exploration of STEM career paths.

November of 1962 as the 104th chapter. Mrs. Margaret Emory Simms, the 7th National President, presided over the induction ceremony of the 15 charter members. Our chapter’s mission is to ensure that meaningful, cultural, social and educational programming is provided for the enrichment and betterment of our children’s lives.

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The Chapter Mothers began the program year with purposeful enthusiasm on September 10th, with the observance of Carole Robertson Day, along with our Jack and Jill Family Day cookout. The chapter youth gave full participation to the Full STE(A)M Ahead Program through attending workshops & other fun activities that focus solely on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering , and Art & Math. The National Day of Fitness, held on April 15th , allowed the members of the chapter to compete in various fitness challenges, as well as to learn how to prepare healthy snacks. On May 6, 2017, the chapter lent their support to the national partnership with the March of Dimes through participation in the nationwide walk. The Black Family Day was held on May 6th and brought to an end another successful programming year.

Range Rovers (ages 9-12) and Black Leaders of Tomorrow (ages 13-18) The tween and teen groups had yet another busy year of strong participation with their guided modules, as well as community service inspired projects that commenced on September 3rd, with preparing Meals for the Heartland. Meals were packaged to be delivered to persons that were in need of food. This event was followed by an ACT Prep Workshop, with the Investing in My Future Program. Review of material on the test, along with test strategies were reviewed with the students to help build their confidence with taking the ACT. The tweens and teens worked really hard to contribute to the lives of others by participation with the Amanda the Panda Children’s Center. This allowed the teen group to deliver Cheer Boxes to families that were grieving the loss of a loved one. Gift bags were also created and given to veterans in appreciation and thanks for their service to our country.

Explorers (ages 2-5) and Path Finders (ages 6-8) The youngest children of the chapter began the year with an Agriculture Day, which allowed the children to have a first hand glimpse into farming and agriculture with animals. On October

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east st. louis, il Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Michele Henry-McGee Vice-President: Liberia Hunt Program Director: Danita Springfield Recording Secretary: Tanya Sanford, Candice Coman Corresponding Secretary: Tanya Sanford, Candice Coman Treasurer: Mia Ransom-Harris Financial Secretary: Robin Carey-Boyd Editor: Michele Henry-McGee Chaplain: D’Jamildo Graham Historian: Lauren Parks Foundation Chair: Julie Gill Parliamentarian: Carmella Hardnett Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Zina Cruse Associate Chair: Dr. Lillian A. Parks Father’s Auxiliary: Morris Jenkins

President: Willie Spratt III Vice-President: Marissa Cruse Secretary: Tyler Sanford Treasurer: Lennium Parks-Goins Parliamentarian: Stephen Cruse

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Director from 2007-2009. Currently, the East St. Louis Chapter has the distinction of having its own Mother Zina Cruse serve as the National By-Laws Chair and Mother Michele Henry-McGee as Central Region Chaplain.

On September 20, 1960, sixteen East St. Louis mothers met with four members of the St. Louis, Missouri Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The following officers were elected at that meeting: President – Mrs. Dorothy L. Kenney; Vice President – Mrs. Juanita Loveless; Recording Secretary – Mrs. Evelyn Word; Corresponding Secretary – Mrs. Mildred Jeffers; Treasurer – Mrs. Myrtle B. Officer; Parliamentarian – Mrs. Mary Louise Perry; Historian/Journalist – Mrs. Louise Polk; other members present that evening included: Mrs. Thelma Blackwell, Mrs. Mildred Jones, Mrs. Geneva Irby, Mrs. Lee Annie Bonner, Mrs.

chapter programming The East St. Louis Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. began this program year focusing on its spiritual and physical growth. With our theme “Rise Up”, we worked together to focus on our growth in commitment to Jack and Jill and our growth as a chapter. Our Associates Group provided extensive motivation to our chapter to continue to grow and empower the families in the organization and the community to strive for Powerful moments for the family and community.

Rosie Hancock, Mrs. Ada Woodson, Mrs. Lawanne Russell, Mrs. Bernice Higgins, Mrs. Frazier, Mrs. Laura Beck and Mrs. Florence Jackson. As a result of this meeting, and the hard work of the mothers involved, the East St. Louis, Illinois Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was established at the National Convention in July 1962. Two special projects that received support from the local chapter at that time were the Mental Health Center and the Emily Willis Day Care Center.

Emotionally bouncing back from the sudden death of our mother and friend, Tanya Sanford, proved hard, and our chapter embarked on 30 Days of Prayer. We came together weekly during this time for group prayer and support, and in 2017, we resolved to be better mothers, better friends, and better members. We resolved to think better, be better, and live better together as a chapter.

The following mothers have served the East St. Louis Chapter with distinction as President: Dorothy Kenney, Dr. Lena Weathers, Evelyn Word, Lillian Williams, Dr. Lillian Parks, Lee Annie Bonner, Willene Randolph, Lessie Gregory, Peggy LeCompte, Bessie Peabody, Curtis Paradise, Camille McCaskill, Carlyn Brooks, Betty Collins, Audrey Jones, Jackie Davis, Lena Solari, Willie Spencer, Mary Bobbitt, Lisa Bobbitt, Robin Carey Boyd, Barbara Bowdry, Jaye Willis, Sandra Rockett Brown, and Carmella Hardnett. The current President is Michele Henry-McGee.

The Mothers of our Chapter show what family is truly about by supporting one another in programming, activities, providing education to our children, exposing each family to new cultural experiences, and encouraging one another through whatever one was experiencing. The East St. Louis Chapter Moms are a family that is full of POWER.

The East St. Louis Chapter was especially honored in 1978 to have one of its members elected to the highest national office of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. when Dr. Lillian A. Parks was elected National President. She served with dignity and distinction in this position from 1978 – 1982. Prior to becoming National President, Dr. Parks also served as Central Region Secretary-Treasurer and Central Regional Director. Formerly, Audrey Jones from the East St. Louis Chapter was the Central Region Member-at-Large from 1993 – 1995. Additonally, former East St. Louis Chapter Member and Past Chapter President, Lisa Bobbit, served as a Central Region 23


greater little rock, ar Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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chapter programming Greater Little Rock’s focus for 2017 is centered around serving the community. During our annual planning meeting, mothers decided that for many of their events, a community component would be added. In November, for Thanksgiving, food baskets were delivered to families in need, as a chapter wide event. In January, our 2 year old - 5 year old age group gave toys to the Arkansas Children’s hospital. In December, we hosted a Breakfast with Santa event that catered to 10 foster families and the community. For 2016/2017, each age group planned more than three activities per group which purposely combined a charity/community service project, in conjunction with other thrusts. Our children are really learning about what it means to give back!

President: Ashia Muhammad Vice-President: Katrina Banks Program Director: Jennifer Thomas Recording Secretary: Angela Johnson Corresponding Secretary: Heather West Treasurer: Sophia Williams Financial Secretary: Cassandra Steele Editor: Yvonda Jackson Chaplain: Gwendolyn Kelley Foundation Chair: Fritzi Hemphill Parliamentarian: Tiffany O’Guin Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Terri Hollingsworth Associate Chair: Edie Callaway-Frazier Father’s Auxiliary: Oscar Ornelas

President: Jason Gray Vice-President: Alexandria Blouin Secretary: Nola Ornelas Treasurer: Sydni Cook Parliamentarian: Tenia Jones Chaplain: Joshua Davis

On July 18-22, 2000, six mothers, Kim Evans, Dr. Paula Martin-Fletcher, Priscilla Alexander, Patricia McCullough, Antoinette Brim, and Rosalyn Pruitt, attended the 2000 National Convention of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. held in Charlotte, North Carolina. There the Provisional Group became a Provisional Chapter. On September 9, 2000, the Installation Ceremony was held and the Greater Little Rock Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was born! The official ceremony took place at the Cammack Woods Board Room in Little Rock. National and Regional officers conducted the ceremony which included, Dr. Karen Clark, National Program Director, Ann Clay, Central Regional Director, and Gwendolyn Childs, Central Regional Parliamentarian. The charter members of the chapter are Kim Evans (President), Brenda Ficklin (Vice President), Adrienne Conley (Recording Secretary), Keli Williams (Corresponding Secretary), Garbo Hearne (Treasurer), Paula Martin-Fletcher (Financial Secretary), Bridgette Newson (Program Director), Kathryn Fitzhugh (Editor/Historian), Joyce Warren (Parliamentarian), Shrel Rose, Valencia Corrothers, Freda Jefferson, Antoinette Brim, Rosalyn Pruitt, Cassandra Steele, Stephanie Neal, Debrah Mitchell, Ramona Elliot, Miriam Bernard, Masha Davis, Natalie Loggins, Vera Watson, Helen Barnes, and Patricia McCullough. Each new member received a group photo in a special standing 8x10 frame. An installation ceremony took place later that evening at 1620 Restaurant.

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greater peoria, il Chapter Officers 2016-2017

Father’s Auxiliary: Terrance McWhorter

President: Thembi Conner-Garcia Vice-President: Kim Dickerson Program Director: Kim Dickerson Recording Secretary: Teri Rainey Corresponding Secretary: Jennifer Myers Treasurer: Jennifer Strickland Financial Secretary: Letecha Haywood Editor: Thembi Conner-Garcia Chaplain: Iris Leverett Historian: Jocelyn Hazlewood Foundation Chair: Monica Arbuckle Parliamentarian: Jennifer Hawkins Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Jocelyn Hazlewood

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President: Roderick Cameron Bland Vice-President: Cameron Bell Secretary: JerQuavia Henderson Treasurer: Moriah Arbuckle Parliamentarian: Aaron Morris Chaplain: Kiara Leverett

chapter members Dominique Alexandre, Monica Arbuckle, Erika Carter Bailey, Christa Spates Bell, Stacey C. Bland, Marcia Bolden, Sonya Bolden, Dawn Bozeman, Karen Cadet-Saintilus, Thembi Conner-Garcia, Kelly Daniels, Kim Dickerson, Roberta English, Donna Fauntleroy, Lillie Gillespie, Ahdonna Keeling Guilford, Jameka Golden, Jennifer Hawkins, Letecha Haywood, Jocelyn Hazlewood, Iris Leverett, Tailetha McClinton, Denise McWhorter, Sonya Miles, Farnaz Nani Moazzam, Djuana Montgomery, Jennifer Myers, Marjorie Parent, Teri Rainey, Tina Saddler, Robyn Stewart, Jennifer Strickland, Margot Vance, Mireille Raoul Volmar chapter history On Sunday, November 9, 2014, the Greater Peoria, Illinois Chapter was chartered. In March 2013, our founding mothers Kim Dickerson and Thembi Conner-Garcia met and talked about what they could do to enrich their children and assist them in becoming well-rounded adults. Jack and Jill of America Incorporated was the focus of their conversation. Interest group status was given to the group on August 1, 2013. At the end of August 2013, the Peoria Interest Group sent in the provisional group application on behalf of 24 mothers. On October 20, 2013, the Jack and Jill of America Incorporated National Executive Board approved provisional group status. The first official meeting of the Peoria Provisional Group occurred on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm, at the home of Kim Dickerson. The first grade group activities started in January 2014 and continued through May 2014. During that summer, the mothers eagerly prepared for their presentation at the 2014 National Convention. At that convention, on August 1, 2014, the Peoria Provisional Group was voted unanimously to become the Peoria Provisional Chapter. This new designation was a tremendous kick off to the 20142015 program year. On Sunday, November 9, 2014, the Peoria Provisional Chapter officially became the Greater Peoria, Illinois Chapter with a charter membership of 21 mothers and 42 children strong.

chapter programming The Greater Peoria, Illinois Chapter started the year off celebrating Carole Robertson/Jack and Jill Day. This was an excellent way to kick off the program year and to share Jack and Jill history with one another and prospective families. Our grade groups then immersed themselves in cultural, educational, health, civic and social/recreational activities. Some of the activities that we have done so far include learning how to prepare heart healthy meals, taking a guided tour of art sculptures, discussing what it means to be the US President, gokarting with the Fathers’ Auxiliary and raising money at our annual Flapjack Fundraiser. Our grade groups have been completing financial literacy and leadership modules including the required Public Speaking and Budgeting modules. With 34 mothers and 63 children strong, we have also continued with our commitment to regularly do community service activities as a means to make a positive difference locally.

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Greater Pikes Peak, co Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Tonya Crawley Vice-President: Joanna Bowie-Pruitt Program Director: Sharandis Farley-Jennings Recording Secretary: Nataki Brown-Jones Corresponding Secretary: Carrie Matoke Treasurer: Erika Zeigler-Rabet Financial Secretary: Cristin Johnson Editor: Alicia Cintron Geolingo Chaplain: Pricilla M. Alston Historian: Altoria May Foundation Chair: Sheri Burks Parliamentarian: Tasara Fudge Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Imani Learned & Brenda Deas

President: Mackenzie Crawley Vice-President: Nyah T. Geolingo Secretary: Jeremiah Pruitt & Brandon Deas Treasurer: Matthew Crawley Parliamentarian: Jackson Alston Chaplain: Kaya Learned Sergeant-at-Arms: Jonathan Matoke

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the guidance and support of NVP Joli Cooper-Nelson, Regional Director Debrah Mitchell, our sponsoring chapter liaison Yvonne Pace of the Denver Chapter, mentor Cyreena Boston-Ashby of the Portland Willamette Valley Chapter in Portland, OR and Casey Curry, Greater Tampa Chapter Associate and Tonya’s sister. On July 29, 2016 in Palm Desert California, M.O.C.H.A. received a unanimous vote to become the Colorado Springs Provisional Chapter at the 42nd National Convention. On Sunday, October 16, 2016 the Colorado Springs Provisional Chapter officially became the Greater Pikes Peak Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Incorporated with a chartering membership of 18 visionary mothers.

Tonya Crawley a member of the Greater Tampa Chapter moved to Colorado Springs in 2010. In 2011 she joined the closest chapter in Denver, Colorado which is approximately 70 miles away. She gladly drove the 140 miles round trip several times each month for two years because she believed in Jack and Jill’s mission. At the end of the program year in 2013, then Vice President Linda Williams of the Denver Chapter and Tonya began strategizing about forming a local chapter in Colorado Springs. Tonya reached out to Regional Director Debrah Mitchell and she shared the timeline and next steps for forming a Provisional Group. Tonya transferred from the Denver Chapter to a National/ Regional member the summer of 2013. This was a difficult decision for her family because it meant her children could not participate with their friends in monthly activities they had grown to love. As a mother, she understood the short term sacrifice for her family for the long term gain of many African American children in Colorado Springs, thus the process began in earnest. In August Priscilla Alston and Tonya met and made a list of mothers they thought would be a good fit. They ordered business cards and “We are Jack and Jill of America Inc. booklets”. They started spreading the word and passing out information. The first official informational meeting was October 20, 2013 at the Olympic Training Center. After that meeting Priscilla and Tonya became intentional in their planning and decided to provide events/opportunities that included children’s programming followed by a brief informational meeting at the end. They gave moms the opportunity to experience what Jack and Jill could offer their family instead of telling them. With the help of the Denver Chapters Meosha Brooks and Vanessa Howard they held a Youth Leadership Seminar on September 20, 2014. This event was the turning point and interest quickly spread. February 2015, the Colorado Springs Interest Group sent in the provisional group application on behalf of 26 mothers. On April 8, 2015, the Jack and Jill of America Incorporated National Executive Board approved a change of status from interest group to provisional group. Our first official meeting as a Provisional Group was held March 1, 2015 at Penrose Library, where we voted to call ourselves M.O.C.H.A. Mother’s of Color Harvesting Achievers. We got to work quickly and celebrated our first Black Family Day on May 3, 2015 by worshipping and breaking bread together. That was the beginning of ten months of phenomenal programming with

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The Greater Pikes Peak chapter kicked off its 2016-2017 program year with 18 spirited and motivated mothers, determined and excited to make extraordinary programming for their children focused around the national theme, “The Power to Make a Difference”. Although our chapter is small in size, it is mighty in power! Our programming not only enriches the lives of our children, but the lives of others in the community. Throughout the year our children have taken service learning to heart and have capitalized on various opportunities to enhance the lives of those around them. In October, our Junior Teens volunteered at Care and Share, a local food bank that provides food and education to combat hunger or food insecurity in Southern Colorado communities. In November, our youngest age groups: Buttons and Bows, Jet Setters, and Trend Setters reflected on how blessed they are. To make a meanigful difference, they decided to team up and donate turkeys to local families in need. The holiday were a joyous time with our chapter getting together to celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa.

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johnson county, ks Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: April-Hall Key Vice-President: Natalie Banks Program Director: Brianne Dawson Recording Secretary: Tara Boldridge, Margaret Okunoren Corresponding Secretary: Andrea Kelley Treasurer: Tiauna Ousley Financial Secretary: Sara Jean-Baptiste Editor: Alicia Combs Chaplain: Rev. Dana Nelson Historian: Rhonda Mason Foundation Chair: Tonia Blue Parliamentarian: Shekita Robinson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Michele Perez Associate Chair: Erin Pullen Father’s Auxiliary: Rev. Dana Nelson

President: Benjamin Perez Vice-President: Pria Jean-Baptiste Secretary: Camille Lombard, Lauren Winston Treasurer: Maya Alexander Parliamentarian: Kendall Lanier Chaplain: David Robinson Sergeant-at-Arms: Chris Lee

chapter history The Johnson County Chapter began in 1971 chapter programming The Johnson County Chapter ushered when a group of 12 mothers formed the JOMOs of Overland Park, Kansas. A year later they were chartered as a Chapter of Jack and Jill, and were officially voted in as a chapter at the 20th National Convention of Jack and Jill of America in July 1973.

in the club year with many activities which showcase the ‘power to make a difference’ in our homes, organization and community. Not only did our annual chapter picnic provide an opportunity to fellowship, but it also served as a vehicle to pay tribute to the memory of Carole Roberson and support the Lupus Foundation with our annual Lupus Walk. Our chapter was also very excited and honored to host a Regional Work Day Cluster. The cluster provided participating mothers and teens with a platform to discuss important topics and contribute to a significant community service project. This year’s community service project consisted of providing Home Work kits with lap pads, art and school supplies for children within the urban Kansas City metro area. In addition this event, our children also served at Harvester’s Food Network by preparing food, nutritional and educational resources for distribution to those in need. Overall, we are very proud of the participation and dedication that has been demonstrated throughout the chapter and look forward to maintaining this level of enthusiasm as we progress through the remainder of this year’s activities and events. With no doubt, we will continue to show that the Johnson County Kansas chapter has ‘the power to make a difference’ both locally and nationally.

As more African American families moved into the area, it became necessary to change the name to the “Johnson County Chapter” representing all of the neighboring communities. In the early years, of the chapter, many community service projects were conducted. We hosted Christmas parties for needy children and provided food, clothing and blankets. During the 80’s, the Johnson County chapter became more politically involved. The chapter campaigned to have the Martin Luther King holiday adopted in all Johnson County school districts; and we conducted workshops on strengthening the Black Family. Throughout our history, the Johnson County Chapter has held several signature events, including Beautillion and Real Men Cook. We will also host our second annual Family Fun Fest Health Fair and expect over 200 under served youth in attendance. We are committed to community service at all age levels and our programs have been reflective of this commitment. The Johnson County Chapter embodies the theme of ‘The Power to Make a Difference.”

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kansas city, mo Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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Vice-President: Kimberly Maupin Program Director: Andrea Harris Recording Secretary: Simone Hollins Corresponding Secretary: Cita Trice Treasurer: Carla Johnson Financial Secretary: Dana Duncan Editor: Kia Breaux-Randle Chaplain: Angelica Walters Historian: Karla Houston Gray Foundation Chair: Sharon Ivy Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Sandra McKinney Associate Chair: Kimberly Maupin Father’s Auxiliary: Chris Evans

President: J’Ron Collins Vice-President: Maxwell McKinney Secretary: Zhory May Treasurer: Kaleb Odums Parliamentarian: Rapheal Prevot Chaplain: Phoenix Smith Sergeant-at-Arms: Caleb Sylvestor

chapter members Jamie Allen, Tonika Benson, Tiffany Bradley, Kia Breaux-Randle, Stacy Burtin Mills, Angel Canady, Sheilahn DavisWyatt, Dana Duncan, LeyShon Evans, Lillian Fanning, Tiffany Fields, Marcellena L. Gore, Karla Gray, Roberta Marie Gumbel, Janise Hampton, Andrea Louise Harris, Janelle Harvey- Jordan, Yolanda Holden, Simone Hollins, Sharon Ivy, Carla Johnson, Dominga Levin, Sonya Lovelace, Mia Madison, Kimberly Maupin, Ledra May, Vonetta McClunie, Sandra McKinney, Pamela Moses, Maria North-Morgan, Kristi Odums, Tufanza Primos, JoEllen Richardson, Erica Scott, Stephenie Smith, Denesha Snell, Kimberly Stewart, Tonasha Sylvester, Darlene Thompson, Cita D. Trice, Syretta Van Ross, Yolanda Waldon, Anjelica Walters, Tynisha Watson, Jane Webb, Angela White, Patrica Wright chapter history

chapter programming The Kansas City, Missouri, Chapter started the year with the annual mothers’ retreat. This time was spent reconnecting with chapter mothers as our chapter president shared her vision for our chapter. Mothers also planned for the upcoming program year.

She invited some of her friends and invited them to ask others, which brought Jack and Jill mothers from both Missouri and Kansas. In 1957, the group became too large and they separated in an effort to take in members from both Missouri and Kansas. Today, the Kansas City Missouri, Chapter boasts a membership of over 40 families, including 50 children and 29 teens.

The chapter’s programming has been planned with The Power to Make a Difference in the forefront guiding our activities.

The Kansas City, Missouri Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., was established in 1950. Betty Allen, the wife of an intern at General Hospital, brought the idea of starting an organization for the development of children with her from Philadelphia.

The STE(A)M thrust is a favorite of each age group in the KCMO Chapter. From the youngest Jack and Jill children making pottery, to the Explorers and Teens attending the National Convention of Black Engineers, to our pre-teens learning about the health and medical fields at the Health Science Institute. Other age group activities with The Power to Make a Difference have included: understanding healthy food choices, moving our bodies through play at our Little Stars Wellness Center and our Explorers experiencing yoga. The chapter and children provide hands-on service on MLK day and support our Reading Corner located at the Linwood YMCA, our chapter’s community service partner. Through the YMCA, our chapter has a variety of ways to give back to the core of our community.

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northwest arkansas, ar Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Takama Statton-Brooks Vice-President: Tamia Collins McGuire Program Director: Maurissa Roberts Recording Secretary: Charys Williams Corresponding Secretary: LaKeshia Garrett Treasurer: Celia Thompkins Financial Secretary: Shunya Howell Editor: Tommi Caston Chaplain: Angela Turner Historian: Carmen Mays Foundation Chair: LaTure Hicks Parliamentarian: Jennifer Bechet Teen Sponsor/Advisor: LaKeshia Garrett Father’s Auxiliary: Kevin Jones

President: Naomi Thompkins Vice-President: Keshian Pounds Secretary: Maya Davis Treasurer: Ali Wingood Parliamentarian: Chaplain: Sergeant-at-Arms: Priya Wingood

chapter members Stephanie Adams, Wanda Austin-Wingood, Jennifer Bechet, Tommi Caston, Tamia Collins McGuire, Doris Davis, Jamie Deigh, LaKeshia Garrett, Michelle Gray, Kanosha Grigsby, LaTure Hicks, Shunya Howell, Alison Jones, Shawndra Jones, Cheryl Lester, Carmen Mays, Regine Moore, Maurissa Roberts, Takama Statton-Brooks, Celia Thompkins, Angela Turner, Charys Williams, Yolanda Williams chapter history A formal acknowledgement initiating a change in the group’s status from Interest Group to Provisional Group was received on May 20, 2013 from Tammy King, 25th National Vice President. In collaboration with the change in status, the group formally named themselves “NWA Provisional Group” and was partnered with the Greater Little Rock Chapter of Jack and Jill, of

chapter programming The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. began the 2016-2017 Programming year with a chapter wide program at the nationally renowned Cyrstal Bridges Museum where the children received a private tour and interaction with museum staff who provided the background of several African American artists as well as showcasing some of their artwork. The chapter then moved into our recognition of Jack and Jill day where the goal was to provide some context for the support and benefits of attending HBCUs as well as learning some of the history behind the development of these important institutions of higher learning. In the spirit of developing our STEAM focus with the children our younger age groups participated in two high quality programming: one to focus on the human body and the second focused on the making of ice cream using biology (creation of milk) and the chemistry (using liquid nitrogen). The Northwest Arkansas Chapter continues to balance the educational programming of our children with a balance of the arts and sciences.

America Inc., as their sponsoring chapter, (led by Chapter President, Suzanne Ornelas) to move forward in the chapter establishment process. Additionally, the group was joined with Crystal JohnsonTurner (National Treasurer), Natalie BrunsonWheeler and Debrah Mitchell (consecutive Central Regional Directors) as National and Regional representatives to also serve as guides as mentors throughout the process. The newly authorized Provisional Group held their first chapter meeting on May 23, 2013 at the Springdale Library in Springdale, Arkansas. Eighteen (18) excited mothers attended this meeting to learn about the thrilling opportunities ahead for the group as they moved to the next step in the chapter establishment process. Since the elevation to Chapter status, the Northwest Arkansas Chapter has been working toward their mission of serving children and mothers in the Northwest Arkansas community.

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st. clair county, il Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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chapter history 1983, the St. Clair County Chapter of Jack

potential new family ice skating party and lunch, an informational mother’s tea, and then off to Memphis, TN. The entire chapter will visit the National Civil Rights Museum and Loraine Hotel, as well as the Underground Railroad Slave Haven Museum. This should be an exciting trip. Our teens will participate in a local community event entitled “Sharing Our Stories” that focuses on mental health issues and the impact they have on the community by offering a presentation that highlights their understanding while younger age groups will volunteer to help setup and cleanup. The entire chapter will raise money for and participate in the March of Dimes 5K, not only raising awareness for an important cause and teaching the children about the importance of giving back but also aligning with Jack and Jill Fitness Day. St. Clair County will complete the year with a variety of other great programming activities, including completing the remaining learning modules as well as prepare for the annual Teen Conference which will be held in Oklahoma City, OK. We have no doubt that our children and teens are developing into well-rounded individuals who will go on to not only make the Jack and Jill organization proud but will leave a lasting impression on society with their notable contributions. While we are a small chapter, we are proud to be very MIGHTY!

President: Tamara King Vice-President: Brianne LeRoy Program Director: Robin Rice Hodges Recording Secretary: April Williams Corresponding Secretary: April Williams Treasurer: Tamara Parker Financial Secretary: Deborah Dorsey Editor: Si’Yan Harmon-Lumas Chaplain: Margaret Bunton Historian: Si’Yan Harmon-Lumas Foundation Chair: Ida Roundtree Parliamentarian: April Williams Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Dawn Jones Gaffney, Ruby Richardson & Ida Roundtree Father’s Auxiliary: Samuel Bunton

President: Chelse` King Vice-President: Cameryn Hodges Secretary: Milani Richardson & Alexis Gaffney Treasurer: Ailayna Gaffney Parliamentarian: David Johnson Chaplain: Jalil Roundtree

and Jill was organized as a mother’s group by Margaret Handy. The East St. Louis Chapter provided guidance and sponsorship. Nineteen mothers were concerned about the isolation of black families living in small towns in St. Clair County. These mothers and twenty-nine children from the cities of Fairview Heights, O’Fallon, Belleville, Lebanon and Scott Air Force Base in Illinois were granted provisional status on October 27, 1983. St. Clair County was officially nominated and voted to become a Chapter at the 1984 Jack and Jill National Convention in Washington, D.C.

chapter programming St. Clair County kicked off the year celebrating Jack and Jill Day by hosting a remembrance ceremony honoring the legacy of Carole Robertson. Families bowled and had lunch. The chapter put together a wonderful programming year that aimed to not only stimulate the minds of our children, but to also challenge them to become better holistically, while making a difference in the lives of others. Participation in a community Fall Festival offered a variety of service and volunteer opportunities for our older groups. Our teens continued their service in October by volunteering as hosts for the annual NAACP Banquet. St. Clair County hosted a Samaritan’s Purse packing party that brought together all of the age groups to pack and wrap their gift contributions while bonding over some tasty treats and holiday music. The holiday season also had the children busy. They had a holiday party for the little ones, while the teens attended their annual lock-in and completed their modules while, swimming, eating, playing games, and bonding as a teen group. The mothers had a lovely Mothers’ Annual Holiday Dinner. In the midst of all the fun we’ve had over the first half of the programming year, we were also able to mix and mingle several of the learning modules into the activities. The second half of the year will continue the challenge with all of the age groups making blankets for the homeless and pregnant teens. MLK Day of service will be spent serving breakfast at a community service celebrating Dr. King’s legacy. Then we are hosting a 31


tulsa, ok Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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bird’s eye view of the power of legislation and how it(we) can make a difference by choice.

President: Jan L. Clayton Vice-President: Jennifer Rex-Turner Program Director: Helga Price Recording Secretary: Leslie Walters Corresponding Secretary: Marion Archie Armoudian Treasurer: Robin Jones Financial Secretary: Tiffany Freeman Editor: Angela Bontemps Hardman Foundation Chair: Kenya Carter Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Robin Jones/Dion Owens Associate Chair: Shelly Thomas Father’s Auxiliary: Kevin Clayton

President: Ashley Jones Vice-President: Savannah Clayton Secretary: Derek Chatman Treasurer: Bret Anderson Parliamentarian: Myles Dement Chaplain: Jillian Owens

The Original Tulsa Chapter was founded in 1946, by Lillian Perry and President Helen Rouse, but after over 50 years of service in the Tulsa Community, it dissolved in the 1990’s . The revitalized chapter was chartered in 2008 and has.

The power to make a difference by choice or selection or influence occurred in discussion with teens and preteens. The discussion centered on healthy living and choices about self protection. The preteens invited a speaker who helped them explore mental health issues and how to combat stress. They learned how powerful it is to take care of themselves . Our younger children enjoyed creative activities such as the Tulsa Zoo Run and healthy budget friendly grocery shopping which helped them experience the power of choice. Then there was our annual favorite, Marketplace at the MET, where our children experience the power to make a difference as entrepreneurs. They make and market their own wares and experience the joy of profit, as well as the lessons involved in saving and giving (donating some of their profits).

chapter programming The power to make a difference, is by choice, voice, or deed. Each of us has power, whether it is personal or conferred. We have the power to make a difference. The Tulsa Chapter of Jack and Jill, began this year celebrating our own Michelle Gentry Anderson, as the newly elected National Recording Secretary. Chapter activities began with the first of two of our annual family picnics. At this Jack and Jill Day event we commemorate the life of Carol Robertson. The event was a time to shine and share. Our teens read Black history to the younger children and visitors, exploring historical difference makers in black history. Our mothers and fathers led outdoor activities at the picnic which culminated with the battle of the sexes in the tug of war. The girls prevailed and won the day.

The power to make a difference by deed, was demonstrated in the community through service. During The Santa Project, our children and teens helped with set up and tear down for photos with Santa and the chapter provided black history books as presents. Laying sod at a project home for Habitat for Humanity, filling Christmas food baskets for the Salvation Army and collecting hats, gloves, underwear and socks from their peers for local teens in the shelter, were all demonstrations of the power to make a difference in deed. Our children have seen the deeds and heard the voices of our past and in our community wide Oratorical and Living history Museum, they again experience what it means to have power; the power as one, the power as many, the power through deed, the power in choice and through voice. WE ARE THE DIFFERENCE!

The chapter’s other fall activates spotlighted the power to make a difference, by either one or many. Teens, Preteens and children learned about voter registration, voter education and voting. One activity allowed the teens and preteens to get the word out and provide educational materials at the library. Another, allowed an opportunity to provide educational materials and then to view a play written about the Johnson presidency and the Voting Rights Act and what it took to enact the law. Our tots and younger children learned about their power of influence with a mock election. In the spring, our teens and preteens participated in mock trials and got a

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arlena was a National Life Member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She was an active member of the Denver Chapter and was inducted in 1983. She joined the Denver Associates Group upon matriculation of her daughter Bianca in 2007. She served as the Associate Liaison to the Denver Chapter for several years. During the years her two daughters, Brianna and Bianca participated in the Denver Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Marlena was known for her willingness to take new members under her wing and help them become knowledgeable of the heart of the organization. Always a champion of the youth, Marlena was in her true element helping students in the Office of Financial Aid at Colorado State University. She was very proud of her wonderful 42 year marriage to her college sweetheart, Hugh. She was a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Black Pearls, and the Red Hatters. She enjoyed planning social functions for her friends and often hosted them at the various jazz events where her husband Hugh was playing. Though gone too soon, Marlena will always be remembered for her compassion, her tireless contributions to the Denver Chapter of the Jack and Jill organization, her work with young people, and her 1000 watt smile.

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Debutantes & Beaus | CENTRAL Region

CENTRAL REGION Debutantes & Beaus

greater little rock, ar jason gray

Jason is the son of Joseph and Andress Gray. Jason was presented to society at the Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on May 7, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Central Arkansas Christian High School senior plans to attend Gambling State University to earn a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering.

sakiya hearns

Sakiya is the daughter of Michael and Katrina Banks was presented to society at the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Central Arkansas Sphinx Foundation Debutante Ball on December 17th, 2016. The Little Rock Central High School student plans to major in political science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

johnson county, ks casey marie gardner

Casey Marie Gardner is the daughter of Ms. Colette Black and Mr. Donald Gardner. Casey Gardner was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Beta Omega Chapter Debutante Ball on November 25, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri where Casey was crowned Miss Debutante 2016. This Olathe East High School student plans to major in Acting at the University of Cincinnatti College Conservatory of Music where she will pursue Bachelor’s and Master’s of Fine Arts degrees.

taiya n. hickman

Taiya Hickman is the daugther of Mr. and Mrs. DeWayne and Julie Hickman. Taiya was presented to society at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s Debutante Ball on November 25, 2016, in Kansas City, Missouri. Taiya was honored to receive the 2016 Miss Fundraising Award and book scholarship. The Blue Valley West High School student plans to major in Marketing at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas with an academic and track scholarship.

kamryn sierra lanier

Kamryn Lanier is the daughter of Mr. Willie Lanier Jr. and Mrs. Kellorin Lanier. Kamryn was presented to society at the 64th Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Ball on November 25, 2016. The St. Teresa’s Academy student plans to major in International Business at Howard University or Villanova Universtiy.

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kansas city, mo carmen renee fanning

Carmen Fanning is the daughter of Retired Army Master Sergeant Joe A. Sr. & Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Lillian J. Fanning. Carmen was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Beta Omega Chapter 64th Annual Debutante Ball “A Rhapsody in Elegance & Grace” on November 25, 2016 at the Sheraton Crown Center Kansas City Hotel. This Summit Christain Academy National Honor Society and mulit-sport/soccer scholar athlete plans to major in Biology. Her career aspiration is to further her education to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

sydney smith

Sydney Smith is the daughter of Nathan Smith and Kimberly Maupin. She was presented to society on April 15, 2017, at the Cotillion sponsored by the Kansas City, Missouri, Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Delta Educational and Economic Development (DEED) Foundation. Smith is a senior at Raytown South High School. She plans to attend North Carolina A&T to study architectural engineering.

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” – Wilma Rudolph

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Seniors | CENTRAL Region

CENTRAL REGION Seniors

bloomington-normal, il trinity harris

Trinity Harris is a senior at Normal Community High School in Normal, Illinois and is the daughter of Sean and LaTonya Harris. She has been a member of the Bloomington-Normal Jack and Jill Chapter since May of 2016. Trinity serves her community through volunteering at community theater and the Special Opportunities Available in Recreation (SOAR) program, a recreation program for persons with disabilities. She is currently accepted to six universities with a focus in Theater/Acting. Upon college graduation, she plans to pursue a career in acting.

michael mosley

Michael Mosley is a senior at University High School in Normal, Illinois and is the son of Roosevelt and Yashica Mosley. He joined the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois Chapter in May 2008. Michael volunteers at a local hospital, church clothing closet, and as a tutor/mentor at school. Michael has been accepted to his top college choices and hopes to attend University of Michigan or Indiana University, where he will pursue a dual major in Actuarial Science and Business Administration. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a career as a actuary.

malika shelvin

Malika Shelvin is a Senior at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois and is the Daughter of Dr. Kristal and Alton Shelvin. She has been a member of the Bloomington Normal Chapter of Jack and Jill for 5 years. Malika was the chapter teen president for the 2015/2016 year. She is currently the vice president of the Normal West senior class as well as being apart of the National Honors Society. She has decided to attend Tuskegee University where she will major in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and Advertising.

vernon tremain smith, jr.

Vernon T. Smith, Jr. is a senior at Normal Community High school in Bloomington,Il and is the son of Vernon and Kimberly Smith. He has been a member of the Bloomington, Normal Chapter for 5 years. Teen involvement:Culture Club, Normal Community High Shool Newspaper. He has decied to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he will major in Mass Communication. His future plan is to become a sports analyst for SportCenter.

denver, co evan thomas edmondson

Evan Thomas Edmondson is the son of Omar Montgomery and Regina Edmondson. Evan is a graduating senior at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colorado. He has been a member of Jack and Jill Denver Chapter since 2008. Committed to leadership, civic engagement and community service, Evan has received several awards from Jack and Jill of America including Outstanding Leader, Teen Entrepreneur of the Year and recognition for community service. Evan was awarded the Youth Leadership award from Rotary International and the US White House Presidential Community Service Award in both 2014 and 2015.

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laurel wilson

Laurel Wilson is a senior at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, CO. She is the daughter of Allan A. Wilson and Deidre Wilson. Laurel has been a member of the Denver Chapter since 2009. Laurel has applied to several highly acclaimed universities in the Colorado area. Laurel has played competitive softball since the age of 12. She then played varsity softball for all four years of high school. Laurel has also participated in multiple community service projects throughout the Denver metro area. She currently serves as the senior teen president of the Jack and Jill Denver Chapter.

des moines, ia noah xavier evans

Noah Xavier Evans is a senior at Waukee High School in Waukee, IA. He is the son of Kimberly R. Hines. Noah has been a member for 7 years. His community service volunteerism includes serving as a buddy to the elderly at nursing facilities & with animal shelters. Noah is currently a member of his varsity basketball team, serving in the role of a small forward. Noah plans to attend Iowa State University to pursue a degree in Sports Management.

keheir jermaine gamblin

Keheir Jermaine Gamblin is a senior at Valley High School in West Des Moines, IA and is the eldest son of Patrick and Diondra Gamblin. He has been a member of the Des Moines Chapter of JJOA for 9 years and currently serves as Teen Corresponding Secretary. He’s also a violinist of 9 years and plays in the Valley Orchestra. Keheir has decided to attend University of Iowa where he will major in Geology with a minor in Physics and Astronomy.

east st. louis, il austin robert harrison carey

Austin Robert Harrison Carey is a Senior at Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, IL. He is the son of Harrison Carey Jr and Robin Carey-Boyd. He has been a member of Jack & Jill of America for 14 years. He is a member of St. Augustine of Hippo Catholic Church and the Christian Athletic Club. He annually volunteers in Go St. Louis marathon, feeding the hungry, collecting snacks for youth at the violence prevention center and serves as an usher at MLK Day program and NAACP Banquet. He plans to attend University of Missouri, Columbia and major in Engineering.

jackie marie davis

Jackie Marie Davis is a senior at Mascoutah High School in Mascoutah Illinois. She is the daughter of Lewis Lyles and Angela Davis-Lyles. She has been a member of the East Saint Louis Jack & Jill of America Chapter for 3 years. She is a member of the Sigma Gamma Rho Rhoers Club, Girl Scouts of America Southern Illinois Region, her school color guard, and choir. Jackie has decided to attend Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri and major in Physical Therapy.

carlos sanford, jr.

Carlos Sanford, Jr., the son of Carlos Sanford, Sr. and the late Tanya Sanford, is the Regional Teen Parliamentarian for the Central Region of Jack and Jill of America. He is currently a Senior at O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, IL, where he has lived most of his life. Still adjusting from the recent passing of his mother, he lives with his father and brother. Carlos is a caring, hardworking, and outgoing person. He loves to volunteer and help people in need. If you ever need anything done, just call Carlos because he is the man with a plan.

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Seniors | CENTRAL Region

willie e. spratt iii

Willie E. Spratt III is a senior at Collinsville High School and the son of D’Jamildo Graham and Willie E. Spratt II. He has faithfully played soccer for Gateway Soccer Foundation for 10 years, and played for a year at his high school. He will be attending Greenville College. Willie will be majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. To further push this passion, he currently interns with the Board of Education for Edwardsville Illinois. Partnering with the Superintendent of schools, he works closely with the Senator who specializes in the betterment of education for the Metro East.

greater little rock, ar jason gray

Jason is a senior at Central Arkansas Christian High School in Little Rock, Arkansas and is the son of Joseph and Andress Gray. He has been a member of the Greater Little Rock Chapter for 14 years and currently serves as the chapter teen president. He is the vice-president of the Little Rock chapter of Top Teens of America, Inc. and a 2016 Arkansas Boys State delegate. His school activities include varsity basketball, choir, drama and band. He is also an active member of St. Mark Baptist Church. Jason plans to attend Grambling State University and major in Computer Engineering.

sakiya hearns

Sakiya is senior at Little Rock Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas and is the daughter of Michael and Katrina Banks. She has been a member of the Greater Little Rock Chapter for five years. She is Vice President of her schools NAACP chapter. She is involved in the youth, media and events ministry at her church. Sakiya does the announcements and manages the church’s Instagram account . She has decided to attend the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she will major in political science and mass communications.

greater peoria, il carter bell

Carter Bell is a senior at Richwoods High School in Peoria, Illinois and is the son of Rob and Christa Bell. He was charter member of the Greater Peoria Jack and Jill chapter. In the chapter for 3 years, he served as Treasurer, Vice President and President. He has volunteered in Dzita, Ghana building Eco-compost toilets, for the Crittenton Center, the Midwest Food Bank, and has volunteered Annual the Flapjack Fundraiser. He is also an active member of the National Honor Society and the MAAP (Minority Academic Advancement Board). He will be attending Harvard University with hopes of pursuing a career in global medicine.

gillian n. fauntleroy

Gillian N. Fauntleroy is a Senior at Quest Charter Academy in Peoria, IL and is the daughter of Donna L. Fauntleroy. She has been a member of Greater Peoria Chapter for two years. Gillian has volunteered with Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, Shoebox Operation, Spook Hollow and the Peoria Zoo. She is also an active member in the Youth Heritage Ensemble, Quest Charter HS Choir, TSTM (Tomorrow’s Scientist, Technicians & Managers). Gillian plans on attending either Columbia College Chicago or Evergreen State College in Olympic, Washington where she will major in Film Production.

morgan gillespie

Morgan is a senior at Dunlap High School in Dunlap, Illinois and is the daughter of Lillie and Douglas Gillespie. She has been a member of the Peoria Jack and Jill Chapter for 2 years and is the Foundation Chair. She has volunteered with Midwest Food Bank, Salvation Army, Crittenden Center, Dream Center, Flapjack Fundraiser, and Neighborhood House. She is also an active member of the National Honor Society and Vice President of FCCLA (Family, Community, Career, Leaders of America. She will be attending The University of Missouri as a Biological Science major and plans to be a Pediatrician.

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kiara amaya leverett

Kiara Leverett is a senior at Richwoods High Sc hool in Peoria, IL and is the daughter of Iris and Andre Leverett. She has been a member of the Greater Peoria Jack and Jill Chapter for one year. She’e done numerous volunteer projects ranging from Race for the Cure to ringing bells to raise money for the homeless. She is also affiliated with a handful of clubs at her school ranging from the Spanish club to National Honor Society. She has decided to attend Unviersity of Illinois in Urbana- Champaign where she will major in Business, with the aspirations of become a financial advisor.

greater pikes peak, co mackenzie rose crawley

Mackenzie is a senior at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is the daughter of Felton and Tonya Crawley. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 9 years, Teen Historian from 2013-2014, and Teen President from 2015-2017. As a Girl Scout of 13 years she earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award, by creating and running a library and tutoring center. She volunteers at the library and literacy fair. Mackenzie has played tennis for Doherty for three years. She will attend FAMU where she will major in animal science with plans to be a Veternarian.     

jeremiah spencer pruitt

Jeremiah Spencer Pruitt is a senior at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, CO and is the son of Jacob and Joanna Pruitt. He has been a charter Teen member of the Greater Pikes Peak Chapter since October 2016. Jeremiah ‘s community involvement includes: Care & Share volunteer, Best Buddies, Black Forest Regional Park Clean Up Committee, and School Recycling Club. Jeremiah is undecided on his college at this time. He plans to major in Business Management with hopes of playing College Basketball.

johnson county, ks william laurence evans

William Laurence Evans has been a member of the Johnson County Jack and Jill chapter since the age of 2. He is the son of Mark and Carla Evans and attends Blue Valley HS in Overland Park, KS. William is a student leader as well as a decorated football and track athlete. In football William was named All-League and All-State player after his junior and senior seasons. He has also been an active community service participant in many charities including St. Paul’s Food Pantry. William will attend college continuing his football career and majoring in Environmental Science.

casey marie gardner

Casey Marie Gardner is a senior at Olathe East HS in Overland Park, Kansas and is the daughter of Ms. Colette Black and Mr. Donald Gardner. Casey has been a member of the Jack and Jill Johnson County Chapter for eight years. Casey is in the National Honors Society, in Thespian Troupe 5078 and is an active volunteer for her community. Casey’s school of preference is the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she will major in Acting and plans to pursue Bachelor’s and Master’s of Fine Arts degrees. Casey plans to be a professional actress and entertainer.

taiya n. hickman

Taiya Hickman, a senior at Blue Valley West HS in Overland Park, Kansas, is the daughter of DeWayne and Julie Hickman. Taiya is a new member of the Johnson County Chapter of Jack and Jill. Taiya is Founder and President of Blue Valley West HS first Black Student Union. She holds a varsity letter in debate, forensics and track & field. Taiya attends Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as a junior usher and youth council member. Taiya, a certified USAG gymnastics coach and 2016 State Qualifier in track, plans to attend Ottawa Unversity and major in Marketing.

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kamryn sierra lanier

Kamryn Lanier is a senior at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City, MO and is the daughter of Willie Lanier, Jr. and Kellorin Lanier. Kamryn has been a member of Jack and Jill for 14 years and serves as the Central Region Secretary. In the past, she has held chapter positions as President, Historian and Recording Secretary. Kamryn is an AP Scholar, Mandarin Chinese honors student, plays varsity lacrosse and volunteers as a prosecutor for the Kansas City Youth Court. Kamryn plans to attend Villanova University, major in International Business and become an attorney for a Fortune 500 Company.

breauna t. ousley

Breauna T. Ousley is a senior at Olathe North HS in Olathe, KS and is the daughter of Mark and Tiauna Ousley. She’s been a member of the Johnson County KS chapter for 10 years. Bre is an avid equestran and rides as part of the Flint Hill Equestrian Team. Additionally, Bre volunteers her time as a member of the Eagle Service Club and also serves as the 2016-2017 JOCO Teen Historian. She will attend either the University of Alabama, Kansas State University or University of Kentucky where she will major in Biology/Pre-Vet to become an equine surgeon or therapist.

kansas city, mo carmen renee fanning

Carmen Fanning is a senior at Summit Christain Academy of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and is the daughter of Retired Army Master Sergeant Joe A. Sr. & Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Lillian J. Fanning. She has been a member of the Kansas City, Missouri, Chapter for 15 years. She has earned 100+ community service hours working with the youth group at her church, St. James United Methodist Church, the Youth Advisory Council, the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, and is the co-founder of Operation: Stay Cozy Kansas City. She plans to major in Biology; and pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

maxwell alexander mckinney

Maxwell Alexander McKinney is a senior at Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and is the son of Kevin and Sandra McKinney. He has been a member of the Kansas City, Missouri Chapter for 14 years. He was a finalist for the KCP&L Community MVP for his community service and leadership. A member of the National Honor Society and Academic All-State Team, he tutors at a local elementary school, volunteers with the church Mercy Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, Hope House, and the YMCA. He is planning to attend the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville and major in Accounting.

milanna morgan

Milanna Morgan is the daughter of Maria and Quentin Morgan. She attends Lee’s Summit West High School. She has been a lifelong member of Jack and Jill. Milanna is an honor student and volleyball varsity letter winner. She was selected as the Player of the Year for 2016. Milanna served on the Student Senate and participated in DECA and FCCLA. Milanna is a member of St. James United Methodist Church where she served as an Accolyte as well as participated in the Fishes and Loaves Ministry. Milanna plans to attend college to major in business with a focus on sports marketing. 

khalil odums

Khalil Odums is a senior at Paseo Academy of Fine & Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO, and is the son of Wilbert & Kristi Odums. He has been a member of the Kansas City, MO, Jack and Jill Chapter for five years. Khalil is heavily involved in supporting art education through Show-Me Arts and serves as the current president for his school. The organization works to promote funding for arts education through lobbying. He is evaluating college acceptance options where he will major in Theatre and Broadcast Journalism and plans on pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.

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sydney lillian smith

Sydney Smith is a senior at Raytown South High School in Kansas City, Missouri , and is the daughter of Nathan Smith and Kimberly Maupin. Sydney has been a member of Jack & Jill of America for nine years and has been Foundation Chair and President of her local chapter. She now serves as Regional Teen Chaplin on the Central Region Teen Board. Sydney has volunteered at places such at the City Union Mission, Ronald McDonald House, and Harvesters. She plans to attend North Carolina A&T to study architectural engineering.

johari simone snell

Johari Simone Snell is a senior at Lee’s Summit West High School in Kansas City, MO, and is the daughter of Denesha Snell. She has been a member of the Kansas City, MO, Chapter of Jack and Jill for seven years. Johari has been very active both in school and her community. During her high school career she was a four-year member of the Lee’s Summit West debate team, a member of the LSW Girls Golf Team, a Junior golf coach, an elementary and middle school tutor, a school ambassador, and a regional officer with FCCLA. Johari will major in Food Science at Kansas State University.

oklahoma city, ok cheryl daniel

Cheryl is a Senior at Midwest City High School in Midwest City, Oklahoma and is the daughter of Dr. Edward and Cherdena Daniel. She has been a member of the Oklahoma City Jack and Jill Chapter for 4 years, which she served as Teen Treasurer and President. Cheryl is a Teen Volunteer in her church’s Children’s Ministry , Page Coordinator for the Miss Black Oklahoma City Pageant, Senior Class President, 4.0 Honoree, Flag Core Captain and member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend a HBCU and pursue her passion for mathematics and helping others.

jaylon michael dixon

Jaylon Michael Dixon is a senior at Mustang High School, in Mustang OK. Jaylon is the son of Ed and Cheryl Dixon. He has been a member of the OKC Chapter Jack and Jill for 8 years. Jaylon has held position of Teen Secretary and Teen Vice President. Jaylon participated in basketball and track, and is considering several universities in OK, and Indiana. Jaylon plan to pursue a degree in Arts and Humanity.

thomas mcpherson

My name is Thomas McPherson and I’m a senior at Mount Saint Mary High School in Oklahoma City, Ok. I am the son of Richard McPherson and Angela Powers-McPherson. I have been a member of Jack and Jill of America for six years. I have enjoyed many events and activities, forged new relationships and acquired numerous treasured memories. I have been fortunate and blessed to have had opportunities to participate and engage my community on a number of levels. My community involvement and accomplishments include: Eagle Scout, Mount Saint Mary Varsity Swim Team, State Qualifier, Mount Saint Mary Robotics Team, One Act Play Regional Finalist

brandon taylor rhone

Brandon Taylor Rhone is a senior at Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma. He is the son of Michael and Traci Rhone. Brandon has been in the Oklahoma City Chapter for 16 years. Brandon ran track for Santa Fe and the Eastside Steppers Track Club, played football, received first team All-Conference and All-District honors, State medalist in track, and Student Representative for the School Safety and Wellness Committee. Brandon plans to major in Business and is undecided on a University at this time.

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brianna nicole rhone

Brianna Nicole Rhone is a senior at Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma. She is the daughter of Michael and Traci Rhone. Brianna has been in the Oklahoma City Chapter for 16 years. While at Santa Fe Brianna ran track for Santa Fe and the Eastside Steppers Track Club, a Varsity Girls’ Basketball Manager, DECA and BPA officer and Program Chair for the Heather Harkness Memorial Volleyball Tournament. Brianna plans to major in Sports Management/Marketing and is undecided on a University at this time.

st. clair county, il niajah johnson

Niajah Johnson, a senior at Alamogordo High School in Alamogordo, NM is the daughter of Dr. Dana and Lt. Col Kenneth Johnson. Niajah has been a member of the St. Clair County Chapter for 4 years. As a Jack and Jill Regional Teen Chaplain, Niajah has been involved in community service projects locally and regionally, including Feeding America, Project Warm Wishes and work with the Granite City Community Center. Niajah plans to attend the University of New Mexico or New Mexico Military Institute to major in Business and aspires to practice law and become a sitting judge at the state level.

tre’ moseley

Tre’ is a senior at Niceville Senior High School in Niceville, FL and the son of Lt. Col. Antonio and Mrs. Melissa Love. He has been a member of the St. Clair County Chapter for 2 years. Tre’s passions are running track and sports. Thus far, Tre’s been accepted to Culver Stockton College in Missouri and the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Although he remains undecided on which college to attend, he plans to major in Athletic Training and continue his cross country and track career on the college level.

tulsa, ok ashley jones

Ashley Jones, a senior at Jenks high School, is the daughter of Marvin and Robin Jones. She has been a member of the Tulsa Chapter for six years, and is currently Teen President. She is also the President and founder of her school’s black student union where she started an annual fundraiser for black charities, as well as a service project donating blankets and food to the homeless. Their meetings address racial relations within and outside of her majority white school. She is in the process of choosing where she will major in Journalism and write for a news publication.

victoria terry

Victoria Terry, a senior at Holland Hall in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the daughter of Charlyn and Torrance Terry and has been a member of the Tulsa Chapter for one year. Victoria co-facilitates Cohort 8 of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Tulsa: their vision being to create increased interest and involvement in S.T.E.M. education for underrepresented students. She tutors weekly at the Tulsa Boys home and has been involved in her school’s String Orchestra (violin) and volleyball team for seven years. She plans to attend Baylor University as a pre-med major, in the fall and ultimately to become

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“You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story.”

– Lisa Nichols


EASTERN REGION Alexandria-Mt. Vernon, VA Arundel Bay, MD Atlantic City, NJ Baltimore County, MD Baltimore, MD Bergen-Passaic, NJ Boston, MA Bronx, NY Brooklyn, NY Bucks County, PA Buffalo, NY Burke-Fairfax, VA Burlington-Willingboro, NJ Central New Jersey, NJ Chester County, PA

Columbia, MD Eastern Fairfield County, CT Essex-Hudson, NJ Greater Albany, NY Greater Essex, NJ Greater Harrisburg, PA Greater Hartford, CT Greater Suburban MD, MD Greater Union, NJ Jersey Shore, NJ Loudoun County, VA Manassas-Woodbridge, VA Mercer County, NJ Metropolitan, NY Mid-Hudson Valley, NY

Montgomery County, MD Montgomery County, PA Morris County, NJ Nassau County, NY National Harbor, MD New Castle County, DE New Haven, CT Newton, MA North Jersey, NJ Northern Virginia, VA Philadelphia, PA Pittsburgh, PA Potomac Valley, MD Prince George’s County, MD Prince William County, VA

2017 Regional Stats 3,184 MOTHERS

206 associates

3,051 CHILDREN

2,230 Teens

Queens, NY Reston, VA Rochester, NY Rockland-Orange County, NY South Jersey, NJ Southern Maryland, MD Stamford-Norwalk, CT Suffolk County, NY Syracuse, NY Syracuse, NY Washington, DC Westchester County, NY Western Maryland, MD Western Massachusetts, MA


danielle brown National Vice-President

To the Exceptional Families of the Mighty Eastern Region,

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ver the past year, we have focused on the theme the “Power to Make a Difference” and we sure have demonstrated that through our dynamic leadership, programming, community service, fundraising and legislative focus. Our ability to make a difference in our communities has impacted many forgotten families and their children. Nationally, this program year has also been filled with impacting not only our children but all children in our communities and spreading Jack and Jill’s brand through our collective works. Significant progress grow in a variety of areas: membership continues to be the epicenter with an emphasis on quality members; six (6) new chapters have been chartered; an updated Membership Toolkit roll out; New membership Intake Guide and Member Manual are being updated. Small Chapter Reinvigoration Resource Kit is being created to assist with the needs of small chapters and finally the Associates are rolling out an improved Mother Away Program so all graduates from Jack and Jill will be shown love and support. On behalf of the entire National Executive Board and the liaison to our Regional Directors, National Membership Committee, Small Chapter Task Force and National Associates Committee, thank you for making a significant difference in Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for the 2016 to 2017 program year. The heart of all Jack and Jill experiences begins at the local level. I want to acknowledge all the chapters and the families for their continued commitment to Jack and Jill. I also give much gratitude to my family, for whom I could not serve this year without the support from my husband Roy and our three girls, Ashlyn, Madison, Angelina and my dog Tobey. Yours in Jack and Jill,

Danielle Brown National Vice-President


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EASTERN REGION Regional Highlights

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ack and Jill of America, Inc., has its roots in the Eastern Region, so the region’s history mirrors the early days of the organization’s growth and development. Jack and Jill was founded in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1938, the community work of 20 mothers — galvanized by Marion Turner Stubbs Thomas — who wanted their children to have cultural opportunities, develop leadership skills, and form social networks in the extremely segregated society of the time. New York and Washington, D.C., followed shortly after, establishing chapters in 1939 and 1944 respectively. The national organization drew many of its early leaders from the Eastern Region, including the first three national presidents – Dorothy Bell Wright, Emilie B. Pickens and Edna Turner Seay. Over the years, the Eastern Region has continued to provide visionary leadership for the organization, including, most recently, the 24th National President, Tammy King, from the Bergen Passiac, NJ chapter; and the current Vice President Danielle Brown, from the Loudon County, VA chapter. The first national convention was held in the region, on June 1, 1946, in Philadelphia, PA. The first regional teen conference was held in Philadelphia, June 15-17, 1951, with the theme, “Haitian Festival.” This program, organized by first-ever Teen Presidents Bara Scott and Lucille Blondin, was the summation of the Philadelphia Teens’ yearlong program of study and research on Haiti, and served as a forerunner to the annual Regional Teen Conferences that would come to be held annually across the nation. After delegates to the 1957 National Convention adopted a regional plan for the organization, we elected our first Eastern Region Director – Vernice Wynn from the Baltimore, Maryland, chapter – and held our first regional conference in Baltimore in 1959. The theme was “Time to talk about Chapter Planning, Programming, Problems.” The region now boasts 57 chapters (and more than 3,000 families!) spanning the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The region is divided into four clusters: Delaware Valley, Metropolitan, Northern and Southern. We call ourselves “The Mighty Eastern Region,” not just because of our numbers – we are the largest region in the organization – but because of our enormous love for Jack and Jill, and our unwavering commitment to the ideals of the organization.

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Director: Mondi Kumbula-Fraser Associate Chair: Rose Richardson Treasurer: Delia Ware-Tibbs Bylaws Chair: Keita Young Secretary: Margaret Gibson Editor: Paulette Walker Campbell Member at Large: Akira Bell-Johnson Fathers’ Auxiliary Chair: Byron Johns Officer: National Vice President Danielle Brown Legislative Chair: Melinda Alexis-Hayes Membership Chair: Robyn Dawson-Bryant Teen Officers Nominating Chair: Shawanda Beale President: Maya Long Policy and Procedure Chair: Jennifer DaSilva Vice-President: Jada Thorne Program Chair: Melissa Desravines Secretary: Lauren Smith Protocol Chair: VaCora Rainey Treasurer: Caitlyn Hughes Strategic Relevance and Value: Karen Heyward-West Foundation Chair: Channing Russell Technology Chair: Teri Taylor Teen Advisor: Anissa McCall Wilson Parliamentarian: Karen McWilliams Sergeant-at-Arms: Kimberly Tapscott

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regional accomplishments

During the 2016-2017 Program Year, the Eastern Region continued it mission to “Empower Families for Success,” through a variety of programs, activities and initiatives. We kicked off the program year by hosting four Mother’s Cluster workdays for a record number of registrants – more than 2,000 Mothers, Teens and Middle Schoolers. Highlights included innovative and interactive workshops, Town Hall discussions on “Empowering Our Children,” Question and Answer Session with National President Joli Cooper-Nelson, a stirring musical performance from one of the performers from the “Color Purple” on Broadway, and a Meet & Greet with national officers. Each cluster featured an oratorical contest with the theme, “Unapologetically Black.” Winners in Division I (13 to 15 years old) and Division II (16 to 19 years old), received $250 off of their registration for Teen Conference and an opportunity to compete at Teen Conference. They were:

resources to respond appropriately if stopped by the police, the Eastern Region hosted a webinar on Race, Civil Liberties and Law Enforcement. It was so wellreceived that the NEB asked the region to conduct a National webinar on the topic. With the installation of the Rockland Orange (New York) Chapter’s Associates Group, the Eastern Region now proudly claims 38 active Associates Groups. The Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter was installed as a new chapter on Oct. 30 2016, and the Western Massachusetts Chapter was installed as a new chapter on Nov. 19, 2016—which brings the Eastern Region to a total of 57 chapters. On Jan. 14-15, 2017, the Eastern Region hosted its biennial Teen Leadership Summit in Chevy Chase, Md., the weekend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. The theme was “Empowering the Leader Within!” and it featured a motivational keynote speech from past National Vice President Gail Johnson, workshops on leadership development and ACT/SAT prep, a powerful exercise on race and privilege, screening and discussion of film “I’m Not Racist … Am I?”, an HBCU Fair and more. The weekend wrapped up with a group visit for all attendees to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. From the heartbreaking slavery section to the civil rights era to the election of President Barack Obama, it was a compelling and moving experience for Mothers and Teens alike.

• Northern Cluster—Jonathan Caldwell (Division I) and Jackson Davis (Division II) • Delaware Valley Cluster—Gabrielle Medina (Division I) and Justin Saintil (Division II) • Southern Cluster—Jordyn Pegues (Division I) and David Williams (Division II) • Metropolitan Cluster—Kayla Singleton (Division I) and Miles Palmore-Middleton (Division II) The Division I winner at Teen Conference, Jonathan Caldwell of the Greater Albany (New York) Chapter, won $750; and the Division II winner, Miles PalmoreMiddleton of the Suffolk County (New York) Chapter, won $1,000.

The Eastern Region Community Service Committee organized the 2nd Annual Regional MLK, Jr. Day of Service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The region’s Southern Cluster packaged more than 1,000 meals for the homeless; the Metropolitan Cluster donated personal care items, bedding and hosted workshops for the YMCA in White Plains; the Delaware Valley Cluster donated items and beautified a local school; and the Northern Cluster contributed handbags filled with personal care items to Mothers who were victims of domestic violence and/or rape. We were pleased with the strong level of participation and to our Jack and Jill families for supporting this effort.

In October 2016, the Eastern Region published the first edition of its Racial Identity Toolkit, a publication designed to shore up the racial identity of our children by increasing their knowledge and appreciation of their African American heritage and culture. The Racial Identity Kit, featured by the National Executive Board in a national webinar in October, is available online at http://jjeasternregion.org/racial-identity-kit/. The program year ushered in several news reports of African American men being shot and killed by the police and reports of police officers being short by alleged protestors of those very deaths. These tragedies sparked anxiety, anger and fear in the hearts of our children. To ensure that they had the tools and

In April 2017, the Eastern Region hosted a successful Teen Conference under the theme, “Unapologetically Black.” Some of our Teen Conference highlights included a discussion with world renowned scholar and author Dr. Henry Louis Gates of Harvard University, 49


Duck Tours, a College Fair, the Talent Show, and more. We also elected a new Regional Teen Board led by President Audrey Watt of the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter. We capped off the month of April with a soldout Children’s Cluster, hosted by the Columbia Chapter, with a record 500 attendees under the theme: “Mission Possible: Engineers for Change” Our children enjoyed a fun-filled weekend, including a red carpet movie night, hip hop dance classes, Gavel Club oratorical training, Lego classes, community service and more.

the Region. Gavel Clubs are affiliated with Toastmasters and they provide quality oratorical training for children under age 18. The program is designed to help our children improve oratorical presentations, develop leadership skills and enhance critical thinking. At Up the Hill press time, the Region’s Leadership Team was preparing for its Regional Mothers Conference in July in Orlando, Fla., with the theme, “A Mighty and Magical Time Awaits!” We look forward to interactive workshops, educational plenaries, social activities and a Welcome Reception at Universal Studios.

One of the highlights of the Eastern Region’s program year was the establishment of Gavel Clubs throughout

Mother’s Conference 2017 Date: July 12-16, 2017 Theme: A Mighty and Magical Time Awaits! Location: Orlando, Florida Hosting Chapter: Rochester, New York Conference Chairs: Stella King-Turner, MD & Rachel D. Yanky, MD

Mothers’ Cluster (Southern Cluster) Date: October 29, 2016 Theme: Empowering Families for Success Location: Bethesda, Maryland Hosting Chapter: Potomac Valley (Maryland) Conference Chairs: Christi Hay and Leya Reaves Mothers’ Cluster (Metropolitan Cluster) Date: November 5, 2016 Theme: Empowering Families for Success Location: Tarrytown, New York Hosting Chapter: Bronx, New York Conference Chairs: Camilla Crump and Crystal Isom

Teen Conference 2017 Date: March 30-April 2, 2017 Theme: Unapologetically Black Location: Boston, Massachusetts Hosting Chapter: Rockland Orange, New York Conference Chairs: Dr. Icilma Fergus & Nicole Moorer

Children’s Clusters Date: April 28, 2017 Theme: Mission Possible: Engineers for Change Location: Columbia, Maryland Hosting Chapter: Columbia, Maryland Conference Chairs: Crystal Brown and Dawn Watson

Mother’s Clusters Mothers’ Cluster (Northern Cluster) Date: October 1, 2016 Theme: Empowering Families for Success Location: Dedham, Massachusetts Hosting Chapter: Newton, Massachusetts Conference Chairs: Pamela Boone and Doreen Rachal Mothers’ Cluster (Delaware Valley Cluster) Date: October 15, 2016 Theme: Empowering Families for Success Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania Hosting Chapter: Montgomery County, PA Conference Chairs: Evelyn Sample-Oates & Shelly B. Pullian

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mandi kumbula-fraser regional director

Mondi Kumbula-Fraser serves as Eastern Regional Director, and the Region’s theme for 2016-2017 is “Empowering Families for SUCCESS!”. This theme embodies the Eastern Region’s commitment to providing unique and enriching opportunities for children and families. RD Mondi previously served as National On the Hill Summit Co-Chair, Regional Membership Chair and Regional Legislative Chair focusing on juvenile justice, early childhood education, gun control and racial profiling. In addition, she served the Potomac Valley Chapter in several positions including President, Vice President, Legislative Chair, Protocol Chair, Age Group Coordinator as well as serving the chapter in other capacities as needed. RD Mondi is an attorney with a background in real estate, information technology, tax, immigration, housing and legislative advocacy. She has an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. She has held leadership positions with several organizations.

delia ware-tibbs regional treasurer

Delia Ware-Tibbs is proud to serve as the Eastern Regional Treasurer. RT Delia has been actively involved in Jack and Jill since 2001 as a member of the Greater Union County Chapter where she has held the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Financial Secretary. On the Regional level, RT Delia has served on the Budget and Bylaw Committees. In 2012 she was appointed as the Regional Technology Chair leading the team in implementing a regional conference app, and develop-ing an online portal for submitting Teen Conference documents. In 2014 she was appointed as the Na-tional Technology Chair committed to implementing a new Membership Portal that links to our Na-tional website and automates event registration and member tracking. RT Delia graduated from Hampton University with a BS in Accounting, has a MBA in Management Information Systems, and a Certificate of Project Management. She has 28 years of professional experience at Verizon in Ac-counting and in Marketing responsible for developing and implementing strategic sales initiatives.

margaret gibson regional secretary

Margaret Gibson is the third Eastern Regional Secretary and has previously served the Region in the appointed positions of Protocol Chair, Community Service Chair, AIM Coordinator and Regional Scribe. A proud member of the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter in New York since 2007, she has also worked tirelessly for the organization in a variety of chapter roles, including chapter President, Vice-President, Program Director and Chair of the Metropolitan Cluster Workday. Always up for a challenge, during her tenure as Program Director, Margaret built the chapter’s first website by teaching herself HTML. RS Margaret has worked in human resources for over 20 years, leading a team of HR professional ex-perienced in designing and developing strategies to drive organizational change and business results. She is also adept at designing, implementing and leading effective workplace diversity strategies and initiatives. Currently, she is a HR Director & Client Manager. Prior to human resources, Margaret worked as a Productivity Analyst conducting workforce analysis studies which required her to travel between 70-90% of the time.

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akira bell johnson member-at-large

Akira Bell Johnson is proud to serve the Eastern Region as the Foundation Member-at-Large. MAL Aki-ra is a legacy of the Central New Jersey Chapter, where she is currently a member. She has served Jack and Jill as a chapter president, and a regional community service chair. Akira graduated from Princeton University with a BSE in Civil Engineering and Operations Research, with a certificate in Engineering Management as well as a certificate in African American Studies. She has 20 years of professional ex-perience working in Information Technology with a specialty in consumer technology and cyber-security. MAL Akira enjoys promoting STEM careers for students of color and girls. She is a board member for the Princeton YMCA and a mentor to the Women in STEM program at Princeton Universi-ty. MAL Akira lives in Somerset, NJ with her two wonderful children Ethan and Samantha who attend the Lawrenceville School and Peddie School respectively. In her spare time, MAL Akira trains and competes in triathlons and other endurance events.

rose richardson

regional associate chair Eastern Region Associate Chair Rose Richardson has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. since May, 2006. Rose was a proud member and now Associate of the Philadelphia chapter where she served in several capacities. Rose was a Chapter President, Chapter Vice President and Corresponding Secretary. She also chaired several committees. At the Regional level Rose served as Protocol Chair. Rose is married to Frank K. Richardson, Jr and proud parents to Frank K. Richardson, 3rd who is currently a student at Morehouse College and Ashley Richardson – Hardy.

byron johns

father’s auxiliary chair Byron Johns serves as Father’s Auxiliary Chair for the Eastern Region. His wife Lynn, and two children, Byron II and Schuylar, have been members of the Potomac Valley chapter since 2001. He has been a leader in the telecommunications and information systems industry for more than 30 years and as a research and development engineer for Bell Laboratories, developed wireless technologies that are the basis for todays mobile cellular industry. Byron has held various leadership roles, including Vice President/Corporate Program Executive for Federal Programs, Information Technology Officer, and Inter-national Operations Executive in Australia and Brazil. Chair Byron is a graduate of Morehouse College and Georgia Tech with Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering, and has a Masters of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He also is a graduate of the Yale University Executive Management Program. He is an active member of the World Affairs Council, a past mem-ber of the Board of Trustees for Mount Saint Joseph College and the University of Cincinnati.

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Teen Officers maya long | Teen President Regional Teen President Maya Long is a proud member of the amazing Arundel Bay Area Chapter, where she has served as the Teen Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and was elected as the 2016 Distinguished Teen of the Year. On the regional level, she had a phenomenal time serving as the Regional Teen Chaplin in 2015-16. She is a senior at Arundel High School in Gambrills, Maryland, where she serves as a member of the Student Government Association, and as an AMP (which is a freshmen student mentor.)

jada thorne | Teen Vice-President Regional Teen Vice President Jada Thorne hails from the amazing Nassau County Chapter, where she has served in many positions, including Secretary, Foundation Chair, and head of several committees. She is a senior at Great Neck South High. She has played three varsity sports (volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse), been president of the school’s Black Student union, TESL connect club and midnight run. She has served as secretary of Key club and Gay Straight Alliance, and is Vice President of the Mary Brennan Inn Youth Group.

lauren smith | Teen Secretary Regional Teen Secretary Lauren Smith is proud to represent the Stamford/Norwalk chapter in Connecticut, where she previously served as both Historian and Recording Secretary. Outside of the organization, she enjoys participating in choir and theatre at her school, nurturing an intense love for the arts, especially music. She also loves helping out her community by volunteering at St. Aloysius Church, assisting in many different ways including aiding Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teachers and helping with after-mass festivities.

caitlyn hughes | Teen Treasurer Regional Teen Treasurer Caitlyn Hughes is an active member of the New Haven Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., as well as various other community organizations. As a senior at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Conn., she is a member of the Black Student Alliance, BKind Club, and participates on two varsity teams. She also participates monthly with her local soup kitchen as well as in the ASCEND Enrichment program with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Xi Omega Chapter.

channing russell | Teen foundation chair Regional Teen Foundation Chair Channing Russell represents the Essex Hudson Chapter, where he has served the Teen Group as President, Vice President and Foundation Chair. As a junior at The Pingry School in Martinsville, N.J., he is a three-time varsity football player and also plays on the basketball team. He is an active member of Pingry’s Politics Club and serves as Co-President of the school’s Sports Podcast Club. He also has his own sports blog. Additionally, he serves as a Student Government Representative. In the past, he has volunteered at the New Jersey Food Bank and served at the Church of the Epiphany.

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EASTERN REGION Chapter News

alexandria-mt. vernon, va Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and an entreprenurial boot camp. The Emeralds (ages 6-8) visited Mount Vernon and learned about life as an enslaved individual, attended a performance at the Kennedy Center, and participated in an introductory computer coding class. The Onyx group (ages 9-12) began the program year with “Black Lives Matter – Let’s Rap About It,” where the children learned about effective public speaking and had a powerful discussion about relations between the black community and law enforcement. They also participated in a team building activity at EscapeQuest. Our teens, Diamonds, participated in a LeaderHership and DevelopMENtal strategy session at the University of the District of Columbia and attended the Nation’s AT&T Classic featuring the Howard Bisons vs. Hampton Pirates. Our programming provides our children with valuable tools to use their collective Power to Make a Difference.

President: Sonja Lucas Vice-President: Shelly Brayboy Program Director: Bronte Montgomery Recording Secretary: Michelle Jackson Corresponding Secretary: Lia Pendarvis Treasurer: Alexus Guilliod Financial Secretary: Tammie Smiley Editor: Candace Gomez-Broughton Chaplain: Barbara Driggins Historian: Barabara Driggins Foundation Chair: Patricia Davison-Lewis Parliamentarian: Andrea McBarnette Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tiffany Latham Associate Chair: Regina Chambers Father’s Auxiliary: Melvin Crenshaw

President: Cameron Lucas Vice-President: Brianna Latham Secretary: Lauren Joyner Treasurer: Kayla Joyner Parliamentarian: Kamryn Powell Chaplain: Aria Townes Sergeant-at-Arms: Scott Woods

The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. began as the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Mother’s Club. The group became a provisional chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in 1964 and was officially chartered in 1966. The original group of 31 mothers began a rich tradition of dedication to the cultural, social and educational development of their children and service to the community. Ms. Natalie Vaughn, President of the Mother’s Club, served as Chapter Organizer and later became an Eastern Region Member-at-Large and Honorary Life Member of the Chapter. Ms. Crozet Johnson served as the first Chapter President. Charter members include Louise Alexander, Julia Bradby, Virginia Contee, Marguerite Cooper, Will Dantley, Lillian Gray, Gloria Greene, Louise Harris, Evelyn Hopkins, Ida Mae Jones, Mable Lyles, Leota Newman, Lillian Patterson, Marjorie Price, Shirley Pulley, Laura Randolph, Georgianna Redd, Margery Robinson, Joyce Sanchez, Mildred Shriver, Dorothy Spears, Gladys Stokes, Eva Thomas, Thelma Wair, Decima Webber, Arminta Wood, and Gloria Wheeler. The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter now consists of 45 mothers, 55 children, 19 teens, and 10 associates. The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016.

chapter programming The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. started the program year with several fantastic experiences. The Pearls age group (2-5 years old) began the program year with a Story Quest exercise, a visit 54


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arundel bay area, md Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Lavertta T. Harden Vice-President: Romica Brashear Program Director: Evonne Gilliam Recording Secretary: Michelle Cannon Corresponding Secretary: Sonja Hamilton Treasurer: Carla Scott-Jackson Financial Secretary: Chalissa Taylor Editor: Jill Oliver Chaplain: Tia McNair Historian: Jill Oliver Foundation Chair: Shadey Brown Parliamentarian: Bridnetta Edwards Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Karen Whiteside Associate Chair: Tryphenia Ellis-Johnson Father’s Auxiliary: Cliff Daniels, Chris Hamilton

President: Taylor Anderson Vice-President: Kori Whiteside Secretary: Jason Gilliam Treasurer: Kayla Taylor Parliamentarian: Niya Harden Chaplain: Bobby Whiteside, IV Sergeant-at-Arms: Jordan Troutman

chapter members Lesley Anderson, Latoya Bates, Felecia Brown, Stacie Brownrigg, Pier Butler, Rhonda Caldwell-Dove, Denise Christian, Kelley Coates-Carter, Pam Daniels, Audran Downing, Felicia Ellison, Ime Essien-Lewis, Nina Everett, Rosemarie Frazier, Maisha Gillins, Kimberly Golder, Carla Haynes, Stacy Herbert, Denise Holmes, Joi Howard, Alecia Jackson, Michelle King, Cathy Long, Elizabeth Morris, Cheryl Scott, Tracee Strum-Gilliam, Jackie Troutman, Jenese Tucker, Niisha Venzen, Tiffany Wallace, Shawna Watley, Michele Williams, Rosalind Williams, Zaminah Williams chapter history

African-American resort. The middle schoolers toured Morgan State University. ABA teens walked to raise funds for a local shelter.

On August 7, 1988, six dynamic mothers from the Glen Burnie region of Anne Arundel County, Maryland were called together by Christine Scott Davenport to a meeting at the home of Sylvia Tilghman in Severn, MD. Forming a familyrelated organization to meet the needs of African-American families in predominantly white Glen Burnie and its surrounding area was the topic of discussion.

In December, ABA hosted a successful forum, “Race and the Law,” for students and parents. Panel presentations and breakout sessions addressed interacting with those in positions of authority and equipping both chapter and community children with tools to navigate today’s world. ABA will continue to seek for other children the same advantages which we desire for our own.

A Steering Committee was formed to begin recruiting mothers with the same interest and vision as Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The Committee consisted of Earnestine Butler, Christine Davenport, Doris Durrett, Nancy Jernigan, Eretta Morris, and Sylvia Tilghman. The group fulfilled the requirements set forth by National and was chartered as the Greater Glen Burnie Chapter on October 27, 1990.

Community service is prominent in ABA. Members collected toys for Operation Christmas Child, held a book drive for our adopted reading corner, and ABA teens sponsored a toy drive for Haiti, and provided toiletry kits and lunches for the homeless. Later this year we will support the Blue Ribbon Project, “Make a Wish” and the “Share Food Network” with a fundraiser. Still to come--financial literacy lessons, visits to African-American owned businesses, an engineering challenge, a study on roller coasters and a tour of the Annapolis State House are scheduled. ABA celebrates our graduating seniors--Kori, Joelle, Taylor, Jordan and Eastern Region Teen President, Maya.

In July 2000 at the 21st Biennial National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Chapter’s name was officially changed to Arundel Bay Area, chosen to better reflect the geographical region covered by the chapter.

chapter programming The Arundel Bay Area (ABA) Chapter

kicked off 2016-17 celebrating Jack and Jill Day with a premier viewing of “Queen of Katwe.” This activity allowed ABA to embody the National theme, “The Power to Make a Difference” and the Chapter’s programmatic thrust, “Connections, Culture and Community.” Local community members were invited to attend free of charge. During the first half of the year, ABA’s youngest children explored science at a local farm. The 1st-3rd graders were introduced to coding. History was brought to life for the 4th/5th graders at Frederick Douglass’ home in Highland Beach, Maryland, the first 56


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atlantic city, nj Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Stephanie Thomas Vice-President: Sheila Smallwood Program Director: Kristina Carr Recording Secretary: Barbara Washington Corresponding Secretary: Carla Hill Treasurer: Angel Miller Financial Secretary: Karen Upshaw-Crosby Editor: Monica Coursey Chaplain: Sheila Smallwood Historian: Alicia White Foundation Chair: Barbara Washington Parliamentarian: Dianna Fauntleroy Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Monica Coursey, Dianna Fauntleroy and Barbara Washington Associate Chair: Sonya Harris Father’s Auxiliary: Keith Coursey and William Crosby Sergeant-At-Arms: Joyce Sidibe

President: Ruby Washington Vice-President: Bradford Fauntleroy Secretary: Logan Thomas / Zoranay Coursey Treasurer: Reece Miller Parliamentarian: Jason Gibbs / Najee Coursey Chaplain: Geon Smallwood Sergeant-at-Arms: Dakota Hill

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in creating a beautiful seashore themed mural, along with member donations of 150 books, bean bags, cushion seating, and 25 Kindles were just the initial jumpstart of our reading corner. Continue planning to enhance and ensure success of our “Reading Corner” is positively growing. In support of the Jack and Jill National Theme, “The Power to Make a Difference,” in November, the Legislative Committee hosted a Roundtable Panel Discussion entited, “Breaking the Prison to Cradle Pipeline”. Concurrent with that event, Sandpiper Valdre Forbes and Beacon Savannah Forbes hosted a “legislative” session for the Sandpipers and Beacons where they learned about the Constitution, how a bill becomes a law and “enacted legislation” designed to help address the needs of our youth and break the prison to cradle pipeline. In October our Sand Dollars (2-Grade K) participated in a Halloween book writing project. Our Sandpipers (Grade 1-3), Beacons (Grades 4-5) and Seagulls (Grades 6-8) engaged in a STEM activity called “The Pumpkin Project”. The children collected qualitative and quantitative data to test their hypotheses regarding the correlation between the number pumpkin seeds and pumpkin size. The Teens (Grades 9-12) are becoming empowered by partcipating in driver safety workshops, enteractive law enforcement and community workshops, exploring career opportunities, and establishing healthier eating habits. In January 2017, the Chapter, led by the Teens, will host their 5th annual “Module Madness” which will feature a series of fun, safety awareness, and innnovative leadership / financial modules intended to inform our future leaders.

The Atlantic City, NJ Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was chartered in 1948. It became the sixteenth chapter recognized by the National organization. Our boundaries include Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties. Our charter members, fourteen pioneering women, were: Mrs. Wilma Nelson, President Emeritus, Mrs. Lucille Barbour, Mrs. Lillian Bryant, Mrs. Carrie Harrison, Mrs. Harriet Lamkin, Mrs. Edythe Marshall, Mrs. Alice Carter, Mrs. Juanita Fowler, Mrs. Hugh Gregory, Mrs. Elveta Harris, Mrs. Cecelia Hawkes, Mrs. Margaret Hawkins, Mrs. Florence Johnson (First President) and Mrs. Erma Spencer. The past deeds of these wonderful women, our foremothers, continue to inspire and strengthen our membership.

chapter programming The Atlantic City Chapter continues

in its tradition of strengtening the community and building future leaders through helping others. The Chapter Program Year began with the celebration of Jack and Jill Day and a memorial for Carole Robertson at the Altantic City Police Athletic League-PAL, Atlantic City, NJ. Our participating families enjoyed age-specific activities for the children, a historical discussion of Carole Robertson, and a ribbon cutting celebration of our dedicated “Reading Corner” at PAL. The Jack and Jill AC and AC PAL “Reading Corner” at the Atlantic City PAL center was created to focus on developing the literacy skills of the emergent reader by providing a unique, safe space for area youth to immerse and experience the joy of reading. Partnering with artist Neal Galloway of Stockton University

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baltimore, md Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Angela M. Walker Vice-President: Angela Ginn-Meadow Program Director: Rona Ivey Recording Secretary: Callie Rahman Corresponding Secretary: Sharhonda Henderson Treasurer: Leah Abrams Financial Secretary: Anika Alvanzo Editor: Laura Lee Chaplain: Annette Campbell Anderson Historian: Laura Lee Parliamentarian: Adrienne Barnes Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Angelique Griffin Associate Chair: Carol Kimbers Father’s Auxiliary: Reginald Brown

President: Christa Loving Vice-President: Jailyn Clark Secretary: Lindsey Callaway & Monica Griffin Treasurer: Jonathan Haywood Parliamentarian: Miles Vance Chaplain: Camille King Sergeant-at-Arms: Christian Spruill

chapter members Leah Abrams, Teri Alexander, Sheelagh Allston, Anika Alvanzo, Annette Campbell Anderson, Lisa Armstrong, Adrienne Barnes, Kim Bedford, Haimanot Bekele, Shelley Bennett, Joy Brown, Jineki Butler-Clark, Marian Callaway, Shauntell Campbell, Minka Carter, Karen Cousins-Brown, Tamara Curtis, Tanika Davis, Erin Drew-Spruill, Mellasenah Edwards, Natalie Frazier, Michele Fuller, Angela Ginn-Meadow, Chrystal Green, Nicole Greenidge-Hoskins, Angelique Griffin, Meisha Grimes, Lisa Hamilton, Lisa Haywood, Sharhonda Henderson, Kelly Holloway, Rona Ivey, Crystal Watkins Johansson, Taiwan Johnson, Darlene Johnson-Strange, Tamra JonesBrooks, Tracy King, Brenda Lee, Laura Lee, Shapel Lee, Carla Loving, Aquan Manigault, Gina McKnight-Smith, Chery Mickel, Tiffany Moreland, Bethany Pace, Donna Pearson, Callie Rahman, Lisa Reveley, Terri Riding, Vondalin Saunders, Hana Sharif, Kimberly Smith, Tori Soudan, Yvonne Tanner-Reitz, Debra Thomas, Deborah Thompson, Nicole Tucker-Smith, Dawn Vance, Angela Walker, Jocelyn Williams, Stacey Williams chapter history

the activities supported Meals on Wheels and the second supported our community service partner Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School (FSEMS).

The Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill was organized in 1945 by the Cornelias, a ladies social club founded in the 1940s. Mothers in the social club were also friends with members of the Philadelphia Chapter from which Jack and Jill of America originated in 1938. The Baltimore Chapter was the 5th chapter formed and began with 25 members and added more members in 1947. Today, we have 62 Mothers, with 104 children and teens, and 11 Associates.

Our signature event for the programming year was a professionally staged play at the newly renovated Center Stage, “The Ground on Which We Stand: An Exploration of Black Excellence,” directed and written by Mother Hana Sharif, and performances by all children in the chapter. The chapter wide activity served as an excellent vehicle for the children to learn black history, perform on a professional stage, leadership, and teamwork.

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The Baltimore Chapter kicked off the program year with our annual Carole Robertson/Jack and Jill Day celebration. The activity honored the memory of Carole Robertson, from her mother’s perspective, and celebrated our families. In January 2017 the Chapter celebrated Founder’s day in collaboration with area chapters and participated in two community service activities for the National Day of Service. One of

Our grade group activities reflected national programming thrusts by highlighting education, the power of advocacy and action and the power of leadership. Activities ranged from our first-third graders assembling gift baskets for the needy during the holiday season to our teen group hosting a voter registration drive.

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baltimore county, md Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Karen Heyward-West Vice-President: Deborah Lockley Program Director: Chrissy Thornton Recording Secretary: Karla Pryor Corresponding Secretary: LuAnn Leighton Treasurer: Heather Ross Financial Secretary: Stacy Garrett-Ray Editor: Nichole Henderson Chaplain: Nikita Adams Historian: Lisa Jones Foundation Chair: Sabrina Jones Parliamentarian: Sharonne Bonardi Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Monica Shuler-Marrow Associate Chair: Judith Britton Father’s Auxiliary: David Jones

President: Robinson Burrell III Vice-President: Jordyn Jones Recording Secretary: Jordan Ross Corresponding Secretary: Kendall West Treasurer: Brentton Hicks Parliamentarian: Jordan Baonardi Chaplain: Marcus Moore Sergeant-at-Arms: Justin Marrow

chapter members Nikita Adams, Bettina Adjei, Kimani Anglin, Jacquelyn Biggins, Sharonne Bonardi, Joyce Bonsu, Gail Bugg, Yvette

Bunn-Jones, Jacquelyn Cade, Valerie Cherry-Jones, Dawn Davis, Dawn Dias-Bulls, Julene Dunmore, Stacy Garrett-Ray, Marie Geddie, Erinn Gross, Camille Hammond, Pamela Harris, Nichole Henderson, Geanelle Griffith Herring, Karen Heyward-West, Yvette Hicks, Nicole Holland, Kendra Jolivet, Dawn Jones, Lisa Jones, Magda Jones, Sabrina Jones, LuAnn Leighton, Deborah Lockley, Tia Love-Daniels, Stephanie Madden Smith, Mycha Marshall, Terrie Massie-Burrell, Marcia Moore, Marthe Motley, Robyn Murphy, Lisa Parker, Karla Pryor, Heather Ross, Monica Shuler- Marrow, Sherita Thomas, Chrissy Thornton, Angela Weems, Melvenia Wright, Kendel Wylie-Pugh

chapter history Baltimore County (MD) Chapter was chartered

soup kitchen and resource center on the east coast. On three occasions, the teens served guests and donated household items to those in need.

in 1988, and today is comprised of 46 accomplished mothers who are committed to serving their children and the community with quality programming focused on serving all familes of Baltimore County. The chapter continues to develop meanigful relationships within our chapter, as well as, make a meanignful impact on our members and the greater Baltimore County community.

In keeping with the tradition, the Baltimore County Chapter hosted its annual holiday party. Families and friends wore their best holiday attire and partied with a purpose. Guests enjoyed a holiday medley performed by the younger grade groups, while other groups shared their thoughts on social issues. Guests were inspired by the children’s representation of American history as they displayed powerful images from the Black Lives Matter movement and iconic African Americans. The highlight of the night was a rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, which was a tribute to the Obama family. The song celebrated the accomplishments and contributions made by the First African American family and the impact that will be felt for generations to come.

chapter programming The Baltimore County Chapter started the program year with a weekend filled with pride and remberance. Chapter members celebrated Jack and Jill Day at the 20th Annual Baltimore County African American Festival. This was a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn about the organization, meet chapter members, and see how the chapter makes a difference in community. The following day, the chapter observed Carole Robertson Day with a day of worship and discussions to bring awareness of issues related to human rights and racial equality.

The chapter ended the year with a Kwanzaa celebration that reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening cultural values through improving family, community and social relationships. While acknowledging the seven principles, chapter families modeled fashions from seven African countries. The event was a huge success and the motivational poems read by the children inspired guests to set goals that are beneficial to the community, and in favor of a prosperous year ahead.

During the weeks leading up to Election Day, the chapter exercised their power to make a difference by increasing voter turnout. By partnering with the Urban League and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Baltimore County Chapter was able to host several voter registration drives and register 300 Marylanders to vote. The chapter also incorporated the election into grade group activities. Mothers attended a teen chapter meeting to discuss voter registration, and conducted a mock election during a chapter-wide event where the children delivered remarks on behalf of the presidential candidates. Sixty-six children made their voices heard by casting their votes in the mock election. The teens also excercised their power to make a difference by volunteering at Our Daily Bread, which is the largest comprehensive 59


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Our children will also assist with several of our national initiatives, the March of Dimes, Education and several community service activities at The Boys and Girls Club of Patterson/Passaic County.

President: Wendy Wilcox Vice-President: Michele Grant Program Director: LaKreisha Jean Recording Secretary: Tia Allen Corresponding Secretary: Sarah Bryan Treasurer: Carmen Vega Financial Secretary: Denise Pough Editor: Sonya Ellis Chaplain: Gervonn Rice Historian: Dayna Freeman Foundation Chair: Eileen Finn Parliamentarian: Deidre Ifill-Stills Associate Chair: Hazel Skeete Father’s Auxiliary: Meredith Marshall and Kevin Lyles

President: Connor Laurent Vice-President: Cameron Freeman Secretary: Ragan Henderson Treasurer: Xavier Sweet Parliamentarian: Justin Laurent Chaplain: Christopher Victor Sergeant-at-Arms: Emmanuel Robinson

Passaic Chapter, sponsored by the North Jersey Chapter became a full-fledged chapter of Jack and Jill. We had twelve members, one of whom was a father, Rev. Isaiah Bell, whose wife died during the year. Ellen Dickerson was our first president. The other founding members were: Edna Bullock, Marguerite Cordice, Nina Hardy, Virginia Lathan, Marguerite Miller, Irene Page, Louise Porter, Catherine Pen, Marian Thomas and Sara Washington.

As a day of service, we honored our deceased mother, Madinah Grier, with volunteer work at “The Center of Hope and Safety”. For MLK Day, we offer communal service to several men’s shelters with bagged lunches and healthy fruit options. In recognition of our chapter’s charitable work, we are proud to partner with our newly established Associates Group. With their support and philanthropic efforts, we are confident in meeting our fundraising goals.

chapter programming During the 2016-2017 programming year, Bergen-Passaic Chapter will continue to perpetuate our rich history by embracing our organization’s national theme, “The Power to Make a Difference”.

Jack and Jillers Who Code (S.T.E.A.M.), Financial Literacy, and other fun interactive activities have integral roles in programming this year. Our children will participate in 5-Wits: team building and problem solving, the HealthBarn: Creation of the 7 Healthy Habits and organic living; magical moments at the Gazillion Bubble Show, in New York City; Archery at Targeteers and experience Astronaut training with a lesson about the constellation of stars are just a few of our most popular events. One of the highlights of this program year will be our Cross Chapter PenPal Program that include Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania as well as New Castle County in Delaware.

Our 60 active mothers come with different skill-sets, interests, and personalities which helps our chapter to thrive and provide opportunities for our children to develop into tomorrow’s leaders. We have worked together to create innovative enrichment activities for the 125 dynamic children in our care. Leadership development is a core part of our programming. This year our Senior Teens will strengthen their bonding, networking, financial, and marketing skills by participating in a chapterwide Financial Symposium, Youth Financial Literacy Workshop, facilitated by industry-leaders in finance: “National Association of Black Accounting, Bnp Paribas, Centasables, AXA, and iSow”. In addition, they will participate in Leadership Modules led by our accomplished chapter fathers and an Oktoberfest Retreat in the lovely Poconos Mountains, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

“John Steptoe’s Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale” and a viewing of “Dance Theater of Harlem MLK Celebration” will take place at the legendary NJPAC’s Victoria Theater. A surprise artistic presentation featuring industry experts will culminate our Black History Month Celebration and add culture awareness to our chapter-wide activities.

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Boston’s Powerful Primaries are always on the go and began the year with a recreational activity at Kings Bowling where they reunited and welcomed new members to the group. Next they explored their artistic talent at the Museum of Fine Art, and were excited to join with their Nursery and other chapter friends when they made Thanksgiving Baskets for families in our community. Our “take charge” Intermediates always have fun together. In September this lively group of preteens and “tweens” had a wonderful time learning how to build a fertile garden, composting, and the importance of eating organic. In October the group immersed themselves in a fun cultural and educational activity by visiting local historic sites.

President: Lisa Smith-McQueenie Vice-President: Aprylle Wright-Wallace Program Director: Earlene Avalon and Dacia Campbell Recording Secretary: Terry Wilkins Corresponding Secretary: Christina West Treasurer: Gail Latimore Financial Secretary: Francine Coston Editor: Lori Smith Britton and Janelle Bradshaw Chaplain: Karen Maund Historian: Joy Lucas Foundation Chair: Christina Brown Parliamentarian: The Honorable Denise Jefferson Casper Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Lisa Price-Stevens, Kymberly Terry, Treniece Harris-Lewis Associate Chair: Yvonne Sandiford-Horne Father’s Auxiliary: Eric Wallace

President: Ashanna McQuennie Vice-President: Austin Moore Secretary: Sydni Britton Treasurer: Orlando Harris Parliamentarian: Price Stevens Sergeant-at-Arms: Mikaela Cox

The Boston Chapter, chartered in 1946 by eleven mothers who believed in the goals of Jack and Jill, is New England’s first chapter. For seven decades, we have birthed national and regional officers; successfully executed conferences, conventions and clusters; and organized fundraising events whereby we’ve donated to local and national charities. We’re proud of and grateful for the accolades we have received for our programming and for the impact we’re having on our children and community. During the 2015-2016 programming year we believe we have “the power to make a difference, and we are excited to continue our focus on empowering our young people through leadership development, social development, cultural heritage, and community service – always aiming to develop leaders of character and purpose.

Our fall program season culminated with our chapter-wide Christmas Party. Our chapter’s families came together to celebrate the season in fine form. Our 2016 Holiday Brunch was a big hit as families and prospective families came together to decorate wreathes and other holiday adornments, learn the latest line dances and simply gather in warm fellowship in the spirit of the season. As part of our Holiday Brunch Focus, chapter families collected new toys and books and donted them to the Dimock Community Health Center in Boston’s historic Roxbury neighborhood.

chapter programming Our tiniest but mightiest Jack and Jillers are off to a great start this year. They began their year a STEaM related activity the highlight of which was a trip to Boston’s renowned Museum of Science. In November the Nursery, group join the Primary, Intermediate and Early Teen groups to prepare Thanksgiving baskets for the community in honor or our National Theme: The Power to Make a Difference. Baskets were donated to three organizations: Brookview House, Dimock Community Health Center, and Codman Square NDC.

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President: Soyini Chan Shue First Vice-President: Nicole Fluellen-Young Second Vice President: Danielle Smith-Johnson Program Director: Ardis Carlos-Alim Recording Secretary: Heather Luke Corresponding Secretary: Tina Bristol Treasurer: Sabrina Stratton Financial Secretary: Raven Walker Editor: Sharon Spann-Bethea Chaplain: Ursula Cooper-Hunter Historian: Camilla Crump Foundation Chair: Tina Bristol Parliamentarian: Danielle Officer Protocol Chair: Celeste Ross-Barry Community Service Chair: Myriam Fieulleteau Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Theresa Land-Latta/ Ursula Cooper-Hunter Father’s Auxiliary: Victor Perkins and Hosea Givan

President: Sara Latta Vice-President: Darius Isom Secretary: Savitri George Treasurer: Alexis Barry Editor: Jaylyn Perkins Legislative Chair: Jolaun Hunter Chaplain: Ayanna Nelson Sergeant-at-Arms: Alyssa Moore

chapter history In 1992, Mrs. Cheryl Simmons Oliver began

celebrate the holidays, we held a fun activity at Skyzone where our families participated in fun activities and brought gifts for donation to the Edenwald Center in the Bronx.

a journey to form the Bronx, New York Chapter with 20 interested mothers. These mothers shared the same concerns, interests and goals for their children and had a desire to offer opportunities to the children of the Bronx to make their communities stronger. In July 1994, during the National Convention in Austin, Texas the Bronx New York Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was confirmed. Later that year, The Bronx, New York Chapter adopted the theme “The Family Chapter” which provides cultural, social, civic and recreational activities to stimulate and expand the minds of the Bronx’ community children. As we strive to fulfill the objectives of Jack and Jill, our members have shared their resources with the community and provided activities for children throughout the Bronx.

In celebration of Jack & Jill National Day of Service (MLK Day), the Bronx New York Chapter Mothers and teens joined with Metropolitan Cluster Chapters to support the White Plains YMCA by providing approximately 75 women residents with items that we all take for granted such as toiletries and clothes. Organized by our Community Service Committee Member and Bronx New York Chapter President Soyini Chan-Shue, each chapter was assigned specific items to donate and helped to sort and organize clothes for the clothing closet. The residents enjoyed receiving cards from our younger children who could not attend the event and teens were instrumental in helping to prepare and serve the food to the residents. Residents enjoyed a 3-course meal while the mothers and teens shared songs, poems, music to celebrated the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A motivational speaker engaged the residents and Mothers to focus on being their best self.

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off the year as our teens held their third annual “Back to School” backpack giveaway initiative. Our teens provided over 110 backpacks fully loaded with notebooks, pencils, erasers and other items to children and teens in the Bronx.

In February, we continued our commitment to Making a Difference and Empowering Families for Success by hosting over 200 guests at our 3rd Annual Black History Month event at the Bronx Museum of the Arts entitled “Hidden Figures in STEAM: Our Innovators and Inventors.” Local community members were invited to attend free of charge. We were proud to celebrate our African American heritage with a special focus on pioneers and community leaders through participating and witnessing various programs in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Several local community organizations and companies with a STEAM focus were available so that families could learn more about their products and services and participated in a panel discussion about the positive impact that STEAM-focused programs can have on the children in our communities. Local arts organizations danced and sang showcasing our unique styles in the African American culture including tap dancing.

The small but mighty Bronx New York Chapter was proud to host one of the largest Metropolitan Mother’s Clusters in history. Over 600 mothers and their children attended this wonderful event. Mothers attended workshops led by local leaders geared to supporting them while raising great African American children. Middle Schoolers and Teens developed skills in presenting through the oratorical contest and learned how to maintain a positive image on social media. NP Joli Cooper-Nelson held a Q&A session for mothers and children where she shared her vision of the future for the organization. Also in November, The Bronx, New York Chapter kids volunteered together with Fairway Supermarket and Nate “Tiny” Archibald (former NBA hall of famer) to give away 50 turkeys to families in need. At the end of the event, children shared their thoughts on the day and enthusiastically answered questions asked of them. To 63


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pending before New York City lawmakers. The event was attended by New York City council members Robert Cornegy and Jumaane Williams. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio also made a surprise appearance at the event to support the children and pose for a photo. Separately, the Senior Teens participated in a phone banking event, encouraging New Yorkers to go to the polls and exercise their right to vote.

President: Melinda Alexis-Hayes Vice-President: Tanya Levy-Odom Program Director: Kristen Thornhill Recording Secretary: Monica Covington-Cradle Corresponding Secretary: Joann Lewis Treasurer: Lou-Anne Walters Financial Secretary: Patria Frias-Colon Editor: Charlita Mays Chaplain: Marcella Gay Historian: Ann Rollins-Boyd Foundation Chair: Jennifer Jones-Austin Parliamentarian: Lorna McAllister Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Audrey Moore, Lead Teen Advisor Associate Chair: Felicia Burch Father’s Auxiliary: Edward Odom

President: Carlos Mayers Vice-President: Christian Wilson Secretary: Kiara Brown Treasurer: Destini Jones Parliamentarian: Jasmine Neal Chaplain: Jessica Best-Herbert Sergeant-at-Arms: Cameron Oliver

The Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was founded by Emily Pickens, and voted into the national organization in 1952; the Chapter will celebrate its 65th anniversary this year. We are committed to engaging in community service, promoting health and wellness, and establishing a solid foundation grounded in philanthropy, leadership, and academic achievement for our children. Today, with seventy-one families, we continue to embody the national organizations’ motto “Let’s Work, Let’s Play, Let’s Live Together.”

In December, the younger age groups celebrated Kwanzaa by putting on a skit reflecting Kwanzaa principles and making Kwanzaathemed crafts. The Junior and Senior Teen groups delivered over 170 wrapped toys to MercyFirst Foster Care agency, hosted a holiday party and luncheon for the children and their families, and distributed toys to the children.

chapter programming The mighty Brooklyn Chapter is a vibrant, caring, intelligent, diverse group of like-minded mothers who are dedicated to serving their local community, as well as communities beyond the Chapter’s borders. We are committed to raising our children to be knowledgeable, civic-minded leaders as reflected in the Chapter’s programming, which exemplifies the national organization’s theme, the “Power to Make a Difference.”

The Chapter looks forward to the second half of the year. In January, we will host our annual teen political forum on the topic “What Does the Future Hold with the Incoming Presidential Administration, Congress and Senate?” Also the Chapter will participate in a day of service at the YWCA Residence in White Plains, NY. We will serve lunch to the participants and donate books, workplace clothes, care packages, personal notes from the younger children, room decor items, including bedding, pillows, and hampers.

In September, the Chapter started the program year with the the Carole Robertson Memorial Ceremony, led by the Junior Teens who bridged the past with the present and future through Spoken Word. They presented the meaning of Carole Robertson Day and discussed justice in our legal system today. The ceremony ended with a candle lighting commemorating the great legacy, life and sacrifice of Carole Robertson. The event continued with a game of Family Feud featuring a Black History theme, which was enjoyed by all age groups.

Notably, in May the Chapter will celebrate its 65th anniversary and pledge its efforts to 65 more years of service to the community.

In October, the Chapter raised awareness of breast cancer. Led by Audrey Moore, the Chapter participated in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breas Cancer” walk in Prospect Park. The Senior Teens raise funds for research that will hopefully save lives. The walk provided an opportunity for the Chapter to unite with the community at large to honor survivors and shine a light on a worthy cause. In November, we had events that focused on political awareness. The 8-10s and 11-12s joined forces at City Hall for a “Great Debate,” where the children debated an animal rights bill currently 64


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President: Ramona Hollie-Major Vice-President: Brigitte Walker Quinn Program Director: Kelly Reid Recording Secretary: Tamala Mallett Moore Corresponding Secretary: Deborah King Treasurer: Margot Goodson Financial Secretary: Denise Allen-Williams Editor: Carolyn Talley Chaplain: Andrea Corpening Historian: Jill Jones Foundation Chair: Sydney Lewis Parliamentarian: Aliya Browne Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Robyn Johnson Associate Chair: Carla Stinnette Father’s Auxiliary: Phillip Kelton

President: Gabby Jones Vice-President: Mykal-Michele Longino Program Director: Jayla Johnson Recording Secretary: Mia Thomas Financial Secretary: Myles Browne Corresponding Secretary: Myles King Treasurer: Kennedy Farrior Parliamentarian: Silas Smith Chaplain: Avery Wilson Sergeant-at-Arms: Silas Smith

chapter members Denise Allen-Williams, Denise Arnaud-Turner, Tracy Jackson Benson, Aliya Browne, Renee Bullock-Palmer, Lula

Burke, Andrea Corpening, Nichole Farrior, Margot Goodson, Rhonda Harmon, Ramona Hollie-Major, Tammy Hudson, Robyn Johnson, Jill Jones, Annette Kelton, Deborah King, Kristie King, Sydney Lewis, Tayna Longino, Margarita Lucas, Jacqueline Mason-Scott, Lena Franks McIlwain, Tamala Mallett Moore, Clara Parker, Monira Parkinson-Cole, Connie Peace, Kelly Johnson Reid, Lynn Seth, Michele Smith, Subrenie Smith, Carolyn Talley, Renee Tucker, Marci Urbanek, Brigitte Walker-Quinn, Kathleen Holt Whyte, Sheila Wilson, Cassandra Woods, Karen Yancey, Allyson McMillan Youngblood

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Power to Make a Difference by hosting an inspiring Kwanzaa cultural experience with drummers, dancers and storytellers. With over a 100 Jack and Jillers, grandparents and guests, our youngest babies in groups 1-3 sang the Kwanzaa song and select older children in Groups 4 partnered with the babies to recite the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa. We are proud to have 10 graduating seniors all of whom will attend Teen Conference in March. The Bucks County chapter will continue to our focus on building our African-American leaders of tomorrow.

The Bucks County Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. was established in 1988 by founding mother Mrs. Pearline A Greene. Our chapter has 39 Magnificent Mothers, 69 Beautiful Children and 14 Associate Jewels. Our mission is simple; develop phenomenal leaders through providing ageappropriate programs, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. We believe the leaders we develop today will be the voice for our communities, our children and our nation in the near future!

chapter programming The Bucks County Chapter proactively started planning the 2016-2017 program year in February with a Vision Board event for mothers entitled “Exemplary Programming That Has the Power to Make a Difference”. The ideas generated helped us plan our celebration of Carole Robertson Day and Jack and Jill Day at The Philadelphia Sports Club at which our Father’s Auxiliary prepared a delicious barbeque picnic meal while our children engaged in activities that included an oral tribute to Carole Robertson, Charles Drew Pokémon scavenger hunt and other activities geared toward strengthening our bonds. Our energetic Teen Group experienced the sights and sounds of an HBCU by attending Howard University homecoming football game while our younger children interacted with African American author Jason Greenaway at Barnes in Noble. In November, our STE[+A] M focus was on creating Mad Scientists with hands on chemistry activities.The Bucks County chapter is also proud to be one of five participating chapters in a cross chapter PenPal program for children in grades 2-8. The aims are to encourage writing and building connections across chapters. Our Chapter promoted the 65


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chapter programming The Buffalo Chapter is already off to an amazing start. After careful and diligent planning at our Annual Planning Meeting, our chapter hit the ground running to begin executing activities with the National Theme in mind. The Chapter celebrated Jack and Jill Day by meeting at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY for our program year “kick-off”. This funfilled day of games and fellowship helped to unite families after the summer vacation.

President: Kenisha Smith Vice President: Tomasina Cook Program Director: Kemisha Houston Recording Secretary: Cheri Carter Corresponding Secretary: Nyeema Quinniey Treasurer: Ilana Lane Financial Secretary: Abraham Editor: Joyce R. Norward Foundation Chair: Tomasina Cook Parliamentarian: Leah Mitchell Teen Advisors: Ileana Lane, Joyce R. Norward Associate Chair: Ruby McKelvey

President: John Cook Secretary: Robyn Flowers Treasurer: Keith J. Norward Sergeant-at-Arms: Tahir Cook

The first Buffalo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated began in 1945. The Buffalo Chapter had the distinction of having Edna Seay serve as National SecretaryTreasurer, National Vice-President, and in 1950, National President of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. 1945 Charter Members Erna Clark Corrine Blanton Lorraine Edwards Adeline Evans Laura Holland Evelyn Johnson Roberta Johnson Cerise Jones Hassie Robinson Janice Rollins Edna Seay Dorothy Service

In May 2016, Jack and Jill Buffalo N.Y. Chapter were awarded a $3,000.00 Reading Corner Grant from the Jack and Jill Foundation. Our chapter created a mobile reading corner, which participated in the Mayor’s Reading Challenge at the Buffalo Convention Center. The event was held on September 26th, 2016, and served over 1,900 children from the City of Buffalo. On October 10th, 2016 our chapter participated in the “Making Strides” breast cancer walk in Downtown Buffalo. The 2.2-mile walk helped bring awareness to cancer research across the city. Our holiday season was spent serving the community and celebrating with our Jack and Jill family. On December 11th, 2016 the Buffalo Chapter hosted a pancake breakfast fundraiser complete with “Black” Santa to listen to the children’s wish lists and pass out candy canes along with holiday inspired basket raffles. A portion of the proceeds benefited the SENSES Foundation in Buffalo New York.

After several years of inactivity, in November 1972, through the efforts of Dr. Carrie Johnson, a group of parents sought to reestablish a Jack and Jill chapter. Under the sponsorship of the Rochester Chapter, the Buffalo Group became a provisionary chapter using the name “Pathfinders” with Maxine Baskerville serving as president. The Pathfinders was established as an official chapter in November 1974. Dr. Pearl Boschulte, National President at the time, officiated at the initiation ceremony. Gertrude Burke was elected to serve as the first president of the newly formed Buffalo Chapter.

On January 16th, 2017 we plan to make 100-bagged lunches and deliver to the local city mission. The objective of the Jack and Jill Day of Service is to give back to the community and share Dr. King’s Dream. Throughout the reminder of the year our children and teens will participate in oratorical presentations, and legislative, cultural and educational activities.

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President: Lolita Allen Vice-President: Anna Middlebrook Program Director: Jessica Bullard Recording Secretary: Cimon Cox Corresponding Secretary: Andrea Lubeck Treasurer: Natalie Robinson Financial Secretary: Angela Wade Editor: Michelle Leete Chaplain: Dietta Kitchings Historian: Coleste Huggins Foundation Chair: Dora Hughes Parliamentarian: Leslie Jones Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tammy Mann/Coleste Huggins Associate Chair: Coleste Huggins Father’s Auxiliary: Todd Cranford

President: Mila Lubeck Vice-President: Lauryn Mann Secretary: Amira Sparrow Treasurer: Amber Allen Parliamentarian: Raphael Huggins, Jr. Chaplain: Historian: Chelen Middlebrook Sergeant-at-Arms: Legislative: Nhari Djan

chapter members Lolita Allen, Marsha Anderson, Patricia Bassette-Woltz, Jessica Bullard, K. Michele Bumbary, Angelique Cannon, Lashondra, Cheatham, Cimon Cox, Jacqueline Cranford, Alane Dent, Tilda Fleming, Angela Floyd-Sapp, Stephanie Gray, Margo Holland, Coleste Huggins, Dora Hughes, Rebecca Grant Jenkins, Traci Jenkins, Leslie Jones, Bonnie Kellum, Dietta Kitchings, Michelle Leete, Andrea Lubeck, Tammy Mann, Shanel Mckenzie, Kimberly McVey, Anna Middlebrook, Debra Moch-Mooney, Tonyi Pelham, Laurie Phelps, Karen Pinckney, Natalie Robinson, Angela Wade, Jeanette Walters-Marquez, Lizbeth White, Lemoiquel Williams, and Uchechi Wosu-Isirimah chapter history The Burke-Fairfax Virginia Interest Group of

Highlighted grade group activities this past year included an Inaugural Gala that featured a presentation on social and political activism, senior citizen appreciation, tour of the United States Capitol, Underground Railroad tour, Microsoft tour, and a visit to the Children’s Science Center. As the chapter looks ahead to 2017, we are planning a Black History Month program featuring participation from all the grade groups as they celebrate African Americans who harnessed the ‘power to make a difference’ via the Harlem Renaissance. The Burke-Fairfax chapter is also looking forward to visiting the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, where we will tour the hugely popular, multilevel building while using an unhurried approach to take in and study the powerful moments in African American history, culture, and community.

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was formed in the fall of 1979. The

chapter was granted provisional status at the 1982 National Convention in Chicago with sponsorship of the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter. In 1984, the Burke-Fairfax Virginia Chapter was voted into membership at the National Convention in Washington, D.C. and installed on October 13, 1984 as the 40th Chapter.

chapter programming Burke-Fairfax mothers started the program year with a June planning meeting aimed at orgnaizing activities and programs that focused on our national theme, “The Power to Make a Difference.” As we reassembled following a restful summer break, Burke-Fairfax celebrated Jack and Jill Day by engaging the entire family in a fun-filled day of games, outdoor activities and even enjoyed ice cream from our very own ice cream truck at The Mott Community Center. We acknowledged Carole Robertson with a candlelight ceremony and a stellar presentation by our children and teens, who outlined her biography and the contribution of her life to the group. We also donated school suplies to the community center in Carole’s honor. In November, our chapter participated in a service project with other organizations to help provide over 8,000 lbs of fresh food and vegetables to the ‘Complete the Circle’ project sponsored by Our Daily Bread Inc. and Food for Others.

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President: Tia Baxter Vice-President: Michelle Williford Program Director: Debbie Johnson Recording Secretary: Leslie Haddock-Allen Corresponding Secretary: Tiffany Smith Treasurer: Chane Gilliam Financial Secretary: Darla Syres Editor: Felicia Hoagland Chaplain: Deirdre Webster Cobb Historian: Sandra Mozee-Smith Foundation Chair: Shinette McRae Parliamentarian: Melanie Babb Wilmoth Protocol Chair: Kelly Walker-Moore Lead Teen Advisor: Yvette Mitchell Associate Chair: Vanessa Taliaferro-Jones Father’s Auxiliary: DeQuincy McRae

President: Aaminah S. Foye Vice-President: Sydne Nance Secretary: Kadin Pegram Treasurer: Faith Bonett Foundation Chair: Camren Rice Chaplin: Miriam “Ricky” Chaplin Sergeant-at-Arms: Jordan Baxter

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Accoo, Leslie Haddock-Allen, Chiquita Anderson, Tia Baxter, Carlyne Turner Beverly, Sherlie Blaise, Deirdre Bonett, Karen Burroughs, Lynda Carter (LOA), Deirdre Webster Cobb, Angela Durant, Darlene Foye, Chane Gilliam, Kimberly Crenshaw Jenkins, Debbie Johnson, Quinesha Strachan-McCain, Shinette McRae, Yvette Mitchell, Kelly Walker-Moore, Bahiya HafeezMuhammad, Michele Muhammad, Rachel Nance, Tracy Pegram, Dionne Rice, Tamika Rice, Gem Rutherford, Sandra Mozee-Smith, Tiffany Smith, Philippa Chaplin Squire, Darla Syres, Kerri Tillett, Branetta Toatley, Dana Walker, Azzmeiah Vazquez-Ward, Natascha Williams, Michelle Williford, Melanie Babb Wilmoth

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to care for farm animals, went pumpkin picking and enjoyed a hayride. The United Youth age group (6th - 8th grades) visited a crime lab at the Liberty Science Center, where they learned to “crack the case” by examining physical evidence. The Black Onyx age group (9th - 12th grades) conducted a phenomenal civic activity by hosting a Town Hall discussion called “Coffee with a Cop”. The teens facilitated a discussion between the community and law enforcement; the Westampton Mayor and local newspaper were in attendance, and this event was highlighted in the Burlington County Times newspaper. Overall, our chapter accomplished many new achievements this program year, like the introduction of the Chapter App; relaunched our chapter website; started the Gavel Club and certified our children as Young Toastmasters, all within an 8 week timeframe; conducted several community service initiatives, including serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to children and their families at the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, NJ and together our chapter accepted an award from the Southern Burlington County Branch of the NAACP.

The Burlington-Willingboro Chapter was conceived and established by our organizer and advisor, Mrs. Marie V. Akins, who for many years was a member of the South Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She envisioned a need and interest for establishing a chapter in this area and through her efforts and concern for the young people of the Burlington-Willingboro area, this chapter was formed. The chapter was founded on October 13, 1973, the South Jersey Chapter was our sponsor. Next year, we will celebrate our chapter’s 45th Anniversary and we continue to work better together, for the good our children, community and the mission of Jack and Jill.

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of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. began the program year with a phenomenal event, The Carole Robertson Tolerance and Leadership Development Conference, in remembrance of Carole Robertson. This conference was open to the community and taught children and youth to understand and respect each other’s differences and to value diversity; over 100+ participants attended the event. Individual Grade Group wise, the Wee-Wisdoms age group (Pre-K/Kindergarten) kicked off the year by visiting the Mlangeni Magical Theatre at the African-American Museum in Philadelphia, PA and learned traditional African theater style performances and interactive stories. The Lads and Lassies age group (1st & 2nd grades) were among the first in our chapter to visit the new National Museum of African-American History in Washington, D.C. where they experienced the museum’s collection related to community, family, art, religion, civil rights, slavery and segregation. The Brothers & Sisters age group (3rd - 5th grades) kicked off the year with a visit to the Johnson’s Corner Farm where they learned how

Our programming continues to enrich our children and improve our communities, as we ensure that we work better together and hone the Power to Make a Difference.

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chapter history The Central New Jersey was founded by Frankye Clarke, Beverley Johnson, and Faye Warren. Mary Nelson, the moving force, hosted the first organizational meeting in July 1982. On September 21, 1982, our first formal meeting as a Jack and Jill Interest Group was held at the Rutgers Labor Education Center in New Brunswick. Forty-three mothers were in attendance. We were welcomed into Jack and Jill of America, Inc. as an Interest Group with support, encouragement, and sponsorship of the North Jersey Chapter. On July 20, 1984, at the National Convention in Washington, D.C., we were voted in by the assembly to be installed as the Central New Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. On October 27, 1984, the Central New Jersey Chapter was installed with 41 members.

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President: Toyi Price Ward Vice-President: Mary Brown Program Director: Cheryl Spruill Recording Secretary: Evette Alexander Corresponding Secretary: Tina Wesson-Tolbery Treasurer: Clare Holley Financial Secretary: Keshia Golding-Cooper Editor: Valerie Mason-Robinson Chaplain: Yvette Blaney Historian: Shirline Heath-Mason Foundation Chair: Kathy Bowman-Williams Parliamentarian: Pamela McNeil Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Patricia Taylor Todd Associate Chair: Wendy Carter Father’s Auxiliary: Patrick Todd

President: Cameron Todd Vice-President: Chris Mereday Secretary: Camille Redmond and Arianna Anderson Treasurer: Cynthia Blaney Parliamentarian: Bryce Williams Chaplain: Vaughn Rice Sergeant-at-Arms: Justin Brown

The Central New Jersey chapter kicked off the year collecting over 600 books in our book drive to “Be the Difference”. The Central New Jersey chapter also raised over $600 to feed families for the Thanksgiving holiday. Additionally, Central New Jersey presented Jr. Shark Tank at Rutgers Business School where over 14 teams presented consisting of our High Achievers ( 3rd-5th grades) and Junior Teens (6th-8th grades). Team Power Up won with a solar powered battery charger for their business idea.

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chester county, pa Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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and 11 Teens attend Fall Cluster.

chapter programming Chester County’s 2016-2017 Theme is “Forward Momentum, Consistent Excellence and Joyful Experiences!”. We welcomed 19 New Families and are at our largest membership since founded.

Our commitment to Making a Difference and Empowering Families for Success include preparing 66 “Blessing Bags” for the homeless at our “Thanks and Giving” activity, the set-up of our annual “Christmas Store” at Bridge of Hope and supporting the annual New Year’s Day Stanley’s Dream race which raises money for childhood cancer. In 2017, we will again participate in the annual MLK “A Day On” service activities at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania and support the Delaware Valley Cluster Service Project.

President: Monica Alston Vice-President: Elise Cooper Program Director: Tina Gilbert Recording Secretary: Anthonise Fields Corresponding Secretary: Shonda Little Treasurer: Willa Hightower Financial Secretary: Tonita Williams Editor: Michelle Strong Chaplain: Jill Parham Historian: Kim Bethea Foundation Chair: Deirdre Reed Parliamentarian: Lisa Williams Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Antaya Cooper Associate Chair: Elise Cooper Father’s Auxiliary: Corey Massey

President: Lauren Turman Vice-President: Drew Strong Secretary: Jasmine Williams Treasurer: Cameron Gray Parliamentarian: Jada Ward Chaplain: Tyler Lynch Sergeant-at-Arms: Kayla Parham

Chester County’s 40 year history started in September 1975 when the late Dr. F. DeVida Johnson held a meeting with 19 like minded women in her Malvern, PA home. The “Las Madres” Interest Group conducted programs and performed community service activities during 1975-1976. The Provisional Group received a favorable vote at the 22nd National Convention held in Denver, Colorado. On October 23, 1976 in a ceremony on the campus of the Historically Black Cheyney University, the Chester County Chapter was officially installed by the National Board.

We ended 2016 with a Kwanzaa Celebration held at the historical African American Museum in Philadelphia. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa and Chester County celebrated in grand fashion with a presentation of the history of Kwanzaa, a kinara lighting ceremony, drumming and spoken word by our children. The evening ended with a family dance.

The Program Year started with a successful Jack and Jill Day which included our Teens conducting the Carole Robertson memorial ceremony, our 3rd Annual Olympics and the kick off of our Voter Education Social Media Campaign. Families enjoyed food and fellowship. Our President hosted our annual Parents Only Soiree which allowed everyone the opportunity to catch-up . Regional Director Mondi Kumbula-Fraser joined us at our annual retreat. This weekend event featured educational workshops and Sisterly bonding time. Chester County continues to be an active participant in Regional Activities. President Monica Alston serves on the Regional Strategic Relevance Committee and Jared Bethea serves as Regional Teen Sergeant-at-Arms. We had 32 Mothers

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chapter joined forces in the fight against hunger. Moms, Dads, Beaus and children volunteered to package 15,000 meals for the world’s hungry on Sunday, October 15, 2016. We serve to make a change, actively engaging with our national and local partners. The Columbia, MD chapter boasts over 180 parents who serve the community in many forms.

President: Christel Curtis Membership: Sharon Barnes Fundraising: Cynthia Bell Program Director: Luzmilla Robinson Recording Secretary: Tamara Lewis Corresponding Secretary: Rebecca Reed Treasurer: Maria Miller Financial Secretary: Regina Clay and Jewel Marsh Editor: Nicole Brown Chaplain: Angela Brade Historian: Trina Ward Foundation Chair: Milonda Mitchell Parliamentarian: Jewel Marsh Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Kelly Mason, Janet Currie, Erica Roberts and Latesha Walker Associate Chair: Melvina Brown Father’s Auxiliary: Henry Bell, Brent Coleman and Michael Currie

President: Andrew Day Vice-President: Max Reed, 1st VP and Emerson Daniel, 2nd VP Recording Secretary: Kendall Gaines Corresponding Secretary: Brooke Mason Treasurer: Barry Curtis Parliamentarian: Sierra Burrison Chaplain: Bianca Brade Historian: Hailey Bell Sergeant-at-Arms: Chris Currie Legislative Chari: Raquel Thomas

In the summer of 1968, Celonia Walden, Roberta Briscoe and Grace Dixon, members of the Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill, expressed the need for an organization of African American mothers, who desired to work cooperatively in guiding the educational, cultural and social growth and development of their children in the new city of Columbia, Maryland. After reaching out to other mothers of like minds, on November 12, 1968, a group of 30 interested mothers met at Celonia Walden’s home and founded the “Columbia Mothers’ Club”. The group decided to ask the Baltimore Chapter to sponsor them into Jack and Jill of America by 1970.

Other community service projects have included but are not limited to:

On December 4, 1970, two years after its inception, the Columbia Mothers’ Club became the Columbia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated with seventeen Charter Members. The Chapter has grown significantly since it was established, our membership now includes over 90 mothers and more than 170 participating children and teens. Through the efforts and talents of our members, the quality of our children’s programs and the commitment to our community remains exemplary.

chapter programming The Columbia Chapter has donated

over $50,000 in scholarships through the most recent years. These awards have been made primarily through the Columbia Chapter Biennial Beautillion, founded to celebrate youth leadership.

Providing books on African American culture/history to public schools in Howard County

Providing an annual meal to those with intellectual disabilites in Howard County in support of the National Association of the

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Mentally Ill “NAMI”

Annual Legislative Forum with local cadidates for elected offices.

Annual “giving tree” at our holiday party for our Corduroy’s Closet event.

Providing School supplies to Howard County Public School afterschool programs

Recognizing our rich heritage, both locally and nationally, the Chapter has continued the wonderful tradition established by our founders to using our collective “Power to Make a Difference”.

Stop Hunger Now and Jack and Jill of America, Columbia MD

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eastern fairfield county, Ct Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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as part of our Chapter theme of “Let’s rock hunger and roll out literacy”. Lastly, the Chapter was awarded #3 for educationally programming in the country for it’s Black History program done in conjunction with The Discovery Musuem. The Chapter is honored by such distinction and plans to continue in it’s efforts to be active participants in recognizing the national theme of “The Power to Make a Diiference”.

President: Bonita Lewis Bell Vice-President: Emanuelle Clerisme-Beaty Program Director: Satra Arokium Recording Secretary: Renita Crawford Corresponding Secretary: Sharon Greenfield Treasurer: Bridgette Gaillard Financial Secretary: Valeria Nichols Editor: Denise Dunbar Chaplain: Angela Manigault Historian: Denise Dunbar Parliamentarian: Stephane Kirven Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Satra Arokium Father’s Auxiliary: Carlos Arokium

President: Jessica Clarke Vice-President: Destin Charles Secretary: Ajene Arokium Treasurer: Sydney Sims Parliamentarian: Dharon Greenfield Chaplain: Howard Bell IV Sergeant-at-Arms: David Greenfield

known as The Bridgeport Chapter, was established in October 1954 by a local group of mothers interested in the holistic well-being of children and motivated by a collective desire to empower their community through civic engagement and education. The years 1954 and 1955 were marked by national civil unrest and social injustice, which spurred local communities to act. The founders of the Eastern Fairfield County Chapter advocated for the educational and cultural enrichment of all children while carrying out the core mission of Jack & Jill and building a solid foundation on which to support current and future aims of the national organization. The Chapter’s first President, Mrs. Edith Elliot led the inaugural thirtymember Chapter. The Executive Board of eight officers included Ms. Edith Elliott, President; Dr. Geraldine Johnson, First Vice President; Ms. Ella Anderson, Second Vice President; Ms. Jeanne Williams, Recording Secretary; Ms. Peggy Lee, Corresponding Secretary; Ms. Minnie Smith, Treasurer; Ms. Helen Grinage, Financial Secretary; and Ms. Louise Johnson, Journalist. In recognition of the broader geographic reach of the members and programming, the Chapter changed from The Bridgeport Chapter to the Eastern Fairfield County Chapter. The Eastern Fairfield County Chapter is open to families from the eastern sector of Fairfield County, Connecticut, which includes fourteen towns and the cities of Bridgeport and Danbury. The Chapter currently consists of 21 members residing in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Newtown, Redding, Stratford, Trumbull and Weston. As we look back at the last 60 years, we are committed to continuing to build on the legacy of service and excellence of our predecessors by growing our membership and providing innovative programming to empower our youth to make a difference in their communities and beyond.

Each year the Eastern Fairfield County Chapter celebrates the life of Carole Robertson at the Opening Celebration and educates the children of this remarkable woman and the importance of her life. This year Carol Robertson’s life was celebrated at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT. The event started with a remembrance of Carole Robertsons life by our Teen Chaplin . Children and parents were divided into teams to compete in “ Olympic Games”. Through team-work, they were able to complete the obstacle courses . The Northern Cluster as part of the MLK Day of service has selected the Handbag Project an international effort to support women who are homeless or victims of abuse. In an effort to recognize the national theme of “The Power to Make a Difference”. The teen group member attended Metro Copa 2016 in December. By all accounts it was spectacular and memorable for all who attended. In the coming months, modules on ethics, philanthropy, problem solving and conflict resolution will be completed. The teens also will intensify their preparation for the teen conference. Our younger children will be equally as busy building friendships,cultural competency, and leadership skills in the coming months. In February we host an annual Black History Month Celebration in conjunction with The Discovery Musuem of Bridgeport, CT.

chapter programming The Eastern Fairfield County Chapter installed six new mothers in 2016. They arrived with vigor and vitality that further strengthened programming that encouraged active participation and recognized the national theme ,”The Power to Make a Difference”. JJEFC received three awards at the 42nd National Convention. The small but mighty JJEFC was awarded #1 in educational programming for the Eastern Region. The chapter received #2 in the Eastern Region for collecting over 3000 books

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essex hudson, nj Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Sophia Branch Vice-President: Stephanie Brown Program Director: Kenyanna Scott Recording Secretary: Kelesha Armand Corresponding Secretary: Laura Brantley Treasurer: Kimberly Baugh Financial Secretary: Anissa Nixon Editor: Paige Graves Chaplain: Ashley Buie Historian: Kimberly Clark Foundation Chair: Nerlande LaFontant Parliamentarian: Keita Young Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Linda Gadsby Associate Chair: Michelle Hall-Duncan

President: Gerald Graves, Jr. Vice-President: Christina Wright Secretary: Jasmin Prophete Treasurer: Peter Young, Jr. Parliamentarian: Tariq Baptiste Chaplain: Gavin Branch Sergeant-at-Arms: Kelsey Givens

chapter members Enshalla Anderson, Nicole Andrews, Jamilla Aquil, Treena Arinzeh, Kelesha Armand, Kimberly Baugh, Sheila Boyd,

Sophia Branch, Laura Brantley, Stephanie Brown, Ashley Buie, Nadine Burnett, Tawana Burnett, Kimberly Clark, Ayana Clunis, Tanya Curry-McMichael, Toshie Davis, Marcia Davis-Allison, Corlisse Deberry, Lisa Renee Dumas, Patricia France, Linda Gadsby, Amy Gilyard, Kimberly Givens, Anissa Golden-Nixon, Debra Goldson-Prophete, Jill Gordon, Paige Graves, Bridget Green, Karen Gulliver, Charlaine Hall-Belser, Kathy Hawkins, Regina Henry, Sherri Holland, Djenaba Jones, Jill Jones, Nerlande Lafontant, Liza LeAndre, Kimberly LewJackson, Katrice Little-Simon, Tania Mason-Eastmond, Tatia Mays-Russell, Brandi McLean, Krissy Moore, Andrea Peterson, Michelle Seaton, Lynn Selassie, Alesscia Scott, Kenyanna Scott, Tursharka Sims, Karen Valentine-Skyers, Sheryl Stoessel, Michelle Trotter, Erica Urquhart, Sharon White, Tammy Williams, Erika Wilson, Marilyn Wright, Stacie Yates, Cheryl Moo-Young, and Keita Young.

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commemorate Carole Robertson. Each family brought healthy snacks, and dry and canned goods, which were donated to Toni’s Kitchen Neighbors Helping Neighbors initiative. The chapter’s 3rd and 4th graders and teens also collaborated with Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair, NJ. The younger children packed backpacks with healthy snacks to deliver to low-income families, and the teens prepared and served food to the homeless. Combining health and wellness initiative with community service, the chapter’s 5th and 6th graders participated in a 5K race to raise money for a local school. Dedicated to making a difference, the teens conducted a coat drive and served Thanksgiving dinner to over 300 community members at the Church of Epiphany in Orange, NJ; and then collected and delivered household and personal products to support 5 families in transition housing because of domestic abuse. Essex Hudson’s future activities include participating in the Regional Day of Service to benefit the White Plains New York YWCA, and planning service events that benefit the Essex and Hudson communities.

The Essex Hudson Chapter was installed into Jack & Jill on October 29, 2006, with 47 charter members. Our founding mothers, Patricia France, Debra Goldson and Keita Young, laid the groundwork and 10 years later Essex Hudson Chapter is still going strong with a chapter membership of 61 dynamic women. Our mission statement, similar to the National theme, is to make a difference in the lives of our children and our community at-large by providing a wide-range of activities that are educational, culturally enriching, service-oriented, and fun.

chapter programming The Essex Hudson Chapter proudly started the year with programming aligned with the 2016-17 National Theme, The Power to Make A Difference. In June, we held a backpack drive in which we collected and donated 50 backpacks filled with school supplies for elementary and high school age students to homeless families. In September, the families of the Essex Hudson Chapter came together for a family night to

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. “

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GREATER albany, ny Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Yolanda Caldwell Vice-President: Hyacinth Mason Program Director: Vanessa Threatte Recording Secretary: Angela Antonikowski Corresponding Secretary: Zuleika Sanchez-Gayle Treasurer: Jabrina Robinson Financial Secretary: Kendra Chaires Editor: Anzala B. Alozie Chaplain: Lakeia Bowman Historian: Anzala B. Alozie Foundation Chair: Kendra Chaires Parliamentarian: Donna Mackey Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Michelle Bridgewater

President: Gabriel Antonikowski Vice-President: Jaylynn Walker Secretary: Johnathan Ray Treasurer: Cydney Owens Parliamentarian: Jonathan Caldwell Community Service Chair: George Stain

chapter history The Greater Albany Chapter was established

the Greater Albany Chapter’s efforts as well as the donation of gifts valued at $30,000.00. During the Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner preparation, Greater Albany Teens provided meal preparation that served over 10,000 meals to those in need throughout the Capital District. Chapter monthly programming also included a farewell celebration to recognize the legacy of President Barack Obama, an interactive cooking class focused on nutrition & healthy meal choices, a visit to Soul Fire Farm, a black owned and operated organic farm & healing space, creation of tiles to demonstrate GRAL’s contribution to the development of the Sheridan Hollow Commons, a Habitat for Humanity chapter sponsored project. The annual Black Santa Breakfast, “Brown Sugar Plum Fairies: A Candyland Celebration”, brought joy and cheer to many families throughout the Capital District. The Greater Albany Chapter remains committed to supporting the positive development of youth through consistent educational & cultural exposure as well as nuturing the young minds.

in 1990 by Mrs. Linda Gillis. Greater Albany was installed with twenty-four charter members: Greater Albany Charter members paved the way to revolutionize the development of leaders and make a difference in the communities we serve.

chapter programming The Greater Albany Chapter started the year in tradition and recognition of Carole Robertson at the annual Carole Robertson Family Picnic and Celebration. The Chapter continues to impact the lives of members of the community and organization. During this programming year, the chapter provided several opportunities that fostered community & civic engagement. Greater Albany Teens conducted voter registration & information sessions to ensure community participation in the 2016 Election. The Chapter continued it’s annual traditions of service by participating in the Grassroots Givers’ Day of Simple Giving & Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. Over 1400 meals were donated to the Capital District Regional Foodbank as a result of

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President: Crystal Mullins Vice-President: Carolyn Mason Program Director: Lezli Harvell Recording Secretary: Tara Favors Corresponding Secretary: Dena Douglas-Patterson Treasurer: Kenna Baudin Financial Secretary: Janeene Balmir Editor: Tamaira Wilkes Chaplain: Sharifa Atkins Historian: Tamaira Wilkes Foundation Chair: Kimberly Minor Parliamentarian: Marilyn LaVergne Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Joyce Wade Associate Chair: Melani Wilson Father’s Auxiliary: Al Simmons

President: Alexanda Wade Vice-President: Kayla MacKay,Joelle Chrichlow Secretary: Floyd Patterson,McKenzie Stephens-Simon Treasurer: Tyler Williams Parliamentarian: Mateo Green Chaplain: Noelle Mullins Sergeant-at-Arms: Alanza Blake

chapter members Chantel Adams, Sharifa Atkins, Yolande Atwater, Janeene Balmir, Kenna Baudin, Ilse Bell, Reba Blake, Terri Borden,

Toni Bransford, Goldie Bryant, Carolyn Byrd, LaTonyia Cameron, Joahne Carter, Kim Cockerham, Rhonda Crichlow, Shanese Davis, Paula Donaldson, Dena Douglas-Patterson, Jeanine Downie, Marcia Dukes, Kerry-Ann Edwards, Monica Elmore, Abigail Epane-Osuala, Tara Favors, Lauren Forbes, Lori Fouche, Natasha Green, Leslie Gregg, Shahri Griffin, Deirdre Guice-Minor, Lezli Harvell, Kimberly Hobbs, Tammye Jones,Kimberly Keys, Danielle Lee, Kimberly Louis, Kimberly MacKay, Carolyn Minick Mason, Kimberly Minor, Kuae Mattox, Jeffe Lee McClain, Marie McGehee, Michelle Morial, Crystal Mullins, Mauri Myers-Solage, Stacey Nevel, Sandra Oliver-Mukete, Mercinth Pearce, Marki Ponder, Courtney Rucker-Jawwaad, Sharon Simmons, SIdney Simon ShawnDya Simpson Walthour, Aishia Snider, Nicole Stovall, Rachel Swarns, Thomasina Thornton, Reggie Tindall, Moya Titus, Joyce Wade, Raquel Wall, Joanne Watkins, Marilyn WatsonLaVergne, Lela Weems, Tamaira Wilkes, Lilly Williams, Paula Williams, Melani Wilson Smith.

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year in Essex and surrounding communities. As part of our National Community Investment Grant awarded in July, Led by immediate past Foundation Chair Carolyn Mason we were able to establish a reading corner at the facility for therapists, children and parents to use the books as a resource to address emotional and behavioral issues. Family Connections was also the recipient of funds raised in our Harvest Soiree Fundraiser led by Marcia Dukes, Kimberly Hobbs, and Leslie Gregg. Finally, A Holiday Giving Drive led by Community Service Chair Marie McGehee was held in which baby and child essentials were donated to support Family Connections member families. It is an important goal for Greater Essex County to make not only a financial impact in the community but an impact that can be felt with our physical presence.

In the summer of 1998 a group of mothers met several times at the home of Paula Tuffin to address the social and cultural needs of their children. Thus, the New Jersey Community Youth Group was formed as an interest group of Jack and Jill of America Inc. During the 2000 National Conference formal chapter status was granted.

chapter programming The Greater Essex County Chapter continued our tradition of deep commitment to Community Service. We used our power to make a difference in the community by collaborating with Family Connections in Orange, NJ. FAMILY Connections is a growing family of 35 specialized programs delivering professional counseling, skills-building, training and prevention services to over 4000 children, adults and families each

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greater hartford, ct Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Kris Floyd Vice-President: Tiffany Donelson Program Director: Christine Pina Recording Secretary: Kimberly Williams Corresponding Secretary: Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson Treasurer: Adrienne Stewart Gordon Financial Secretary: Lisa Holloway Editor: Cynthia Peoples-Hobson Foundation Chair: Janelle Ricketts Parliamentarian: Ashika Brinkley Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Andrea Barton Reeves

President: Suliman Foster Vice-President: Gxila Dorvilus Secretary: Kennedy Williams Treasurer: Alexa Simpson Parliamentarian: Evan Mingo Sergeant-at-Arms: Tory Westbrook

chapter history The Greater Hartford Chapter of Jack & Jill chapter programming

For 2016-17, the programming within Greater Hartford is focused on science, literacy, historical/ cultural, and community service related programming. While we always ensure that we are aligning our programs to our National thrusts, our chapter has been intentional over the past couple of years to engage our children in educational programs while concurrently working to serve our Greater Hartford Community. We are proud of our Living History program where our children research and act “in-character” as the historical African-American person to an engaged audience. Our children successfully engage our communities to support Socktober, pajama clothing drives, or book donations for our Hartford community “little free library”.

of America, Inc. was founded in 1958 by a small group of mothers who wanted to expand the social, cultural, and extracurricular opportunities for their children in The Greater Hartford community. At the time there were chapters in many of the large cities in the Northeast, and Hartford, the state capital, was thought to be an obvious place to establish a chapter of this quickly expanding national organization. The first chapter president was Jean Bell. The Chapter thrived for decades, but then lost many members as they move to the distant suburbs of Hartford. The chapter was rebuilt in the 90’s by the dedication of several mothers who felt it was more important than ever to have a haven for African American children in these disparate suburbs. Our 17th president Lauren Jones was instrumental in the rebuilding of the chapter.

We continue to drive creative programming with examples of programs that include visits to area museums, partnering with Apple for technology coding classes, or actively participating within our local community to drive voter registration and general political awareness. Overall, with over 40 mothers and growing, we are committed to the mission of Jack and Jill of America Inc and are proud of the service we do for our children and community in the mighty Eastern region!

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greater suburban maryland, md Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Alyssa King Turner Vice President: Carleena Graham Program Director: Saran Martin Recording Secretary: Harriett Richmond Corresponding Secretary: Tawanda Maignan Treasurer: Cassandra Irby Financial Secretary: Toni Harris Editor: LaShaun Martin Chaplain: Tamara Johnson Historian: Pamela Bond Parliamentarian: Tamara Davis Brown Foundation Chair: Cassandra Guichard Teen Advisor: Nayoka Irving Legislative Chair: Tanek Jenkins Protocol Chair: Deidra Davis Father’s Auxiliary: Jason Semedo

President: Kwasi Irving, Jr. Vice President: Jessica Brown Secretary: Shayne Richmond Treasurer: Matthew Waits

chapter members Adiah Jones-Floyd, Alethia M. Hughes, Althea Simone Brown, Alyssa King Turner, Ayanna Dawn Hampton, Barbara

Denise Waits, Camelle Lorraine Carson, Camille Wright, Carleena Graham, Cassandra Garrison Guichard, Cassandra Irby, Chanda D. Adkisson, Courtney A. Bracey, Deidra A. Davis, Francine Hines, Granada Butler, Harriett Y. T. Richmond, Jacquannette Hollie, Jasibi Crews West, Keisha N. King, Kia R. Fitzgerald, Kiesha Powell, Kisha Reaves, LaShaun Martin, Laura Varner-Norman, Michelle Huie Carter, Michelle Devonne Williams, Monique Brockington Banks, Natasha C. Hill, Nayoka Dennis Irving, Nichelle L. Sandy, Nicoe Kimberly McCoy, Nicole Nelson, Pamela Bulgar Bond, Renee Haynes Leggett, Sadarie Chambliss Holston, Saran Martin, Sherilyn Z. Pruitt, Shimla D. Anderson-Harris, Solange A. Garvey, Sonya N. Williams, Tamara Davis Brown, Tamara Evette Johnson, Tanek Jenkins, Tarnisha Leslie Semedo, Tawanda Spears Maignan, Tawanna Jefferson Cockrell, Tiffani C. Redding, Tina McRae-Phelps, Titra Gainey Hamilton, Toni Ross Harris, Vivian Luke Vanzego, and Vonetta Norman.

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and oatmeal to the Bowie Interfaith Pantry for individuals in need. In October, our Tweens and Teens participated in a voting rights and simulation activity with special presentations from our local Chapter of the NAACP and the Chair of our Social Action Committee. In November, our entire Chapter enjoyed a visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC, the Tots conducted their 2nd annual diaper drive for a local charity, the Tykes spent an evening stargazing and the Treasures participated in a private STEM session with a NASA engineer following the Hidden Figures movie viewing. In December, we participated in our annual Salvation Army Angel Tree community service project with a combined holiday party for our families. In the New Year, GSM participated in the Southern Cluster MLK Day of Service where we partnered with the Maryland Foodbank and donated food items to be distributed to Baltimore, MD children via the Weekend Backpacks Project. In addition, our chapter partnered with the local department of social services to provide school supplies and books to homeless youth and toiletries and non-perishable food to homeless adults the agency services. In February and March, we continued our commitment to service by partnering with local churches to execute the Warm Nights Program for the Homeless and iCARE DC to donate clothing and make meals for the homeless. We rounded out the year with activities focused on physical fitness, hosting our inaugural Zumbathon Fundraiser and an outdoor “free-play” activity in coordination with our Fathers Auxiliary, an HBCU college fair, a visit to the Maryland General Assembly Statehouse culminating with our end-of-year Black Family Day event at Dave and Busters.

Established in May 2013, fifty-two (52) mothers proudly chartered the Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated on October 30, 2016. The third chapter in Prince George’s County Maryland and the 58th chapter in the Mighty Eastern Region underscores the continued growth of the organization and the desire of mothers to make a difference in their communities while creating priceless opportunities for leadership and cultural exposure for all children. This first year of development for the Butterfly Moms of the Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter has been an exciting and memorable experience for now 53 families, 58 children and 31 teens.

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The Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter kicked off our program year with a combined Jack and Jill Day/Carole Robertson Day activity. Each age group conducted educational sessions focused on the life and legacy of Carole Robertson and the importance of the Civil Rights Movement. Our children discussed character development, created protest signs with messages about justice and freedom, completed activities from a civil rights activity book and discussed civil rights, watched a video regarding the church bombing and engaged in a discussion regarding how they can honor Carol’s life with their actions and reviewed a presentation by the teens. At the conclusion of the Carole Robertson Memorial Day activities, we transitioned into our Jack and Jill Day celebration, welcoming families back from the summer. Every month, our Teens Age Group collected and delivered cereal 82


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greater union county, nj Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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chapter history GROWING STRONGER, UNITING FAMILIES,

mothers who are less fortunate and collected over 250 baby items that were donated to Home First, an organization that assists new moms. In October we participated in the FISH Program that provides meals to families that are temporarily displaced. In November we held our annual coat drive that has become one of our signature events. For the past thirty years in December, we hold our annual Gingerbread Decorating event. This year we added to this event with an Angel Tree. In January we will continue to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with an event of community service, in partnership with area chapters. In February, the “Trendsetters” (teen group) will hold its annual Mardi Gras party -- proceeds will go to the JJOA foundation and the CASA foundation. In March we will continue to serve the community by distributing lunches to the homeless through the Bridges Outreach program. In May we will celebrate Black Family Day and the chapter’s 30th Anniversary by incorporating the “Green” anniversary color with a park preservation activity. These are the events that sustain our purpose and truly make a difference.

President: Kimberly Brown Vice-President: Chaunte Smith Program Director: Lisa Rose Recording Secretary: Jessica Phipps Corresponding Secretary: Korena Garrett Treasurer: Hope Mitchell Financial Secretary: Gale Epps-Peters Editor: Laura Pinkett Chaplain: Erika Phillips Historian: Joy Young Foundation Chair: Lenore Washington-Graham & Gale Epps-Peters Parliamentarian: Tahra Wright Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Portia Hood Marshall Associate Chair: Deborah Enix Ross Father’s Auxiliary: Fred Harris and Damion Facey

President: Hunter Marshall Vice-President: Morghan Johnson Secretary: Whitney Porter Treasurer: Lauren McNeil Parliamentarian: Jordan Rose Chaplain: Alicia Neal Sergeant-at-Arms: Isaiah Gales

CREATING FUTURE LEADERS & CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY

In 1984, the Greater Union County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. began as the Plainfield Area Mother’s Group. Coorganizers Judith Marshall and Pat Hembree, together with five other mothers, sought affiliation in a group that fostered the consciousness of children with regard to their black heritage. Agreeing that Jack and Jill’s goals mirrored what these mothers wanted for their children, the group submitted an application for membership. In the spring of 1985, the application was accepted, and the group became known as the Union County Area Interest Group, under the sponsorship of the Morris County Chapter, Jack and Jill. In April 1985, the group held its first Membership Tea and twenty-three new members were installed into the group. The Chapter obtained provisional status during the National Convention held on July 24, 1985. Twenty-seven mothers, beaming with pride that they were part of the National organization of Jack and Jill, were installed on September 20, 1986. In May, 2013 GUCC installed the first Associate Charter. As a chapter that is now 30 years strong, The Greater Union County Chapter remains focused on our core values; providing our children with outstanding programs, leadership opportunities and outreach to our local community; and being involved leaders within neighboring communities. We desire that our children work together so kinship, brotherhood and sisterhood is fostered and cultivated.

chapter programming In June of 2016, we begin the process of planning for our programming year. This year as we embark on 30 years of service, the events would take on an even special meaning. In September the chapter gathered to celebrate Jack and Jill day and to commemorate Carol Robertson. We also recognized those 84


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greater suburban maryland, md Chapter Officers 2016-2017

teen Officers 2016-2017

President: Alyssa King Turner Vice President: Carleen Graham Program Director: Saran Martin Recording Secretary: Harriett Richmond Corresponding Secretary: Tawanda Maignan Treasurer: Cassandra Irby Financial Secretary: Toni Harris Editor: LaShaun Martin Chaplain: Tamara Johnson Historian: Pamela Bond Parliamentarian: Tamara Davis Brown Foundation Chair: Cassandra Guichard Teen Advisor: Nayoka Irving Legislative Chair: Tanek Jenkins Protocol Chair: Deidra Davis Father’s Auxiliary: Jason Semedo

President: Kwasi Irving, Jr. Vice President: Jessica Brown Secretary: Shayne Richmond Treasurer: Matthew Waits

chapter members Adiah Jones-Floyd, Alethia M. Hughes, Althea Simone Brown, Alyssa King Turner, Ayanna Dawn Hampton, Barbara

Denise Waits, Camelle Lorraine Carson, Camille Wright, Carleena Graham, Cassandra Garrison Guichard, Cassandra Irby, Chanda D. Adkisson, Courtney A. Bracey, Deidra A. Davis, Francine Hines, Granada Butler, Harriett Y. T. Richmond, Jacquannette Hollie, Jasibi Crews West, Keisha N. King, Kia R. Fitzgerald, Kiesha Powell, Kisha Reaves, LaShaun Martin, Laura Varner-Norman, Michelle Devonne Williams, Monique Brockington Banks, Natasha C. Hill, Nayoka Dennis Irving, Nichelle L. Sandy, Nicoe Kimberly McCoy, Nicole Nelson, Pamela Bulgar Bond, Renee Haynes Leggett, Sadarie Chambliss Holston, Saran Martin, Sherilyn Z. Pruitt, Shimla D. Anderson-Harris, Solange A. Garvey, Sonya N. Williams, Tamara Davis Brown, Tamara Evette Johnson, Tanek Jenkins, Tarnisha Leslie Semedo, Tawanda Spears Maignan, Tawanna Jefferson Cockrell, Tiffani C. Redding, Tina McRae-Phelps, Titra Gainey Hamilton, Toni Ross Harris, Vivian Luke Vanzego, and Vonetta Norman.

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for a local charity and the Tykes spent an evening stargazing. In December, we participated in our annual Salvation Army Angel Tree community service project with a combined holiday party for our families. In the New Year, GSM participated in the Southern Cluster MLK Day of Service where we partnered with the Maryland Foodbank and donated food items to be distributed to Baltimore, MD children via the Weekend Backpacks Project. In addition, our chapter partnered with the local department of social services to provide school supplies and books to homeless youth and toiletries and non-perishable food to homeless adults the agency services. In February and March, we will continue our commitment to service by partnering with local churches to execute the Warm Nights Program for the Homeless and iCARE DC to make lunches for the homeless. Our chapter will round out the year with activities focused on physical fitness, an HBCU college fair, a visit to the Maryland General Assembly Statehouse culminating with our endof-year Black Family Day event.

The Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter kicked off our program year with a combined Jack and Jill Day/Carole Robertson Day activity. Each age group conducted educational sessions focused on the life and legacy of Carole Robertson and the importance of the Civil Rights Movement. Our children discussed character development, created protest signs with messages about justice and freedom, completed activities from a civil rights activity book and discussed civil rights, watched a video regarding the church bombing and engaged in a discussion regarding how they can honor Carol’s life with their actions and reviewed a presentation by the teens. At the conclusion of the Carole Robertson Memorial Day activities, we transitioned into our Jack and Jill Day celebration, welcoming families back from the summer. Every month, our Teens age group collected and delivered cereal and oatmeal to the Bowie Interfaith Pantry for individuals in need. In October, our Tweens and Teens participated in a voting rights and simulation activity with special presentations from our local Chapter of the NAACP and the Chair of our Social Action Committee. In November, our entire Chapter enjoyed a visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC, the Tots conducted their 2nd annual diaper drive

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jersey shore, nj Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Shawanda Beale Vice-President: Tasha Brown Program Director: Tyniesha Douglas Treasurer: Angela Kulesz Financial Secretary: Alpha Reynolds-Lewis Editor: Sajdah Muhammad Historian: Sajdah Muhammad Foundation Chair: Sajdah Muhammad Parliamentarian: Melinda Ragin Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Shae-Brie Dow Father’s Auxiliary: David Brown

President: Jalil Hamilton Vice-President: Shelby Ragin Secretary: Taylor Crystian Treasurer: Kennede Giles Parliamentarian: Aaliyah Brown Chaplain: Jordynn & Jocelynn Dow Sergeant-at-Arms: Andre Douyon

chapter members Memone Crystian, Kimberley Giles, Jamie Green-Garlington, Laria Hamilton,

Karla Isaacs, Suzanne Parchment,

Monica Douyon, Danielle Staten-Lamb

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that support the National Theme . The teen connection group visited Lunch Break Center in Red Bank and had a reverse Trick or Treating event. Our Guys and Dolls group walked for Breast Cancer as a way of getting more involved with our community and supporting a national cause in our area. Mother Dow and Douglas organized a chapter Leadership Retreat for the chapter in November. During the retreat our children were in several workshops about Financial Planning, budgeting and understanding the Stock Mark. Our Jack and Jill’s also participated in a team building exercise and creating vision boards and career inventory for their future selves. The Jersey Shore Chapter ended the 2016 year with a Holiday party at Lunch Break. The chapter donated books, toys food and games to make 100 Holiday Gift Bags to be given out on Christmas Eve to the Lunch Break Community to help the families in need that they service. The Jersey Shore Chapter plans to continue the year with great programing that PD Tyniesha Douglas and committee have planned for the remainder of the year.

The Jersey Shore was revitalized on May 2013 (former Ocean County Chapter) There were 17 founding mothers. The founding mothers are Shawanda Beale, Debra West, Sajdah Muhammad, Jamie Green Garlington, Andrea Price-Rutty, Angela Kulesz, Tasha Brown, Laria Hamilton, Tanya Anderson, Alpha Reynolds-Lewis, Wileeta McGee, Kimberly Thomas, Pamela Howard, Rowena Robinson,Desiree Smalls, Tyniesha Douglas, Odelind Lewis. The Jersey Shore Chapter’s mission statement is Positive and Productive.

chapter programming The Jersey Shore Chapter started the 2016-2017 year off with celebrating Jack and Jill Day and Carole Roberston Day at Dorbrook Park. The chapter celebrated with a great day in the park with our families. Mothers Brown, Dow and Reynolds had the children honor Carole Roberston by lighting candles . The Jersey Shore chapter has had several events thus far

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

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loudoun county, va Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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chapter history On August 25, 2002, thirty-three dedicated

youngest of the chapter are having an impact by collecting canned goods for our local food pantry. Group B had their very own mock voter registration and election to teach the importance of exercising their vote, and how their vote can impact their everyday lives. Our Group C partnered with a local non-profit, Touching Hearts, to provide support to the homeless. The children participated in scarf making, writing letters to children, and assembling cold weather packets. LCVC programs consisted of many other events that have positioned our families to make a difference in our schools, neighborhoods and community at large. As in past years, our Black History Program is a powerful and impactful way to reach out to the broader community and provide tools that help others excel. The theme for this year’s Black History Program is “Empowering the African American Family through Finance.” The Loudoun County Virginia Chapter will invite members of the public to explore the value of economic empowerment and its effects on the African American community. We will welcome input from experts in finance from throughout Loudoun County to demonstrate ways we can improve our financial literacy and expand our economic outlooks. The program will include a vendor fair, panel discussion and break-out sessions for adults and elementary, middle school and high school students. From Budgeting to College Savings and Retirement, our program will equip attendees with tools for financial success.

President: Fatimah Moody Vice-President: Cara Everett Program Director: Tracy Johnson Recording Secretary: Holly Farrell Corresponding Secretary: Charlotte Lofton Treasurer: Marquel Forbes Financial Secretary: Heather Brown Editor: Donja Mercer Chaplain: Tamiko Burnell Historian: Lisa Amazigo Foundation Chair: Nicole Fulgham Parliamentarian: Brenda Short Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Amber Talbert Associate Chair: Rhonda Hewitt Father’s Auxiliary: Lennard Everett

President: Shea McHenry Vice-President: Lauryn Forbes Secretary: Taylor Hosten Treasurer: Miles Moody Parliamentarian: Jared Vaughn Chaplain: Tyron Lofton Jr. Sergeant-at-Arms: Jared Vaughn

Mothers of Loudoun County Virginia chartered the first African American Premier organization in the county. Today the chapter has 51 mothers who continuously work together to provide educational, cultural and social opportunities to enrich the lives of their children. Loudoun County Chapter mother Danielle Brown serves as National Vice President.

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The Loudoun County VA Chapter (LCVC), Focused on making a difference, uplifting our community started the year by celebrating Carole Robertson Day with four other Northern Virginal Chapters. The day included a community service project for which families assembled 48 welcome baskets for wounded warriors residing at Fort Belvoir. Loudoun County continued to make a difference in our community when our teens hosted a community service event at the Loudoun County Emergency Homeless Shelter. The shelter provides 45 emergency beds and serves families, single women, and men. The LCVC teens purchased, prepared, and served a full course meal to shelter occupants. The event not only supported our Community Service programming thrust, but was a great bonding activity for our teens to work together, and see firsthand how they can have a positive impact in our local area. The LCVC teens aren’t the only ones making a difference. The

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President: Sophia McKenzie Vice-President: Shawn Morton Program Director: Persephone Jones Recording Secretary: Melanie Bryson Corresponding Secretary: Jacquie Henry Treasurer: Selina Johnson Financial Secretary: Asesimbo Jerry Editor: Karen Moore Jones Historian: Karen Moore Jones Foundation Chair: Angela Mattox Parliamentarian: Tabitha Turman Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Jackie RobinsonBurnette Father’s Auxiliary: Samuel Cameron

President: Marisa Norwood Vice-President: Jordan Adams Secretary: Victoria Burnette Treasurer: Miles Turman

chapter members Sheila Arrington, Melanie Bryson, Nicole Burwell, Pamela Carter, Stacy Davis, Monika Gooden, Lena Hall, Keniesha Haywood, Jacqueline Henry, Courtney Holeman, Telia Hughes, Desi Jerry, Karen Moore Jones, Persephone Jones, Angela Mattox, Sophia McKenzie, Phyllis Morgan, Shawn Morton, Felicia Norwood, Jany Reynolds, Sequana Robinson, Jackie Robinson-Burnette, Tabatha Turman, Tiffany Washington, Susann Wyllie-Kerr. chapter history The Manassas-Woodbridge, Virginia Chapter chapter programming The Manassas-Woodbridge, Virginia had a stellar year as we continue to create opprotunities for our children to have “The power To Make A Difference.” The chapter was founded and chartered by seventeen concerned and trailblazing mothers on January 24, 2004. This year the chapter welcomed two beautifully talented mothers into the fold. To date, the chapter has twenty seven active mother members, eight associates, and five national lifetime members.

Chapter is committed to continue working on social issues and increasing their involvement in the community. They are focused on aligning programming with the National Theme: “The Power to Make A Difference” along with youth leadership and financial planning. The chapter is proud to have participated in several amazing community service, educational and cultural activities.

“Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder. I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”

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mercer county, nj Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Rhonda Adams Medina Vice-President: Barbara Richards Program Director: Tiffany Basma Recording Secretary: Tabitha McKinley Corresponding Secretary: Adrienne Collins Treasurer: Michele Swain Financial Secretary: Carol Williams Editor: Rakia Reynolds Chaplain: Rochelle Michel Historian: Carrie Garcis Foundation Chair: Beth Geter-Douglass and Paryn Wallace Parliamentarian: Ayanna McKay Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Yakenya Moise and Justina Nixon-Saintil Associate Chair: Barbara Richards Father’s Auxiliary: Charles Wallace

President: Matthew Hawes Vice-President: Austin Kelley Secretary: Alexis Moise and Amir Basma Treasurer: Justin Saintil Parliamentarian: Josh Henderson Chaplain: Bruce Harrison Sergeant-at-Arms: Taylor Madison

chapter members Cynthia Allen, Sushama Austin-Connor, Nicole Bailey-Williams, Arlee Barksdale-Moore, Tiffany Basma, Jenine Blount, Robyn K. Brown, April Butts, Simone Cadogan, Kimberly Cook Chennault, Sabrina L. Cobb, Adrienne Collins, Gwendolyn Drayton-Forbes, Cynthia Ferguson, Lori Gallon, Carrie Garcis, Beth Geter-Douglass, Tonya Hallett, Ja’Nelle Harmon, Antoinette Harrison, Edwina Hawes, Nicole Hughes, Carol Kelley, Cheryl Lagay, Taneshia Nash Laird, Ava-Marie Madeam, Sandra Madison, Ramelle MartinPorter, Nanatte Mathis-Bridgett, Melissa Matthews, Ayanna McKay,Tabitha McKinley, Rhonda Medina, Rochelle Michell, Yakenya Moise, Justina Nixon-Saintil, Tiffany Perkins-Munn, Rakia Reynolds, Barbara Richards, Michele Swain, Lisa Skeete Tatum, Pamela Thomas Brown, Jacqueline Threadgill, Kay Walcott-Henderson, Paryn Wallace, Christy Welborne, Carol Williams, Angela Witcher-Harrsion, Cindy Woodroffe chapter history The Mercer County, NJ Chapter was chartered

chapter participated in a variety of activities to encourage registered voters to participate in the November 2016 Election. The Chapter celebrated the Holiday Season by attending the performance of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” at McCarter Theatre. The Mercer County Chapter is looking forward to wonderful group actiivities, participating in the Regional MLK Day of Service, hosting the Chapter’s 2nd Annual Black History Month Barnes & Noble Book Fair, celebrating the Dads with the Fathers’ Appreciation Event, the Annual Educational Symposium, the March of Dimes March for Babies, and wrapping up the year with a “The Wiz” themed Black Family Day Celebration in May.

in September 1990. The Chapter’s Founding Mothers are Carole Krauthamer-Bitner, Patricia Jones, and Carol Washington. There were 35 members of the charter chapter.

chapter programming The Magnificent Mercer County Chapter kicked off the programmming year with a “Shellbration” at the Camden Adventure Aquarium in New Jersey for Jack and Jill Day and had a special rememberance ceremony for Carole Robertson. During the months of September and October the

“I did what my conscience told me to do, and you can’t fail if you do that.”

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metropolitan, ny Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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a highlight for our chapter, and is well attended by teens and parents throughout the Eastern region and afar. Metropolitan teens donate the proceeds from this dance to charities. Past recipients have included UNCF, Harlem Live, Harlem Hospital, Healium, a program to help victims of childhood sexual abuse, and the Lost Boys of the Sudan.

President: Monica Azare Davenport Vice-President: Dana Reed Program Director: Joycelyn McGeachy-Kuls Recording Secretary: Nissa Booker Corresponding Secretary: Shannon Cowherd Treasurer: Bernirene Ramos Simmons Financial Secretary: Sonja Jasienowski Editor: Darlene Grant Bruce Chaplain: Harriette Cole Historian: Darlene Grant Bruce Foundation Chair: Barbara Scott/Carmen Walker Gay Parliamentarian: Robyn Alston Protocol Chair: Cynthia Bowman Teen Advisor: Erica McKinley Lori Davis West Father’s Auxiliary: Jim Simmons

President: Zoe Hopkins Vice-President: Dillan Hayes Recording Secretary: Chloe West Corres. Sec.-Alexa Watson Treasurer: Ira Heppard Foundation: Joseph Heppard Legislative: Jordan Woods Community: Zachary Love Chaplin: Ethan McKinley Program: Tyler Woods Parliamentarian: Amari Bowman Sergeant-at-Arms: Chandler Carr

The Metropolitan Chapter, located in New York City, New York was founded in 1939. The chapter has over 110 dynamic members. Our members care deeply about our communities and serve on boards of a wide variety of philanthropic organizations, particularly those involving the arts, education, health care and children. We strive to motivate and empower our children become engaged in our community and to make a difference. The Chapter’s mission is squarely in line with our national theme - “Power to Make a Difference.” Our chapter proudly puts our words into action by awarding scholarships to college bound students who have demonstrated not only academic talents but also financial needs. Our community service programs actively touch the lives of those less fortunate than each member. We help to cook and serve food to feed the homeless, tutor, donate books and support children aging out of foster care through the Trigg House.

Our Black Family Day picnic is a tradition of reconnecting after the summer of vacations, camps and programs. Our 2016 picnic was a special event as we ferried across the Hudson River to Governor’s Island. Many came with bikes, blankets and skateboards to enjoy a wonderful lunch and participate in group activities. The father’s bonded while planning their activities for the year. Our chapter begins each program year our annual educational seminar held every September with over 200 participants attending. Similar to a college fair attended by teens, the educational seminar provided parents with the tools to navigate through the process of applying to boarding and independent/private schools. Many schools send their admissions directors to conduct workshops on the application process. In addition, school representatives participate in interactive seminars, serve as panelists to share their wealth of knowledge about independent school life from kindergarten through high school.

The Metropolitan chapter is one of Jack and Jill’s largest and oldest chapters. One of our chapter’s founding members, fondly reminisced at our Night in Harlem Gala, that it was so important to bring together our families so that our children not only have friends and mentors, that looked like them but to also have a safe place to talk, play and network among ourselves.

November is typically filled with exciting programs for our youth. Metropolitan hosted Cabana - the COPA for middle schoolers. Held at Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem, this event is growing in popularity every year with over 150 ‘tweens in attendance. The kids eat BBQ while dancing to their favorite beats.

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Each year, Metropolitan plans programming designed to address Jack and Jill’s national theme, the five thrusts and the pillars of power – all while we energize and engage our membership and our children! Metropolitan is privileged to announce 2 very important activities hosted by the chapter – Teen conference 2018 and COPA. Teen conference – Metropolitan is honored to host the 2018 Teen Conference at the Gaylord Hotel in Baltimore, MD, April 5-8, 2018. As you know, our theme is “Royalty – Past, Present and Future”. We do not want to spoil the surprise but be assured that all attendees will experience a special conference, to be remembered, especially for all first time attendees, graduating teens and their families. Metropolitan is proud to once again host the Copa, its annual teen holiday dance. This event, which is over 30 years old is 93


mid-hudson valley, ny Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Karen St. Vil Vice-President: De-Angela Watt Program Director: Sheryl Warren Recording Secretary: Valerie Raynor Corresponding Secretary: Diann Kelly Treasurer: Deborah Quarless Financial Secretary: Janine Daughtry Editor: Kecia Palmer-Cousins Chaplain: Robin Williams Historian: Janice Thompson Foundation Chair: Kim Chukwuemeka Parliamentarian: Dawanna Veneable Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Michelle Valdes-Botter, Marie-Anne Maignan and Robin Williams

President: Audrey Watt Vice-President: Arielle Maignan Secretary: Morgan Botter Treasurer: Dylan Maignan Parliamentarian: Courtney Warren Chaplain: Kristen Quarless Foundation: Nicholas Gibson

chapter members Shayna Bryant, Shari Cushnie, Tyhesha Elmore, Margaret Gibson, Tawana Haynes, Ellen Hilton, Madonna Hughes, Sophia McCallum, Deon Perry, Ingrid Richards, Nisha Richardson, Judith Thomas chapter history The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter (MHVC) was

MHVC’s legislative chair Ellen Hilton, legislative committee members and MHVC chapter members partnered with the Peekskill NAACP to register over 100 new voter during a Voter Registration drive, and participated in “get out the Vote” initiative on election day. The Group 5 MHVC Teens held a Virtual Town hall on “Race, Civil Liberties and Law Enforcement” at the Mount Vernon City Hall.

established in 1992. In December of 1990, a group of mothers met at the home of Penny Walter Nash in Katonah, NY to begin the process required to form an upper-Westchester chapter of Jack and Jill. Today the MHVC is a community of 26 mothers, 51 children and 1 associate. Our engaging activities provided our children opportunities to develop their leadership skills, enhance their cultural knowledge and serve their community.

In December 2016, the families and friends of the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter dined and danced at the annual Holiday Kwanzaa party at the Putnam National Golf Club in Mahopac, NY. Family, culture and community. Group 5 Teens led, and performed the lighting of the candles ceremony as part of their Kwanzaa Ceremony This year, chapter members and guests modeled in the chapter’s first Kwaanza fashion show.

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The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter (MHVC) continued to have the “Power to Make a Difference” in the 2016-2017 program year. Chapter President Karen St. Vil led the MHVC chapter with the theme, “We Are Family: Pride, Perseverance & Power”. MHVC’s engaging activities provided our children opportunities to develop their leadership skills, enhance their cultural knowledge and serve their community.

Ten of the MHVC Mothers and Youth will volunteer in the Metropolitan Cluster MLK Day of Community Service at the White Plains YWCA. 28 MHVC Mothers and 15 Youth will also volunteer at The Afya Foundation packaging medical supplies to be shipped to the Caribbean and African nations.

In September, chapter members reconnected socially at Grand Prix in Mt. Kisco at the chapter’s Jack and Jill Day on September 10, 2016. MHVC Teens did a Carole Robertson video montage and candlelight ceremony. Continuing with our chapter legacy of “giving back”, our Group 5 teens, mothers and fathers participated again in the Friends of Monique, Light the Night in October. We partnered with the Rockland-Orange Chapter, and raised over $5, 884 with proceeds benefiting the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society.

On January 21, 2017, the mothers of MHVC will celebrate Founders day at the January Mother’s meeting. The members will light candles in homage to our Founding Mothers. Members will also exchange gifts wrapped in silver in honor of the chapter’s upcoming 25th Anniversary. MHVC will participate in the March for Babies Walk in April 2017.

Groups 1 and 2 families, enjoyed activities such as “Cooking with Kids” and ”Pick A Peck” apple and pumpkin picking. Groups 3 & 4 combined several activites and traveled to NYC to the New York FINANCE MUSEUM where they explored exciting interactive exhibits. Groups 3 and 4 will also travel to Harlem to tour the world famous Apollo Theater for Black History Month in February.

In May 2017, MHVC will celebrate Black Family Day at the Highland Golf Club with the theme of “Springtime in White”. New mothers and their families will be introduced, awards will be presented to the chapter’s distinguished mother and distinguished teen, and fathers and entire MHVC family will be celebrated.

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Montgomery County, pA Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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chapter history In September 1982, the Par-O-Monts organization was formed, laying the foundation for the creation of the Montgomery County, PA Chapter. The first meeting for interested families was held at the home of Mrs. Anne Reasoner Sumpter with 19 mothers attended the initial meeting, formally creating the interest group of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

chapter programming It was an exciting start to the program year for the Mothers of Montgomery County (PA) Chapter! Our President, Marisol Booth, began her first year at the helm and welcomed current chapter members and Associates back for our first meeting in September. We were inspired to be loving and caring moms, not just for our own children, but for children throughout the communities we serve as Valerie Crabbe, a foster care parent and founder of the Being Beautiful Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping children, delivered an emotional presentation. That month, all grade groups also participated in our Annual Jack and Jill Day event where the memory of Carole Robertson was honored, and we reconnected with families during a fun outing at the Facenda Lanes Bowling Center.

President: Marisol Booth Vice-President: Kelly Bethea Program Director: Melissa Brown Recording Secretary: Jada Quann Corresponding Secretary: Jay Hall Treasurer: Lea Knight Financial Secretary: Stacy Hawkins Editor: Allison Herald Chaplain: Nicole Black Historian: Karla Trotman Foundation Chair: Tracey Rodgers Parliamentarian: Audrey Dudley Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Melissa Parker Associate Chair: Paula McCauly and Carol Etlen Father’s Auxiliary: Christopher Booth, Roderick Brown, and Vernon Herald

President: Madison Sanders Vice-President: Chelsea Wyche Recording Secretary: Avery Parker Corresponding Secretary: Alexis Capers Treasurer: Pierce Hodges Parliamentarian: Hunter Smith Chaplain: Derrick Lawson Sergeant-at-Arms: Erick Pullian Historian: Mackenzie Ramsey

Sponsorship was established in October of 1982 and the Chester County Chapter accepted the important task of providing the guiding direction for the development of the new chapter. By the end of November 1982, the organization had doubled size to 38 mothers. The Par-O-Monts sought official sanctioning as interest group from the National Office in late November and worked to organize age groups, committees and activities for each age group. The 198283 activity calendar was developed and fundraising commenced while the Par-O-Monts awaited a reply from the National Office.

Joint activities, allowing younger children to learn from older children and moms from different groups to get to know each other better was a major focus, especially when it came to service projects. In November, all groups supported the Giving Tree project, using sweat equity to sort items and assemble various care packages for adults, children and families in need. This model was used again as all children were involved in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project, helping with beautification projects at the Edward Heston Elementary School and taking time to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

In February of 1983, the Par-O-Monts were notified that the National Office recognized the organization as a viable interest group. The teens took an active role, attended conferences and hosted meetings and social gatherings. In addition, there was a well-rounded calendar of events for all of the age groups. During the second year, names were selected for each age group as follows: Copper Pennies (2-4 years old); Silver Spoons (Kindergarten – 2nd Grade); Golden Nuggets (3rd – 5th Grade); Precious Jewels (6th – 8th Grade) and Crown Jewels (9th – 12th Grade).

Annual activities, such as our Christmas Party in December and the Love and Happiness Ski Trip in February, were great ways for our families to kick back, have fun and enjoy fellowshipping with others.

Provisional status was granted to the Par-O-Monts in the spring of 1983. Final notification was received in early May. On May 19, 1984, a delegation of 12 members of the Par-0-Monts attended the workshop for Provisional Groups to prepare for the day our organization would become an installed group of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Since our installation as the Montgomery County, PA Chapter, we have continued to uphold the values established in 1984. We have made significant financial contributions to Foundation and have served the national organization.

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President: Yaminah Leggett-Wells Vice-President: Bamidele “Kiki” Alexander Program Director: Katrina Adams Recording Secretary: Stacia Geiger-Alston Corresponding Secretary: Lena Grimes Treasurer: Saudeia Martin Financial Secretary: Barbara Brown Edler Chaplain: Yashima White-AziLove Historian: Hermalene Taylor Foundation Chair: Tameka Montgomery Parliamentarian: Tonia Bair-Johnson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Stephanie Matlock Maynor, Ayana Machen, Lynn Moore Hill, Laurece Laws, Sherri Sampson Associate Chair: Kay Hairston Father’s Auxiliary: Adonis Adams

President: Hillary Cyrus Vice-President: Jordan Washington Corresponding Secretary: Nia Hope Recording Secretary: Nihira Mugamba Financial Secretary: Camryn Martin Treasurer: Haley Porter Chaplain: Matthew Brooks Legislative Chair: Isiah Wells Foundation Chair: Zachary Johnson

Sergeant-At-Arms: Ayo Atterberry

chapter history The Montgomery County Maryland Chapter

Another outstanding activity planned by the chapter was the “Young, Gifted and Black,” Selective College Admissions workshop, held in September and attended by approximately 300 teens and parents. Admissions directors from several distinguished institutions, including MIT, Wofford, Hampton and Emory participated. One of our greatest accomplishments for the year happened as we partnered with Stepping Stones Shelter to address the impact of poverty among children and families in our community. For the holidays we adopted the families living there to ensure each child was able to enjoy the spirit of Christmas by receiving several items from their wish list. The Fathers Auxiliary also rallied to provide each parent with a $200 gift card. Stepping Stones was also the recipient of the proceeds from our 55th Chapter Anniversary Cruise for a Cause celebration.

of Jack and Jill was established in October 1962, amid the background of separate drinking fountains, freedom rides and student sit-ins, by educator Henrietta Franklin. Mrs. Franklin and 13 other mothers wanted their children to experience social, cultural, and leadership opportunities in spite of the cultural segregation of the times. Today, the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter boasts 86 families that believe in the “Power to Make a Difference” by nurturing our children, engaging our mothers, and serving our community.

chapter programming The Montgomery County Maryland chapter started off the year with our third overnight retreat with the theme “Build. Strengthen. Grow!” This has proven to be a a renewing and refreshing way to usher in the new program year. Fresh off the 42nd National Convention, our Chapter President presented organizational updates and Mothers were treated to informative and encouraging sessions by Eastern Regional Director Mondi Kumbula-Fraser and Eastern Regional Legislative Chair Tomeka Bumbry. Chapter Chaplain Yashima White AziLove spoke on the “Seven Laws of Agreement.” The highlight of the retreat was the bonding event, the “Pajama Mama Jam III,” where Mothers worked on a paint-by-number masterpiece that will be displayed in the Healing Garden at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

As the Chapter continues to enrich the community we live in, we held our 8th Annual Community Spelling Bee and Benjamin E. Mays Oratorical Competition with participants from across the county, including Jack and Jillers. This is always an exciting event as we watch our children sharpen their public speaking skills and be recognized by distinguished members from our community. One of the group activity highlights of the year, was the Group 5 (6th – 8th grade) Civil Rights History Tour. They had an action packed four-day trip over MLK Weekend as more than 30 people traveled to Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama to learn about and relive many of the steps taken by those Civil Rights Leaders that came before us. They visited well-known places and heard from leaders at the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, Civil Rights Memorial Center, Rosa Parks Museum and the Edmund Pettus Bridge to name a few. They capped the activity off by hosting a game-night where they were able to meet their counterparts from the Birmingham Jack and Jill Chapter.

In September, 225 families and friends gathered to kick of the new year with bonding and fellowship at the annual Jack and Jill Day Celebration, planned by the Fathers’ Auxiliary. After the Teens presented a moving ceremony in honor of Carole Robertson, fun ensued with a DJ, bounce house, games and creek exploration for the little ones.

We rounded off our year with the Annual Black Family Day activity. This year, we rollerskated the afternoon away. It was fun to see those experienced skaters, adults and kids alike, whirling and dancing around the rink and pretty humorous to see those not-soexperienced skaters giving it a try anyway!

In December, the Chapter held its Annual Holiday Dinner Dance, “Jingle and Mingle.” Moms, Dads and kids danced the night away. Jack and Jillers from all age groups provided entertainment by showcasing their individual talents. Graduating Seniors were celebrated as their parents shared how Jack and Jill has shaped their lives. 96


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morris county, nj Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: DaVon Gorman      Vice-President: Mechelle Olidge-Evans      Program Director: Dorris Proctor      Recording Secretary: Regina Moore     Corresponding Secretary: Natacha Duroseau      Treasurer: Ayana Summerville      Financial Secretary: Jedaiah Holloway      Editor: Raiza Gaston      Chaplain: Lisa Gittens-Williams      Historian: DaVon Gorman      Foundation Chair: Tiffani Warren      Parliamentarian: Lisa Wolmart      Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Noelle Greene-Hunt, Rose Kirk, Pat WhiteThorpe, Misa Lawrence     Associate Chair: DaVon Gorman      Father’s Auxiliary: Kenny Gathers

President: Ifeoma White-Thorpe      Vice-President: Connor Kirk      Secretary: Perri Easley     Treasurer: Taj Wilson      Parliamentarian: Indira Summerville      Chaplain: Emily Smith     Sergeant-at-Arms: Charles Lawrence

chapter members Ayana Summerville*, Ayo Sanderson Wilson, Christine Fowler-Phillips, Crystal Davis, DaVon Gorman*, Darnesha

Scott, Denise Sharperson, Dorris Proctor, Fadila Gathers, Francine Smith, Jedaiah Holloway*, Judy-Ann Hargrove, Lisa Gittens-Williams, Lisa Martinez Wolmart, Mechelle Olidge-Evans*, Misa Lawrence, Natacha Duroseau*, Neilda Baron-Ghorab, Nicole Friday, Noelle Greene-Hunt, Pat White-Thorpe, Rachel Looked, Raiza Gaston*, Ramona Gomez, Regina Moore*, Rose Kirk, Tammy Jones, Tanya Holcomb, Tiffany Fuller, Tiffani Warren, Tracey Goodson-Barrett

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Matter: Harnessing Our Power to Help Shape an Election. This was done in collaboration with the Greater Essex Chapter and targeted grades 3- teen. The program set to introduce the election process to some while emphasizing civic responsibility and the importance of harnessing a political voice. Through panel discussion and age specific approach - the children established a platform and ran for office, were guided through phone banking, created web based advertisements on the importance of voting, as well as gaining a historic perspective of voter rights.

The Morris County Chapter was formed by a group of compassionate and enthusiastic mothers, led by Maria Pryor and Carol Wilson. They were driven by a goal to enrich the lives of their children while also making an impact on the lives of children within their community. On September 14, 1980, an official steering committee was formed; working tirelessly to spread the word to others who shared their passion and to meet the requirements set forth by the National Executive Board. In March of 1981, the informal group became the Morris County, NJ Interest Group. These phenomenal women went on to create civic programming that, to this day, serve as the backbone of our philanthropic efforts. With 45 Charter Members, The Morris County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was installed at the National Convention in Chicago.

We traveled to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Our children were challenged to chronicle their journey as they traveled to the Washington area as well as within the museum, using modern technology (GroupMe app) and the old fashion yet very effective journal writing. Along our programmatic journey, our children maintained true to their devotion to community service through the teens ongoing commitment to Homeless Solutions, the Thanksgiving basket initiative, and assistance with the MLK Interfaith Breakfast. Our teens were also honored by the Arts in the Atrium for their tireless efforts and support. Our younger children created birthday boxes, filled with items needed to create a birthday celebration (complete with a present) to assist children in need.

chapter programming The Morris County Chapter kicked off

our programming year with an annual Carole Robertson/ Jack and Jill Day Celebration. This event set the tone of our programming year by embodying our theme, Joy in the Journey. We gathered in Palisades Park to celebrate our past, present, and future. The day began in tribute to the short life of Carol Robertson; allowing our children to take in the complexities of our past in comparison to our present. The teens galvanized their annual back pack initiative, which supplies back packs and school supplies to needy children through our partnership with The Neighborhood House. We engaged in a robust hike in support of healthy living, while at the same time being educated on the local ecology. The day ended with a campfire and drum circle to emphasize that we are strongest (and make the loudest noise) when we stand and work together. We next participated in a chapter wide event entitled Black Votes 98


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program at Dave & Buster’s. At our Holiday Extravaganza, we celebrated the holiday season of giving by having our young Jacks and Jills create ornaments to donate to a local nursing home and our Teens and tweens wrapped gifts purchased for our Toys for Tots drive. On January 7, 2017, we hosted our Ninth Annual Teen Leadership Summit at Adelphi University, equipping close to 300 high school students to be Geared for Greatness through a full day of workshops on leadership skills, public speaking, dressing for success, college-prep police interactions, and career opportunities. On MLK National Day of Service, the Chapter held its annual sandwich-making and snack bag activity, where all of our families assist in preparing over 2000 pounds of food for donation to the Mary Brennan Inn in Hempstead, NY. In January, chapter families enjoyed some Winter Fun at our Snow, Swim and Spa weekend at Kalahari Resort and Jack Frost Mountain in the Poconos. Our Black Family Day celebration recognized the winners of our oratorical competition and our fabulous graduating teens and mothers. The Teens will once again host their annual “Spring Fling” and “White Party on the Bluffs” fundraisers to benefit designated charities. Our Father’s Auxiliary continues to lead our Young Investors Program by providing financial literacy workshops to our Tweens. Our Associates remain an integral part of our chapter through their consistent support of all our programming and oratorical competition.

President: Sharon Hoskins Vice-President: Maggie Desir-Hart Program Director: Patricia Cooper Recording Secretary: Adsonia Montgomery-Lewis Corresponding Secretary: Jay Valentine Treasurer: Kherlyn Veillard-Marcel Financial Secretary: Denise Eldridge Editor: Gloria Hay Chaplain: Paige East-Johansen Historian: Dionne Hansen-Sexton Foundation Chair: Linda Silva Thompson Parliamentarian: Serena Castellano Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Dawn Larkin-Wallace Associate Chair: Dionne Hansen-Sexton Father’s Auxiliary: Kevin Valentine

President: Evan Howell Vice-President: Jourdin Thomas Secretary: Anastasia King Treasurer: Alexandra (Lexi) Deshommes Parliamentarian: Natalie Deshommes Chaplain: David Boyd Sergeant-at-Arms: Nigel Margetson

of America currently has 62 mothers and 64 member families with 111 Jacks and Jills. The Chapter received its charter on October 25, 1958 with the installation of 39 members in Manhasset, New York. The Nassau County Chapter became the 97th Chapter chartered by the National Organization and was sponsored by the Queens Chapter. Our Associates group was established in 2004 and we currently have 29 Associates. Our Fathers’ Auxiliary was chartered in 2005 and we currently boast 58 fathers. The Chapter brings its mission to fruition by continuing to focus on our children, impact our community, build our sisterhood, play hard and have fun. Conferences hosted by the Nassau County Chapter include a Mothers’ Regional Conference in 1969 and two Regional Teen Conferences in 1996 and 2010. In 2009, the Chapter received a grant from the Jack and Jill Foundation to develop its first Teen Leadership Summit. The Summit is now in its ninth year.

chapter programming We launched our 2016-2017 program year honoring the memory of Carole Robertson at our annual Jack & Jill Day picnic. Coming together in the spirit of service and sisterhood, the chapter participated in the annual ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, raising over $10,000. In November, we kicked off our Kid Mentor-Mentee

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HEALTH/RECREATIONAL “Play… now Halt!” The 4th and 5th graders met at the Capital Fencing Academy to explore fencing as a sport and alternative fitness routine. The group was introduced to basic fencing techniques and its history. Fully suited using “Rapier-style” swords the children practiced their fencing techiniques in an competitive form.

President: Cheryl Muller Vice-President: Veronica Hutchinson Program Director: Cormekki Whitley Recording Secretary: Nicole Clifton Corresponding Secretary: Kimberly Hall Treasurer: Rebecca Muse Financial Secretary: Kendra Day-Hernandez Editor: Kya Mathews Chaplain: Wanda Smith Historian: Kimberly Scott Foundation Chair: Kelly Burks Parliamentarian: Tonya Jackson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Kym Taylor Associate Chair: Cheryl Muller Father’s Auxiliary: Kesa Russell

President: Dominique Brooks Vice-President: Maraya Burks Secretary: Myles Gresham Treasurer: Wayne Bumbry Parliamentarian: Jai Tarver Chaplain: Solange’ Muller Sergeant-at-Arms: Mariano Hernandez

Chartered in 2010, 32 Moms made the commitment to carry on the mission of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty; the chapter took to heart the mission of service (Steping Up to Serve) upon which fuels our daily activities. Today, The National Harbor Chapter is represented by 56 families and 92 children.

chapter programming The NHC kicked off the program year by celebrating Jack and Jill Day and honoring Carole Robertson at Lucky Strike Bowling & Billiards venue. The event welcomed the presence of all to come laced up and ready to hit the lanes! the senior teens presented a moving tribute to Carole Robertson by discussing the importance of remembering Carole Robertson and passed out gift bags honoring her legacy for each family.

STE[A]M Dinosaurs oh my! Our Pre/K group participated in a “Dinosaur Dig” and met at Solomon’s Island, MD to hunt for fossils and ancient shark teeth on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in November. The children discussed the prehistoric dinosaurs era and they were able to keep their treasured “fossils”. The children learned the causes of extinction, while having fun exploring scientific artifacts. HEALTH/CIVIC An awesome combined effort among the Pre/K and 1st - 3rd age groups hosted a community Trike and Bike Health Fair in October at Patuxent Community Center. Children ages 2-9 years old participated in the event. The event educated the children about bike safety, healthy eating, wellness, and raised funds for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Foundation.

EDUCATIONAL/PUBLIC SPEAKING “Without further ado!”...The 6th - 8th graders participated in a Business Etiquette seminar that was presented by fellow mom Angela Solomon, Esq. The Jr. Teens learned Etiquette for every day, phenomenal first impressions, proper introductions, body language, and networking techniques. The children engaged in exercises through a series of mock conversations to demonstrate active listening skills that will lay the foundation for their future business interactions. HBCU LINKAGE Our Teen group participated in a College Tour in October. The grouped visited Coppin State University, a Maryland HBCU and Towson University a Maryland PWI. The senior teens discussed the importance of HBCUs in our history as African Americans. The NHC is gearing up for our annual 5K Walk and Kids Fun Run Chapter Wide event to promote heart health through fun exercise and running/walking a 5K mile course on April 15, 2017.

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chapter history The Wilmington Chapter of Jack and Jill was conceptualized in the spring of 1973 by the mothers of Girl Scout Troop 210 from Wilmington and a mother’s club known as “The Group” from Newark. On January 19, 1975 National President, Dr. Pearl W. Boschulte formally installed the provisional group into Jack and Jill. The new Jack and Jill chapter was named “The Wilmington Chapter”, and the occasion was celebrated by founding members: Rosie Mickey, LaWanda Newton, Thelma Noisette, Juanita Pritchett, Mattie Stallings, Evelyn Sills, Marguerite Hart, Kathryn Hazeur, Gloria Hinson, Yvonne Jensen, Telanna Johnson, Kay Leigh, Lucy McLamb, Ruby McMillan, Deidra Mercer.

chapter programming On November 4, 2016, the Explorers

President: Crystal Barrow Vice-President: Ronnette Finch Program Director: Andrea Squire Recording Secretary: Adrienne Smith Corresponding Secretary: Cheryl Wilson Treasurer: Shawn Hill Financial Secretary: Rikki Warthen Editor: Lynette Townes Chaplain: Brenda Collins Historian: Licelis Brewingtion Foundation Chair: Crystal Barrow Parliamentarian: Pamela Sharpe Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Rhonda Crowder Associate Chair: Adrianne Quarles Father’s Auxiliary: Kevin Barrow

President: Camryn Lane Vice-President: Adrian Jenkins Secretary: Kennedy Crowder Treasurer: Alonzo Finch Parliamentarian: Zoe Akoto Chaplain: Joe Lindsay Sergeant-at-Arms: Camryn Allen

The first chartering members contributed to the success of the chapter also: Brenda Amos, Sonja Brown, Pat Clark, Dorothy Cuff, Claudia Dorman, Millicent Ferrell, Margaree Fitchett, Yvonne Fleming, Florence Gaines, Dorothy Gardiner, Yvonne Harper, Margaret Henry, Gloria Hinson, Carole Martin, Patricia Moody, Florese Moore, Lucille Morris, Vera Murray, LaWanda Newton, Gloria Noel, Thelma Noisette, Charity Patton, Etta Rose, Suzanne Rouselle, Peggy Spaulding, LaVern Waters and Vivian Williams.

of the New Castle County Chapter went on a historic visit to our nation’s capital. A group of 47, including 15 Jr. Teens, headed to DC for an exciting and educational experience. The first stop was to Old Ebbit Grill, DC’s first Saloon. It is a historical restaurant, founded in 1856, as a boarding house for politicos from that era. Next the group visited the White House Visitors center in preparation for a visit inside of the White House. The group was excited to witness history and enjoyed the pictures of the Obama Family. The majesty of the White House and its construction that included slave labor, was a sobering reminder of where we have come as a people. We toured much of the first floor including the Green, Blue, and Red Rooms – all are in use on a daily basis. As an extra treat, Marine One landed while most of us were waiting in line to go into the White House. After about 20 minutes, President Obama emerged and flew off to North Carolina for a rally for Hillary Clinton. After leaving the White House, the group walked to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Jr. Teens were in awe of the beautiful facade and enjoyed the rest of the day spending time seeing history unfold before their eyes.

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The Kwanzaa celebration was filled to capacity with family members of all ages actively participating, along with our own youth on Steel Drums; African American books were collected for distribution to local youth. The teens had a pajama themed party for Christmas and brought wish list items for a local youth organization. Whether group 1 or teens, the focus was to help get out the vote. Our youth and mothersused social media to send messages about the importance of voting. Our teens did canvassing and group two visited a local news show.

President: Karen DuBois Walton Vice-President: Laureen (Toni) Ligon Program Director: Maysa Akbar/ Thais Moore Recording Secretary: Tracey Irby Corresponding Secretary: Ramona Hilton Treasurer: Danyell Jackson Financial Secretary: Tanisha Thomas Asbery Editor: Tanya Hughes Chaplain: Elicia Spearman Historian: Tanya Hughes Foundation Chair: Karen DuBois Walton Parliamentarian: Khalilah Brown Dean Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tanya Hughes Father’s Auxiliary: Kevin Walton, Sr.

President: Kaleb Walton Vice-President: Charles Flowers, Jr. Secretary: Nia Simmons Treasurer: Morgan Cobbs Parliamentarian: Morgan Edwards Chaplain: Rylan Mayo

The New Haven Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., established in 1956, consists of 49 Fabulous Mothers whose object is to create innovative opportunities for children, which will stimulate growth and develop their commitmet to contributing to society through legislative activities, community service and leadership training. They have continued the vision of its early founders and organizer, Agnes Timpson, and embraced the National Theme: “The Power to Make a Difference,” with a continued local focus on civic duty and community service.

chapter programming The chapter has had a long history

of civic engagement and service to the community. This year the chapter is particularly proud of its incorporation of all chapter -wide programming, a component of civic duty and community service to the Greater New Haven Community. Jack and Jill Day was family participation in the Sickle Cell walk-a-thon which featured a teen tribute to Carol Robertson a 5 k walk-athon and donation to the Souther Regional Sickle Cell Disease Association. Another chapter wide service commitment consisted of the preparation of over 10,000 meals for needy families in New Haven and abroad. Additionally, the teens performed monthly service to an area soup kitchen and each age group has individual service projects as developed by the members of the groups.

The mothers carry the membership, but truly, it is a family affair. The Father’s Auxiliary group serves as facilitators in many events as well as to help prepare food and chaperone children. The New Haven chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. has instilled in its members the tools it needs to continue to inspire excellence and greatness in our youth. They regularly motivate children and teens to speak up and speak out and “be ye ever ready”. They are proud of the many achievements of the youth who continue to exceed every expectation. They plan to continue to inspire great activities for the children and to make a lasting impact on the Greater New Haven community.

“All great achievements require time.”

– Maya Angelou

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Our families will lead the residents in the singing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, perform music and interpretive dance solos, recite the “I Have a Dream” speech and play Bingo.

President: Deloris Pettis Vice-President: Michelle Miller Program Director: Sybil Martin, Kim Savoy Recording Secretary: Kim Stanfield Corresponding Secretary: Patrice Pratt Treasurer: Karen Carroll-Bennett Financial Secretary: Ziporia Johnson Editor: Latoyia Edwards Chaplain: Alicia Greenaway Historian: Doreen Rachal Foundation Chair: Bithiah Carter Parliamentarian: Candice Hardiman Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Kim Thornton Associate Chair: Terri Cubia Father’s Auxiliary: Kevin DaSilva

President: Sierra Smither Vice-President: Rachel DaSilva Secretary: Kiera Daughtry Treasurer: Hope Bell Parliamentarian: Jordan Miller Chaplain: Michaela Stanfield Sergeant-at-Arms: Bryce Williams

A member of the Eastern Region the Newton Chapter was granted chapter status in November, 1966. The Chapter includes 67 mothers, 116 children and 2 associate members.

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In November 2016, the Newton Chapter celebrated “Fifty (50) and Fabulous Years” of nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening our children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. The Chapter also kicked off the 2016 fall Cluster season by hosting the Northern Cluster Workday. The Workday showcased the ideals we have for our families by participating in enriching workshops that empower our families for success focused on the Teen Conference theme of being “Unapologetically Black”. COMMUNITY SERVICE Our Teens kicked off the program year by hosting our Jack and Jill Day and Carole Robertson Memorial roller skating family event to raise money for the Jack and Jill Foundation and the Dimock Reading Corner. Through the generosity of Newton Chapter families, Northern Cluster moms and a partnership with Houghton Mifflin to provide books, we will celebrate the official opening of the Reading Corner at the Dimock Community Health Care Center in February 2017. On National Philanthropy Day, our preschoolers met at the Boston Children’s Museum to create Thanksgiving baskets for residents of the Brookview House, a homeless community for women and their children. Armed with stickers, glitter and ribbons the children decorated and filled Thanksgiving-themed baskets with non-perishable items. Not to be outdone by the little ones, our middle school children volunteered at the Centre Street Food Pantry, unpacking food supplies and stocking shelves. In the spirit of giving and ringing in hope for the holidays our teens participated in the United Way Holiday Sponsor Program. Each teen donated money to shop and purchase holiday gifts at Target from two teen’s wish list. On MLK Day of Service our Chapter will celebrate with the residents at the Benjamin Healthcare Center. Our younger children will decorate sugar cookies and create Valentine door hangers.

CIVIC In October our Teens participated in an engaging and interactive workshop at Harvard Law School, led by a representative from the US Attorney’s Office on civil rights. Our Preschool children visited the State House to learn about the legislative process. Goldilocks was put on trial by our Upper Elementary children at Harvard Law School in a mock civil case of the Three Bears versus Goldilocks. With guidance from practicing trial attorneys, the children served in several roles including officers of the court, witnesses and the jury. The children practiced their oratorical skills and learned about the rules of evidence and testimony. In January, our Middle School children will learn about the legislative process and practice effective oral advocacy and debate by preparing a five minute speech ‘for’ or ‘against’ a legal issue. CULTURAL & HBCU LINKAGE The Lower Elementary children celebrated Kwanzaa with craft making, a black history jeopardy game and a feast. Our middle school and teen girls attended the Blueprint Conference for Middle & High School Girls sponsored by the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College. In February, our middle school and teen boys will participate in the Young Men’s Leadership Conference hosted by the Greater Boston Morehouse College Alumni Association. ORATORICAL The Newton Chapter proudly supported our teens, Jordan Miller, Carolyn Parker and Jordin Rachal who entered the Northern Cluster oratorical competition with speeches addressing the Teen Conference theme, “Unapologetically Black”. STE{A}M In March we will host a Chapter-wide STEM day with the Harvard Science Partnership at the Harvard Medical School where our children will participate in age-appropriate, interactive and discovery-based workshops and labs in a range of scientific disciplines.

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Mayor Dwayne Warren, Councilwoman Wooten and the Orange Public Library, was an excellent example of collaborating with organizations in our community. We viewed the critically acclaimed documentary “13th” by Ava DuVernay, and hosted a riveting panel discussion. Panelist shared with the audience the work they do in the community, their views on the film, and how we as a community can assist in helping to uplift our community.

President: Monique Moore Pryor Vice-President: Alison Scott Williams Program Director: Rochelle Herring-Peniston Recording Secretary: Nicole R. Schier Corresponding Secretary: Ebonee Lewis Treasurer: Margaret J. Cunningham Financial Secretary: Veronica Wakefield Editor: Erica Brown Oliver Chaplain: Tiffany Pratt Historian: Karen M. Hayes Foundation Chair: Dara Gronau Parliamentarian: Rhonda McFarlane Richard Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Lynn Biot-Gordon Associate Chair: Alexis Davis Father’s Auxiliary: Tony Hayes and Stephen Powell Sergeant-at-Arms: Karma B. Warren

President: Zachary Dees Vice-President: Dwayne Warren Vice-President of Programs: Richard Simon Financial Secretary: LJ Davidson Corresponding Secretary: Brandon Morrison Treasurer: Chaz Gordon Parliamentarian: Chyna Brodie Chaplain: Madison Hobbs Sergeant-at-Arms: Jasiri Evans

The North Jersey chapter began this chapter year with an amazing start. As we focus on our mission to “nurture future African-American leaders…”, Madame President Monique Moore Pryor developed The 6Cs: Creativity, Collaboration, Compassion, Community Service, Consistency and Camaraderie, which our chapter has collectively adopted. These values continue to ensure the success and growth of North Jersey. In addition to the 2017 Eastern Region Senior Teen Conference theme “Unapologetically Black”, North Jersey has chosen to align and focus all programming for the year, on the Harlem Renaissance era. Incorporating many Jack and Jill programming modules, our members individual groups will hone in on aspects of the 1920’s and 1930’s, including the writers, poets, musicians, photographers, painters, athletes, political figures, fashion and more. We will explore the success of Black businesses, Black banks, Black Wall Street and the grand sense of community and support of one another during this historical time period. North Jersey kicked off the program year with a Chapter Picnic in September. A wonderful day of fun and fellowship with our families, activities for the children, and a fabulous Senior Teen “Unapologetically Black” Carol Robertson presentation. In October, our Groups 1, 2, 3, Pre Teens and Junior Teens activities, began to center around the Harlem Renaissance era theme. All groups were taught a tidbit of history from this important time period. Group 1 listened to biographical stories and music, Group 2 and 3 sang songs, and the Pre Teens painted a piece to reflect the artistic expression of that time. The Junior Teen Retreat entitled “What Is Your Renaissance?”, was an overnight filled with fun, presentations, workshops, discussion and bonding. The junior teens worked together in groups to create and share very insightful, problem-resolving, impromptu role playing, which ranged from topics of Harlem Renaissance to current event reality. The last workshop focused on Black Lives Matters and current world events. The retreat concluded with the teens choosing a Harlem Renaissance person they will research throughout the program year.

Also during the month of November, the Junior Teens visited the Newark Museum, spending time within the Harlem Renaissance exhibit. Proceeding the program, as part of our legislative initiative, they learned about the process of creating a Bill. Our Senior Teens attended a seminar on the Road Map To College, hosted by the Essex County Links and the Deltas of Montclair. And, the Senior Teens also took their annual trip to City Harvest in Manhattan. North Jersey enjoyed the Metropolitan Cluster, our mothers’ social, our prospective mother’s tea, our adult Christmas party and our Children’s Christmas party, where the younger groups recited Langston Hughes, danced to music heard at the Cotton Club, and sang Christmas songs. Immediately following, as part of community service hours, our teens wrapped toys and books for the Boys and Girls Club of Newark. Next up for North Jersey…a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, more exciting group programs and our Harlem Hey Day soiree fundraiser in May. North Jersey’s energy and excitement for the program year, can be best described in the words of Fats Waller, “This Joint Is Jumpin’!”.

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President: Deneen Snow Vice-President: Leslie Fisher Program Director: Keely Hicks Wilson Recording Secretary: Carol Muleta Corresponding Secretary: Yves Taylor-Potts Treasurer: Camille Ward Financial Secretary: Arnetta “Jewel” Kelly Editor: Alison Bibb-Carson Chaplain: La’Ketha Prioleau Historian: Monique Baskin Parliamentarian: Maida Piggee Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Simona Black Father’s Auxiliary: Ron Eaton

President: Rachel Black Vice-President: Matt Muleta Secretary: Myles Ward Treasurer: Zach Muleta Chaplain: Symantha Gant Sergeant-at-Arms: Chris Craig

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chapter programming The Northern Virginia Chapter began

Thirty-six chapter members, along with an associates group, work as servant-leaders in the community to inspire African-American cultural pride, embody an attitude of service and promote educational development in the youth of Northern Virginia.

The day included a community service project in which all family members could participate. The Northern Virginia Chapter took the lead in purchasing items and assembling welcome baskets for wounded warriors residing at nearby Fort Belvoir. The baskets, made for men and women, included such full-size toiletries as toothbrushes, toothbrush holders, deodorant, body wash and more. In addition to organizing and assembling the baskets, the children of the participating chapters decorated cards for the wounded warriors, complete with pictures and inspirational letters.

The Northern Virginia Chapter was established in 1966 and was organized by Pauline Ellison, who also served as the chapter’s first president. The Northern Virginia Chapter was the first Jack and Jill chapter in the Northern Virginia area, and its boundaries include all Arlington and Fairfax counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.

In recent years, the Northern Virginia Chapter has hosted several regional events. In 2001, the chapter hosted the 51st Eastern Regional Teen Conference in Crystal City, Va. In 2005, the chapter hosted the Southern Cluster Mothers’ Workday at the Fairview Marriott in Fairfax County, Virginia. In 2007, the chapter hosted the Southern Children’s Cluster in Vienna, Va. In 2015, the chapter hosted a the Regional Conference in the Bahamas at Atlantis, Paradise Island. In May 2016, the Northern Virginia Chapter celebrated the beginning of 50 years of service and cultural education in the Northern Virginia community with its Golden Gala. Proceeds from the evening gala benefited the Jack and Jill of America Foundation and the Alternative House, a Fairfax County-based organization that transforms the lives of children and youth by helping them stay safe and overcome personal challenges.

its 50th year of service to the community by celebrating the life of Carole Robertson and Jack and Jill Day with other chapters of the Northern Virginia region. The teens from each chapter honored and spoke the names of unarmed African Americans who had been recently killed during encounters with the police.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January 2017, our children from the Tiny Tots, Triple J and Intermediate groups participated in Volunteer Fairfax’s Annual Give Together family volunteer day. Our children and parents served side by side to make fleece tie lap blankets for veterans, Valentine’s Day cards for foster kids, doggie chew toys and sensory kits for children. The Northern Virginia Chapter seeks to empower youth by emphasizing literacy. In February 2017, the chapter hosted a reading and writer’s workshop for the entire chapter. The workshop explored our culture’s history of voting, and taught the art and skill of writing and illustrating.

“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.”

– Althea Gibson

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2) Thinking creatively and implementing educational and support programs, such as our “Mind, Body, and Soul,” health series designed to support our chapter mothers as we strive to strengthen and fortify ourselves, our children and our families. Topics that were part of this series included child health issues, such as concussions in sports, a seminar on stress management, and a discussion on educational choices, pathways and experiences for children in our community.

President: Monique Mooring Vice-President: Ily J. Houston Program Director: MiaIsha Brown Recording Secretary: Sakina Parks Corresponding Secretary: Kimberly L. Turner Treasurer: Michelle Palmer-Waldron Financial Secretary: Lisa L. Corbin Editor: Stephanie K. Ewing Chaplain: Anne Rice-Burgess Historian: Stephanie Branche Carter Foundation Chair: Bobbie M. Moore Parliamentarian: Kimya S. P. Johnson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Celeste Dow; Kymberly Truman Graves; Henri Moore Associate Chair: Stephanie Gilbert Father’s Auxiliary: Samuel J. Brown IV

President: Melanie Graves Vice-President: Alex Moore 2nd Vice-President: Bria Beauvais Secretary: Kellie Graves Treasurer: Drew Dow Parliamentarian: Seth Mooring Chaplain: Miles Johnson Sergeant-at-Arms: Collin Washington

The Philadelphia Chapter is the founding chapter of Jack and Jill and was established in 1938 with 21 mothers. The founding mothers were Louise Truitt Jackson Dench and Marion Turner Stubbs Thomas. The Philadelphia chapter is committed to nurturing our future leaders through community service, legislative advocacy, outstanding chapter programming and philanthropic giving. The following words of Marion Stubbs Thomas, one of our founders, speak to what we the Philadelphia Chapter feel about the mission of Jack and Jill: “To us as mothers, it (Jack and Jill) has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire-the desire to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal graceful approach to beautiful adulthood.”

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Chapter programming meets the challenge of our National Theme, ‘The Power to Make a Difference’ head on by: 1) Building community and relationships with one another through activities focused on fun and fellowship. This year, we kicked off our Program Year at Millennium Skate World for Jack and Jill Day 2016. Seventy-five members and guests skated, danced, socialized and generally had a wonderful time! Other bonding and community building activities this year included our annual holiday party, ski trip, biannual Black Tie Gala, and Black Family Day Picnic. We also held a regular “Mom’s Night Out.” With encouragement from our Chapter President we are building a focus on “Inreach,” or encouraging camaraderie and sisterly bonds among our mothers, with the belief that the stronger and more positive our connections are with one another, the more positive our contributions can be to our children, families and communities.

3) Working with local community agencies to engage in on-going community service efforts to help make significant differences in the lives of those in need. This year, our chapter volunteered with the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, which supports families of seriously ill children. Through their guest-chef program, families are able to return after an exhausting day at the hospital to a prepared and served hot dinner. For our November service activity with this organization, mothers prepared the meals, while our youngest chapter members crafted and donated Build-A-Bears to the sibling residents staying at the house. Our goal was to serve and touch the hearts of the resident families, but to no surprise, the experience was wonderfully rewarding and heart-warming for us as well! Other community service activities this year, included: preparing Thanksgiving meals for local seniors; organizing several clothing and toy drives; hosting a holiday craft party and meal for displaced mothers and their children at the Philadelphia Methodist Home; and helping to clean up and revitalize a local public school as part of our annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. The Philadelphia Chapter is committed to the goal of growing our kids into responsible and engaged citizens of the world through thoughtful programming and by our example.

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chapter programming The chapter celebrated its seventeenth biennial Presentation Ball December 2016 where the accomplishments of 10 dynamic junior and senior students were celebrated at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Grand Ballroom. The charity recipient chosen was Journey to Medicine - Gateway Medical Society, a non-profit organization designed to educate and mentor pre-adolescent males in the art and science of medicine.

President: Alexis James Steals Vice-President: Leslie Britton Dozier Program Director: Melodie Roach Recording Secretary: Adrianne Aiken Corresponding Secretary: Crystal Turner Treasurer: Gretchen Generett Financial Secretary: Erica Grant Editor: Karen Swift Chaplain: Denise Smalley Historian: Karen Swift Foundation Chair: Amber Pabon Parliamentarian: Bridgette Cofield / Kelly McCormick Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Janine Macklin Father’s Auxiliary: Darren McCormick

President: Taylor Brown Vice-President: Katherine Davenport Secretary: Sarah Swift Treasurer: Kendall Thomas Parliamentarian: William Generett Chaplain: Warner Macklin Sergeant-at-Arms: Evan Frazier, Jr.

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Chapter was organized in 1944 as the fourth chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and was at the heart of the development of a plan for the national organization and its incorporation in 1945. Among the organizers and earliest members of the Pittsburgh Chapter were: Mrs. Mrs. Mrs. Mrs. Mrs. Mrs.

Lucille Cuthbert Fannie Knott Norine Cyrus Winnie Nickens Zelma Johnson Bernice Utterback

The chapter also engaged in many community service projects that included the Angel Tree program, stuffing stockings for the Light of Life Ministries, serving meals to the residents of the Pittsburgh Ronald McDonald House and a toy drive led by the teens for Children’s Hospital.

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by sponsoring a table in support of Sole Hope, an organization that makes shoes out of jeans for needy children in Uganda. Our Senior Teens participated in the Eastern Region’s Day of Service activity in Baltimore.

President: Lynn J. Johns Vice-President: Karen Borno Program Director: Jevivvien Ray Recording Secretary: Randi Chapman Corresponding Secretary: Sharon McDonald Johnson Treasurer: Trenna Allen Financial Secretary: Kathy Williams Editor-Historian: Lia-Beth Moore Chaplain: Connie Doyle Foundation Chair: Suzanne Jenkins Parliamentarian: Andrea Edmonds Sergeant-at-Arms: Jonice Gray Tucker Legislative Chair – Runako Allsopp Protocol Chair: Leya Reaves Community Service Chair: Letitia Kimpson

President: Naiya Ray Vice-President: Ashleigh Hale Recording Secretary: Jordan Johnson Corresponding Secretary: Justice Williams Treasurer: Jonathan Haynes Editor-Historian: Catherine Hay Sergeant-at-Arms: Skylar Johns Parliamentarian: Carmen Profit

in 1984. Carol Leftridge, with several other determined mothers, led an effort to create a Jack and Jill chapter on the western side of Montgomery County, MD and on October 6, 1984, the Potomac Valley Chapter was installed. Their goal was to create for their African American children an opportunity to join an organization whose ideals encouraged their spiritual, intellectual, and social growth. Today, at over 60 members strong, we carry out the vision and leadership of our charter members with the chapter theme of Let It Begin with PVC!

chapter programming The Potomac Valley Chapter’s 2016-

17 programming incorporated theme based programs for each age group. Our chapter looks forward to supporting new National initiatives such as the Afro-Cuba experience, Preserving J&J History, a Moms Only Webinar Series, Our Family Matters Advocacy, Teen Leadership Development, and training Oratorical Masters. This year, PVC hosted the Eastern Region Southern Mothers Cluster at the Bethesda North Marriott. The Cluster was an overwhelming success with 700 mothers, junior teens and teens in attendance. PVC welcomed guests with an opening Mother’s social at Pike & Rose’s City Perch. The Cluster consisted of interactive workshops, a book drive benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Germantown, MD, and the Oratorical Contest. PVC was especially proud to host NP Jolie Cooper Nelson and NVP Danielle Brown at Cluster. Two of our PVC teens, Jordyn Pegues and David Williams, placed first in the Oratorical Contest. Jordyn and David will go on to compete again at Teen Conference.

Our children have enjoyed a wide range of activities this year. PVC’s youngest age group activities have focused on building healthy relationships, water safety, a STEM oriented National Park visit, and adopting a family for the Holidays. To celebrate the accomplishments of our own, PVC held a Family Movie Date to take in Hidden Figures. In February for Black history month, we will hold our 5th annual poetry slam celebrating the literary work of African American writers. We will showcase the oratorical skills of our children and make a book donation of books by African American authors of the Montgomery County Library System. Potomac Valley looks forward to the rest of the 2016-17 programming year and continuing to encourage the intellectual, social and spiritual growth of our children.

Our commitment to instilling a spirit of service in our children continues. In November, our annual PVC donated 21 Thanksgiving baskets to National Center for Children and Families (NCCF). Our Junior Teen and Teen group activities have focused on the power to make difference through volunteer work at the Manna Food Bank and providing tutoring services to the Boys & Girls Club of Germantown, MD and the NCCF. In honor of Martin L. King, Jr. PVC children participated in our county’s community service effort 115


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and current events and to raise funds for a designated literacyfocused organization that serves the needs of children who may lack opportunities and exposure. Also in September, our little ones in 2-Pre-K and K-2nd attended the African American Rodeo and our Junior Teens attended their annual overnight retreat. In October, our 3rd-5th graders participated in a voting activity at a local courthouse. In November, all age groups participated in “service” related events.

President: Anissa Wilson Vice-President: Tracye Burr-Mitchell Program Director: Dezmona Mizelle-Howard Recording Secretary: Kimberly Hulsey Corresponding Secretary: Crissy Crittenden Treasurer: Connie Page Financial Secretary: Siobhan Madison Editor: Marsha Mathis Chaplain: Lorise White-Wolfe Historian: Lisa Green-Henderson Foundation Chair: Francena Jackson, Gwendolyn Spriggs Parliamentarian: Toya Randolph Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Sallie Cooper, Michelle Fenelly, Katherine Mathis Associate Chair: Deborah Riley Father’s Auxiliary: Paul Wilson

President: Sydney Mathis Vice-President: Lauryn Langster, Aaliyah Smith Secretary: Spencer Anderson, Olivia Mitchell Treasurer: Kennedy Grimes Chaplain: Jordyn Cooper Sergeant-at-Arms: Jair Ellis

The Prince George’s County Chapter was officially installed in 1974 with 43 charter members, including founding member Geneva Mays. Since 1974, the chapter has continued to grow, and has maintained an award winning status on both the regional and national levels. Through our commitment to the education of all children, book grants and scholarships totaling over $250,000 have been awarded to over 100 Prince George’s County students. Our commitment to service is fulfilled through ongoing partnerships and frequent activities in support of the Bowie Food Pantry and Villa Rosa Nursing Home.

chapter programming The Prince George’s County Chapter released the anchors for the 2016-2017 program year with the theme of “Sailing into A Superior Program Year.” This theme has inspired the chapter to develop innovative and exciting activities in the spirit of excellence. We started the year by hitting a “homerun” with Jack and Jill Day. Over 220 moms, dads, children and guests attended this day of family fun at the Bowie BaySox Baseball Stadium. From the Diamond View Restaurant, our members enjoyed nine innings of food, fun and fellowship. In our first ever College Showcase, members, and husbands joined together to decorate display tables representing their respective colleges and universities. In September, we hosted our First Annual Carole Robertson “Read ‘Till You Lead” Book-a-Thon. This event encouraged the children of PGCJ&J to read books focused on historical events

December brought in our “Home for the Holidays” event. Over 250 moms, dads, kids, guests and prospective members gathered together to enjoy a hot chocolate bar, craft stations, a visit with Santa at the “Polar Express”, a jazz trio, DJ, age group performances, a service project, food and fun. Most important, families bonded in the spirit of the season of giving. In recognition and celebration of our rich history, we visited the National Museum of African American History on March 4th and 5th. Parents and children alike were able to tour the museum and learn about our rich heritage. Spring showers brought 2-Pre-K’s visit to the Frederick Douglass House, K-2nd’s trip to the bank, 3rd-5th’s museum sleepover, and the Junior Teen’s participation in their annual mock trial. In May, we ended the year with our Pink, Blue and Tennis, Too and Heart Healthy Expo. Our resident tennis pro led clinics for all age groups and a local hospital provided blood pressure and other health checks. The children were able to learn about AfricanAmerican tennis greats such as Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson.

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year celebrating at the Joint Jack & Jill Day at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Alexandria, VA. Our Teens led an outstanding tribute to Carole Robertson, which featured Teens from other chapters reciting the biographies of Carole Robertson and 21 other African American teens, such as Trayvon Martin, who have lost their lives to senseless violence. The Teens encouraged everyone to say these victims’ names aloud and use the #SayTheirNames in social media.

President: VaCora Rainey Vice-President: Yvonne Gaither Program Director: Alene Devereaux Recording Secretary: Ailsa Burnett Corresponding Secretary: Shirley Miller Treasurer: Anna Long Financial Secretary: Darlene Smith Editor: Yvonne Ferguson Chaplain: Carolette Melbourne Historian: Tonya Lawrence Foundation Chair: Carolette Melbourne Parliamentarian: Cassandra Johnson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Melanie Jones Associate Chair: Carol Wilkerson Father’s Auxiliary: Zol Rainey

President: Nia Williams Vice-President: Chandler Smith Secretary: Kayla Coleman Treasurer: Sinclaire Jones Chaplain: Pillipe Desamours Sergeant-at-Arms: Michael Lawrence

In September 1981, the groundwork was initiated for a Prince William County Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Ten mothers attended a meeting at the home of Dr. Frances K. Wood. In March 1982, these mothers became an official interest group under the encouragement and guidance of the Alexandria – Mt. Vernon Chapter. After reaching provisional status, the chapter was installed on September 8, 1984 with 28 members. Twenty years later, due to the extensive growth in the Prince William County area, and the desire to promote the excellent ideals of our national organization, our chapter voted to extend our boundaries and split the chapter. The Prince William County Chapter sponsored the Manassas-Woodbridge Chapter in 2004. During the 2014 – 2015 program year, our chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary with the “30 Acts of Service” initiative where the chapter participated in over 30 community service activities. This initiative earned the chapter 1st place for Outstanding Chapter Programming at the 2015 Biennial Eastern Regional Conference. On March 15, 2015, National President Tammy King installed the 11 charter members of our Associates Group. In 2016, President VaCora Rainey was appointed to serve as Eastern Region Protocol Chair, a first for the chapter.

chapter programming The Prince William County Chapter started the program year focusing on our National Theme, “The Power to Make a Difference!” In August, our Associate Group provided encouragement to our chapter during our Mother’s Work Day Retreat. In September, the chapter kicked off the programming

In October and November, our younger groups focused on STEAM, financial literacy, and also visited the U.S. Capitol building. Our Tween group learned how to write, record, and produce songs and also visited Howard University’s WHUR-FM radio station. Our Teens learned how to code at Microsoft and also toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In December our families attended an inspirational performance of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity. During the second half of our program year we will continue to exhibit the “Power to Make a Difference” with our 2nd annual Kids, Cops, and Community Event. The event fosters positive relationships between the kids/families in our community and police through educational activities. Our 2nd annual Party with a Purpose fundraiser, as well as our annual Black Family Day celebration, will support local disadvantaged children. For Teen Conference, our Teens are writing an anti-bullying book for distribution to the local Boys and Girls Clubs. Finally, a highlight of our program year will be our younger groups experiencing the National Museum of African American History and Culture during its inaugural year.

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President: Carmelia Taylor Vice-President: Yvette Watkins Program Director: Greer Hansen-Velasquez Recording Secretary: Alexandra McGlashan Corresponding Secretary: Lisa Clark Treasurer: Debbie Paul Ferdinand Financial Secretary: Deborah Johnson-Ingram Editor: Simone-Marie Meeks Chaplain: Carla Hunter-Ramsey Historian: Simone-Marie Meeks Foundation Chair: Sammanth Kaufman Jones Parliamentarian: Lisa Burnett-Leacock Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tracey Chavis Associate Chair: D’Nicole Marion-Henderson & Carlene Jean-Hobson Father’s Auxiliary: Marcos Lindley

President: Brittany Robinson Vice-President: Jewell Chavis Secretary: Asia Leandre; Recording Sec’y: Dillon Ferdinand Treasurer: Sanaia Folami Parliamentarian: Nia-Aiyana Meeks Chaplain: Eric Hills Sergeant-at-Arms: Jewel Chavis

chapter members Pamela Bluford, Selwena Brewster, Jonelle Buddo, Lisa Burnett-Leacock, Monica Castellan, Tracey Chavis, Michelle Cheney-Donaldson, Lisa Clark, Worokya Duncan, Iva English, Akilah Folami, Karrien Francis, Afiya Gamble-Timmons, Stacie NC Grant, Greer Hansen-Velasquez, Naomi Hills, Carla Hunter Ramsey, Cherrie Illidge-McKenna, Deborah Johnson-Ingram, Sammantha KaufmanJones, Daphne Kelly, Cindi-Lou Killikelly, Pamela King, Christela Leandre, Vanessa Lindley, Alexandra McGlashan, Simone-Marie Meeks, Tara Murray, Rhonda O’Reilly Bovell, Debbie Paul Ferdinand, Cara Phillips, Kristin Vaughan, Nichelle Robinson, Imelba Rodriguez, Felicia Staton-Olivas, Carmelia Taylor, Alyson Thompson Hughes, Yvette Watkins, Danielle Williams, Yvette Williamson

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The Queens Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was chartered in 1952 under the guidance of Emile Pickens, and today its 40 Mothers continue her legacy by providing constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational and social programming that engenders confidence, understanding and African-American leadership.

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The Queens Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was chartered in 1952 under the guidance of Emile Pickens, and today its 40 Mothers continue her legacy by providing constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational and social programming that engenders confidence, understanding and African-American leadership. This year, the Queens Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. renewed our collaboration with St. John University’s Liberty Partnership Program (LPP). Together, we taught an 10-week oratorical class/program. Lead by certified professionals in the Queens chapter, mothers and fathers, the program culminated in high school students from disadvantaged schools winning monetary prizes after giving professionally-presented speeches. Additionally, we’ve focused on childhood literacy: Most recently, we constructed bookcases and created a Book Nook at our Jamaica YMCA. Books were purchased and donated to provide a safe, quiet resource room for children to read and study. This year, our children participated in a newly minted oratorical program created in our chapter. A panel of professionals judged our children, as mothers got a chance to sit and observe our children blossoming.

address the emotional, social needs of African-American children in our community. Parents and members of local sororities and fraternities will also be present. There will be a plenary session and breakout rooms- Youth, Teens, Parents/Community Leaders. The day will end with all groups providing suggestions for future action. Panelists will include individuals from the Law Enforcement community, Psychologists, legislators, principals, and community activists. Our chapter continues to honor the memory of Carole Robertson and her important legacy. Additionally, we’ve continued our commitment to raising funds for the American Cancer Society by participating in the annual ACS Breast Cancer Walk, Ronald McDonald House and the March of Dimes. Voter Registration Drives, taking our children to the polls, and discussing the importance of demanding equal voting rights have been our focus. We encourage our children to support local charities, as well as the National Loose Change initiative. Their Jack and Jill experience from 2 to 19 years old instills the importance of philanthropy and leadership.

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I participated in an Elections and Civic Duty activity. These 1st and 2nd graders learned the meaning of the presidency in context of the then upcoming election. They participated in a political campaign and voting activity. The Senior Teens completed 10 modules during their annual overnight Lock-In, including a presentation on Entrepreneurship and Financial responsibility, the Risk and Rewards of Safe Teen Driving, The Benefits of Discipline through Healthy Choices, the importance of Listening and Communication. They made a human chain and discussed the importance of strength in unity. They bonded throughout the evening during a movie with food and fellowship.

President: Karen Turner McWilliams Vice-President: Cynthia Walters Program Director: Nichole Miller (PreK-6), Kellye Clarke (7-12) Recording Secretary: Janelle Brevard Corresponding Secretary: Vernice Gibson-Jones Treasurer: Dawn Whitmore Financial Secretary: Lisa Desamours Editor: Carly Mannava Chaplain: Tana McNeil-Taylor Historian: Angela Caggins Trammel Foundation Chair: Vickie Walton-James Parliamentarian: Cherita Lewis Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Sherry Haywood, Paula Heard, Nkeisha Smith Associate Chair: Dina Durham Paltoo, Angela Caggins Trammel Father’s Auxiliary: Walter Clarke, O’Kelly E. McWilliams, III

President: Kyle Heard Vice-President: Nia Dumas 2nd Vice-President: Kameron Clarke Recording Secretary: Isaac Feldman Corresponding Secretary: Sydnee Haywood Treasurer: O’Kelly E. McWilliams, IV Parliamentarian: Maya Haywood Chaplain: Marcus Cherry Sergeant-at-Arms: Adrian Paltoo

in 1974. In 1973, Ms. Antoinette Humphries formed a club to address the social and cultural needs of their children. In that same year the group became known as “Today’s Reston Youth”, Ms. Humphries and her club members were granted a “provisional status” in Jack and Jill of America, Inc. At the 21st National Convention in Los Angeles, California in 1974, “Today’s Reston Youth” was officially accepted into formal chapter status, and became the Reston, VA Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. In September of 1974, thirty five chapter members were installed by the Tenth National President, Pearl A. WatsonBoschulte, M.D. Our commitment remains as intense as that of our founders. The Reston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is “where children become respectful, responsible and resourceful leaders of tomorrow.”

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The Reston Chapter is focused on continuing to implement the national theme “The Power to Make A Difference” and has incorporated this ambient theme into this year’s programming, through community service, cultural heritage and awareness and leadership development with every Jack and Jill hand from the tiniest of tots to our Senior Teens. We kicked off the 2016-2017 club year with Jack and Jill Family Day Picnic on September 11th and Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station Virginia. Reston Senior Teens led a Trivia game that included questions about Carol Robertson. This game was a great reminder of her legacy and memory to our ourganization. Following the game there was a moment of silence to acknowledge and celebrate the life of our very own Carol Robertson and her three friends: Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins and Cynthia Wesley.

For over twenty years, the Reston Chapter has held a bi-enniel Cotillion-Beautillion to benefit the National Jack & Jill Foundation and to fund the college scholarships that the Reston Chapter awards each May. On November 26, 2016 the Reston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.held its Seventeenth Cotillion and Twelfth Beautillion. The theme for the Cotillion-Beautillion for 2016 was Defining Our Destiny. The event showcased 11 Debutantes and 9 Beaus. The Cotillion-Beautillion began with an interest meeting in March of 2016, and provided eight months of activities to foster learning, sharing, growing, and self-awareness as the participants prepared to transition into adulthood. This long standing tradition is a celebration of their formal “debut” to family, friends and the community with the culminating event held as a formal presentation ball.

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President: Robin V. Scott Vice-President: Rhondalynn Richards Program Director: Sharon Legette-Sobers Recording Secretary: Erika Augustine Corresponding Secretary: Nolica Murray-Fields Treasurer: Michelle Bryant Financial Secretary: Belinda Redden Editor: Shaquana P. Divers Historian: Shaquana P. Divers Foundation Chair: Sharon Legette-Sobers Parliamentarian: Kim DeLardge Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Michelle Bryant Associate Chair: Rhondalynn Richards

President: Jennifer Johnson Vice-President: Kamillah Sobers Secretary: Angel Bryant Treasurer: Ethan Brown Parliamentarian: Logan Brown

chapter members Erika Augustine, Shanai Lee-Akinniyi, Kearstin Brown, Michelle Bryant, Raquel Cofield, Maya Crane, Kimberly DeLardge, Shaquana Divers, Kenessa Edwards, Janelle Jacque, Cheryl Johnson, Gina Lopez, Nolica Murray, Rhondalynn Richards, Belinda Redden, Robin V. Scott, Sharon Legette-Sobers, Stella King-Turner, Jamesine Williams, Rachel Yankey. chapter history

The Rochester, NY Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was founded in 1962. However, the idea of the organization was generated a year before by mothers in the area who had come from communities with active Jack and Jill clubs. In July 1961, Mrs. Marie Jacobs, Mrs. Claire Hurst, Margarette Whitaker and Mrs. Ermine Byas met at the home of the latter and decided to ascertain the procedures and requirements for setting up a chapter of Jack and Jill in Rochester. In November 1961 a club was formed and interim officers were elected. On December 8, 1962, National Vice President Jacqueline Robinson came to Rochester and installed the chapter. There were twenty-seven mothers in the Charter Group. The mothers in the charter group were Ravinia Banks, Janelle Beale, Julia Brandon, Ermine Byas, Gwendolyn Coleman, Anna Banks Crawford, Dorothy Dobson, Doris Gerst, Marilyn Griffin, Claire Hurst, Doris Ingram, Marguerite Jacobs, Katherine Logan, Ruth Madison, Cora McDonald, Janet McElrath, Norma Morrison, Dorsey Nunley, Lydia Peyton, Pauline Price, Rae Richardson, Rouvella Richardson, Thelma Robinson, Katherine Simmons, Esther Stott, Carolyn Taylor and Margarette Whitaker.

chapter programming The Rochester, NY Chapter of Jack and Jill kicked off the year through fellowship at our annual Juneteenth Black Family Day BBQ that was held on June 17, 2016 at Fellows Road Park. Our annual Jack and Jill Day honoring the memory of Carol Robertson was our second chapter wide activity held in September. Black Family Day was also a time for us to put in action our power to make a difference by launching our local food and book drives. Our chapter has been active in community service and fundraising activities that support the March of Dimes, CDF Freedom School and American Cancer Society. Over the holidays, we organized a winter clothing drive, packed thanksgiving baskets for the homeless and visited a senior home. Our teens have completed their leadership modules and our younger children are thriving. Our chapter will be going to see the movie Hidden Figures which we have turned into a STEM activity. Our membership committee has planned a variety of fun activities (including a holiday cookie exchange) to foster greater bonds among our chapter. Lastly, we are excited to host the 2017 Eastern Region meeting in Orlando FL next July and will spend the second part of our program year preparing for our hostess duties.

“Give light and people will find the way.”

– Ella Baker

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President: Leslie Solan Vice-President: Mary Lynn Nicholas Brewster Program Director: Nicole Moorer Recording Secretary: Deana Nelson Corresponding Secretary: Ann Marie LeBraun Treasurer: Gwendolyn Parris Financial Secretary: Helen Hostin Editor: Nathalie Riobe-Taylor Chaplain: Loren Singleton Historian: Nycole Smith Minniefield Foundation Chair: Pamela Verette Parliamentarian: Taren Mitchell-Fleming Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Icilima Fergus Rowe Associate Chair: Elizabeth Johnson Father’s Auxiliary: Joe Solan

President: Arianne Rowe Vice-President: Loren Armstrong Secretary: Brianna Parris Treasurer: Justin Armstrong Parliamentarian: Julien Straughter Chaplain: Christian Cephus Sergeant-at-Arms: Kayla Singleton

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The Rockland Orange Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. had its beginnings in Philadelphia PA when the soon-to-be founding Chapter President Jean Wiles first met the soon-to-be National President Nellie Thornton. Jean shared with Nellie her concerns of having her oldest son be the only black child in his entire fourth grade class, and one of three in the entire school. Nellie Thornton encouraged her to form a chapter of Jack and Jill in Rockland County, which would provide a positive support group for minority youth. With the support of the Westchester Chapter, and their chapter liaison Parthenia Brown Rockland became a provisional chapter. Twenty-four women with the desire to make things better for their children had become the two hundredth chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Our initial installation occurred on October 20th 1990. In attendance were Nellie Thornton - National President, Sanderal Brown - Eastern Regional Director, and a host of family and friends. Our first chapter officers were President- Jean Wiles, Vice PresidentJudith Johnson, Corresponding Secretary- Shirley Mascoll, Treasurer- Alexandreena Dixon, Program Director- Elaine Toney, Journalist/Historian- Valerie Mathews, and Parliamentarian-Erline Everette. The other chartered members were - Claudette Clarke, Olga Davis. Sharon Davis, Eleanor Delfyett, Claudette Engram, Clover Hall, Thelma Henderson, Claudette Jamieson, Helen Johnson, Patricia Mallett, Juanita Mitchell, Frances Osei, Mary Jane Paulding. Winsome Downie-Rainford, Adlett Squires. Faye B. Wilson, and Debra Walker. Other mothers who have served as president of our chapter include Adlett Squires 1994-1997, Elona Collins 1998-2000, Claudette Clarke 2000-2004, Stephanie Miller 2004-2008, Christine Esanasson 2008-2010, Holly Zuber Banks 2010-2012, Icilma Fergus Rowe 2012- 2014, Michele Laird- Williams 2014-September 2015, Leslie Solan October 2015- Present.

we serve. For Jack and Jill Day we joined forces with the Falling Angels Sickle Cell Foundation and focused on educating our children and communities on this disease that primarily affects the African American community. Chapter mothers and children of all age groups volunteered by helping raise awareness and money during this annual walk. Through our chapter efforts Falling Angels Sickle Cell Foundation had their most successful walk to date. Continuing our Chapter’s focus on Health and Wellness, we participated in Walk Now for Autism Speaks and helped raise funds for this important cause. Next we proudly, revealed The Jack and Jill Reading Corners at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center located in Spring Valley, NY. The two reading corners were established with a $3,000 grant awarded by Jack and Jill Foundation. The shelves are filled with age appropriate, cultural and STEM related books to stimulate the love of reading in children grades K -3rd. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by community partners, elected officials, and received media coverage by The Journal News. Two wonderfully creative murals were painted by two local artist one of whom is J&J Dad Zeke Fleming , both artist shared their inspiration for the murals. To top off the day the ROC’s, 9 year old Gabrielle Esannason, read from her published work to a captivated audience. This holiday season was truly one for the history books. Our holiday season started with a bus trip to Washington, DC and a tour of the White House! Our visit during the last days of President Barack Hussein Obama’s leadership is a memory we will always cherish. Next we toured the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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and Politics discussion afforded our children of different ages to expand their knowledge of the political and electoral process. Our teens kicked off their program year in having an open discussion on “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”. The teens will continue to expand their leadership skills via a series of interactive leadership segments that include financial literacy, civic involvement and community outreach. Steam continues to be a core focus engaging in science activities, art appreciation workshops and technology infused activities. Public speaking continues to be at the forefront for our chapter activities as well. The chapter is excited about our upcoming Founders Day that will feature an Oratorical Showcase themed “Unapologetically Black”. To date, the teens have participated in a VFW Charity Walk and in September our younger group exerted their energy at a trampoline park and learned how to prepare and track healthy food choices. In recognition of Jack & Jill’s commitment to HBCUs, our teens will tour Morgan State University in the Spring. Continuing with our desire and focus to serve our communities, our chapter will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by participating in several service projects. SJ Chapter will partake in the Delaware Valley Cluster Service Project, donating scarfs and hats as well as providing food donations to the KROC Center located in Camden, NJ. Our chapter is committed to providing a myriad of ongoing avenues of service projects for our kids to step into throughout the program year. South Jersey Jack and Jill continues to make a positive difference in our respective communities and in the lives of others.

President: Michelle Shockley Vice-President: Tanya Jackson Program Director: Felicia Collins Recording Secretary: Suzan Nickelson Corresponding Secretary: Donica Venable Treasurer: Brenda Dailey-Holmes Financial Secretary: Yvette Lincoln Editor: M. Jackie Lopez-Perry Chaplain: Natasha Henry-Tookes Historian: Paulette Crawford Foundation Chair: Stephanie Saint-Cyr Parliamentarian: Marsha Debow Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Melica Blige, Tamala Jamieson-Harley, Kimberly Deal, Kelly Graham Father’s Auxiliary: Emory Brown

President: Dominic Patterson Vice-President: Jewel Phillips Secretary: Cameron Kee Treasurer: Miles Bush Parliamentarian: Kailey Carroll Chaplain: Chase Tinsley Sergeant-at-Arms: Darius Collins

The South Jersey Chapter proudly enters into its 64th year thankful to Mrs. Vivian Brown and 19 other mothers who founded this chapter in 1954. These remarkable and progressive thinking women had a vision to form a chapter dedicated to nurturing young African American leaders in the South Jersey Community. We currently have a thriving chapter boasting a membership of 55 mothers committed to our children, chapter and community.

chapter programming The South Jersey Chapter kicked off

its 64th program year on F.I.R.E! A Girl on F.I.R.E is a member that represents the following; (Financially Responsible; Intimately Involved; Responsible and Responsive and Engaged. Our meeting was educational, entertaining and empowering which featured a workshop on “The Love Languages of Children.” Activities and initiatives were laid out supporting our National Programming thrusts. The mothers showcased their creativity by decorating a denim shirt in “bling” to coincide with the retreats theme-Denim and Diamonds. Jack & Jill Day was commemorated at a local skating center with a planned tribute to Carole Robertson. This program year, we will continue to focus on delivering meaningful programming and community service projects. This past election cycle inspired didactic programming allowing our children to become engaged in the political process on many levels. A Voter Registration drive in Camden, New Jersey and a Post-Election Pizza

“Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.”

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Each of the SoMD Chapter age groups have phenomenal events planned; Our Teens have served the community through Adopt-ARoad clean ups, visited the National Museum of African American History and participated in the American Youth Legislative Day in Annapolis, MD. The Teens will also hold an Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to support Jack and Jill Foundation as well as a local community organization.

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The Middle school group plans to visit the National Building Museum to experience a day in the life of an Engineer, take a trip to the slopes for the annual Ski Trip, take a trip to Howard University for a tour of the college, and a Murder Mystery lunch to learn dining etiquette while having the fun of investigating “who done it”.

President: Dr. Kimberly McClain Vice-President: Shaquisha Bishop Program Director: Jacqueline Gray Recording Secretary: Joi Jackson Corresponding Secretary: Shanita Goree Treasurer: La-Toya Lawton Financial Secretary: Karleshia Dorsey Editor: Nicole Cooksey Chaplain: Dawn Tucker Historian: Jill Monegain Foundation Chair: Rane Franklin Parliamentarian: Deirdre Pender Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Wilma Bommer and Cynthia Pryor Associate Chair: Leslie Jackson-Jenkins Father’s Auxiliary: Jammal Dorsey and Christopher Pryor

President: Colby Bommer Vice-President: Cole Pryor Secretary: Aaron Monegain Treasurer: Evan Franklin Parliamentarian: McKenzie Eller Editor: Hayli Tucker

The Southern Maryland Chapter was established in 2006 with the quest of one mother, Delecia “Dee” Reed Eller and 25 chartering members. Currently the Southern Chapter has 36 active mothers “Preparing the Whole Child: Spiritually, Mentally, Culturally and Physically for Limitless Possibilities in the 21st Century and Beyond.” The Southern Maryland (SoMD) Chapter is excited for our 2016-2017 Programming Year with a lineup of fantastic events planned by our wonderful mothers. We opened our year with our “Living for the Legacy” - Carole Robertson Day event in fellowship and supporting two Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) attending the AT&T National Football Classic Game, Hampton University vs. Howard University. In October, our chapter held our successful 4th Annual “Taste of Southern Maryland Wine Tour” fundraiser to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland and Jack and Jill Foundation. January 2017 the chapter began the New Year with a private viewing of the blockbuster hit “Hidden Figures”. The chapter will celebrate Black History Month learning about the African Diaspora. Chapter members will receive DNA results from AfricanAncestry.com, all age groups will complete family trees, and we will utilize the Eastern Regional Racial Identity Kit Racial Literacy Quiz and Family traditions to enhance the event. In April we will hold our annual “Heart and Sole 5k” race/walk to raise funds for the local non-profit Forever Free Books.

Our 3rd-5th grade group will visit Big Country’s Horse Ranch for an afternoon of horseback riding as well as learning how to care for a horse, join teams to play in a black history game show to learn important facts about our culture, visit the Imagination Stage Theater to view “The Freshest Snow White”, and attend the 4th annual Spring Fling to learn how to start a vegetable garden and other fun activities. While our 2 year old-2nd grade group will visit the Bowles Farm to learn about food sustainability, channel their inner Picasso during a private painting party, and give back to the local Southern Maryland community by collecting and organizing toiletries to donate to a local shelter. The Southern Maryland Chapter program books have received superior ratings for the past 3 years and we look forward to continuing to highlight our “small but mighty” excellence in the Eastern Region.

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a number of on-going and special programs every year. In May 2004, our Fathers’ Auxiliary sponsored a popular Career Summit at the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford. In 2005, the Chapter embraced the Waterside School, an alternative independent school for underprivileged children, and ran an extremely successful book drive and Black History Month program for its students.

President: Kimberly Tapscott Vice-President: Carmen Hughes Program Director: Nia Rhodes Jackson Corresponding Secretary: Adrienne Chambers Jones Treasurer: Antonia Thompson Financial Secretary: Malaika Myers Editor: Viveca M. Woods Chaplain: Kina Gilmore Foundation Chair: Jennifer Kaalund Parliamentarian: Cassandra Burns McDonald Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Rev. Cheryl Miller/Rose Moye Jackson/ Joy Marshall

President: Aaron Miller Vice-President: Cassius Johnson Secretary: Tiara Starks Treasurer: Omar Fortt Teen Financial Secretary: Corey Johnson Corresponding Secretary: Logan Phillip Woods Community Service/Foundation Chair: Jenna Hyman

Jill began as a “twinkle in the eye” of a small group of concerned mothers who met to talk, bond and share ideas about motherhood. The group was bound by the common interest of supporting the unique needs of their African-American children. Fortunately, they heard about a little-known organization called Jack and Jill of America. Jack and Jill only had only 55 chapters throughout the country but the mothers were excited by the possibilities and forged ahead to learn more. By the fall of 1953, the group was proudly installed as the Fairfield County Chapter. The fledgling group immersed itself in the goals and aims of the Jack and Jill organization. They attentively built and nurtured the chapter which soon thrived. They were dedicated to giving back to the community that they shared and supported several important initiatives, like C.O.R E., the NAACP and the Norwalk Community College. Events like their annual “Polka Dot Tea” and Luncheon Fashion Shows became highly anticipated social events in the community that earned generous proceeds which were then used to support their causes. As the Chapter grew, so did their programs and their successes. In 1961, a new History Workshop was initiated in which many fathers were involved. During that same program year—1962, one of the fathers, Jackie Robinson, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Soon the Chapter swelled in numbers until a Bridgeport Chapter was established for the members in the northern sector of Fairfield County. The original Chapter was renamed the Stamford Chapter and later, in 1963 became the Stamford/Norwalk Chapter. The Stamford/Norwalk Chapter continues to be as vital and active today as it was in its successful past. Local community outreach programs in the new millennium have included program initiatives with the Stamford Theater for the Arts, support of the Stamford Hospital Health Systems teen programs, volunteering food service at New Covenant House, and contributing to clothing drives and meal services at St. Luke’s Life Works.

May of 2006 was a historical year for our chapter as we embarked on our first Bi-Annual Cotillion. Our chapter initiated a year long program involving our entire teen group the “Lords and Ladies”. The Cotillion involved social service, college preparation and an, introduction to a business internship program for juniors (the LEAD program). Additionally, the Cotillion program included a networking rap session between former graduates of the Stamford Norwalk chapter and our juniors and seniors (our Debs and Beaus). The Cotillion program reached out to the community by incorporating our chapter wide service program and provided $10,000 (2/3 proceeds from the ball) to the Waterside School, as well as providing funding to the Jack & Jill Foundation. Our College workshop and LEAD workshop was open to the public and targeted youths from the Yerwood Center, Reach Program, Carver Center, local area Boys and Girls Clubs to name just a few of the community programs we included in our out reach. Our entire chapter supported this event with ticket purchases, selling and buying of Journal Ads and working on committees. The “Ball” had 260 attendees and grossed nearly $46,000. In May 2008 we will continue this tradition as we seek to raise the bar not only financially, but also with the rewards this experience will give to our children. In February of 2007, The Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Connecticut was the recipient of a quilt entitled ‘Our African-American Village’. The quilt was designed and created by our chapter.

In November 2003, the Chapter celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a black tie gala. The event marked an important milestone in its history and raised substantial monies for the Southern Regional Sickle Cell Association and the Jack & Jill Foundation of America. Presently, the Stamford/Norwalk Chapter enjoys the fellowship of 64 families. The Chapter, is extremely strong and maintains 131


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and Dads participated in their Annual Thanksgiving Community Meal, continuing to assist the Boys and Girls Club of Bellport with their clothing, health and cultural needs. We embrace the motto, “to whom much is given, much is expected.” Additional Chapter community outreach includes our participation in the Tanger Fit for a Cure Cancer Walk, where we were awarded the honor of being the largest group in attendance, the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk and clothing donations to those in need in Haiti.

President: Khadijah Starling Vice-President: Kathryn Simmons Program Director: Juanita McKinney Recording Secretary: Andrea Bryan Corresponding Secretary: Rafika Soaries Treasurer: Lisa Hutchinson Financial Secretary: Deborah Mercer Miller Editor: Retha Fernandez Chaplain: Pia Alexander-Harris Historian: Heather Palmore Foundation Chair: Lynn O’Connor Parliamentarian: Lisa Evans-Chapman Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Lisa Evans-Chapman Associate Chair: Wendy Lattibeaudiere Father’s Auxiliary: Kendall Richards

President: Lauren Tucker Vice-President: Justin McKinney Corresponding Secretary: Danielle Harris Recording Secretary: Isabella Griffith Treasurer: Brianna Hutchinson Editor: Kiara Starling Parliamentarian: Sadat Gresham Chaplain: Miles Palmore-Middleton Sergeant-at-Arms: Cameron Chapman Foundation Chair: John Cummings Co-Legislative Chairs: Chanel Hudson, Amanda Belgrave

in 1962. There were sixteen founding mothers: Constance Alloway, Olive Baugh, Sarah Berhannan, Gloria Bowser, Esther Hayes, Gladys Hayman, Marie Hendy, Julia Higgs, Marie Hobbs, Alestine Owens, Vivian Powell, Delphine Primm, Blanche Robins, Gloria Smith, Kathleen Taylor and Helen Washington. Our chapter membership consists of 56 families, with 46 children and 41 teens who share in the belief that, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”

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and Jill of America, Inc. is proud of our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of America, Inc. of Bellport, New York. Always cognizant of our responsibility to our community and our strong desire to follow the program thrusts of Jack and Jill of America, Inc, we selected this organization as the primary focus of our community service activities because of its commitment to the enhancement of children. The Boys and Girls Club of Bellport, NY focuses on six core program areas: 1) Personal and Educational Development, 2) Citizenship and Leadership Development, 3) Cultural Enrichment, 4) Health and Physical Education, 5) Social Recreation, 6) Outdoor and Environmental Education. The Community Service Committee helped to organize the participation of our members with the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area on Sept 16th in honor of Carole Robertson Day. It also coincided with the national “Day of the Child” for the Boys & Girls Club. We provided them with school supplies to address their goal of educational development which included marble notebooks, pens, pencils and crayons. We were one of several groups that came out to support the work done by this children’s organization in our county. Two-hundred and fifty Halloween Candy bags with juice, snacks and candy were put together and donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Bellport to address their social recreation goal. The idea was to assist the organization in promoting a safe space and alternative for celebrating the festive day especially for those children that did not have an appropriate environment for trick or treating. On Nov. 22, 2016, Suffolk County Mothers, Teens, Kids

The Chapter has made positive strides by being on the cutting edge of a good number of the political and social paradigms on Long Island. As many of the Suffolk County members are members of other organizations, Chapter families have enjoyed the privilege of being involved in a wide array of programs that have benefited the children of the Chapter, as well as the teens and adult members. As we embark upon the 2016¬2017 program year, under the leadership of our 20th President, Khadijah Starling, who also currently serves as a member of the Eastern Region Nominating Committee, we acknowledge our power to make a difference in the lives of our precious Jacks and Jills, and the lives of children within our community. Our goals continue to include cultural, educational, civic and political objectives. As a Chapter, we are looking forward to traveling together to visit the newly opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. in February 18th, 2017. The Chapter is also looking towards promoting technological and financial goals for our children. Programs involving computers, college preparation, S.T.E.A.M careers, and workshops on stocks and bonds are at the top of the agenda. As we step into this program year, we celebrate our 54th year of service to both our children and the community at large.

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zoo, picked out pumpkins and enjoyed some refreshments. The teens attended the 100 Black Men of Syracuse college preparatory workshop.

President: Miranda Askew-Brown Vice-President: Selina Lazarus Program Director: Hasoni Pratts Recording Secretary: Sheila Johnson-Willis Corresponding Secretary: Lillique Angel Ford Treasurer: Dana Zanders Financial Secretary: Camille Ferrell-Knighton Editor: Gloria Matthews Kilpatrick Chaplain: Cincereru Read Historian: Gloria Mathews Kilpatrick Legislative Chair: Hasoni Pratts Parliamentarian: Selina Lazarus Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Yolanda Mitchell Father’s Auxiliary: Ted Emmanuel

President: Malachi Emmanuel Vice-President: Jaden Mitchell Recording Secretary: Aliyah Kilpatrick Corresponding Secretary: Mychal Emmanuel Treasurer: Jared Mitchell Parliamentarian: Amina Kilpatrick Chaplain: Kelton Porter Foundation Chair: Nakai Brown Historian: Elijah Harper

The Syracuse Chapter was established in 1982 with the following mothers serving as our first officers: Ethel S. Robinson - President, Jo McCall - Vice-President, Minnie Jenkins - Recording Secretary, Betty Goodwine - Corresponding Secretary, Eva Harp - Financial Secretary, Geneva Williams - Treasurer, Barbara Kearse - Parliamentarian, Rachel Clark - Historian and Lee Watkins - Chaplain. The founders of our chapter met the need for an organization of African American mothers, who shared concerns about the pressing problems and lack of activities for our children in the cultural, social, civic, educational and recreational areas.

chapter programming The Syracuse Chapter began the programming year 2016-2017 with the Mother’s Opening Meeting held at the Doubletree Hotel. This meeting gave mothers an opportunity to finalize plans for stellar programs for our age groups, with a concentration on “feeding the body and mind” programming thrust. We celebrated Jack and Jill Day in remembrance of Carole Robertson at Southwick Beach Park. Families gathered for fun and fellowship in the sun at the beach where children made sand castles and rode the waves. We closed the day out with a candle light ceremony remembering the sacrifice that Carole Robertson and many others made for our freedoms. Also in September, mothers volunteered in local voter registration drives in preparation for the November presidential election. Five members attended the Northern Cluster, and were inspired by the information presented and in particular National Vice President Danielle Brown’s address.

November activities had a legislative and service focus. Three of the age groups visited the political headquarters for participants in local races. The chapter also participated in Tops Supermarkets’ Food for Families initiative to eradicate hunger by providing brown bags of hope for the holidays. December’s Feeding of the Mind was evident in our annual holiday party. Our own Marielle Emanuel read from and signed copies of The Super Chronicles: Powers to Make a Difference books, a Jack and Jill publication where her story is published. Nineteen books were donated to local school libraries. Also at the holiday party, children provided musical entertainment, families participated in a Kwanzaa celebration and feast, as well as enjoying the appearance of Santa. Many pictures were taken with families and Santa to capture our annual Holiday and Kwanzaa celebration with families. On a snowy winter day, January 7th, 2017 we welcomed NVP Danielle Brown who graciously spoke on the effectiveness of Jack and Jill today as we celebrated 35 years in the Syracuse Community with a Founders Day Brunch. NVP Brown brought the inspiration to engage our mothers, children, fathers and Jack and Jill Alumni. Jack and Jill members from Rochester and Albany chapters joined us for the occasion. The Syracuse Chapter will continue to empower children and families to foster the power to make a difference.

In October the chapter supported and participated in a community Trunk and Treat, held at a local church parking lot. It provided a safe environment for children to trick or treat from decorated-car trunk to decorated-car trunk. In addition to donations, mothers and children dressed in costume and handed out candy. “If You Can Imagine It, You Can Achieve It, If You Can Dream It, You Can Become It” was the theme for the 6-9 year olds vision board’s workshop. The goal to express the vision they have for their lives through pictures images and words, was achieved. The 10-12 year olds had an outing at Critz farms where they worked together as a team to find their way through the corn maze, explored the petting 134


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for its Programming Handbook and the Humanitarian Award in recognition of contributions to the Jack and Jill Foundation. The chapter’s outgoing President, Gina Adams, received the Distinguished Mother Award.

President: Debbi L. Jarvis Vice-President: Lori Soto Program Director: Trian Johnson Corresponding Secretary: Regina Davis Moss Recording Secretary: Erika Martin Treasurer: Melane Conyers-Ausbrooks Financial Secretary: Faida Fuller Editor/Historian: Tanya Tyler Foundation Chair: Tisha Hyter Parliamentarian: Leila Batties Associate Chair: Helen Saulny Father’s Auxiliary: Andrew Moss

President: Kambria Jeffery Vice-President: Ace Stallings Corresponding Secretary: Grace Marion Recording Secretary: Lauren Harris Treasurer: Deuce Ausbrooks Financial Secretary: Hill Gobourne Foundation Chair: Cameron Gadson

Chapter became the third Jack and Jill Club (as it was known at the time) following Philadelphia and New York. The first chapter members were: Lillian Bailey Huffman, Anne Burwell, Frances Dean, Doris Gregory, Angela Hayes, Olive Lindsay, Elinor McGuire, Frances Payne, Ethylbert Payne, Lillian B. Perry, Altona Robinson, Melba Syphax, Hortense Walton, Burma Whitted, Ruth Whitted, and Thelma Riggs. The founding mothers wanted to give their children the opportunity to forge friendships, to learn through cultural activities, and more importantly, to grow and develop together into good citizens through civic and service projects. The chapter’s 162 mothers, 48 Associates, and more than 240 children help carry on the legacy.

chapter programming The Washington D.C. Chapter began the 2016-2017 program year with a newly-elected executive committee led by Debbi L. Jarvis, President, and Lori Soto, Vice President. The chapter’s list of Jack and Jill awards and recognition also grew when the chapter won First Place for Outstanding Community Service for the Eastern Region and Second Place in Foundation Giving for the Eastern Region. In addition, the chapter received the National Superior Programming award

Outstanding community service is the hallmark of the D.C. Chapter, and every year it strives to both increase its visibility in the area through good works and to increase the number of those served. The D.C. chapter, under the leadership of the Senior Teens, collected and delivered over 2000 canned goods to help Project Giveback in its efforts to provide a Thanksgiving meal to over 2,000 families in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition, the chapter rose to Project Giveback’s Champion Spirit Sponsor level (the highest level possible) for the chapter contribution of $10,000 to the organization. In February, the chapter held its annual JUMOKE event. JUMOKE is a Yoruba term meaning “one who loves the child” and for 27 years this celebration has been an integral component of chapter programming. In April, the chapter held its Family Fitness Day, which has become another hallmark chapter event and has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and other local officials.

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to incorporate the National Theme into our activities, as well as, enjoy bonding outdoors. The teens took part in fun activities and even a ropes course. Next, the senior teens were motivated to collaborate productively and problem-solve in the Escape the Room event. We thoroughly enjoyed working together to accomplish and achieve which is a main component of the Jack and Jill mission. Focusing on the importance of being politically active and educated, our next meeting was an opportunity to hear from political experts. All of the teens committed to registering at least one new voter. We also assembled into multiple peer groups led by our Senior (12th) teens. Peer groups is an idea developed by one of our very own teens in which mutual mentoring, guiding, and discussions takes place. This new program addition allows for leadership opportunities, integration of freshmen, and facilitates a stronger sense of community. Lastly, the senior teens hosted our annual Westchester Teen dance at the Coliseum in White Plains. Socializing and fundraising was a great way to spend the night after Thanksgiving!

President: Nicole Finigan Ndzibah Vice-President: Nadine Barnett-Cosby 2nd Vice-President: Sheretta Walthall Program Director: Jasmine Bellamy Recording Secretary: Davina Burnett Corresponding Secretary: Vernex Harding Treasurer: Phillipa Wilson Financial Secretary: Pamela Njapa-Minyard Editor: Aimee Shay Chaplain: Angelique Francis Historian: Paige Sharps Foundation Chair: Donna Brown Parliamentarian: Seana Watts Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Jerrice Epps & Michelle Ifill-Jenkins Associate Chair: Sheretta Walthall Father’s Auxiliary: Andrew Cosby, Kwame Ndizbah

President: Julian Epps Vice-President: Jasmine Jenkins Recording Secretary: Lauryn Silver Corresponding Secretary: Maleika Stewart Treasurer: Brea Watkins Parliamentarian: Gregory Cosby Chaplain: Sidney Bentil Sergeant-at-Arms: DJ Williams

the 63rd Chapter at the National Convention held in Durham, NC in June 1954. On September 25, 1954 the first meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Viola Waters. Vera Randolph presided over the meeting as the first President. The charter members were: Jesse Adams, Leticia Brown, Lois Bailor, Lois Black, Mae Carey, Johnnye English, Sarah Grey, Helen Mason, Vera Randolph (President), Mae Robinson, Mabel Smith, and Viola Waters. We boast many members who have supported the organization on the Regional and National level, most notably National President Nellie Thornton, who served 2 terms (1990 and 1992). Throughout the years, the chapter has grown to over 100 mothers and more than 200 children. Our families support our chapter’s mission to enhance and strenghten the experiences of our members, teens and children through fellowship in Jack and Jill of America, Inc. We also remain committeed to serving families in need in our community.

chapter programming The senior teens of the Westchester Chapter have been very active this fall! With over 62 Sr teens strong we kicked off the year with bowling to celebrate Carole Robertson’s Day. Though the gutters may have had more action than the pins, snacks were enjoyed and fun was had by all. Soon after was the senior teen retreat at Greenkill Retreat Center. There, we were able to accomplish many required modules, discuss ways

Westchester Chapter is having a busy programming year for all of our age groups with a focus on the National Theme of “The Power To Make A Difference” . We have 5 age groups: Group 1 (2-5), Group 2(6-8), Group 3 (9-11), Group 4/Junior Teens (12-14) and Group 5/Senior Teens (14 and up).

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received their acceptance as a Provisional Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. Upon that fruitful occasion, the mothers swiftly began to engage in the process to establish a new Chapter. They submitted and voted on a name for the group and went from being the Frederick Provisional group to the Western Maryland Cultural Alliance of Moms (WMCAM). They received a warm welcome from all of the Chapters in the Eastern Region. With the help of the National Vice-President Tammy King, Regional Director Joi Grady and their sponsoring chapter President, Angela Walker of the Baltimore Chapter, they held elections, organized monthly business meetings and planned exciting activities and events.

President: Dr. Stephanie Brown Vice-President: Dr. Sharnine Herbert-Amoah Program Director: Zolinka McCauley Treasurer: Niya Yeboah Recording Secretary: Toya Newman-Piermarini Corresponding Secretary: Sherrell Cottrell Financial Secretary: Seslie Daniels Editor: Protean Gibril Parliamentarian: Sophia Ewing Lead Teen Advisor: Yokechia Kenyatta

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Jack and Jill of America, Western Maryland Chapter celebrates our second anniversary on November 16, 2016!!! On October 13, 2012, the Western Maryland Cultural Alliance of Moms (WMCAM) was born! This is when the WMCAM originated, during a Montgomery County Interest breakfast where it was suggested that a Chapter in Western Maryland be created. Stephanie Brown, who grew up around family members and friends who had been a part of Jack and Jill of America Inc., knew that when she had children she wanted them to be a part of this illustrious organization. But, because she lived outside of Montgomery County, it was suggested that she consider starting a Frederick County Chapter. The idea sparked her interest but given her already busy schedule she did not begin to pursue it until the Montgomery County Chapter Vice-President and membership chair, Allora Goode Cyrus, encouraged her and supported her through the process. Frederick County was, and still is, a fast growing area that has attracted many African-American families. However, because it is so spread out and somewhat rural, it was difficult for families to find role models for their children, children that shared each other’s identity, cultural and demographic affiliation, and had a sense of community belonging. In this community, some of these children had even expressed a desire to look more like their friends and not like themselves. That is not a formula for success! Each child needs a sense of belonging, to be given the opportunity to challenge their creative and intellectual capacities, and to participate in activities that enrich their daily development and well-being. Renee Thomas-Spencer, a native of Frederick, knew many mothers with children who were seeking to stimulate social and cultural relationships among their children and joined Stephanie in her efforts. Together they reached out to their friends, and friends of friends, and received an overwhelming response, not just from mothers in Frederick but in other parts of Western Maryland such as Boonsboro and Hagerstown where there is even less of a critical mass of like-minded families. It became very apparent that this organization was needed for the families in more isolated parts of Western Maryland in addition to Frederick County. In December 2013, after that initial meeting, they submitted their application with a total of 28 mothers on their roster, and

President: Ja’ren Kenyatta Vice-President: Leah Esemuede Treasurer: Reagan Ewing Recording Secretary: Morgan Hyman Corresponding Secretary: Mark McCauley Editor: Jarred Kenyatta Parliamentarian: Kayla Smith Sergeant-at-Arms: Troy Hilliard Community Service Chair: Appointed Lauryn Daniels

The WMCAM Executive Board was established, and consisted of Stephanie Brown, Sharnine Herbert-Amoah, Protean Gibril, Tina Chaney, Erica Gordon Hyman, Yokechia Kenyatta, and Niya Yeboah. We had 15 Charter Members. This group of dedicated Moms worked enthusiastically to keep the group on track for Chapter installation by drafting the Chapter’s Bylaws, developing budgets and guidelines, planning and documenting the Chapter’s activities, and doing what was needed for the group to thrive. On November 16, 2014, thanks to Vice President Sharnine Herbert-Amoah leading the event planning, an amazingly beautiful ceremony was held at the historic Ceresville Mansion in Fredrick, MD, the group culminated its year by becoming an official Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Just a few months later, Stephanie Brown, now serving as President, was selected as the Distinguished Mother of the Year of the Western Maryland Chapter! It takes vision, commitment, and most of all passion, to recognize that the contributions we make, however small or large they may be, ultimately make a significant difference in the lives of our children and young adults. We are forever grateful to former National President Tammy King, former National Vice President Joli Cooper-Nelson, former RD Joi Grady and Madame President Angela Walker from the Baltimore Chapter who shepherded us through this process. We are excited about the awesome programming activities for our children and look forward to even greater involvement in Regional and National conferences. Our children are engaged, enthusiastic, challenged, and participate in fantastic events and activities, including meet-and-greet socials, sporting events, nature outings, beauty pageants, and honor societies.

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President: Alesia Days Vice-President: Yolanda Johnson Program Director: Jamina Scippio-McFadden Recording Secretary: Rhonda Stowell Lewis Corresponding Secretary: Eleanor Williams Treasurer: Michele Alston Financial Secretary: Sheree Denson Editor: Donna Chaires-Smith Chaplain: Renay Hill Historian: Lisa Green Foundation Chair: Pamela Westmoreland Parliamentarian: Patricia Polite Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Michelle Barnett, Renay Hill, Terry Powe Father’s Auxiliary: Eddie Lee

President: Wesley Days, Jr. Vice-President: Michael Denson, Jr. Recording Secretary: Nina Barnett Corresponding Secretary: Sydney Maxey Treasurer: Brooke Days Chaplain: Alanna Alston Sergeant-at-Arms: Noah Barnett

chapter members Sharie Adams, Michele Alston, Michelle Barnett, Donna Chaires-Smith, Alesia Days, Sheree Denson, Lisa Green, Renay Hill, Yolanda Johnson, Candace Jones, Carla Lee, Jacquelyn Lee-Washington, Rhonda Stowell Lewis, Julie Maxey, Patricia Polite, Terry Powe, Sharon Robinson, Jamina Scippio-McFadden, Kelly Watkins, Pamela Westmoreland and Eleanor P. Williams chapter history

The Western Massachusetts Chapter was established on November 19, 2016. The organizing mothers were Alesia Days, Yolanda Johnson and Jamina Scippio-McFadden. There were 21 charter members. Our mission statement is “ Moms on Mission: Committed to Our Children’s Success”.

chapter programming The Western Massachusetts Chapter started the programming year as a Provisional Chapter of working mothers, children, teens and fathers. They participated in a Book Drive and distributed the collection at the Stone Soul Festival in recognition of Jack and Jill Day. There was a movie night with the Jacks and Jills to see Disney’s “Queen of Katwe.” Election Day 2016 was a day of civic engagement as children and teens

accompanied their voting parents and provided care packages for poll workers. The Holiday season included Lunch with Santa, Christmas Caroling, a visit to a historic home featuring AfricanAmerican holiday figurines, a regional Kwanzaa Celebration, and the annual Holiday Family Gathering. In March, 2017, five Jills and three chaperones enjoyed their first ER Teen Conference in Boston, MA following a whirlwind of preparation by our chapter’s teens to create the t-shirt design, banner, and table display as well as completing the required modules. Our ERTC attendees were recognized with academic and community service awards. We also had several families attend the Children’s Cluster in Columbia, MD. We continue to seek ways to expand our local, regional, and national Jack and Jill presence!

“We can say “Peace on Earth.” We can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside us, then it will not be.”

– Betty Shabazz

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dr. carl m. cousins | baltimore, md Dr. Carl M. Cousins, 84 of Philadelphia, was a pioneer African American veterinarian. He was the first African American veterinarian to operate a private practice and animal hospital in Pennsylvania. In the 1970’s, Governor Milton Shapp appointed Dr. Cousins to the Pennsylvania Board of Veterinarian Medicine, where he served 12 years, and 2 years as chairman. He served as the first African American, on the Pennsylvania Veterinarian Board of Examiners as well as on the national level. He was an active member of many veterinary organizations, Rotary Club, life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, The Guardsmen, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Boulé), and trustee for 38 years and member for 52 years of Zion Baptist Church of Ardmore, PA. Dr. Carl M. Cousins was the husband of Jack and Jill Life Associate Member, Dr. Althea Cousins, of the Chester County Chapter in Pennsylvania, father of Dr. Karen Cousins, alumnus of the Chester County Chapter, grandfather of Christian and Chase Brown of the Baltimore Chapter and uncle to many other alumni and present members of Jack and Jill of America.

kenneth thompson | brooklyn, ny On October 9, 2016, Kenneth P. Thompson, devoted husband and father, departed from this world and joined our heavenly father. He was the loving husband of Lu-Shawn Thompson, Brooklyn Chapter Jack and Jill, mother to Kenny and Kennedy Thompson. Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Thompson attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice and obtained a law degree from New York University School of Law. Mr. Thompson was the first black district attorney of Brooklyn, and hailed as a voice for racial justice and equality. He was a true trailblazer, whose homegoing services were attended by local and national dignitaries including New York State governor, Andrew Cuomo, New York City mayor, Bill De Blasio, United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch (who delivered a personal letter from U.S. president Barack Obama), U.S. Congressional Representative Hakeem Jeffries, among others. Thompson committed his life to the pursuit of justice for all. As district attorney he led an unprecedented project to release wrongly convicted individuals resulting in the release of over two dozen innocent, mostly people of color; he pioneered initiatives to reduce the number of black and brown men arrested for relatively minor infractions that saddled these, mostly young people, with convictions that carried lifetime repercussions—initiatives that are now being replicated across the country. Thompson was committed to serving the community, in particular, the young people among us who are our future. Before he became a part of the Jack & Jill Brooklyn Chapter family Ken used his time and talent to engage our children and educate them about the political process through various events, including by participating as a panelist in the Brooklyn Chapter’s Teen Political Brunch, as well as supporting our Chapter’s Tea and Tee fundraiser (the proceeds of which went to the Jack & Jill Foundation and scholarships). Thompson’s legacy is deep and will endure infinitely. Thompson lived his life as a drum major for justice; he stood against the system while working within it to make it better. We must promote Thompson’s legacy by living it out as energetically and faithfully as he lived his life.

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EASTERN REGION Debutantes & Beaus

baltimore county, md james henderson, jr.

James Henderson, Jr. is the son of James and Nichole Henderson. He will be presented to society on May 20, 2017 by the Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The Calvert Hall College High School senior plans to major in Architectural Engineering. He has been accepted to three universities and awaits decisions from two others.

burke-fairfax, va mila anna lubeck

Mila Lubeck is the daughter of Navy CDR Eric and Dr. Andrea Lubeck. The St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School student plans to major in Geophysics at the University of Arizona.

columbia, md andrew sterrett day

Andrew Sterrett Day is the son of Michelle Sterrett and Robert Day. Andrew will be presented to society at the Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Columbia, Maryland Chapter’s 18th Biennial Beautillion on April 29, 2017 at BWI Airport Marriott.  The theme for the Beautillion is “Young Men of Excellence: Expecting, Believing, Achieving”

greater essex county, nj kyla dukes

Kyla Dukes is a senior at West Orange High School in West Orange, NJ she is the daughter of Marcia and Joseph Dukes. Kyla was a Debutant in the 2015 Links Emerald Green and Ivory Cotillion. Committed to public service Kyla has spent numerous hours volunteering and supporting community events at her former Elementary School Mount Pleasant. Kyla volunteered with the Kinder Smile foundation, this program provides free dental care to underprivileged children.

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loudoun county, va miles myron lipscomb

Miles Myron Lipscomb is the son of Michael and Brenda Baugh Lipscomb. Miles was presented to society at the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter Cotillion - Beautillion on November 28, 2015. He is currently in his Junior year at Potomac Falls High School and participates with the chapter’s teen group.

william jared vaughn

Beau William Jared Vaughn is the son of William H. and Clarine Simpson Vaughn. Jared was presented to society at the Loudoun County Cotillion-Beautillioon on November 28, 2015. The Heritage High School Junior is currently weighing is options for college where he will major in Marketing and desires to play football.

montgomery county, md ava camille campbell

Debutante Ava Camille Campbell, 17, was presented to society on April 2, 2016, at the Onyx and Pearls Presentation Ball, the culmination of the Montgomery County Maryland Jack and Jill Chapter’s 4th Biennial CotillionBeautillion Leadership Development program. As part of the seven-month program Ava, the daughter of Russell C. Campbell, Jr., and Paulette Walker Campbell, attended workshops, performed community service, and raised money for the Montgomery County Humane Society, Center for Adoption Support and Education, NAACP Montgomery County Maryland Chapter, and Jack and Jill Foundation.

hillary e’lan cyrus

Hillary, daughter of Kevin and Allora Cyrus was presented to society and crowned “Miss Pearl” second place award by the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. on April 2, 2016. Her escort was Marcus Hundley. A member of JJMCMC since the age of 3, Hillary now serves as president of the teen group. Hillary also received the Community Service award for having served over 475 hours to the community at large. She is an active member of Reid Temple AME North, and after college and graduate school, plans to pursue a career in fashion design.

laurielle mishelle johnson

Laurielle is the daughter of Laurece T. Laws and Lawrence M. Johnson. On April 2, 2016 she was presented to society at the Onyx and Pearls Cotillion-Beautillion Ball, sponsored by the JJoA, Inc., Montgomery County Maryland Chapter. She was awarded Runner-Up, crowned Miss Pearl and received the Leadership Award. She attends Paint Branch High School (CO 2018) where she is the Historian of the National Honor Society and a member of both the World Language and Science National Honor Societies. She is President of her Girl Scout Troop and member of the DC Chapter of Children’s International Summer

maraya josette maynor

Maraya Josette Maynor is the daughter of Stephanie and Godfrey Maynor, Jr. of Silver Spring, MD. The former teen president was presented to society at the Montgomery County MD Chapter of Jack and Jill’s Onxy and Pearls Cotillion-Beautillion, where she was crowned Miss Pearl and voted the Most Congenial Debutante on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Maraya is a National Honor Society Student and an Advanced Placement Scholar at Wheaton High School in the Biomedical Magnet.program. She has been accepted at Hampton University, and plans to matriculate in fall 2017 in pre-pharmacy.

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new castle county, de arryana jewel daniels

Debutante Arryana Daniels is the daughter of Dr. Vincent and Mrs. Melanie Daniels. Arryana was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Zeta Omega Chapter Debutante Ball on April 7, 2017. The Padua Academy student plans to major in Biology-PreMedical at a Division I Soccer college.

northern virginia, va rachel michelle simone black

Rachel Black is the oldest daughter of Colonels Michael and Simona Black and is a senior, honors student, and athlete at South County High, Lorton, Virginia. She was presented to society at the Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Reston Chapter, Cotillion/Beautillion, November 26, 2017. She has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Northern Virginia Chapter for 8 years and is serving her second term as teen president. She has been a member of Girl Scout Troop 2269 for ten years and president for 2 years. Rachel desires to major in marine biology at Hampton University.

zoe eliza joyner

Zoë Eliza Joyner is the daughter of Charles and Samantha Joyner. She is a junior at McLean High School where she is a member of the book club, PAWS Therapy Dog Club, and the cross-country and track teams. She is also a member of Armonia, a competitive all-girls choir, and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Zoë attends Alfred Street Baptist Church and participates in the Gospel Inspirers and the Senior Teens Youth Group. She is in Girl Scouts and is currently working on her gold award. Zoë is an avid volunteer and plans to attend college after graduating high school.

pittsburgh, pa curtis aiken jr.

Mr. Curtis Aiken Jr. is the son of Adrianne and Curtis Aiken Sr. Curtis is a junior at North Allegheny HS where he works diligently to maintain a 3.6 GPA. He is ranked in the top 100 nationally for the class of 2018 and has several Division I basketball offers. Curtis Jr. aspires to attend a four-year university.     

michael bridges

Michael Clyde Bridges is the son of Mr. Reginald and Mrs. Simquita Bridges. Michael was presented to society at the Pittsburgh Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. 2016 Presentation Ball on December 30th. The Quaker Valley High School student plans to major in Music Production with a minor in Marketing at a Historically Black College or University.

kendall milton thomas

Kendall Milton Thomas is the son of Mrs. Lara Washington Spruill and Mr. Brandy Thomas. Kendall was presented to society at the Jack and Jill 2016 Presentation Ball on December 30th in Pittsburgh. A junior at Shady Side Academy, Kendall plans to attend a four year university in 2018 to pursue his interests in economics, business and political science.

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kennedy alexis wilson

Kennedy Alexis Wilson is the lovely and talented daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Howard LaMar and Mr. Eric Wilson was presented to society at the Pittsburgh Chapter Jack and Jill Presentation Ball on December 30, 2016. Kennedy, a junior at Shady Side Academy, participates in an array of extra-curricularactivities all while maintaining her status as an honor student. Kennedy plans to attend a Big 10 School where she will follow a pre-med track and then matriculate to a medical school for Anesthesiology.

prince george’s county, md kailyn aloni shaw geter

Kailyn Aloni Shaw Geter, daughter of Melanie Shaw Geter and Kirk Geter is a senior at St. Johns’ College High School in Washington, D.C. Kailyn was presented as a debutante at the Tea Rose Cotillion, Xi Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. on April 15, 2017. Kailyn was escorted by Jason Carroll, the son of Dawne Carroll, also a member of Jack and Jill. Kailyn has been an active member of her chapter for 13 years. She is a USFS Synchronized Ice Skating Gold Medalist, National Honor Society Member and President’s Volunteer Award recipient.

lauryn helena langster

Ms. Lauryn Helena Langster, daughter of Travis Langster and Andrea Hewlett-Langster, is a senior at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. Lauryn was presented as a debutante at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Zeta Omega Chapter, Tea Rose Cotillion on April 15, 2017. Lauryn was escorted by Mr. Mitchell Cade Jackson, son of Darryl and Francena Jackson. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 9 years, serving as Chapter Vice-President and Community Service Co-Chair.

prince william county, va christion rizzuto banks

Beau Christion Rizzuto Banks is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew and Mishta Brooks Sr. Beau Christion was presented to society at Loudon County Virginia Chapter’s Beautillion/Cotillion on November 28, 2015. The Battlefield High School student plans to Major in Computer and Cognitive Science. He has not yet decided which college he will attend in the fall.

south jersey, nj dahoyo afi coleman

Dahyo Afi Coleman is the daughter of Douglas and Nikki Coleman. Dahyo was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Theta Pi Omega 14th Annual Cotillion on April 9, 2016. She attends Cherry Hill High School East in Cherry Hill, NJ. She has been in the South Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill for 9 years and is the current Eastern Region Teen Nominating Chair. Dahyo plans to attend college where she will pursue her passion for filmmaking.

darius nai’m collins

Darius Nai’m Collins is the son of Dwayne and Felicia Collins. Darius was presented to society at The Biennial Miss Pink and Green Fantasy Debutante Ball under Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Pi Omega Chapter on April 9, 2016. Darius led the escorts onto the dance floor with style and finesse. The St. Joseph High School student plans to major in Computer Programming at either Shaw University or Lincoln University of Pa. while pursuing his first love of football.

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kayla rhue slider

Debutante Kayla Rhue Slider is the daughter of Mr. Rodney Slider and Mrs. Elka Battle-Murillo. Kayla was presented to society at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Jabberwock Scholarship Gala on November 13, 2016, in which she won the crown as Miss Jabberwock. The JW Hallahan Catholic Girls High School honors student plans to pursue a career in Chemistry, with a concentration in Forensics science.

chase tinsley

Dr. Shelley Tinsley and Brian Tinsley. Chase will be presented to society at the Burlington- Camden, NJ Kappa Alpha Psi Beautillion on April 15,2017. This Cherry Hill High School student plans to major in pharmacy at Hampton University.

suffolk county, ny miles palmore-middleton

Miles Palmore-Middleton is the son of Daniel Middleton and Heather Palmore of Amityville, New York. Miles was presented at the Jack and Jill Cotillion, sponsored by Stamford-Norwalk Chapter. Miles will attend Wake Forest University and major in Business and Enterprise Management.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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EASTERN REGION Seniors

alexandria-mt. vernon, va jeffrey lawrence lewis

Jeffrey Lawrence Lewis, son of Patricia Davison-Lewis. Esq. and Larry L. Lewis, is a graduating Senior at Saint Stephen’s and Saint Agnes High School in Alexandria VA. He attained Dean’s List distinction, played on the Varsity Football and Varsity Lacrosse teams and has been involved in many community service activities. He plans to major in business in college.

cameron alexander lucas

Cameron Alexander Lucas is a proud member and the 2016-17 Teen President of the Alexandria-Mt. Vernon Chapter. The youngest of three sons of Sonja M. Lucas, Cameron attends the South County High School (‘17) in Lorton, VA, where he is a member of the championship football team as well as member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and award winning student of DECA. In addition to community service with his Jack and Jill Chapter, Cameron regularly volunteers with ECHO and Top Teens of America. Cameron plans to pursue a degree in Global Marketing and play collegiate football.

gabrielle nicole stevenson

Gabrielle Stevenson is a senior at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland and is the cherished daughter of Craig L. and Donna J. Stevenson. Gabrielle has been a member of the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter for 13 years. Gabrielle is a servant leader. She is the current Eastern Region Teen Chaplain and Senior Class Vice President. Gabrielle also serves over 300 homeless persons each holiday season through her foundation, Gabby’s Help Homeless, by distributing sandwiches, blankets, and notes of encouragement. Gabby will major in Education and attend High Point University.

arundel bay area, md taylor alexander anderson

Taylor Alexander Anderson is a Senior at Charles Herbert Flowers High School, Springdale, Maryland in the Science and Technology program. She is the daughter of Todd A. and Lesley J. Anderson and sister of Logan Anderson. Taylor has been a member of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter for 14 years where she currently serves as the Teen President. She has been a member of the Flowers Varsity Golf Team all through high school. Taylor is excited to attend college where she can pursue a study of Computer Science with a Cyber Security focus.

joelle everett

Joelle Everett is a senior in the engineering program at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland and is the daughter of Drs. Dwayne and Nina Everett. She has been a member of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter for ten years and has held several appointed positions. Joelle is in the National Honor Society and the Onyx Club. She is a Seton Ambassador, Senior Class Secretary and Captain of the Seton Dance Team. Joelle has been accepted to and is choosing between Temple University, North Carolina A&T and Howard University Schools of Engineering where she will study Industrial Engineering.

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maya bernice long

Maya Long is a senior at Arundel HS in Gambrills. She is the daughter of Charles and Cathy Long. Maya proudly ends her 16-year J&J tenure as the Eastern Region Teen President. She also served as Regional Chaplain, Chair of two Regional committees, Chapter Corresponding Secretary and Chapter Treasurer. Maya is a member of her HS mentoring program, Student Government, field hockey, lacrosse and manages the basketball team. She started her own bedtime reading program called “Good Night, Sleep Tight.� Maya hopes to attend an HBCU, majoring in Political Science in preparation for law school.

jordan troutman

Jordan Troutman is a senior at Arundel High School in Gambrills, Maryland and is the son of Clement and Jacqueline Troutman. He has been a member of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter for ten years. He is the president of his graduating class as well as an active member of the following: Key Club, Interact Club, Student Government, National English Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society. He also serves as a student mentor for underclassmen and has been a peer tutor. Jordan plans to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

kori b. whiteside

Kori B. Whiteside is a senior at Meade High School in Fort Meade, Maryland and is the daughter of Karen Blythe Whiteside and Robert C Whiteside, III. She has been a member of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter for 10 years and currently serves as the Teen Vice President. She is an International Baccalaureate (IB) student and has consistently made the Honor Roll. Kori is a member of the varsity soccer and varsity lacrosse teams, the National Spanish Honor Society and the Key Club. Kori plans to complete a 5-year program to earn her Masters in Pediatric Physical Therapy.

atlantic city, nj brandon marques upshaw crosby

Brandon Marques Upshaw Crosby is a senior at Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Mays Landing, New Jersey and is the son of William and Karen Crosby. He has been a member of the Atlantic City Chapter for twelve (12) years. He has held the position of Financial Secretary and Foundation Chair. He is a member of the HUTCH travel basketball team and has served as a member of several school committees. Brandon will attend Rutgers University-New Brunswick where he plans to major in electrical engineering.

bradford fauntleroy

Bradford Fauntleroy is a Senior at Egg Harbor Township High School in Egg Harbor Township, NJ and is the son of Richard and Dianna Fauntleroy. He has been a member of the Atlantic City, NJ Chapter for 15 years. He is the Treasurer of the Senior Class Council, member of the Honor Society and is pursuing his Eagle Rank with the Boys Scouts. He is the current Vice-President of the Teen Group having served in several prior elected positions and as Chair of a number of Committees. Bradford will be attending Cornell University College of Engineering in the Fall and will be majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

matthew justin-thomas stephens

Matthew Justin-Thomas Stephens is a senior at Egg Harbor Township High School in EHT, N.J. and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Stephens. He has been a member of the Atlantic City, N.J. chapter for the past 6 years. He has participated in various community service activities that include cooking and entertaining families affected by cancer, bowling in Special Olympics with adults living with disabilities and coaching children in the sport of bowling. Matthew was recently awarded the Dexter All American High School Bowler. He will attend Webber International University in Florida and major in Accounting.

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zack arrington thomas

Zack is a senior at Middle Township High School in Cape May Court House, NJ and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Eric and Stephanie Thomas. He’s been a member of the Atlantic City Chapter for 13 years. Zack was elected Freshman, Sophomore and Senior Class Vice President. He’s a National Honor Society, Key Club, and Red Cross Club member; Varsity Soccer and Basketball Captain; was crowned Homecoming King; and served as an American Legion Jersey Boys State Delegate. Zack’s also a Society of Torch and Laurel Scholar. Zack will attend Howard University, majoring in Biology. Upon earning a doctorate in dentistry, Zack plans to join his father’s practice.

ruby marie washington

Ruby Washington is a senior at Middle Township High School in Cape May Court House, NJ and is the daughter of William and Barbara Washington. She has been a member of the Atlantic City Chapter for 12 years, currently Teen President and has served as Teen VP. Ruby was JJAC 2016 & 2017 Distinguished Teen and received 1st Place ERTC Academic Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She participates in Girl Scouts pursuing her Gold Award, Key Club, Interact Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, Symphonic Band and has 2 Varsity Girls Tennis Letters. Ruby will attend The University of Pennsylvania majoring in bioengineering.

baltimore, md josiah kenneth bedford

Josiah Kenneth Bedford is a senior at The Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore and is the son of Craig and Kim Lee Bedford. He has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter for seven years. Josiah participates on his school’s F.I.R.S.T. robotics team, serving as lead programmer and co-captain. He plays varsity volleyball, is a trombonist in the Jazz Ensemble, and is a member of the National Honor Society. He also enjoys playing in the Peabody Preparatory Youth Orchestra. In the fall, Josiah plans to major in Engineering at the college of his choice.

lindsey cecelia callaway

Lindsey is a senior at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD and the daughter of Marian Callaway. She has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter for 14 years. She is actively involved in school activities, including musical productions as an actor, technician and director; member of the varsity field hockey team for 4 years; editor of the 2016/17 year book; peer educator for lower school students; and tour guide for prospective families. A budding artist, one of Lindsey’s pieces was displayed at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Lindsey has not yet decided which college she will attend.

jailyn nicole clark

Jailyn Clark is a senior at The Park School of Baltimore in Brooklandville, Maryland and is the daughter of Jineki Butler Clark, Esq. and Rev. Jason Clark. She has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter for 9 years. She has participated in many community service activities and is a volunteer at the local soup kitchen Our Daily Bread. She has decided to attend Spelman College where she will major in English and Mathematics, with the goal of becoming an attorney.

eryn ruth frazier

Eryn Frazier is a senior at Garrison Forest School (GFS) in Owings Mills, Maryland, and is the daughter of Eugene and Natalie Frazier. She has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter for 10 years. Eryn plays field hockey and is the Varsity Captain for the GFS team and Co-Captain for the TNT Club team. She is head of the Ragged Robins, an acapella singing group at GFS. She is also a member of the Student Diversity Leadership Club, Black Awareness Club and the Latin Club. She is on the indoor track team and has participated in school musicals.

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camille s. king

Camille S. King is a senior at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland and is the daughter of Marty and Tracy King. She has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill for 15 years. Camille has volunteered her time to serve meals to the homeless, harvested vegetables that were grown for soup kitchens and tutored English to elementary school children. Her hobbies include softball and track. She plans to major in Biology in college and to attend medical school.

christa maria loving

Christa Loving is a senior at Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Baltimore MD. She is the daughter of Christopher and Carla Loving. Christa has been a member of Jack and Jill for ten years, joining the Tampa Chapter in 2007 and transferring to the Baltimore Chapter in 2012. She is the 2016-2017 Teen President. Christa enjoys spending summers at Cornell University as a junior camp counselor. She is a Red Cross Certified life guard and teaches swim lessons to young children. Christa plans to study animal Science at Tuskegee University.

haley elizabeth tanner reitz

Haley Reitz is a senior at The Bryn Mawr School for Girls in Baltimore Maryland, and is the daughter of Yvonne and Ernest Reitz. Haley has been a member of the Baltimore chapter for 16 years. Haley works as a summer counselor for the Center of Talented Youth, and volunteers in a recreation center. Haley will attend Johns Hopkins University, where she will play lacrosse and study economics.

baltimore county, md robinson burrell iii

Robinson Burrell III “Trey” is an honor student at Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. Trey, the son of Mr. Robinson Burrell Jr. and Dr. Terri Massie-Burrell, has been a member of Baltimore County Chapter for 15 years. He is Teen President and previously held positions as Vice President, Recording Secretary and served on the Regional Editorial Committee during Teen Conference. He is a Captain of his Robotics Team, member of Chorus and Varsity Golf. He will major in engineering, followed by law school. Trey received early acceptance to Villanova; colleges showing interest include Cornell and UVA.

charles davis

Charles Davis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles & Dawn Davis and a senior at Kenwood High School. As a member of Jack & Jill for 4 years he is commonly referred to as CJ. Charles enjoys life and takes an active role in preserving the earth and marine life. His athleticism is boundless and his compassion for others is limitless. Charles has received numerous Scholar Athlete Awards and awarded as a County All Star for football. Charles has not decided what college he will attend but plans to study Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Marine Biology.

lindsey dias bulls

Lindsey Bulls is a senior at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland and is the daughter of Raymond Bulls and Dawn Dias-Bulls. She is an honor roll student and three sport varsity athlete participating in lacrosse and outdoor/indoor soccer. Lindsey spent part of her junior year attending Johns Hopkins University as part of the Women in Science and Engineering program. She plans on majoring in math and science in college. Lindsey has been a member of the Baltimore County Chapter for 9 years.

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logan dias bulls

Logan Bulls is a senior at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland and is the daughter of Raymond Bulls and Dawn Dias-Bulls. She is an honor roll student and three sport varsity athlete participating in lacrosse, field hockey, and indoor track. Logan is a peer mentor, tour guide, and heads the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club. She plans on majoring in law and will play lacrosse in college. Logan has been a member of the Baltimore County Chapter for 9 years.

james henderson, jr.

James Henderson, Jr. is senior Calvert Hall College High School. He is the son of James and Nichole Henderson. He has been a member of the Baltimore County Chapter for 2 years. James is a member of the track and field team, the Maryland Mathematics League and the Graphic Design & Technology Club. He has also participated in a variety of STEM-related activities and recently completed a pre-college architecture program at the University of Michigan. He has been accepted to three universities and awaits decisions from two others. James plans to major in Architectural Engineering.

jaden christopher thornton

Jaden Christopher Thornton is a senior and the Class of 2017 Vice President at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, MD. He is the son of Chrissy M. Thornton. Jaden has been a member of the Baltimore County, MD Chapter since 2013 and serves as Eastern Regional Teen Legislative Chair. Jaden has a heart for volunteerism, working with children, and has been recognized for leadership, community service, and both his oratorical and musical abilities. While he has not yet chosen his University, he aspires to major in Legal Studies and to pursue his dream of becoming a Criminal Defense Attorney.

bergen-passaic, nj frank brown iii

Frank Brown III is a senior at Saint Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, NJ and is the son of Erika and Frank Brown, Jr. He has been a member of the Bergen-Passaic Chapter for 12 years and he currently serves as Corresponding Secretary. Frank plays the piano and is the CEO of BV by Bodega an on-line retailer of customized streetwear. He plans to attend college where he will major in Graphic Arts and Design.

cameron freeman

Cameron Freeman, a Senior at Wayne Hills High School Wayne, NJ is the son of Steven and Dayna Freeman. He’s been a member of the Bergen-Passaic Chapter for 12 wonderful years. Cameron has served as Vice President, Sergeant of Arms, and Chaplain of his Chapter. He played Lacrosse for Wayne Hills for 3 years. Cameron’s true passion is entrepreneurship; He’s operated a landscaping business for the past 5 years with multiple clients in the community supporting him. Cameron will attend Morris County College, majoring in Landscape Design and Management transferring on to receive a 4 year degree in the future.

connor laurent

Connor Laurent is a senior at Mahwah High School in Mahwah, New Jersey, and is the son of Kathy and Ron Laurent. He has been a member of the Bergen/Passaic Chapter of Jack and Jill for 15 years and is currently Senior Teen President. Connor has played sports throughout high school, as a member of the Varsity Basketball, Football and Track teams. He plans to study Business in college.

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devan laurent

Devan Laurent is a senior at Mahwah High School (Mahwah, New Jersey), and is the son of Kathy and Ron Laurent. She has been a member of the Bergen/Passaic Chapter for 15 years. Devan has been a competitive dancer since she was 6, and is currently Captain of her dance team. She is an honor student who served as Vice President of her class for two years, a member of the Principal’s Advisory Committee and a Peer Leader. Devan plans to study Nursing in college with the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

justin laurent

Justin Laurent is a senior at Mahwah High School in Mahwah, New Jersey, and is the son of Kathy and Ron Laurent. He has been a member of the Bergen/Passaic Chapter of Jack and Jill for 15 years and is currently Parliamentarian. Justin is a member of the Varsity Basketball, Football and Track teams. He plans to study Business in college.

alston b. pough

Alston B. Pough is a senior at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, one of the nation’s top accredited athletic high schools in the country. He is the son of Benjamin & Denise Pough and has been a member of the Bergen-Passaic Chapter for 7 years. Alston plays baseball as a pitcher only, and has done some community service, while also joining the Student Council. In perfecting his skills in baseball, he has made commitment to Tulane University, where he will major in Business/Marketing, while playing baseball for the university, with the intentions to one day play in the MLB.

ryan pruitt

Ryan Pruitt is a senior at Academies at Englewood, and the son of Henry and Tracey Pruitt. He has been a member of Bergen-Passaic Chapter for 18 years. He served as student council president in his school. He is an Eagle Scout. He attended NJ Boys State, and was elected to the State Assembly. Ryan co-founded an organization to offer SAT/ACT tutoring free to high school students and teaches electronics to elementary school students on Saturdays. He attended summer programs at Leigh, Stevens and Wharton, and is planning on going to college for Mechanical Engineering with a business minor.

christopher a. victor

Christopher A. Victor is a senior at Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood NJ and is the son of Olga Victor and Brian Victor. Chris has been a member of Jack & Jill since 2005. Chris will be attending Hamilton College in fall 2017, he will major in Psychology and minor in theater.

justin clarke wilcox

Justin Clarke Wilcox is a senior at St. Paul’s School (SPS) in Concord, New Hampshire. He is the son of Dr. Wendy Clarke Wilcox and Hon. Gary Wilcox. He has been a member of the Bergen-Passaic Chapter for 14 years. He has participated in Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi and Nicaragua. He founded the Leadership And Diversity Society at SPS and plays Varsity football and Lacrosse. He attended the LEAD program in business at UPenn and plans to attend Dartmouth College. Justin plans to major in economics to pursue a career in business. Justin loves airplanes and is getting his pilot’s license.

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boston, ma rachel y. cadet

Rachel Cadet is a senior at Andover High School in Andover, MA and is the daughter of Carlo and Tamara Cadet. She has been a member of the Boston Chapter for 16 years. Rachel is a competitive gymnast and competes for her club and high school team. She is a special Olympics gymnastics coach and has recently started her own non-profit organization supporting girls and women with bras, underwear and socks. She will be majoring in Business Administration with a minor in marketing at one of the colleges she has been accepted to with the goal of being happy and fulfilled.

hamilton coiscou

Hamilton Coiscou is a senior at The Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, MA and the son of Pamela Everhart and Karl Coiscou. He has been a member of the Boston Chapter for nine years. His community activities include Habitat for Humanity, the Pine Street Inn (a homeless shelter), the Ave Atque Vale Society, where he serves as a pallbearer at a service for homeless people and/or have no one to bury them, and a number of soup kitchens and food pantries. He has decided to attend Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where his major will be in economics.

mikaela elizabeth cox

Mikaela Cox graduated from St. Mark’s School in Southborough Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Dr. Kimberly Cox and Mr. Michael Cox. Mikaela has been a member of Jack & Jill for 12 years. She is on the advisory board of The Making Caring Common Project which provides ways to make the academic environment safer and more caring. Mikaela participated in high school sports and received the ISL all team award for softball. Mikaela plans on studying Anthropology and music production in college. In the future she has hopes of attending law school.

orlando brandon harris

Orlando Brandon Harris is a senior at Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton, MA and is the son of BishopElect Orlando Harris and Dr. Treniece Lewis Harris. Orlando has been a member of the Boston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 3 years and served as the Teen Treasurer in 2016-17. Orlando has been involved in community service preparing meals for homeless families and encouraging U.S. citizens to register for and exercise their right to vote. Orlando has decided to attend Hampton University where he will major in Accounting and plans to pursue a successful business career.

lauryn jacobs

Lauryn Jacobs is a senior at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is the daugher of Freddie and Nikki Jacobs. Lauryn has been a member of Jack and Jill for 15 years and is currently the Foundation Chair. Lauryn is a Senior Prefect at her high school, Captain of the Varsity Tennis Team, and volunteers at her tennis clubs “Volley Against Violence” Program. Lauryn received a scholarship to play tennis at Providence College and will major in Business Management with a minor in Russian.

savannah rene jones

Savannah Rene Jones is a senior at Bedford High School in Bedford, MA, and is the daughter of Claire and James A. Jones II. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for Seven years. Savanah has served as Editor and Teen Vice President. Savannah has participated in many clubs and is an engaged community member, severing as a School Ambassador and Peer Leader. She has also been a high achieving athlete who has played soccer and track. Savannah plans to major in Business choosing from Hampton University, Howard University, and the University of Massachusetts.

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zion nicole martin

Zion Nicole Martin is a senior at Milton High School in Milton, MA and is the daughter of Petrina Martin Cherry and Kevin Cherry. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for eight years and is the Recording Secretary of the Boston Chapter. She is a Varsity cheerleader, a lacrosse player and sings with her church praise team. Zion is a founding member of the Milton High School Pre-Med Club, a member of Best Buddies, Student Leaders, SADD, and Future Business Leaders of America. Zion will enter college in the fall and major in pre-med.

ashanna “shay” Mcqueenie

Ashanna (Shay) McQueenie is a senior at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, MA. She is the youngest daughter of Lisa Smith-McQueenie and Steadley McQueenie and has been a member of Jack and Jill’s Boston Chapter for 8 years. She currently serves as the teen president, previously parliamentarian, and chaired several committees. Shay enjoys a compliment of activities including poetry, dancing, singing, and reading. She has an intense passion for theater and performance. Her roles in Cabaret, The Crucible, and Hairspray have fueled her desire to pursue a profession in performing arts.

james kofi ofori

James Kofi Ofori, the son of Dr. Karen McAlmon and Kwame Ofori-Asante, is a senior at Lynnfield High School in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. He has been a member of the Boston Chapter for 11 years. James was Teen Foundation Chair and Sergeant-at-Arms. He has also been a Boy Scout, a 4-year member of the Cape Ann League Champion Lynnfield High School football team, a percussionist in the high school band, and the founder and participant in the Trash Drumming Group. He will attend college in New England majoring in Game Design. After college he plans to be a videogame designer.

briana richardson

Briana Richardson, daughter of Janine and Leighton Richardson, is a senior at Mount Alvernia High School in Newton, Massachusetts. She’s been a member of the Boston Chapter for 15 years. She is captain of the varsity swim and tennis teams and has been an honor student throughout high school. Briana balances demanding school work with varsity sports and extracurricular activities. Briana is passionate about the Activism Club she started at her school and being a member of the Episcopal Diocesan Youth Council of Massachusetts. She will attend college in the fall and major in political science.

franklin lucas schulert

Franklin Schulert is a senior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High in Cambridge, MA. He is the son of Joy Lucas and Andrew Schulert. He has been in the Boston Chapter for 16 years. The community service project he likes best is the annual chapter-wide MLK Day of Service Chop-a-Thon at the Pine Street Inn, a Boston homeless shelter. After graduating in January, Franklin will spend his gap year in Senegal with Global City Year, before going to college.

andrew wallace

Andrew Wallace is a senior at La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island and is the son of Dr.Eric Wallace and Mrs. Aprylle Wallace. He has been a member of the Boston Chapter for 6 years. He’s served as the Teen Chapter’s Legislative Chair and the chapter’s Treasurer. Andrew has decided to attend Bryant University where he will major in Business and play football for the Bull Dogs.

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bronx, ny jolaun hunter

Jolaun Hunter is a senior at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, New York and is the daughter of Ursula and Al Hunter. She has been a member of the Bronx, Jack and Jill Chapter for 10 years and has served as Teen President, Secretary and Treasurer. In her community she has volunteered at Part of the Solution (POTS), a local soup kitchen, helped organize backpack drives for the Edenwald Community Center in the Bronx and spent a summer tutoring second grade students. Jolaun plans to attend an HBCU where she will major in Journalism and/or African-American studies.

darius patrick isom

Darius Patrick Isom, a senior at Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx, NY, is the son of Patrick and Crystal Isom. He has been a member of the Bronx, NY Chapter for 8 years and currently serves as Teen Vice President. Darius is an athlete on his school’s Varsity basketball team and avidly reads comics. Besides completing the Christadora H.S. Leadership Development Course where he lived outdoors to develop his leadership skills, Darius performed various community service projects with children and Senior Citizens through the 2016 SummerGiving Program. He plans to study Communications in college.

sara nicole latta

Sara Nicole Latta is a senior at the Churchill School in the Chelsea section of New York City. She is the daughter of Charles T. Latta, Jr. and Theresa Land - Latta. She has been a member of the Bronx, NY Chapter for the last 13 years, and is currently the Teen President. In school, Sara is a member of the National Honor Society, a photographer for the yearbook staff, plays varsity volleyball, and runs on the school Track team. Sara will attend a college or university that will support her interests in photography/media arts with a minor in business.

brooklyn, ny lawrence everette aker, iv

Lawrence Everett Aker, IV is a senior at Xaverian High School and he is the firstborn son of Cynthia and Reverend Lawrence Aker, III. He has been a member of the Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill for fourteen years. He has served as Junior Teen Vice-President and is now the Historian. Lawrence is a teen leader at Cornerstone Baptist Church, where his father is the pastor. He leads on and off the court as the co-captain of the Xaverian varsity basketball team (2016-17 City Champions), while taking numerous honor courses. Lawrence plans study communications at Howard University.

lauren banks

My name is Lauren Banks and I have been in the Brooklyn Chapter in Jack and Jill for six years. My lovely parents are Michelle Defossett and Victor Banks, and I go to NYC LAB High School for Collaborative Studies in Manhattan. I have been awarded a Silver Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and I have a 90 percent average. I go to music school, do model UN, and am part of a sailing program. I am currently applying to college, and I would like to pursue a career in animation.

sierra ann boyd

Graduating from Benjamin Banneker high school was one of Sierra Ann Boyd’s goals. Next is to graduate from an HBCU. Sierra is the middle child of Ann Rollins Boyd and late Vondel Boyd, and sister to Saydona and Sequoyah. She has a B average and one of her favorite hobbies is singing with Salisbury’s School of Music. Sierra’s stories have appeared in her school newspaper. Sierra loves being in Jack & Jill and has been a member since 2009. She treasures her close friendships. She is currently Corresponding Secretary and has held the positions of Recording Secretary and Sergeant-at-Arms.

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kaitlyn a. hardy

Kaitlyn, daughter of Keith and Angela Hardy, attends Friends Academy and has been a member of the Brooklyn Chapter for 14 years. Her academic accomplishments include: National Society of HS Scholars, National Academy of Youth Leadership Award of Excellence, Friends Academy’s Student Ambassador, President of the Diversity Committee at Friends Academy. Community Service involvement includes: tutoring at the Boys and Girls Club and providing music and dance therapy for special needs children. She is a member of the 2016 Long Island Division 1 champion varsity tennis team, is a professional dancer, and plans to attend college in California.

christopher james

I am the son of Melissa and Marc James and have been a member of the Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill for 15years. I attend Poly Prep Country Day School, where I am the varsity basketball team captain, co-head the AIDS Awareness Club, play tennis and am involved in the Film and Special Olympics clubs. I also give prospective students tours. Outside of the classroom, I have done community service with StreetSquash, which supports children, families and schools in Harlem. I will be attending Emory University in the fall of 2017 and plan to study something related to math.

carlos mayers

Carlos Mayers is an Entrepreneur and Technologist. A senior at Xaverian H.S., he is President of the school app club and lead violinist in the orchestra. Carlos founded FRWD, an app that innovates the student academic experience, won both the 2016 World of Money Youth Business competition and the Congressional App Challenge. Carlos serves as J&J Brooklyn Sr. Teen President, and #teensmatter annual youth summit leader. Scout Carlos is Assistant Patrol leader for Troop 409 and was youth spokesperson for Colgate Palmolive “Bright Smiles Bright Futures”. Carlos received the 2015 National Council of Negro Women youth award.

chelsea sophia mina

Chelsea Sophia Mina is the amazingly talented daughter of Minister Tracey Mina and Mr. Pablo Mina. She has been an active member of the Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America since the age of two and has served as the chaplain for both Junior and Senior Teens. Chelsea will be graduating from the Berkeley Carroll School. Her passion for writing has prompted her to establish her own online magazine, Melanina. Chelsea serves on WNET’s Community Advisory Board as a Youth Advisor. She will be attending Howard University in the fall and will major in Mass Communication and Journalism.

christian wilson

Christian Wilson is a senior at NYC iSchool in New York City and is the son of Audrey Moore and Christopher Wilson. He has been a member of the Brooklyn Chapter for 11 years. During his tenure at Jack and Jill, Christian has been actively involved with the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk and the MercyFirst Holiday Gift Giving Party. Christian will attend college in the fall and will major in finance. He intends to pursue a career as a financial manager.

bucks county, pa alexandrea faith browne

Alexandrea F. Browne is a senior at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ, and is the daughter of Dr. and Mr. Reginald and Aliya Browne. She has been a member of the Bucks County Chapter of Jack and Jill for 6 years, after transferring from the Mercer County Chapter after 5 years. Her school activities include water polo, basketball and crew team. She is hoping to attend a university in California where she will study aeronautical engineering.

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myles j. browne

Myles J. Browne is a senior at The Pennington School in Pennington, NJ and is the son of Dr. and Mr. Reginald and Aliya F. Browne. He has been a member of the Biucks County Chapter for 6 years and has served as Teen Secretary and Treasurer. His school activities include president Gay Straight Alliance, student ambassador of United People of Many Colors, Litmah, Black Student Union, and the PENNTONIAN. He has decided to attend Hampton University and double major in Political Science and Spanish, after completing a gap year in Spain, and France..

evan-eric aaron longino

Evan-Eric Aaron Longino is a senior at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA and is the son of Dr. Eric and Tayna Longino. He is 15 year member of the Bucks County Chapter of Jack and Jill. Evan is a 4-year starting letterman on the varsity basketball team, where he is captain. Evan is a pitcher for his school’s baseball team. He was inducted into his school’s Academy Club, a Senator in the Student Government, and he plays the Upright Bass. Evan will accept a full athletic scholarship offer where he will pursue a degree in Computer Science and Information Technology.

Frederick L. Goodson IV (Ricky)

Ricky is a senior at St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School for Boys in Philadelphia, PA and is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Frederick L. Goodson III. He has been a member of the Bucks County Chapter collectively for 8 years and has served on various committees. He is Cornerback on the undefeated, State Champions Prep Football team, participated in Travis Manion Leadership Foundation, is a Bakari Academic Award recipient, and Christian Life Center Volunteer. He is currently considering several schools to pursue his academic and athletic endeavors with intent to study Architecture and Entrepreneurship

gabrielle faith jones

Gabrielle Jones is a senior at C. B. East High School in Doylestown, PA and is the daughter of William and Jill Jones. Gabby has been a member of the Bucks County Chapter for 14 years and is proud to serve as Teen President. She has served as Corresponding Secretary and participated in Rites of Passage 2015. Gabby is a strong leader and participates in extracurricular activities including: National Honor Society, Heifer International, Patriot Players, and featured vocalist with Music Nation Academy. Gabby is planning to study Psychology and to attend Law school.

myles king

Myles King is a senior at Central Bucks East High School in Doylestown, PA and is the son of Dr. Michael King and Mrs. Kristie King. He has been a member of the Bucks County Chapter for 15 years and served as both Corresponding Secretary and Editor, as well as chaired various committees. He has been an exemplary student athlete throughout his high school career, on the honor roll and the varsity football, indoor and outdoor track teams. He is passionate about community service and volunteers for organizations serving the homeless. Myles aspires to be an Orthodontist and own his own practice.

Michaiah Parker

Michaiah Aminah Parker graduated cum Laude from Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, PA where she Lettered in Girls Soccer, ran track, volunteered with the Key Club and was an officer for the school’s National Honor Society. Michaiah is the proud and wonderful daughter of Clara and Raymond Parker and a member of Second Baptist Church of Doylestown, where she was a junior usher and volunteered in the nursery. Michaiah will attend North Eastern University where she plans to obtain a degree in the sciences and work in the area of Epidemiology or public health.

kennedy cierra peace

Kennedy Peace is a senior at Pennridge High School in Perkasie, PA and is the daughter of Kyle and Connie Peace. She has been a member of the Bucks County, PA Chapter for 14 years. Kennedy has served as the Teen Recording Secretary and Community Service Committee Chair. She participates annually in her Jack and Jill chapter’s MLK Day of Service and instructs community youth soccer clinics throughout the year. She is a four year member of the Bucks County Links, Inc. Youth Leadership Council. Kennedy will attend Hampton University and major in Strategic Communications. 162


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mia thomas

Mia Thomas is a senior at Villa Joseph Maria High School in Holland, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Rhonda Harmon and Milton Harmon. She has been a member of the Bucks County Chapter of Jack and Jill for two years and has served as the Recording Secretary for the 2016-2017 program year. Mia is very active in community service work. She has volunteered in Camden, New Jersey at local soup kitchens and nursing homes. Mia is a very active Youtuber with her top video garnering over 100,000 views. Mia aspires to attend Harvard University where she plans to major in political science. Andrew Wilson

andrew wilson

Andrew Wilson is Senior at Central Bucks High High in Doylestown, Pa. and is the son of John and Sheila Wilson. Andrew Has been a member of the Bucks County Jack and Jill Chapter for 11 years. Andrew has decided to attend Towson University where he will major in Liberal Arts.

buffalo, ny tahir zion cook

Tahir Zion Cook is a senior at Niagara Falls High School in Niagar Falls , New York and is the son of Dr. Tomasina Cook. He has been a member of the Buffalo Chapter for 4 years and is currently the Foundation Chair. Tahir has been a junior volunteer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for 5 years, serves as a student ambassador and is a member of the Sigma Beta Club of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He has decided to major in Biomedical Engineering and plans of being a Neurosurgeon.

john t. lane

John T. Lane is a senior at Amherst High School in Amherst, NY and is the son of Mr. Darrell Lane and Dr. Illana Lane. He has been a member of The Buffalo Chapter of Jack and Jill for 10 years. John is planning to attend either Pratt Institute, the Cleveland Institute of Art or the School of Art Institute of Chicago. He will major in Digital Arts and Film. He is interested in becoming a Story Board Artist.

burke-fairfax, va nhari djan

Nhari Djan is the daughter of Kwafo Djan and Jeannette Walters-Marquez. She grew up in the City of Falls Church in Virginia. Her brother is a sophomore at Virginia Tech. She has been a member of the Burke-Fairfax Chapter since 2015. The George Mason High School student is an editor of her school newspaper, a manager of the lacrosse team, and a member of George Mason High School’s National Honor Society. Miss Djan plans to major in Communication and Journalism in College.

mia ann lubeck

Mila attends St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School as a senior. She participates in her classes and clubs with diligence, excitement, and dedication. Her favorite classes are the studies of mathematics and science. In science, she has a growing passion for geology and biology. In school, she is a part of the Science, Spanish, Multiracial Affinity Group, Baking, and Girls Who Code clubs. For future plans, Mila is interested in becoming a geophysicist and studying planetary geology throughout her undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.

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chelen ashley middlebrook

Chelen is a senior at South County High School in Lorton, Virginia and is the daugther of Edwin and Anna Middlebrook. Chelen has been a member of the Burke-Fairfax Jack and Jill Chapter for Twelve Years. She is a two year member of Delta Gems participating in community service projects in the local community. Chelen intends to pursue a Dance Major in College and hopes to have a successful career as a professional dancer and choreographer.

olivia mooney

Olivia Mooney is a senior at McLean High School in McLean, Virginia and is the daughter of Jeffrey and Debra Mooney. She has been a member of the Burke-Fairfax Chapter for 14 years. Olivia is the features editor of her school paper, Science Olympiad captain, and a member of the varsity lacrosse team. Her community service activities include being on the teen advisory board for Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead, volunteering for a US congressional campaign, and serving in Haiti. She has not decided where she will attend college but intends to major in physics.

burlington-willingboro, nj aaminah saree foye

Aaminah is an honors student at Holy Cross Academy in Delran, NJ, she is the daughter of Muhammad & Darlene Foye. Aaminah has been in the Burlington Willingboro Chapter for seven years. Her service intitiatives include CONTACT of Burlington County NJ to aide teens in crisis, NAACP where she works with youth & teens for civil rights initiatives & voter registration; she is a teen of the ASCEND program with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated Pi Mu Omega Chapter in Willignboro NJ. Aaminah will attend Delaware State University in Dover, DE as a Mass Communications Major.

injil muhammad, jr.

Injil Muhammad, Jr. is a senior at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ. He is the son of Injil and Michele Muhammad. He has been a member of the Burlington Willingboro Chapter for 8 years. Injil is active on his school campus. He serves on the Student Council as the Vice President of Academics. He is also the President of ABC (Alliance for Black Culture), President of MSO (Muslim Students Organization), a tri-varsity captain, and the Project Manager of A to Z Tutoring. He has been accepted to Harvard University and plans to major in Engiineering.

sydne cherelle nance

Sydne Nance is a senior at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, NJ and is the daughter of Scott and Rachel. She has been a member of the Burlington Willingboo Chapter for 7 years. Sydne has a natural talent for art and technology. Her decision to pursue a career in architecture was effortles. In addition to her academic achievements she is an accomplished athlete. She specialized in tennis and track and field. Sydne’s drive and passion is evident in her success in art, academics and athletics. She is a natural born leader and is well respected by her peers and instructors.

karington m. smith

Karington Smith is a senior at Holy Cross Academy in Delran, New Jersey and is the daughter of Lloyd and Sandra Smith. She has been a member of the Burlington-Willingboro Chapter of Jack and Jill for eight years. Karington has served as President and Vice President of the Teen Group. Karington is a member of the tr ack team and is the captain of her high school cheerleading squad. She has decided to attend Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD on a track and field scholarship. She will major in accounting and minor in political science. Karington plans to pursue a career in corporate law.

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kyra charmaine williford

Kyra Charmaine Williford is a senior at Bordentown Regional High School in Bordentown, New Jersey and is the daughter of Eugene T. Williford, Jr. and Michelle D. Williford. She has been a member of the Burlington-Willingboro chapter for 5 years. Through Jack and Jill, Kyra has been able to engage in several community service activities that span from serving meals to children/families at the Ronald McDonald House with Jack and Jill to participating in a book bag drive with her high school. Kyra has decided to attend Hampton University where whe will major in Journalism/Communications.

central new jersey, nj nefatiti khya anderson

Nefatiti Anderson is a Senior at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, NJ and the daughter of Minister Richard and Mrs. Nefatiti Anderson. She has been a member of the Central NJ Chapter for 10 years, a member of the Science National Honor Society, a People to People Ambassador and is a member of the Youth Choir at Fountain Baptist Church. She is an award winning Equestrian, and horse breeder. She is a recepient of the Eastern Regional Teen Academic Award for Distingushed Merit (3) consecutive years. She will attend Spelman College where she will major in Biology.

serena rose evans-lutterodt

Serena Evans-Lutterodt is a senior at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, NJ, and the daughter of Kenneth Evans-Lutterodt and Clarice Cofie. She has been a member of the Central New Jersey Chapter for 12 years, has served as Corresponding Secretary, and Social Committee and Fund Raising Chair. She volunteers as a church Sunday school teacher, has played Varsity field hockey through high school, where she is Student Council Class Secretary, an honor student, and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Serena plans to major in Mechanical engineering and minor in psychology.

sharif flores

Sharif has been a member of the Central New Jersey Chapter for 13 years. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Frank P. Flores. Sharif represented Immaculata High School as a member of the Model UN and served as a volunteer at a health center in Chen Du, China. Sharif was a member of Immaculata’s Junior Varsity, Varsity soccer and Varsity Tennis teams. Sharif plans to attend a 4 year college, travel and study in Asia with hopes of become fluent in Mandarin.

john e. mullins III

John is a senior at Ridge HS in Basking Ridge NJ and is the son of Dr. John & Kairon Mullins. He has been a member of Central NJ chapter for 15 years. John started playing flag football in 2nd grade. He also played other sports including soccer, baseball, swimming, lacrosse and basketball but football remained his passion.. John was Asst Counselor for B Janes Bible camp. He always looked forward to volunteering with Operation Shoe box, Agape House, 2nd St. Youth Ctr. and many others. John has accepted a full football scholardhip to Towson Univ. in Md where he will pursue a Business degree

cameron todd

Cameron Todd is a senior at Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey and is the son of Patrick and Patricia Todd. He has been a member of the Central New Jersey Jack and Jill Chapter for seven years. He has served as the teen chapter Journalist, and is currently Teen President. Cameron’s activities include his school’s Model UN Club, FIRST Robotics Team, and Yearbook Club, to name only a few. Cameron graduated from the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute at Princeton University as part of the Talented Tenth program. Cameron plans to pursue his degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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alexis claire williams

Alexis Claire Williams, daughter of Victoria Williams and the late Arnold Williams is a senior at Somerville High School in Somerville, NJ. She has been a member of Jack & Jill for 16 years and has served as Community Service Chair and has showcased her leadership in creating a chapter video on YouTube to promote Central New Jersey. Alexis is a member of By-Kids-For Kids, coordinator of the local Soccer Tykes program and captain of her soccer team. Alexis plans to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on a full Division 1 soccer scholarship majoring in Criminal Justice.

chester county, pa jared devonte’ corre bethea

Jared DeVonte’ Corr Bethea is a senior at Downingtown West High School in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and is the son of John and Kimberlyne Bethea. Jared has been a member of the Chester County chapter for over 15 years. Jared serves as the Sergeant at Arms on the Eastern Regional Teen Executive Board. Jared has chaired and participated in numerous community service projects such as March of Dimes for Babies, Safe Harbor of West Chester Shelter and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. loose change campaign. Jared’s goal is to attend Morehouse College and major in Sports Broadcasting.

myles a. cooper

Myles is a senior at Henderson High School in West Chester, PA and is the son of Claude and Antaya Cooper. He has been a member of the Chester County Chapter for fifteen years. He is an honor student athlete who plays Football and Track & Field. He plans to attend college where he will major in Business

deja armani davenport

Deja Armani Davenport is the daughter of Erica and Turron Davenport. She currently is a senior at West Chester Henderson. High School where she is active on the dance team, in the Black Student Union and the Andrew L. Hicks Foundation. In the fall Deja plans on attending Howard University or Morgan State University. There she will major in music with a minor in business. One of Deja’s favorite quotes that she incorporates into her daily life is :“Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

isaac dickinson

Isaac Dickinson is a senior at Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Marke and Debbie Dickinson, his proud and adoring parents. He has been a member of the Chester County Chapter for six years. Isaac is a talented poet, runner and an Eagle Scout. He is also a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He enjoys cooking and volunteering in the community. He plans to study Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management at Johnson and Wales University. He aspires to own and operate five star restaurants both domestically and internationally.

henry gainer

Henry Gainer is a senior at Downingtown West High School in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and is the son of Curtis and Nancy Gainer. Henry has been a member of Jack and Jill for 16 years, including four years in the Chester County chapter. Henry is a varsity football athlete who has earned his high school’s Excellence Award three times. Committed to volunteering, he helps run monthly dances for adults who are mentally challenged, repairs homes in West Virginia and Philadelphia, and participates actively in his church’s youth group. Henry has secured college acceptances and plans to major in social work.

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michael riddick

Michael is a Senior Honor Student at Downingtown West High School in Downingtown, PA and is the son of Michael and Karen Riddick. He has been a member of the Chester County, PA Jack and Jill Chapter for 4 years. Michael is a 4-year varsity athlete in football and track and field and has received several academic and athletic honors. He also devotes his time to community service efforts in school, church, and Jack and Jill. Michael is in the process of deciding where he will attend college to continue the next phase of his academic and athletic training

chandler simone salley

Chandler Simone Salley is a senior at Avon Grove High School in West Grove, PA. She is the daughter of Frank Salley and Regina Thomas Salley. Chandler has been a member of Jack and Jill of America Inc. for 5 years. Chandler is also a member of “All Cultures Together Overcome”, a service group for all cultural backgrounds. Chandler will attend college in the fall and major in Psychology aspiring to become a Developmental Child Psychologist.

columbia, md hailey elizabeth bell

Hailey Elizabeth Bell is the daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Henry H. Bell, Jr. She is a senior at Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland where she is actively involved in the band, key club, delta scholars, and the black student union. She has been a member of Jack & Jill for 14 years. Hailey currently serves as her chapter’s senior teen historian and volunteers her time supporting various community activities. Hailey will attend college in the fall and plans to major in elementary education.

lauren bracey

Lauren Bracey has been a member of the Columbia Chapter for fifteen years. Her parents are Drs. Victor Bracey and Cheryl Johnson-Bracey. She attends Centennial High School where she is an AP student and an accomplished athlete excelling in cross country, indoor track, field hockey and lacrosse. Lauren is a member of Delta Scholars and attends St. Johns Baptist Church. Lauren is on Inside Lacrosse magazine’s 2016 Top Forty Seniors list. She will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park on scholarship for Division I lacrosse while pursuing a career as an Orthopaedic Surgeon.

bianca brade

Bianca Brade has been a member of the Columbia, MD Chapter for 7 years.  Her parents are Ron and Angela Brade.  She attends River Hill High School where she is an honor student, officer on two student organizations and a member of the track and softball teams. She is a member at Mt. Pisgah AME Church where she is a Junior Steward and active in the liturgical dance ministry, choir, and YPD.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and a graduate of numerous leadership programs. She is a Jack & Jill Distinguished Teen and earned the U.S. Presidential Bronze Award for Volunteer Service.

william e. christian

William E. Christian is the son of Marcus and Valda Christian and brother of Marcus Christian II and Maryam Christian. William will be presented to society at the Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Columbia, Maryland Chapter’s 18th Beautillion on April 29, 2017. The theme for the Beautillion is “Expect, Believe, Achieve.” By participating in monthly workshops and outings leading up to the event, William has embraced the Beautillion’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership and service. The Reservoir High School student, track and cross-country athlete plans to major in computer science.

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christopher currie

Christopher Currie is a senior at Glenelg High School and is the son of Michael and Janet Currie. He has been a member of the Columbia, MD chapter since 2012. Chris is a member of the boys varsity basketball team, the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. He is a member of the Alpha Achievers and participates in community service with that organization, as well as with his Jack and Jill chapter, where he holds the role of Sergeant at Arms. Chris has applied for admittance to Morehouse College where he will pursue a degree in Biology.

robert r. j. davis

Robert R. J. Davis, a 15-year member of Jack and Jill and senior at Marriotts Ridge High School, is the son of Drs. Mertine Jermany and Orlando Davis. He is a Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, AP Scholar, Scholar Athlete, Howard County Council of Elders Academic Achievement awardee and MRHS freshman and sophomore letterman. He participated in Key Club and Alpha Achievers. He has traveled the world to play soccer and enjoys listening to music. He will play Division I college soccer. He is undecided about his college choice or major but is interested in a business career.

kendall gaines

Kendall Gaines is a senior at Marriotts Ridge High School in Ellicott City, MD and is the daughter of Allyson Ward and James Gaines. She has been a member of the Columbia Jack and Jill Chapter for six years. Kendall has participated in Senior Dance Company and served as Captain of the POMS dance team for the last two years. She has also served as an officer in Columbia Chapter for two years. Kendall will attend Howard University in the fall.

zaria grace glover

Zaria Grace Glover, daughter of Kevin and Cestaine Glover, has been a member of the Columbia Maryland Chapter since 2002. Zaria is a senior honor roll student at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland. She is active in the Student Diversity Leadership Council, Black Student Awareness Club and the Gay Straight Alliance. Zaria loves the theater and is a stage actress and director. Zaria also enjoys singing and has been asked to sing at various local events. She is also an accomplished photographer and filmmaker. Zaria hopes to attend an HBCU and major in theater.

miles lee-carr johnson

Miles Lee-Carr Johnson, son of Michael and Deidre Johnson, follows in the footsteps of his brothers as a proud member of the Columbia, Maryland chapter. Miles attends DeMatha Catholic High School where he is an honor student and member of both the Physics Club and Wind Ensemble. He is also an avid fencer, epee being his weapon of choice, and has traveled throughout the US to compete in tournaments. Miles has applied for admission to the University of Maryland and the University of Maryland – Baltimore County to pursue a degree in engineering.

ebelin lopez

Ebelin is a junior at Oakland Mills High School and the grandaughter of Diane and Gerald Tolson. She has been a member of the Columbia, Md. Chapter for five years. During high school she was active in JV Soccer and Club Soccer. She has been a 4 year member of her local swim team and is a certified swim instructor. Ebelin has pursued challenges in Outward Bound Programs, Drama Camps, and Central American Exchange Experiences. She attends St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Washington, D. C. and loves working with the disadvantaged at Thanksgiving and Christmas time.

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jennifer lopez

Jennifer Lopez is a senior at Oakland Mills High School and is the grandaughter of Diane and Gerald Tolson. She has been a member of the Columbia, Md. Chapter for five years. Jennifer received her 5 year Swim Team member award and is a certified swim instructor. As a bilingual student she has volunteered to assist Spanish speaking students and families in her community and church. She has a passion for children with Special Needs and she is planning to pursue a career in nursing.

sydney marshall

Sydney Marshall has been a member of the Columbia, Maryland Chapter of Jack and Jill for 9 years. Her parents are Patricia and John Marshall. She is a senior at Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland where she is a dancer and a member of the Future Christian Athletes. One of her favorite activities in Jack and Jill is Corduroy’s Closet, this is an activity the seniors assist less fortunate children to shop for Christmas gifts for themselves and their parents. Sydney has decided to attend Hampton University where she will pursue a degree in Biology, Pre-Med.

journee mcmillan

Journée is a senior at Glenelg High School in Glenelg, MD and is the daughter of Yolanda & Robert McMillan. She has been a member of the Columbia Chapter for 5 years. She is an honor student and has modeling and acting experience. She is a member of Ascend Scholars, Delta Scholars, National Society of High School Scholars, and the Key Club. She has applied for acceptance to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California where she will pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting.

andrew sterrett day

Andrew Sterrett Day has been a member of the Columbia, MD Chapter for 11 years.  His parents are Michelle Sterrett and Robert Day.  Andrew is the Sr. Teen President. Andrew attends St. Paul’s School for Boys where he is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate.  Andrew is the Vice President of the Black Awareness Club, and a member of the Coding Club. Andrew has played football, lacrosse and golf at school and club lacrosse for Chesapeake Rock. Andrew has worked as an Electricians Intern and as a Life Guard. Andrew will pursue a degree in Computer Engineering or Computer Science.

EASTERN fairfield county, ct ajene alexis brieanna arokium

Ajené Alexis Brieanna Arokium is a senior at Newtown High School in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Mr. Carlos Arokium and Mrs. Satra Sampson-Arokium. Ajené has been a member of the Eastern Fairfield County Chapter for 2 1/2 years and served as Parliamentarian, Vice-President and Recording Secretary of the teen group. Ajené is a scholar of ATW Leadership Academy, Choir and Singers Acapella group member, Boys Varsity Soccer Team Manager, Student Director of REACH Mentoring Program, and Religious Ed Teacher. After high school, she plans to pursue a degree in Sports Management.

jessica clarke

Jessica Clarke is a senior at Central Magnet High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut and is the daughter of Steven and Rosie Clarke. She has been a member of the Eastern Fairfield County Chapter for six years and currently serves as Teen President. Jessica co-founded Deserving Desserts with her sister in 2006, providing more than 10,000 desserts to the underserved. She served on the board of Habitat Youth United for two years and ECMC at Central Magnet. Jessica plans to attend Georgetown University where she will major in Environmental Science and has set her sights on Law School.

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arielle kirven

Arielle Kirven is a senior at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT. She is the daughter of Louis C. Kirven, III and Stephane J. Kirven. At school, she is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, President of the Speech and Debate Team, Head of the Economics Club, and Head of the multicultural organization. Arielle is also a member of her school’s honor roll and was awarded her school’s prize in Journalism Excellence. Ultimately, she will attend college and major in History and Global Affairs. She is planning a career that combines her interests in diplomacy and journalism.

sydney christina sims

Sydney Sims is a senior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, Connecticut and is the daughter of Olivia and George Sims. She has been a member of the Eastern Fairfield County Connecticut Chapter (formerly Bridgeport Chapter) for 14 years. Sydney excels in business and government classes and has competed in regional and national Junior Achievement business competitions. She plans to major in Mathematics or Business in college.

essex hudson, nj simone allison

Simone Allison, daughter of Marcia Davis-Allison, attended The Pingry School and is currently a senior at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ. As a member of Jack and Jill for 8 years, she served on the teen executive board for two years as the Recording Secretary and Legislative Chairperson. Simone is an Honor Roll student, a recipient of an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Award, and has won Silver and Bronze medals in the National French Contest. She plays viola for the Ravina Youth Symphony. She is interested in studying international relations, business and film in college.

tariq brandon baptiste

Tariq Baptiste is a senior at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ, and is the son of Linda Gadsby and Terrence Baptiste. He has been a member of the Essex Hudson Chapter for 10 years and has served as Chaplain, Corresponding Secretary, Community Service Chair and Parliamentarian. Tariq is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, and an alumni of the Youth About Business program. Currently, Tariq is undecided as to where he will attend college, but has been accepted to Morehouse, Hampton, and Howard. He plans to major in Accounting or Management and eventually own his own business.

zachary baugh

Zachary Baugh is a senior at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ, and the son of Kimberly Thomas and Atha Baugh. Zachary has been a member of the Essex Hudson Chapter for 10 years, and has served as Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms. Although he is undecided about his college choice, his goal is to major in Computer Science and continue his work as a software developer.

gavin t. branch

Gavin T. Branch is a senior at Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey, and is the son of Gary and Sophia Branch of Maplewood, New Jersey. He has been a member of the Essex Hudson Chapter for 10 years. While with Essex Hudson, he has taken many leadership positions such as President, Vice President, Foundation Chair and Chaplain. During Summer 2016, he was accepted in a competitive medical program at Howard University’s School of Pharmacology. He plans to attend either Morehouse, Howard or Hampton Universities to major in Biology and will pursue further studies in Veterinary Sciences.

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kelsey givens

Kelsey Givens is a senior at West Orange High School in West Orange, NJ, and is the daughter of Derrick and Kimberly Givens. She has been a member of the Essex Hudson Chapter for 10 years, and is currently serving as Sergeant-at-Arms. She actively gives back to the community by volunteering at soup kitchens and helping her mother support coat drives in her mother’s salon. She has applied to the Tisch School of NYU with the hope of majoring in Theatre Arts. Over the last four years, she has performed in several plays and really loves taking center stage. She aspires to sing and act.

miles leandre

Miles LeAndre, a senior at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, NJ, is the son of Lesly & Liza LeAndre. He has been in the Essex Hudson chapter for 8 years. Miles is a Varsity baseball player and received All-Conference honors in 2016. A piano player since age 7, Miles is Principal Pianist in Pingry’s Jazz Band. He is also a Sports Writer for the Pingry Record, a Peer Leader, and a Student Diversity Committee Leader. Miles won a President’s Volunteer Service award for extensive service teaching students with Down Syndrome. His career interests include Journalism, Education and Law.      

dominique scott

Dominique Scott is a senior at Union Catholic Regional High School in Scotch Plains, NJ, and is the daughter of Alesscia and Damien Scott. She has been a member of Essex Hudson Jack and Jill Chapter for 10 years. She was appointed the legislative designee in 2012, which ignited her interest in advocacy and social justice. She has served Essex Hudson Chapter as Recording Secretary and Teen President, and was the recipient of the Eastern Region’s Distinguished Teen Award in 2014. She has not decided on her major or University, but may pursue a career in law, or international relations.

greater albany, ny gabriel patrick atonikowski

Gabriel Patrick Antonikowski is a senior at Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna, New York and is the son of Patrick and Angela Adger Antonikowski. Gabriel has been a member of The Greater Albany Chapter for three years. He volunteers at the Museum of Science and Innovation in Schenectady and with his local Chapter. Gabriel plans to major in Public Health and Biology and is undecided for college. He plans to travel aborad for his senior year to central Afria to shadow public health and epidemiology research and looks forward to relaxing the summer of his senior year.

jalynn s.r. walker

Jalynn S.R. Walker is a senior at the Albany Academy for Girls and is the daughter of Raymond and Donna Mackey-Walker, Esq. A member of GRAL for 5 years. Jalynn has served her Chapter as Corresponding & Recording Secretary and Vice-President. Jalynn has received the Dean Scholarship Award, Charger Award, Scholars award - The College of Saint Rose, Campus Award, Academic Promise Award, Hugh L. Carey Award, Presidential Scholarship. Jalynn is considering attending college at Hampton University, St. John’s University and Syracuse University. Major: Broadcast Journalism.

greater essex county, nj n’adom appiah-pipim

N’Adom Appiah-Pipim is a senior at Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey and is the son of Shahri Griffin and George Appiah-Pipim. He has been a member of the Greater Essex County Chapter of Jack and Jill for 2 years. N’Adom has been actively involved with Camp Calumet in New Hampshire for 7 years, most recently as a LifeGuard and Junior Counselor. In addition to his interest in biology and biochemistry, he enjoys video gaming, creative writing and watching movies. N’Adom will attend college in the fall and will major in biochemistry and minor in animation and creative writing. 

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jeremy atwater

Jeremy Atwater is a senior at Oratory Prep in Summit, New Jersey and is the son of James and Yolande Atwater. He has been a member of the Greater Essex County chapter of Jack and Jill for 9 years. Jeremy has been a varsity tennis athlete for 4 years. He is planning to attend Colby College in the fall of 2017 to play tennis for the team and study Pre-med.      

halle bryant

Halle Bryant is a senior at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey and is the daughter of Seth and Goldie Bryant. She has been a member of the Greater Essex County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America for fourteen years. During her six years of training at the Ailey School, Halle also enjoyed assisting with the younger dancers on Saturday mornings. Halle is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as a co-leader of her school’s Black Student Union. Halle plans to attend Brown University where she will pursue her many interests.     

kyla dukes

A resident of West Orange, New Jersey, Kyla Dukes is the oldest daughter of Joseph K. Dukes and Marcia Dukes. Kyla is a senior at West Orange High School in West Orange, New Jersey. Additionally, Kyla committed to public service and has spent numerous hours donating time to support community events. Kyla is a member of the Greater Essex County Chapter of Jack & Jill of America Inc. Kyla served as the Vice President of programing in 2016. She will pursue a career at a four year school for graphic design, furniture design or ceramics.

zuri harvell

Zuri Harvell is a senior boarding student at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT, and daughter of Chris and Lezli Harvell. Zuri has been a member of The Greater Essex County Chapter for eight years. During her matriculation at Miss Porter’s she served as a Junior Advisor to new students and was elected as Co-Head of the Black and Latina Alliance. Zuri is a Tour Guide, member of Miss Porter’s squash team as well as Miss Porter’s Senior A Cappella group; the Perhillettes. Zuri is currently undecided where she will attend college. However, she plans to major in Computer Science.     

mckenzie stephens-simon

McKenzie Stephens-Simon is a Senior at Montclair (NJ) High School, and is the daughter of Sidney and Jonathan Simon. She has been a member of the Greater Essex County Chapter for 4 years and currently serves on the Teen Executive Board as Secretary. She is recipient of the Eastern Region Teen Academic awards for 2014 and 2015 for her grade level. She is a member of the National Honor Society and The Montclair HS Varsity Fencing Team. In college, she plans to major in Psychology and will eventually pursue a career in Medicine.

charles bryan williams

Charles Bryan Williams is a senior at Montclair High School, and is the son of Timothy and Lilly Williams. He has been a member of the Greater Essex County Chapter for 12 years. Charlie is a member of the National Honor Society, and Center for Social Justice. He played soccer for SDFC Rangers of Montclair, NJ for ten years. A nationally ranked soccer club. Charlie plans to major in photography in art school.

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greater hartford, ct gxila dorvilus

Gxila Dorvilus is a senior at Farmington High School in Farmington, Connecticut and is the daughter of Drs. M. Natalie Achong and Patrick Dorvilus. She has been a member of the Greater Hartford Chapter for 13 years. old. Gxila is chapter teen vice-president, a distinguished member of her school’s National Honor Society chapter and the captain of the varsity cheerleader teams. Gxila will be graduating with high commendations. Among her many honors, Gxila received the Farmington High School Motivator Award. She is dedicated community volunteer and social activist.

suliman samuel foster

Suliman Foster is a senior scholar athelete at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Connecticut and is the son of the Drs. Benjamin and Walton B. Foster. He has been a member of the Greater Hartford Chapter for 4years. He has been actively involved in The Greater Hartford Chapter of the NAACP, Heads Up Hartford, and served as Acolyte and Usher at Trinity Episcopal Church. He hopes to attend one of the following: Howard University, Hampton University, Morehouse or Wesleyan University, majoring in Business and Pre-Law. He hopes to become an Attorney.

bryce c. harris

Bryce C. Harris is a senior at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy in Hartford, CT and is the son of Jay and Stephanie Harris. He has been a member of the Greater Hartford Chapter for 1 year. Bryce has been on a missions trip to Guatemala, worked in a soup kitchen and plays drums for two youth groups each week as well as for a Sunday morning worship team. He hopes to attend the Berklee College of Music where he will major in Music performance in percussion and plans to become a music producer among other things.

jonathan williams

Jonathan Williams is a senior at Ellington High School in Ellington, CT and is the son of Madelina Williams. He has been a member of the Greater Hartford Chapter for 16 years. In the past four years Jonathan volunteered 1,525 hours of community service working with Crossroads Community Cathedral, Fidelco and The Hartford Project. He has decided to attend college where he will major in Physics.      

greater suburban maryland, md aaron jeremiah brown

A 2016 graduate of Blue Ridge School, Teen Aaron Jeremiah Brown, is the oldest son of Dad Jerry and Mom Tamara Brown. Aaron is an aviation, professional pilot major at Hampton University and is one of the first recruits of its Men’s Division I Lacrosse Team where he starts as face-off man. He was recently selected as an Aviation Leadership scholar for the university’s Aviation Department. Aaron is a recipient of numerous aviation, fraternal and state delegate and senatorial scholarships.

gene marcel carson

Gene Marcel Carson, II is a senior from Gwynn Park High School. He will attend Bowie State University in the Bulldog Academy Honors Program. Gene received scholarships to play both football and soccer at the collegiate level. He accepted a scholarship as the Kicker for Bowie State University Football Team. He was selected as All County, All State, All-Star and was recognized as a top kicker in Prince Georges County, MD. Gene serves as the Secretary on the GSM Teen Group. He was featured and interviewed by the Washinton Post and aspires to be a Medical Doctor, specializing in Sports Medicine.

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ryann davis

Ryann Davis is the daughter of Deidra and Allen Davis. During her tenure as a senior at St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC, she has been recognized for academic achievement with distinction and inducted into the National Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Ryann was installed as the Charter Teen President of the Greater Suburban MD Chapter in 2016 . Extra curricular affiliations have included the SJC Women’s Crew Team and tubist in the St. John’s Wind Ensemble. She has chosen to major in Speech Pathology at Old Dominion University in VA.  

zuri garvey-stanford

Zuri Garvey-Stanford is an urban fashion enthusiast with a passion for politics and law. Zuris’ travels have afforded him the opportunity to learn Spanish and French. He received the Honorable Merit Cum Laude award for his outstanding performance on the National Latin Examination. He has interned at the District of Columbia Superior Court with the Honorable Judge Robert Rigsby and has participated in the Law and Government Explorers Program for three consecutive years. Zuri has completed service projects with 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, LearnServe,and St. Augustine Catholic Church.

noah harris

Noah Harris is a senior at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland. He is the son of Eric W. Harris and Toni Ross Harris. He is a member of the Greater Surburban Maryland Chapter and serves as Teen Chaplain. At school, Noah is a member of the Varsity Football Team, Yearbook Club, Chess Club, and drummer for African Dance. Noah will attend Hampton University and major in the 5-year MBA program.

everett earl richmond

Everett is son of Eugene E. Richmond, Jr., and Harriett Y.T. Richmond. He attends the University of Maryland, College Park. He plays the baritone and was a member of the Mighty Sound of Maryland band. He is also an Eagle Scout. He loves science and is double majoring in Public Health and in African-American History to have a career addressing the health of the black community.

raiven summer vanzego

Raiven Summer Vanzego is a senior at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, MD, an all girls’ college preparatory Catholic high school. She is the daughter of Dr. Vivian Luke Vanzego and Raymond J. Vanzego, Esq. She is a Charter Member of the Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter of Jack & Jill, Inc. and Teen Historian. Raiven is dedicated to serving her community, tutoring and volunteering. Her current concentration in Pharmacy will culminate with a State of Maryland Pharmacy Technician Certification. Upon graduation, Raiven intends to major in Chemistry and become an anesthesiologist.

matthew lawrence waits

Matthew is a senior at Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, MD and is the son of Kenneth and Barbara Waits. Matthew is a teen charter member of the Chapter and is the Teen Treasurer. He is an intern in the STEM Experiential Learning Opportunities Program at NASA in Maryland. He plays baritone in the school band and serves as Vice-President. He is also a member of a community band, Fort Washington Symphonic Winds. He is an Eagle Scout and has a Black Belt in Taekwondo. He plans to attend college to major in engineering and minor in music.

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greater union county, nj isaiah william gales

Isaiah W. Gales is a senior at Scotch Plains Fanwood HS in Scotch Plains, NJ and is the son of Delrecole and Charlinda Gales. He has been a member of the Greater Union County Chapter for 9 years. Isaiah is actively involved in various Community Services initiatives with his youth group at Fountain Baptist Church as well as various organizations throughout the Union County area. Isaiah plans to major in sports medicine, to further a career in physical therapy and minor in communicatons and broadcast journalism.

mikaela yvette horn

Mikaela Yvette Horn is a senior and honor student at Mount St Mary Academy in Watchung, NJ and is the daughter of Michael and Raquel Horn. She is a 16 year member of the Greater Union County Chapter and has served as Teen President and Corresponding Secretary. She is Executive Board Secretary at school, volunteers as an EMS, raises funds for children with mouth deformities on Operation Smile, and serves on the Lott Carey Missionary for Youth with Fountain Baptist Church. Mikaela plans to attend Howard University where she will major in engineering and ultimately become a plastic surgeon.

morghan b. johnson

Morghan, daughter of Kevin and Aretha Johnson, is a Senior at Scotch Plains Fanwood HS in Scotch Plains, NJ. Morghan has been a member of Greater Union County Chapter for 9 years. Morghan gives back to her community through organizations like Bridges and being an active member of Fountain Baptist Church Youth Ministry. Morghan was selected for both her HS leadership (SAC) and Athethic leadership (S.A.L.T.) programs. She earned Varsity letters in Gymnastics and Track & Field. Morghan will attend college in the Fall majoring in Forensic Science, planning a career in Criminal Pathology.

hunter brice marshall

Hunter Brice Marshall is a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, NJ. He is the son of Portia Hood-Marshall and the late Gerry Marshall. Hunter has been a member of Greater Union County for 11 years, currently serving as President and has held the office of Vice President and Chaplin. He is a member of the varsity football and track teams; Diversity Council at his high school; as well as active member of Fountain Baptist Church Youth Ministry. Hunter plans to attend college to pursue a degree in History and Psychology.

lauren mcneil

Lauren McNeil, the daughter of Dr. Walter and Felicia McNeil, is a senior at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, New Jersey. She’s been a member of the Greater Union County Chapter for 11 years, holding leadership positions as Teen Treasurer and Foundation Chair. She proves to be a dynamic member of her communities as the captain of two sports teams, Vice President of her grade, and volunteer at her church. She plans to attend a liberal arts college in New England and major in Neuroscience, with the hope of becoming a Neurologist.

alicia marie carmen

Alicia Marie Carmen Neal is a senior at the Academy For Allied Health Sciences-Union County Vocational Technical High School in Scotch Plains, NJ and is the daughter of Lester Anthony Neal and Deborah Renee Neal. Alicia has been a member of the Greater Union Chapter since 2016. Alicia is the President of the Union County 4-H Dog Lovers Club, Secretary of the Union County Chapter of Future Farmers of America, and a proud member of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA). Alicia aspires to become a Veterinarian and will major in Animal Science in the Fall of 2017.

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whitney porter

Whitney Porter is a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, NJ and is the daughter of Antonio and Cheryll Porter. She has been a member of the Greater Union County Chapter for 13 years. She has been an active member of the Somerset County 4-H for 8 years and has received numerous commendations for her achievements and contributions. Whitney is an active STAR Youth Leader-creating opportunities to educate and lead youth in STanding Against Racism. Throughout her life Whitney has compassionately served her community and will major in Public Policy in preparation of a master’s degree.

jordan rose

Jordan Rose, son of Tyrone and Lisa Rose, attends The Wardlaw Hartridge School where he is a senior. While attending school, Jordan has participated in basketball for four years. He is the founder of the Ethic Bowl club and is president of the Spoken Word Club. He has also traveled to Guatemala as a part of the World Leadership Program. He has been a part of the Greater Union County Chapter of Jack and Jill for 11 years, and was Treasurer in 2015. In the fall of 2017 he will attend Syracuse University and major in Communications.

jersey shore, nj karen marion douyon

Karen Douyon, daughter of Andre and Monica Douyon, is a senior at the all-girl Villa Victoria Academy in Ewing, NJ. She has been a member of the Jersey Shore Jack and Jill Chapter for one year. Karen has accumulated 1000+ community service hours. She volunteers for Horizons, a progam for at risk youth and The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean counties. Karen is a member of Junior State of America. She holds the position of Director of Summer School Promotion for her six state region. Karen is a Girl Scout Ambassador and captian of Varsity Basketball. She plans to attend Princeton University.

jalil hamilton

Jalil Hamilton is a senior at Neptune High School in Neptune, NJ and is the son of Laria Hamilton. He has been a member of the Jersey Shore Chapter of Jack and Jill for 4 years and proud President of Teen Connection. He is also the President of the Central Jersey Youth Club, member of NAACP Asbury Park/Neptune Chapter, 4H Club of Monmouth County & National Society of HS Scholars. He volunteers at the local hospital and food banks. Jalil is accepted into the 2017 Disney Dreamers Academy. He plans to attend college and major in Forensic Science.

loudoun county, va joshua christopher burnell

Joshua Burnell is a senior at Academy of Science and Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia and is the son of Christopher and Tamiko Burnell. He has been a member of the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter for 11 years. Joshua’s involvement in the community includes tutoring and mentoring. He is a member of the Math, Science, and Latin Honor Societies, as well as the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. Joshua has been accepted to several universities to pursue an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in bio-medical engineering.

lauryn alexis forbes

Lauryn Alexis Forbes is a senior at Freedom High School in South Riding, Virginia and is the daughter of Paul and Marquel Forbes. She has been a member of the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter for five years. She is a member of the Freedom Eagle Leadership Team, an editor for the school’s magazine, and the founder of the Freedom Writers, a club based on self expression through writing. Lauryn has stayed involved in her community by being involved in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day march, volunteering at homeless shelters, and packaging food through Stop Hunger Now.

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justin r. greene

Justin Greene is a senior at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, VA and is the son of Robert and Michele Greene. Justin has been a member of the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter for ten years. While in Jack and Jill, Justin has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, served as Vice President of the LCVC Teen Chapter and was inducted into the National Honor Society. Justin will attend college in the Fall of 2017 and intends to major in Business. His ultimate goal is to own and run his own business.

dimitrius m. hutcherson, jr.

Dimitrius M. Hutcherson, Jr. is a senior at Heritage High School in Leesburg, VA and is the son of Dimitirus M. and Monica Ashton Hutcherson. He has been a member of the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter for 10 years. He is a member of the National Black MBA Leaders of Tomorrow, Kappa League, the National Honor Society and DECA. He is named to the Virginia High School League 4A All State Defensive Back Second Team. He is undecided on where he will attend college. He will major in Finance and work in Corporate Finance.

ariel talbert

Ariel Talbert is a senior at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia and is the daughter of Dr. Trevor and Mrs. Amber Talbert. She has been a member of the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter for nine years. Ariel has had an extensive reach on her community. This includes being an active member of her student council, starting her own non-profit, and enjoying community service. She has served in many executive roles as a teen including her current role as the Eastern Region Teen Protocol Chair. She has decided to major in biology and plans to become a neurosurgeon.

manassas-woodbridge, va jordan alexander adams

Jordan Alexander Adams is the son of Alfred Adams and Johnda Scott-Adams. Jordan is a Senior at CD Hylton High School, in Woodbridge, VA, where he is Co-Captain of the Lacrosse Team, History Club, and Scholastic Bowl Team. Jordan has been a member of Jack and Jill for 13 years, is actively involved in the community and a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Jordan plans to attend college upon graduation and major in Bio-Medical Engineering and Pre-Med.

marisa danielle norwood

Marisa Danielle Norwood is the daughter of Maris and Felicia Norwood. Marisa is a senior at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, VA, where she is the Vice President of the Black Student Union Group, Varsity Cheerleader and Leo Club. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 15 years. She is actively involved in numerous community service events such as book and coat drives to name a few. She has been the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Marisa will attend Spelman College where she will major in Health Science and hopes to become a surgeon.

mercer county, va mia brown

Mia Brown is a Senior at Monroe Township High School in Monroe, New Jersey and is the daughter of Antonio and Pamela Brown. She has been a member of the Mercer County Chapter for 15 years. She served as the editor, followed by the corresponding secretary and foundation chair for her chapter. In school, she runs track and works with special needs students. She has decided to attend Spelman College where she will major in Psychology with a minor in French.

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matthew hawes

Matthew is a Senior at Princeton High School (PHS) in Princeton, NJ and is the son of Drs. Edwina and Tony Hawes. He has been a member of the Mercer County Chapter for 14 years. He is the current Teen president for Mercer County and has also served as Treasurer. Matthew is active in many organizations. He was Captain and played Varsity Football and Varsity Lacrosse. He has played saxophone on many PHS band essembles and studies piano; he is fluent in Spanish and Mandarin and is a Tutor with Young Scholars in Trenton, NJ. Matthew plans to study Neuroscience or Sociology, prior to pursuing Law.

austin c. kelley

Austin C. Kelley is a senior at Montgomery Township High School in Skillman, NJ and is the son of Mr. Gary Kelley & Dr. Carol Kelley. He has been a member of the Mercer County Jack and Jill Chapter for 8 years. Austin currently serves as the Vice President of the teen group of Mercer County Jack and Jill; and he also serves as the Secretary of New Brunswick Alumni Kappa League. Austin plays varsity lacrosse and football, and is a member of Civil Air Patrol. He has decided to attend Embry-Riddle University where he will major in Aeronautical Science.

metropolitan, ny raymond oliver acevedo

Raymond Oliver Acevedo is the son of Laura Hope Acevedo and Raymond L. Acevedo and has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter for ten years. He sits on the Teen Executive Board of Jack and Jill, Metropolitan Chapter, as Foundation Chair. Raymond is a senior at Horace Mann High School in NYC. He is a Varsity Fencer, Co-President of the Diversity Club, and Co-Creator and Director of Diversidream, a cultural and social values program for public middle school students. Raymond is also a 2017 Candidate for Eagle Scout- Boy Scouts of America. Raymond plans to study university economics and mathematics and work as a youth educator.

danielle black

Danielle Black is a senior at The Dalton School in New York, NY and is the daughter of Judia and Daniel Black. She has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter for 7 years. Danielle tutors students at her school and assists children with disabilities in a dancing program. She is the head of the Female computer science club and the intra-school activities committee. Her extracurriculars are competitive soccer and dance. Danielle will be attending Dartmouth College in Fall of 2017 and hopes to pursue her interests in business management and computer science.

alston-simone bowman

Alston-Simone Bowman is the daughter of Shewonia and Jeffrey Bowman and has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter for seven years and prior a member of the Austin Chapter for four years. Alston is a senior at Emma Willard in Troy, NY. She enjoys dance, volunteering to tutor students in math and creating inspirational videos. She plans to study psychology and continue to champion social causes.

dani-joy budd

Dani-Joy Budd is the daughter of George and Deirdre Budd and has been a member of the Metroploitan Chapter for 8 years. Dani-Joy is a senior at St. Vincent Ferrer High School. She enjoys tennis, dancing, swimming and art. She has been an active tutor at St. Gregory the Great school. Dan-Joy would like to pursue a career in Marine Biology, or Criminology.

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julian ford

Julian Ford is a senior at Ethical Culture/Fieldston School in the Bronx, and is the son of Maegen HenriquezFord and David Ford. An active J&J member for 12 years, this year Julian serves as Program Director. He has been a peer mentor and tutor in Harlem and at his school, and has participated in social impact work in South Africa through the Riverside Church, and in Haiti with his school. He will be studying business and technology at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in the fall. For fun, he plays squash, and composes digital music and plays saxophone.

kai nelson

Kai Nelson is a senior at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx. The son of Marcia Smith (legacy) and Stanley Nelson, Jr., Kai has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter as well as the Oakland, CA chapter. At school, he is a mentor for middle school students of color, and a 4-year starter on the varsity baseball team. Kai is a dedicated athlete, and he plays and coaches during summers and weekends. He will attend Georgetown University in the fall, where he intends to study government, political science and marketing, and where he will be on the baseball team.

nola nelson

Nola Nelson is senior at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx. The daughter of Marcia Smith (legacy) and Stanley Nelson, Jr., Nola has been a member of both the Metropolitan chapter and the Oakland, CA chapter. At school, Nola is involved with peer mentoring, international community service, and varsity soccer. She will travel to Haiti for the second time this year as a volunteer English teacher. Nola is also a photographer, and held a 10-month youth residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem . Nola will attend Wesleyan University in the fall, where she intends to study film and African American studies.

Kenyata (Kenya) Georgia Plenty

A senior at The Brearley School in New York City, Kenya is the daughter of Bola Fashola-Plenty and Lloyd Plenty. She has been a member of Metropolitan Jack and Jill for 9 years. Kenya is an international competitive fencer who represented the USA at the 2016 Cadet World Championships. She received recruitment offers from three Ivies and has chosen to attend Columbia University (the current NCAA fencing champions) this fall. She intends to study chemical or biomechanical engi-neering.

helena d. sanchez

Helena is a senior at the Chapin School in New York City and is the daughter of William Sanchez and Deborah Wilson She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 10 years She is the current Teen President and has served as recording secretary. Helena has been dancing since the age of 3 . She is a volunteer with Dancing Dreams,Fun and Friends Camp & the ASPCA. She plans to major in Psychology with a focus on adolescents and minor in Dance.

tsion yohannes syoum

Tsion Yohannes Syoum is the daughter of Linda Haile and Yohannes Syoum and has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter for thirteen years. She is the current Community service chair. Tsion is a senior at The Chapin school in New York City, Where she is the cofounder and president of the coding club, the editor-in-chief of the year book and student ambassador. Tsion successfully founded theretawprojects which brought drinkable water to a community via a hand pumped well. In college, Tsion plans to study environmental science and international relations.

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montgomery county, md ava camille campbell

Ava Camille Campbell, a senior at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland, is the oldest daughter of Russell C. Campbell, Jr. and Paulette Walker Campbell. She has been a member of the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter for 13 years and served as the Legislative Chair for the Senior Teens in 2015-2016. She is an Advanced Placement Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the school’s local math and science honor socieities, and she has participated in the PBHS Marching and Symphonic bands for four years. In the fall, she intends to major in Mechanical Engineering.

james w. cobb, iii

James W. Cobb, III is a senior at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland and is the son of Sabrina and James Cobb. He has been a member of the Montgomery County Jack and Jill Chapter for 3 years, and he was a member of the Columbia, Maryland Chapter for 10 years. James is a member of Peoples Community Baptist Church. J James lived abroad for 2 years in Heidelberg Germany, where he was involved in several community service projects, he was also the Girl’s Soccer Teams Manger. James plans to attend Florida International University, in Miami Florida, he plans to major in Psychology.

hillary e’lan cyrus

Hillary, the daughter of Kevin and Allora Goode Cyrus ends 15 wonderful years of being in Jack and Jill. As a member of the Montgomery Count MD teen group, she has demonstrated leadership as Editor, Financial Secretary, and currently serves as the President. Hillary attends Springbrook High School, where she is an International Baccalaureate student. Her extracurricular activities include Flag squad, Girl Scout Troop #3002, Step Afrika Youth Ensemble (SAYE!), and Reid Temple AME North teen ReMix! Hillary plans a career in Fashion Design with an emphasis in Business Management.

camryn alise martin

Camryn Alise Martin is a senior at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Maryland and is the daughter of Gary and Saudeia Martin. She has been a member of Jack and Jill Montgomery County, Maryland Chapter for three (3) years. Camryn is currently the Chapter’s Teen Financial Secretary, a Girl Scout Ambassador, a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) of Montgomery County Public Library. She is also the Team Captain of the Girls Lacrosse Team. Camryn plans to attend The New School in New York to pursue Language and Media Design.

nihira mugamba

Nihira, daughter of Martha and Joseph Mugamba, is a senior at Springbrook High School where she is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for four years and has served as Teen Sargent of Arms and Corresponding Secretary. She is a member of Girl Scout Troop 3002 and is working on her Gold Award project to create a reading program for a small school in Uganda. She has also done service work in the Dominican Republic. Nihira intends to major in Political Science and pursue a career in Corporate Law.

arlee rocena taylor

Arlee is a senior at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Maryland and the daughter of Duane J. Taylor, M.D. and Hermalene Mundine Taylor. As a Jack and Jill member since 2002, memories include hosting her 2008 activity at President Obama’s first White House Easter Egg Roll. Throughout her youth, Arlee’s performing passion provided opportunities: select -choir, Pope’s 2016 Washington, DC visit; professional performances, Washington National Opera, The Kennedy Center; concerts and musical theater. College plans include pursuing a music career, and interests in communications.

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isiah alex wells

Isiah Alex Wells is a senior at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is the son of Yaminah Leggett-Wells and Alex Wells. Isiah has been a member of the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter for 6 years and is currently Legislative Chair having served previously as Parliamentarian and Chaplain. He is involved in a number of community activities including serving as Treasurer for the Montgomery County NAACP Youth Council. Isiah plans to study Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in college.

montgomery county, pa jessica barton

Jessica Barton is a senior at Cheltenham High School in Cheltenham, PA and is the daughter of Glenn and Sandra Barton. She has been a member of the Montgomery County PA Chapter for 12 years. Jessica is the Treasurer of the YPD of A.M.E. Union Church. At school, she is active with the Media Club, Black Student Union, Cheerleading and Lacrosse and past member of the Track team. Jessica completed the Delta G.E.M.S. Program with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She plans to attend NC A&T State University where she will major in Communications and plans to become a Reporter.

alessandra booth

Alessandra Booth is a senior at Cheltenham High School in Cheltenham, PA and is the daughter of Christopher and Marisol Booth. She has been a member of the Montgomery County, PA chapter for 15 years. Alessandra is an artistic and creative student. She will be attending college where she plans to be an arts and design major. Alessandra’s legacy extends back to great grandmother and great aunt who were pioneers in the early days of Jack and Jill. We are all so proud of Alessandra!

sydney simone brown

Sydney is a senior at Germantown Academy (GA) in Ft. Washington, PA and is the daughter of Jana and Barry Brown. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for three years. She plays both Field Hockey and Lacrosse for GA as well as participates in numerous service initiatives including Community Service Organization (CSO), Kids Teaching Kids, Women’s Forum, and Hockey for the House. She is still considering her college options but interested in the business side of the entertainment industry and wants to be near NYC. She is excited about her future.

alexis lynn capers

Alexis Lynn Capers is a senior at The Agnes Irwin School for Girls in Bryn Mawr, PA and is the daughter of William and Dana Capers. She has been a member of Jack and Jill of America for 15 years. Currently she serves as the Corresponding Secretary for the Teen Group. Alexis actively supports area Food Banks, Operation Christmas Child, Gifted to Serve and Stop Hunger Now. She has decided to attend Lafayette College, to play Volleyball, where she will Major in Business.

michael gibson jr.

Michael Gibson Jr. is a senior at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, PA and is the son of Michael and Felicite Gibson. He has been a member of Montgomery County, PA Chapter for 16 years. Michael is a Cum Laude Society Scholar, National Merit Commended, two-sport athlete on the varsity soccer and tennis teams, visual artist, and violinist. His leadership/service spans organizations such as Camp PALS, Model Congress Co-President, International-Diversity Club President, National Art Honors Society Co-President, and Senior Class President. Michael will major in Political Science at Amherst College.

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kendall alexis hancock

Kendall Hancock is the daughter of Ms. Lori Holland-Hancock and Mr. Michael Hancock. She is a senior at AIM Academy, in Conshohocken, PA. Kendall is a member of the Montgomery County, PA Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for over five years where she has chaired teen conference committees and currently serves as Teen Editor. Kendall is a competitive figure skater and cross country runner. She volunteers as a student ambassador as well as art counselor. Kendall is looking forward to her future. She plans to attend Philadelphia University, Drexel or Marist and major in Fashion Design.

tyson amir hugee

Tyson Amir Hugee is a senior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA and is the son of Byron and Jacqulynn Hugee. He has been a member of the Montgomery County, PA Chapter for seven years. Prior to that he was a member of the South Jersey Chapter. When Tyson is not busy playing football or lacrosse for both his school and club teams, he volunteers for the Genesis and Audio Visual Ministries at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Tyson plans to attend Columbia University where he will major in Psychology and play cornerback for the Columbia Lions football team.

jade taylor kemp

Jade Kemp is a senior at Hatboro-Horsham High School in Horsham, PA and is the daughter of Colena Johnson Kemp and Ramon Kemp. She has been a member of the Montgomery County Pennsylvania Chapter for 16 years. Throughout her years as a Jack and Jill teen she has been recording secretary and community service chair. She has decided to attend Hampton University or Spelman College where she will major in International Communications.

shelby alexandra marcee

Shelby Alexandra Marcee is a senior at William Penn Charter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Deborah Hutton Marcee. She has been a member of the Montgomery County Chapter of Pennsylvania for 16 years. Shelby’s philanthropic work in the community involves collecting clothing and toys for Cradles for Crayons, preparing food for families at the Ronald MacDonald House and many other programs in and out of school. Shelby’s campaign to support young African American published authors will kick off in the spring of 2017. Shelby has not chosen a college yet, but will major in Musical Theatre.

kyle watkins mattison

Kyle Watkins Mattison is a senior at The Academy of The New Church Secondary School in Bryn Athyn, PA and is the son of Randall and Tracie Mattison. He has been a member of the Montgomery County PA Chapter for 5 years. He has served on the Teen Fundraising Committee, including chair of the “Montco March Madness” basketball tournament He has also been an active community servant volunteering for many organizations. Kyle was a Captain of the football team and the recipient of a Coach’s Leadership Award. Kyle plans to attend college pursuing a degree in sports rehabilitation medicine.

jessica anise penn

Jessica, is a senior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and will attend the University of Pennsylvania. She plans to major in economics and is undecided about her long term career goals. At SCH, Jessie incubated a business focused on conquering disrespect towards women and plans to donate the proceeds to women’s organizations. She is a member of the varsity crew team and Model UN Program. She loves to travel, has a wonderful sense of humor and has been an active participant in Jack & Jill for 16 years. She is the daughter of Kenneth D. Penn and Carol Horne Penn. 

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madison elouise sanders

Madison Elouise Sanders is a senior at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA and is the daughter of Mr. Steven Sanders and Dr. Kelly DeSouza-Sanders. She has been a member of the Montgomery County, PA chapter for 12 years. Madison is the current chapter Teen President and is involved in student government and community service with Chosen 300 Ministries and To Our Children’s Future with Health. She has decided to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she will study Biology and Africna Studies.

hunter nicole smith

Hunter Nicole Smith is the daughter of Sherman and Renee Smith. Hunter attends the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, PA, where she is an all-honors student, a member of the Black Student Union and Model United Nations team, and a varsity tennis and crew athlete. Hunter has been an active member of the Montgomery County, PA Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. since 2003. She is the current Parliamentarian and has previously served as Teen Editor and co-chair of the Fundraising Committee. Hunter plans to major in Public Health and intends to pursue a career in medicine.

chelsea frances wyche

Chelsea is a senior at Springfied Township High School in Erdenheim, PA. and is the daughter of Drs. Samuel P Wyche Jr. and Leslie Brown-Wyche. She has been a member of Montgomery County PA chapter for 16 years. Chelsea has served as teen community service chair, teen treasurer, and is currently teen vice president. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Voices of Excellence leadership program, and the varsity track team. Chelsea hopes to attend Howard, Duke or the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in biology, then going on to medical school specializing in orthopedics

morris county, nj tiffany rene hunt

Tiffany Rene Hunt is a senior at Bridgewater Raritan High in Bridgewater, NJ and is the daughter of James H. Hunt IV and Noelle Greene-Hunt. She has participated in several choirs: Mixed, Select Women’s, Lorelei & Glee Club and performed at Carnegie Hall. Currently Captain of Varsity Track team. As member of Morris County Jack and Jill for 18 years, she has served as Corresponding and Recording Secretary. She volunteers for Homeless Solutions. Is a rising YouTuber, and enjoys video editing. Tiffany plans to attend Howard University where she will major in Communications Film/Media.

ifeoma white-thorpe

Ifeoma White-Thorpe, daughter of Patricia and Andre White-Thorpe, a member of the Morris County Chapter, attends Morris Hills High School in Rockaway NJ. She is the chapter Senior Teen President and current President of the Student Government Association, and founder of the African Cultural Club in her high school. She’s an AP Capstone Diploma candidate and has received the Outstanding Academic Excelsior award every year. Ifeoma has been inducted into the National Honor Society as well as five others, and is also a New Jersey Scholar. She volunteers regularly with the American Heart Association. Ifeoma will attend Harvard University.

nassau county, ny ashley codner

Ashley has been in Jack and Jill for five years and although she has not held any official positions she has been active and involved in community service activities. She attends Horace Mann School where her current hobbies and interests include Varsity soccer, travel soccer, creative writing, poetry, and music. Ashley would like to pursue studies in Creative Writing and English, as well as play Soccer while in college.

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natalie elizabeth deshommes

Natalie is the daughter of Sandra Altiné and Jean Deshommes and has been a member of the Nassau County Chapter of Jack and Jill for three years. Natalie has held several positions on the Teen Executive Board - 2014/15 Treasurer and 2015/16 Parliamentarian, and currently attends Sacred Heart Academy. She has several hobbies and her interests include Dance, Red and Gold Dance Captain, Track and Field, French Club, and Concerts. Natalie wishes to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.

evan howell

Evan is the son of John and Andrea Howell, and attends Baldwin Senior High School. Evan has been a member of Jack and Jill for twelve years and have held the office of President, Secretary, and Legislative Chair. Evan interests includes Baldwin High School Track, Basketball, Future Business Leaders, People to People Ambassador, Hofstra’s Saturday Scholar’s Academy Teacher’s Assistant, Red Cross Certified Lifeguard, and Pueblo Ingles Linguistic Immersion Program. Evan is interested in pursuing a career in business, however, a life goal changing the lives of those less fortunate.

jordan lewis

Jordan is a senior at West Hempstead H.S. and is the son of Paige East Johansen and Ron Lewis. Jordan’s stepfather is the late Halvden Johansen. Jordan has been in the Nassau County chapter of Jack and Jill for ten years. In addition to the variety of service activities Jordan has done with Jack and Jill, he has participated in service activities in his school and he has also served as an usher in his church for the last 5 years. Jordan wants to attend college as a student/athlete to play basketball and he will major in Sports Management.

nigel margetson

Nigel is the son of Stephanie and Nigel Margetson and has been a member of the Nassau County Chapter of Jack and Jill for the past nine years. He is currently the Sergeant of Arms on the Executive Teen Board. Nigel attends Long Island Lutheran High School where he is on the Varsity soccer and baseball teams. Nigel plans on majoring in Biology with a pre-dentistry track in college.

dominique olivia mclymont

Dominique is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rekasha and Felix McLymont, Jr. and has been a member of the Nassau County Chapter of Jack and Jill for fifteen years. Dominique is a senior at Cold Spring Harbor High School and is involved in numerous activities including Pep Band, Varsity Cheerleading, wher she was captain, Varsity Competition Cheerleading where she is captain, Varsity Golf, Cold Spring Harbor High School Theater Productions, French Club, Student Council, Natural Helpers and Robotics Club.

maya marie silva thompson

Maya Marie is a senior at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT. Maya is the daughter of Rev. Walter Thompson, Jr. & Dr. Linda Silva Thompson, and the sister of Ethan Emmanuel. She has been a member of the Nassau County Chapter for four years. Maya was elected 2nd Head of School her senior year, and Tri-head of the Black & Latino Alliance, Head Tour Guide, and President of her Junior class. She is a member of the Varsity Softball, Basketball, and fall Crew teams. Maya’s hobbies are pottery & global travel. She will major in Psychology in college & focus on leadership and global travel.

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jourdin yvonne thomas

Jourdin is a senior at South Side HS in Rockville Centre, NY and is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Harold Thomas. She has been a member of the Nassau County Chapter for 9 years. Jourdin is a member of the Math, Science, French and National Honor Societies. She has received the following recognition: Girl Scouts Bronze and Silver Service Awards (Gold Award Candidate, 2017), Academic All-State, All-State Honorable Mention, Nassau County All-County Basketball Team. Jourdin has been admitted to University of Chicago, Tulane University and is waiting to hear from other schools. Major: Neuroscience.

jada thorne

Jada is a senior at Great Neck South High School in Great Neck NY, and is the daughter of Shawne and Ronald Thorne. She has been a member of the Nassau County chapter for seven years. Jada is active in her community and is our 2016/17 Eastern Regional Teen Vice President. Jada is the Vice President of the youth group a community service at Mary Brennan Inn and president of her high school African American Culture Club. She has decided to attend college somewhere in the eastern region where she will major in communications and business management.

national harbor, md dominique lynnette brooks

Dominque Lynnette Brooks, honor roll student at Largo High School Biotechnology Magnet Program, is the daughter of Kevin and Darlene Brooks. A Jack and Jill member for 13 years, she is Teen President of the National Harbor Chapter. She is Class President, member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Bio Tech Club and an accomplished dancer, formely, with the Washington School of Ballet. She is an INROADS College Links Scholar and Emerging Leader with Leadership Prince George’s. Dominique plans to attend Univeristy of Maryland Baltimore County and persue a MD/PHD in Biomedical Reseach

maraya elaine burks

Maraya Elaine Burks, a senior at St. John’s College High School in Chevy Chase, D.C., is the daughter of Walter and Kelly Burks. A member of the National Harbor Chapter since 2010, she has served as Historian, Community Service Chair, Legislative Chair and currently Vice President. At St. John’s College High School, she is a Peer Ministry Team Leader, Founding Member and Social Action Chair of the “Say Our Names” Black Action Society and a member of the Emerging Leaders Program of Prince George’s County. She is planning to major in civil and environmental engineering and pursue her PhD.

taylor victoria fields

Taylor Fields is a senior at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD and is the daughter of Mark and Leslie Fields. Taylor has been a member of Jack and Jill National Harbor Chapter for 5 years where she has served as Legislative and Social Chair. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Trumpet player for the Wind Ensemble Honors band, Two-sport varsity athlete fo volleyball and lacrosse, HS Student Ambassador, and El Salvador Missionary trip HS volunteer. She has decided to attend the University of Delaware majoring in Computer Science and playing NCAA D1 lacrosse.

hadiyah richara monee owens

Hadiyah Richara Monee Owens is a senior at Bowie High School in Bowie, MD and is the niece of Jerome and Lovie Tarver. She has been a member of the National Harbor Chapter for 1 year. She is a leader in her community, church and is the Chaplain of the Kiamsha Youth Empowerment Organization. Hadiyah loves music and has shared her gift, singing locally and regionally. Hadiyah plans to attend Bowie State University where she will major in Psychology.

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jai alicia tarver

Jai Alicia Tarver is a senior at Annapolis Area Christian School in Severn, MD and is the daughter of Jerome and Lovie Tarver. She has been a member of the National Harbor Chapter for 7 years. She has served as the Teen Parliamentarian, Sergeant-At-Arms, and Chaplain. Jai is a natural leader and holds leadership positions at her school, church, Kiamsha Youth Empowerment Organization and the Pen or Pencil Movement. She loves to dance, sing and play basketball. Jai plans to attend North Carolina Central University where she will major in Psychology and Education.

new castle county, de camryn allen

Camryn Allen is a senior at the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE, and she is the daughter of James and Adrienne Allen. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for eleven years and a New Castle County member for four years. Camryn has served as Chaplain, Sergeant-At-Arms, Community Service Co-Chair and co-founded a program called “Jill Talks Back”, which provides safe environments for girls to discuss prevalent social issues. Camryn will attend college with ambitions of becoming an attorney, augmenting her passion for justice and advocating for those without a voice.

ashleigh brady

Ashleigh Brady is a senior at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware and is the daughter of Dr. Drew and Evelyn Brady. She’s been a member of the New Castle County Chapter of Jack and Jill for six years. Ashleigh is an AKA, Zeta Omega debutante. She is a co-leader or her school’s Diversity Club and attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Ashleigh has volunteered as a volleyball camp counselor and dog walker at the S.P.C.A. She’s undecided about college, but hopes to major in architecture and continue volleyball in college.

william alexander “alex” collins

William Alexander “Alex” Collins is a senior at Mt. Pleasant High School in Wilmington, DE and is the son of William and Brenda Byers Collins. He has been a member of the New Castle County Chapter for 15 years. Alex’s community involvement includes collecting and packaging food and toiletries for homeless and foster children, collecting shoes for Shoes to Share, providing school supplies for children in need, and visiting the sick and shut-in. Alex is undecided as to the college he will attend. Alex plans to study business management to become an entrepreneur.

arryana jewel daniels

Arryana Daniels is a senior, National Honor Society, Varsity Soccer Team Captain at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware. Arryana is the daughter of Dr. Vincent and Mrs. Melanie Daniels. She has been a member of the New Castle County Delaware Chapter for 12 years. Arryana is active with First Tee of Delaware where she provides over 100 hours oc community service hours a year. Currently, Arryana is entertaining several Division I College Soccer offers that will support her desire to pursue a Biology Pre-Medical degree.

adrian thomas jenkins

Adrian Jenkins is a senior at Sanford School in Hockessin, Delaware and is the son of Michael and Karen Jenkins. He was a member of the West Suburban Chicago Chapter for 3 years and has been a member of the New Castle County Chapter for 13 years serving as Teen Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. Adrian has been active in his church, DuPont’s First Robotics Team and tutoring & mentoring youth in math as a means of promoting STEM. Adrian has decided to attend Hampton University where he will major in computer science and minor in mathematics or digital production.

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camryn lane

Camryn Lane is a senior at The Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Lane. She has been a member of the New Castle County Chapter for 15 years. Camryn currently serves as the teen president of her chapter. She has also served as Vice President and Treasurer. At Tatnall, Camryn participates in the Biomedical Club, Chemistry Club, Special Olympics Project Unify, plays volleyball and is a member of the winter and spring track team. Camryn attends Bethel A.M.E. She plans to major in Neuroscience and pursue a career in research or medicine.

jade olurin

Jade Olurin is a Senior at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware. She is the daughter of Dr. Omo Olurin and Dr. Pecos Olurin. A member of the New Castle County Chapter for eight years, Jade has been involved in her community by participating in the Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service, baking and donating gifts to a local elementary school for the holidays, writing for her local newspaper and serving as the President of her school student ambassador club, to name a few. She is currently exploring her college choices.

jasmine imani washington

Jasmine Imani Washington is a Senior at The Keystone School in Newark, Delaware and is the daughter of Carol and Brian Washington. She has been a member of the New Castle County Chapter for 9 years. Jasmine has served as the Historian, Sergeant-at-Arms and is currently the Community Service Co-Chair. She has volunteered at the Food Bank of Delaware, Warner Elementary and Serviam Girls Academy. Jasmine participates on an AAU track and field team and qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics for the past two years. Jasmine plans to attend college a pursue a career in Physical Therapy.

new haven, ct morgan victoria edwards

Morgan Victoria Edwards, daughter of Marcellus III and Patrice Edwards, is a senior at Mercy High School, Middletown Connecticut. She has been a member of the New Haven Chapter since she was a toddler. Morgan is currently Teen Parliamentarian and past Teen Chaplin. Morgan is a member of the Mercy Dance Team, Saint Luke’s Steel Band and Liturgical Dancers, she also volunteers at St. Luke’s Community Soup kitchen and Beecher School. Morgan plans to pursue a career in Education.

nile ellis

Nile Ellis is a senior at the Engineering and Science University Magnet School in West Haven, CT and is the son of Malcolm Ellis and Medria Blue-Ellis. He has been a member of the New Haven Chapter for 17 years. He plays varsity football and lacross. Nile is an award holding member of the Technology Student Association of America and participant in the Yale Model United Nations. He volunteers in his school and community and is the senior class Treasurer. Nile will attend college in the fall and plans to study business and finance to prepare for a career as an entrepnuer.

caitlyn victoria hughes

Caitlyn Hughes is a senior at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, CT and is the daughter of Larry and Tanya Hughes. She has been an active member of the New Haven Chapter for 17 years, serving as chapter Corresponding Secretary and Vice President. She has been on the Regional Board for the past two years. She plays varsity softball and serves as a student leader. Caitlyn has been an active participant with the AKA Sorority ASCEND program. She volunteers in her school and community and is the current Regional Teen Treasurer. Caitlyn plans to further her studies in Hawaii.

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nia james

Nia James is a senior at Metropolitan Business Academy in New Haven, CT and is the daughter of Mrs. Stephanie Y. Willis (Vaughn) and Mr. Martin James. She has been an active member of the New Haven Chapter for 10 years. She plays varsity basketball and serves as a student leader. Nia has been an active participant with the AKA Sorority Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) program and the NAACP Youth Division. She volunteers in her school and community.

newton, ma sophia greenaway

Sophia Greenaway, a senior at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts, is the daughter of Alicia and Keith Greenaway and has been a member of the Newton Chapter for four years. At Milton Academy, Sophia is one of the founders of Student Advocates which educates individuals on learning disabilities. She is a member of the Varsity Squash and Varsity Sailing teams and volunteers at a school in Boston serving Haitian students. Sophia spends summers working on Boston Harbor as a sailing instructor and plans to earn her undergraduate degree in International Relations.

sierra joi smither

Sierra Smither, daughter of Shelby and Ernest Smither, is a senior at Ashland High School in Ashland, Massachusetts where she plays Varsity Tennis, is a member of the Student Council and tutors 5th grade girls in Math and English. Sierra has been a member of the Newton Chapter for 14 years where she currently serves as Teen President. She has also served as Teen Community Service Chair, Scrapbook Co-Chair and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Sierra plans to attend college at an HBCU where she will major in Political Science.

north jersey, nj brian bond

Brian Bond is a senior at the Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey and is the son of Alan and Sheila Bond, MD. He has been a member of the North Jersey Chapter for 12 years. Brian has been an honor roll student in Honors/AP classes. He is Vice president of the student body. He is Captain of the football team, defensive player of the year. He was named to the 3rd team All State of NJ Defensive team. He is active in the CUSH program at St. Paul Baptist church in Montclair, NJ. He has decided to attend the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton where he will major in Economics.

lloyd-james “lj” andrew davidson

Lloyd-James Andrew Davidson is a senior at The Pingry School located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and is the proud son of Bernard and Karan Davidson. LJ has been a member of the North Jersey Chapter for 7 years. In his senior year he was the Financial Secretary for his chapter, manager of the football team, key player for his basketball team and received the President Volunteer Service Award for community service. LJ was accepted into the Sports Management program at Syracuse University. After graduating college LJ plans to attend law school to pursue a career as a Sports Attorney.

richard simon

Richard Simon is a senior at West Orange High School in West Orange, New Jersey and is the son of Brett and John Simon. He has been a member of the North Jersey Chapter for four years. During this time, he’s served as Vice President and Recording Secretary. Richard is also a member of the Montclair, NJ chapter of the Kappa League and played for the West Orange High basketball and football teams. He plans to attend Howard University and pursue a career in Advertising.

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dwayne alexander warren

Dwayne Warren is a senior at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, New Jersey and is the son of the Hon. Dwayne and Dr. Karma Warren. He has been a member of the North Jersey Chapter for 3 years. In this time, he has served as the Sergeant-At-Arms and Vice-President. Dwayne is a scholar athlete with success in both Varsity Football and Track & Field. He has received numerous honors in football and track including NJ Scholar Athlete of the Week, NJ Top 100 Football Players and All-County in Track. Dwayne will attend Princeton to play football and to pursue a career as a Physician.

christopher austin williams

Christopher Austin Williams is a senior at Seton Hall Prepartory School in West Orange , New Jersey and is the son of Christopher and Shell Williams . He has been a member of the North Jersey Chapter for 5 years. In that time he has served as the Parlimentary and Historian. Austin received academic honors and is an athlete with success in both Varsity football and the Captain of the Varsity basketball team. Austin received the J&J voluntary service award. Austin has decided to attend American University in Washington, DC where he will pursue a career in Law.

destinee clark

Destinee Clark is a senior at West Orange High School in West Orange, NJ and is the daughter of Gregory and Nicole Clark. She has been a member of the North Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 4 years. Destinee is an exceptional academic student and an active volunteer in her church. She is a member of the ASCEND leadership program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. Destinee has a passion for the performing arts and is an accomplished dancer in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She plans to attend a university that will support her interests in Marketing.

sydney winkler

Sydney Winkler is a senior at West Essex Regional High School in North Caldwell, NJ and is the daughter of Maury and Darlene Winkler. She has been a member of the North Jersey Chapter for 12 years. She is currently the Senior Teen Historian. She has participated in MESH, Christina’s Kitchen, City Harvest and Sierra House Community Service Projects. She is the President of the Essex County Teen Talk Gavel Club. A member of: AKA ASCEND, WEHS Fencing and Photograpy Club. She has decided to attend Howard University in Washington, DC where she will major in Computer Science.

northern virginia, va rachel michelle simone black

Rachel Michelle Simone Black is a senior at South County High School in Lorton, Va., and is the eldest daughter of Colonel Simona Black and Colonel Michael Black. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for seven years, and is serving her second term as teen president of the Northern Virginia Chapter. Rachel is a member of Top Teens of America, a program dedicated to community service, and also serves as president of Girl Scout Troop 2269. Rachel has a passion for marine ecology and plans to pursue a career in marine science after college.

philadelphia, pa christopher alleyne

Christopher Alleyne is a senior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA and is the son of Craig and Jennifer Alleyne. Chris has been a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Jack & Jill for 10 years. Chris is Captain of the Boys Varsity Baseball Team and starts as a Guard on the School’s varsity basketball team. He will attend the University of Maryland in the fall, on a baseball scholarship, where he plans to major in Sports Management.   

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Hope McQuilken Boone

Hope is a senior at Central High School in Philadelphia, PA, and the daughter of Francine and Kenneth Boone. Hope happily joined the North Jersey Chapter as a two-year old and transferred to the Philadelphia Chapter in in 2005. Hope received science, visual arts, and writing awards/distinctions; publications include the NYTimes. com, GFS/Studies in Ed., and a scientific abstract. She is working on an independent neuroscience project at Temple Medical School after volunteering at a Johns Hopkins Spine-Neurosurgery Lab. College-To be decided. Career Goal-Physician/research scientist.

alexa remise casimir green

Alexa Remise Casimir Green is a Senior at The Salisbury School in Salisbury, Maryland. She is the daughter of Sandra Casimir and a member of the Philadelphia Chapter for the past six years. In 2015-16, she held the position of secretary. Alexa has been actively involved with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. youth group since age 5. She is Senior class president, president of cultural alliance, member of the mock trial team at school. She also participates in model UN and key club. In addition, she has countless hours of community service. Alexa is currently deciding between college acceptances.   

ian tyler carter diaz

Ian is a senior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He is the son of Eric Diaz and Marisa Willis-Diaz. He has been a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Jack and Jill since 2010. Ian has played varsity baseball and golf teams for all four years and served as the golf team captain. Although Ian will play college baseball he has currently not made a final decision on which college he will attend. He will major in Journalism. 

daniel james edwards

Daniel James Edwards is a senior at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA. and is the son of Angela Gaddie-Edwards (White). He has been a third-generation member of the Philadelphia Chapter for 13 years where he has held the positions of Sergeant of Arms and Parlimentarian. Daniel has played football since the age of 8, and during his years at Roman received All-Catholic recognition. Daniel will attend college in the fall where he plans to pursue a major in Physical Therapy.

melanie (mel) eliza graves

Melanie Eliza Graves is the daughter of Kymberly Ann Truman Graves and is a senior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia. Mel has been a member of Jack & Jill for sixteen years, and she is the current Teen President. At school, Melanie is an international ambassador, and has traveled to Cuba and Peru making use of her bilingual talents. She is a diversity leader who has attended numerous conferences & she trains students, faculty, and parents in diversity and inclusion matters. Mel was admitted early decision to Wellesley College, which she will attend in the Fall of 2017.

christopher (chris) johnson

Christopher (Chris) Johnson, son of Valerie Robinson and Carlton Johnson, has been a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Jack and Jill for sixteen years. He has attended The William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since Kindergarten where he has earned varsity letters in wrestling and cross country and serves as captain of the chess team. With a penchant for international travel, he plans to study international business and Mandarin in college.

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robert joseph samuels

Robert Joseph Samuels is a senior at The Haverford School located in Haverford Pennsylvania and is the son of Robert and Janet Samuels. Robert has been a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., for fourteen years. Robert is a member of his high school tennis team and plays the piano. He has traveled extensively to a number of places including South Africa, Amsterdam, France, Sweden, Central America and the Caribbean. Robert looks forward to attending Franklin and Marshall College, majoring in Biology in preparation of pursuing a career in the health professions.

collin dean washington

Collin Dean Washington is a student at Central High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is the son of Dean and Wanda Washington. He has been a member of the Philadelphia Chapter for thirteen years and currently serves as the Sergeant at Arms. He is an active member at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, and serves on the Junior Missionary Ministry. He will attend Temple University on a full Athletic Scholarship for Football in the fall and plans to pursue a degree in Sports Management.

pittsburgh, pa taylor janet brown

Taylor Janet Brown is a senior at the Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA and it the daughter of Mr. Milton Brown and Dr. Tammy Miles-Brown. She has been a member of the Pittsburgh Jack and Jill Chapter for 13 years. In the community, she volunteer teaches 6-7 sunday school students, and is the president of the community service club at her school. She plans on attending attending a Liberal Arts college, and will major in Biology on a pre-medical track. In the future, she plans on continuing to medical school with the intention of becoming a genetic pathologist.

katherine ermintrude davenport

Katherine is a senior at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Lynn Davenport. She volunteered at The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, The Carnegie Science Center and The Hillman Center for the Arts. Katherine also served as an Admissions Ambassodor and Community Builder roles at Shady Side Academy. She also chaired fundraising activities for the Prom Committee and is an accomplished thespian. Katherine plans to attend a Liberal Arts College majoring in History or Political Science with postgraduate aspirations of Law School.

evan scott frazier, jr.

Evan is a senior at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA and is the son of Mr. Evan Frazier and Dr. Holly Hatcher-Frazier. He has been a member of the Jack and Jill of America Pittsburgh Chapter for 14 years. Evan is grounded in his community and engages in service opportunities in addition to participating in mission trips through his school. Evan plans to major in Entrepreneurship in the Business School at University of Dayton. He has an interest in commercial real estate with a strong focus on urban renewal projects.

samanta josephine graves

Samantha Josephine Graves is a senior at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA and is the Daughter of Charles and Melodie Roach. She has been a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Jack and Jill for 4 years. She is extremely involved in Community Activities: She volunteers at UPMC Hospitals, Ronald Mc Donald House, Heritiage Initiative, and with the Girl Scouts. She has decided to attend York College after receiving the Presidential Scholarship. She sill be major in Biology and plans to attend Medical School.

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mckenzie noel morrissey

McKenzie Noel Morrissey is a senior at North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Mrs. Yvette Dudley Morrissey. She is an active member of the Stage Crew, the Multicultural Student Union , Student Council, and GirlGov. McKenzie hopes to become a political correspondent in Washington, D.C. She plans to attend the University of Louisville or American University with a degree in Political Science and Economics. McKenzie aspires to have a post graduate degree from Georgetown University, School of Law.

liza blair wilson

Liza Blair Wilson is a senior at Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Janis Burley Wilson and Dr. David Wilson. She has completed 150 hours of volunteer service in high school including Row Camp in Baltimore, the Student Ambassadors Program at Oakland Catholic High School, and several Pittsburgh Cultural Trust events as a greeter and receptionist. Liza plans to attend Columbia University’s dual BA program with Sciences Po in France studying international business, attaining global citizenship, and mastering multiple languages.

potomac valley, md alexandra duncan

Alexandra is a senior at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. and is the daughter of Janell Mayo Duncan and Lawrence Duncan III. She has been a member of the Potomac Valley Chapter for 13 years. She is active in photography and film, co-heads an a Capella group, and is an arts editor for her school’s diversity magazine, Insight. Alexandra has chosen to attend Hampshire College where she will concentrate in visual arts, Africana Studies, Cognitive Science, and Social Change. She plans to pursue a MFA in the future.

preston mcquade heard

Preston McQuade Heard, is a senior at Sidwell Friends School. He is the son of Gregory and Denielle Heard. Preston has been a member of the PVC since 2003, and has been active in community service throughout DC Metro and in Central America. Preston is the founder of “Every Save Counts”, has raised funds for the Leukemia/ Lymphoma Society and was honored as a Student of the Year. As captain of his varsity Lacrosse team, Preston represented Maryland as goalie in the Under-Armour Games and was one of the elite players selected by Nike to participate in “The Ride.” Preston has committed to play lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania.

jordan o’neal johnson

Jordan O’Neal Johnson is a senior at Walt Whitman High School. She’s the daughter of Joseph and Deborah O’Neal Johnson. Jordan joined the Potomac Valley Chapter in 2014 and served on the 2015 and 2016 Executive Boards. She received numerous academic accolades including National Merit Commended Student Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction. Jordan founded the girls’ varsity golf team, served as the team Captain, and competed at the State level. She served her community as a Montgomery County Future Vote Ambassador and LPGA USGA Girls Golf eLeader. Jordan plans to study business and pursue a career in corporate America.

naiya alise ray

Naiya Alise Ray is a senior at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland and is the daughter of Stanley and JeVivvien Ray. Has been a member of the Potomac Valley Chapter for six years. Naiya is currently the Senior Teen President and has served as Vice President and Parliamentarian. She was also awarded 2015 Eastern Region Distinguished Teen. Naiya has been involved with various community service such as, Boys and Girls Club, Manna Food Bank and National Center for Children and Families. She has decided to attend Xavier University and major in Pre-Med to become an Oral Surgeon.

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sydne’ marie wilkinson

Sydne’ Wilkinson is a senior at Winston Churchill High School, in Potomac, Maryland and is the daughter of Daniel R. Wilkinson Sr. and Shawnda N. Wilkinson. She has been a member of the Potomac Valley Chapter for 14 years. She has served a historian. Her community service involves manna food bank and The National Center for Children and Families. She has decided to attend The Ohio State University where she will major in Business.

prince george’s county, md miles jaye brown

Miles Jaye Brown is a senior at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. He is the son of Dr. Wayman Brown and Dawn Brown. He has two siblings, Kyle and Jillian. He has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter for 6 years. Miles is an active member of Prince George’s Community Church and volunteers with the McKenna Center. He is a scholar athlete who plays football, basketball and rugby. Miles plans to attend a university on the East Coast, obtain a 5 year MBA and pursue a career in Sports Management.

jason charles-ballard carroll

Jason Charles-Ballard Carroll is a senior at St. Stephens St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia and is the son of Dawne Carroll, MD and Charles Edward Ballard (deceased). He spent his junior year in Dakar, Senegal as scholarship recipient from the State Department and received their prestigious “Outstanding Service Award”. Jason has been a member of the Prince George’s Chapter for 15 years, is fluent in French, and received the Varsity award in Cross Country. He plans to study International Relations and pursue a career with the Foreign Service.

nicole maria chapman

Nicole Maria Chapman, daughter of Kimberly Jenkins-Chapman and Bryan Chapman, is a senior at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC. A member of Jack and Jill for five years, she served as Parliamentarian for two years and currently serves as Legislative Chair. Nicole ran varsity track and field for four years, was selected Captain and received the varsity Most Improved Player Award. She was also the only Black female four-year varsity member of her school’s debate team. Nicole plans to attend college in the fall and major in Biology. She wants to pursue a career in medicine.

kailyn aloni shaw geter

Kailyn Aloni Shaw Geter, daughter of Melanie Shaw Geter and Kirk Geter, is a National Honor Society Senior at St. Johns’ College High School in Washington, D.C. She has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2004. Kailyn is an active volunteer with Ft. DuPont Ice Arena where she serves as an assistant coach, teaching skating skills to young girls. Kailyn is a 2015 USFS National and Eastern Sectional Gold medalist in synchronized ice skating. She plans to attend a University in the northeast and study neuroscience. Kailyn’s career aspiration is to become a physician.

niyette johnson

Niyette Johnson is a senior at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, MD and is the daughter of Corey and Shadonna Wallace. She has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter for one year. Niyette is an active member of the National Society of High School Scholars, Student Government Association (Secretary), Seton Ambassadors, and Roadrunners for a Cure (President). She was a varsity swimmer for four years, All County First Team, and the team captain her senior year. Niyette is making her final decision on her college choice but she plans to major in Biology.

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spencer madison kee

Spencer Madison Kee is a senior at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC and is the son of Arnold and Shelley Kee. He has one brother, Sterling. Spencer is an active member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden where he serves in the Puppet Ministry. Spencer is Co-President of the Black Student Union at Sidwell, and runs on the cross country and track teams. Spencer has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter for 6 years and is the Chair, Sr. Teen Service Committee. Spencer plans to major in Computer Science, Math or Physics.

lauryn helena langster

Lauryn Helena Langster is a Senior at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, where she is a member of the Dance Troupe, Track & Field team, and Young Democrats Club. She is the daughter of Mr. Travis Langster and Mrs. Andrea Hewlett-Langster, and has been 9-year member of the Prince George’s County Chapter. During Lauryn’s tenure in Jack and Jill, she served as her Chapter First Vice-President and Community Service Co-Chair. She has been an active volunteer throughout her community. Lauryn is finalizing her college choice, where she will major in Journalism or Engineering.

sydney mathis

Sydney Mathis, daughter of Vincent and Katherine Mathis, is a senior at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. At Holton, she’s a member of the Wind Ensemble, Model UN, Black Student Union, and is a Peer Counselor. Also, she’s a four year Senior Captain on the Varsity Swim Team where she holds a pair of relay records; earned Washington Post Honorable Mention honors; is a multiple time PVS Scholar-Athlete and ISL award recipient. A member of Jack and Jill for 10 years, she is the Chapter Senior Teen President. Sydney plans to swim and study business.

kenydi mcwilliams

Kenydi McWilliams is an honor student who strives for excellence. Kenydi is a senior at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, MD and the daughter of Katrina and Darryl McWilliams. As a member of Jack and Jill for over eight years, Kenydi has participated in numerous community service initiatives. Her athletic talent helped to lead the CH Flowers track team to a county, regional, and state championship in 2016. Kenydi plans to attend college on a track scholarship as a business major with the dream of owning her own business one day.

sydney alexandra rice

Sydney Alexandra Rice is a senior honor student at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland. Sydney is the daughter of James and Michelle Rice. She is a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter and in 2016 served as Senior Teen Co-Chair of Community Service. Sydney enjoys photography and is a member of the crew team. She is passionate about community service and spent time this summer completing mission work and studying Spanish in Costa Rica. Sydney is plans to major in Biology and Spanish and is undecided where she will attend college.

prince william county, va christian r. banks

Christion Banks is a senior at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia and is the son of Andrew and Mishta Brooks Sr. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for one year. He is currently a member of the following community organizations Kappa League and Gainesville Dance Club. At his school he participates in the Urban Dance Club, French Honor Society, the Cross County and Track running teams. He has not decided where he will attend school in the fall but he will major in Computer and Cognitive Science.

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kayla coleman

Kayla Coleman is a senior at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia and is the daughter of Keith and Cimmerian Coleman. She has been a member of the Prince William County Chapter for eight years and serves as Teen Secretary. Kayla received an Academic Letter, serves on her school’s Journalism staff, and as Secretary of Educators Rising. She is making her final decision about where to attend college and plans to major in Mass Communications.

madison leigh jones

Madison Leigh Jones is a graduating senior and boarding student at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania where she is President of the Black Student Union and Senior Representative on the Student Conduct Review Committee. She is the daughter of Tyree & Melanie Jones. Along with her twin sister Sinclaire, she has been a member of Jack & Jill for 12 years. Maddi enjoys service projects helping children, most recently as a camp leader at the Smithsonian National Zoo and in rural Nicaragua and Costa Rica. She hopes to attend the US Naval Academy and become an Officer and an Engineer.

sinclaire alyssa jones

Sinclaire Alyssa Jones is a graduating senior and boarding student at The Madeira School in McLean, VA where she is the Head of the Judicial Council. She is the daughter of Tyree & Melanie Jones. Along with her twin sister Madison, she has been a member of Jack & Jill for 12 years and is currently a member of the Prince William County, VA Chapter. She counts among her numerous volunteer activities service to her community at the local library and service to her country as an intern for Congressman John Lewis. She plans to major in Business Administration and is a future entrepreneur.

michael anthony lawrence

Michael Anthony Lawrence is a senior at Patriot High School and the Governor’s School at Innovation Park (hosted at George Mason University). He is a Prince William County Chapter member of 13 years and has served as Teen Sergeant at Arms and Editor. He has made the Honor roll throughout high school and participated in outreach programs working through SERVE and UNICEF such as Key Club International. He participates on the Varsity Lacrosse team and marching band as well. He is making his final decision on his college choice and plans to play lacrosse and major in engineering.

mark melbourne

Mark Melbourne will complete his senior year at K12 International Academy. He is the son of Patrick and Carolette Melbourne. He has been a member of the Prince Willam County Chapter for 8 years and currently serves as Teen Parliamentarian. Mark’s passion for athletics and civic engagement is reflected in his selection as a 3-time MVP and NVIAC All-Conference player as well as multiple internships with the Children’s Science Center, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Inaugural Youth Leadership Council & Civic Engagement Program and Girls in Politics Initiative Camp Congress . A final decision regarding college choice is still pending.

megan melbourne

Megan Melbourne will complete her senior year at Keystone School. She is the daughter of Patrick and Carolette Melbourne. Megan precedes her twin brother, Mark, by 2 minutes and her younger brother, Daniel, by 2 years. She has been a member of the Prince Willam County Chapter for 8 years and currently serves as Teen Editor. Throughout high school Megan has served in a leadership capacity as both Captain of her Varsity volleyball team and House Head in student government. She is a 3-time MVP and NVIAC All-Conference player. Megan’s interest in medicine is reflected in the way she has served her community and enriched her learning.

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chandler smith

Chandler Smith, daughter of Gene and Nita Smith, has been a member of the Jack and Jill for 16 years. She is currently serving as the Teen Vice-President. Chandler has received her Academic Bar at Patriot High School. She is an avid equestrian and has gone to the Virginia State Horse Association Finals for the past two years. She has volunteered at Northern Virginia Family Service for the past three years, where she assists with food distribution and scheduling. Chandler is undecided as to which college she will attend, but plans to major in psychology, with a pre-med minor.

nia c.c. williams

Nia C.C. Williams, the daughter of Sanford Williams, Esq. and Dr. Anastasia Williams, is a senior at Osbourn High School in Manassas, Virginia. A member of the Prince William County Chapter for 7 years, she currently serves as the Teen President. An avid leader, she also serves as President of her school’s Model U.N., Black Heritage Club, and English Honor Society, and Vice President of the National Honor Society. She has written over 100 songs and released her first single in 2014. Nia is an athlete, musician and scholar who plans to study Political Science and Music.    

queens, ny jewel adell chavis

Jewel Adell Chavis is a senior at Saint Francis Preparatory High School (SFP) in Fresh Meadows, New York and is the daughter of James A. and Tracey E. Chavis. Jewel has been a member of the Queens Chapter for the past three years and currently serves as the Teen Vice President and Sergeant-At- Arms. In addition, Jewel served as the Legislative and Foundations Chair. She is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (N.S.H.S.S.). Jewel plays the flute in the SFP Concert Band and enjoys photography and traveling. She is active in her church’s Sunday School and volunteers with the Girl Scouts. Jewel plans to attend college in the fall for Accounting.

eric devon hills

Eric Devon Hills is a senior at Saint Francis Prepartory Highschool in Fresh Meadows, New York and is the son of Naomi K. Hills, Esq. Eric is a member of the Queens chapter for 7 years and is the Foundation chair. Eric is active in sports and is a member of his school’s Rugby team and a former football player. Eric is involved with campus youth ministry and volunteers with the local soup kitchen, senior citizens home, “midnight run” which provides food and clothing to the homeless. Eric will attend college in the Fall and plans on majoring in Engineering and Business.

asia christela leandre

Asia Christela Leandre is a senior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in Brooklyn, New York and is the daughter of Christela and Jacques M. Leandre Esq. She has been a member of the Queens Chapter for 7 years and is currently Teen Corresponding Secretary. Asia is also a Junior Cheerleading Coach with the Rosedale Jets Football team and Cheerleading Association and Junior Assistant Treasurer at Muhammad Mosque #7 in Harlem NY. Asia will be a Pre-Med major in the Fall, and plans to become a General Pediatric Surgeon.

Nia-Aiyana Powell Meeks

Nia is a senior at Fiorello LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts in New York, NY and is the daughter of Congressman and Mrs. Gregory Meeks. She has been a member of the Queens chapter for 7 years, served as Corresponding Sec’y and Historian, is a Johns Hopkins Gifted and Talented member, plays piano, speaks French, has sung with Vy Higgensen’s Gospel for Teens, and serves community elders and Walter Reed Veterans. She will attend a college Conservatory in the Fall, and aspires to Broadway and performing internationally.

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brittany elise robinson

Brittany Robinson is a senior at George Washington Carver High School for the Sciences in New York and is the daughter of Winston and Nichelle Robinson. Brittany has been a member of the Queens Chapter for nine years. She serves the chapter as the current Teen President. She held various positions including Editor, Treasurer and Fundraising Chair. She also leads her Shot put and Discus team as their Captain. Brittany enjoys playing the piano and volunteering at a local charity for breast cancer. She will attend college and major in Pre-Medicine and aspires to become a Cardiologist.

reston, va marcus cherry

Marcus Cherry is a senior at South Lakes H.S. in Reston, Virginia and is the son of Ronald and Rosalind Cherry. He has been a member of the Reston Chapter for 14 years. He plays Varsity Basketball and Lacrosse at SLHS. Youth Usher at Heritage Fellowship Church. He serves as a Vice President, member of Kappa League, a program that promotes academics, leadership and life skills. He serves as Chaplain for Reston Chapter J&J senior teen group. Marcus earned his Lifeguard certification in tenth grade and works at Reston pools. Marcus plans to attend college majoring in Business.

alexander crumes

Alex Crumes is a senior at Langley High School in McLean, VA and is the son of Halbert and Michele Crumes. He has been a member of the Reston Chapter for five years. Alex served on the Youth Advisory Council of the Safe Community Coalition, and as a coach at his high school summer basketball camp. He is a part-time Lifeguard for the Fairfax Park Authority. He is interested in studying Kinesiology, Engineering, and Business. He is undecided on where he will attend college.

joshua dennis fraser

Joshua Frasier is a senior at The Potomac School, McLean, VA and is the son of Shawn W. Fraser, Esq. and Dr. Jarrod T. Fraser. He has been a member of the Reston Chapter of Jack and Jill of 13 years. He attends Heritage Fellowship Church and is on the Junior Usher Board. Joshua is captain of the caristy basketball team. He is in the Jazz Band, the Black Student Union, the Chess Club, the Philosophy Club, the Young Investors Club, the Debate Team, and the school newspaper. Joshua will attend Cornell University and plans to major in mechanical engineering.

Mark William Toliver Harper

Mark is a senior at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, VA and is the son of Kimberly and Mark Harper. He has been a member of the Reston Chapter of Jack & Jill for eight years. Mark is a member of the Chantilly High School College Partnership Program and participated in DECA. He participated in a paid internship program at AOL. Mark is a three year varsity letterman in football and two year varsity letterman in track. Mark has not made his final college choice, but has been accepted to Hampton University and plans to major in Business.

martin haynesworth

Martin Haynesworth is a senior at Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA. He is the son of Daniel and Linnie Haynesworth. He has been a member of the Reston Jack and Jill chapter for three years. Martin has been involved in Christmas toy delivery to US Military families, toiletry delivery to a women’s shelter and packaging meals for holiday delivery. Martin will pursue a degree in International Relations and will select from one of the eight colleges and universities that have accepted him.

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martin haynesworth

Martin Haynesworth is a senior at Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA. He is the son of Daniel and Linnie Haynesworth. He has been a member of the Reston Jack and Jill chapter for three years. Martin has been involved in Christmas toy delivery to US Military families, toiletry delivery to a women’s shelter and packaging meals for holiday delivery. Martin will pursue a degree in International Relations and will select from one of the eight colleges and universities that have accepted him.

kyle jean-paul heard

Kyle Jean-Paul Heard will graduate from George C. Marshall High School June 2017. He currently serves as President of Reston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. He is the Founder and President of the Black Student Union at Marshall High School. Kyle is an avid artist and lacrosse player. He will attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall and will major in Cinema and Business Administration.

jordan douglass james

Jordan Douglass James attends George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia. He is the son of Frank James and Vickie Walton-James. Jordan has received a school letter for academic achievement. He plays sousaphone in the Marching Band and tuba in the Wind Symphony. He plays Varsity Basketball and has earned All-Conference honors. Jordan has been a member of Jack and Jill Reston for eight years. He belongs to Heritage Fellowship Church in Reston, Virginia. He plans to attend college, studying sports medicine.

adrian collin paltoo

Adrian Collin Paltoo, a senior at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA, is the son of Dr. Dina Paltoo, and Dr. Brendon Paltoo. He has been a member of the Reston Chapter of Jack and Jill for 5 years. He has held participant leadership roles in the Kappa Leadership Development League, Junior Toastmasters, the Pathways to Baccalaureate Program, and competitive travel soccer teams. To fulfill his dream of becoming an expert chef and restaurant critic, Adrian will attend a premier culinary institution for an Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Culinary Arts and Science Management.

raymond maxwell waters

Raymond Maxwell Waters is a senior at Riverside High School in Leesburg, Virginia. He is the son of Margaret and Kevin Waters. He has been a member of the Reston Chapter for 12 years. When not blending words to music or expanding his photographic portfolio, he enjoys basketball and track. Ray is an usher at Heritage Fellowship Church, founding member of the Brothers’ Fun Camp, and secretary for the Dulles-Fairfax Kappa League. Ray has over 100 hours of volunteer service within the last year. He will attend college and major in business or fashion merchandise.

rochester, ny jennifer anne johnson

Jennifer Johnson is a senior at Pittsford Sutherland High School in Pittsford, NY and is the daughter of Jonathan and Cheryl Johnson. She has been a member of the Rochester,NY Chapter for 16 years. Jennifer has participated in organizing donations for Foodlink, making lunches for the local Ronald McDonald House and works as a teaching assistant for the Rochester Mueseum and Science Center. She will attend either the Rochester Institute of Technology or St. John Fisher College. She will major in Nursing or Physician Assistant Studies and become a Neurosurgical Nurse Practitioner or PA.

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rockland orange, ny Courtney tyrell Minniefield

Courtney Tyrell Minniefield is a senior at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx, New York and is the son of Nycole Smith-Minniefield. He has been a member of the Rockland Orange County Chapter for 1 year. Courtney is involved in Kappa League, New York University Excel Academy, SoulCycle, Rockland Monarchs AAU Basketball Team, Children’s Aid Society Corporate WorkPlace Program and Dream Yard Productions. He has decided to attend State University of New York at Oswego where he will major in Sports Management and pursue a career as a sports analyst.

Arianne Rowe

Arianne Rowe is a senior at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, New Jersey and is the daughter of Mr. Robert Rowe and Dr. Icilma Fergus Rowe. She has been a member of the Rockland Orange Chapter for 10 years. She serves as the Teen President of her chapter. She has been involved in many community efforts including Breakfasts with Santa, Midnight Run, and various food and clothing drives, as well as leadership activities. She has decided to major in International Relations with a concentration in world politics and diplomacy to one day work for the US Department of State.

myles solan

Myles Joseph Solan is a senior at Suffern High School in Suffern, NY and is the eldest son of Joe and Leslie Solan. Myles has been a member of the Rockland Orange Chapter for 7 years. He currently serves as the Teen President of the New Rochelle-White Plains Kappa League and is also a member of Naomi’s Program of Excellence. He is in the top 10% of his class, and has been inducted in the National Honor Society. Myles was All-Section for soccer twice and All-County for track twice. Myles will attend Cornell University on a Pre-med track in the College of Arts and Sciences.

julian l. straughter

Julian L. Straughter is a senior at Suffern High School in Suffern, NY and is the son of Nicole Moorer and Julian Straughter Sr. He has been a member of the Rockland Orange Chapter for 5 years. Julian has served on both the Regional Teen Executive and Chapter Teen Board. Julian is pursuing a Jr. Pilot’s License, Sings on the All Male Varsity Choir and runs track. A PVSA recipient, he continues community service and student mentoring for organizations such as Heroes and Cool Kids, Meals for Wheels, etc. Julian will follow a Pre-med track and will be attending SUNY Geneso.

south jersey, nj miles alexander bush

Miles Bush is a senior at Cherry Hill East HIgh School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and is the son of Daren Bush and Virna Alexander Rhodes. He has been a member of both the Baltimore and South Jersey chapters of Jack and Jill for 12 years. Miles serves on the teen executive board as the treasurer. He is actively involved in the Mock Trial Club at school, plays lacrosse and studies piano. He has not selected his university at this time, but plans to major in Political Science and minor in International Studies.

dahyo a. coleman

Dahyo A. Coleman is a senior at Cherry Hill High School East in Cherry Hill, NJ and is the daughter of Douglas and Nikki Coleman. She has been a member of the South Jersey Chapter for 9 years and has served as Corresponding Secretary, Editor and is currently the Eastern Region Teen Nominating Chair. Dahyo has been a member of her schools Varisty Girls Basketball team, Track & Field and Mock Trial. She volunteers her time at Weisman Children’s Hospital where she is an adaptive swim buddy for children. Dahyo plans to attend college in the fall and pursue her passion for filmmaking.

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darius nai’m collins

Darius Nai’m Collins is a senior at St. Joseph High School in Hammonton, New Jersey and is the son of Dwayne and Felicia Collins. He has been a member of the South Jersey Chapter for seven years. Darius has volunteered at the Salvation Army, Food Bank of South Jersey, and donated toys to children in at risk communities. Darius is also a Distinguished Teen for his leadership as Sergeant at Arms and charasmatic personality. He has decided to attend Delaware Valley University or Shaw University where he will major in Computer Programming while pursuing his love of football.

jordan kelly

Jordan Kelly is a senior at Cherry Hill High School West in Cherry Hill NJ. She is the daughter of Tairee Wallace. Jordan has been a member of the South Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill for four years. She is passionate about working with children and is currently a teacher’s aid within the Cherry Hill NJ school district. Jordan has plans to attend Kean University in Union NJ where she will major in Elementary Education. She will be a future Special Education teacher.

jaelyn t. phillips

Jaelyn T. Phillips is an honor student and senior at Lenape High School in Medford, NJ. She is a Varsity Cheerleading and Vice President of the African American Club. She is the daughter of Kimberly D. Deal, Esquire and John Phillips. She has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2004, and is with the South Jersey Chapter. She has been involved in Girl Scouts since Kindergarten. She was also a chosen participant in the Make a Wish Foundation’s Give the Kids the World Service Project 2016. She plans to attend Hampton University to further study mathematics and science.     

kayla rhue slider

Kayla Rhue Slider is a senior at JW Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Mrs. Elka Battle-Murillo. She ia a South Jersey Chapter legacy member, serving on the Executive Board. Kayla is an honors student on the soccer, track, and cheerleading teams, involved with the Robotics and Speak-up! Club, and a student ambassador. Kayla volunteer’s at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a Camp Counselor, and a member of her churches Crossover Club. She is a State of New Jersey Rising Scholar and plans to pursue a career in Chemistry and Forensics.

chase tinsley

Chase Tinsley is a senior at Cherry Hill High School West in Cherry Hill, NJ and is the son of Dr. Shelley Tinsley and Brian Tinsley. He has been a member of the South Jersey Jack and Jill Chapter for 8 years. Chase has spent his summers helping veterans by volunteering at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He also serves as an usher at his church. Chase will attend Hampton University where he will major in pharmacy. He plans to have a successful career and would like to own his own pharmacy.

southern maryland, md colby paige bommer

Colby is a senior at Westlake High School in Waldorf, Maryland, and the daughter of Wilma J. Bommer. Colby has been a member of Southern MD Chapter for 8 years and currently serves as Teen President after holding Secretary and Editor positions. Colby is an honor student, Captain of Varsity Swimming, Varsity Girls Field Hockey Captain and Lacrosse. She is the Vice President of the Spanish Club and Student Government Treasurer at Westlake. Colby will attend Hampton University majoring in Marine Science to use her degree to study thermal expansion of warmer sea water, rising water levels due to climate change, and impacts on marine ecosystems.

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evan franklin

Evan Franklin is a senior at Huntingtown High School in Huntingtown, MD. He is the son of Eric and Rane Franklin of Owings, MD. He has been a member of the Southern Maryland Chapter since it’s chartering in 2006. Evan has been studying Tae Kwon Do for many years and has been awarded a Black Belt. He now takes great pride in teaching martial arts to other students and helping them to learn the discipline and physical requirements for mastery. He has decided to attend the College of Southern Maryland, achieve his Associate Degree, then transfer to a four-year university.

aaron m. monegain

Aaron M. Monegain is the son of Michael and Jill Monegain. He attends North Point High School for Science, Technology and Industry. He is a student in the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies program in the schools’ School of Advanced Technology. Aaron plans on majoring in Marketing in college.

stamford-norwalk, ct omar deon fortt

Omar Deon Fortt is the son of Dr. Tabitha and Guy Fortt. Omar attended St Luke’s School in New Canaan, CT. He enjoys mathematics and entrepreneurship. Omar’s hobbies include music, comedy, and basketball. Most of Omar’s volunteer time has been spent with Kyle’s Corner to encourage participation of African American males in the National Bone Marrow Registry. He plan to continue in college. A member of Jack and Jill for eight years, Omar has served as treasurer. Omar is active in the Union Baptist Youth Ministry. He will attend UCONN with a major in business while playing football.

lauryn victoria harris

Lauryn is a senior at Emma Willard School in Troy, New York and is the daughter of Kevin and Terry Harris. She has been a member of the Stamford-Norwalk Chapter since 2006. At school, she co-chairs “The Cure,” an organization advocating educational opportunities for girls globally; is a member of Black Hispanic Awareness which celebrates and promotes multicultural awareness. She was the lead theatrical makeup artist for the 2016 senior REVELs performance. She received school wide recognition for mathematic achievements. This fall, she enters college to study Marketing and Advertising

cassius johannes tobias johnson

Cassius Johannes Tobias Johnson is the son of Cassandra L. Tribble M.D. and Claude Earl Johannes Johnson. A Stamford-Norwalk chapter participant since 2006, he is currently teen group VP. Cassius attends Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut with academic interests in Science, Math, and Filmmaking. Currently the varsity football starting cornerback/wide receiver, Cassius was 2016 varsity track/field team co-captain and a 2015 Track and Field Rookie of the Year Award recipient. He will remain a student/athlete in college with an academic focus in finance, business and sports management.

lauren christiane lamb

Lauren Christiane Lamb is the daugher of Denise Massingale-Lamb and Rober Lamb III. Lauren was presented to society at the Jack and Jill Cotillion on May 28, 2016. The Choate Rosemary Hall, fifth former is on the Dean’s List, a member of Gold Key Society, enjoys slam poetry and is a tri-varsity athlete; cross-country, basketball and track. She is interested in history, writing, teaching and law.

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sydney lillie-annaliese lamb

Sydney Lillie-Annaliese Lamb is the daugher of Denise Massingale-Lamb and Rober Lamb III. Lauren was presented to society at the Jack and Jill Cotillion on May 28, 2016. The Phillips Exeter Academy, Upper is a photographer, sings with PEADS, Exeter’s only co-ed acapella group and is a member of the precision step team. She plans to continue her work as a photographer and is interested in history, psychiatry and law.

aaron phillip miller

Aaron Phillip Miller, son of Phillip & Cheryl Miller, of Stamford, CT., is a senior at the Greens Farms Academy of Westport, CT. He is preparing to graduate with the GFA Diploma in World Studies. History, Government Studies, Political Science and International Relations will be his focus, as he plans to attend a primary university in Washington, D.C. Aaron is an honor scholar athlete playing Soccer, Basketball, Baseball & Track. Aaron is a section lead tenor soloist. A lifetime member, he is the current chapter TeenPresident. Aaron desires to be a U.S. politician.

memphis mackenzie moye

Memphis is a senior at King School in Stamford Connecticut and is the daughter of Rose Jackson Moye and Michael G. Moye. She has been a member of the Stamford-Norwalk Chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. Memphis is captain of King’s Cross Country Team, leader of The Mentoring Club, tour guide ambassador and member of the Alumni Committee of The Greenwich Country Day School. She is in vocal ensemble and is a performing arts veteran. She serves as chaplin of The Stamford-Norwalk Lords and Ladies. Memphis has decided to attend Spelman College where she will major in Psychology.

morgan taylor

Morgan Taylor is a senior at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT. Morgan is very passionate about science and community service. In the summer of 2016, Morgan participated in John Hopkins University’s Brain Science Program, where she conducted and presented her research project on how music impacts the brain and memory. Morgan has participated in several World Vision mission trips to the Dominican Republic working with children. Morgan’s other interests include track and field (100 and 200 meter relay) and gymnastics. Morgan will attend University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2017.

suffolk county, ny evan mays

Evan Mays is a senior at The Cambridge School of Weston, located in Weston, Massachusetts and is the youngest son of Tammy and Michael Mays. Evan has since the age of 2 been a member of Jack and Jill of America, both the Nassau and Suffolk County Chapters. Evan advidly performs community service in the Boston, Massachusetts and Suffolk County, New York areas. He is most impassioned about providing computer training to not-forprofits as well as teaching minority males how to code. Evan will be studying Aerospace and Computer Science Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

autumn morris

Autumn Morris, daughter of Albert and Terry Morris, is a Senior at Half Hollow Hills H.S. in Dix Hills, NY. She is a member of the Suffolk County Jack and Jill for 7 years. Autumn is an honor student and a member of Varsity Track team. She is the Lead Teen Ambassador for Dream and Lead, Inc. Autumn dedicates her free time to helping children in Foster Care. She also serves as a Science Assistant for the Farmingdale STEP program. Autumn has been accepted to the University of Maryland, Iona College, Quinnipiac and Binghamton. She aspires to be a Doctor.

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miles h. palmore-middleton

Miles H. Palmore-Middleton is a Senior at Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School in Old Brookville, New York. He is the son of Daniel L. Middleton and Heather M. Palmore, Esq. of Amityville, New York. Miles has been a member of the Suffolk County Chapter for 13 years, where he served as Teen Chaplain and Nominating Chair. He is the President of his school, National Honor Society member, Homecoming King, football, basketball, crosscountry and track teams. He will be attending Wake Forest University, majoring in Business and wants to pursue a career in law and become a US Senator.

syracuse, ny malachi emmanuel

Malachi Emmanuel is a senior at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, NY. He is the son of Theodore Emmanuel and Selina B. Lazarus. Malachi has been a member of the Syracuse Chapter for four years and is currently the teen chapter president. Malachi has also served as the chapter’s corresponding secretary, and treasurer. Malachi is the captain of the Boys Varsity Soccer team, member of the Varsity Bowling team, member of the Spanish club, and participant in the spring musical. Malachi is finalizing his college plans. He plans to major in engineering.     

amina kilpatrick

Amina Kilpatrick, a senior at Manlius Pebble Hill in DeWitt, NY, the daughter of Gloria Kilpatrick and George Kilpatrick, a member of the Syracuse Chapter for sixteen years, is currently the teen parliamentarian, and previously recording secretary twice. She is a member of National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, Math League, and Model United Nations (MUN). Amina has won numerous awards in MUN and is a Scholastic Art winner. She has played varsity lacrosse, tennis and volleyball (serving as captain). In college she plans to study international relations, visual arts, or computer science.

jaden f. mitchell

Jaden F. Mitchell is a senior at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, NY and is the son of Floyd and Yolanda Mitchell. He has been a member of the Syracuse, NY Chapter for 11 years and is currently the chapter Vice President. He’s previously served as Parliamentarian, and Chaplain. He is a member and volunteer of the Abundant Life Christian Center in East Syracuse, NY. He was a participant in Junior Achievement. He played Varsity Football and Track for his school. Jaden is currently finalizing his plans for college. He will major is Business Administration with a focus on Management.

washington, dc mark ausbrooks ii

Mark Ausbrooks II is a senior at School Without Walls Senior High School in Washington, D.C. He is the son of Melane and Mark Ausbrooks. Mark has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter for seven years and currently serves as the chapter teen treasurer. He is the captain of his wrestling team and a member of the National French Honor Society. For many years, he has volunteered with Double Nickels and We Are Family, two D.C. organizations that focus on the needs of senior citizens. Mark has decided to study Chemical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University.

yazmine d. blake

Yazmine is a senior at St. John’s College High School. She is the daughter of Devarieste Curry. An honor student at St. John’s, she is principal violinist in the advanced school orchestra; first violinist in the string quartet; and a member of three school choirs. In 2016, Yazmine performed with the Washington Archdiocese Music Teachers Honors Orchestra and sang with the Washington National Opera’s Children’s Choir at the Strathmore. She is a member of the orchestra and a junior deacon at Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church. In college, she wishes to pursue a degree in music performance and journalism.

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ross brandon

Ross Brandon is a senior at DeMatha Catholic HS in Hyattsville, Maryland and is the son of Kimberly and Rod Brandon. He has been a member of the Washington, D.C. chapter for 8 years. Ross volunteers regularly at Central Union Mission, a men’s homeless shelter, as well as at St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Armed Forces Retirement Home. During the summer, he works as a lifeguard at the community pool. Ross plans to attend an HBCU where he will study exercise science and physical therapy and hopefully play Division 1 soccer.

cameron gadson

Cameron Gadson is the son of Anthony and Wendy Gadson. Cameron has been a member of the Washington, DC chapter since 2006. He will be graduating from DeMatha Catholic High School in June 2017. While attending DeMatha, Cameron was a member of the varsity Crew and Track & Field teams. Cameron has also volunteered hundreds of hours with non-profits in the DC Metro area including the Armed Forces Retirement Home & SOME. Cameron has received numerous acceptance letters from colleges and universities on the east coast and Midwest. He has not made a final decision on his school of choice.

hill gobourne

Hill Gobourne is a senior at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. and is the son of Captain Paul and Melanie Gobourne. He has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Jack and Jill for 15 years. He has actively served his community by working with the Northwest Senior Village and Pet Connect Rescue to volunteer more than 300 hours of his time and talent. In the fall, Hill will attend college to study both physics and studio art.

lauren sherrice harris

Lauren Harris ’17, St. John’s College High School senior, and inductee, National Honor Society and French Honor Society. A member of St. John’s French Club, Lauren attended a French immersion program with Senegal Projects Aboard, the Young Scholar’s Program, University of Maryland, and graduated the Youth Leader Class of 2016, Leadership Greater Washington. Lauren is a member of St. John’s Yearbook and received the Coaches Award for JV Women’s Lacrosse. She serves as Recording Secretary, Senior Teens, Washington D.C. Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. The daughter of Sherri and Ralph Harris, she will be 4th generation college educated.

kambria jeffery

Kambria Jeffery is a senior at Benjamin Banneker High School in Washington, D.C. and she is the daughter of Byron and Karon Jeffery. She has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Jack and Jill for 10 years. Kambria is a teen member of the American Business Women’s Association and a Junior member of the NAACP. She has consistently participated in Project Giveback, SOME, Martha’s Table, DC Central Kitchen, MOMMIES, the Library Project and volunteered in Labor and Delivery at Howard Hospital. She has decided to attend Xavier University in New Orleans where she will major in Biology/Premed.

jordan phillips

Jordan is a Senior at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. He is the son of Daryl and Lynne Robinson Phillips. He has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Jack and Jill for 13 years. Jordan is a dedicated volunteer at the Lisner – Louise - Dickson Hurt Home, an assisted living facility for senior citizens in Washington, D.C. and he has volunteered regularly at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church After School Program for children, also in Washington, D.C. Jordan will attend college in the Fall of 2017 and major in Sports Management.

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joseph arthur towns

Joseph Arthur Towns is a senior at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD where he played football for 4 consecutive years. He is the son of Lisa H. Slade DDS and James (Tony) Towns Esq. Joseph has been a Jack and Jill legacy member for 9 years. He was selected to attend the 2016 National Youth Leadership Forum in Engineering and Technology at the University of California Berkeley. Some of his community service activities include Food and Friends, the Food Pantry at Northeastern Presbyterian Church and the Hayride to Christmas. Joseph plans to attend college and major in Engineering.

andrew phillip tyler

Andrew Phillip Tyler is a senior at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland and is the son of Andre and Tanya Tyler. Andrew has been a member of the D.C. Chapter for 13 years. Andrew is committed to serving his community via organizations like Project Giveback and So Others Might Eat. Andrew is also the owner of Backyard Productions and donates a percentage of the sales of his carpenter bee traps to the Drew Nealley Fund, which provides funds for children’s physical education and team sports. Andrew will attend college in the fall and plans to major in Biology.

westchester, ny shayan ahmad

Shayan Ahmad is a senior at Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York and is the son of Zubaid and Lisa Ahmad. He has been a member of the Westchester Chapter for 18 years. He participates in various community service organizations such as Teen Works, which works to provide for and help underprivileged children in the local area. He has decided to attend Northwestern University where he plans to major in business, and also study Chinese, which he has been studying for some time.      

sidney michael bentil

Sidney Michael is a senior at Fordham Prep in the Bronx, New York. He is the son of Ingrid and Emmanuel Bentil. He has been a member of the Westchester chapter for 17 years. Sidney Michael has served as a peer mentor, campus ministry, and the track team for three years. He is also the founder of the Modern Music Club and writes a sports blog.      

charles gay

Charles Gay is the son of Richard and Cynthia Gay. Charles and his family joined Jack & Jill in 2002. He is a member of the Westchester Chapter. Charles has served as Teen Parliamentarian, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer and has attended numerous J&J Conferences. He is a senior at Horace Mann School; he has made the Honor Roll every year and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Charles was appointed to the Student Body Diversity Council, is active with Model UN and Model Congress, and has served in various leadership capacities throughout high school .     

Gordon Graham

Gordon Graham is a senior at Oxford Academy in Westbrook, CT and is the son of Pamela Thomas-Graham and Westchester J&J alum Lawrence Otis Graham. Gordon has been a member of Westchester Jack & Jill for 17 years. A student at Horace Mann School in NYC until leaving for boarding school in 10th grade, he served on his schools’ lacrosse, ski, and cross-country teams and played clarinet. He will attend college after taking a gap year to work on the Fox Studios production of the TV series being made from his father’s book, “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class”.

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sydney jasper

Sydney Tyler Jasper has been a member of Jack and Jill of Westchester since 2004. She is the daughter of Nancy Roberson Jasper and Sterling Jasper Jr. Sydney has excelled both academically and athletically. She graduated with honors from New Rochelle High School and was awarded the Robert D. Goodson Award for Social Justice, among many other awards. Athletically, she was selected as All Sectional, All Regional and Player of the Year 2017 for Girl’s Soccer by the regional coaches. She will be attending the College of William and Mary in the fall, majoring in Government and Psychology.

terrell jordan jenkins

Terrell is a senior at Yonkers Montessori Academy in Yonkers, New York and is the son of Deborah HudsonJenkins and Kenneth Jenkins. He has been a member of the Westchester Jack and Jill Chapter for 16 years. Over this time, he has served as an officer in the Teen Chapter each year, as well as being involved in multiple community service organizations (i.e. YMCA, Youth Theatre Interactions, Yonkers Bike Club, etc.). He has decided to attend Purchase College where he will major in Theater Production.

cameron plummer

Cameron Plummer is a senior at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, NY. He is the son of Lisa and Dr. Robert L. Plummer. He is the youngest of five brothers and sisters; all J&J graduates. He has been a member of the Westchester Chapter for 15 years. Cameron has been playing football and basketball since elementary school. He hopes to be a football recruit at Boston College or Colgate University. He would eventually like to go to medical school and become a cardiologist.

lauryn rachel roberts

Lauryn Rachel Roberts, is a senior at Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, Massachusetts. and is the daughter of Laura Fields and Paul Roberts. She has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2001, joining in San Francisco and then transferring to the Westchester Chapter in 2005. Lauryn is an Oscar L. Tang Scholar and a member of Andover’s Varsity Crew Team (NEIRA FINALIST). Lauryn currently holds the following leadership positions at Andover: Addison Ambassador, Head of Andover Art Society, Social Function Head for West Quad, Mentor and Tutor “Science 4 Girls”.     

Western Massachusetts, MA lena robinson

Lena Robinson is a graduate of Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, MA where she was an honor roll student. She is the daughter of Scott and Sharon Robinson. Lena’s interests include journalism and law. She has decided to attend Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and major in Journalism and/or Political Science.     

national chapter daria imani warner

Daria Imani Warner is the daughter of André and Andrea Warner. She is a senior at Bishop McDevitt High School. She has been an honor roll student since 7th grade and was inducted into the National Honor Society in 2016. She has been an avid soccer player since age 4. Daria has been involved in Jack and Jill since 2008. As a teen, she served as chapter treasurer. Since fourth grade, Daria has participated in numerous community service activities as a part of Jack and Jill, School and Church. She plans to attend Cedar Crest College as a Nursing Student.

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2017 Regional Stats 28 Chapters

2 Provisional Groups 1 INTEREST GROUP 1,100 Mothers 150 Associates 850 Teens 980 Children

Anchorage, AK Bakersfield Golden Empire, CA Contra Costa County, CA Fresno, CA Greater Vallejo, CA Inglewood, CA Inland Empire, CA Long Beach, CA Las Vegas, NV Los Angeles, CA North County San Diego, CA Oakland Bay Area, CA Orange County, CA Pasadena, CA Phoenix, AZ

Pomona Area, CA Portland Willamette Valley, OR Sacramento, CA San Diego, CA San Fernando Valley, CA San Francisco, CA San Jose, CA Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley, CA Seattle, WA South Los Angeles, CA Stockton, CA Tacoma, WA Tri-Valley, CA Tucson, AZ

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vara allen jones National Program Director

With a grateful heart and warmest wishes, I greet the wonderful Mother Members of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.

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   am excited to join you as we celebrate all of the wonderful accomplishments of our chapters and our Jack and Jill children throughout the country. I have the distinct privilege to serve as the National Program Director. This honor provides a front row seat to the phenomenal programming that’s impacting our diverse communities through our chapters. I am in awe of the tenacity of all of our children as they strive towards excellence in their varied pursuits. Your stories highlight many stunning examples of the continued relevance of our organization. The exquisite Mothers of the Fabulous Far West Region continue to amaze me. Your commitment to “all” children is evident. You serve faithfully at the chapter, regional and national levels in a manner that puts the “Fab” in Fabulous. Thank you. I cannot imagine this journey without you. I am blessed to serve alongside a wonderful Far West Region Executive Board whose members truly embrace the “work, play, live” mantra. To the ladies who “work, work, work, work, work” and make it look easy: LaTanya Bellow, Regional Director; Lisa Grant Dawson, Regional Treasurer; Florence Lankford, Regional Secretary; and Dana Brooks, Regional Member at Large Thank You. There are no words which adequately express the thanks and love I have for the members of the Awesome Anchorage Chapter. You always remind me that “this is how WE do it”. Putting First Things First is more than a slogan to me, and it is with this in mind that I thank my wonderfully supportive husband and our 3 teens for all they do. Because of them, I can continue the work that is before me to offer meaningful and transformative programming for our youth and families. Sincerest congratulations to our Jack and Jill graduates and their families! I wish you continued successes on your journey. Never forget that you make a difference each and every day. Enjoy this beautiful edition of Up the Hill. From my heart to yours,

Vara Allen Jones

National Program Director


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FAR WEST REGION Regional Highlights

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he Far West Region encompasses the 5 western most United States. There are currently 28 chapters in 6 states; Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The Far West Region has been a vibrant and active contributor to the vast history of Jack and Jill of America Inc. The Far West Region continues to grow and add its illustrious roster additional chapters comprised of mothers with passion and purpose to serve by providing for all children the same advantages we desire for our own. Four National Presidents have come from the Far West Region including the 6th, Ruth Brown Howard, (1958-1962) from the San Francisco Chapter, 12th, Dr. Ramona Arnold (1982-1986) from the South Los Angeles Chapter, the 18th, Carla Williams (2000-2002) from the Pasadena Chapter and the 19th, Ida La Brie Younge (2002-2004) from the Pomona Area Chapter. Dr. Sheryl Thomas, the 7th National President, appointed the first Father’s Auxiliary Chair, Fitzroy L. Younge, Jr., legacy from the Oakland Bay Area Chapter (and husband of 19th National President, Ida L. Younge), in 1997. The region has also held many appointed positions including, but not limited to National Legal Advisor, which was held by Cecilie Vaughters Johnson, Esq. from the San Jose chapter from 2002-2004 and Denise Eaton May, Esq. from the Oakland Bay Area Chapter 2006-2008. In 2012- 2014, the National Associate Chair position was held by Norma Ryles, Tri-Valley Chapter. During the 2014-2016 programming years, the Far West Region was honored to hold three National Chair positions. The National Father’s Auxiliary Chair was held by Greg Young, Contra Costa County Chapter, the National Legislative Chair was held by Karen Clopton, San Francisco Chapter, and the National Protocol Chair was held by Patricia Grooms-Jones, North County San Diego Chapter. Currently we hold the National Program Co-Chair appointment, which is held by Tasha Penny, Los Angeles Chapter. How the Far West Region Began In 1949, the national office of Jack and Jill of America reached across the nation to form the Los Angeles Chapter, the first chapter in our region. The year, 1952 brought two more chapters into the Region, the Phoenix Chapter and the San Francisco Chapter. Through 1955-1958, our Region grew even more with the chartering of the following chapters: Oakland Bay Area Chapter (1955), San Diego Chapter (1955), Pasadena Chapter (1956), Sacramento Chapter (1956) South Los Angeles Chapter (1957), and Seattle Chapter (1958). By 1959, our region elected its first regional officer. Ms. Willia Jean Lewis was elected at the regional conference hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter. Ms Lewis served two terms, from 1959 through 1963. In 1963, Ms Muriel Spaulding was elected at the regional conference hosted by the Denver chapter in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Spaulding was re-elected for a second term at the 1965 regional conference hosted by the Oakland Bay Area chapter in Oakland California. In 1967, Ms. Mariam Rogers took the helm, having been elected at the regional conference hosted by the Pasadena Chapter in Pasadena California. In 1968, the San Jose Chapter joined the ranks of Far West Region chapters. The year 1969 marked a new era for the region as the particular duties of overseeing a region were split into different offices. As the structure of the organization changed, more and more chapters were chartered. At the 2008 National Convention, the duties of the Regional Secretary/Treasurer were split into two positions. The Regional Conference held in July of 2011 was the first time elections were held for four officer positions: Regional Director, Regional Treasurer, Regional Secretary and Member-At-Large. The two lists below show the history of the original Regional Offices, which were the Regional Directors and the Regional Secretary/Treasurer:

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Regional Directors Date Name 1969 – 1971 Ruth Spencer 1971 – 1973 Evelyn Warren 1973 – 1977 Elinor Tillson 1977 – 1979 Thelma Rices 1979 – 1983 Edna James 1983 – 1985 Barbara Duell Clark 1985 – 1987 Laura Wiltz 1987 – 1989 Jacqueline Scott 1989 – 1991 Melanie Griffith Sweeney 1991 – 1993 Sharon Jones 1993 – 1995 Ida L. Younge 1995 – 1997 Beverly Raines 1997 – 1999 Carla Williams 1999 – 2001 Bunny Withers 2001 – 2003 Gretchen Garner Easters 2003 – 2004 Joann Manning 2004 – 2005 Regina Page 2005 – 2007 Sonia Hall 2007 – 2009 Leslie Cox 2009 – 2010 Brenda Lacy–Davis 2010 – 2011 Tracie Thompson 2011 – 2013 Kathryn Cunningham 2013 – 2015 Kathy Chappell Dossett

Regional Secretary/Treasurers Date Name 1969 – 1971 Barbara Anderson 1971 – 1975 Lois Meyers 1975 – 1979 Inez Wauls 1979 – 1983 Opaline Brice 1983 – 1985 Katie Barnhill 1985 – 1987 Martha Elmore 1987 – 1991 Linda Fulmore 1991 – 1993 Ida L. Younge 1993 – 1995 A. Marie Young 1995 – 1997 Willie Mae Hakins 1997 – 2001 Gloria Williams 2003 – 2004 Regina Page 2004 – 2007 Mary Bush 2007 – 2009 Carla Underwood 2009 – 2010 Tracie Thompson 2010 – 2011 Tahnda Bailey 2011 – 2013 Tahnda Bailey 2013–2015 Lisa Grant–Dawson

The lists below show the history of the four current positions, which are the Regional Director, Regional Treasurer, Regional Secretary and Member At Large and the officers currently holding these positions. LaTanya Bellow – Regional Director (2015-2017) Lisa Grant Dawson – Regional Treasurer (2015-2017) Florence Lankford – Regional Secretary (2015-2017) Vara Allen-Jones – Member At Large (2015-2016) Dana Brooks – Member At Large (2016-2017) Regional Director Date Name 2011 – 2013 Kathryn Cunningham 2013 – 2015 Kathy Chappell Dossett 2015 – 2017 LaTanya Bellow

Regional Treasurer Date Name 2011 – 2013 Tahnda Bailey 2013 – 2015 Lisa Grant-Dawson 2015 – 2017 Lisa Grant-Dawson

Regional Secretary Date Name 2011 – 2013 Emma Turner 2013 – 2015 LaTanya Bellow 2015 – 2017 Florence Lankford

Member At Large Date Name 2011 – 2013 Tracie Muldrow 2013 – 2015 Vara Allen-Jones 2015 – 2016 Vara Allen-Jones 2016 – 2017 Dana Brooks

Throughout the illustrious history of the Far West Region, we have continued to strive for excellence in programming for our children and our families, enhancing the membership process and increasing the value of the Jack and Jill Experience through our unleveled commitment to all children.

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Regional Officers

Program Chair: Tasha Penny (Los Angeles) Protocol Chair: Carla Tyson (Tri-Valley) Regional Director: LaTanya Bellow (Tri-Valley) Regional Treasurer: Lisa Grant-Dawson (Greater Vallejo) Strategic Relevance and Value: Amanda McWilliams (Las Regional Secretary: Florence Lankford (Santa Clarita Vegas) Technology Chair: Cesanee Johnson (Tucson) Antelope Valley) Teen Advisor: Yvette Stephens (Tri-Valley) Regional Member at Large: Dana Brooks (Phoenix) National Officer/ National Program Director Vara Allen Teen Officers Jones, (Anchorage): President: Morgan Smith (Santa Clarita Antelope Valley ) Regional Teen Vice-President: Cozette Nash (Inland Regional Committee Appointments Empire) Associate Chair: Della Caver (Fresno) Regional Teen Secretary: Mikayla Page (Pomona Area) Bylaws Chair: Karen Clopton (San Francisco) Treasurer: George Harris (San Diego) Editor: Trish Jones (Inglewood) Regional Teen Foundation Chair: Kindly Henley (Los Fathers’ Auxiliary Chair: Greg Young (Contra Costa Angeles) County) Legislative Chair: Cyreena Asby Boston (Portland) Membership Chair: Misha Dawson (Tucson) Nominating Chair: Cheronda Guyton (Los Angeles)

conference highlights

The Far West Region celebrates nearly 70 years of service and giving. The Far West revamped their website to be a resource for the members of the region as well as promote the programs of our “Fabulous” region. We created a logo around our theme for two years “Building a Region of Leaders and Legacies” and established the color “Purple” as our regional color. All of this prepared the region as we were the host of the 42nd National Convention at the JW Marriott in Beautiful Palm Desert, California. The region worked very hard with 32 committee chairs and over 200 volunteers who floated in and out to support the region. The Far West provided 24/7 hospitality to our sister regions. I, as Regional Director, was humbled and honored to be the Mistress of Ceremony for the Opening Plenary and my daughter Kayla Bellow sang with style, the Jack and Jill Hym. We further layered the excitement and fun with an absolutely amazing Family Fun Night. There were activities, food and entertainment for all. Teen Conference 2016: Theme: The State of Black America Location: California State Long Beach, Long Beach California Hosting Chapter: Long Beach Presiding Teen Officer: Michael Freeman

At Teen Leadership Conference in Long Beach, California, teens participated in workshops that were engaging. Held a School Daze Dance and participates from the Divine Nine came to discuss their organizations history and values in addition to providing an awesome step show. The community service activity was held at the Long Beach Veteran’s Hospital where for several hours, Jack and Jill teens helped with the landscaping and improving the facilities grounds. This was a big event for the community and brought the newspaper and local television station to film over 300 African American youth beautifying a place where veterans receive medical attention and some stay for long periods of time. Teen Conference 2017: Theme: “Unify Us, Don’t Divide Us” Location: University of Anchorage Alaska Hosting Chapter: Anchorage Presiding Teen Officer: Morgan Smith Mother Area Work Day Northern Conference 2016: Date: October 15, 2016 Location: Concord, CA Conference Chair: Lisa Freeman Mother Area Work Day Southern Conference 2016 Date: October 29, 2016 Location: Tucson, AZ Conference Chairs: Regina Hart, Susan OliwoOlabode

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For MLK Day of Service in January, chapters around the region participated in meaningful and enriching events. Members beautified, gardened, and cleaned up at schools in deserving communities. They visited senior nursing homes, worked in food banks, and walked in marches and parades. One Chapter worked with a local anti trafficking organization that provides a safe haven for young girls. Others participated in the Celebrate King 2015 Freedom Ride and March. In the Far West, we subscribe to a responsibility of giving. That said, these types of events are held throughout the year at Mothers’ Conference, Teen Leadership Conference, Area Work Days and Children’s Clusters. However, the Region contributed nearly 10,000 hours in service and giving, over the year. Programming is also significant in the region. Chapters had wonderful cultural Black History Month and Holiday Gathering programs, where children had the opportunity to learn about our history, say speeches, and perform other talents. In addition, our younger children attended many fabulous Children’s Clusters, many focusing onSTEM (A).

Fundraising has also always been an important part of the culture of the Far West. It instilled into the fabric of the region and passed on to our children. Teen groups held car washes, bake sales, garage sales and teen dances. Many Chapters held signature events. Members in Los Angeles danced the night away at a New Year’s Eve event, while the ladies in the Phoenix Chapter had their Bi-Annual Beautillion event and Pasadena had their Annual Jazz Brunch event “Renaissances of Jazz”. Two of our chapter celebrated 60 years, the Oakland Bay Area Chapter and the San Diego Chapter and held memorable anniversary celebrations that brought together, current members, past members and associates. Whether a formal ball, dance party, brunch, or jazz performance, the fundraising events around the region were simply fabulous and continue our legacy of giving. Over the years, the region has consistently made significant contributions to organizations in the community and Jack and Jill Foundation.

latanya bellow regional director

LaTanya Bellow was elected Regional Director in 2015. She is the proud member of the Tri-Valley chapter. She is happily married to Leonard Bellow for 25 years and they are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters, two Jack and Jill Alumni Urayah (23), Lauren (21) and the current Far West Region Teen Protocol Chair, Kayla (16). She joined the Tri-Valley chapter of Jack and Jill in 2005 and has been actively involved throughout her tenure in the organization. LaTanya has served as Tri-Valley Chapter President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Children’s Cluster Chair, Group Mom, Teen Advisor and Teen Conference Lead Chaperone. On the Regional Level she is the immediate past Regional Secretary and during her tenure lead the project to create the Basics of Minutes Documentation guidebook. She has served on the grievance committee, and as membership chair for the Far West Region. As membership chair she was one of the contributors to the New Member Intake Manual. LaTanya is honored to utilize her gifts to support this wonderful organization.

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florence lankford regional secretary

Florence Lankford is a charter member of the Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter. She is happily married to Timothy and they are the proud parents of two beautiful, brilliant and energetic children, Taylor (10) and Tyler (8). Since 2008, Florence has served in various capacities within the organization. Within the chapter she has served as Chapter President for 3 years, Treasurer, Historian, Group1 Chair, Parliamentarian and on a host of committees. At the regional level she has served as Regional Editor and Regional Technology Chair. Florence received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from Texas State University. She’s currently a Project Manager for one of the largest Occupational HealthCare Providers in the country. Her primary role is implementing clinical enhancements through information technology. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and works heavily with Wiley Canyon Elementary PTA as the volunteer coordinator.

lisa grant-dawson regional treasurer

Regional Treasurer Lisa Grant-Dawson is a business professional whose career has spanned the public and private sectors. She is currently the Chief Business Official for the Stockton Unified School District. She has also held the role as treasurer for her local Jack and Jill and Sorority chapters, in addition to other community service groups. Her leadership ability to strategically meet the goals of an organization requires working successfully with people and enhancing opportunities for collective success and financial fortitude. She is a legacy member of the Greater Vallejo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and has maintained active membership since 2001. She has been a Group leader at each level, and began her executive board career as the Recording Secretary. She was elected Program Director, served four years, and subsequently Treasurer for two. She has also been the chapter parliamentarian and chaired several committees, including the 2010 Central Area Workday. She has also served as the Regional Policies and Procedures Chair, a coinciding member of the National Policies and Procedures Committee.

dana brooks MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Dana Brooks has been an active member of the Phenomenal Phoenix Chapter for the past 9 years and has served in several leadership roles within her chapter which includes President, Program Director, Recording Secretary for 2 terms and Teen Advisor. Dana was appointed Regional Membership Chair for 2 years and has now transitioned to serving as the Foundation Member at Large for the Fabulous Far West Region. Dana is also an active member of both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and The Smart Set Scottsdale Chapter. Dana is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is currently Executive Director of Nursing for a local hospice company in the East Valley. Dana has 2 sons, 1 graduated out in 2013 and her 2nd son is currently a High School sophomore. Dana is a go to person and a strong believer in working with and guiding upcoming youths toward a successful life; giving them knowledge that will be useful as they grow into adulthood. She will complete her Tenure in 2019 and looks forward to becoming an Associate.

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Teen Officers morgan smith | Teen President Morgan Smith is the daughter of Damion Smith and Judith King-Smith and sister to her twin Lauren. A senior attending West Ranch High School, she has enjoyed a successful academic career as a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Science Olympiad, and varsity lacrosse. Morgan continues to exhibit leadership and initiative through her school’s journalism program as Web Editor-in-Chief and as the founder and co-president of the West Ranch African American Student Union. She is blessed to have served her chapter.

mikayla page | Teen secretary Mikayla Page is a senior at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora, CA and is the daughter of Dr. Mark and Mrs. Regina Page. She has been a member of the Pomona Area Chapter for 15 years. A scholar athlete, Mikayla makes a difference in her community by volunteering as a tutor for Uncommon Good and at a regional food distribution center. Mikayla will attend the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar and she will major in cognitive science with a minor in Korean. Her future plans include medical school for radiology.

george p. harris iv | Teen treasurer George P. Harris IV is a senior at San Diego High International Studies in San Diego, CA and is the son George and Lisa Marie Harris. He has been a member of Jack and Jill San Diego Chapter for eight years. George is currently serving his second term as Far West Region Teen Treasurer and he is the Co-Chair of Student Advisory Council for the 79th Assembly District. George is also Co-Captain of the Varsity Football and Track & Field Teams and Union Tribune All Academic Team member. He will study Economics in preparation for Law School.

kindyl henley | Teen foundation chair Kindyl Henley is the daughter of Roderick and Carrie Henley and sister to her older brother Roderick. As a sophomore attending Santa Monica High School, she excels in her academics and is a member of the Delians Honors Society. She is an active member of Junior State America, and BSU. She is the Fundraising chair of the Make-a-Wish Foundation club. Additionally, Kindyl takes pleasure in being a vital part on the yearbook staff. Kindyl’s desire is to attend a business school, and later become a venture capitalist. Kindyl hopes to continue to grow her leadership skills through Jack & Jill through her senior year.

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FAR WEST REGION Chapter News

anchorage, ak Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Janderia Burrell Vice-President: Marva Jones Program Director: Lisa Mounds-Craft Recording Secretary: Eboni Simon Corresponding Secretary: Jillian Woodruff Treasurer: Shannon Early-Rice Financial Secretary: Verna Gibson Editor: Tawana Mebane Chaplain: Yolanda Jackson Historian: Jervette Ward Foundation Chair: Ciesta Williams Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Dionne Willis Associate Chair: Delmonicia Williams Father’s Auxiliary: Danny Simon

President: Sebastian Brown Vice-President: Amina Early-Rice Secretary: Victoria Willis Treasurer: Shawn Jones Parliamentarian: Mellisha Jones Sergeant-at-Arms: Joshua Jackson

chapter members

Janderia Burrell, Marva Jones, Vara Allen-Jones, Verna Gibson, Mattie Alexander, Janece Richard, Eboni Simon, Tawana Mebane, Jervette Ward, Lisa Mounds-Craft, Shannon Early- Rice, Rosa Smallwood, Elbony Horton, Jillian Woodruff, Yolanda Jackson, Dionne Willis, Ciesta Williams

chapter history The Anchorage Chapter was established by its

Provisional and Chartering President Mrs. Vara Allen-Jones in 2002. In addition to Mrs. Allen-Jones, the other founding mother members were Juita Johnson,Stephanie Butler, Denise Knox,Delmonicia Williams, Leisa Roberts, Pamela Washington, Tanya Green, Beverly Jones, Amanda Holmes, Germaine Burd, Adrian LeBlanc, Sandra Coleman, Yvonne Charles, Mattie Alexander, and Wanda Wilson.

In December, the Anchorage chapter participated in our annual Holiday Party and enjoyed an evening of great food, fellowship, and Christmas carol sing -a -longs with R&B artist Dawn McClain. For the remainder of the year, the Anchorage chapter will continue to participate in service, educational, and cultural activities.

chapter programming The Anchorage Chapter started the year off with a Jack and Jill Day family picnic, hosted by one of our mother members. The families bonded and had amazing fellowship with our newest mothers and our associate members and their families. In September, the chapter attended an actual legislature assembly where all age group Jack and Jillers participated in a live Q and A with local city assembly members. Our chapter teens had a conflict resolution event with local law enforcement learning how their choices to respond give them “The power to make a difference”. Our community service activites included a Thanksgiving Day Blessing that fed 832 families, a collection of gloves, socks, toiletries for the homeless, a Christmas drive that served communities all over the Alaskan Inlet, and the Heart Walk for heart disease and stroke victims. 216


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contra costa county, ca Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Janene Grigsby Vice-President: Carolyn Brown Program Director: Sukoji Grigsby Recording Secretary: Kelly Willoughby Corresponding Secretary: Monique Angara Treasurer: Cherisse Shephard Financial Secretary: Audrey Johnson Editor: Christina Carter Chaplain: Lapondza Woolridge Foundation Chair: Cydia Garrett Parliamentarian: Namita Brown Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Elaine Alexander and Tracy Christmas Father’s Auxiliary: Greg Young

President: Isaiah Alexander Vice-President: Nia Dorsey Secretary: Camille Alexander Treasurer: Sydney Shepherd Parliamentarian: Calen Garrett Sergeant-at-Arms: Peri Woolridge

chapter members Elaine Alexander, Monique Angara, Lori Beard, Trina Bedford, Dalana Brand, Carolyn Brown, Namita Brown, S. Jamila Buckner,Roburta Burroughs-Massenet,Angela Butler-McDonald,Christina Carter, Tracie Christmas, Kristen Clement, Cheryl Cotton, Cynthia Cormier, Jasmine Dartez, Misha Dunford, Karla Fields, Cydia Garrett, Latondra Goode, Nicole Graves, Janene Grigsby, Sukoji Grigsby, Mia Gunter, Audrey Johnson, Terranessa Lewis, Michelle Marshall, Wanda McAdoo, Dionne Meadows, Christine Pauley, Kim Robinson, Lillian Samuel, Tamara Scott, Cherisse Shephard, Lalene Shepherd, L’Tanya Stroughter, Zecole Thomas, Tracey Walthall, Karen Washington, Shelley Whyte, Mari Williams, Kelly Willoughby, Petrina Winston, Lapondza Woolridge, Sherry Young, Cassandra Youngblood chapter history

The Contra Costa County Chapter was established in 1982. Ruth Lockhart was the first chapter president. OUR CHAPTER GOALS: Create a medium of contact for our children, Promote bonds that foster high self-esteem and integrity, build strong leadership skills, Instill a commitment to excellence, Foster empathy and respect for others, Model strong, positive images and be roles models for our children, and Create a “Village” in which to nurture our children.

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Contra Costa County Chapter remains dedicated to community service, cultural, social and educational enrichment. We began the program year with our annual Family Day picnic and Carole Robertson Day celebration in September followed by engaging monthly activities. The Fabrication Lab, or fab lab, is a small-scale workshop offering personal digital fabrication – true project-based learning. Chapter members and children created new products using fab lab

equipment. Groups 1 through 5 walked, cheered and volunteered at the JDRF One Walk and raised funds for scientific research to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure Type 1 Diabetes. Groups 1 and 2 collected coats for the Warm Coat Drive. The children learned about giving back to the communities in which we live. Groups 3 and 5 participated in a financial literacy workshop. The focus was to excite them about business and investing. They learned financial literacy skills, the importance of investing and strategies for selecting profitable stocks. Our Group 4 members volunteered at the Contra Costa County Food Bank. They checked food for quality, sorted and boxed food for distribution from the warehouse to families in need. Group 5 programming focused on leadership development, parliamentrary proceedures, financial awareness and planning, supporting foundation, group collaboration by working on teen conference prepartion and community service. The Contra Costa County Chapter provides their children with the tools and experiences they need to positively impact communities.

“Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.”

– Marian Wright Edelman

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fresno, ca Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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service. Our youngsters helped to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Fresno Jack and Jill by participating in the elegant and whimsical “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” gala. They introduced our special guests, helped with decorating and danced the night away with their families and friends. The children learned the power of giving as the gala raised funds for a local literacy non-profit organization called Reading Heart founded and run by a nine-year-old, as well as a health and resource center for disadvantaged children.

President: Tracey Fowlkes Vice-President: Alicia Program Director: Ebony Hailey Recording Secretary: Monique Bell Corresponding Secretary: Monique Bell Treasurer: Chenena Ward Financial Secretary: Rena Mitchell Editor: Ronda R. Turney Chaplain: Ebony Hailey Historian: Ronda R. Turney Foundation Chair: Edythe Woodward Stewart Parliamentarian: Cheryl Whisenhunt Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Jaca Drake Associate Chair: Raquel Overall Father’s Auxiliary: Nelson Fowlkes

President: Alexis Fowlkes Vice-President: Christian Travis Turney Secretary: Senaj Jones Treasurer: India Estrada Parliamentarian: Preston Young Chaplain: Chauncey Turney Sergeant-at-Arms: Phillip Brown

In 1978-1979, an interest group of approximately 20 mothers, led by Dollie Whitehead and Poppy Booker, met in the home of Doris Bugg to discuss forming a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., in Fresno, California. Committees were organized to create educational, cultural, recreational, and social activities for their children. This Interest Group later applied for membership in Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and became a Provisional Chapter. In July of 1980, the chapter was approved for membership into the organization during the 24th National Convention, held in Houston, Texas. Later that year, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Fresno Chapter was installed by the Far West Regional Director. The Associate Chapter has 11 life members and 2 active associate member. Fresno Chapter is blessed to have three Associate Chairs since inception Willie Mae 2000-2008, Carolyn Burns 20082010, Linda Simpson 2010-2016 and the current Associate Chair is Raquel Overall. Our current membership includes 17 mothers, 14 children. Our goal is to continue to grow in membership, to continue giving to our community, and to provide excellent. Our goal is to continue to grow in membership, to continue giving to our community, and to provide excellent programming for our children.

chapter programming The Fresno Chapter of the Fabulous Far West Region continues to focus on the National’ s thrust of the power to make a differnence in our community through service, education, cultural awareness and financial literacy as well as health and wellness. Letting our children’s lights so shine is the focus of building our children’s confidence and self awareness. We started the year with the annual Jack and Jill Day at Oso de Oro Park honoring and highlighting Carole Robertson by reading of poetry. The youngest members of the Fresno Chapter, groups 1 and 2, are embracing their power to make a difference by honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the annual march and day of

In the spirit of health and cancer awareness our associate mother Dr. Whisenhunt raised funds to fight breast cancer by supporting her team for the 8th year as the Bald and Beautiful. Our younger teens participated in reorganizing the local Ronald Mcdonald House food pantry as well as providing encouragement, arts and krafts and cards to the siblings of the patients of the hospital. In addition, groups participated in improving civic engagement by touring the CHP facility hanger and were given the opportunity to ask legislative officers on how they carry out day to day practices. For cultural insight, we learned the hidden messages and codes intertwined in the making of quilts and how we are stronger in numbers and how our ancestors communicated this powerful unity through song. We were culturally amazed at the performance of the Lion King in San Francisco. We indulged in a family discussion on “Our Families Matter”and all groups participated by writing a short essay on the importance of family and participated in a social media blast challenge to the chapter facebook page involving posting positive images of their family throughout the trip. Our teens donated wreaths to the Ronald Mcdonald house, Boys and Girls Club of West Fresno, and Rescue the Children. Teens and members participated in a hearty intellectual group discussions emphasizing Black History through the movies Race and The Birth of a Nation. To conclude our fall giving, we participated in serving our youth football teams dinner at the underserved public high school for community service hours.

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greater vallejo, ca Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Rhonda Smith Vice-President: Caila Menefee Program Director: Jacalyn Ellison & Alicia Cook Recording Secretary: LaTasha Hurd Corresponding Secretary: Shalana Penyweit Treasurer: Valerie Gray Financial Secretary: Carole DeGrace Editor: Ashley Worsham Chaplain: Lisa Jackson Historian: Ashley Worsham Foundation Chair: Tasha Smith-Knught Parliamentarian: Nicol Turner Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Lisa Jackson Associate Chair: Mary Grant Father’s Auxiliary: Darius Cook

President: Michael Winston Vice-President: Aundrea Smith Secretary: Aubri Bowman Treasurer: Javon Jackson Parliamentarian: Alexis Freeman Chaplain: Maya Jones Sergeant-at-Arms: Rhana Menefee

chapter history The Greater Vallejo Chapter of Jack & Jill was establsihed in 1988 when Greater Vallejo was installed as the 23rd Chapter of the Far West Region with 23 chartered members. Greater Vallejo became the 188th chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated and with 26 current mother members, Greater Vallejo continues to strive for excellence in programming, community service and educational goals. chapter programming The Greater Vallejo Chapter of Jack & Jill, Inc., started the year 2016 with Jack & Jill Day on September 25, 2016. It was an amazing day that began with worship at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and concluded with fun and games at Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park. Mother members and family and friends enjoyed a day filled with praise, dodgeball, rock climbing, foam pits and slam dunk zones. It was a great day for everyone in attendance.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

– Harriet Tubman

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inglewood, ca Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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the years, they have created “Wood Weekends” in order to have more fun filled social activities. Meanwhile in the area of health and fitness, the social committee launched it’s monthly walk/run in a local state park for all members and prosective families. The chapter as a whole enjoyed a variety of festive holiday celebrations. Keeping with tradition, the highlight of the fall was the annual Spirit of Giving breakfast, a service event that benefits The Midnight Mission providing toiletry items, school supplies, books, as well as monetary donations. The Father’s Auxiliary prepared and served a fine breakfast and shared in some male bonding. Also a tradition, each group performed their best skits, songs, and dances. This event not only teaches our children and Teens about the importance of service but also the importance of family, friendship, philanthropy, and community. Mother members also bonded at a holiday celebration with art, fun and fellowship. Lastly, our first belles and beaus ball was a huge success! Our graduating seniors were presented to society and all groups were recognized for their achievements in Leadership, Etiquette, Academics, and Financial literacy. Groups 3 and 4 contributed to the presentation to the the seniors with special poems and flowers. The Incomparable Inglewood Chapter continues to make a difference in the lives of families and the community.

President: Donna Solomon Vice-President: Karma Nicolis Program Director: Lori Penix Recording Secretary: Alicia Chastang Corresponding Secretary: Rosalyn Collier Treasurer: Deanna Hamilton Financial Secretary: La Chanee Thompson-Earl Editor: Trish (Auxsophene) Jines Chaplain: Nicole Jacquet Historian: Anissa Powe Foundation Chair: Karen Hamilton Parliamentarian: Melissia Buckhalter-Honore’ Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Melissia Buckhalter-Honore’, Trish Jones, Deanna Hamilton, LaShea ElKouby Associate Chair: Tarina Murray Father’s Auxiliary: Ernest Nicolis

President: Kristian Emel Vice-President: Christina Honore’ Secretary: Malik Treasurer: MacKenzie Williams Parliamentarian: Cameron Woods Chaplain: Maya Black Sergeant-at-Arms: Jennifer Jones

On November 6, 1970 the Incomparable Inglewood Chapter of Jack and Jill was chartered by a group of twenty dynamic women. Mrs. Mary Ann Smith served as Inglewood’s first Chapter President. As the chapter flourished over the years, Inglewood members have also held higher positions. We are especially proud of seven of our members; JoAnn Manning – National Corresponding Secretary (2004-2006), Judith Hernandez, a former Far West Region Protocol Chair, Winifred Yancy, Chair of the Regional Nominating Committee for 20102012, Anna Barefield the 2013-2014 Far West Regional Teen President, Elizabeth Alexander-Bernard Regional Public Relations Chair 2015-2016 and Small Chapter Chair 2016-2017, Trish Jones, Regional Editor 2015-2017, and Tarina Murray, National Historical Taskforce Chair 2016-2017.

chapter programming The Inglewood Chapter of the Fabulous Far West Region continually focuses on the thrusts of the National body while incorporating the areas of recreational and social, legislative, financial, educational, cultural, and volunteer service projects to empower our youths. The chapter begins each year celebrating Carole Robertson Memorial and Jack and Jill Family Day with members and prospective families. This festive event allows families to partake in food, fun, and group presentations in memory of Carole Robertson through plays, poetry, dance, and readings. Groups 1 and 2 started the year off focusing on mental health, educanion and financial literacy at a local Farmer’s market. With focus on cultural and recreational thrusts, groups 3 and 4 began their year with a mixer/welcome to the club year where they diligently prepared for their Carole Robertson presentation. Group 5 (teens) entered into the club year with business and pleasure, planning their calendar for the year and enjoying a pool party. The teens are proud to partner with our sister chapter of South L.A., including them in all meetings and teen activities. These busy youths attended college fairs and again volunteered in the community wide event Ciclavia, where cyclists and anyone out for a run or stroll can enjoy the streets without motorists. Since the teens have made a special bond over

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inland empire, ca Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Tracy Tillman Vice-President: Donna Nash Program Director: Dana Wheeler Recording Secretary: Gayle Conn Corresponding Secretary: Dawn Belton Treasurer: Angelique King Financial Secretary: Cheryl Hudson Editor: Janice Payton Chaplain: Benita Byrd Foundation Chair: Renee Bailey Parliamentarian: Denise Sterling-King Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Hytosha Hodges-McDaniels Associate Chair: Madelyn Millen Father’s Auxiliary: Jerome Cortez

President: Andrew McDaniels Vice-President: Melodie Baptiste Secretary: Gabrielle Steward/Korni Washington Treasurer: Joshua Hudson

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The members of the illustrious Inland Empire Chapter are: Qiana Amos, Lisa Baker, Renee Bailey, Trudie Baptiste, Lynda Bassa-Smith, Dawn Belton, Sonietta Brown,Bonita Byrd, Gayle Conn, Cherysa Cortez, Stephanie Foster, Hytosha HodgesMcDaniels, Cheryl Hudson, Leslie Hughes, Angelique “Nickie” King, Katina Napper, Donna Nash, Janice Payton, Stephanie Pettaway, Ange Saunders, Denise Sterling-King, Rosalyn Stewart, Tauria Stubblefield, Angela Theroith-Fraser, Tracy Tillman, Kecia Washington, Lakeisha Unaka and Dana Wheeler. Our wonderful Associate Mothers are: Belinda Bettis, Cassaundra Johnson, Sherron LewisCampbell, Kimberly Liburd, Danielle Mackey and Madelyn Millen.

chapter history The Inland Empire Interest Group of Jack and

Jill of America, Incorporated was initially started in June 1985 with a group of ten mothers under the direction of the Pomona Area Chapter. The Pomona Area Chapter sponsored the organization of this chapter. The Inland Empire Chapter was installed on October 4, 1986 with sixteen members. The charter president was Mildred Sparks. The sixteen charter mother members also included Virginia Beecher, Nan Clopton (deceased), Debbie Cooper, Clementine Cospy (deceased), Elizabeth Davis, Sandra Doyle, Darnetta Duncan, Vivian Grant, Joyce Harvey, Ardyce Johnson, Dorothy Martin, Jacqueline McKinney, Diane Seaton, Audry Taylor, and Beverly Wright.

providing assistance at a local Turkey Trot walking and running event on Thanksgiving Day. In December, the teens continued our annual “Shoes and a Gift” community service project, providing shoes and gift certifcates to 29 children living in a homeless shelter. Our chapter celebrated the holidays with a luncheon that inlcuded a Kwanzaa education and ceremony led by the teens. In the spring, financial literacy continued to be a focus, with a behind the scenes bank tour. Our end of year celebration of Black families took place at Allen Allensworth State Park, a California town founded by former slave Allen Allensworth.

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a year of powerful and diverse programming. We launched our year In September, celebrating the life of Carol Robertson, at our annual Jack and Jill Day picnic. Also in September, groups three through five hosted a “Stocks not Sneakers” financial literary event, teaching our young people to be savvy about how they spend their money. In October, group four hosted a legislative workshop and preelection party, educating our youth about making a difference through the election process. In November, groups one through three made their own healthy lunch at the Young Chefs Academy, and our middle schoolers held an etiquette event, including table setting and dance. The teens focused on community service, preparing and serving meals at the Coachella Valley Mission for the second year in a row, and 223


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President: Amanda McWilliams Vice-President: Berna Rhodes-Ford Program Director: Jennifer Green Recording Secretary: Darleen Adams Corresponding Secretary: Shadra Goode Treasurer: Kimberley Farmer Financial Secretary: Linda Woodson Editor: Chaka Crome Chaplain: Shondra Summers-Armstrong Historian: Shondra Summers-Armstrong Foundation Chair: Jeneen Thompson Parliamentarian: Sabrena Clinton Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Sonya Walker

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President: Monique Woodson Vice-President: Evan Franklin Secretary: Paige Brown Treasurer: Terrence Hooks Parliamentarian: Kieran Armstrong Chaplain: Kieran Armstrong Sergeant-at-Arms: Willis Walker IV

chapter members Darlene Adams, Dr. Marguerite Brathwaite, Sabrena Clinton, Chaka Crome, Sonya Daniels-Walker, Dr. Kimberley Farmer, Tracy Franklin, Shadra Goode, Jennifer Green, Latoya Jordan-Brown, Amanda McWilliams, Sandra Morgan, Lisa Moxley, Tamiko Oblatintan, Piper Overstreet-White, Berna Rhodes-Ford, Toni Smith-Wood, Shondra Armstrong-Summers, Cheree Toombs, Jeneen Thompson-McLaurin, Cerisse Ward, Paula Watkins-Baker, Nikkollette Williams, Myra Thompson, Dr. Linda Woodson, chapter history The Las Vegas Chapter was established on September 26, 1992. The Founding Members are Lorecia Alston, Barbara Lewis, ALfreda Chapman, Earline Mullen, Rosalind Dumas, Jackie Phillips, Lillian Harrison, Ophelia Springer, Jacqueline Jackson, Lula Williams, Dr. Kim Lamotte Malone, Roxie Witt, Rosa McNair, Jamesetta Nichola, Blanca Minott, Dorothy Stepp, Denise Williams, Michelle Banks, Dr. Linda Dougan, Geri Fletcher and Rayne Hill.

chapter programming The Las Vegas Chapter has the power to make a difference within our community and globally. For our Day of Service, our children made lunches for children that are forced to leave their home due to domestic violence disputes. We believe that it is important to combat the negativity that our children face in school and in the media by encouraging then to become more than what “others” may assume they can become. We are starting a mentoring program so that the older children take part in the lives of the younger children.

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had a wonderful time eating, drinking, and watching our children play on the beach. As a tradition, we ended the day by releasing balloons to honor the memory of Carole Robertson, a member of the Birmingham Jack and Jill chapter who was killed in the church bombings of 1963. What a perfect way to remember our past and kick off the 2016- 2017 year!

President: Nicole Ballard Vice-President: Katina Thomas Program Director: Jenell Franklin Recording Secretary: Michelle Rhea Corresponding Secretary: Lizette Junor Treasurer: Renita Johnson Financial Secretary: Johnette Creary Editor: Valerie Bown Chaplain: Stephanie Killum Historian: Valerie Brown Foundation Chair: Candice Simpson-Pecot Parliamentarian: Dr. Tracie Harvey-Hardy Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tresa Lewis Associate Chair: Gretchen Spencer Father’s Auxiliary: Ryan Ballard

President: Dominique Nelms Vice-President: Kinsley Washington Secretary: Jonathan Green Treasurer: Erin Rhea Parliamentarian: Kyle Nelms

The Long Beach chapter was originally founded by Doris Cooper Robinson and, the late, Mrs. Indira HaleTucker. After flourishing for many years, it was dissolved in the mid1980s. Fortunately, the chapter was re-instated in 2006 by Mrs. Dana Washington and Ms. Sonia Hall, and continues to flourish with 33 members today! Our mission is to create an innovative and impactful slate of activities designed to uplift our children, and promote educational, cultural, and social growth. As mothers of the Long Beach chapter, we are completely committed to the goals and aims of the national organization. We are responsible for fulfilling all the club obligations as set forth in the bylaws. We work, as a team, to provide our children with impactful and interesting activities that will prepare our children to succeed in society, and to be productive individuals.

chapter programming The Long Beach Chapter started the year in laughter and love on a train ride to Santa Barbara. While there, the moms enjoyed a beautiful beachfront lunch as we planned and discussed our “Power to Make a Difference” in the upcoming year. It was a great way to catch up, and refocus, after a long summer. We, then, came together for our annual Family Day Picnic where chapter members and prospective new members

All 5 groups joined together for several chapter-wide activities this quarter. We supported the community by leading a park clean-up at the MLK Jr. park in Long Beach. We also attended the opening of the Michelle Obama library, and held a live debate for groups 3, 4 and 5 in honor of this year’s presidential election. We hosted a family movie day with activities and treats as a part of our chapterwide holiday celebration, and held a movie fundraiser with support from our father’s auxiliary. While group 5 visited the University of Southern California, groups 1 and 2 learned about “stranger danger” from a police officer, one of our very own Jack and Jill fathers! Activities also included social events like a pool party, cookie decorating, financial planning, and a pumpkin patch. We’ve had a great start to the 2016-2017 year in Long Beach, and we look forward to building stronger friendships and enjoying more fun and meaningful programming in the coming months.

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One of the highlights of our year is our chapter participation at MLK Day of Service. On this day, we make it a day on by participating in restoring Dorsey High School. Activities including painting, gardening and mural art. We are looking to have more than 100 members and children participate in this annual event.

President: Cheronda Guyton Vice-President: Tammy Hinkle Program Director: Tonya McCalebb Recording Secretary: Tasha Penny Corresponding Secretary: Gwen Abbott Treasurer: Connie Robinson Financial Secretary: Connie Williams Editor: Tasha Welton Chaplain: Denise Burnett Historian: Charlene Hamilton Foundation Chair: K. Nichole Smith Parliamentarian: Sharee Sanders Gordon Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Koko Smith Associate Chair: Roberta Butler Father’s Auxiliary: Rod Henley

President: Rod Henley Vice-President: Jeremy Lewis Secretary: Khloe Green Treasurer: Courtney Robinson Sergeant-at-Arms: Ryan Willoughby

1948, Emily Brown Portwig, Ph.D., a pharmacist, was the impetus for the formation of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Dr. Portwig learned of the Jack and Jill organization while visiting her good friend Emilie Pickeas, the second National President, in Brooklyn, New York. Although she did not have any children and Dr. Portwig felt that her niece, Emily, and nephew, Conklin, would benefit greatly from an organization like Jack and Jill. The Los Angeles Chapter was inducted as the twentieth chapter along with Cleveland, Ohio; Gary, Indiana; Petersburg, Virginia; and Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 21, 1949, in New York City, New York. The Los Angeles Chapter has grown to amaximum membership of 130. The chapter continues its commitment to all children, expands its community service, and answers the call to build legislative awareness among its members.

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In June, The Los Angeles Chapter conducted our planning meetings for the 2016-17 Club Year. Our members and teens enthusiastically gathered to plan activities that are focused on cultural, civic/ community service, educational, health, recreational, social, legislative, leadership development and financial literacy. Our Jack and Jill Day theme was “The Magic of Jack & Jill Under the Big Top” on September 25th at Kenneth Hahn Park. We were entertained with games and activities for the whole family. Delicious food was provided by our own Chef Charlene Hamilton. In November, our teens participated in Teen Summit at the Fulcrom location in Malibu. During this overnight experience, our teens learned leadership, financial literacy, communication and teambuilding skills while participating in modules applied at the center. Our teens also participated in Oratorical Masters entitled Run for President of the U.S. – Yes you Can! During this activity teens ran through the process of running a campaign which included speeches and voting.

In December we held a Chapter Holiday Party where we took timeout to relax and enjoy fellowship with our members, significant others and meet and greet with our new member candidates. Throughout our club year we have focused on Healthy Living. Programming includes discussions on healthy eating, physical fitness. In January, we held a group stretch session prior to meeting to increase our emphasis on the importance of exercise. Our chapter will host our bi-annual Jeans & Pearls Fundraiser on Feburary 4th at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood. We will raise money for The Jack & Jill Foundation and Britticares International. Each year we take time to honor and show appreciation to our Associates. We will recognize our Associates with party in their honor in February. In March, we will host our second annual Community Youth Forum entitled “Pathway to Wellness”. This forum calls attention to strategies and approaches that help youth and teens achieve wellness and good mental and overall health. For Black Family Day we are looking forward to a traditional “Black Family Picnic”. This annual event is fun for all. Our club year will conclude with our Closing Meeting. This is an exciting meeting for us as we celebrate with our graduating mothers, welcome our new mothers, thank our outgoing officers, and initiate our new officers! We really appreciate our chapter members!

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President: Diane Little Vice-President: Regina Buckley Program Director: Anitra Glover Recording Secretary: Angela Miller Corresponding Secretary: Edrienne Brandon Treasurer: Denise Holmes Financial Secretary: Blair Strother Editor: LaShawn Summerour Chaplain: Chris Clerkley Foundation Chair: Lee Wills-Irvine Parliamentarian: Michelle Jones Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Kimberley Stiemke Associate Chair: Vignette Matthews Father’s Auxiliary: William Little

President: Khailil Stiemke Vice-President: Kristal Settles Recording Secretary: Morgan Gillespie Corresponding Secretary: Kaycee Stiemke Treasurer: Ava Carter Foundation Chair-Zain Sinclair Parliamentarian: Reece Lacour Chaplain: Nicholas Doyle Sergeant-at-Arms: Jayden Gillespie

chapter members Ann Amukele, Edrienne Brandon, Regina Buckley, Theresa Carter, Maisha Cobb, Juanette Clark, Chris Clerkley,

Michelle Doyle, Kamisha Francis, Lisa Gillespie, Anitra Glover, Spring Glover, DeeDee Goodman, Roxanne Gordon, Stephanie Hollins, Denise Holmes, Michelle Jones, Ayesha Kelley, Kimberly Lacour, Diane Little, Toya McWilliams, Angela Miller, Danielle Parker, Racquel Raymond, Elaine Saunders, Cleopatra Settles, Yvette Sinclair-Amos, Kimberley Stiemke, Blair Strother, LaShawn Summerour, Vickie Taylor Nance, Cheryl Ann Webb-Scott, Marie Wright, Lee Wills-Irvine.

chapter history In January 1993, Mrs. Catherine Joseph and

Mrs. Patricia Dupont-Norton organized a meeting of San Diego Jack and Jill Mothers to discuss the formation of a new chapter in North County. Other key organizers included Dr. Donna Baytop, Mrs. Shirley Hall, Mrs. Phyllis Collins, Mrs. Charlotte Houston, Mrs. Pamela Stanford, Mrs. Angela Ashwood, and Mrs. Layurene Carey. These Mothers (known as the “Vanguard Nine”) founded a group called the African American Families of North County, consisting of 25 dedicated members. who sought and received Interest Group status in August 1993 from the National Executive Board of Jack and Jill of America, Incoporated. After successfully completing the required probationary period and with the sponsorship of the San Diego Chapter, the North County San Diego Chapter was voted in at the 1994 National Convention in Austin, Texas. Jacqueline Scott, National Program Director, served as Installing Officer during the Chapter’s installation reception on October 16, 1994 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, California.

The Chapter most recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a memorable event at the annual rededication ceremony. Founding Mother members were invited to share their stories and experiences with current mother members. We honored these Founding Mothers, thanking them for their tremendous contribution many years prior. North County San Diego chapter has most recently recognized for Superior Program Handbook at the 2016 Annual convention in Palm Desert, California. Over the past two years, the chapter has received two grants from Qualcomm corporation to be used to host events to benefit the community. Therefore, in collaboration with UCSD, the chapter held a successful STEAM event on the campus of UCSD to expose underserved youth in Greater San Diego County to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

chapter programming North County San Diego started the year with our annual Planning Meeting followed by our Carole Robertson/Opening Day Picnic where our legislative chair presented a display and tribute to Carole Robertson. Our teen members held their annual fundraiser of taking family photos and we also welcomed and embraced our prospective members. Our chapter wide events included a voter registration drive, stuffing Christmas stockings for military families, monthy fitness and fellowship, a youth symposium on “The Power of Purpose, Embracing our Culture and History”, our annual cocktail party, and Black History Month events. 228


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Community Service: Food for the People. We are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party which originated in Oakland, and the tandem missions of Jack & Jill and the Black Panther Party to uplift and positively transform everyday African American family life in the U.S. In the spirit of the communityservice based principles which guided the Black Panther Party, we organized a community service activity of a hot breakfast and food giveaway for those in need in our community. Also, the first, female member of the Black Panther Party, Tarika Lewis, was present to provide her “living history” to the students about the Black Panther Party and to answer all questions about this eventful chapter in our African American history.

President: Mildred Oliver Vice-President: Andrea Lowe; Camille Stroughter; Nicole Colley Program Director: Tanya Willacy; Sharon Durousseau Recording Secretary: Adrienne Faxio; Nicole Johnson Corresponding Secretary: Samara Rivers Treasurer: Cleminatu Fields Financial Secretary: Maisha Wilson Editor: Kelly Howard Historian: Adimika Arthur Foundation Chair: Shaune Zunzanyika Parliamentarian: Shari Hollis-Ross Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Regene Polk-Ross, Stacey Thomas Associate Chair: Carolyn Watson Father’s Auxiliary: Samara Rivers

President: Robynne Oliver Vice-President: Ryan Hunt Secretary: Galen Batzdorf and Jordan Hunt Treasurer: DJ Edwards Sergeant-at-Arms: Christian Dawkins

The Oakland Bay Area Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was organized in 1955 by 25 interested chaptermembers who served as sponsors for the new group. Ruth Howard, National Treasurer, presented the charter at the national convention. Winifred Younge had the distinction of serving as the first President from 1955-1957. Chapter Motto: “Unity for Positive Growth”

chapter programming In support of our national theme, “The Power to make a Difference”, the Oakland Bay Area Chapter believes in the power of education. The chapter has established a number of scholarships, including a scholarship in the name of the Chapter’s first President, Winifred Younge, which is provided each year to a deserving student designated by the Marcus Foster Institute. Since 1995, the September activity for all groups has been the United Negro College Fund walkathon where we raised more than $10K last year. On April 30, 2016 the Oakland Bay Area Chapter celebrated its 60th anniversary as a chapter. The celebration culminated in a Flip Flop party and fundraiser at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland. With more than 60 years of commitment and service, the Oakland Bay Area Chapter looks forward to sponsoring enriching experiences for our children and developing programs in the coming year that will benefit the communities in which we live.

National Black Family Day We celebrate National Black Family Day during our Senior Recognition Ceremony which will be held on Sunday April 30th. National Black Family Day is a celebration honoring the graduating seniors. The parents of the graduating seniors are also acknowledged and honored for their years of dedication and service. In addition, children of all ages are awarded a certificate of participation. This truly is a wonderful event and is a great way to end the Program Year.

Family events: The Oakland Bay Area chapter Jack and Jill day was held at the Temescal East Bay Regional Park in Oakland, California. We displayed a poster board for Carole Robertson which captured the history and provided the children an opportunity to learn about her. The children were asked to think about the similarities between the Civil Rights Movement and those of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the issues both were trying to address. We ask the children to respond to the question, “How can we make our world a more peaceful place and unify our community?” This annual picnic kicks off the new program year with activities to welcome everyone back from the summer. This year’s theme was an Old West Barbeque.

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and Group 4 sorted and assembled food boxes at a local food bank. This year our chapter contributed book scholarships to four deserving students attending the University of California, Irvine.

President: Alisa Covington Vice-President: Renee Johnson Program Director: Tyra Wright Recording Secretary: Jona Knight-Hall and Shaneya Nelson Corresponding Secretary: Brandi Gutierrez Treasurer: Tifani Bradley Financial Secretary: Deidra Powell Editor: Aviane Forde Foundation Chair: Renee Sears Chaplain: Katina Bland Protocol Chair: Opal Thomas Parliamentarian: Cathy Goings Legislative Chair: Lisa Crane Associates Chair: Adrienne Landrum Teen Sponsors/Advisors: Lesli Adams, Catherine Goings, Ude Ohuche Father’s Auxiliary: J.P. Thomas

President: Brynn Adams Vice President: Brittany Seamster Treasurer: Willie Jackson Recording Secretary: Anuli Ohuche Corresponding Secretary: Kaleigh Pugh Editor: Will Warner Sergeant-At-Arms: Andre Cotton Parliamentarian: Mariah Woods Chaplain: Vicki Pugh

The Orange County founding members established the chapter in response to the 1980 census report, which indicated Orange County had a Black population exceeding 25,000 people. The founding members believed that the establishment of the Orange County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated would provide an opportunity for African American mothers and their children to meet and develop bonds through recreational, educational civic and social events and activities. The newly-elected National President of the Far West Region, Mrs. Ramona Arnold, officially installed the chapter on Sunday, February 6, 1983. There were fifty charter members. We are proud to say that the Orange County Chapter has thrived in a county that comprises of less than 10% of African Americans for over three decades, and continues to make a significant impact in our communities through our activities, community outreach and youth leadership development.

chapter programming The Orange County Chapter began

our 2016-2017 program year embodying “The Power to Make a Difference” campaign in our programming areas, children’s activities, and our surrounding area with a strong presence in the community through service! We began by honoring past teen member Carole Robertson, with a special tribute at our annual Jack and Jill Day celebration. Presenters reminded us of Carole’s contribution to our own freedom and to uphold the goals of human rights, civil rights, and racial harmony.

In December, Group 5 decorated floats for the Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade and collected food donations, while Groups 1 and 2 collected toys, created hygiene kits for the homeless, and donated to Operation Warm Wishes at the annual Christmas Party. Our Chapter had a great turn out at Hidden Figures for all groups with two separate showings encouraging interest and development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Our youth are continuing to develop as servant leaders while addressing homelessness on multiple fronts in Orange County, realizing that they do have the “Power to Make a Difference”. Our teens exemplify the power to make a difference and continue to actively participate in the region. Last year, Michael Freeman served as the Far West Region President. Looking ahead, we have planned a Black History Month Celebration, Healthy Eating through African American Culinary Experiences, and the Black Family Day Retreat with a weekend camping trip.

In October, a chapter-wide activity brought families to a Presidential Debate Viewing Party and Discussion, engaging our children in the political process. Groups 3 and 4 viewed the Queen of Katwe with dinner and a discussion. In November, a chapter-wide outing to the “The Wiz”, featuring our own Group member Jazmin Williams, helped expand our children’s awareness of the arts. Group 5 made blankets for needy families in partnership with the YMCA

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chapter history Chartered in 1956, the Pasadena Chapter quickly became a significant part of the San Gabriel African American community. Women, like Marion Stubbs Thomas were seeking an organization that held shared values. As the 84th Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc , (nationally) and the 6th (regionally), the Pasadena Chapter has enhanced the minds of children in our community through educational, cultural, social, civic, and recreational activities. The Pasadena Chapter supports nonprofit organizations and legislation committed to enriching the lives of children and families in community through annual giving. The Annual Jazz Brunch Fundraising event has benefited: the Sycamores Boy’s Homes, Alkebulan Cultural Center, Pasadena Youth Christian Center, Test for Success, Brotherhood Crusade Pasadena Youth Sports, and the Boys & Girls Club Pasadena. In 2008, The Julia Scotton Scholarship Fund was established (in memory of a past member), in order to help underserved youth in their pursuit of a higher education. More than $90,000 in scholarships has been awarded.

chapter programming The Chapter not only emphasizes the development of youth, but also values community service, and the mothers empower the youths by teaching them the importance of helping others and several times a year the Chapter youth prepare meals for a local shelter. At Thanksgiving, teens prepare and distribute baked goods to the homeless.

President: Dawn Wilson Vice-President: Suzanne Alexander Program Director: Dana Weaver Recording Secretary: Barbara Dugas-Patterson Corresponding Secretary: Stephanie Mire Treasurer: Kim Qualls Financial Secretary: Dori Larsuel Editor: Katherine Hunter-Blyden Chaplain: Gabby Pina Foundation Chair: Traci Glover Parliamentarian: Cherol Nellon Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Annette McClanahan-Story Associate Chair: Roslyn Spence Father’s Auxiliary: Sheldon Johnson

President: Shannon Larsuel Vice-President: Elizabeth Patterson Secretary: Brock Steele Treasurer: Marissa Starks

The Pasadena Chapter has received countless recognition for its contributions, including a Proclamation from the United States Congress for work with “Healthy Babies Alliance of Pasadena” and a special Proclamation from the City of Pasadena for its “Children’s Community Health Fair”. Noted for its Annual HBCU College “Knowledge” Fair, the Chapter has also been recognized for making the largest contribution to the Jack & Jill of America Inc. Foundation within in the Far West Region.

On the National Day of Service, the Chapter will continue to strengthen our relationship with Harambee House, a small school in North Pasadena, by cleaning, gardening and other activities. Those that the Chapter assists are benefied, and the experiences are rewarding for Chapter members. It is also important to the Chapter to educate the children about their heritage. In February the Chapter hosts a chapterwide Black History Program in which the children will learn about their history through performing. This year’s program, Ali: The Life of Muhamad Ali, celebrates the life of the “Greatest”. This year the Chapter continued to broaden the scope of its annual “Knowledge Fair” by once again partnering with the Pasadena Unified School District. This annual college fair was attended by hundreds of high school seniors in the area. Through participation in community service, cultural, regional and national events, the Chapter is actively developing future community leaders.

“What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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chapter history Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Phoenix Chapter

modules. Robin Reed, Treasurer for Black Chamber of Commerce, shared what it meant to own your own business and how our children can become entrepreneurs. The 4th and 5th Grade Group had an opportunity to receive their own “Voter Registration” card, learn more about the democratic process, and gain information about the candidates from the 3 major political parties. The 1st-3rd Grade Group focused on learning about good nutrition by making healthy pizzas and discussing healthy eating choices. The Pre-K-K Grade Group focused on a visit to pumpkin patch to learn about nature and enjoy many fun activities. In the month of November the Phoenix Chapter sponsored their annual Father Daughter dance to help provide an opportunity for Dads and Father figures to celebrate their love for their daughters. The dance provided an opportunity for father and father figures to set positive examples of how their daughter should be treated on a date. In the Phoenix Market, there are few opportunities that ‘show-case’ and publicize the love and commitment that African American men have for their daughters. This is one of those few events that will allow fathers and daughters to share special memories for many years to come.

President: Yvette Kinsley Vice-President: Tara Winey Program Director: JoAnne Curry Recording Secretary: Lisa Cobb Corresponding Secretary: Joan Sherwood Treasurer: Arlisa Richardson Financial Secretary: Florence Franklin Editor: Christine Goodman Chaplain: Monet Davis Historian: Christine Goodman Foundation Chair: Angel Moore Parliamentarian: Taj Rahi-Loo Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Dana Brooks and Leah Landrum Father’s Auxiliary: Jerome Sims II

President: Alyssa Jones Vice-President: Jerone Sims III Secretary: Bailey Benson Treasurer: Morgon Cobbs Parliamentarian: Tia Franks Chaplain: Jaime Smith Sergeant-at-Arms: Grayson Taylor

was established November 28, 1952, under the leadership of Juanita Dickey, the first chapter president. The chapter was formed to bridge the social gap for African American children who, at that time, were denied access to museums and other cultural venues.

chapter programming The Phoenix Chapter remains dedicated to community service, cultural, social and educational enrichment of African-American children and upholding the AfricanAmerican family. We began our year with a robust Mother’s retreat in August concentrating on team-building, optimizing member and chapter effectiveness, improved communications, and emphasis on developing an enrich and fulfilling program year. In September, we gathered to celebrate Jack and Jill Day with indoor games and a feast at a local community center. All age groups offered a Carole Robertson presentation, where they each shared a piece of fact and/or history about Carole Robertson . The chapter Fall Season started with the Jack and Jill Teen Group learning the law around police interations and “driving while black”. The 6th-8th Grade Group jumped into the program year addressing financial

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President: Karen Holland Vice-President: Yvette Murray Program Director: Marcie Brown Recording Secretary: Monique Williams Corresponding Secretary: Phelisha Licerio Treasurer: Deanna Margaritha Financial Secretary: Carla Knowles Editor: Tiffany Jackson Chaplain: Gail Evans Historian: Tiffany Jackson Foundation Chair: Tracy Bloundt Parliamentarian: Regina Page Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Bridgett Tucker Associate Chair: Yvette Murray Father’s Auxiliary: James Martin III

President: Ayanna Jackson Vice-President: MaLaun Phillips Secretary: Tegan Peters Treasurer: James Martin IV Parliamentarian: Sydney Bloundt Sergeant-at-Arms: Jason Williams

chapter members Melanie Adams, Michele Baham, Tracey Bloundt, Kimberly Britt, Lisa Buffong, Erika Calhoun, Patrice Cole Morrow, Kren Holland, Gail Evans Grayson, Marcie Graves Brown, Gina Hanna, Alicia Hamilton, Tiffany Jackson, Carla Knowles, Philisha Licerio, Deanna Margaritha, Sondra Martin, Janetta McDowell, Rochelle McLaurin, Yvette Murray, Regina Page, Kimberely Peters, Carla Pickett, Bridgett Tucker, Julia Watkins, Bridgette Williams, Monique Williams chapter history The pomona Area Chapter was installed on

February 19,1983. Founding Mothers Gloria White and Janice Dawsey, planted the roots with the support of eight additional mothers under the name of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter. The Chapter was later renamed the Pomona Area Chapter to reflect the local community boundaries of its members.

In December we had 2 big events. We enjoyed our Christmas party, where everybody both young and old had a lot of fun acting out in the photo booth. We also got together and went to see Debbie Allen’s “Chocolate Nutcracker”. We celebrated the gift of giving by donating, toiletries, clothing, books and games to “The House of Ruth”.

September the Pomona Chapter kicked off the year with our annual Jack and Jill picnic. All the age groups participated in tributes commemorating the life and legacy of Carole Robertson with storyboard presentations, artwork, and narratives. The teens set up a voter registration booth to participate and offer service for the 2016 Election. Groups 2 and 3 visited Riley’s Farm where they were able to pick fruit and learn about the farm. Group 4 completed their leadership module.

This January we will march hand in hand in Riverside to celebrate the memory and work of Martin Luther King Jr. We have a ”New Year, New You” fundraiser planned. The event is a Fashion Show showcasing the works of Celebrity Designer, Angela Dean. There will also be speakers, makeovers, and vendors. Group 2 will learn all about elections and the voting process. Groups 3 & 4 will get a behind the scenes tour of Whole Foods, which is a Grocery store specializing in healthy eating and lifestyles. The teen group, along with some of the other chapters has a ski trip planned.

In October the teens enjoyed an afternoon of theater watching August Wilson’s play “Ma’Rainey’s Black Bottom”. Groups 2 & 3 also enjoyed the theater and saw the play “Stuart Little”. Group 4 worked on their financial module and had a pool party afterward to celebrate their hard work. We also had our Mothers Mixer where we were able to visit and fellowship with our new moms.

In February the teens will get dressed up in their business attire, resumes in hand, to attend the Black College Expo. Group 3 will also attend the event to get an early peek at what our HBCU’s have to offer. Group 4 will attend the African American Firefighters museum and group 1 will participate in a Black History version of The Amazing Race.

In November all the age groups participated in the Annual Epilepsy Walk. Groups 3 & 4 learned all about engineering and also had their service activity. Group 1 went to Willowbrook Apple Farm to pick, eat, and learn all about apples. Also that month Mothers, teens, and pre-teens traveled to Arizona for Area Work Day.

This spring all the age groups will be busy with an array of different activates including, supporting black owned businesses, learning about legislative advocacy, town hall meetings and the skill and art of debate. We will end the year with Black Family day to celebrate Family, recognize our mothers who are graduating out and honor our seniors who are going off to college.

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President: Robin Joiner Vice-President: Tia Coachman Program Director: Jamia Tyler Recording Secretary: Nicole Bragg- Scott Corresponding Secretary: Chastity Weaver Russ Treasurer: Susan Monfries Financial Secretary: Mica Davis Editor: Claudia Arana Colen Chaplain: Latricia Tillman Historian: Christine Anyetei Foundation Chair: Cyreena Boston Ashby Parliamentarian: Cindy Fontenot Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Angela Patrick Associate Chair: Tia Coachman Father’s Auxiliary: Rashad Williams and Benjamin Okeke Legislative Chair: Kali Thorne Ladd Protocol Chair: Vivian Menzies

President: Aarie Good Vice-President: Aidan Tillman- Reardon Recording Secretary: Caitlyn Monfries Corresponding Secretary: Jasmine Patrick Treasurer: Hughes Mundy Parliamentarian: Rachel Patrick Foundation Chair: Josh Rossi

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Allen, Christine Anyetei, Cyreena Boston Ashby, Nicole Bragg -Scott, Tia B. Coachman, Claudia Arana Colen, Mica Davis, Cindy Fontenot, Darlise Blount Harrison, Kim Heller, Keesha Jean- Baptiste, Kevia Jeffrey- West, Heather Johnson, Karen Johnson, Robin Joiner, Kali Thorne Ladd, Tracy Mack- Askew, Melanie Maurice, Charlene McGee, Vivian Menzies, Susan Monfries, Angelique Okeke, Angela Patrick, Traci Rossi, Latricia Tillman, Jamia Tyler, Chasitity Weaver Russ, Marsha Williams

chapter history The Portland Willamette Valley Chapter was

established in October 2014. In 2012, Chapter President and Jack and Jill legacy Cyreena Boston Ashby brought several local moms together to initiate the process of re-establishing the Portland chapter of Jack and Jill. An initial group of 21 mothers became an interest group, then a provisional chapter. We were installed in October of 2014; this is our second year as a fully chartered chapter, and our membership has grown to 28 mother members.

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Our Portland Willamette Valley Chapter kicked off our program year by celebrating Jack and Jill Day and honoring the legacy of Carole Robertson. Our teens told us about the many interests and contributions Carole Robertson made in her short life, as well as the circumstances of her death. Afterward, the members participated in charades based on some of the highlights of Carole’s interests, such as choir practice, dance recitals, and science. The chapter members and children had so much fun acting out Carole’s interests, and it was a very fun and celebratory way to embed the day’s lessons more deeply into our consciousness. As part of the event, our chapter collected 55 children’s books and donated them to The Children’s Book Bank, to honor Carole Robertson’s love of reading and commitment to service. In October, we paid tribute to the upcoming national election and took the opportunity to discuss the importance of laws that protect our personal rights, including our voter rights, civil rights,

and environmental rights. In November, we explored our roles as leaders in our community, while also taking on the more difficult conversations of the wellbeing of black people in a culture of profiling and institutional racism. In December, we hosted a Black Santa event and fundraiser. Over 80 families from our chapter and community came to our event. Our teens did the face painting while local residents sold hand- made scarves, jewelry and other items. Best of all, our chapter showed its “Power to Make a Difference” and raised hundreds of dollars for Camp ELSO, an Oregon based nonprofit providing science summer camps with hands-on experiential learning programs for youth of color who are underrepresented in STEM fields. What’s next? Next month, our chapter’s children and teens will again participate in a citywide event commemorating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., performing Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise”. Their performance will be simulcast live on Portland Community Media and KBBO. Our Chapter has truly come into its own. Our mother members, children, and fathers rely on each other for support, community, and friendship. We share our children’s accomplishments and support one another during more difficult times. This chapter has been a blessing for all our members, and its ongoing success is a tribute to our collective commitment to Jack and Jill, and the value it brings to our lives.

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President: Dominique A. Bellow Vice-President: Kecia Aldridge-Hall Program Director: Chanel Price Recording Secretary: Karen Williams Corresponding Secretary: Keilani Burrage Treasurer: LaTonia Walton-Simon Financial Secretary: Janae Ross Editor: Jillian Spears Chaplain: Tamara Armstrong Historian: Jillian Spears Foundation Chair: Kameka Brown Parliamentarian: Wanda Williams Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tara Lewis Father’s Auxiliary: Samuel F. Bellow, Jr.

President: Ayana Watkins Vice-President: Simone Soublet Secretary: Brooklyn Lewis Treasurer: Eamon Luttropp Chaplain: Matthew Smothers

chapter members We have 57 Members (with two on leave) including our 2016 Graduating Mothers: Terrell Mitchell, Dakota Neal, Jacie Ragland, Artavia Taylor, Michelle White.

chapter history The Sacramento Chapter of Jack and Jill received its charter at the National Convention held in June of 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Grace Morgan-Jones was the first President. Our purpose is to provide a constructive educational, recreational, social, and cultural program for children; and by this medium of contact, create a greater bond of friendship for the children and their parents. In August 2006, the Sacramento Chapter celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the chapter with a grand family reunion style celebration. The Sacramento Chapter has a long and rich history of community service. In 1999, we conducted a Black Youth Leadership Summit at the California State Capitol. The the African American Staff at the Capitol adopted the program and continue to bring young African American Leaders to the Capitol to engage in a day of legislative leadership activities.

chapter programming The Sacramento Chapter kicked off

the 2016-2017 program year with an all chapter activity at the Sacramento River Cats game. The Sacramento Chapter continues to support Another Choice, Another Chance, an African-American owned agency that provides educational, prevention, intervention and treatment programs to youth ages 12-24 who suffer from mental health disorders. In January, the Sacramento Chapter celebrated the founding of our organization by getting together to support the film “Hidden Figures,” and we will participate in the Capitol March for the Dream in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In April, we are hosting a Spring “All Black Party”, as well as our “Father’s Appreciation Night”. Our year wraps up with Black Family Day. We feel blessed to serve our community while providing enriching experiences for our Jack and Jill families.

“We need you to roll up your sleeves. We need to get to work. Because remember this: When they go low, we go high.”

– Michelle Obama

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President: Leonie Porcher-Sanders Vice-President: Pamela Gray-Payton Program Director: Angelite Armento-McWhorter Recording Secretary: Angela Hilliard Corresponding Secretary: Joanee’ Johnson Treasurer: Robin Campbell Financial Secretary: Connie Gibson Editor: Angelia Huff-Tunstall Chaplain: LaDreda Lewis Historian: Angelia Huff-Tunstall Foundation Chair: Jahari Weir-Harrison Parliamentarian: Traci Jones Teen Sponsor/Advisor: LaDreda Lewis Associate Chair: Angela Hilliard Father’s Auxiliary: Karrey DeWayne Sanders

President: Kambria Sanders Vice-President: Grant Hilliard and Olivia Lewis Secretary: Briajah Payton Treasurer: Nahla Darcuiel Chaplain: Mychal Johnson Sergeant-at-Arms: Simeon Speight

chapter members Joyce Allen, Lajuana Bradley, Geneva Darcuiel, Lisa Marie Harris, Frances Henderson, Christie Hill, Valarie Littlejohn, Antionette Marbray, Azuree A. Morris, Tracy Norris, Victoria Peterson, Jazzma Rainey, Tammy Robinson, Cheryl Sykes, Schuyler Twyman, Dr. Akilah Weber, and Vellet Wyatt-Finley chapter history

On January 7, 1955, the late Mrs. Voradel Carey invited a group of San Diego mothers to come together to learn more about Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. The mothers held a tea at the home of Mrs. Quincella Kimbrough. Attending the tea was guest of honor Dr. Geraldine Woods, President of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill. After the 6 month probation period, the San Diego Charter was voted into the National Body. In August of 1955, an installation dinner was held at the U.S. Grant Hotel with Dr. Ruth Howard of San Francisco, then National Secretary, as the National Installing Officer. Today, the San Diego Chapter includes nearly 30 active mother members and a wonderful group of Associate Chapter members, combined with our children and our Jacks, the Chapter represents more than 100 current and future leaders whose primary residence in San Diego County is south of Highway 52.

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The San Diego Chapter began its 61st program year with a Mother’s Retreat entitled,”Workshops, Wellness, Women and Wine.” Jack and Jill Day, we honored the

life and legacy of Carole Robertson with a program and picnic in the park and singing “lift every voice and sing.” We ended the year with our Kwanzaa celebration where each age group presenting an inspirational message entitled,”Messages to our Forefathers.” The San Diego and North County Chapters enjoyed watching Hidden Figures. We will kick off the new year by honoring the legacy and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade in downtown San Diego. Our fundraiser for the year will be a Skate, Rock and Roll party. Group 1 & 2 picked apples, visited Bates Nut Farm and have a clothing drive, Ceramic Café, flower field and zoo visit scheduled. Group 3 attended a robotics workshop, learned to play chess and have a career day and trip to Suzi’s Farm planned. Group 4 toured an African American Museum, made lunch for the homeless through Hashtag Lunch Bag, will tour and chat with Assembly Member Shirley Weber, rock climb at Mesa Rim and tour U.S. Bank. The teens had a beach retreat, served breakfast at Father Joe’s Village, walked the Haunted Trails, visited Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children, sent care packages, attend Kuumba Fest, bike ride through the park and tour an African American Museum. We are fully engaged and focused on the National Thrust.

“You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story.”

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where those who attended received a toy, but also a blanket, socks, personal care item, a book and more! Last year, we served over 400 of Penny Lanes clients, making it our most successful Christmas Store ever! We will also host a Women’s Day celebration for young women rescued from sex trafficking at Journey Out, where we will mentor, bond and donate clothing, toiletries and hair care products.

President: Kathryn Cunningham Vice-President: Andrea Berry Program Director: Giovanna Hughes-Mannings Recording Secretary: Rochelle Polard Corresponding Secretary: LaVerne Seales-Saley Treasurer: Jacalyn Williams Financial Secretary: Charyn Harris Editor: Tiffany Patierno Chaplain: Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i Historian: Deanna Thomas Foundation Chair: Alisa Prewit Parliamentarian: Gail Porter Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Alisa Prewit Associate Chair: Toi-Shawn McGlover Jefferey Father’s Auxiliary: Bryce Fluellen

President: Symone Roberts Vice-President: Johnny Jones Secretary: Jaden Williams Treasurer: Amir Saley Parliamentarian: Alyce Cunningham Sergeant-at-Arms: Jamie DuBose

The San Fernando Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was established in 1978. Chapter Founder Jackie Smith had the vision to begin a chapter in our community and 38 years later, the chapter has grown to 38 dynamic, creative and caring members, growing rapidly as our chapter becomes more visible through our good deeds. Our mission statement is “it feels good to do good” and our chapter emulates that motto in all activities through our programming. Under the sponsorship of the Pasadena Chapter, the San Fernando Valley received its charter as an active chapter within Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. Dr. Gertrude Paxton, the National Corresponding Secretary, presented the chapter. Assisting Dr. Paxton was the Pasadena Chapter President, Iris Hackett and the Far West Regional Director, Edna James. Our Chapter’s Mission Statement is that “It Feels Good to Do Good”.

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Difference”, the San Fernando Valley Chapter started the 2016-17 year on an extremely high note. We held our annual Jack and Jill Day at Skateland in Northridge California. Our teens presented a wonderful commemoration of Carole Robertson as well as kicking off their mentoring program for the lower grade groups. It was most exciting to see smiles and laughter on our children’s faces as they skated to the latest songs and old school classics. Each one was there to lend a hand to our newest skaters and make sure everyone had a good time. We also learned more about Carole Robertson. The Group 5 presentation was very well received and honored Carole Robertson’s legacy. October brought numerous social activities where our children got to know one another and share in Fall festival like activities. Our children made a difference in their various November service activities that ranged from volunteering at a Senior Center, wrapping Gifts at the Children’s Hunger Fund, letter writing campaign to our troops and more. As our mother’s community service activity, our chapter held our 7th Annual Christmas Store for the children, teens, and emancipated youth of Penny Lane Foster Care centers

Our 2nd Annual Winter Banquet, formerly known as our Christmas/ Kwanzaa event, was wonderful as we continued to focus on family and highlighted our Graduating Seniors and Mothers! We held a “blankets of love” drive for all who attended for our Christmas Store for Penny Lane and our children performed skits and musical presentations in celebration of family and the season. The chapter’s January group activities focused on STEaM! Showing our children that they can make a difference in the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math was a very specific goal for our chapter and with creative programming that ranged from building robots to making rockets, they gained an interest in those various fields, planting the seeds of possibility! As succession implementation is crucial for all of our chapters, we began a new tradition in the month of January which honored and recognized our chapter Associates as well as identified possible future leaders within or chapter with our Ladder to Leadership Luncheon. Held in the home of one of our Associates, our chapter brought these wonderful women together to acknowledge their contributions as chapter members and allow a dialog with those who seek to step up into leadership roles from the chapter all the way to National! Who better to learn from than those who have gone before us. For February’s Black History Month event, our chapter will partner with the Boys and Girls Club of San Fernando to host our 2nd Annual “The Art of Black History, for which we received National recognition as an award winning programming event at National Convention 2016. The day will consist of healthy food demonstrations, musical and dance presentations, an art exhibit and a live Black History Museum with actual pioneers in various fields.

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President: Gail Toliver Vice-President: Ayana Stevenson Program Director: Michele Chambliss Recording Secretary: Chantel Walker Corresponding Secretary: Beverly Yates Treasurer: Shannon Nash Financial Secretary: Lori Luddington Editor: Mia Threatt Historian: Mia Threatt Foundation Chair: Gail Covington Parliamentarian: Maretta Ward Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Kendall Laidlaw Associate Chair: Edna James

President: Tyler Stevenson Vice-President: Natalie Pierce Secretary: Chandler Crump, Anise Crump Treasurer: Alexa Toliver Parliamentarian: Julia Clopton-Foster Chaplain: Zachary Agenbroad Sergeant-at-Arms: Julia Clopton-Foster

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The Great Migration brought several African-American families to the San Francisco Bay Area. During the summer of 1950, a small group of mothers gathered to share their thoughts regarding African-American Culture/History, and their ideas and concerns about parenting their young children in San Francisco. This small gathering eventually led to the establishment of the San Francisco Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. The year was 1952 and the founding members were: Nellie Bonner, Theresa Griffin, Vivian Hambrick, Ruth Howard, and Charlotte Poole.

chapter programming The San Francisco Chapter has had another successful year with programming in keeping with the National Jack and Jill Theme of “The Power to Make a Difference.”

We started the year with our annual Fall picnic. The committee chose a wonderful location overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Families enjoyed great food, arts/crafts, and the children organized an impromptu game of soccer allowing time for parents to fellowship. At Area Work Day our mothers attended workshops on ways to support our chapter regarding finance, programming, and membership. During December 2016, the Sisterly Relations committee planned an amazing activity for the mothers, the “Sip and Paint” event was a great opportunity for mothers to bond while expressing their creative side on canvas and enjoying tasty Napa Valley wines. Our Founder’s Day Tea was a huge success. We welcomed several of our Associate members, and we learned more about the origins of our chapter and shared the history of National Founder Marion Turner Stubbs Thomas. Programming highlights of the year included a chapter-wide Holiday Ice Skating Party. The committee planned a unique holiday

celebration for the chapter and the event was well attended with many children hitting the ice for the very first time. Winter fun was had by all! Also, on January 15, 2017, Group III participated in a Video Game Design Class. The children learned coding languages specific to video game design. Each child was encouraged to create their own game incorporating their newly acquired coding skills, mapping out their designs using a series of written prompts to help guide the process. Several of the Group III children expressed interest in pursuing careers in STE(A)M. In the fall, Group V teens completed an overnight retreat in which moms (and dads) led workshops on the modules for leadership and financial literacy. Several of our member mothers coordinated this activity and presented the lectures and programming. The momentum of Group V continued well into February when the group attended the Black Panther 50th Anniversary Exhibition at the Oakland Museum. This activity was extremely educational and culturally uplifting. Furthermore, one of the greatest achievements of the San Francisco Chapter is the children’s philanthropic efforts and commitment to community. On March 11th, 2017, the teen group (Group V) hosted their 2nd Annual Teen Jam, an event in which members from at least ten local chapters attended. Eventhough the primary purpose of this event is to raise funds for charitable organizations, the teens also enjoyed an evening of dancing and socializing. Furthermore, the San Francisco chapter continues to be involved in many service missions, most notably a strong commitment to the March of Dimes March for Babies. In the midst of busy programming we continue to strengthen our infrastructure, reviewing chapter bylaws, policies, and protocols. We also take time to enrich each other’s lives and celebrate each other’s personal and professional accomplishments. Mother members are demonstrating to our children that they do have “The Power to Make a Difference.”

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mock presidential debate and election on the Google campus, where participants cast votes electronically using an app that allowed everyone to instantly see the results on the view screen. After passionate, well-crafted speeches, the people of Jack & Jill of America (San Jose Chapter) elected their president – Bernie Sanders! We were honored when this innovative programming was recognized with Legislative Awards: 1st place regionally and 3rd place nationally.

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At June‘s regional Teen Conference, San Jose Chapter teens won first place in the exhibit competition with a three-dimensional portrayal of the activism and protest emblematic of the State of Black America. Our own Nirel JonesMitchell was named Outstanding Senior at the conference.

President: Rochelle Woods Vice-President: Kimberly Reddrick-Peters Program Director: Mishua Hicks, Cherie Lawson Recording Secretary: Christina Mireles Corresponding Secretary: Korri Washington Jackson Treasurer: Melissa Hawkins Financial Secretary: Dominique Martin Editor: Kristin Penner Chaplain: Janice JonesMitchell Historian: Dionne Morgan Foundation Chair: Rebecca Sledd-Williams Parliamentarian: Kalila Spain Patty Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Stephanie Wemusa/Kristin Penner Associate Chair: Frances Lewis Johnese Father’s Auxiliary: Don Mitchell

President: Jaelynn Mitchell Vice-President: Milan Williams Secretary: Lilah Penner Brown Treasurer: Jeremiah Jackson Chaplain: Kameron Duncan Sergeant-at-Arms: Evan White

The Sensational San Jose Chapter was first established in 1967 as the San Jose Mother’s Club of Jack and Jill, Inc. Our Chapter was formally approved at the National Convention in 1968 and became the 12th chapter in the Far West Region. There are 46 mother-members and 23 associates of the San Jose Chapter, dedicated to building future African-American leaders. In 2016, the San Jose Chapter continued to demonstrate the Power to Make a Difference through engaging and inspiring activities for children, teens, and adults in our chapter and community. At our annual MLK Day of Service in January, 30 adults and 33 children prepared gift boxes for needy families, which included pink and blue Jack and Jill fleece blankets that were assembled during the event and were distributed by our local non-profit partner Unity Care. In February, we celebrated Black History at an event focused on “Passing the Torch” of political engagement. Three panelists from education (San Francisco State University), business/technology (Facebook), and local government (San Jose City Council) inspired our children and adults to harness their own Power to Make a Difference in their schools and through political action. At our legislative event in April,

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Our Legislative Committee also hosted a “Building Leaders” event in October, focused on voting rights and discrimination. Children of color from across the Bay Area were invited to attend this educational, fun and inspiring workshop. Finally, in November, the San Jose Chapter hosted our ”Purple Reign” Fundraiser. A glamorous event featuring a casino and DJ spinning all things Prince, this celebration for a good cause continued Jack and Jill’s rich legacy of supporting the growth of youth and children by raising funds locally for Unity Care and for the Jack and Jill Foundation. San Jose Chapter looks forward to building on these 2016 experiences to demonstrate our Power to Make a Difference in 2017 and beyond.

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.”

– Maya Angelou

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President: ,Ebony Macon Johnson Vice-President: Sheree Spencer Program Director: Kali Rector Recording Secretary: Patricia Cannon Corresponding Secretary: Sarah Horvat Treasurer: Stacy Taylor Financial Secretary: Sophia Powell Editor: Xylina Cooper Chaplain: Donna Hardnett Historian: Stacy Taylor Foundation Chair: Kara Price Parliamentarian: Jannine Washington Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Judith King-Smith Father’s Auxiliary: Billy Johnson Jr.

President: Lauren Smith Vice-President: Jailah Keller Secretary: Halle Holmes Treasurer: Brianna Price Chaplain: Amaya Neely Sergeant-at-Arms: Nhe’Zhem Peoples

chapter members Gilonda Butler, Patricia Cannon, Danielle Cooper, Kimberly Cooper, Xylina Cooper, Karen Fenderson, Zahari Freeman, Donna Hardnett, Lisa Holmes, Sarah Davis Horvat, Cerene Howard, Kimberly Humphries, Cydney Junius, Michelle Keller, Judith King-Smith, Florence Lankford, Ebony Macon Johnson, Elena Neely, Sophia Powell, Kara Price, Kali Rector, Eboni Shields, Sheree Spencer, Stacy Egby Taylor, Ebonie Thomas, and Janine Washington. chapter history

The Santa Clarita- Antelope Valley Chapter first established as a provisional group of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., in 2007 and was organized by Katrina Schauble and Kimberly Hudson with an initial interest of over 70 women. On September 13, 2008, the Santa Clarita-Antelope Valley Chapter was inducted as the 29th chapter in the Far West Region with 34 families.

chapter programming The Santa Clarita-Antelope Valley Chapter demonstrated strong alignment with our national theme, “The Power to Make a Difference,” by hosting our chapter’s first Penny Lane Christmas store in Antelope Valley. Our chapter had the pleasure of partnering with the San Fernando Valley Chapter, our sister chapter, to effectuate this end. This community service event was an incredible success! The support by our chapter was enormous. One hundred percent (100%) of our chapter’s members supported this effort by collecting and/or providing money, donations, and volunteering their time. We also received support from most of our prospective mothers. Donations were even received from our local Kappa Alpha Psi chapter. Additionally, the San Fernando Valley chapter guided our efforts and graciously provided many donations. We were amazed at the overflow of generosity as we received more donations than the store could hold. There were actually so many leftover donations that we were able to donate those to the North Hills Penny Lane store hosted by our sister chapter the following week.

service event. Some of our chapter’s fathers and children had the amazing opportunity to register voters before our recent election. The fathers and children had a chance to approach potential voters, inquire about their voter status, and educate potential voters on voting rules, regulations, and eligibility requirements. They also provided the opportunity to register on site. We also participated in “Step Out Walk To End Diabetes” to help support people living with Diabetes, which plagues many African-Americans. Lastly, we will host our second STEAM expo for 175 kids and teens during the month of January. Distinguished STEAM professionals will lead career panels focusing on opportunities in architecture, electronic security, cinema, television, and new media. The expo will also feature a robotics expert who will give students an overview on building robots and a chief technology officer who will offer insight on the next generation in technology. There will also be an Intro to Video Game Animation class. Additionally, the event will feature workshops specifically geared to elementary school aged children, including science and chemistry demonstrations, interactive bubble science presentations, and self-directed play with Legos.

As a result of the support, we were able to abundantly assist many transitional youth and foster families in need. Over two hundred (200) individuals each received several gifts. There was such a tremendous sense of gratitude expressed by most of these individuals for the books, blankets, toiletries, toys and clothes. In addition, we held our chapter’s first Fathers’ Auxiliary community 248


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two-night event which took place at the Sambica Camp and Retreat Center in nearby Bellevue, Washington. Teens engaged in a variety of activities, including finishing numerous JMB Leadership Modules, a presentation by local area members of the Divine Nine GreekLetter Organizations, team-building and goal setting activities, and even a little dancing and karaoke. By the end of the weekend, the teens had supported our National theme THE POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE by engaging in activities that encompassed all of our Programmatic Thrusts: Cultural, Education, Health, Civic and Recreational.

President: Shaney Rudolph Vice-President: Ninevah Rudolph Lowery Program Director: Debbie Jones Conway and Natalie Duvernay Matthews Recording Secretary: Leslie Wright Corresponding Secretary: April Joseph Treasurer: Tylitha Steward Financial Secretary: Marielle Heiser Editor: Donna Jordan-Taylor Chaplain: Lisa Youngblood-Hall Historian: C’Ardiss Gardner-Gleser Foundation Chair: Janine Thorne Parliamentarian: Tanzee Miller Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Wendie Costello/Lynne Varner Associate Chair: Simone Johnson Father’s Auxiliary: Nina Jennings

President: Levi Costello Vice-President: Trey Rudolph Secretary: Orlando Ashford Treasurer: Stirling Yeadon Chaplain: Amiyah Marshall

the Seattle Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, to become the 98th Chapter to join the organization. We are indebted to these founding Mothers for providing a firm foundation from which we enrich the lives of not only our children, but all children in our community.

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our programming year with an all-family picnic in celebration of Jack and Jill Day. The Fathers’ Auxiliary assisted with planning/ cooking delicious food including burgers and hot dogs, and other dishes from Jack and Jill families. Grade groups enjoyed arts/ crafts, playground and field games. Group Four presented a poem to remember Carole Robertson which led into a discussion around the Civil Rights movement and today’s Black Lives Matter Movement. It was a beautiful day for member and guest families, and a great way to begin our program year. After a vigorous season of wonderful Grade Group experiences, we entered the holiday season with our annual Santa Brunch, held on December 10th at the Golf Club at Newcastle. Member families experienced the magic of the season with a cheerful mix and mingle, holiday ornament decorating for the children, and a delicious meal followed by delightful Grade Group presentations. Everyone enjoyed Group One’s enchanting performance of Jingle Bells, and were inspired by messages written and presented by Group Two children encouraging us to Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin with Me. Group Three eloquently reminded us of the seven principles of Kwanza, while Group Four assembled Blessing Bags of toiletries and personal hygiene items donated by member families. Each family was presented with a Blessing Bag to take into the community to give to others in need. Finally, Group Five teens’ entertaining fashion show featured the latest trends and highlighted participants’ interests and future plans. The appearance of Santa was thrilling, especially the opportunity to take family photos with him. It was a joyful time for all family members.

In support of our National theme THE POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and further, our CIVIC THRUST: Community Service - Seattle will hold a Harlem Nights fundraiser in March to support local agencies involved in serving low-income and homeless communities in the Puget Sound area. It will be a night reminiscent of the roaring twenties with food, drink and casino games. There will also be a silent auction to help raise money for our designated charities. We will also continue our support of the Reading Corner at the Atlantic Street Family Resource Center in South Seattle. The Center provides services for primarily low-income families of color. The Reading Corner is in a shared space in the center for child-care services and programming for young children and parents. The Seattle Chapter cleaned the space, assembled furniture, and organized books into reading levels and genre. The Chapter collected hundreds of books during our Urban Games community event, and will continue to maintain the space throughout the year.

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President: Renett Clough Vice-President: Chloe Boutelle Program Director: Kathryn Pierson Recording Secretary: DeWanna Sharp Corresponding Secretary: DeWanna Sharp Treasurer: Linda Owens Financial Secretary: D’Ondra Arnold Editor: Sherri Francois Historian: Jami Williams Foundation Chair: Ardra Fleming Parliamentarian: Jami Williams Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Linda Owens Associate Chair: Kim Johnson-Woods

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The South Los Angeles Chapter was organized in 1956 in the home of Velma Woods. Jo Anna Haynes served as the first President of the Mother’s Club. Jewel Jackson was installed as the first President in July 1957. During the past sixty (60) years, the South Los Angeles Chapter has continued to be a beacon in the community. The chapter has continued to provide support to community organizations that work closely with at risk children throughout South Los Angeles. The South Los Angeles Chapter has also made significant contributions both on the national and regional level. Dr. Ramona W. Arnold served as the 12th National President of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. During President Arnold’s leadership she started the relationship with Africare that has continued throughout today. President Arnold commissioned the first history book about Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and developed the first convention handbook and national forms that are still used today. There have been two Far West Regional Directors who served from South Los Angeles Chapter: Dr. Jacki Parker Scott (1987-1989) and Tracie Thompson (2010-2011). Three members have also served in the role of Far West SecretaryTreasurer: Inez Wauls (1975-1977) and (1977- 1979), Gloria J. Riddick-Williams (1997-1999) and Tracie Thompson (2009-2010). Dr. Jacki Parker Scott also served as National Program Director and during her tenure she developed a Teen Leadership Summit Module that became a prototype for leadership development for our teens.

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In 2015 the South Los Angeles Chapter was awarded a $3,000 Jacqueline Robinson Grant from the Jack and Jill Foundation. The grant award was utilized to conduct a one day workshop at the Watts/Willowbrook Boy & Girls Club entitled “Our Children Are Not for Sale: Human Sex Trafficking Awareness and Prevention in South Los Angeles”.

chapter programming The South Los Angeles Chapter started the year conducting our planning meetingfor the 2016-2017 program year. Aiming to support the National Theme of “The Power to Make A Difference, our mother members planned activities in the following areas; education, cultural, civic, social/recreational and health. Our childrens first activity of the program year was Carol Robertson Memorial/Jack and Jill Day presenting an one act play to family and friends entitled “Beauty, Love, Admiration and Respect”followed by a roundtable discussion on Black Lives Matter. Additional National Recognition Days include, Founders Day and Black Family Day. In celebrating Black Family Day we fellowship with our neighboring chapter. Eduaction activities include Heal th Bay Beach Ckean Up, Santa Monica Pier STEAM Scavenger Hunt and the Aeronautical Museum in Compton, California culminating with a Tuskegee Airman Presentation. Cultural activities include the Black College Expo and Living History Museum.

The Living History Museum is a partnership with the Palos Verdes Pennisula Library and the children research their favorite African Throughout the years, our community service projects have American hero/heroine, historical or present,memorize key included: feeding the homeless, visiting senior citizen centers and facts, dates, triumphs and contributions their hero has made. In nursing facilities, donating school supplies to a homeless shelter, addition, they will be dressed as their hero/heroine and accurately developing a partnership with the Mayme A. Clayton Library and portray their life story at the museum while library patrons walk Museum, donating socks and gently used clothing to a homeless through. This informative activity servee to increase the children’s shelter, organizing a Career Day Program, and volunteered with knowledge of past African American figures that have paved the the Omega Educational Foundation Annual Youth Leadership way for present day Blacks, teach them researching skills, and allow Conference. The chapter has also sponsored several Casino night them to expand upon their oratorical skills. In the area of civic events, Jazz Brunches, Oldies But Goodies Dance, and Fashion and legislative programming, our youthattended “Inform Your Vote Shows as part of our fund raising events. The proceeds from 2016”: Presidential Election Debate with Roland S. Martin and Larry many of these events have gone to assist the Omega Educational Elder. Following the activity the youth provided written letters to Foundations with the Annual Youth Leadership Conference, Britt- both presenters detailing their agreement or disagreement wit the care, and CLIMB. All these organizations provide support and issues presented. Additional activies included but are not limited assistance to needy families and children throughout the South Los to Halloween with a Purpose, March of Dimes Walk and various Angeles area. community service event.As a small chapter we partnered with a neighboring Jack and Jill sister chapter for Teen programming. 250


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Our children began the Holiday season by taking part in Operation Christmas Child, filling shoeboxes to send to children in need. Group 1-3 collected blankets for the “Share the Warmth” project for homeless women and children at our local YWCA, under the coordination of our newest Mother member Phynisha Moss.

President: Monique Dubose Vice-President: Angela Fields Program Director: Denise Robinson Recording Secretary: Locky Kamau Corresponding Secretary: Locky Kamau Treasurer: Belinda Smith Financial Secretary: Tina Williams Editor: Cynthia Lewis-Harris Historian: Cynthia Lewis-Harris Foundation Chair: Angela Fields Parliamentarian: Denise Robinson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Renee Simms

President: Alice Robinson Vice-President: Noah Fields Secretary: Samira Harris Treasurer: Amir Simms Chaplain: Arinna Njonge Sergeant-at-Arms: Ariana Smith

The Tacoma Chapter, sponsored by the Seattle Chapter, was voted into the national body of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. at the 42nd National Convention in Houston, TX. Installation services were held on Sunday, October 25, 1980, at the Fort Lewis Officer’s Club. Dr Gertrude Paxton, past national officer, and Edna James, then Regional Director, rendered a very memorable service installing twenty-seven founding mothers. At that time, Tacoma became the thirteenth chapter in the Far West Region Mission Statement: “Families Developing Servant Leaders for Our Community”

chapter programming The Tacoma Chapter started our year with our annual retreat, where we developed our mission for the program year. We wanted to develop sound partnerships within our community. We organized our program activities around this mission and our National theme. We began with a Jack & Jill Day celebration and a memorial for Carole Robertson. We enjoyed a fun-filled day with a barbeque and swimming. We were also given a presentation by our Teens on Who was Carole Robertson? In keeping with our National theme we joined the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s team raising awareness and funds for care, support and research. The community put on their sneakers to help make a difference.

We ended the holiday season with a Kwanzaa Celebration. All families and prospective families were given a very insightful presentation of the history of the Kwanzaa and our children presented the seven principles. Afterwards, we all enjoyed an amazing feast of soul food. On opening weekend of the movie “Hidden Figures” we sponsored a community private viewing at a local theater. We were joined by several community organizations. Our children enjoyed the movie and learned a lot of history about the women who made the space program in the United States of America successful. The Teens participated in an Overnight Weekend Retreat with the Seattle Chapter. They were able to spend quality time completing several teen leadership modules, a community service activity and lots of TEENAGE fun! As a highlight to our program year we joined our community in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. We were able to hear an inspiring keynote message by Tacoma’s first African American Council member and Mayor. Throughout the remainder of the year our children and teens will open a new Reading Corner at the Tacoma Urban League, stocking it with books and other media.

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tri-valley, ca Chapter Officers 2016-2017

teen Officers 2016-2017

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Groups II-IV participated in a Save The Bay Restoration Project pulling weeds at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline Center in Oakland, California. The chapter’s community service project helped restore the wetland habitat of the San Francisco Bay. The children and mothers worked hard and were proud of what they accomplished at the end of the day.

President: Windy Bryant Vice-President: Regina Lucas Program Director: Vallery Twamugabo Recording Secretary: Ericka Michell Corresponding Secretary: Ayana Carroll Treasurer: Michelle Tompkins Financial Secretary: Michelle Williams Editor: Nicol Williams-Pruitt Chaplain: Carla Tyson Historian: Nicol Williams-Pruitt Foundation Chair: Ayana Carroll Parliamentarian: Tracy Fields Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Maryann Wofford Associate Chair: Nicol Williams-Pruitt Father’s Auxiliary: Robin Dozier

President: Brianna Hill Vice-President: Austin Twamugabo Secretary: Allyse Stephens Treasurer: KC Tompkins Parliamentarian: Niambi Hawkins Chaplain: Ashley Bryant

Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Tri-Valley Chapter was sponsored by the Contra Costa Chapter and was organized by Denise Pugh. Her vision was to bring together African American families who live in various southern Alameda county cities in order to decrease their sense of isolation, provide mutual support and to promote opportunities for them to network and to collectively contribute to their communities. The Tri-Valley Chapter’s installation ceremony was held October 23, 1994 by Jacqueline D. Scott, Past National Program Director and Ida Younge, Past Far West Regional Director.

Group V completed their Legislative Thrust with a webinar discussing the the 2016 Presidential election. The Group V mother’s shared Jack and Jill’s hashtag, #jackandjillvotes, and discussed state and local elections as well. The Tri-Valley mothers love to stay active and attended Soul Pose, a yoga party with music, body paint and black lights. The mothers had a wonderful time and by the end of class had worked up a sweat and were in tune with their inner peace. Namaste!

Chapter Presidents Windy Bryant (Current President) Leticha Hawkins (2013-2014) LaTanya Bellow (2012-2013) Deborah Moss-West (2010-2012) Norma Ryles (2006-2010) Lisa Tyler-Stanley (2002-2006) Linda Walls (1998-2002) Denise Pugh (1994 – 1998)

chapter programming Tri-Valley mothers enjoy re-grouping

right before the program year begins. In August, the mothers took a party bus to Napa, California and enjoyed a day of wine tasting and a beautiful private luncheon. Group I children had a “Mad Science” party and completed a Dry Ice workshop. The young ones turned water into ice in 30 seconds, created smoke illusions and made slime. It was a very interactive and fun learning experience.

One of the highlights for the chapter was completing a Reading Corner for the San Leandro Girls & Boys Club. The chapter won a grant in the previous year to make this dream a reality. Mothers collected and purchased books, furniture, book shelves and other supplies. The Reading Corner was completed in time for the start of the 2016-17 school year for Jefferson Elementary students who utilize the Boys and Girls Club. The chapter also supported four families during the Christmas holiday to ensure the entire family had a blessed Christmas. Some of the gifts purchased were sofas, toys, tennis shoes and clothes. Tri-Valley Chapter mothers and children delivered the gifts to each family’s home. The families were very appreciative and the TriValley children were very inspired by this season of giving.

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Mother’s Retreat

Soul Pose Yoga

Reading Corner

Group I - Mad Science Party

Group V - Legislative Webinar

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tucson, az Chapter Officers 2016-2017

teen Officers 2016-2017

President: Arianna Sholes-Douglas Vice-President: Misha Dawson Program Director: Cesanee Johnson Recording Secretary: Nicola Finley Corresponding Secretary: Laila Hishaw Treasurer: Susan OliwoOlabode Financial Secretary: Monica Wilson Editor: LaToya Johnson Chaplain: Trina Simms Historian: LaToya Johnson Foundation Chair: MiaMichelle Henry Parliamentarian: Regina Hart Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Regina Hart Associate Chair: Laila Hishaw Father’s Auxiliary: MiaMichelle Henry

President: Nigel Dawson Vice-President: Joshua Hart Secretary: Khalib Douglass Treasurer: Wesley Henry

chapter members President: Nigel Dawson, Vice-President: Joshua Hart, Secretary: Khalib Douglass, Treasurer: Wesley Henry, chapter history

In 1976, Frannie (Fran) Keith and several mothers concerned about the development and social and recreational opportunities for their African-American children raised in the Tucson community, joined together to start the process to form a Jack and Jill Tucson provisional group. Supported by the Phoenix Chapter, the Tucson chapter was chartered in 1978 with 22 moms. Fran Keith was the President of the Provisional Chapter and Wyllstyne (Styne) Hill was the first official President after the chapter was chartered.

chapter programming

Our Small but Mighty Tucson Chapter welcomed three new mothers and began another year with our Jack and Jill Day. The day included a picnic and outdoor activities involving play that kids experienced back in the 1960s. In addition, our Chapter hosted a very successful Southern Area Work Day for the Far West Region. The day included workshops and a Teen Oratorical contest in which all four of our competing teens placed as Finalists within their division. For the 2nd year in a row, our Chapter had two winners that will move on to compete at Teen Conference. Group I (Desert Bloomers), Group II and III (Legacy Leaders), Group IV (Mighty Monsoons), and Group V (Elite Eight) all have a full calendar year this year: the Reptile Expo, where they will learn about reptiles and amphibians; the Color Vibe 5k Run, where they will have fun running with friends while promoting a more

active and healthy lifestyle; Veterans 5k Run Volunteers, where they will lend a helping hand in making this event to benefit the veterans a success; Election Day, where they will review the voting process and watch as results come in for a historic Presidential election; the Ronald McDonald House, where they will volunteer for the “Chef for a Day” program to provide a cooked meal for families; the Children’s Inaugural Ball, where they will dress in formal attire and learn about social etiquette; and the Black Rodeo, where they will have an opportunity to learn about the contributions made to Western Heritage. Each of these activities will promote growth and development in a fun way for our children to learn that they have the “Power to Make a Difference”. The Teens (Elite Eight) will also be very busy participating in their leadership modules that include public speaking and communication/listening. In the Spring, they start four sessions of financial modules preparing for the Arizona Financial Faceoff competition. During this day-long competition, the Teens will apply the financial knowledge acquired from the modules and work their way through fun financial stations to build their portfolio. Our Chapter activities include a full slate of events from a “12 Days of Christmas” themed Christmas party, Black History Event focusing on the lesser known African Americans from the past, an Oprah themed Father’s Appreciation Day, Children’s Cluster and ending with our classic Black Family Day picnic in the park.

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FAR WEST REGION Memorials

robert g. bucker, iv | contra costa county, ca Remembering Robert G. Buckner, IV Robert (Rob) G. Buckner, IV – an exceptional man and servant of the Lord was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 4, 1965 and was called to rest on January 28, 2016. His family moved to San Ramon, CA in 1973 and were one of only a few African-American families in the city. This led his mother, Dr. L. Larmon Buckner, to become one of the charter members of Jack & Jill, Inc., Contra Costa County Chapter. Rob graduated from California High School and was baptized at Allen Temple Baptist Church before going off to college. While attending Howard University, Rob was diagnosed with an occipital brain tumor which, through treatment and prayer went into remission. Rob earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Education emphasis) from Holy Names University. He was an avid sports enthusiast, who also loved listening to jazz, old school R&B, and classic rap. His love for children and education led him to begin his career as a teacher. When he was not in the classroom, he coached his kids and other youth in basketball. He also worked in many youth ministries at Allen Temple. Robert was a true servant of the Lord and used his voice in total praise as a member of Allen Temple’s Young Adult Choir and Male Chorus. He was also a member of the United Men’s Ministry. Rob was an encourager to so many and never met a stranger. He was ordained as a Deacon at Allen Temple in 2000 and faithfully led the Junior Deacon’s ministry for many years. He enjoyed serving with his loving wife Jamila. They worked closely together as a Deacon and Deaconess overseeing the Baptismal Committee and Couple’s Ministry. They also were church planters for the True Faith Community Baptist Church in Antioch, CA. Rob enjoyed spending quality time with his wife and children. One of his favorite pastimes was watching the sunset on the beach. Towards his later life, he spent most of his time actively involved with his children and their various activities. Rob’s family has been an active member of the Jack & Jill, Inc., Contra Costa County Chapter since 1998. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, S. Jamila Buckner; children, Jemuel De-Vol Adams, Rachel Elizabeth Imani Buckner, and Robert G. “Sonny” Buckner and a host of family and friends.

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willie james whisenhunt | fresno, ca Remembering Willie James Whisenhunt- December 10, 1931- January 14th, 2017 Willie was born in Vredenburgh, Alabama and passed from this world at home surrounded by his loving family on January 14th, 2017. He graduated from Xavier University in New Orleans with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1954 and served two years in the United States Army. He married his college sweetheart , Patricia Whisenhunt on July 16th, 1955 and settled in St. Louis, Missouri. They moved to Fresno, California in 1969 where he opened Westside Pharmacy and was proprietor there for nearly 45 years. Caring for his family, friends, patients and the community was his passion. He was the first African American President of the Fresno/Madera Pharmacist’s Association and the Central Valley Independent Pharmacists Association. He was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Edison High School Boosters and the United Negro College Fund. One of his greatest joys was motivating youth to consider careers in science and mathematics. If asked, there is no question that he would say that his greatest achievement would be the marriage of 61 years to his wife who worked side by side with him in the pharmacy for many years, and being father to his five college educated children and his ten grandchildren. His wife, Patricia was a charter member of the Fresno Chapter of Jack and Jill. Two of his children, Denise and Erica, graduated out of the chapter as well as three grandchildren Bradley Whisenhunt, Katherine Whisenhunt and Jillian Young. His grandson ,Preston Young, is currently a senior in the chapter. Since the chapter was chartered, a member of his family has been in the organization.

robert ferdinand bradford, jr. | portland-willamette valley, or Remembering Robert Ferdinand Bradford, Jr. Robert Ferdinand Bradford, Jr. was born on July 24,1941 and peacefully transitioned on October 8, 2016. He was the beloved father of Robin Bradford Joiner (Terroll), precious grandfather of Trenton and Ryan, of the Portland Willamette Valley Chapter, Portland, Oregon. Mr. Bradford was a devoted husband of 54 years to his wife Jera, a loving father of four and doting grandfather of five. After graduating college, the couple relocated to Washington, D.C. They raised their family in Maryland, retired to North Carolina, then returned to their home of Louisiana when his health began to decline. “Bradd”, as he was fondly known, was an avid golfer, and enjoyed gardening, butterfly, bird watching and used his architectural skills to design and build unique birdhouses. He was a gifted painter, with many of his beautiful works hanging in the homes of family and friends. A tireless volunteer, he served in support of his church, children’s charities, and his beloved high school and college alma maters. Known for his quick wit, wise counsel and cheerful demeanor, he is affectionately remembered and greatly missed by his sisters and brothers, aunt and uncle, nieces and nephews, godchildren and a host of cousins, in-laws and cherished friends.

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FAR WEST REGION Debutantes & Beaus

contra costa county, ca isaiah herman alexander

Isaiah Herman Alexander, is the son of Dr. Keith and Elaine Alexander was an escort in the Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cotillion held Jan 7, 2017. Isaiah, is a senior at Marin Academy where he is a sprinter on the track team, a leader in the fitness club, a member of Men of Color, BSU, is an actor and is on the San Rafael Library Teen Board. He is currently the chapter teen president. He plans to attend a four year university and major in business or international relations.

nia yvonne dorsey

Debutante Nia Dorsey, the daughter of Janene Grigsby and Michael Dorsey, was presented to society at The Oakland Bay Area Links Cotillion on December 17,2016. Nia’s accomplishments include: Vice President of CCCJ&J; President of BSU; Winner of J&J Oratorical Contest; Edge Leadership Conference at UC Berkeley Participant; Global Glimpse Volunteer; Scholar Athlete: Varsity Stunt & Varsity Cheer; Member of The Ballet Joyeux; and regular volunteer at Glide Memorial Church, St. Anthony’s and The GGNPC. Nia has also been offered an intern with Vibe Magazine and The Ballet School. Nia will attend either Howard University or Brown University.

jordan samuel

Jordan Samuel, son of Craig and Lillian Samuel, was an Escort in the 59th Oakland Links Cotillion on 12/17/16. He is a Junior at St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, CA where he is a member of the Varsity Tennis team and Advanced Band, and the honors math and science program. His leadership activities include two years as a Patrol Leader for Boy Scouts Troop 100. Jordan has also been a member of Jack and Jill Contra Costa County Chapter for 11 years. He enjoys designing computer programs and modding cars and plans to attend Boston University, Georgetown, or Drexel University

connor nicholas james mcdonald

Connor Nicholas James McDonald, son of Angela Butler-McDonald and Simueal McDonald is a senior at Monte Vista High School, Danville, CA. Connor escorted Debutante Peri Alise Woolridge to the 59th OBAL’s Cotillion. Peri was presented to society on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Connor is an active member of the Thespian Honor Society supporting Theatre production since 2014. Connor is a member of Contra Costa County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and served as Teen Vice-President and Foundation Chair. He plans to major in Computer Science at Morehouse College or UCLA upon graduation.

peri alise woolridge

Peri Alise Woolridge is the daughter of Lapondza and Connie Woolridge, Jr. Peri was presented to society at The Oakland Bay Area Links Cotillion on December 17, 2016. Peri is a Junior at San Ramon Valley High School. Peri is the editor of the School’s Yearbook and she is a staff editor for her School’s Newspaper. Peri started the first Young Democrats Club at her high school. Peri was selected to be on the Leadership team at San Ramon Valley High, and she serves on the Executive Board of her Jack and Jill Teen Group. Peri plans to major in political science at Stanford University.

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isaiah z. youngblood

Isaiah Z. Youngblood is son of Anthony and Cassandra Youngblood. Isaiah was presented to society at the Pearls of Perfection Cotillion of Contra Costa Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on January 7, 2017. Isaiah has been inducted into National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, National Society for High School scholars, International Thespian Society and is a member of student government, Air Force JROTC and Principal’s Honor Roll. The Heritage High School junior plans to attend a 4 year university to major in Engineering or Business and minor in Drama.

fresno, ca christian “travis” turney

Christian “Travis” Turney is a senior at Clovis West in Fresno, CA where he maintains a 3.87 grade point average. He has performed community service with his Family Community Church and has performed 3 years as a solo pianist for UNCF celebrations. He has won numerous art contest, has lettered in baseball and basketball since 2014 and created and manages his own clothing line, Trybe California. Travis would like to attend Tuskegee University, or University of Southern California, where he will major in Compurter Engineering/ Design and minor in Marketing.

alex florence fowlkes

Alex Florence Fowlkes is the daughter of Nelson and Tracey Fowlkes. Alexis was presented on April 9, 2016 at the Emerald Debutante’s Ball hosted by the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority at the Radisson Hotel, escorted by Elijah Straughter. She earned the National Youth Servant Award for completing 408 hours of community service in the Far West Region. The Clovis West High School Senior signed her National Letter of Intent on November 2016 to attend Baylor University as a member of their Acrobatic Tumbling team. Her goal is to study Kinesiology and become a sports trainer.

taisja house

Taisja House is the daughter of Tajiddin House and Jaca Drake. She is the granddaughter of James and Carolyn Drake. Taisja is a junior at Bullard High School, in Fresno, California. Where she maintains a 3.00 grade point average. Her school activities include participating in the orchestra and serving as president in 2016 for Jack and Jill teens of the Fresno Chapter. She also enjoys reading and playing the violin. Taisja plans to attend California State University, Fullerton and major in psychology.

kaimyn sinae spencer

Kaimyn Sinae Spencer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dillard B. Berry, Jr., Kaimyn is a junior Honor Roll student at Clovis West High School, in Fresno, Ca, where she maintains a 3.7 grade point average and participates in the African American Student Union, AVID and is the President of the Natural Beauty Club. Kaimyn’s volunteer activities include the Reading Buddy program, the Community Food Bank, and the Chaffee Zoo. Kaimyn would like to attend Alabama State University, an HBCU, and major in child psychology. Her dreams include opening her own dance studio and modelling professionally.

inglewood, ca kristian emel

Hello my name is Kristian Emel and I am the Teen President of the Inglewood Chapter and am now happy to have embarked on another journey, that is, the Achiever program. This program is provided by the Angel City Links and focuses on developing high school African-American seniors into prepared, seasoned, and impactful men of tomorrow’s generation. I am excited and blessed to have the opportunity to participate and equally excited to experience the transformative and developmental process that this program offers.

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chrstina honore

Christina is the daughter of Derek and Melissia (Buckhalter) Honore. Christina was presented to society as a Cotillionette with the Los Angeles Chapter of The Links, Incorporated on November 25, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. As a Cotillionette, she received two scholarships: one for having one of the highest overall revenue sales, and the other for an essay competition on college aspirations. The Notre Dame Academy junior plans to major in Psychology—Psychological and Brain Sciences.

long beach, ca Dominique Marie Nelms

Dominique is the daughter of Kevin and Traci Nelms. Dominique was presented to society at the 63rd Annual Cotillion of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Links, Inc. on November 27, 2015 at the lovely Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The evening was magical. She performed over 80 hours on community service at The Boys and Girls Club. Dominique is a senior at Cerritos High School and plans to attend a university in Southern California and then Law School. She has been in Jack and Jill for 12 years and has served as Editor and Parliamentarian. She is currently the Teen President.

kinsley noelle washington

Kinsley is the daughter of James & Dana Washington. Kinsley was presented to society on November 25, 2016 at the 65th Annual Los Angeles Links Cotillion at the iconic Beverly Wilshire Hotel, escorted by Mr. William Jackson. As a participant in the debutante program, Kinsley logged over 75 hours of community service, enjoyed several workshops, won scholarship awards, and made friendships that will last a lifetime. A Senior at La Salle High, Kinsley has received special recognition for her academic and athletic excellence. In the fall, Kinsley will attend UCLA on a softball scholarship.

courtney symone robinson

Courtney Symone Robinson is the daughter of Donnie and Connie Robinson. Courtney was presented to society at the Los Angeles Links 63rd Debutante Cotillion on November 27, 2015. The New Roads student plans to major in Communication Design at Syracuse University.

madison rose turner

Madison Rose Turner is the daughter of Mr. Leonard Turner and Ms. Karla Jenkins-Turner, Esq. Madison Rose was presented to society at the 63rd Annual Los Angeles Chapter of the Links Inc. Debutante Cotillion on November 27, 2015. The Archer School for Girls student plans to pursue a career in pediatric medicine at a college in the northeast.

oakland bay area, ca hayley dennings

Hayley Dennings is the daughter of Robin and Erica Dennings. Hayley was presented to society at the 59th Oakland Bay Area Links’ Cotillion on December 17, 2016. Hayley is a junior at Head-Royce School in Oakland, California. Hayley is interested in STEM, is an avid reader, is currently writing a novel, and plays varsity softball and basketball. Hayley is active in the Black Student Union and currently serves as the Teen Editor for the Far West Region. Hayley plans to attend a 4 year college on the East Coast and pursue a career in science as well as writing.

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naomi denise floyd

Naomi Denise Floyd, the daughter of Jon and Anjuelle Floyd, was present to society at the Oakland Bay Area Links Cotillion, An Evening of Majestic Grandeur, on Saturday, December 17th, 2016, in the Yerba Buena Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Naomi is a December 2016 graduate of Tilden Preparatory Academy and will enter San Francisco State University in January 2017 with 14 units of credits.

phoenix, az blake earl carter

Blake Earl Carter is the son of Melvin, Jr. and Angela Carter. Blake was presented to society at The Jack and Jill Beautillion, Phoenix Chapter in Chandler Arizona on March 25, 2017. The Pinnacle High School student is undecided on his major, but plans to attend Arizona State University.

tyler chukwuson mekoba

Tyler Chukwuson Mekoba is the son of Nelson and Dr. Carmen Mekoba. Tyler was presented to society at the 2017 Beautillion sponsored by Jack and Jil of American, Inc, Phoenix Chapter on March 25, 2017. The Foothills Academy student plans to major in pre-med at Northern Arizona University.

sacramento, ca dalena kayleen ragland

Debutante Dalena Kayleen Ragland is the daughter of Dr. Darryl Kevin Ragland and Jacie Laverne Ragland. Debutante Dalena was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Gamm Omega Chapter, on October 22, 2016, and received the first place scholarship for the Souviner Journal Ads. Debutante Dalena has been a member of the Jack and Jill of American, Sacramento Chapter for 17 years. She is a senior at the Pleasant Grove High School where she is a varisity cheerleader, ASB leader, BSU member, and Multicultural Chair. She plans to major in broadcasting and communications.

san fernando valley, ca alexandra marie patierno

Alexandra Marie Patierno, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Patierno, was presented to society on November 25, 2016 at the 64th Los Angeles Chapter of Links, Inc., “I Hope You Dance” Cotillion. She was awarded the Scholar’s Scholarship for academic achievement and completed over 130 hours of community service. Alexandra is a junior at Chaminade College Preparatory High School where she is an Honors and AP student. Alexandra plans to obtain an undergraduate degree in communications before pursuing a career as an attorney.

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santa clarita valley-antelope valley, ca nhe’zhem efrem peoples

Nhe’Zhem Efrem Peoples is the son of Zahari Freeman. Nhe’Zhem was presented to society as an Esquire by the Beta Psi Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on June 3, 2017. Nhe’Zhem has volunteered his services for MLK Justice Sunday Call to Action Program, Chi Kappa Omega of AKA Sorority, placed 1st in Robotics in XI Section of Blacks In Government, and was honored with the President Obama Volunteer Service Award 2016. Nhe’Zhem plans to attend Clark Atlanta University to study political science and then join the Navy.

zyire amiri peoples

Zyire Amiri Peoples is the son of Zahari Freeman. Zyire was presented to society as an Esquire by the Beta Psi Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on June 3, 2017. Zyire has volunteered his services for MLK Justice Sunday Call to Action Program, Chi Kappa Omega of AKA Sorority, placed second in Robotics in XI Section of Blacks In Government, and was honored with the President Obama Volunteer Service Award 2016. Zyire plans to attend Morehouse College and pursue film production.

“We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.”

– Ethel Waters

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FAR WEST REGION Seniors

anchorage, ak sebastian brown

Sebastian Brown is a senior at Bartlett High School in Anchorage AK. He has been a member of the Anchorage chapter for 3 years where he has served as Chapter Vice President, and currently, Chapter President. Sebastian coaches youth basketball at several Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska. Sebastian has decided to persue a career in the United States Air Force.

contra costa county, ca isaiah herman alexander

Isaiah Herman Alexander, is the son of Dr. Keith and Elaine Alexander. He is a senior at Marin Academy in San Rafael, Ca. where he is a member of the track team, a leader in the fitness club, a member of Men of Color, BSU, and is an actor. He is on the San Rafael Library Teen Board and volunteers with the Alameda County Food Bank and Allen Temple Baptist Church. He is currently the chapter teen president. He plans to attend a college and major in business or international relations.

bryce samuel brand

Bryce Samuel Brand is a senior at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, CA. He is the son of Ryan Brand and Dalana Brand. Bryce has been a member of the Contra Costa chapter since 2015; transferring from the Oakland County Chapter. Bryce is a scholar athlete who has earned All-State Honors since his freshman year. Bryce will be attending the University of Maryland on a full scholarship where he will be playing Division I Football. Bryce plans to major in Kinesiology and aspires to be a physical therapist.     

kalia simone carter

Kalia Simone Carter, daughter of Timothy and Christina Carter, is a senior at Berkeley High School in the International Baccalaureate program. She is a nine year Jack and Jill member. Kalia is a Varsity Rower on the Crew team and a four year scholar athlete with a 4.19 GPA. A five year Berkeley Youth Commissioner for District 5, Kalia was twice awarded the Mayoral Community Service Award. She is a founding member of the Girls Who Code club, and an independent coding contractor. Kalia will attend Spelman or UC Berkeley to earn a BS Degree in Computer Science with a coding emphasis.

madison gunter iv

Madison is a senior at Salesian College Preparatory in Richmond, CA. He’s the son of Madison and Mia Gunter. He has been a member of the Contra Costa Jack & Jill Chapter since 2011 where he has served as Sargeantat-arms on the Teen Board. He’s a member of the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts and finishing up his Eagle Scout project (PSA Video). Madison writes movie reviews for the school newspaper, a member of the tech club, and writes scripts for his Drama classes. He has not decided on a college yet, but will major in Screenwriting.     

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connor nicholas james mcdonald

Connor Nicholas James McDonald,son of Angela Butler-McDonald and Simueal McDonald is a senior at Monte Vista High School, Danville,CA.He is an active member of Thespian Honor Society supporting Theatre production since 2014.Connor is a member of Contra Costa County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and served as Teen Vice-President and Foundation Chair.He gained experience as the Co-Founder of Monte Vista High Schools’ first ever Black Student Union. Connor volunteered as a Poll Voting worker supporting 2016 election. He plans to major in Computer Science at Morehouse College or UCLA.

dominique “niq” muldrow

Dominique “Niq” Muldrow is a senior at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, California and is the child of Tracie Christmas (Muldrow), Past Far West Regional Member-at-Large 2011-2013 and Lawrence Wesley Muldrow. Niq has been a member of the Contra Costa County Chapter of Jack and Jill for 16 years. Niq helped create the feminist club at San Ramon Valley HS and is active in the LGBTQ community at school. Niq is exploring options at local colleges and universities and is interested in the field of psychology.

fresno, ca alexis florence fowlkes

Alexis Florence Fowlkes is a senior at Clovis West high school. She maintains a 3.3 grade point average. She is a 3-year member of the Varsity Cheer Squad, and a 4-year member of the golf team. Alexis earned a silver medal at the US Gymnastics Association Acrobatic Gymnastics Nationals in 2016. Alexis is a 16-year member of her Jack and Jill Chapter and has served as secretary, vice president and is currently the teen president. She was accepted to Baylor University as a member of the Acrobatic and Tumbling Team and will major in athletic training.

taisja house

Taisja House is a senior at Bullard High School in Fresno, California and is the daughter of Jaca Drake and Tajiddin House. She has been a member of the Fresno Chapter for four years. Taisja has recently joined a group called Know More which works to prevent abuse in teenage relationships. She has played the violin for eight years and was a part of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno for three years. She has not decided on where she would like to attend college but she plans to major in Psychology and have her own practice in the future.

kaimyn sinae spencer

Kaimyn Sinae Spencer is a senior at Clovis West High School in Fresno, CA, where she maintains a 3.4 grade point average. She is a member of/attends The Kingdon Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses where she participates in outreach ministries. She is also involved in AVID and volunteers with many non-profit local service projects at school. Miss Spencer plans to attend Arizona Stte University or Alabama State University and major in psychology and minor in performing arts. Her career aspirations are to become a child psychologist as well as a professional full time model.

christian “travis” turney

Christian “Travis” Turney is a senior at Clovis West in Fresno, CA and maintains a 3.87 grade point average. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 2 years and is currently teen vice president. He has performed community service with his Family Community Church and has performed 3 years as a solo pianist for UNCF celebrations. He has won numerous art contest and successfully runs his own clothing and art business. He has narrowed his college selections down to Tuskegee University and University of Southern California, where he will major in Compurter Engineering/ Design and Marketing.

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preston alexander young

Preston Alexander Young is a senior at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, California. He is the son of Dr. Kimmer Young and Dr. Cheryl Whisenhunt. He has been a member of the Fresno Chapter for fifteen years where he serves currently as Parliamentarian. His grandmother, Patricia Whisenhunt was a charter member of this chapter. He is a member of the National Honor Society of High School Scholars. He volunteers at Boys and Girls Club and Catholic Charities. He earned his black belt in karate in 2016. He plans to major in Chemistry in college in the Fall.

greater vallejo, ca mya camille jones

Mya Camille Jones is a senior at Armijo High School in Fairfield, California and is the daughter of Camille and Rodney Jones. Mya is a member of Armijo High School’s International Baccalaureate Program. She is an accomplished competitive swimmer, certified lifeguard and swim instructor, and Co-Captain for Armijo High School’s Varsity Cheer Team. Mya has been a member of Jack & Jill since 2016 and serves as the Group V Chaplin. Mya has been accepted to Hampton University and Texas Southern and she plans to major in Business Marketing and Management with a minor in Music Studies.

rhana menefee

Rhana Menefee is a senior at the Katherine Branson School in Marin and is the daughter of Ronald and Caila Menefee. Rhana is the founder of two school clubs: Hands Can Talk and the East Bay Breakfast Club. She is fluent in Spanish and spent her junior year in Spain. Rhana has been a member of Branson’s Dance Department for 4 years and choreographed and performed the first praise dance for Branson’s annual Gospel Night. Rhana has been a member of Jack & Jill for 6 years and serves as Foundation Chair for Group V. Rhana has been accepted to Dillard and Howard and plans to study Genetics.

michael sean winston

Michael Sean Winston is a senior at Angelo Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, California and is the son of Michael Winston and Valerie Gray. Michael is a three-year varsity letterman in Football, Vice-President of the Football Club, and Team Captain. He has been a member of Jack & Jill for 12 years. Michael is Teen President for Greater Vallejo and has served as Vice-President and Sergeant-In-Arms. He is an active member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and has participated in numerous community service activities. Michael will attend San Jose State University and major in Engineering.

inglewood, ca malik kelkouby

Malik Elkouby is a senior at Da Vinci Design High School in Hawthorne, CA and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sebastien Elkouby. He has been a member of the Inglewood Chapter of Jack and Jill for seven years and has served as Teen Corresponding and Recording Secretary. As a member of the Da Vinci Archery Team, Malik ranked 19th in the U.S. for HS Boys in the 2016 Olympic Archery in Schools Nationals. Malik conducts lab research in the UCLA Pre-College Science Education Program. He plans to major in Biology to prepare to become a Marine Biologist.

kristian emel

Kristian Emel is a senior at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, CA and is the son of Dr. Erique and Chiquita Emel. He is involved in multiple theatres and is currently working on attaining his Private Pilot’s License. He has been a member of the Inglewood Chapter of Jack and Jill for four years and has served as Vice President and President. Kristian also enjoys community service as he has participated in two medical mission trips in Jamaica and has founded a tutoring business. Kristian plans to attend the University of Southern California and will major in Accounting.

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isaac daniel williams iii

Isaac Daniel Williams III is a senior at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades and son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Daniel Williams Jr. He the Sargent-At-Arms for the Crenshaw Youth and Government and a representative of the Palisades Black Student Union. He has been a member of the Inglewood Chapter of Jack and Jill for two years. Isaac currently produces music and has been the DJ at several events. He also volunteers and teaches music production to children at the White Hall Art Academy. Isaac plans to attend college and major in music production.

jake allen williams

Jake Allen Williams is the son of Geneva Ankai. Jake is a senior at St. Bernard High School in Playa Del Rey, California. Jake has been a member of Inglewood Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for nine years. Jake is the past and current teen Historian. Mr. Williams continues on his school’s varsity soccer team as goalkeeper, including being named school and All League Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the 2016 season. Varsity football and track are also Jake’s sports. Jake looks forward to his next chapter in life, which includes secondary and post secondary education.

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Jalen Kristopher Mickens-Carpenter is a senior at Redlands East Valley High School and the son of Dr. Astrid Mickens-Williams and James Williams. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for five years. Jalen held the position of Foundation Chair. He is a three-year varsity football player and member of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championship football team. He has been a participant in Black Future Leaders and New Hope Missionary Church youth group. Jalen plans to attend a local college where he will major in Communications Studies with plans of transferring to UCLA.

tyler marshall theroith-fraser

Tyler Marshall Theroith-Fraser is a senior at Claremont High School and is the son of Angela Theroith-Fraser and Frank Fraser. He has been a member of the Inland Empire Chapter for three years. Tyler’s volunteer work includes The House of Ruth Women’s Shelter, Invisible Hands Feeding Network and Operation Christmas. He is a National High School Scholar, and recipient of several academic awards. Tyler is Captain of the Varsity Basketball team and plans to major in Mechanical Engineering.

andrew mcdaniels

Andrew McDaniels is the son of Hystosha Hodges-McDaniels and the late Terry McDaniels. He is a Senior at Claremont High School, where he has played Varsity football and basketball, is Vice President of Key Club, and Co-founder of Claremont High School’s Black Student Union. He has been in Jack and Jill for nine years and is presently our Teen President. Andrew has received several academic honors and letters from President Obama. He plans to attend a four-year university.

cozette lee nash

Cozette Lee Nash is a senior at Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert, California, where she is a member of the school orchestra and track team . She is the daughter of Donna Nash, R.N. and Eric Nash, M.D. She has been a member of the Inland Empire Chapter for thirteen years and is presently the Teen Vice President for the Far West Region. She serves her community as a junior volunteer at Eisenhower Medical Center, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and the Buddy Rodgers Youth Symphony. Her goal is the become an Emergency Room Physician.

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las vegas, nv terrence hooks

Terrence Hooks, 17 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Terrence is a senior at Innovations International High School. Terrence is the son of Gilbert and Lisa Moxley. He is the captain of the Martial Arts and Boxing Team. Terrence is also a Cadet of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) at Nellis Air Force Base. Terrence has been a member of the Las Vegas Jack and Jill Chapter for the last 2 years. Terrence has decided to attend Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas where he will pursue a career in Graphic Art and Design. Terrence will also be entering in the Air Force Reserves.

monique woodson

Monique Woodson is the daughter of Linda and Johnnie Woodson. She has been a member of the Las Vegas Chapter of Jack and Jill of America for 16 years. She is also a member of National Charity League and Junior Classical League. She enjoys singing and tennis. In the fall she plans to attend a major four year university and study psychology and criminology and pursue a career in forensic psychology.

long beach, ca cydni arielle lewis

Cydni Arielle Lewis is the daughter of Clinton Sr. and DeAnna Lewis. She is a graduate of Mater Dei Catholic High School. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 11 years. Her honors include Honor Roll and Community Service. Cydni has been a star student athlete since age 5 and has excelled in both Soccer and Basketball. Cydni will attend San Jose State University in San Jose California on a full athletic scholarship for Basketball. She will major in Kinesiology. Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.� Philippians 4:13

dominique marie nelms

Dominique is a senior at Cerritos High School in Cerritos, CA and is the daughter of Kevin and Traci Nelms. She was a member of the Orange County Chapter for 2 years and has been a member of the Long Beach Chapter for 10 years. She has been a volunteer for the City of Cerritos for four years. She will attend a university in Southern California and major in Communications or Political Science. She plans to become a prosecuting attorney focused on injustices in the Foster Care System.

erin rhea

Erin Rhea is a senior at Cerritos High School in Cerritos, California and is the daughter of Anthony and Michelle Rhea. She has been a member of the Long Beach Chapter for 3 years. Erin has served as Teen Conference Delegate (Alt.) and is the presiding Teen Treasurer. While attending Cerritos High School she has participated in cross country, is a member of the Varsity Cheer team (Song), Song Competition team and Key Club. She is also active in Girl Scouts and has received her Silver Award. Erin plans to pursue a degree in mathematics or elementary education this fall.

kinsley noelle washington

Kinsley is the daughter of James & Dana Washington and was presented to society on November 25, 2016 at the LA Links Cotillion. She has made the Academic Honor Roll every year and serves as a Student Ambassador and Student Council leader. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Science Honors Society, and the California Scholastic Federation. She has received the prestigious Presidential Volunteer Service Award for 6-consecutive years of service to her community. Kinsley will attend UCLA in the fall with a Softball Scholarship and pursue a degree in forensic psychology.

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los angeles, ca connor josef broussard

Connor Broussard is a senior at University High School, and the son of Craig and Marchelle Broussard. He has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for 2 years and a member of the Inland Empire Chapter since the age of 5. As a scholar athlete Connor has enjoyed playing basketball and football and run cross country and track. He also enjoys volunteering at the YMCA and donating books to children. Connor has decided to attend West Los Angeles College where he will major in fire science. He plans to become a fire fighter.

roderick henley ii

Roderick Henley II is a senior at Santa Monica High School and is the son of Roderick & Carrie Henley. He has been a member of the LA Chapter of Jack & Jill for 10 years. Rod is a member of the Delian’s Honor Society, involved in community service and is a scholar athlete having received two CIF Basketball Championship rings. Rod is former Regional Sergeant at Arms, current Teen Group President, and former VP. Rod attended the LEAD Business Program at Northwestern and plans to attend college and get his MBA to develop a career in Sports Management.

coleman l. houston

Coleman L. Houston is a senior at Culver City High School and is the son of Cedric and Zna Houston. He has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter since 2007 at the age of 8. He is currently on the Varsity Volleyball team and plays trumpet in the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. Coleman has not yet decided where he plans to attend college but would like to major in Business. He is already an entrepreneur and represents a travel and technology company, but plans to also one day operate his own company.

lauren kenneybrew

Lauren is a Senior at University High School and is the daughter of Laureen Kenneybrew and the Late Carl Kenneybrew. Lauren has been a member of Jack and Jill for 14 years. Lauren was presented as a Debutante by the Los Angeles Chapter of Links, Incorporated in November 2016. There is now a scholarship in her name “The Lauren Kenneybrew Leadership Scholarship” focusing on differences and how a leader addresses the differences. Lauren loves to dance, loves music, and loves to travel. She would love to attend Howard University in the Fall.

jeremy ryan lewis

Jeremy Ryan Lewis is a senior at Bishop Montgomery High School and is the son of Dr. Keith and Sherri Lewis. He has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. Jeremy is VP of Group 5B, and has served as Secretary and Sergeant at Arms. He is VP of the Business Club, a member of the Varsity Tennis team, the National Honor Society and CSF. He serves as an Ambassador to the Cornell University Business World Summer Program, and is a Kaiser Hospital volunteer. Jeremy will pursue a business degree in college.

lindsay avant

Lindsay Avant has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. Lindsay is the daughter of Lenita and Shaun Avant. In the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill she has served as Community Service Co- Chair. Lindsay is a senior at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, CA. At Harvard-Westlake, Lindsay has been on the Honor Roll each year. Lindsay was also an Admissions Student Ambassador and a member of the Varsity Soccer Team. Lindsay will attend Williams College where she will major in Art History and also play soccer.

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lauren reems

Lauren Reems is a senior at Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles, California and is the daughter of Daryl and Kimberly Reems. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill for 14 years. Lauren has served as a peer minister at St. Jerome Catholic Church for 3 years. She has decided to attend Howard University where she will major in Business/Marketing.

courtney symone robinson

Courtney Robinson is a senior at New Roads School in Santa Monica, CA and is the daughter of Donnie and Connie Robinson. Courtney has been a member of Jack and Jill Los Angeles Chapter for five years and the South Los Angeles Chapter for 4 years. She was awaded the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service awared and loves being involved in our community. She hopes to attend Syracuse University where she will major in Communication Design. She hope to be a Creative Director in her future.

noelle romain

Noelle is a senior at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies in Los Angeles, CA and is the daughter of Julie and George Romain. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill for two years and currently serves as Historian. She is a UCLA VIP Scholar, serves as the Black Student Union President and she is co-chair of athletics for Student Government at her school. She has played school and travel volleyball since the 6th grade. She has applied to many colleges and looks forward to studying Communications and focusing on social justice.

madison turner

Madison Turner is a senior at the Archer School for Girls in Brentwood, California and is the daughter of Mr. Leonard and Mrs. Karla Turner. Madison has been a member of Jack and Jill Los Angeles Chapter for 12 years. Madison is a scholar, leader and active volunteer. Madison most significant achievement is her volunteer work with Children’s Hospital. Madison is a recipient of both Silver and Gold Presidential Service Awards. Madison will attend college in the Northeast and plans a career in medicine.

north county san diego, ca nicholas scott doyle

Nicholas is a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sean Doyle. He has been a member of the North County San Diego Chapter for 11 years, serving as Foundation Chair and Chaplain of the Teen Group. Nicholas has participated in Football and LaCrosse throughout high school, received varisty letters three of the four years, and was all academic team his Junior and Senior years. Nicholas plans to attend the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he will major in Communications with a minor in Business and play LaCrosse.

jayden thomas gillespie

Jayden Thomas Gillespie is a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, Californai and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Gillespie. Jayden has been a member of the North County San Diego Chapter for 15 years, serving as Parlimentarian and Vice President of the Teen Group. He is a member of his high school’s Video/ Film Conservatory, Executive Treasurer of ASB, he attended 2016 Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Kellogg School of Business and Cinematic Arts winner of YoungArts Foundation 2017. Jayden plans to attend a Top 10 Film School majoring in Film Production.

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zachary r. glover

Zachary Glover is a senior at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, CA and is the son of Mark and Anitra Glover. He has been a member of the North County San Diego Jack and Jill Chapter for 8 years. He volunteers at his local CRC thrift store every Sunday. He has been playing an instrument for 13 years, the first few being the piano. He has played saxophone in various school bands for 8 years. He has decided to attend Mira Costa College to continue his education and transfer to a 4-year college in California while majoring in Psychology.

khailil jamal stiemke

Khailil is a senior at High Tech High North County in San Marcos, CA. He is the son of Dr. Kimberley and Kevin Stiemke. This scholar athlete has been a member of the North County San Diego Jack and Jill Chapter for 4 years, and serves as the current Teen President. In pursuit of his passion for social justice, Khailil worked as an intern for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park where he developed tours for the visually impaired. He plans to attend a university to major in Chinese for a career in international business.

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Galen Olivia Womack Batzdorf is a senior at Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, California. She is the daughter of Mark D. Batzdorf and Dr. S. Lorae Womack Batzdorf. Galen joined Jack & Jill in 2014, is teen recording secretary and leads in many chapter-sponsored community service endeavors. She is an honor roll student, and a student athlete, lettering in track and field, soccer and basketball. Galen is fluent in German, and attended public school for two years in Munich. Galen will pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, ultimately leading to a career in Behavioral and Forensic S

adam emmanuel brown-Bryant

Adam Brown-Bryant is a sixth form student at the Salisbury School in Salisbury Connecticut and is the son of Guy Bryant and Meredith Brown. Adam has been a member of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter for 9 years. Adam has worked on the SandrĂŠ Swanson for State Senate Campaign and volunteered as a sport medicine trainer for the Lane College Football Team. At Salisbury, Adam is a Prefect and a dual sport varsity athlete playing soccer and lacrosse and has earned scholastic honors. Adam is awaiting college acceptance and has applied to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis,Maryland.

joshua dennings

Joshua Dennings is a senior at Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA and is the son of Robin and Erica Dennings. He has been a member of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter for 8 years, served as teen secretary, and attended 4 teen conferences. He distributed food and supplies to the homeless worked to save sea turtles in Costa Rica, and worked as a camp counselor. Josh plays varsity basketball and particiapted in the French Exchange program his junior year. He plans to attend college in Southern California and major in Business.

naomi denise floyd

Naomi Floyd is a December 2016 graduate of Tilden Preparatory Acacdemy, Albany, CA. Naomi is the daughter of Jon and Anjuelle Floyd. She has been a member of the OBAC Chapter of Jack-n-Jill for 11 years. Naomi has volunteered at the Berkeley Humane Society, is principal 2nd cellist in the Berkeley Youth Chamber Orchestra, has, for the last 3 years, displayed her paintings in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions, and won the 2016 Oratorical Award, Division II, at 2016 Far West Region Teen Conference. Naomi will enter San Francisco State University in January 2017 with 14 units of credits.

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maya la cheryl organ

Maya Organ is senior at The Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and is the daughter of Annette Devine and Greg Organ. She has been a member of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter for 14 years. Maya does extensive work at home volunteering at the Berkeley Animal Shelter, Berkeley Women’s Shelter, and her church Berkeley Mt. Zion. She had not decided what university she will attend, but will major in Biology. Following undergrad, she will attend medical school and go on to become a Pediatrician.

amalia rebekah roy

Amalia Rebekah Roy has been an active member of Jack and Jill Oakland Bay Area Chapter since she was 3 years old. Amalia is a Senior at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, CA and is actively participating as Lead Attorney for their Mock Trial Club and a member of their Gay-Straight Alliance Club. During her spare time, she reports on a YouTube segment titled #Lisa where she films various happenings in Berkeley, CA to promote local businesses. She loves to jog and bake sweets. Amalia has been accepted under early decision to Amherst College and will attend in Fall 2017

ennis c. washington

Ennis Washington is a senior at International HIgh School in San Francisco, CA and is the son of Carl and Robin Washington. He has been a member of the Oakland Chapter for 6 years. Ennis has been a volunteer with Oakland Boys & Girl’s club and is a student ambassador and peer counselor at his school. He plans to major in business and entertainment management.

orange county, ca brynn leigh adams

Brynn is a senior at Orange Lutheran High School and is the daughter of Lesli and William Adams. She has been a member of the Orange County Chapter for 17 years. Brynn has earned the gold level President’s Volunteer Service Award for the last five years. She is the Chapter Teen President, a Girl Scout, a member of Orange Lutheran World Council, JSA, National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. Brynn has decided to attend Howard University, where she will major in Finance and minor in Visual Arts.

grant alexander askins

Grant Alexander Askins, a senior at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, is the son of Orlando and Andrea Askins. Grant has been a member of the South Los Angeles and Orange County Chapters during his 17 years. He has volunteered with BrittiCares International- ‘Helping children fight cancer’, SRO’s Skid Row Housing Veterans Day Celebration; Habitat for Humanity, Anaheim Hills Little League, Canyon Hill Food Shelter, Rick Gillerman Camp, Dr. Sherry Rostami’s Operation Christmas Toy Drive and Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Parade Float. Grant will attend Loyola Marymount University, majoring in Political Science and plans to enter the field of law.

andre michael cotton jr.

Andre M. Cotton Jr., a senior at Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, California, is the son of Dr. Gwendolyn Gore and Mr. Andre Cotton. He has been a member of the Orange County Chapter for 4 years. Andre has excelled academically, is currently the Captain of the Varsity Football team and was chosen as one of the best in offense for his League. His numerous volunteering activities include Socks for Jocks-helping the homeless and coaching elementary and middle school children. He plans to play football, stay on the West Coast and major in Architectural Science.

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peyton a. goings

Peyton Goings is a senior Spanish Immersion student at Laguna Hills High School, in Laguna Hills, CA and is the daughter of David and Catherine Goings. She has been a member of the Orange County Chapter for 14 years. Peyton served as President of the Teen group for two terms. She is a member of the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Chamber Choir, Comedy Sportz Improv team, Varsity Volleyball team and serves as anchor for her High School News Network. Peyton will attend college in New Orleans, LA where she will major in Pre-Med.

william delarge jackson iii

William Jackson III is a senior at Servite High School in Anaheim, CA and is the son of William and Latrese Jackson. He has been a member of the Orange County Chapter for 17 years and currently holds the position of Teen Treasurer. During his high school years, he played Junior Varsity and club volleyball. Additionally, he volunteered in various community service activities and completed over 100 hours of service. He plans to attend college to pursue a major in Digital Music Technology and Production.

kaleigh lauren pugh

Kaleigh Lauren Pugh is a senior at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California and is the daughter of Norman and Karen Pugh. She has been a member of Orange County’s chapter of Jack and Jill for 7 years. She is active in her community – she feeds the homeless with her church every third Sunday and is a member of Girl Scouts of Orange County. She will attend college in the Fall of 2017 and pursue a major in Pre-Medicine with plans of becoming a Pediatrician.

brittany seamster

Brittany Seamster is a senior at Yorba Linda High School in Yorba Linda, California. She is the daughter of Roderick and Pamela Seamster. Brittany has been a member of the Jack and Jill of Orange County Chapter for 4 years, where she has been a chapter officer for three years. Brittany is a member of the Girl Scouts, in which she accomplished many volunteer opportunities including service at The Ronald McDonald House. Brittany is also a member of the Golf and Leadership teams at Yorba Linda High School. While in college, Brittany will pursue studies in Biology.

simone justine thomas

Simone Thomas is a senior at Yorba Linda High School in Yorba Linda, California and is the daughter of Opal And Jean-Pierre Thomas. She has been a member of the Orange County Chapter for 4 years. In high school, she played soccer and ran hurdles. She is a member of ASB and National Honor Society. She served as Chapter Teen Editor for two years years. Simone plans to major in Biology this fall.

william e. warner v

William E. Warner V, is a senior at Linfield Christian High School and the son of Dianna R. Cassey Warner. William has been a member of the South Jersey, Oakland Bay Area and Orange County Chapters during his 14 years. He has been Editor and JSA Vice President. William received the Presidents Volunteer Service Award, is a member of the National Honor and National English Honor Societies, Varsity Cross Country and Track Teams, and ASB at his High School. On both Academic and Track Scholarships to several colleges, William will major in Kinesiology and plans to become a Pediatrician.

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pasadena, ca shannon tracy larsuel

Shannon Tracy Larsuel is a senior at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, California. She is the daughter of Dori Larsuel and the late Roy Larsuel. Shannon has been a member of the Pasadena Chapter for 16 years and presently serves as the Group V Teen President. This past summer, Shannon was an intern at The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Research Summer Program. Shannon was selected as a Princess for the 2017 Royal Court for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, where she serves as an ambassador. Shannon would like to study biology with a focus in pre-med.

jalani ligons

Jalani Ligons is a senior at St. Francis High School in La Cañada and he is the son of Tanita Harris-Ligons and Douglas Ligons. He has been a member of the Pasadena Chapter for three years and serves as Group V Social Chair. Jalani played baseball and football at Hoover High School before transferring to St. Francis where he has run track for three years. Additionally, he is the President of St. Francis’ Black Student Union, helping to plan community service projects and fund raising events. He will start college in the fall, majoring in Sports Psychology and Athletic Training.

Eustace Bronson Moore III

Bronson, senior at Aveson Global Leadership Academy in Altadena, CA, is son of Alycia & Eustace Moore Jr., brother of JJ Alumni Kierra, and a 16 year member of the Pasadena Chapter. He is a nationally ranked Downhill Mountain bike racer who competes at the Expert level, and qualified for States in JV Cross Country MTB racing. A graduate of 3 summers in the SMASH STEM program at UCLA, he hopes to attend Olin or Cal Poly or Cornell College to major in Mechanical Engineering & Entrepreneurship and start a company to design & mfg mountain bikes & components.

maia pina

Maia Pina is a senior at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, California and is the daughter of Gabrielle and Richard Pina. Maia is the president and founder of her school’s black student union, senior class vice president, an African American Leaders of Tomorrow speaker, Vice president of spoken word club, member of diversity committee, and much more. In college, she will double major in political science and african american studies with a minor in journalism in hopes of becoming a political correspondent with her own show.

grant spence

Grant Spence is a senior at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, California and is the son of Roslyn and David Spence. He has been of member of the Pasadena chapter for 6 years. Grant has served the community by preparing and serving meals at Union Station. He has maintained honor roll the last 3 years, is Student Body Vice-President, and played water polo for 4 years. Grant is also a 2017 participant of the Young Legislators Program. Grant will be attending college in Fall 2017 and is planning to in major in Sports Business Management.

brock steele

Brock Steele is a senior at St. Francis High School in La Cañada and he is the son of Callie Glanton Steele and George Steele. He has been a member of the Pasadena Chapter for six years and he is the Secretary for Group V. Brock played football at St. Francis for four years, and he also played baseball and ran track. In addition, he enjoyed participating in community service activities, such as preparing food for homeless individuals and families. In the fall he will attend college and plans to major in Criminal Justice.

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phoenix, az blake earl carter

Blake Earl Carter is a senior at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona and is the son of Melvin, Jr. and Angela Carter. He has been a member of the Phoenix Chapter for a total of 9 years. Blake has volunteered for various community service activites for organizations such as, The Rotary Club, The African American Muticultural Museum in Scottsdale and Pinnacle High School Interact Club. Blake plans to attend Arizona State University In Tempe, Arizona. He has not decided on a major, but plans to one day own a techology company.

tia morgan franks

Tia Morgan Franks is a senior at Chandler High School in Chandler, AZ and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ovie Franks Jr. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 12 years and is a member of the Phoenix Chapter. Tia’s passion is Performing Arts. She was a pre-professional dancer at COCASTL and spent the summer at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She’s now focusing on her singing. A former member of the St. Louis Children’s Choir and the Whitfield School choir, she currently participates in the Chandler High Choir. Tia is majoring in (Pediatric Nursing).

alyssa nichelle jones

Alyssa Nichelle Jones is a senior at BASIS Chandler in Chandler, Arizona. She is the daughter of Mr. Randy Jones and Dr. JoAnne Curry. Alyssa has been a member of the Phoenix Chapter for four years. Alyssa has always been extremely involved.The 2016- 2017 Program year she is the Phoenix Chapter Teen President. Alyssa has incorporated volunteering at an elementary school. She works with three to four year olds preparing them for their academic career, she has over 1000 hours.Alyssa will be majoring in International Studies. She aspires to work in the political world or as an Ambassador.

tyler chukwusom mekoba

Tyler Chukwusom Mekoba is a senior at Foothills Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona and is the son of Nelson and Dr. Carmen Mekoba. He has been a member of the Phoenix Chapter for 6 months and the Greater North Atlanta Chapter for 11 years. As a youth leader at church, he volunteers at senior centers and homless shelters in Phoneix. He has also volunteered with the Ludacris Foundation in Atlanta. He is a certified peer counselor, in the Model UN program, and play varsity soccer/basketbal. He will attend Northern Arizona University and major in Pre-Med. He plans on being a psychiatrist.

pomona area, ca ayanna b. jackson

Ayanna Jackson is a senior at Claremont High School in the City of Claremont, California and is the daughter of Wilbert and Tiffany Jackson. She has been a member of the Jack and Jill Pomona Chapter for 5 years. She has served as Historian, Treasurer, Chaplain, and President. She is inivolved in Artstart and also the Writegirl Organization. She has decided to attend San Francisco State where she will major in Journalism.

mikayla page

Mikayla Page is a senior at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora, CA and is the daughter of Dr. Mark and Mrs. Regina Page. She has been a member of the Pomona Area Chapter for 15 years and serves as the Far West Regional Teen Secretary. A scholar athlete, Mikayla makes a difference in her community by volunteering as a tutor and at a regional food distribution center. Mikayla will attend the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar and she will major in cognitive science with a minor in Korean. Her future plans include medical school and pursuing a career in radiology.

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anna gabrielle watkins

Anna Watkins is a senior at Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA and is the daughter of Julia and Henrie Watkins. She has been a member of the Pomona Area Chapter for twelve years. Anna is involved in Student Government, School Site Council, and the Latin Dance Team. She has decided to attend Occidental College where she will major in Cognitive Science and will pursue graduate studies in the field of Criminal Justice.

portland-willamette valley, or aidan tillman-reardon

Aidan Tillman-Reardon is a senior at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon and is the son of Latricia Tillman and Damian Reardon. He has been a member of the Portland Willamette Valley Chapter for 4 years, served 3 years as teen Treasurer and now serves as teen Vice President. Academically, Aidan enjoys economics and personal finance. He is an avid lacrosse player and enjoys playing soccer, skiing, swimming, reading and traveling to visit family or practice Spanish. Aidan plans to attend Southern University or North Carolina Central where he will major in International Business.

sacramento, ca eamon xavier luttropp

Eamon Luttropp is a Senior at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento California. Eamon graduates from C.K. McClatchy’s HIPS program. He lettered in Soccer and Rugby and received the Silver Voice award as well as the Lion’s Club Student of the Month Award. Eamon plans to attend Tulane University and major in Political Economy. Eamon is the son of Darius Luttropp and Tezrah Bey and has been a member of the Sacramento Chapter since 2005.

simone isabella soublet

Simone Isabella Soublet is the daughter of Mr. Brian Soublet and Mrs. Dakota Neal. Simone has been in Jack and Jill of America Incorporated for the past thirteen years where she has held teen offices of Secretary and Vice President. Simone is a senior at Christian Brothers High School. Her accolades include: numerous awards both Honors and Jazz choirs, Outstanding Female Vocalist Award, 2016 Anaheim Maestro Award, and the 2016 Reno Jazz Festival Outstanding Musicianship Award. She is active in her school’s Black Student Union and has served as the President and Vice President. Simone is also active in Theatre and Girl Scouts of America.

artavia christian taylor

Artavia Christian Taylor is a senior at Stevenson High School in Pebble Beach, Ca and is the daughter of Matthew and Artavia Taylor. She has been a member of the Sacramento chapter for 15 years. Artavia has served as a math tutor for the past four years. In addition she voluteers with the Traveler’s Aid Food Basket program and ‘Street Angels’. She would like to attend either NYU, Fordham or USC and major in business with an emphasis in fashion. Her dream is to work on the business side of the fashion industry.

ayana ali watkins

Ayana is a senior at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, California and is the daughter of Kenneth and Dr. Zenja Watkins. She has been a member of the Sacramento Chapter for sixteen years. While maintaining a 4.86 GPA with all honors courses, Ayana is student body President, Black Student Union President, and Jack and Jill Teen President. She is the recipient of Girl Scouts of America Gold Award, and The Young Woman of Distinction Award, one of ten selected nationwide to represent GSA. Ayana will attend Harvard University majoring in Biology. She plans to make a difference in the world by inspiring others with the wonders of science.

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san diego, ca grant hilliard

Grant Hilliard is the son of Mrs. Angela & Dr. Virgil Hilliard and attends High Tech High International with a 4.19 GPA. He is a 14 –year member of Jack & Jill and is the current Vice President of the Teen Group. Grant is the Founder and President if the International Travel Club and has traveled to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. He is a 2017 Link Achiever and Captain of his HS Varsity Basketball Team. Grant plans to attend Howard University or the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to study business or medicine.

george paul harris iv

George P. Harris IV is a senior at San Diego High International Studies in San Diego, CA and is the son George and Lisa Marie Harris. He has been a member of Jack and Jill San Diego Chapter for eight years. George is currently serving his second term as Far West Region Teen Treasurer and he is the Co-Chair of Student Advisory Council for the 79th Assemby District. George is also Co-Captain of the Varsity Football and Track & Field Teams and Union Tribune All Academic Team member. George will attend a major university and will study Economics in preparation for Law School.

kambria danine sanders

Kambria Sanders is a senior at Otay Ranch High in Chula Vista, California and is the daughter of CDR DeWayne and Leonie Sanders. She has been a member of the San Diego Chapter for 13 years and currently serves as the Chapters Teen President. Kambria is the Co-Captain of the Varsity Dance Team, Founder and President of the Women in STEM club, and an Honor Student. She was a 2016 Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante and volunteers in various STEAM programs. She was named California’s 79th Assembly District Youth Leader of the Year. She has decided to attend a four year University and major in Pre-Med.

san fernando valley, ca symone roberts

Symone Roberts is a senior at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California and the daughter of Pamela and Lance Roberts. Symone has been a member of the San Fernando Valley Chapter for 12 years. Symone is currently the Teen President and received the 2016 Bronze Presidental Volunteer Service Award. Symone is actively involved in many activities at school as well as volunteering for several organizations in her community. She plays club soccer and has enjoyed being a sports camp counselor for the past two years. Symone will attend college in the Fall and plans to study Public Health.

san francisco, ca spencer louis threatt

Spencer Louis Threatt, son of Mia Threatt and Dr. Chris Threatt, has been a member of the San Francisco Chapter for 3 years. Spencer is a senior attending Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, CA. Spencer has participated in many sports including baseball, soccer and most recently wrestling. His participation on the wrestling team has earned him several honors and rewards. In addition, Spencer has earned a place on the Dean’s Academic Honor List. After completing high school, Spencer will attend college and pursue degrees in history and film making.

christina elizabeth warren

A senior at San Francisco University High School, Christina is the daughter of Gina and Michael Warren. She has been in Jack and Jill for 14 years and is the immediate past president of SF Group V Teens. She participates in Chorus, Theater, Yearbook, Summerbridge, Black Student Union, Investment Club and SF Decorator Showcase. She plays tennis and varsity badminton. She is a member of St. Ignatius Church. She worked part time on research in diagnostic gene sequencing at UCSF, has applied to several Universities and plans to major in biochemistry/pre-med and work in biotechnology.

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san jose, ca jaelynn emma-simone mitchell

Jaelynn Mitchell is a senior at Christopher H.S. in Gilroy, Ca. and is the daughter of Donald and Jennifer Mitchell. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 6 years, holds the office of Teen President and has served as the co-Foundation Chair. Jaelynn plays on the Varsity Basketball team and is a member of the Calif. Scholarship Federation and Student Government. She’s the recipient of the Jack and Jill Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, a Senior Girl Scout, and Worthy Advisor of Eastern Star-Morgan Hill Chapter. She plans to study Medicine and Kinesiology in college.

milan williams

Milan is a senior at Notre Dame High School. She is the daughter of Joan Hickman and Roger Williams. She has been a member of the San Jose Jack and Jill Chapter for 14 years. She is currently Teen Vice President. She serves as Notre Dame High School ASB School president. Milan is also a member of the International Thespian Society. She enjoys performing in musical theater. She is founder of “Phun with Physics” an organization that provides underrepresented youth physics concepts with hands-on experiments. Milan plans to double major in Applied Physics and Computer Science.

santa clarita-antelope valley, ca amaya neely

Amaya Neely has always had high aspirations. If her dreams seemed impossible to others, you need only watch her challenge the impossibilities and win. Amaya is graduating with honors from West Ranch High School and has already attended New York University where she received a Certificate of Distinction for writing. Amaya has been a member of the SCV/AV Chapter for 4 years and has volunteered for many organizations including Hugo Ministries which builds homes in Mexico. She has received the Presidential Award for her volunteerism. Amaya will study Computer Science and Environmental Design.

NHE’ZHEM EFREM PEOPLES

Nhe’Zhem is a graduate of Lancaster High School in Lancaster, CA and he is the son of Zahari Freeman. He has been a member of the Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter for two years. Nhe’Zhem’s community involvement started as a Young Marine of Antelope Valley, a Cadet Senior in the Jr. AF-ROTC, an Alpha Esquire and Beau of Beta Psi Lambda-APA Fraternity, a Juror of Teen Court of LA County Probation, a graduate of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program of Sigma Pi Phi-Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation, and a member of the A.S.C.E.N.D. Program of Tau Beta Omega-AKA Sorority.

ZYIRE AMIRI PEOPLES

Zyire is a graduate of Lancaster High School in Lancaster, CA and he is the son of Zahari Freeman. He has been a member of the Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter for two years. Zyire’s community involvement started as a Young Marine of Antelope Valley, a Cadet Senior in the Jr. AF-ROTC, an Alpha Esquire and Beau of Beta Psi Lambda-APA Fraternity, a Juror of Teen Court of LA County Probation, a graduate of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program of Sigma Pi Phi-Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation, and a member of the A.S.C.E.N.D. Program of Tau Beta Omega-AKA Sorority.

lauren smith

Lauren Smith, daughter of Damion Smith and Judith King-Smith and twin sister of Morgan, is a senior at West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch. She is a member of the Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter and serves as teen president. Lauren has played volleyball for more than six years. She served as junior varsity and varsity captain, and was named an All League Team member. Lauren has been nominated for Girls State, and is a member of The African American Student Union. Lauren will attend a HBCU, and will pursue a career in STEM.

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morgan smith

Morgan Smith is the daughter of Damion Smith and Judith King-Smith and sister to her twin Lauren. A senior attending West Ranch High School, she has enjoyed a successful academic career as a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, the Science Olympiad, and varsity lacrosse. Morgan continues to exhibit leadership and initiative through her school’s journalism program as Web Editor-in-Chief and as the founder and co-president of the West Ranch African American Student Union. She is blessed to have served her chapter as secretary and president and her region as vice president and teen president.

seattle, wa jaylen carr

Jaylen, senior at Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA, is the son of Chris and Jacquelyn Carr. He has been active in The Woodlands, TX and Seattle, WA chapters for nine years. Jaylen is the principal bassist for the nationally renowned Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra and has received State Recognition through the Washington Music Educators Association. He is also actively involved in the National Honor Society, Opportunity Youth Association, and the Issaquah High School Advanced Sports Medicine and Track and Field Teams. Jaylen will attend college on the West Coast, majoring in Business

levi warren costello

Levi Warren Costello is a senior at Issaquah High School in Issaquah, Washington and is the son of Mr. Troy Costello and Mrs. Wendie (Sawyer) Costello. He has been a four year member of Jack and Jill (Seattle, WA and North Puget Sound) and currently serves as the Seattle Chapter’s Teen President. He participated in Track & Field, Wind Ensemble and received his varsity letter in the Marching Band playing the trombone. Levi has earned the distinquished Eagle Scout Rank and has actively served his church and community. He aspries to major in Computer Science-Animation and Screenwriting.

courtney danielle cureton

Courtney Danielle Cureton is the daughter of Dr. Kimberly Ann Bell and Mr. Gordon Cureton. She is a senior at Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Washington. Courtney has been active in Jack and Jill for 15 years. She served as Teen Foundation Chair, and in 2012 she earned first place in the oratorical competition. She is active in the Seattle Social Venture Partners Group, the Black Awareness Club, and is an avid rower, competing in varsity quadruple sculls with Commencement Bay Rowing Club. Courtney will attend the University of San Diego, where she will row for the Women’s Crew Team.

Anecia Harris-Thomas

Ani, a senior at Garfield High School, is the daughter of Ray C. Harris Jr. and Benita Y. Thomas. Ani has been a member of the Seattle Chapter since 2009 and was also a member of the South Charlotte Chapter. She enjoys art, cosmetology, and cooking in her spare time. During high school she served as Cross Country Team Manager, expanded her fashion knowledge at Coyote Central, and served as a youth docent at the NW African American Museum. She is a Running Start student at Bellevue College pursuing business. She plans to attend the Aveda Institute and launch a fashion/beauty business.

roderick brandon jones

Roderick Brandon Jones is a senior at Interlake High School in Bellevue, WA. He is the son of Roderick and Tara Jones. Brandon has been a member of the Seattle Chapter for nine years. He is a four-year member of the Varsity Golf Team and a member for the Symphonic and Marching bands. Outside of school, Brandon is a youth group leader at church and his community service activities have centered on helping the homeless. Lastly, he serves as a leader of the YMCA’s Youth and Government Program. Brandon will attend a four-year university to major in journalism.

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mauriana renae stallworth

Mauriana Renae Stallworth is a Senior at Garfield High School in Seattle, WA. Mauriana and her family moved from Sacramento, CA where she attended Inderkum High School during her freshman and sophomore year. While at Inderkum she ran track, was a member of the Sacramento Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and worked in her family’s real estate business. Mauriana loves to shop, travel, volunteer, and spend time with friends and family. She is interested in studying business and real estate in college

sophia miles

Sophia is a 2017 Graduate of the Holy Names Academy in Seattle WA. She is fluent in Spanish, and is an AP Spanish Teaching Assistant. Sophia has participated in several leadership and college preparatory academies, including BusinessWeek at Gonzaga University; National Youth Leadership Conference Fordham University; University of Washington’s Young Executives of Color Academy; the Multi-Cultural Student Union where she coordinates activities to foster racial understanding. Sophia is considering several prominent universities to pursue her goal to become an attorney and entrepreneur.

jordan oakes

Jordan Oakes is the daughter of Scott and Mary Oakes, sister to Evan Oakes. She is graduating from Holy Names Academy with a 4.3 GPA and will continue her studies at Stanford University. She is currently an ASB officer, a leader in her community and member of the National Honor Society. She holds 6 individual Washington state championship running titles in Cross Country (2), 800m, 1600 m (2) and the 3200 m as well as having lead her team to the state championship 4 times and being a nationally ranked runner.

south los angeles, ca william maxwell owens

William Maxwell Owens is a senior at University High School in Los Angeles, California and is the son of Linda Owens and the late Charles Owens. He has been a member of the South Los Angeles Chapter for 9 years. He is currently an executive and board member for mulitiple marketing firms, where he serves as Chief Human Resource Officer and Vice Chairman. He has decided to ulimately attend Wharton School of Business to pursue an MBA.

tacoma, wa alice robinson

Alice Robinson is a senior at Lakes High School and Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington. Alice is the daughter of Dr. Denise Robinson. Alice has been a member of the Tacoma Chapter for 2 years and was also a member of the Nassau County Chapter for 16 years. Alice is the current President of the Teen Goup. Alice will attend Spellman college where she will major in Pre-Law and become an attorney.

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tri-valley, ca niambi kelli hawkins

Niambi Kelli Hawkins is a senior at James Logan High School in Union City, California and is the daughter of Martin and Leticha Hawkins. She is a member of the Tri-Valley Chapter for 10 years. Her interests include art, animation, fencing and social justice. She also plays the bass guitar. During her Jack and Jill Tenure she has held several offices and is currently the chapter Parliamentarian. Niambi plans to attend college and study Art and Art History.

marceline “brianna” hill

Marceline “Brianna” Hill is a senior at Mountain House High School in Mountain House, CA and is the daughter of Traver and Marcie Hill, Sr. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 8 years, starting in the Greater Frisco chapter, Central region. She transferred to the Tri-Valley chapter in 2013. Marceline was Teen Vice President 2015 - 2016 and is the current Teen President. She is also a regular volunteer at the local Boys and Girls Club and is on the Varsity Softball team. Marceline plans to study Biology at Tuskegee University, Alabama or Green Mountain College, Vermont.

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

– Marian Wright Edelman

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2017 Regional Stats 29 Chapters

1,170 Mothers 153 Associates 868 Fathers 828 Teens 1,105 Children

Burlington-Graham, Burlington, NC Capital City, Raleigh, NC Charleston, Charleston, SC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC Chesapeake, Chesapeake, VA Columbia, Columbia, SC Conway, Conway, SC Durham, Durham, NC Eastern North Carolina, Greenville, NC Fayetteville, Fayetteville, NC Florence, Florence, SC Gastonia-Piedmont, Gastonia, NC Greater Fredericksburg, VA Greensboro, Greensboro, NC Greenville, Greenville, SC

Hampton, Hampton, VA James River, Richmond, VA Midlothian, Midlothian, VA Norfolk, Norfolk, VA Orangeburg, Orangeburg, SC Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA Queen City, Charlotte, NC Raleigh-Wake, Raleigh NC Richmond, Richmond, VA Roanoke Valley, Roanoke, VA South Charlotte, Charlotte, NC Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC Wilmington, Wilmington NC Winston-Salem, Winston Salem, NC


pamela d. taylor National Treasurer

Greetings Mothers of the Marvelous Mid Atlantic Region!

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t has been my greatest honor serving as your National Treasurer. As your Treasurer, I see the time, talent and dedication that you give to our much loved organization every day.

Thank you Mid Atlantic Region for your support and unwavering willingness to ensure that each member has the opportunity to give the gift of their time and talents to our children and our community. Thank you to the National Executive Board for embracing my vision to bring Right Networks to our organization. This bold and innovative move will help our organization for many years to come. In this endeavor we have embraced our guiding principles to be strategic and accountable and I am So proud that Mid Atlantic paved the way, being the first region to see the value. Thank you to my wonderful family of Jack and Jill sisters and to my beautiful children for the patience, love and support you give me everyday. Jack and Jill family, as I turn the pages of our yearbook I will have a special smile on my face because this year my son Quinton graduated and pursuing his dream in the performing arts world. Congratulations to all of our 2017 graduates, thank you for your service and love of our organization. I wish you all the best! Yours in Jack and Jill,

Pamela D. Taylor National Treasurer


MARvelous Mid-Atlantic Region

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MID-ATLANTIC REGION Regional Highlights

regional accomplishments

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he “MARvelous” Mid-Atlantic Region has a rich history in providing excellent programming for our children, as well as, enhancing the value of the Jack and Jill experience by serving in our local communities. The hard work and investment of the Regional Executive Board and extended leadership team has fostered exceptional conferences to support the training and bonding oppoturnities for all the members in our region. In keeping with our regional theme “We’re Off to Great Places”, in October 2016, we hosted three events: the Chapter Program Directors’ Workshop, the Presidents’ Retreat, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional’s Fall Workday. Our hard-working, dedicated mothers “connect, communicate and collaborate” throughout the program year to deliver impactful programming for our children and teens. In February 2017, we completed two events, our 2nd annual regional family event and our 11th Annual Mid-Atlantic Children’s Cluster at the Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park. The children enjoyed the water park activites, STEM & finance workshops, and African-American art, culture, and dancing - as we lived the “Let’s Play” part of our motto. Along with high-quality programming, community service and “fund-giving” is embedded in the fabric of

this region. Many chapters held signature events and galas. In August 2016, the Charlotte Chapter, hosted a Jazzin’ Brunch to support the Phasing Up Foster Care Iniative at Johnson C. Smith University. In October 2016, the Greater Fredricksburg Chapter was installed as the 236th chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated and the 30th chapter of our region. In November 2016, the Durham Chapter hosted their Denim and Diamonds fundraier and the Columbia Chapter hosted their third annual “Stilettos and Beaus” event to benefit the J&J Foundation and local charities. In addition, the Spartanburg Chapter celebrated their 40th chapter anniversary. In December 2016, the Captial City Chapter hosted their Winter Wonderland Holiday Celebration and the Greensboro Chapter hosted their Jingle Bell Brunch. In March 2017, the Winston-Salem Chapter celebrated their 65th chapter anniversary. In June 2017, the Queen City Chapter hosted their signature fundraiser, Taking It To the Top. The various fundraising events around the region help us continue our legacy of giving back to our communities. The future is bright and the “Marvolous Mid-Atlantic” Region is exicited to demonstrate our regional impact and our continual commitment to realize our Power to Make a Diffence in the communites we serve.

“We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.”

– Ethel Waters

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Regional Officers Regional Regional Regional Regional National

Director: Claudia N. Curtis Treasurer: Andrea Owens-Byrd Secretary: Michelle Avery Member at Large: Tonya Green Officer: Pamela D. Taylor

Teen Officers

President: Hunter Martin Vice-President: Kennedy Byrd Secretary: Kayla Merriweather Treasurer: Myles Copeland Foundation Chair: Carlos Brown, Jr.

Regional Committee Appointments

Associate Chair: Paulette Motley Bylaws Chair: Kimberly Gatling Editor: Victoria Paul-Dozier Fathers’ Auxiliary Chair: Aaron Martin Legislative Chair: Dawn Blagrove Membership Chair: Karla Starks Nominating Chair: Chanda Douglas-Ward Policy and Procedure Chair: Diane Cabbell Program Chair: Michelle Avery and Geshia Windley Protocol Chair: Maria Bright Strategic Relevance and Value: Virginia James Technology Chair: Sheronda Jeffries Teen Advisor: Donna Stoeling

Mother’s Conference 2017 Date: July 27 - July 30, 2017 Location:Williamsburg, VA Hosting Chapter:James River, Richmond and Roanoke Valley Conference Chairs:Monica Brinkley Davis, Renee Johnson, and Kianna Wade Teen Conference 2017 Date: June 22 - 25, 2017 Theme: Aspire to Inspire Before You Expire Location: Charlotte, NC Hosting Chapter: Gastonia-Piedmont and South Charlotte Conference Chairs: Shawnya Gore and Amber Logan Mother’s Clusters Date: October 28 - 29, 2016 Theme: “Powering Up….Taking Flight…We’re Off to Great Places!” Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton, Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle Hosting Chapter: Capital City Chapter Conference Chairs: Nikale Cooper Children’s Clusters Date: February 10 - 12, 2017 Theme: The Race For Excellence Has No Finish Line Location: Concord, NC Hosting Chapter: Queen City Conference Chairs: Aneta Burton and Romell Johnson

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he idea of the first Regional plan was advanced at the 3rd annual meeting of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated held in Washington, DC in 1948. This concept was discussed during annual conventions but was adopted at the 1957 annual convention in San Francisco. The MidAtlantic Region is one of seven Regions established by the National Body in San Francisco, 1957. The Regional plan was brought forth as a means of involving more participation at annual meetings. Regional meetings would shorten travel, allow more time for discussions and promote children/teen inclusion at annual meetings. Regions would also bring together representatives of chapters within the Region, allow closer communication between chapters, enrich chapter programs and through discussion, interpret National policy, programs and projects. The National Assembly established rules and regulations for hosting meetings and conducting business at the Regional Meetings/Conferences. Each Regional Conference is held alternate years with the National Convention; each chapter has one vote and must meet the attendance requirements for the Region. The business during such time consists of matters referred from the Executive Board, interpretations of and recommendations for programs and policies, consideration of Regional projects and programs and election of Regional Officers. The Mid-Atlantic Region was thus established and embodies four states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. By the year 1957, when the Regional concept was implemented, there were already 22 chapters established across these four states. The first chapter in the Region was established in Durham, NC in 1945 which was the sixth of the ten charter chapters of the National Organization; the other chapters that soon followed were Newport News, VA; Norfolk, VA; Petersburg, VA; Lynchburg, VA; Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA; Columbia, SC; Hamlet, NC; Roanoke, VA; Winston-

Salem, NC; Bluefield, WV; Charleston, SC; Greensboro, NC; Burlington, NC; Graham, NC; Charlotte, NC; Fayetteville, NC; and Portsmouth, VA. Since then, some of the chapters have become inactive. The first Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen Conference was held in November 1953 in Newport News, VA. Raleigh, NC hosted the first Mid-Atlantic Mother’s Regional Conference in 1959, under the direction of Regional Director Eva Miller. The theme was “Building Programs for Today’s Youth and Tomorrow’s Citizen.” Mrs. Miller served until 1963. Each Mid-Atlantic Regional Director has worked for the betterment of the Region since the inception of the Regional Plan. The Mid-Atlantic Region continues to provide leadership for the organization. Ingrid Watson Miller of Charlotte, NC served as the 17th National President from 1998-2000. The region has hosted five National Conventions: 1954 Durham, NC; 1972, Roanoke, VA; 1986 Norfolk, VA; and 2000 Charlotte, NC. In 2014, the region hosted a MARvelous 41st National Convention in Charlotte, NC. The Mid-Atlantic Region continues to implement the National programs and legislative agendas of the National organization while keeping the National theme, “The Power to Make a Difference” in the forefront. The current regional theme is “We’re Off to Great Places!” with a focus on Enhanced Programming, Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, and Technology. The current chapter census is 29. Of the 29 chapters, 55% of our chapters are 50 years and older. The Durham Chapter, our oldest chapter in the region, is celebrating 71 years of service. The latest addition to the MidAtlantic Region is the Greater Fredericksburg Chapter (Fredericksburg, VA) which was chartered on October 16, 2016.

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claudia n. curtis regional director

Mid-Atlantic Regional Director: Claudia N. Curtis, resides in Durham, NC with her husband, Rashid and their three daughters, Kaela (15), Arielle (13) and Sophia (8). She has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2005, transferring into the Durham Chapter in November 2006. She served the Durham Chapter as President, Vice President, Recording Secretary and Bylaws/Legislative Chair and participated on several committees. Claudia was twice voted as Distinguished Mother of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Her husband, Rashid was also voted Fabulous Father in 2012 after serving as Father’s Auxiliary Chair. On the regional level, Claudia served as Regional Secretary from 2013-2015 and as Regional Bylaws Chair from 2011-2013. She also served on several regional committees at Mothers’ Conferences. Claudia has attended three National Conventions (2010, delegate in 2012, 2014), four Mothers’ Conferences (delegate in 2011) and five Teen Conferences (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). She has attended at least one cluster/area workday meeting every year since 2006.

andrea owens-byrd regional treasurer

Mid-Atlantic Regional Treasurer: Andrea Owens-Byrd resides in Cary, NC with her husband Rodney Byrd and daughter Kennedy Byrd (15). She was appointed as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Treasurer in September 2016. Prior to the appointment she served as the first Mid-Atlantic Regional Logistic Chair. Andrea is a charter member of Capital City Chapter in Raleigh, NC. She has served her chapter as President, Treasurer, Program Director and Teen Advisor and participates on numerous committees. She was voted as Distinguished Mother of the Year in 2015. She attended three National Conventions in 2012, 2014, and 2016. She has also attended various Mothers’ Conferences, Fall Workdays, Children’s Clusters and Teen Conferences. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BS in Accounting and Pfeiffer University Business School. She has worked at Banking, Branch and Trust (BB&T) for over 10 years in Information Technology Risk Management and Corporate Information Security. Andrea is a member of The Links, Incorporated Raleigh (NC) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s Sigma Tau Omega Chapter in Cary, NC.

michelle avery regional secretary

Mid-Atlantic Regional Secretary: Michelle Avery has been an active member of the Hampton, VA Chapter since 2009.

During her tenure, Michelle has served as chapter president and program

director. Recently, she served as the National Program Committee Co-Chair.

She has also

represented the Mid-Atlantic region on the region program and Celebrate 75! committees. Michelle has attended several Mothers’ Fall Workdays, Teen Conferences, and Mothers’ Conferences and National Conventions since joining the organization. Professionally, Michelle Avery is a senior Organizational Development Representative at Newport News Shipbuilding. In her role, she mentors and coaches company leadership as well as future leaders. She is also a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach which allows her the opportunity to coach individuals and teams on their talents and how to overcome personal challenges. Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, MBA from Averett University, and Masters of Art in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University.

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tonya tisdale green member-at-large

Mid-Atlantic Regional MAL: Tonya Tisdale Green, has been a member of the Columbia Chapter since 2005. She is the proud mother of three daughters - twins, Janelle and Jamara, and Jacia. She and her husband, J.R. are raising their children in a Christian home in Winnsboro, SC and live by the mantra, “to whom much is given, much is required”. Tonya has served in several leadership roles in the organization including Chapter President and currently serves as the Mid-Atlantic Region MemberAt-Large. She also serves as the MAL Liaison on the Jack and Jill of America Foundation Board of Trustees. For the past fifteen years, she has served in professional role in the Information Technology department at SCANA Corporation. Currently, she serves as a business systems analyst at the VC Summer Nuclear Station. Tonya is a member of the Gamma Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, The Links, Incorporated, Junior League of Columbia, Women in Nuclear and Winnsboro Rotary. She serves on the board of the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation.

paulette motley

regional associate chair Mid-Atlantic Regional Associate Chair: Paulette Motley is married to William Motley Jr. and the proud mother of William III & Cerise Lynn. She has over 25 years in the insurance, telecommunications, and healthcare industries. Paulette is the President of Power of Protocol and shares her social and corporate/business etiquette, international protocol and executive communication skills to businesses and individuals nationwide. Paulette has previously held the positions of Regional Protocol Chair, Teen Adviser, Acting Regional Parliamentarian and President of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter. As a legacy member Paulette has fond memories of her Jack and Jill (J&J) childhood experience. She feels blessed to have been able share the J&J nurturing and loving spirit with her own children and continue the legacy. Paulette is a woman who loves the Lord and is committed to sharing God’s word and encouraging others to establish a relationship with Jesus Christ. Her passion leads her to a “Scrap of Faith Mission”, helping women pass on their pearls of wisdom, portfolio of knowledge and tips.

aaron martin

regional fathers’ auxiliary Mid-Atlantic Regional Fathers’ Auxiliary: Aaron Martin is Vice President and Associate Relations Manager at BB&T, the 9th largest bank in the country and NC based. He is responsible for partnering with senior leadership, line managers, and associates to provide strategic consultation for performance management, regulatory and compliance issues, and human resources policy. Aaron has over twenty years of experience in human resource management. Prior to coming to BB&T, he served as an HR Business Consultant at ADP, the largest payroll and HR outsourcing company in the world. There he was responsible for supporting clients by offering HR expertise and guiding them to ensure their business remained compliant and successful. Aaron has designed and implemented HR solutions for small and mid-sized businesses through a consultative approach. Prior to ADP he worked for GAP Inc./Old Navy as a regional HR manager and Learning and Development manager Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Strategic HR Management certification from Cornell University.

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Teen Officers hunter martin | Teen President Hunter Martin is the 2016-2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen President and served as the immediate past Regional Teen Vice-President. She has been a part of the Raleigh-Wake Jack and Jill Chapter for more than 15 years. She is currently a senior at Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, in Raleigh, NC. At school, she has been involved in Student Government Association, community service clubs, served as student body president and has lettered in varsity lacrosse. She plans to attend law school after graduating from a four year university, where she will major in Communications or Global Studies.

kennedy byrd | Teen Vice-President Kennedy Byrd is the 2016-2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen Vice President. Daughter of Rodney and Andrea Byrd, she is a junior at Cary Academy. Kennedy has been a member of Capital City Chapter since its inception in 2010. She has served as Vice President, Treasurer, and Legislative Chair of the Trailblazers Teen Group. She is a member of the Cary Academy pole vault team and Student Council. In her community, she serves on the Haven House Youth Advisory Board, Youth Legislative Assembly and pursuing Girl Scouts Gold Award to address child obesity. She enjoys dancing, cooking and crafts.

kayla merriweather | Teen Secretary Kayla Merriweather is the 2016-2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen Secretary. Daughter of Kurt and Valerie Merriweather, Kayla is a senior at East Chapel Hill High School. In the Durham Chapter, she has served as secretary, president, and the chair and co-chair of various committees. At her school, Kayla is the editorin-chief of the newspaper, president and co-founder of the Diverse Student Alliance, captain of the varsity women’s basketball team, and a member of the National Honor, Spanish, and Achievers’ Societies. In the future, she hopes to double major in Spanish and International Studies and minor in Psychology.

myles sterling copeland | Teen Treasurer Myles Sterling Copeland is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen Treasurer and is the son of Dr. Bruce A. Copeland and Mrs. Allison L. Copeland. He is a dually enrolled junior at Kings Fork High School and Paul D. Camp Community College. Myles is a scholar-athlete, having lettered in academics and sports. He is a member of the varsity Baseball, Wrestling and Football teams. He is a 14-year member and past President of the Portsmouth Chapter of Jack and Jill. He is an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s honor society. He is also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Leadership Development League.

carlos brown jr. | Teen foundation chair Carlos Brown Jr. is the 2016-2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen Foundation Chair. He is a sophomore at Henrico High School (International Baccalaureate Program), where he serves as Sophomore Class President. Carlos is an active member of the Model United Nations Club, Mock Trial Club, and Student Congress. Carlos has a passion for diplomacy, international relations, and architecture. He hopes to apply these passions to serving others and crafting solutions for a more tolerant world. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, spending time with family, playing golf and soccer for his high school.

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burlington-graham, nc Chapter Officers 2016-2017

President: Reisha Drumgold Vice-President: Shona Morgan Program Director: Bridgett Rogers Recording Secretary: Latoia Valentine Corresponding Secretary: Karla Leath Treasurer: Kathy Cousins-Cooper Financial Secretary: Bridgett Rogers Editor: Sheila Stallings Historian: Sheila Stallings Foundation Chair: Reisha Drumgold Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tameka Ferrell Associate Chair: Shona Morgan Father’s Auxiliary: Javon Stallings

chapter history The Burlington-Graham Chapter of Jack and

Jill of America, Inc. joined the national body in 1956, as its 80th chapter. Mrs. Juanita F. Spaulding, a mother who had the vision and hope, formed an interest group called the Guys and Dolls. The 18 BGJJ Charter members included: Edith Long, Doris Gray, Mae Earl, Odessa Davis Juanita Spaulding, Dorothy Leath, Nora Woods, Maggie Bell Herbin, Ms. R.L. Carmichael, Mary F. Murray, Mary Shanks, Codelia Faucette, Lela Warren, Mary McIntyre, Annie Mae Foriest, Julia Jordan, Ida Mae Harvey, Catherine Thompson, Hazel Jeffreys. The installation ceremony of the chapter was held on September 29, 1956, at the home of Odessa Davis. In the years that followed, the youth and families of the Burlington-Graham Chapter developed lasting relationships through community service and imeaningful iinvolvement that can be achieved by all young people.

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President: Chyna Ferrell Vice-President: Austin Stallings Secretary: Brion Rogers Treasurer: Imani Leath Sergeant-at-Arms: John Peterson III

The Christmas spirit was in the air at the Christmas Mebane Parade. The night was filled with festive lights and entertainment as we marched proudly with our families in the annual parade. The 14th annual June Marie Thompson blood drive was another successful year – in giving the gift of life. In May 2016, we had the privilege of welcoming one returning mother: Torriah Talley. Our Black Family Day was held to commemorate our graduating senior, Imani Brooks. Our fabulous teens and mothers attended the 63rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Teen Conference held in Newport News, VA. The BurlingtonGraham Chapter was awarded 2nd place in the t-shirt contest! The Burlington-Graham Chapter of Jack & Jill will celebrate our 60th anniversary this programming year. In commemoration of 60 years, our chapter is committed to at least 60 hours of community service. Our chapter continues to support our national programs with March of Dimes, Founder’s Day, Bedtime Stories, and Black Family Day. The families of Burlington-Graham Chapter strive to live by the “Making a Difference” campaign. The life-long experiences and activities continue to include the programming thrusts of the organization: educational, social, cultural, financial literacy, STEAM, health, philanthropy, and recreation.

chapter programming Our Carole Robertson Day kicked off the 2016-2017 programming year with a “Back to School Splash” and school supplies drive to donate to a local Boys and Girls Club. The families gathered as the children enjoy an afternoon of swimming. The evening ended with our teens conducting a candlelight ceremony in honor of Carole Robertson. In keeping with STEAM thrust, our children had an opportunity to attend the Stemville Science Symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill. Another highlighted activity included a visit to a music studio where the children were able to record songs and learn about the world of music production. During a financial literacy activity, our younger age-group children learned about the importance of saving money for a bright future. Our teens and other families of Jack & Jill had the opportunity to witness history at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. 292


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capital city, nc Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Felice Corpening Vice-President: Korrie Hester Program Director: Anitra Duncan & Keisha Williams Recording Secretary: Simone Cummings Corresponding Secretary: Kesha Dozier Treasurer: Trina Burkett Financial Secretary: Nacole Inkumsah Editor: Tonka Lynn Chaplain: Nicole Johnson Historian: Candra Bass Foundation Chair: Nikale Cooper Parliamentarian: Adrai Lindsey Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tonka Lynn & Netasha Mclawhorn Father’s Auxiliary:  Rodney Byrd    

President: Amaya Lynn Vice-President: Taylor Corpening Secretary: Natalie Williams Treasurer: Aaron Williams Parliamentarian: Chancellor Mills Chaplain: Jaedon Williams Sergeant-At-Arms: Melvin Mclawhorn

chapter members Pia Anderson-Duncan,Candra Bass,Harriet Best,Dawn Blagrove,Trina Burkett,Ayanna Carr-Brown,Shonette Charles, Erika Clark-Trapp,Nikale Cooper,Felice Corpening, Simone Cummings,Karrie Dixon,Kesha Dozier,Arrica Dubose,Anitra Duncan, Nacole Erwin-Inkumsah,Korrie Hester,Jennifer Imediegwu,Anita Jackson,Dana Jefferson,Jessanne Johnson,Nicole Johnson,Monica Jones,Randi Simpkins,Adrai Lindsey,Tonka Lynn,Netasha Mclawhorn,Sherida Mcmullan,Beverly Mills,Andrea Owens-Byrd,Chimone Parris,Petra Sargent,Clastrola Williams,Keisha Williams,Nicole Williams,Shonda Williams,Tene Williams    chapter history Mrs. Shonette Charles and Mrs. Dawn Blagrove

gathered a group of mothers in December 2010 with the common need to reinforce ethnic pride, development and leadership in their children. After successfully operating as a provisional group for over 20 months, the Capital City Chapter was chartered 09/15/2012 at the Capital City Club in Raleigh. Since chartering, the chapter has established superior programming activities including an Annual Leadership Summit, Winter Wonderland fundraiser and Biennial Rose & Sapphire Cotillion-Beautillion.

chapter programming Capital City chapter is excited about

the 2016 national program theme, the power to make a difference! We know there is strength in numbers and together we have the power to make a difference in our families, chapter, community and world. Capital City is a chapter with P.R.I.D.E! Passionately Realizing Intellectually Driven Excellence! We kicked off our program year with Jack and Jill and Carol Robertson day activities that were both the epitome P.R.I.D.E. Our celebration included traveling via chartered bus to Washington DC. to attend the grand opening of

the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. We beamed with excitement hearing President Obama, Congressman John Lewis and several other dignitaries speak at the dedication ceremony. We toured this extraordinary museum as a group, the first and only national museum dedicated to the history, culture and achievements of African-Americans. During our return trip, Every Jack and Jill shared what the memory of Carole Robertson meant to them and the importance of how this historical experience is connected to her legacy and our legacy. In February, because of our consistent pursuit of P.R.I.D.E we hosted our 5th Annual Capital City Leadership Summit. At the summit, we provided our Jacks, Jills, and children from the community the skills they need to walk into adulthood. Capital City families also served the community through MLK Day of Service, March of Dimes and National Black Family Day. By serving our community, we taught our children that excellence is expected of each of them through their work to build strong communities too! Each of our age groups had sensational calendars filled with meaningful and engaging activities that not only infused our children with P.R.I.D.E but also challenge them to embrace the power in each of them to make a difference.

“Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.”

– Audre Lorde

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charleston, sc Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Dianne Sutton Vice-President: Sherrie Snipes-Willisims Program Director: Tiffany R. Spann-Wilder Recording Secretary: Kimberly Brown Corresponding Secretary: Francesca Bradshaw Treasurer: Vaudrien Ray Financial Secretary: Sharlonda Tullock Editor: Elonda Fair O’Neill Chaplain: Nona Nurse Gilliard Historian: Elonda Fair O’Neill Foundation Chair: Deidre Moss-Pinckney Parliamentarian: Rita Roache Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Paula Orr Associate Chair: Sylvia Washington Father’s Auxiliary: Orlando Sutton

President: Nicholas Gilliard Vice-President: Dahnielle Milton Secretary: Summer Ray Treasurer: Alexis Wood Parliamentarian: William Hepburn Chaplain: Caleb Smith

chapter members Eleanor Alford, Tanya Ascue, Emma Bennett-Williams, Mia Bolton-McKelvey, Deborah Brown, Hope Brown, Kimberly

Brown, Terra Burke, Ebony Carolina-Franklin, Petrease Clarkson, Stacey Crowder, Seturah Foxx, Cheri Franklin, Jamilah Frazier, Dawna Gardner, Vanessa Goodwin, Belita Green, Erica Hanesworth, Joan Hepburn, Della Jordan, Kimberlyn Kimpson, Camille Martin-Jones, Dominique Milton, Tina Russell-Brown, Sharvette Slaughter, Leora Nichole Smith, Arloura Watson, Tamekia Weaver, Yolonda Zanders-Barr

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On September 1953, Lois Moses helped organize an interest group of mothers in Charleston. She successfully secured sponsorship from the Columbia Chapter and an application was filed with the national organization. In February 1954, the application was approved at the National Conventional held in Durham, NC. On October 8, 1954, the installation service was held at the Owls “Whist” Roost conducted by the National President, Nellie Roulhac. There were 21 charter members, and throughout the years, we have shown our steadfast commitment to our families and the Charleston Community.

chapter programming The Charleston Chapter started the year with the Carole Robertson Memorial family picnic facilitated by the Juniors and Pre-Teens. In support of the National Theme, “The Power to Make a Difference, the chapter by participating in the MLK Day Parade and the Youth Speak Out held at the College of Charleston. In furtherance of the theme, the Charleston Chapter partners with The Black Pages for the annual ticketed event, The Taste of Black Charleston where several vendors of savory foods, desserts served guests. From the proceeds, the chapter supports several charities, including the Teacher Supply Closet, The Colour of Music, One80 Place and the Trident United Way which are support the well-being of children in our community. Co-sponsoring this event allows the Charleston Chapter to show the community how we have “The Power to Make a Difference.”

“I always wanted to be somebody. If I made it, it’s half because I was game enough to take a lot of punishment along the way and half because there were a lot of people who cared enough to help me.”

– Althea Gibson

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chapter history

In the wake of recent unrest in Charlotte, Jack and Jill Senior Teens (grades 9-12) took the lead in organizing a platform for critical dialogue. Teens invited other motivated, socially conscious teens and young adults to join an important discussion at a Unity Brunch on November 5, 2016.

President: Camille Davidson Fuller Vice-President: Allison Brathwaite Program Director: Krista Marshall Recording Secretary: Kellie Lewis Corresponding Secretary: Chandra Hollier Treasurer: Tara Laguerre Financial Secretary: Chernetta Manley Editor: Candace Williams Chaplain: Pamela Wilkins Historian: Raquel Lowe-Hubbard Foundation Chair: Laurie Givens and Lisa Pugh Parliamentarian: Jackie Robinson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Yvette Curtis Mills and Ericka Gibson Associate Chair: Elaine Hardy and Michelle Price Father’s Auxiliary: Yandrick Paraison

President: Ashleigh Fields Vice-President: Je’len Wilkins Secretary: Arianna Reese Treasurer: Jackson Fuller Parliamentarian: Joie Mills Chaplain: Hamilton Cooper Sergeant-at-Arms: Savon Brathwaite

The Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill of America was established in 1957. In October 1956, organizers of the local chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Mrs. Vivian Lewis Williams and Mrs. Margaratha Rann, met with 29 enthusiastic mothers to formulate plans for a club. Over the next year, the mothers planned an interesting program of cultural and civic activities for their children. In July, 1957, with assistance from Mrs. Herbert DeCosta of Charleston, South Carolina, and the sponsorship of the Winston-Salem Chapter, the local club was admitted for National Membership. The Chapter was officially installed by Mrs. Burma Whitted and Mrs. LuSybil Taylor on October 29, 1957. We will celebrate our 60th Anniversary in 2017.

chapter programming The Charlotte Chapter has been busy

doing the work of Jack and Jill. In August, we presented a check to the Phasing Up Foster Care Initiative at Johnson C. Smith University with proceeds from our Jazzin’ Brunch held earlier in the year. Phasing Up is a unique program dedicated to easing the transition for youth phasing out of foster care. It supports their unique needs and challenges as they rise from the stereotypes and labels placed upon them and enter a new phase upward.

Our Junior Teens (grades 6-8) gave of their time at the Second Harvest Food Bank in November. The Second Harvest Food Bank donates over 50 tons of food a year to local charities who support the needs of the homeless and working poor in our community. For the past eight years, through partnerships with CharlotteMecklenburg Schools, our chapter provided holiday cheer for hundreds of families with our signature Breakfast with Santa event. This year, our focus was to bring the joy of the holiday season to children in the foster care system. In partnership with the Phasing Up Program and Elon Homes and Schools for Children, Breakfast with Santa brought the wonder of the holiday season to 79 children. 2017 is sure to bring many great things, most notably of which is the celebration of our 60th chapter anniversary. Please save-thedate, Saturday, October 14, 2017. We invite you to join us as we celebrate our diamond anniversary. Look for additional information in the months to come. Should you have questions in the interim, feel free to email editorjnjcharlotte@gmail.com.

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”

– Wilma Rudolph

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chesapeake, va Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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The teens often work sharing their talents and time, while gaining valuable experiences in their service to others. Volunteering at the Hampton Roads Food Bank, they help fill 600 backpacks of weekend meals for needy families and donated 67 pounds of can goods and $100 cash through fundraising. They assisted Team Metro during their annual Rainbow Tea bringing awareness to all cancers and celebrating cancer survivors. They help spread holiday joy while caroling to Sentara Oak Grove Nursing Home residents.

President: Stephanie Cuffee Vice-President: Natia Williams Program Director: Debra Wells Recording Secretary: Bonita Billingsley-Harris Corresponding Secretary: Selby Bazemore Treasurer: Lamalia Echevestre-Grant Financial Secretary: Lavera Tolentino Editor: Arlinda Taylor Chaplain: Latoya McGlone Historian: Latoya McGlone Foundation Chair: Shavon Coulter Parliamentarian: Davida White Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Lavera Tolentino Associate Chair: Latoya McGlone Father’s Auxiliary: Columbus Grant

President: Alexis Smith Vice-President: Kenneth Alexander Secretary: Erianna Hammond Treasurer: AJ Tolentino Parliamentarian: Cheyanne Harris Chaplain: Shavon Coulter Sergeant-at-Arms: Brandon Jones

The Chesapeake Chapter was organized as a provisional group, in 1966 under the guidance of Regional Director, Mrs. Elizabeth Coefield. The group, which was founded by Mary Brabble, Ruby Dupree, and Evelyn Williams, was known as the Lads and Lassies of Chesapeake. The group remained in provisional group status for two years providing activities for the children and the community. In 1968, the group was voted into membership with provisional chapter status during the National Convention held in Washington, DC.

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The Chesapeake Chapter started the program year with thoughtfully planning activities to create a meaningful experience for all. We celebrated Jack and Jill Day at our Annual Pink and Blue Motocycle Ride Fundraiser. Participants enjoyed a day of bike rides, food, and fellowship while connecting with the community. Children cheered on the riders and enjoyed making homemade ice cream, face painting and games. Donations help support The March of Dimes.

Other group activities ranged from visits to Sky Zone, encouraging children to be more active by exercising, the Now You’re Cooking Culinary Studio which encouraged healthy meal preparation, and iFLY indoor skydiving experience, exploring the world of flight and aviation. We look forward to another great year while we empower children with the skills and resources to enable them with “The Power to Make a Difference” in their life and the communities we serve!

The Chesapeake Chapter “Reality Store” was open for business for financial education training. This hands-on simulation gave children a taste of reality about making wise financial choices. Children were given a career, salary and family situation and tasked with managing their financial responsibilities including paying monthly living expenses, taxes, transportation, etc. They left with a greater appreciation for what their parents do to secure a healthy and loving environment. A STE(A)M activty at the Portsmouth Children’s Museum entitled “Catch the Current” taught children about static and current electricity, electrons and what type of forces move electricity. During Computer Science Education Week, we hosted an Hour of Code at the Tidewater Community College VA Beach Campus. The children learned to code in a fun and creative way while exploring real-world applications of coding and career opportunities in computer science.

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columbia, sc Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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chapter history

the homeless on Thanksgiving Day at the Edventure Children’s Museum, adopting the Watkins-Nance Elementary School by collecting donations for those less fortunate, hosting a highly successful fundraiser benefiting community partners, receiving the “Community Partner of the Year Award” from the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, hosting the Mid-Atlantic Region’s South Carolina Work Cluster, supporting the work and mission of the March of Dimes and the James R. Clarke Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, and sponsoring engaging, educational, cultural, and social events, the Columbia Chapter has responded to the call. The Columbia Chapter family is excitedly awaiting their annual Youth Leadership Summit, which is a conference implemented for children in grades Pre-K -12 that is hosted by their Father’s Auxiliary. The Youth Leadership Summit, which is open to the public, instills leadership and financial literacy that uses the JMB Leadership and Financial Literacy modules. The Culmination of their programming year will end with a Black Family Day celebration where the entire chapter will come together again, as one family, to celebrate their year of service and gratitude. The Columbia Chapter is saddled up and ready to ignite the flame for the 2017-2018 programming year!

President: Dr. Joann Moore Thompson, DDS Vice-President: Robyn Watson Program Director: Robyn Watson Recording Secretary: Yvette Sands Corresponding Secretary: Michelle Kimpson Treasurer: Kimberly Davis Financial Secretary: Edna Langley Editor: Jackie M. Meggie Chaplain: Paige Moore Historian: Michelle Hurley Johnson Foundation Chair: Tameika Devine Parliamentarian: Deandrea Benjamin Father’s Auxiliary: Eileen Price Legislative Chair: Kachet Deschamps Teen Advisor: Tarcia Flemming

President: Jordan Flemming Vice-President: Donovan Toomer Secretary: Delaney Toomer Parliamentarian: Chandler Cooper Chaplain: Carlisle Cooper Sgt at Arms: Andrea Kimpson Corresponding Secretary: Timothy McDowell

In 1945, Inez S. Simkins and her husband Wilson, along with their children, Florence and Wilson Jr., moved to Columbia, South Carolina after living several years in Philadelphia, PA. After being one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Chapter, Inez was asked to organize a chapter of Jack and Jill in her new hometown, Columbia. On the night of September 13, 1951, the charter members were installed in an impressive candlelight service conducted by then National President, Mrs. Edna Seay. Charter members included: Lois Bailey, Ethel Bolden, Margaret Boulware, Meredith Douglas, Anges Evens, Harriett Everette, Rachel Griffin, Bessie P. Jenkins, Elsie Jenkins, Pearl M. Mance, Vivian Marshall, Marion Morgan, Katherine Moses, Inez S. Simkins, Mary Soloman and Billie Stephenson. Inez S. Simkins was elected the first president of the Columbia Chapter. Past Presidents of the Columbia Chapter are Inez Simkins, Pearl Mance, Juliette Gilliam, Mary Solomon, Ethel Bolden, Mildred Pendergrass, Wilhelmina Kershaw, Gardenia Fair, Jacqueline Spann, Barbara Weston, Joy Pindar, Mildred Pride, Cynthia Smith, Alice Hurley, Fosteen Harriford, Irene Kelly, Wilatrel Stockton, Patrick Noble, Beryl Dakers-Burton, Jodi Gallman, Brandolyn Thomas Pinkston, Rosalyn Frierson, Cynthia Walters, Versie Wilson, Tonya Green, Dr.Traci Young Cooper, and currently Dr. Joann Moore Thompson, DDS.

chapter programming The Columbia Chapter kicked off its programming year by honoring Carol Robertson at the beginning of the year on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the Richland County Library and by celebrating Jack and Jill Day on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Greenview Park and Swimming Pool. Over the past months, The Columbia Chapter mothers and children have actively demonstrated goodwill and service to others as they embrace the national theme Power and Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage, and Community Service. They have served, learned, experienced and have given to a vast array of causes and projects right in their community. From volunteering with the Palmetto Health Foundation, raising awareness for Breast Cancer research and outreach, feeding 299


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President: Mary Goff Vice-President: Nakisha Frazier Program Director: Thyssene Frederick Recording Secretary: Crystal Franklin-Truss Corresponding Secretary: Tracy Nelson-Christia Treasurer: LaTonya Goodson Financial Secretary: Quintina Livingston Editor: Thyssene Frederick Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Marlo Frazier Father’s Auxiliary: Jerome Christia

President: Zaria Frederick Vice-President: McKeith Goff, Jr. Secretary: Myka’h Frazier Treasurer: Jalen Currentton

chapter members Tracy Christia, (Alanda) Michelle Curenton, Josephette Dotson, Krystal Dotson, Joye Fordham, Krystal Dotson,

Joye Fordham, Crystal Franklin-Truss, Marlo Frazier, Nakisha Frazier, Thyssene Frederick, Mary Goff, LaTanya Goodson, Charmaine LefftWilkes, Quintina Livingston, Regina McCullough, Deirdre Williams

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The Conway Chapter receive provisional status In August 1993 with the Columbia chapter as a sponsor. The Chapter was approved for membership at the 41st National Convention, held in Austin, Texas in July of 1994. In September of that year, sixteen members were installed as charter members of the Conway Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The chapter serves the Horry and Georgetown counties of South Carolina. For the 2016-2017 Programming Year, we have 15 wonderful mothers and 24 children, ages 4 to 17. 1993-94 Founding Officers President: Elaine Miller Vice-President: Barbara Johnson Recording Secretary: Wanda Bellamy Corresponding Secretary: Jessie Brown Treasurer: Delores Hickman Program Director: Patricia P. Lee Founding Members Cheryl Adamson, Wanda Bellamy, Juanita Frink, Frances Graham, Dorothy Graves, Pamela Hughes, Margie Livingston, Marnette McKinney, Mary Snow, Saundra Brown and Collette Howard.

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The Conway Chapter’s major kick-off was the planning all-mother planning retreat in August 2016. The age group mothers met throughout the summer months to lay out the activities for the programming year. The Teens began the programming year with a teambuilding

escape game activity. The group had 60 minutes to find clues and slove puzzles to escape the Atlantis themed room. The entilre chapter joins together for a cultural event, the combined Carol Robertson Day and Jack and Jill Day. Mothers and their families enjoyed Sunday worship together followed by a catered lunch at historic Bethel AME church. The families paused to recognize the contributions and memory of Carole Robertson in the ceremony lead by the chapter Teens. A back to school supply drive was conducted and all material donated to a local charter elementary school that has a majority population of free and reduced lunch eligible students. The Conway Teens participated in the second annual Teen Expo, and educational and cultural event, which is hosted by a local radio station and community partners. The Tots and Tweens usually combime activities and participated in “jump with the babies” at a local indoor trampoline park, STEM activities lead by the principal of a local STEM high school and attending local cultural events. Each age group completed the required JMB Leadership modules, including savings/finance and public speaking. The proceeds from our signature fundraiser will go to a local Autism organizations. The programming year will end with a state-wide Black Family Day held in Myrtle Beach and hosted by the Conway Chapter. The activites will include a service project, fellowship, beach time and a gospel brunch.

“It isn’t where you come from; it’s where you’re going that counts.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

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durham, nc Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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chapter history The Durham Chapter was founded October

grade-group activities including a tour of Howard University for our Senior Teens. The weekend culminated in worshipping together at Metropolitan AME Church. Our Legislative and Bylaws committee sponsored a Kids Voting activity in November for our children and those from the Boys & Girls Club. Activities included learning about the importance of civic engagement, and a “mock” vote and crafts led by our Senior Teens.

President: Makeba McDaniel Vice-President: LsaShana Broussard-Morr Program Director: Tina Ndoh Recording Secretary: Valerie Quiett Corresponding Secretary: Yolanda Keller-Bell Treasurer: Bernice Bond Financial Secretary: Arnica Foulkes Editor: Rhea Franks Chaplain: Shawna McKinnon Sessoms Historian: Erica Frasier Foundation Chair: Jasmine Smith Parliamentarian: Tamla Tymus Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Yolanda Scarlett & Felicia Washington Associate Chair: Norma Martin Father’s Auxiliary: Mark McDaniel

President: Melena Franks Vice-President: Alexandra Mauney Secretary: Mya Billingsley Treasurer: Mikayla McDaniel Parliamentarian: Donovan Herndon Chaplain: James Fitz-Henley Sergeant-at-Arms: Nsikan Ndoh

9, 1945 by Mrs. Leonia Dorsey, a founding member of the first Jack and Jill club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty-one charter members joined Mrs. Dorsey on the campus of North Carolina College, now North Carolina Central University. Durham was the sixth chapter founded within the organization and the first in the Mid-Atlantic Region. This programming year, the Durham chapter is 63 families and 115 children strong, striving to be an organization committed to building our children, mothers and community culturally, socially and educationally; produce and encourage leadership in mothers and children; and give back to each other and our community. In 2016, in celebration of our chapter’s 70th anniversary, the Durham chapter proudly initiated “The Power to Make a Difference” scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to an African American male, graduating high school senior.

chapter programming In the 2016-2017 programming year

the Durham Chapter focused on our power to make a difference in the lives of member families and community members through educational and enriching programming, community service, philanthropy and fellowship. We celebrated Jack and Jill Day and Carole Robertson day with a three-day trip to Washington, DC. We were over 200 strong, attending the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition to attending the dedication celebration on the mall and touring the new museum, we were enriched by a visit to the Supreme Court, followed by meeting Justice Sotomayor. Additional activities included a tour of the Capitol and

We continued our annual support of the Triangle Light the Night Walk supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In celebration of MLK Day, mothers, children and teens will provide a day of service to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham as well as Book Harvest, a local nonprofit organization providing books to area children in need. This spring, we will provide a day of service to SEEDS, an educational community garden and nonprofit teaching respect for life, the earth and each other through gardening and growing food. This year, our annual fundraising event was Bull City Masquerade. The event was a fantastic success, and in April, we will hold our annual Big Hat Gala and announce our second scholarship winner. The Durham Chapter loves to get together and enjoy a meal! In December, we held our annual Holiday Party, themed “We are Family: Live, Work and Play the Durham JnJ Way!” After an inspirational prayer from our Teen Chaplain we enjoyed a wonderful meal, great fellowshipping, a community service project, a spectacular family talent show and our annual teens’ bake sale, raising money for Jack and Jill Foundation. Our senior teens also got into the holiday spirit enjoying a holiday mixer with senior teens from the RaleighWake and Capital City chapters. Moms also enjoyed partnering with the Raleigh-Wake and Capital City chapters for a Founders Day celebration.

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eastern north carolina, nc Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Angela Mebane Vice-President: Elizabeth Jenkins Program Director: Nicole Hall-Wilkins Recording Secretary: Carlotta Lindsay Corresponding Secretary: Rhea Miles Treasurer: Ericka Lawrence Financial Secretary: Kelli Pack-Smith Editor: Angela Haskins Chaplain: Dorothy Jordan Historian: Angela Haskins Foundation Chair: Allessandra Lowery Parliamentarian: Mary Patterson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Lynnette Atkinson Associate Chair: Jenise Phillips Father’s Auxiliary: Rudolph Mebane

President: Jay Mebane Vice-President: Kyra Miles Secretary: Lucas Mebane Treasurer: Selena Wilkins Sergeant-at-Arms: Cyrus Wilkins

chapter members Alicia Artis, Lynnette Atkinson, Sherry Bullock, Kim Edwards, Ericka Griffin, Angela Haskins, Kimberly Hughes, Tamra Iroku, Elizabeth Jenkins, Dorothy Jordan, Ericka Lawrence, Carlotta Lindsay, Allessandra Lowery, Angela Mebane, Rhea Miles, Kelli Pack-Smith, Mary Patterson, Althea Taylor, Diane Taylor, Nicole Hall-Wilkins; Associates Regina Edmonds, LaVette Ford, Jenise Phillips chapter history

The Eastern North Carolina Chapter was established in July 2010 after being voted in at the 39th Biennial National Convention of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in Chicago, IL. On September 18, 2010, 16 mothers were installed as chapter members. These mothers were Julia Atkins, Sherry Bullock, Tracy Burton, Regina Edmonds, Kim Edwards, Ericka Griffin, Dorothy Jordan, Angela Mebane, Ebony Mitchell, Lisa Overton, Kelli PackSmith, Mary Patterson, Jenise Phillips, Heather Rhodes, Cheryl Robbins, and Yolanda Soney. We are a growing, child-focused chapter aligned with the national and regional mission to nurture future African-American leaders through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty. Our committed members deliver on our goal of quality programming and leadership aimed at seeking for all children the same advantages which we desire for our own.

chapter programming The Eastern North Carolina Chapter started the year with a Jack and Jill Family Fun Day in celebration of Jack and Jill Day. In memory of Carole Robertson Day, school supplies were collected and donated to needy families within our community. We continue to raise funds and support our local March of Dimes walk, an event in which our teens ran a Kids Zone which allowed even the youngest walkers to participate. Our teens this year also held a voter registration drive. Community Service and the Power to Make a Difference has been a theme for the entire year. In November, the entire chapter participated in Packs4Patriots, a local service which has been active in sending supplies to our troops. In January, we used a Red Carpet Premiere of Hidden Figures to raise funds for a local Baptist Children’s Home and the Jack and Jill Foundation. Our youngest age groups used our Healthy Living initiative to learn how to make healthy snacks, while our middle schoolers learned Financial Literacy through investments in their Secret Millionaires’ Club.

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fayetteville, nc Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Andrea Taylor Vice-President: Stephanie Benson Program Director: Melanie Cooper Recording Secretary: April Smith Corresponding Secretary: April Smith Treasurer: Brenda Hubbard Financial Secretary: Wendy Lapsley Editor: Hope Brown Chaplain: Tina Ford Historian: Hope Brown Foundation Chair: Tina Ford Parliamentarian: Madiana Sanoh-Udeozo Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Jermecka Covington Associate Chair: Jerial Bogan Father’s Auxiliary: Demetrius Taylor

President: Ellington Brown Vice-President: Madison Lapsley Recording Secretary: Justice Haygood Corresponding Secretary: Jaylin Covington Treasurer: Lark Taylor Parliamentarian: Kai Hubbard Chaplain: Christian Benson Sergeant-at-Arms: Kai Hubbard

chapter members Faith Anderson, Wanda Baker, Patrice Barber, Stephanie Benson, Patricia Bradley, Hope Brown, Daralyn Bryant, Melanie Cooper, Jermecka Covington, Tiffany Daniels, Sherree Davis, Cathy Everett, Tina Ford, Lisa Hailey, Denise Hamlin-Glover, Kimberly Hardy, Brenda Hubbard, Wendy Lapsley, Stephanie Oliver, Benita Powell, Madiana Sanoh-Udeozo, April Smith, Andrea Taylor, Jessica Thompson and Ericka Whitaker chapter history The Chapter was chartered in 1957.

Charter members were Mary Cherry, Nettie Daniels, Mabel Douglass, Inez Early, Dorothy Lane, Margaret McDaniels, Mildred Miller, Earline Mitchell, Beatrice Pindle, Beulah Quick, Lee Reeder, Louise Roger, MarieVaughn and Jesse Vick (First President). The chapter is composed of 25 lovely mothers who are dedicated, energetic and willing to serve. Our mission is to posture ourselves for further greatness and remain committed and dedicated to the objective and aims of Jack and Jill of America. Incorporated.

chapter programming The 2016-2017 programming year

brings with it, great change! The Fayetteville Chapter brought in a record high of twelve new lovely and talented mothers to the membership, as well as twenty new energetic children. The Chapter is on the move, with the “heart” of our Jack and Jill organization as our motivation – programming! As we began this programming year, our mothers were eager to produce creative and meaningful events and activities that not only enticed our children, but also programs that attracted individuals in our local and surrounding

communities such that a desire to know more about our organization, partnerships and increased membership as a whole is established. This year our grade group programming activities consisted of: a Polar Express Train Ride with visits to see Santa and the North Pole,Partnerships community service programs with Crave Fitness to assist Hurricane Matthew victims, group viewing and discussion of “An American Girl Doll,” Tour of the Compassion Experience in Myrtle Beach, SC, Kingdom Global Clothes Drive, Healthy Cooking and Etiquette activities, College Tours to East Carolina and North Carolina Universities, Leadership modules on Goals and Preparing for College, Preparing “thank you” cards for veterans, attendance at 2016 Election Ralley with visits from 44th President Barrack Obama, supporting our own youth at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” hosting a First Responders Day and hosting our first large fundraiser, “ An Evening of LIve Jazz,” in support of our National Foundation. The chapter will also like to note that we received Proclamation from the Mayor of Fayetteville, which was announced at our Founder’s Day Fundraiser on January 28, 2017.

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President: Jeniqua Duncan Vice-President: Karen Aikens Program Director: Karen Aikens Recording Secretary: Daphne Stewart Corresponding Secretary: Daphne Stewart Treasurer: Shannon Graves Financial Secretary: Ester Thomas Editor: Jeri Deas Chaplain: Valerie Nowlin Historian: Charmeon Hines-Cooper Foundation Chair: Tracy Miller Parliamentarian: Shameeka McDuffie Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Jeri Deas Associate Chair: Partricia Parr Father’s Auxiliary: Kinte Duncan

President: Justin Deas Vice-President: Christopher Nowlin Secretary: Rhianna Stewart Treasurer: Jamal McDuffie Parliamentarian: Andre Aikens Chaplain: Christopher Nowlin

chapter members Karen Aikens, Anica Bennett, LaDrica Christian, Jeri Deas, Jeniqua Duncan, Lamibia Dunham, Shannon Graves, Charmeon Hines-Cooper, Kenyetta Kennedy-Sanders, Patricia Lewis, Shammeka McDuffie, Tracy Miller, Valerie Nowlin, Michelle Pittman, Daphne Stewart, Ester Thomas, Donya Wallace, Octavia Williams-Blake chapter history

The Florence Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc was founded in 1990 under the guidance of Diana White, Jeanette Pendergrass, and Dr. Linda Bigelow. Since it’s inception, the chapter continues to cultivate in our youth a deep community service, culture identity and social interactions that promote the Jack and Jill Motto: “Let’s Work, Let’s Play, Let’s Live Together”. Our chapter has eighteen active-participating members.

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The Florence Chapter kicked off the year with our annual planning retreat , which our mothers planned and excuted a wide variety of activities for our children. We are committed to “Empowering our youth to excel through Leadership and Service in Our Communities.” This year our chapter focused many of our program activities toward community service, humanitarian and civic duties. Our mothers, associates, teens and children performed various service projects, some of which included Sickle Cell 5k Walk, Coat Drive, Naomi Project-yard work and clothing room clean up, Time of Sharing and Adopt a family for Christmas. Through these activities we strive to instill in our children the importance of giving then receiving in our community.

Our children learned that acts of kindness toward anyone is very rewarding. During Time of Sharing the children put on a show for a local residential home. The children sang, danced and played various instruments for the residents. Our programming activities celebrate the importance of health, wellness and good practices for children through a focus on dental care and excellence in education. We strive to ensure that our children are prepared to take their place in society as productive and compassionate individuals. Our chapter is committed to promoting our childrens understanding of our heritage by continuing with our tradition of celebrating Carole Robertson Day, Founder’s Day and Black Family Day. In celebration of Founder’s Day our families came together to worship and fellowship at Goodland AME Church. Our children listened to the Carole Robertson Webinar followed by a pool party celebration in her honor. At the end of every year our chapter kicks off the summer by celebarting Black Family Day. By using the Jack and Jill Motto “Let’s Work, Let’s Play, Let’s Live Together.” As we embark on every new year, we strive to ensure that our programs are benefical to our children so that they may always continue to grow and learn.

“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.”

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gastonia-piedmont, nc Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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chapter history

In April, we will participate in our annual fundraiser for the community, Community Foundation Run. Our chapter raises money to donate to a local charity that is matched by the Commuity Fountation. The event allows us to showcase our chapter with a display booth with information about Jack and Jill. We also have members and children that participate in the 5K run. Money raised will be donated to a local school to purchase items for the educational needs of the children in the school.

President: Leverne Lomick Vice-President: Heather Keets-Wright Program Director: Toni Godfrey Recording Secretary: Whitney Jackson Corresponding Secretary: Whitney Jackson Treasurer: DeLisa Tolbert Financial Secretary: Lisa Reynolds Editor: Melanie Eubanks Chaplain: Valerie Waddell Historian: Abby Overton Foundation Chair: Jacqueline Gibbs Parliamentarian: Regina Taylor Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Cindy Odom and Shawnya Gore Associate Chair: Angela Harris Father’s Auxiliary: Greg Pippins

President: Herman Gore III Vice-President: Dominique Lott Secretary: Maxwell Wright Treasurer: Virginia Waddell Parliamentarian: Charles Cason Chaplain: Ada Osemeka Sergeant-at-Arms: Jason Osemeka

Our chapter started as a vision by Dr. Shawnya Gore to start a chapter in the Gastonia area embodied with women who were committed to family and shared similar values. The Gastonia-Piedmont Chapter was chartered on September 28, 2008. 19 mothers were installed as charter members of the Gastonia-PIedmont Chpater of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Our chapter strives to make a positive difference in our childrens lives. Our mission is to create a medium of contact for our children which will stimulate growth and development, and provide for them a contructive, educational, cultural, civic and recreational, health, and social prrogram. In keeping with our national theme, “The Power to Make a Difference”, our chapter designs activities with the goal of equipping our children with the belief of self-empowerment and the determination to make a difference in their local, national and global communities.

chapter programming Our programming year started with Carol Robertson Day and Jack and Jill Day. Our children ages 2 to the 8th grade had the opportunity to attend a theatrical stage play performance of the classic play, The Wiz, held at the Hickory Community Theatre.

Other programming activiites we have completed this year include our cubs exploring science at Discovery Place and a play produced by Charlotte Ballet:The Nutcracker. Our Cougars and Bobcats have explored healthy living at Bakers Buzzing while learning to cook healthy meals. In October we hosted our annual Mother’s Tea for prospective mothers. Additional events have been planned for 2017, including a visit to the Schiele Museum, participating with Habitat for Humanity, Workshop at First Legacy Credit Union, CPR Class, Library Play and a ski trip. As always we will conclude our program year with our National Black Family Day. During our family day, our dads are recognized and given a Fathers Appreciation gift for their commitment and dedication to their families.

In November, we held our Pink and Blue Market. This activity gave our children the opportunity to become entreperneuers and create home made items to sell. Children were very creative with items to sell including, monograming, sea shell necklaces, cookies and pastries. Children learned the basics in business such as what are expenses and what is a profit. Money earned from this activity will be donated towards Jack & Jill Foundation. In December, we held our annual Christmas Social. Our Christmas Social is unique in that we have our children facilitate the Christmas program. As a part of the program, we have the children develop public speaking by introducing themselves as well as discuss their greatest accomplishment for the year. Each family participated in purchasing toys, food, and toiletries that were donated to Catherines’s House, a local shelter for women and children.

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greater fredericksburg, va Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Mia N. Valentine Vice-President: Donna G. Green Program Director: Dr. Ayonda E. Batts Recording Secretary: Penny N. Hairston Corresponding Secretary: Nicole Cole Treasurer: Tamara J. Barnes Financial Secretary: Taleithia H. Thomas Editor: Dr. Elena P. Gold Chaplain: Anedra Henly-Logan Historian: Natasha M. Edlow Foundation Chair: Giovonni H. Smith Parliamentarian: Sukeena Stephens Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Michelle Cartagena Father’s Auxiliary: Barnes

President: Roderick Caroll II. Vice-President: Keishon Ellis Secretary: Alexis Green Treasurer: Joshua Cole Parliamentarian: Kayla White Chaplain: Darrell Coleman Sergeant-at-Arms: Jonathan D’Lima

chapter members LaTanya Arthur, Tamara Jones Barnes, Ayonda E. Batts, Rochelle Bazemore-Fountain, A. Nancy Carroll, Michelle Cartagena, Nicole Tarlton Cole, Hope R. Coleman, Natasha Monique Edlow, Nancy T. Ellis, ElenaP. Gold, Donna Gordon Green, Penny Juggins Hairston, Anedra Henley-Logan, Ellise Mussington- Vigilant, Belinda A. Porter, Rachel Samuel, Giovonni Hargraves Smith, Sukeena Whiteman Stephens, Victoria Sulyans, Talethia H. Thomas, Mia Newell Valentine, Deirdre Powell White and Alicia Frenzley Wilkerson

chapter history

The Greater Fredericksburg Chapter was chartered by 24 women on Sunday, October 16, 2016. The chapter began as the Mothers of the Greater Rappahannock and was formally established and organized in the fallof 2015 by Penny N. Hairston and Mia N. Valentine. Our mission is to nurture our children into future leaders and to encourage positive social interactions and community service.

an event that sends shoeboxes packed with toys and hygiene items to underprivileged children all over the world; our upper elementary children participated in “Ring the Town Red” for Salvation Army services awareness and donations; and our junior teens attended a HBCU basketball game which provided a unique cultural and social experience and our amazing teens are currently conducting a virtual food drive for the Fredericksburg Food bank(link to donate: www.fooddriveonline.org/fredfood/JackJill).

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“We are off to Great Places!”

On Sunday, October 16, 2016, the Greater Fredericksburg Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was installed as the 236th chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated and the 30th chapter of the Mid-Atlantic Region by National Treasurer Pamela Taylor and Regional Director Claudia Curtis. Our theme was “Chartering a Legacy for Our Children”.Since our chartering, we continue to do the exhibit the ideals of Jack and Jill, Inc. by participating in the following community service projects. Our pre-K and lower elementary children participated in “Samaritan’s Purse” shoe box decoration,

Upcoming Events for our chapter include: December 3, 2016 Greater Fredericksburg Family Holiday Party: “Christmas around the World” December 14, 2016 Christmas Carols, Cards and Crafts at the Senior Citizens Home with Upper Elem. children December 14, 2016 Salvation Army Angel Tree Program with Upper Elem. children and Junior Teens December 21, 2016 Leadership Seminar with the Teens

“It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.”

– Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

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greensboro, nc Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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chapter history The Greensboro Chapter was established in

Guilford County Health and Human Services. The many toys and games were presented at our annual Christmas social. The Jingle Bell Brunch was well received by the chapter and we look forward to coming up with more inventive ways to party with a purpose. A new year is upon us and we are looking forward to celebrating our first Founders’ Day with our local Jack and Jill chapters and the Family Regional Weekend at Great Wolf Lodge. We are most looking forward to having more mothers join our chapter and in the ranks of Jack and Jill.

chapter programming The Greensboro chapter started the

I think the most exciting event this year was our teen meeting with presidential hopeful, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. A letter was composed by our own Clark Phillips and the candidate invited the Teen group to meet with her in Raleigh. They are a true example of the power of the pen. They are a true example of ‘Aspiring to Inspire before you Expire’. We are all extremely proud of our teens and ‘The Places They Will GO’. The teens also hosted a Parents Night Out fundraiser at Chuck E. Cheese. They chaperoned the younger groups and made the event fun for everyone. When they are not helping their community, they find time to socialize with each other as evidenced by their visit to Breakout Greensboro where they challenged their intellect and their teamwork skills. Their annual Deck the Hall event was a major success as always. It gets bigger and better every year. The funds raised are used to support the Jack and Jill Foundation. Our graduating seniors are preparing for their next step and we are certain that Jack and Jill has laid an important foundation for their future successes.

President: Ladonna Gore Tisdale Vice-President: Shawnee Robinson Program Director: Joi Bulls Recording Secretary: Tiarra Rorie Corresponding Secretary: Suzette Phillips Treasurer: Doris Godette Financial Secretary: Travella Langford Editor: Felicia Mcneal Millner Chaplain: Kimberley Cathey Foundation Chair: Jillian Morgan Parliamentarian: Kim Gatling Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Mishi Jackson And Ruth Phillips Associate Chair: Sharon Long Stokes And Michaux Moore Father’s Auxiliary: Tim Pilson

President: Tobias Floyd Vice-President: Torre Stokes Secretary: Shelby Jackson Treasurer: Thaddeus Jackson Parliamentarian: Haven Grier Chaplain: Sasha Ross Sergeant-At-Arms: Lantz Lowe

1954. The charter members were Elreta Alexander, Sallie Corbett, Elizabeth Dowdy, Edna Fisher, Margaret Falkener, Blance Grant, Anne Graves, Mae Sue Henry, Eva Miller, Winnie Robinson, Sue Taylor and Ivy Williamson. The Chapter currently has over 50 members. For 62 years, it has has endeavored to maintain the high ideals of the organization by fostering constructive, educational, recreational and social programs for the cultural enrichment of our children and the children of the Greensboro community.

year by hosting the Annual Family Picnic/Carole Robertson Day. They met at Jamestown Park for fun, food and fellowship. Our annual book drive was held in conjunction with a school uniform collection for a worthy school. We are always proud of our moms for such a giving spirit. The recipients were overwhelmed and thankful for our contributions. Our programming year activities have included STEM activities at one of the local universities, etiquette classes, a visit to the State Fair, a day at the Lazy 5 Ranch, a Touch-a-Truck day and other various activities for our Rugrat, Awesome Jammer, Meteor, and Junior groups. For Halloween, we collected candy to send to our troops in conjunction with Operation Gratitude. With it being an election year, there were lots of opportunities to expose our children to the democratic process and teach them about kindness in the process. This year, we also did a chapter wide community service project with a toy drive to benefit foster children through the

“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”

– Alice Walker

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greenville, sc Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Kathy McMillian-Bennon Vice-President: Angela Owens Program Director: April Simpson Recording Secretary: Brenda Spearman- Harris Corresponding Secretary: Tiffany Whitney Treasurer: Ashlee Tolbert Financial Secretary: Kenya Ford Editor: Schevelle Boyce Chaplain: Schevelle Boyce Historian: Nicole McClelland Foundation Chair: Tiffany Whitney Parliamentarian: Colin Blassengale Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Ashlee Tolbert

President: Adia Bennon Vice-President: Bailey Rogers Secretary: Kevin Williams II Treasurer: Kaelyn Williams Chaplain: Kinsley Robinson

chapter members

Pamela Askew, Jacquelyn Austin,Giselle Rogers,Colin Blassengale, Schevelle Boyce, Regina Wall, Melissa Brown,Tarsha Brown, Natasha Cummings,Kimberly Cunningham, Kenya Ford, Lisa Williams, Sherilyn Thompson, Kimberly Kizito, Cestine Latimore, Tomiko Long, Nicole McClelland, Kathy Bennon,Angela Owens, Ashley Peden,LaTonya Phillips, Kimberley Reed,Aminah Richburg, Katrina Robinson, April Simpson, Brenda Harris, Brandi T. Fisher,Ashlee Tolbert, Tiffany Whitney

chapter history The Greenville Chapter began in the Fall of chapter programming The 1957, with a group of twenty mothers. The organizeer was Mrs. Alberta Tucker Grimes and sponsored by the Columbia Chapter. Provisional status was received at the 1958 convention in St. Louis, Missouri. Full membership status occurred in 1960 at the Boston, Massachusetts National convention. The installation service was in February 1960, at the home of Mrs. Justine Adair. The following Mothers were charter members of the Greenville chapter; Justine Adair, Janie Brockman, Janie Chatman, Elizabeth Edwards, Alberta Grimes, Ruth Hall, Helen Lenhardt, Elizabeth Martin, Fannie Martin,Freida McPherson, Janie Mosley, Ponselle Pitts, Anna Porter, LaBarbara Sampson, Clareece Shell, Mae Ruth Thompson, Ruth Washington and Blanche Zimmerman.

Greenville Chapter started the year celebrating Founders’ Day at the St. Matthew UMC in Taylors and a family fellowship dinner afterwards. We hosted an Etiquette training dinner for the children and youth followed by a Black Family bowling day outting. In September, Jack and Jill Day was held at the Upward Star Center that included activities for all ages. The teens led the chapter in the Carole Robertson Memorial. In November, there was a Mock election that raised awareness of the electoral process. In December, we had a pre-Kwanza celebration and sponsored a family for Christmas.

“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity.”

– Ruby Dee

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hampton, va Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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President: Michelle Avery Vice-President: Joy Jefferson Program Director: Stephanie Barnes Recording Secretary: LaTonya Evans Corresponding Secretary: Warnetta Mann Treasurer: Michelle Lakins-Waller Financial Secretary: Tiffany Franklin Editor: Adria Merritt Chaplain: Rebecca Wheeler-Walston Historian: Brigitta Haggins Foundation Chair: Margaret Martin Parliamentarian: Andrea Williams Roots Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Rhonda Bell, Kaye Davis, and Brandy Etter

President: Ayanna Etter Vice-President: Christina Jefferson Secretary: Jordan Turner Treasurer: Rhyan Granger Foundation Chair: Jackie Jones Photographer: Rodney Haggins Chaplain: Ravenna Johnson Sergeant-at-Arms: Kofi Merritt

chapter members Adria Merritt, Allison Hayes, Andrea Roots-Williams, Angela Collins, Aravia Johnson, Barbara Inman, Brandy Etter,

Briggita Haggins, Candice Nickens-Frye, Carlyse Deloatch, Felicia Barnett, Gail Jones, Glenda Turner, Iyabo Osiapem, Jennifer MilesThomas, Joy Jefferson, Karen Williams, Katherine Brown, Kaye Davis, Keeysa Hill-Jones, Kendra Crump, LaTonya Evans, Lea Thomas, Letizia Gambrell-Boone, Marcella Douglas, Margaret Martin, Marjarie Thomas, Michelle Avery, Michelle Lakins-Waller, Nicole Clark, Nicole Jackson, Phyllis Ross, Rebecca Wheeler-Walston, Rhonda Bell, SahQuana Newsom-Battle, Shawn Winfield, Stephanie Barnes, Tatia Granger, Terri Keesee, Tiffany Franklin, Tinea Savage, Warnetta Mann

chapter history

The Hampton Chapter was established in 1954 by Mrs. Thelma Boone and nineteen visionary mothers. From our founding until today, our mission continues to be to provide exemplary programming for our children and teens. Our aim is to achieve exceptional operational performance through (1) becoming a 5-Star Chapter, (2) increasing community involvement and (3) providing superior activities, which promote leadership development, STEM and arts, and humanitarian involvement.

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The Hampton Chapter started the year with our annual “Round-Up” that combines Jack and Jill Day and Carol Robertson Day. This fun-filled family activity provides members of our chapter the opportunity to commemorate our fallen member, while enjoying member fellowship and gearing up for another successful program year. Our members and invited guests enjoyed a great day feasting, swimming and recreation. During our “Round Up,” our members made a difference by donating school supplies to support a local middle school. Our chapter helped over 142 children get prepared to go back to school by volunteering with the YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program. Mothers and children were partnered with local children to go shopping at Khol’s. During the season of giving, our annual Kwanzaa celebration afforded our members the opportunity to reflect on the seven principles and to donate supplies to the East End Academy in Newport News. Our junior teens and senior teens volunteered at the annual Christmas party at St. Vincent’s Church, where they organized and distributed gifts to local families.

Other chapter highlights include a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service where we partnered with the local Food Bank to collect donated food items at Farm Fresh grocery stores in Williamsburg and Newport News, VA. Our senior teens hosted a viewing of Hidden Figures; proceeds support the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. Our age groups have engaged in full-slate of activities that support our National Theme. Our preschool/primary and intermediate age groups participated in “Election Junction What’s Your Function” where they explored the Presidential archives of the College of William and Mary and conducted a mock election with real live debate. The junior teen group showed the power of celebrating our collective culture as they travel to the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C. Junior teens also participated in the South Hampton Roads Heart Walk and afterwards, they had their own Oktoberfest with food, pumpkin carving, and video games. The Essence senior teen group participated in the Out of Darkness Suicide Walk to help raise awarness about suicide and depression. They also enhanced their team communication by participating in an Escape Room Challenge and an evening of bonding at Dave and Buster’s. Our teens also volunteered at the local YMCA’s annual Trunk or Treat where they faciliated games and passed out treats. Many more exciting activities have taken place and remain for our program year that support the programmatic thrusts of Jack and Jill; woven in each age- groups’ calendar is an intentional effort to make a difference in the lives of others.

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President: Toni Hamlin Vice-President: Hilary Dixon Program Director: Angela Henry Recording Secretary: Nicole Roberts-Boyd Corresponding Secretary: Brooke Langhorne-Davis Treasurer: Toni-Cook Financial Secretary: Darvina Terry Editor: Chantelle Bernard Historian: Gail Taylor Foundation Chair: Kimberly Bragg Parliamentarian: Lisa Hicks Thomas Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Nerissa Horne Father’s Auxiliary: Reggie Gordon

President: Julian Durr Vice-President: John Washington Secretary: Khai Fisher Treasurer: Kobie Foxx Parliamentarian: Alana Durr Chaplain: Historian/Morgan Williams

chapter members Gerri Bowen-Barker, Chantelle Bernard, Kimberly Bragg, Nicole Roberts Boyd, Angela Brown,Tamara Charity Brown, Shari Casey King, Toni Cook, Kelly Crowder, Monica Brinkley Davis, Hilary Dixon, Rashida Gray, Shannon Green, Toni Hamlin, Angela Henry, Tonya Scott-Hickman, Nerissa Horne, Jennifer Hollings, Charisse Jacques, Michelle Kyles, Lisa Hicks-Thomas, Pamela Perriliatt, Brooke Davis-Langhorne, Monica Manns, Morenika Miles, Jawondolyn Mcallister, Carla Strothers-Durr, Elan Taylor, Gail Taylor, Darvina Terry, Vonzella Vincent, and Sonji Williams. chapter history The history of James River is nothing short of

in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) “Out of the Darkness Community Walks, continuing our thrust toward supporting mental health and awareness practices. We also participated in the annual 5K CASA Superhero Run to support our community in the fight against child abuse. It is our pleasure to continue to proudly and humbly serve our communities, maintaining a philianthropic prescence in the Richmond and surrounding counties for more than a decade. We are especially proud of our continued partnership with March of Dimes, and our participation in the 3rd Annual March of Dimes High Heels of High Hopes fashion show, winning third place in matched giving. Chapter-wide “we serve”, as our mothers and children support Shalom Farms, CHAT, and other programs that harvest fresh produce for families facing food insecurity. Our children sincerely enjoyed the “Loose Change Initiative” to aid in the promotion of consistent giving and financial literacy.

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Our Annual Founder’s Day Luncheon at the Historic Jefferson Hotel, boasted a theme of african cultural remembrance, and ritual to commemorate the future departure of graduating teens and mothers. Our Annual Richmond Renaissance Cotillion presented ”Springtime in Paris” on March 4, 2017, with all hands on deck to successfully deliver a signature event. Each event was executed with classic James River dedication and style. The James River Chapter will continue to be on the move, sharing our good news, and making a difference.

amazing. Our chapter abides in the Mighty Mid-Atlantic Region, and is an outgrowth of the Richmond Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. We were chartered by 17 mothers at The University of Richmond on Sunday, September 18, 2005 in a ceremony conducted by the National President, Vice President, Secretary, and Program Director. Over the years, the mothers of James River have remained visionaries, role models, servant leaders and community builders, which has allowed us too fearlessly uphold the reputation set forth by our charter mothers. Today, our vision and purpose is driven by a shared passion to create opportunities that positively impact the lives of others in the Metro Richmond community. Rounding off our 10th year of celebration, the JRVA vision remains vigorous, with a continued eye on service to our children, and a ready hand stretched toward collective community engagement. With a heart for service and a desire to implement purposeful programming, the James River Chapter recognizes that Jack and Jill of America is the gateway to collborative enrichment, a sense culture, and of platform community engagement for our children. Showing them that they have “The Power to Make a Difference”. The James River families participated in serveral philanthropic endeavors this year, preparing hunderds of backpacks to support inner city youth before the first day of school. James River is mindful of the importance of educational readiness and the power of situational preparation. We kickedoff the program year with an unforgettable Jack and Jill Day program, honoring the legacy of Carole Robertson, at our favorite Three Lakes Park in Richmond, Virginia. Our teens reminded us of Carole Robertson’s courage and legacy of along with a powerful presentation we will never forget. Embarking upon another year of powerful programming, the James River Chapter stretched its philanthropic arm again by participating

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midlothian, va Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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chapter history The Mighty Midlothian Chapter of Jack and

Pacesetters (Junior Teens) held their first Middle School Retreat on October 22 at the Midlothian Athletic Association.

President: Holly Alford Vice-President: Robyn Young Program Director: Dana Welcher Recording Secretary: Detra Hunt Corresponding Secretary: Trishana Hassell Treasurer: Kim Baine Financial Secretary: Pamela Givens-Urquhart Editor: Verna Bradby-Duhart Chaplain: Rudene Haynes Historian: Lillian Harris Foundation Chair: Paitra Russell Parliamentarian: Celestine Pointer Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Dymphia Chambers Associate Chair: Robyn Young Father’s Auxiliary: Thurmond Alford

President: Nailah-Bena Chambers Vice-President: Fabian Hillman Secretary: Kellye Smith, Kyndall Diamond Treasurer: Nia Vaughan Parliamentarian: McKenzie Harris Chaplain: Sydni Givens-Laws Sergeant-at-Arms: Kyle Baine

Jill of America, Inc. was formally installed on September 15, 1990. The officers installed included Ernestine Armstrong - President, Tommye Finley - Vice President, Brenda Durosinmi - Treasurer, Rita Roane - Recording Secretary, Barbara Jones - Corresponding Secretary, Brenda Gardner - Parliamentarian, Grace Holmes Reporter, Rosemary Gaskin - Historian, Pam Boston - Membership Chair and Natasha Granger - Financial Secretary; 43 mothers were installed as charter members.

chapter programming The Mighty Midlothian Chapter’s program year started with a fun and educational Carole Robertson Tribute and Jack and Jill Day celebration. Midlothian Chapter families met at Oasis Sports Park in Chesterfield, VA to enjoy great food, fun sporting activities and fellowship. In honor of Carole Robertson, our middle and high school Jacks and Jills participated in a one hour diversity/inclusion workshop, while our 2nd through 5th grade Jacks and Jills participated in a one hour “understanding differ- ences” workshop. Throughout the year the Midlothian Chapter has engaged our youth in cultural, educational and social activities that support the National thrusts of our organization. Some of the highlights of our program year include the following activities: - Our Senior Teens dedicated time to the rich African American history of Richmond, VA by volunteering to clean up the un-funded East End Cemetary; a historically black cemetary where famous African Americans, such as Maggie Walker, are buried. - The

The junior teens enjoyed gym activities and games, pizza and a pool party. A local social media guru engaged the teens in a discussion on the use of social media from a teen’s perspective. - School-aged Jacks and Jills visited the Virginia State Capitol for a guided tour and chat session with elected officials. - The Shining Stars (Pre-K through 1st grade) and Explorers (2nd and 3rd graders) enjoyed a day at the symphony which included a backstage, behind the scenes tour. The kids also had the opportunity to try various instruments. The Midlothian Chapter was active socially with during the program year. In Janauary 2017, the Mothers and Associate members gathered for a wine social in celebration of our Founding Mothers. Mothers enjoyed an evening of fellowship, wine and hors d’oeuvres at the home of a hosting mother while reflecting on the founding of Jack and Jill of America. On December 4, the Midlothian Chapter kicked off the holiday season with an elegant evening of dinner and lights. The venue for the holiday celebration was the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, where chapter families enjoyed a festival of lights tour, dinner and a celebration of Kwanzaa. In keeping with our commitment to service, chapter members donated books to benefit the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Book Bank. Our Chapter’s Power to make a Difference has been realized through these activities and much more.

“Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.”

– Shirley Chisolm

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chapter history The Norfolk Chapter was chartered in 1948

While the chapter worked hard, we also Played. The Sophisticates (9th – 12th grade) enjoyed a planning meeting at Dave and Busters and completed their risk taking module at iFly, an indoor skydiving facility. We marched into spring with our annual Tennis All-Star party which included instruction from African American Tennis pros. Several groups took a Field Trip to the Apple Store for an unforgettable experience. Our Preps also enjoyed a lovely Easter egg brunch followed by an exciting Easter egg hunt. The Moms even took time out to have some fun and enjoyed a sleepover with Associates hosted by Associate Angela Mercer and Mom Dianna White.

President: Geshla Windley Vice-President: Kameka Washingtion Program Director: Marissa Rivero Recording Secretary: Dee Dee Boone Corresponding Secretary: Judy Stewart Treasurer: Dianna White Financial Secretary: Tiffany Williams Editor: Erika Tucker Chaplain: Peney Williams Historian: Angela Hudgins Foundation Chair: Cicely Tyson Parliamentarian: Hope Quinn Keys Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tracy McGlothian Associate Chair: Sharon Harrington

President: Hailey Keys Vice-President: Tyson Elliott Secretary: Sarah Kirven Treasurer: Logan Tucker Parliamentarian: Syndey Beverly Chaplain: Simone Windley and Marlon Williams Sergeant-at-Arms: Elwoord Boone IV

by 24 dynamic women. The ladies’ mission was the pursuit of knowledge and respect for personal and educational enrichment for their children. Louise C. Mitchell was the first chapter president. Ella Perry, a founding member, served as National Editor of the “Up the Hill” publication from 1952-56. Our mission is to maintain the highest quality of children’s activities through maximum teamwork, partnership, and community involvement.

chapter programming During the 2016 program year the Norfolk Chapter accomplished much in the fulfillment of our motto to work, play and live together. At the start of the program year the Norfolk Chapter Worked to support our school supply drive for Ruffner Academy Middle School. The working and service continued with the Humpty Dumpty (2-5 years) and Playmates (K-2nd grade) groups volunteering with The Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. Little Hands, Big Difference program sorting food, assembling children’s toiletry kits for local domestic violence and homeless shelters. The Preps (3rd-5th grade) collected and donated books to school book nook programs. The Casuals (6th-8th grade) group continued working when they assembled and delivered personal care supply bags to the Union Mission Ministry Homeless Shelter. The children also created an Apple iMovie discussing homelessness and the impact on the community. The Sophisticates (9th -12th grade) executed a tee-shirt fundraiser, as well as, collected over 25 pounds of toiletries that were donated to the Seton Shelter in Virginia Beach. During the holidays the chapter partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia for our 4th annual “PJs for the Holidays” sponsored by Pajama Jams. All age-groups participated and counted over 700 pairs of pajamas. At the start of the 2016 New Year the Norfolk Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. volunteered with The Ronald McDonald House Comfort Food Program for our MLK Day of Service project. The Norfolk Chapter prepared and served breakfast and dinner for the families staying in the house.

We also Lived together with a tribute to Carol Robertson at our Jack and Jill Day bowling party. In December we celebrated culture of community during our Kwanzaa celebration. We experienced the melodic sounds of the I. Sherman Greene Chorus in February for Black History month. The moms celebrated our 5th Founders Day with 4 sister chapters. In April the chapter got moving during the March of Dimes March for Babies run. We also grew our family in April when we installed two new mothers. The Norfolk Chapter hosted Black Family Day Celebration on May 15, 2016 at the Town Point Club located in the World Trade Center in downtown Norfolk, VA The committee welcomed family members to participate in a Celebration of Achievement, Recognition and Honors. We celebrated the graduating teens and our children as they received their “Moving On and Moving Up” certificates. The Norfolk and Portsmouth Chapters hosted the Mid-Atlantic Region’s 63rd Annual Teen Conference. The theme, “Every Great Dream Begins With A Dreamer,” was carried out throughout the entire conference. From start to finish the Moms, Dads and Teens were incredible, and because of their dedication and hard work, the conference was a success. The year included remarkable programming. The chapter will continue to place a special emphasis on activities that will provide opportunities to have fun, foster relationships with local area chapters and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

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President: Aisha Graham Vice-President: Sandra Glover Program Director: Wanda Govan Recording Secretary: Colleen Whetstone Corresponding Secretary: Hope Bonnette-Smalls Treasurer: Wanda Smoak Financial Secretary: Pam Free Editor: Audrey Irick Chaplain: Starlette Jean Historian: Lakesha Jeffries Foundation Chair: Jackie Mack Parliamentarian: Melissa Amaker-Smalls Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Melissa Amaker-Smalls/Jackie Mack/ Wanda Govan

President: Chandlar Glover Vice-President: Shani McMillan Secretary: Layla McMillan and Madison Irick Treasurer: Gabrielle Govan Parliamentarian: Mack Sergeant-at-Arms: Michael Morgan, Jr.

chapter members Melissa Amaker-Smalls, Nicole Anderson, Hope Bonnette-Smalls, Pam Free, Sandra Glover, Audrey Gordon, Wanda Govan, Aisha Graham, Courtney Howard, Audrey Irick, Starlette Jean, LaKesha Jeffries, Kemeka Johnson, Jackie Mack, Tarshua Mack, Adrienne McMillan, Clay Sandra Ray, Wanda Smoak, Verlie Tisdale, Mellinda Tyler, and Colleen Whetstone. chapter history

Orangeburg Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Incorporated was established October 22, 1966 by Mellicent Anderson. There were thirty-one members.

chapter programming The Orangeburg Chapter knows that

programming is the heart of our children. We officially kicked the planning year off at Carolina Balloons (a party planning venue). Mothers fellowshipped and began brainstorming activities centered around our national theme, “ The Power to Make a Difference.” The festivities began in September. Our families gathered at Edisto Memorial Gardens, for a soulful cookout to celebrate Jack and Jill Day, and honor the memory of Carole Robertson. There was the sound of laughter and excitement along with an air of respect, as families played games, took pictures, and watched a documentary of the Birmingham Bombing that took Robertson’s life. Our chapter aims to prepare our youth to become well-rounded visionaries in the community. Therefore, our yearly activities include Kwanzaa, Toys-for-Tots, Relay for Life, an annual Adopt-aFamily Thanksgiving Project, Orangeburg’s SPCA (Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals), and our youth organizing the pantry at Greater Faith Baptist Church and assisting with the Soup Kitchen and Clothing Drive.

Additional heartfelt activities are planned by select age groups to inspire our youth to make a difference. Buttons and Bows will complete a community service project in May entitled, “Tender Loving Care” . Our youth will share their love with other children experiencing illnesses. The chapter will prepare care packages for parents and children to show them love during their hospital stay. In December, combined groups of Guys and Dolls, Lads and Lassies, and Shirts and Skirts visited the Oaks Nursing home and prepared gifts for the elderly. They truly enjoyed playing Bingo with them and listening to their stories about life. In the future, they plan to make more visits. Our older teens have been challenged to empower the youth through literacy. This year, our chapter established a reading corner at the Orangeburg Development Center. The Chapter was awarded a grant to purchase furniture to make reading more inviting for students ages 3 to 12. Moms from the chapter donated a variey of books that filled the shelves. Teens actually volunteer each week to read to students whose ages range from 2-12. These activities have instilled in them the “Power to Make a Difference.”

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President: Latanya Gray Vice-President: Tracey Young Program Director: Melanie Gilchrist Recording Secretary: Cheree Macklin Jones Corresponding Secretary: LaSondra Adams Treasurer: Summer Banks Financial Secretary: Monica Sparks-Williams Editor: Lisa Godley Chaplain: LaSondra Adams Historian: Lisa Godley Foundation Chair: Monica Sparks-Williams Parliamentarian: Janet Lawrence Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Thomasina Wright Associate Chair: Ronda Davis Father’s Auxiliary: Alphonso Gray

President: Gavin Phillibert Vice-President: Jordan Young Secretary: Jordan Yowell Treasurer: Brianna Wright Parliamentarian: Caroline Grant Chaplain: Vincent Echols Sergeant-at-Arms: Nehemiah Aikens

chapter members LaSondra Adams, Schwanzetta Aikens, Louise Baker, Summer Banks, Victoria Cobbs-Echols, Allison Copeland, Lisa Cox, Ronda Davis, Nichol Fisher, Melanie Gilchrist, Lisa Godley, Sonya Grant, Lantanya Gray, Janet Lawrence, Cheree Macklin Jones, Stephanie Morales, Kami Patton, Aretha Porter, Monica Sparks-Williams, Dana Woodson, Thomasina Wright, Tracey Young. chapter history

The Portsmouth Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated began as the ‘Jay and Jays’ and was organized in 1957. The group had 25 charter members. Working as an affiliate group of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the mothers carried out numerous service projects while awaiting installation into the national organization. The Portsmouth Chapter was installed into Jack and Jill of America, Inc. on Saturday, October 3, 1958.

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Our November activity centered on purchasing items and packing Thanksgiving baskets. Also in November we successfully held out ‘Hour of Code’ at two locations. Joined by members from the Chesapeake, Virginia Chapter we hosted this educationally enlightening event, which served 90 children ranging from first through 12th grade. The students learned how to code through Bitsbox and Lego and code.org apps. They were guided by industry leaders at local community college campuses. These hitech workshops and training sessions were designed to introduce children of all ages to careers in computer programming.

Jill showed “The Power to Make a Difference” in many activities throughout the 2016-2017 programming year.

December focused on showing our appreciation to our Associates with a Mother’s Paint and Sip event.

In September of 2016 all of our age groups were joined by their parents for an afternoon of bonding and fun at Dave and Busters. The chapter also provided backpacks and school supplies for students at Hodges Manor Elementary. We remembered Carole Robertson by participating in a National Webinar, hosted by Carole’s family.

January of 2017 brings Pottery Painting to our Unicorns and Road Runners while the Teen Achievers prepare to celebrate Black History Month when they will view ‘Hidden Figures’ which will be followed by a dinner and discussion session.

In October, the age groups participated in our quarterly, Adopt-ASpot Cleanup.

In February the Chapter will host a Valentine’s raffle for Fundraising. Other activities to round out the programming year include: a visit to the African American Museum, several college campus tours, and participating in the Oasis Hunger Walk and the Relay for Life.

“Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.”

– Zora Neale Hurston

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chapter history One fateful morning in January 2009, Ruby

program year, we conducted our 2nd intake and inducted 15 additional outstanding mothers. In the 2015-16 program year, we conducted our 3rd intake and inducted 20 extraordinary mothers. We look forward to nurturing relationships with our newest families as we continue our aims for Jack and Jill.

President: Laura Bynum Vice-President: Letasha Williams Program Director: Kimberly McCrary Recording Secretary: Nicole Majors Corresponding Secretary: Allison Atwell Treasurer: Cynthia Bush Financial Secretary: Yolanda Peterson Editor: Tamara Harrison Chaplain: Shauna Graves Historian: Tamara Harrison Foundation Chair: LaSheta David Parliamentarian: Felicia Williams Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Beverly Hammonds-Bolds, Misty Roddey, and Pamela Love Father’s Auxiliary: Eric Byrd and Twan Roddey

President: Raven Selden Vice-President: Devan Stoeling Secretary: Cameron Bynum Treasurer: Morgan Stoeling Parliamentarian: Anthony Love Chaplain: Clarke Alexander Sergeant-at-Arms: Sage Alexander

Cooper (long-term Jack and Jill member), Sonja Nichols (then President of the South Charlotte Interest Group), Lydia Taggart, Romell Johnson and Laura Bynum convened to discuss the possibility of starting a local chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in North Charlotte. Because of that meeting, interested mothers from North Charlotte, Cabarrus County, and Rowan County were invited to a tea at the home of Lydia Taggart, who later became the chapter’s first President. Over 40 excited mothers met on February 8, 2009 to discuss organizing a formal interest group, thus giving birth to the Queen City Interest Group. Several meetings followed and the group number quickly grew to over 60 mothers. The overwhelming positive response encouraged Queen City mothers to continue the process of becoming a provisional group. By the spring of 2009, Queen City was officially recognized as a provisional group with the Greenville, South Carolina Chapter as its sponsoring chapter, under the leadership of Fay Latta. Queen City’s commitment to learning about Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and sincere desire to become a part of this premier family organization was demonstrated by our record attendance at all regional events. Due to this commitment and adherence to all National Guidelines, Queen City received encouragement and endorsements from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Officers and the National Executive Board. As a result, the Queen City Provisional Group was able to begin transitioning towards Jack and Jill Chapter status.

In 2015, the chapter celebrated its 5-year anniversary with weekend-long festivities for the entire family. Today, the Queen City Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. proudly boasts a membership of 82 mothers, 3 Associate mothers, 148 children and an active Father’s Auxiliary. We are determined to continue the legacy that our founders envisioned for the families of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

chapter programming The Queen City Chapter started the

year with a successful Mother’s Retreat charged with the “Power to Make a Difference” in our children’s lives and the African-American community. In September, our Father’s Auxiliary kicked off the year with a Family Olympic Event to celebrate Jack and Jill Day and our Teens paid tribute to Carole Robertson. In November, we held our inaugural Queen City Race for Hope 5Kand Fun Run. The Race for Hope is aimed to promote family fitness, heart health, fun and charitable giving. Members of the chapter as well as the Charlotte community raised funds for the Boys and Girls Club and Jack & Jill Foundation. Our Queen City families will continue to serve and give back to the community through fundraisers and by incorporating service projects throughout our programming year.

At the 39th National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, Queen City was granted official chapter status. Chapter installation and initiation for 62 mothers took place on August 28, 2010 at the Ritz Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Chapter’s officers were also installed and over 50 men from the Father’s Auxiliary participated in the New Members Initiation Ceremony for Fathers. We continue to share the ideals of Jack and Jill with other mothers. During the 2011-12 program year, we conducted our first intake process and inducted 13 phenomenal mothers. In the 2013-14 321


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and 1-mile Family Fun Run. This event was held at Cedar Forks Recreation Center in Morrisville, NC. The event participants were treated to food, face painting, and Zumba among other vendors. This is a signature chapter event that is focused on health awareness and fun for the entire family.

President: Thea Horton Vice-President: Shelly Watson Program Director: Virginia James and Shelia Reich Recording Secretary: Courtney Telfaire Corresponding Secretary: Bridgette Wilson Treasurer: Udobi Campbell Financial Secretary: Linda Kimsey Editor: Koren Townsend Chaplain: LaQuisha Parks Historian: Pamela Keels-Woodyard Foundation Chair: Trina Fischer Parliamentarian: Donna Murray Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tijuana Crosby and Monica Pigues Associate Chair: Beverly Ellis Morgan Father’s Auxiliary: Paul James

President: Shelby Brown Vice-President: Chaz Crosby Secretary: Ellis Woodyard Treasurer: Leah Horton Parliamentarian: Travis Barker Chaplain: Quinton Taylor Sergeant-at-Arms: Travis Barker

The Raleigh Chapter was voted into membership on 1950. In 1949, seventeen prominent mothers in the Raleigh, North Carolina area identified a need for a local chapter of Jack and Jill of America. They organized a provisional group in Raleigh, under the sponsorship of Mollie Huston Lee of the Durham, North Carolina Chapter. On June 3, 1950, in Buffalo, New York, at the Fifth National Convention, this provisional group was voted into membership. The Raleigh Chapter became the twenty-sixth chapter to represent the goals and objectives of Jack and Jill of America. This illustrious event occurred only twelve years after the inception of the National Organization. The chapter included seventeen mothers and twenty-seven children. The founding members are: Harveleigh M. White, Gladys Hunt, Shirley Delaney, Beatrice Hamlin, Adelle McClellan, Margaret DeBerry, Gladys Turner, Margaret Capehart, Helen Duff, Marguerite M. Lightner, Susie Vick Perry, Fannie Vick Latham, Thelma Keck, Margaret Hayes, Ethel Lytle, Virginia Newell, and Dorcas Arles. In 1993, the chapter was renamed RaleighWake.

chapter programming The Raleigh-Wake program year kicked off with an awesome family event, continuing our tradition of combining Carole Robertson Day and Jack and Jill Day. This chapter-wide day of observance and celebration was centered on the history and relevance of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing to our civil rights history. The celebration began with our chapter sponsored Black History Tour of Raleigh. Our remembrance was held at the Chapel of the HBCU, St. Augustine University; the program centered on the life and legacy of Carole Robertson and the history of the “Four Little Girls”. There was also a dramatic reading by our Jr. Teen and Teen groups. We celebrated in praise and worship listening to the joyful sounds of the 100 Men in Black Choir. The tour continued as we visited the State Capital, City of Raleigh Museum’s Civil Rights Exhibit and Raleigh National Cemetery where “colored” troops were buried. Our day concluded with food and fellowship at John Chavis Memorial Park, a gathering place for African American families during segregation.

Raleigh-Wake families and friends joined together for our annual holiday celebration in December. This year’s theme was “Make a Joyful Noise…Shout Harambee” which focused on the rich tradition of Kwanzaa, family and culture. Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC, was transformed into a festive atmosphere with displays representing each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Following the African American Dance Ensemble’s performance, families enjoyed music, fellowship and visited themed stations including the KUMBAA (Creativity) Corner where children created African masks, bracelets and unity cups. The UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics) Vendor Expo featured African-American business owners. Families were able to support African American businesses as a part of their holiday shopping, while also learning more about local entrepreneurs in our community. The Kwanzaa event also featured a service activity, as Raleigh-Wake families donated items to flood victims of Princeville, NC, the oldest town incorporated by African Americans in the United States. Raleigh-Wake will participate in a joint Founders’ Day Celebration and Associates Appreciation Luncheon with the Capital City and Durham Chapters to celebrate the rich legacy of our organization. As we continue in spirit of celebration and uphold the legacy of Jack and Jill, Raleigh-Wake will participate in the annual Acts of Kindness Initiative where families will commit to consciously spreading kindness to others.

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President: Cynthia L. Coleman Vice-President: Renee V. Johnson Program Director: Gena Burr Recording Secretary: Margaux Anderson Corresponding Secretary: Wendy Patterson-Prescott Treasurer: Courtenay Scott Financial Secretary: Ronnette Anderson Editor: Renee V. Johnson Chaplain: Angela Moss Historian: Angela Moss Foundation Chair: Gena Burr Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Charlene Fox, Chris Carlisle, Karen PettisWalden, Clara Pettus

President: Halie Fox Vice-President: Madison Gardner Secretary: Mitchell Pettus; Kyra Walden Treasurer: Alexis Farr Parliamentarian: Chandler Pettus

chapter members Linda Anderson, Margaux Anderson, Ronnette Anderson, Robin Beale, Marla Bell, Lillie Bennett, Kenya Blake,

Theresa Broaddus, Gina Burgin, Gena Burr, Maricia Campbell-Chavis, Chris Carlisle, Gerri Carter-Thurston, Cynthia Coleman, Movita Daniel-Gardner, Tasha Dickerson, Shawne Edwards-Zollar, Catherine Epps, Regina Farr, Anissa Foster, Christina Foster Jackson, Charlene Fox, Stephanie Gilliard, Renee Goode-Boyd, Michelle Green, Dawn Greene, Kelly Harris-Braxton, Carol Harris, Rachel Harris, Carla Harrison-Lane, Eucharia Jackson, Lisa Johnson-Hicks, Amanda Johnson, Lydia Johnson, Renee Johnson, Audra Jones, Vicki LathamSolomon, Melanie Layne, Karen Love, Mary Malveaux, Angela Moss, Wendy Patterson-Prescott, Karen Pettis-Walden, Clara Pettus, Kimberly Robinson, Pamela Royal Jenkins, Erica Royal, Courtenay Scott, Almeater Smith-Alston, Shandra Stewart, Nicole Thomas-Jackson, Remy Thompson, Tracy Tucker, LaTasia Turpin, Thandi Warner, Kelly Warren, Marsha Williams, Lashawn Winston-Mayo

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The Richmond Chapter was established in 1950 with 14 charter members: Mrs. Clara J. Brown*, Mrs. Alice R. Calloway*, Mrs. Sue C. Clay*, Mrs. Marion C. Davis*, Mrs. Irma R. Dillard*, Mrs. Evelyn S. Fraser, Mrs. Aretha S. Freeman, Mrs. Evelyn R. Johnson, Mrs. Altia H. Picott*, Mrs. LeMoyne W. Savage, Mrs. Irma H. Smith*, Mrs. Leola C. Turpin*, Mrs. Carolease B. Wallace, Mrs. Bernice D. Winston* (*deceased). Since its founding, the Richmond Chapter has worked hard to provide for children by planning and providing entertaining activities that enrich their lives educationally, socially, religiously and culturally.

chapter programming The Richmond Chapter continues its work to embrace the theme of the “Power to Make a Difference” through various activities. Installing new mothers set the tone for what has proven to be a very active and engaged year. Following the Mother’s Retreat in August to bond and review our schedule for the year, the Chapter celebrated Carole Robertson/Jack and Jill

Day at a local Richmond park on a beautiful September day. The Senior Teens led the annual tribute to the life of Carole Robertson. In an effort to educate and in support of all our children, led by one of our 3-6 age group mothers, the Chapter participated in the “Step Up For Down Syndrome Walk and Family Festival” in October. During the holiday season, the Senior Teens showed their dedication to community service as volunteers for “Angel Tree.” The Senior Teens again hosted their annual Christmas party, serving as hosts to the two other Richmond chapters. They are currently preparing for their second Father’s Cook-off fundraiser in January. Fathers will cook for bragging rights and the Senior Teens will lead activities for the younger Jacks and Jills in support of the Jack and Jill Foundation. In February, the Junior Teens will attend a play about the Buffalo Soldiers, increasing their knowledge of our history. As the Teens continue their community service work and complete their leadership modules, the Chapter Mothers are preparing to host the Mid-Atlantic Region’s biennial Mothers’ Conference alongside the James River and Roanoke Chapters in July.

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President: Kianna Price Wade Program Director: Candace Riles Recording Secretary: Sherrita Pennix Corresponding Secretary: Lori Baker-Lloyd Treasurer: Angela Penn Financial Secretary: Cassie Wright Editor: Sophia Berkel Chaplain: Rosie Spann-Johnson Foundation Chair: Renee Bethel Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Nakia Palmer

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President: Robert “Robbie” Royston Jr. Vice-President: Madison Gunter Secretary: Tianna Berkel Treasurer: A. Grace Penn Parliamentarian/Foundation Chair: Braxton Berkel Chaplain: Lanie Bethel

chapter members Jennifer Alston, DDS., Lori Baker-Lloyd, Sophia Berkel, Renee Bethel, Angela Campbell (transferred), Jonette “MJ”

Carpenter, Liz Gunter, Melanie Hayden Glover, Nakia Palmer, Angela Penn, Sherrita Pennix, Kianna Price Wade, Candace Riles, Precious Scott, Cora Small (transferred), Rosie Spann-Johnson, Angela Wells, Cassie Wright. TEEN MEMBERS: Braxton Berkel, Tianna Berkel, Lanie Bethel, Nailah Campbell (trassferred), Madison Gunter, Nyia Palmer, A. Grace Penn, T. Zaire Penn, Sydney Pennix, Alexander “Alex” Royston, Robert “Robbie” Royston, Jr., Jeanette Sako. 12 AND UNDER: Tiara Berkel, Camille & Hunter Campbell (transferred), McRae Carpenter (transferred), Kennedy Carpenter, Nadia Glover, Victoria Glover, Ceasha Johnson, John M. Penn, Trevan Pennix, Dyllan Riles, Dallas Riles, Chloe Scott, Paris Scott, Kaiden Wade, Kennady Wade and Nia Wells.

chapter history The Roanoke Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was chartered in June of 1951 at the National Convention in Baltimore, MD. This was only thirteen years following the establishment of the national organization. These charter members were a committed group of mothers who were excited to be a part of such a positive national organization. The chapter continued to grow and flourish for several years but became inactive in the early 1970’s. However, realizing the worthwhile benefits of this organization, several concerned mothers from Roanoke, Salem, and the New River Valley began meeting as a provisional group, culminating in chapter membership being granted during the Memphis, TN convention in 1990. These charter members had children ranging in age from two to eighteen and according to National By-Laws, formed three age groups: two to seven, eight to twelve and teens. The mothers met once monthly from September to June to coordinate activities for their children and to plan and discuss matters of the national and regional organization. Today we maintain the same meeting schedule with the same goals and objectives. Year after year motheres plan activities for the children which are cultural, social, educational, and service oriented. In addition, the chapter keeps up with the reigning National President’s program focus and plans activities accordingly.

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The Roanoke Valley Chapter held a fruitful programming meeting in August where the mothers encouraged increased participation from our teens and children in helping to craft their calendars with creative, interactive, and exciting activities that they will joyfully participate in. As a chapter, we have decided that all three age groups will participate in the programs together, unless the activity is age specific. With a focus on the National Theme of “The Power To Make A Difference,” and in support of The MARvelous Mid-Atlantic Region, we have created a year of programming incorporating National and Regional Initiatives. On Saturday September 17th, we celebrated Carole Robertson and Jack and Jill Day at Henry Street Festival, Downtown Roanoke - the festival celebrates African American culture, history, arts and heritage. In October, the chapter participated in The Roanoke Go Outside Festival, Downtown Roanoke, which is a free outdoor sports festival with equipment demos, races, pro-athletes, music, camping and learn about Bird Sleuth Adventure- discover clues about how to identify birds by appearance, sounds they make, things they do and where to look for them. In November, we held an annual Financial Literacy Workshop-Williams Memorial Churchlearn the basics of handling money and finances, including how to create a budget, presentation by local banker. In December, the chapter enjoyed a Holiday Party and did a Donation Collection (canned foods, school supplies, clothing, toys/presents for family in need).

It is because of the struggles of the mothers who were chartered in 1951 that we can enjoy many of the freedoms we have today. The one thing that we know we have in common with those progressive thinking women is the desire to provide our children with experiences which are beneficial in helping them become the most productive, well rounded individuals that they can be. In recent years, The Roanoke Valley Chapter has provided a Free Financial Literacy Workshop, hosted the debate of current Roanoke City Council candidates, provided annual HBCU DAY EVENT for our teens, college-bound students and their partents/guardians, and hosted an annual Easter Egg Hunt Adventure for our youth and youth in the community. 324


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the Black Lives Matter movement, police training, and strategies to deescalate confrontations between African Americans and law enforcement. Members from the Queen City, Charlotte, and Gastonia Piedmont chapters also attended the forum. More than 60 Junior Teens, Senior Teens and parents attended the discussion.

President: Nichelle Levy Vice-President: Yolanda Lindsay Program Director: Jennise Kelson Recording Secretary: Gaye Holmes Corresponding Secretary: Shamieka Dixon Treasurer: Brandy Simons Financial Secretary: Onnie Jacque Editor: Lylah Holmes Daniel Chaplain: Helen Hope KImbrough Historian: Tish Brown Foundation Chair: Lynne Foreman Parliamentarian: Makila Sands Scruggs Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Deena Knight Associate Chair: Lila Donaldson Father’s Auxiliary: Troy Keen

President: Sydney Stephens Vice-President: Lauren Grayson Secretary: Rebecca Grayson Treasurer: Marco Pierce Parliamentarian: Lauryn Harper Chaplain: Austin Kimbrough Sergeant-at-Arms: Madison Hembrick

On August 28, 2010, the mothers of the South Charlotte Chapter were officially installed as members of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The installation ceremony marked the end of a three year journey where 63 moms faithfully and enthusiastically worked toward chapter status, while committing to uphold the mission of Jack and Jill under the steadfast and inspiring leadership of our first South Charlotte Chapter President, Sonja Nichols and Vice President, Nikki Fleming. Today the vibrant and thriving chapter is 93 members strong and continues to possess the “Power to Make a Difference” by providing meaningful programming and service activities for our children. Our fabulous chapter is currently led by our illustrious leaders, President Nichelle Levy and Vice President Yolanda Lindsay. The 2016-2017 National Theme of “The Power To Make A Difference” is infused throughout our South Charlotte Chapter activities. The South Charlotte Chapter’s mission statement is “Fostering Families, Friendships, Futures and Faith with a Foundation of Excellence” and we consistently focus on positively impacting children and the community. South Charlotte Chapter Presidents: Sonja Nichols – Charter President, 2010-2012; Nikki Fleming, 2012- 2014; Nichelle Levy – 2014-2018

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The South Charlotte Chapter’s programming year started off with purpose and a vision to prove no matter how young or old, we all have “The Power to Make a Difference.” In September, the chapter celebrated Jack and Jill Day with a beautiful outdoor barbeque and remembrance for Carole Robertson, a departed Jack and Jill peer. The Junior Teens honored Robertson’s memory by reading passages, lighting candles and releasing white balloons.

Throughout the year, each South Charlotte Chapter grade group proved its power with impactful activities. The 2nd -3rd grade group attended the play Grace for President, which presented our youth with an image of a strong, young, black leader. In December, the South Charlotte Chapter celebrated Christmas with food, family, and lots of fun. The festive chapter-wide holiday party brought together members of all ages. South Charlotte Chapter families also donated toiletries for a local homeless shelter. In January, the South Charlotte Chapter held its third annual Legislative and Leadership Summit for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade. The South Charlotte Chapter, along with other local Jack and Jill chapters, met with political activists, judges and elected lawmakers, to learn how government officials serve our community. Jack and Jill families also learned how to be more involved in the decision making process. Bank of America facilitators instructed the Junior Teens and Senior Teens on financial literacy. The Legislative and Leadership Summit has helped several South Charlotte Chapter, and other local Jack and Jill chapter, teens obtain Page positions in the North Carolina House of Representatives. The South Charlotte Chapter takes pride in teaching our children to become outstanding leaders now and in the future.

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spartanburg, sc Chapter Officers 2016-2017

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chapter history The Spartanburg Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was organized by the joint efforts of Mrs. Lonnie Holman, Mrs. David Parks and Mrs. Charles Spann in March 1975. It was their assessment that there was a great need in this community for an organization that would provide constructive opportunities for cultural, civic, recreational and social contact, growth and development.

chapter programming The Spartanburg Chapter began our Chapter programming year with a fundraising Chicken and Waffle Breakfast. In September a visit to Washington, DC was sucessful. With over 40 people, we attended the opening ceremonies of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, toured the White House and took a tour of the NMAAHC on day 2 of the opening. In November we celebrated our chapter’s 40 year anniversary with a family night of dinner and a live band. Our participation in the Spartanburg Martin Luther King event with our volunteer ushers will take place in January. Our other spring events include March of Dimes, an Easter Egg Hunt. and Teen Summit.

President: Karla Starks Vice-President: Erica Brown Program Director: Kamala Mcfadden Recording Secretary: Anissa Milbourne Treasurer: Audril Jones Financial Secretary: Anesha Rumble Editor: Carlotta Redish Historian: Glynis Peters Foundation Chair: Myra Foster Parliamentarian: Lorena Prioleau Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Bonita Wise Father’s Auxiliary: David Gresham

President: Charles Jeffers Vice-President: Sydney Dixon Secretary: James Wise Treasurer: Morgan Prioleau Parliamentarian: Jordan Starks

The Chapter was sponsored by the Greenville, South Carolina Chapter. After the required probationary period, the Spartanburg Chapter was voted to go to the twenty second (22~) National Convention of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. which was held in Denver, Colorado in July, 1976 with Mrs. Holman present and under the presidency of Dr. Pearl W. Boschulte, National President from Washington, DC. The official installation was conducted in September 1976 in Spartanburg by Mrs. Lydia C. Pride, Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic region from Charlotte, North Carolina and Mrs. Helen Caldwell, National Officer from Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”

– Marian Wright Edelman

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President: Tomisha Gladman Vice-President: Shirley Kelly Program Director: Eyanna Lessane Recording Secretary: Reminence Penn Corresponding Secretary: Jamehl Shegog Treasurer: Jennifer Joines Financial Secretary: Jacqui Duncan Editor: Winnie Reaves Foundation Chair: Kelley Kenner-Patridge Parliamentarian: Clio Austin Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Clio Austin and Pamela Bradsher Associate Chair: Ronda Plummer Father’s Auxiliary: Michael Brooks

President: Dani Coan Vice-President: Jasmine Robinson Secretary: Lauren Bradsher Treasurer: Madison Joines Parliamentarian: Morgan Hairston

chapter members Monica Aaron, Clio Austin, Pamela Bradsher, Amber Brooks, Chareba Buckhannon, Kami Chavis, Tracey Coan, Valerie Davies, Kimberly Davis, Beth Day-Hairston, Nancy Deniziard-Thompson, Glynis Dobson, Rita Dulin, Jacqui Duncan, Kristy Farewell, Saleena Frazier, Lynne Fuller-Andrews, Shon Gilmore, Tomisha Gladman, Jennifer Joines, Shirley Kelly, Kelley Kenner-Patridge, Eyanna Lessane, Regina Lewis, Bonnie Michael, Portia Mount, Tonya Nealon, Pamela Oliver, Stephanie Palmer, Reminence Penn, Winnie Reaves, Monica Rivers, Deidre Robinson, April Ruffin-Adams, Jamehl Shegog, Ulysesa Sweatt, Serina Titus, Deborah Washington-McNeill chapter history

The Winston-Salem Chapter is celebrating its 65th year, having been established in 1951. Since that time, although the Chapter’s members have changed, its mission of providing cultural, educational, social and spritual programming that strengthens the family unit remains the same. We are deeply involved in our local community and continue our commitment to our children by providing meaningful experiences aimed at developing our country’s future leaders.

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The Winston-Salem Chapter is off and running this program year! Our Mother’s Retreat was in August at the Piedmont Club during which we planned our phenomenal program year. We enjoyed Carole Robertson Day at Triad Park where we spent the afternoon bonding, relaxing and eating. Our Thanksgiving baskets were a huge success, as we partnered with Family Services to provide meals for over 40 families. We also enjoyed

a family worship experience at Dellabrook Presbyterian Church. Our childrens’ activities centered around service, education and fun. The Tots enjoyed “Rock the Vote” at the Lewisville Library where they learned about their roles as citizens and the voting process. The Playmates and Lads and Lassies went camping at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park and enjoyed cooking over the fire and dancing. Our Jr. Teens are excited about their upcoming participation in Project Hope of Winston-Salem where they will volunteer to prepare and bring nutritious weekend meals to children who are at risk for hunger. The Senior Teens are looking forward to participating in a Greek Cultural experience. On January 22nd, we are celebrating Founders Day with the Greensboro and Burlington-Graham Chapters at the High Point Country Club. We will cap off our year with the Saffire Soiree, our 65th Anniversary Gala at the Bermuda Run Country Club.

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ayne Harding Davis was a family member of the Charlotte Chapter in the Mid Atlantic Region of Jack and Jill of America. Wayne, who was the husband of devoted wife Cynthia Davis and father of his loving daughter Mackenzie Davis, departed this life unexpectedly on Friday, August 5, 2016. Wayne was born on September 24, 1958, in Philadelphia, PA. The only child of John T. and Maevon Davis, he grew up in Robersonville. Wayne graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1980. While at UNC, he joined the Theta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and was a member of Air Force ROTC. After college, Wayne entered the U.S. Air Force where he rose to the rank of Captain and earned a Master of Science degree from Golden State University. When he left the military, Wayne entered a long and illustrious career in sales, marketing and event ticketing while developing entertainment venues. This specialty took Wayne from Buffalo, NY, to Phoenix, AZ, where in 2002 he formed Global Entertainment Marketing Systems (GEMS), a full-service ticketing sales company. He then expanded that foundation in 2006 when he chose a Charlotte, NC, location to launch the EZ-TIXX brand and ticketing services. He was the current President of the Metro Chapter of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and served many years on the Board. He chaired the Charlotte Post Foundation Golf Tournament. Wayne was a very dedicated father of the Charlotte Chapter who served as the Fathers Auxiliary Chair in 2010 and due to his active involvement was recognized by the chapter as a Fabulous Father. Wayne will be dearly missed, but always remembered by family and friends as one who embodied the goals of the organization with his very pleasant disposition, gentle spirit, and always willing to serve his community. The Charlotte Chapter recognizes all of the important and lasting contributions made by this very dedicated family member of the Charlotte Chapter remembering his love of life and willingness to serve.

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MID-ATLANTIC REGION Debutantes & Beaus

capital city, nc AMAYA LAHOYA LYNN

Debutante Amaya Lynn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Derek and Tonka Lynn. She is a charter Jill of the Capital City Chapter. Amaya will be attending Hampton University in the fall majoring in Journalism with a minor in Performing Arts on the Pre-Law Track.

charleston, sc nicholas christopher gilliard

Beau Nicholas C. Gilliard is the son of Drs. William and Nona Gilliard. Beau Gilliard was presented to society at The Charleston Youth Leadership Council, Inc. on April 30, 2016 with the distinction of Mr. Junior Beau 2016. Nicholas is the 2016-2017 Teen President of the Charleston, SC Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc., Founding Member of Charleston’s Future Leaders Roundtable and a National Honor Society Beta Club Member with straight-A’s. He is a State Champion and a Pinewood Preparatory School record holder in Track & Field. His collegiate plans include majoring in Business w/concentrations in Finance and Strategy.

charlotte, nc jackson davidson fuller

Beau Jackson Davidson Fuller is the son of Trevor and Camille Davidson Fuller. He was presented to society at the Betu Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Beautillion on May 21, 2017. The Ardrey Kell High School senior is a member of the AK track team and science club. He is an AP Scholar and a member of several honor societies. Jackson will major in chemistry and pursue a career as a physician.

conway, sc Mykáh Desireé Frazier

Mykáh is the daughter of James Michael & Marlo Frazier. Mykáh was presented to society at Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Conway Alumnae Chapter Jabberwock Scholarship Pageant on January 9, 2016. Mykáh is a STEM Student at The Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology, Captain of her baseschool Conway High Varsity Volleyball Team, member of Kiwanis Key Club, NAACP, Delta Gems, Technology Student Association, Spanish and Social Studies Honor Societies. She plans to play volleyball in college and dual major in Business and History/International Relations.

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durham, nc kayla beasley

Kayla Beasley is the daughter of Mr. Darryl and Mrs. Tamera Beasley. Kayla was presented to society at Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta’s Jabberwock on February 18, 2017. The Hillside High school junior plans to major in Business. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association, HHS Theater, Future Business Leaders of America and President of Lambda Zeta Chi. Kayla is a 9 Time AllAmerican and 2016 Conference Field Athlete of the Year. Kayla is a member of First Calvary Baptist Church and volunteers with many organizations including Urban Ministries.    

melena rochelle franks

Melena Rochelle Franks is the daughter of Rhea and George Franks. Melena was presented to society at the 79th Annual Debutante Ball, sponsored by Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and ATO, Inc. on November 25, 2016. The Durham School of the Arts student plans to attend a four-year university and major in Biology or Psychology, with the goal of becoming a doctor.

tyler yvette scott

Debutante Tyler Yvette Scott is the daughter of Tamla Tymus and Eric Scott. Tyler was presented to society at the Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Annual Jabberwock Pageant on February 18, 2017. The C.E. Jordan High School Senior plans to major in Fashion Design/Merchandising.  

fayetteville, nc eva paige davis

Eva Paige Davis is the daughter of Mr. Alfred and Dr. Sherree Davis. Eva was presented to society at the Miss Jabberwock Pageant, hosted by the Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on March 26, 2016. The Northwood Temple Academy student plans to major in Biology with a minor in Political Science at Hampton University. Her future plans include becoming a research scientist concentrating on cosmetics and their effects on the skin of women of color and being a politician on the local level.

hampton, va ayleah lanea bell

Debutante Ayleah LaNea Bell is the daughter of Mr. Calvin and Rhonda Bell. Ayleah is the granddaughter of the late Atty. Archie C. Felton and Dr. Jan D. Felton, PhD and Ms. Ella Bell. Ayleah was presented to society at the 13th Annual Hampton Delta Foundation Red & White Cotillion on April 3, 2016. Ayleah as a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, SADD and Captian of the varsity field hockey team for 2 years. She is a Governors STEM Academy student at Heritage High School and will attend Hampton University where she will pursue a degree in kinesiology.

Ayanna LeShae Kimon Etter

Debutante Ayanna Etter is the daughter of Mr. John and Brandy Etter III. Ayanna Etter is the granddaughter of the late SFC (Ret.) Benjamin R. Brown Sr., and Marie Brown. Ayanna was presented to society at the 13th Annual Hampton Delta Foundation Red & White Cotillion on April 3, 2016. Ayanna is a member of the Key Club, and the Warhill High School Pride Club. She is a member of the Warhill Varsity volleyball team where they hold the title of being Division 3A State Champions for 2015. Ayanna plans to attend a four year university where she will pursue a degree Chemistry/Pre-Med.

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queen city, nc madison s. wallace

Debutante Madison Wallace is the daughter of Rodney and Veronica Wallace. Madison Wallace will be presented to society at the Delta Sigma Theta Cotillion Ball on April 8, 2017. The Mallard Creek High School student plans to major in Biology when her college of choice is selected. Her plan is to become a dentist.

raleigh-wake, nc shelby nicole brown

Shelby Nicole Brown is the daughter of Dominique and Michael Brown. Shelby was presented to society at the 79th Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and ATO, Inc. Debutante ball on November 25, 2016. The Franklinton High School Senior will attend college majoring in Computer Science.

hunter simone martin

Hunter Simone Martin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Martin (Nicole). Hunter S. Martin was presented to society at the 79th Annual Debutante Ball sponsored by Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and ATO, Inc. on November 25th, 2016. The Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy student plans to major in Communications or Global Studies at a four year university and later attend law school.

richmond, va erin crawford beale

Debutante Erin Crawford Beale is the daughter of Orlando Cepeda Beale and Robin Crawford Beale. She was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Omega Chapter Debutante Ball on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Erin has been a member of Jack and Jill for 13 years. She attends Hermitage High School where she is a Varsity cheerleader and member of the girls tennis team. Erin plans to attend college and major in pre-medicine or pre-pharmacy.

antonio cole

Antonio Cole is the son of Mr. Jurl A. Cole and Mr. and Mrs. Alan J. Foster. Antonio was a participant in the 2016 Beautillion sponsored by the PROC Foundation of the Pi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. on November 19, 2016. The Henrico High School student plans to attend college to pursue a major in graphic design or cartooning. He also plans to minor in business as he aspires to be an entrepreneur.

camryn christina green

Camryn Christina Green is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terone Green. Camryn was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha 2016 Debutante Ball on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Camryn is an honors student at Henrico High School (International Baccalaureate Program) in Richmond, VA. She is a member of the French Honors Society, Henrico High Field Hockey, Jack & Jill of America Richmond Chapter, a member of Partnership for the Future and an active volunteer at the Shady Grove YMCA. Camryn plans to major in Biology upon graduation in 2018. She plans to become a Pediatrician.

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john alexander moss

Beau John Alexander Moss is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony T. and Angela W. Moss. Beau John was presented to society in 2016. As first runner-up, he was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. John has been an active Jack and Jill member since 2008. Beau John is a junior in the International Baccalaureate Program at J.R. Tucker High School. Extra-curricular activities include soccer, indoor track, and Model UN. John has also been recognized as Young Man of the Year at his church. John wishes to attend college and major in political science with aspirations of becoming an attorney.

kyra janae walden

Debutante Kyra Janae Walden is the daughter of Alfred and Karen Walden. Kyra was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Omega Chapter Debutante Ball on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Kyra has been a member of Jack and Jill for 11 years. She attends Atlee High School where she is captain of the Varsity Volleyball Team. She is a member of the yearbook staff and in the Beta Club. She also plays travel volleyball. Kyra plans to attend college and plans to major in Journalism or Physical Therapy.

spartanburg, sc sydney annmarie dixon

Sydney AnnMarie Dixon is the daughter of Dr. Carlotta Redish and Alpha M. Dixon, Jr.. Sydney was presented to society at the 2016 Delta Assembly sponsored by the Columbia (SC) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority , Inc.. on December 21, 2016 at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, S.C. The Spartanburg High School student plans to major in Biology or Bio-Chemistry at UCLA or Howard University.

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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MID-ATLANTIC REGION Seniors

burlington-graham, nc anisa virginia doonquah

Anisa Virginia Doonquah is a senior at Reidsville High School in Reidsville, NC and is the daughter of Doctors Kofi & Sandra Doonquah. She has been a member of the Burlington-Graham Chapter of Jack and Jill for 11 years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Junior Marshal, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Health Occupation Student of America. Anisa is also a part of her school’s Varsity Volleyball, Soccer and Cheerleading teams. She has decided to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she will major in biology to later become a Plastic Surgeon.

kenneth levi harris

Burlington-Graham Senior, Kenneth Levi Harris, attends Halifax County High School in South Boston, Virginia and is the son of Whitney and Sharon Harris. He has been a member of Jack & Jill of America for 12 years and has held the office of Teen President and Sargent at Arms. Kenneth is a member of the Boys Scouts of America Troop 497, Varsity Cross County and Soccer teams and is the Lead Usher of the First Baptist Church Jr. Usher’s Ministry. He will be attending college, majoring in Aerospace Engineering in pursuit of becoming an officer in the US Navy.

da’ryeus talley

Da’Ryeus Talley is a senior at Western Alamance High School in Elon, North Carolina. He is the son of Daniel and Torriah Talley. He has been a member of the Burlington-Graham Chapter for 5 years. He is an honor student who plays Tennis and runs Track. Da’Ryeus is active in church, serves his community by feeding the homeless and mentoring young children. He plans to attend Hampshire College where he will major in Video Game Design. Da’Ryeus plans to become a Video Game Designer.

capital city, nc alexandria best

Allie Best is a senior at Panther Creek High School in Cary North Carolina. She is the daughter of Andre and Harriet Best. Allie has been a member of Capital City Jack and Jill since 2011. Allie hobbies includes dancing and reading. She participated in community service projects like MLK day making scarfs and gifts for children. Allie also performed holiday dances in senior assisted living facilities. Other communities services includes March for babies and organizing foods for the Eastern Food Bank. Allie plans to attend college to study the art of dance.

andre l. best

Andre L Best, II is a senior at Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina. He is the son of Andre and Harriet Best. He has been a member of Capital City Jack and Jill of America since 2011. Andre played high school football for 4 years. He was the Sargent of Arms and the Foundation Chair of the teen’s age group. He participated in numerous community services such as the MLK day for multiple years, womble the hungry away, boys and girls club and worked in the Food Bank of Eastern NC organizing food. Andre is planning to attend college to major in business.


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amaya lynn

Amaya Lynn is a senior at Raleigh Charter High School and is the daughter of Derek and Tonka Lynn. She is a charter member of Capital City chapter. She is the founder and president of Voices for Minorites and Dance Club. She is a competitive dancer and is the current dance captain for the team. She is the current Teen President and has served as Vice President, Secretary and Historian. She will attend Hampton University in the fall, majoring in Journalism minoring in Performing Arts.

chancellor evan douglas mills

Chancellor is a Senior at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, NC and is the son of Damian & Beverly H. Mills. Chancellor has been a member of the Capital City Chapter for 7 years. Over the years, he has actively served as Parliamentarian, 2 years Sergeant At Arms, 1 year Treasurer, and 2 years Foundation Chair. He has continuously worked in the community participating in the March of Dimes, Triangle Heart, Autism, and Diabetes Walk as well as volunteered at the Haven House, Boys & Girls Club, Charm School, Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, Eastern Carolina Food Bank, Toys for Tots, and Hurricane Matthew Relief drives.

charleston, sc lindsey olivia clarkson

Lindsey Olivia Clarkson is a graduate of West Ashley High School in Charleston, SC and is the daughter of Darryl and Petrease Clarkson. She has been a member of the Charleston Chapter for 5 years. Lindsey’s activities include NJROTC, HOSA, DECA club, marksmanship team, and track and field. She has volunteered as a tutor, mentor, voter registrant, poll manager, CBC Presidential debate volunteer, the March of Dimes, military troops, homeless shelters and Relief to Haiti. She will attend the University of South Carolina, where she will major in Psychology and aspires to be a neuropsychologist.

nicholas christopher gilliard

Nicholas Gilliard is a Senior at Pinewood Preparatory School and is the son of Drs. William and Nona Gilliard. He has been a member of J&J for 11 years. He is a straight-A student and a recognized athlete statewide with multiple school records in Track & Field. He was the 2016 Mayor of Wando City at Palmetto Boys State and 2016 Mr. Junior Beau of the CYLC, Inc. Nick founded a social initiative named Life Over Violence Epidemic (LOVE) to improve interactions between civilians and officers that is currently featured on J&J’s National Homepage! Website: http://lifeoverviolenceepidemic.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/4LifeOverViolenceEpidemic/

charlotte, nc carter bernard boone

Carter Bernard Boone is the son of Roger and Ronnye Boone. He is a senior at Cox Mill High School in Concord, N.C., where he is a member of the Beta Club, Key Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A North Carolina Scholar Athlete, Carter lettered in varsity football both his junior and senior years. He also plays on high school and competitive travel lacrosse teams. He is a two-time National Team Lacrosse Player and a key contributor on two state championship lacrosse teams. Carter plans to major in sports marketing. This is his first year in Jack and Jill.

korbin aris cummings

Korbin Aris Cummings, a Senior with a GPA of 3.67 at Hickory Ridge High School, is the daughter of Mr. George Cummings, and Mrs. Kimberly Lovejoy-Broadie and David Broadie. Words cannot explain the excitement Korbin feels to reach this milestone in her life. Korbin applied to UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, NC State University, Howard University, Spellman, and NC A&T University. Her ultimate goal to keep God in her life and the center of all she does.

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jackson davidson fuller

Jackson Davidson Fuller is a senior at Ardrey Kell HIgh School in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the son of Trevor and Camille Davidson Fuller. He has been a member of the Charlotte Jack and Jill Chapter since 2004. Jackson has served as teen treasurer and legislative chair. He is involved in the community as a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Social Studies Honor Society and Knights in Action. He was awarded the Initiative in Volunteerism for Youth Award for his continued service with the Charlotte Symphony Guild.

enoa gibson

Énoa Gibson, daughter of Dwight and Ericka Gibson, attended St. John’s International School in Waterloo, Belgium, and Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina , as an IB Diploma candidate. Énoa has participated in gymnastics, cheer, track and field and the IB Leadership Institute. She has done extensive community service in the US and abroad and is most proud of the non-profit organization she founded, Kids 4 Charity. She is fluent in Spanish and French and plans to continue her studies in languages and communications at her father’s Alma Mater, Howard University double majoring.

camille harley

Camille Harley is a senior at Cannon School in Concord, NC, and is the daughter of Drs. Robert and Justina Harley. She is a member of the varsity track and cross country team, the peer support team, and is a senior representative on the student council. She will attend Brown University in Providence, Rhoed Island, where she will major in Economics and Mandarin Chinese.

melanie jones

Melanie Jones is a senior at Cox Mill High School in Concord, NC and is the daughter of Melvin and Samantha Jones. She has been a member of the Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 5 years. Melanie is a varsity athlete and played on her high school volleyball team serving as co-captain her senior year. She has also played travel volleyball for the past five seasons. Melanie is an honor student participating in National Beta Club and National Honor Society. She looks forward to attending Hampton University in the fall with a major in Marketing.

olivia jones

Olivia Jones, daughter of Vivian Campbell and Robert Jones, has been a member of the Charlotte Chapter for 13 years. She attends Charlotte Country Day School where she is in the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and International Thespian Society. She is a committed classical percussionist and jazz drummer. She is a member of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra, and participates in multiple ensembles including the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Arts Initiative All Stars. Olivia is a National Merit Semi-finalist who believes the arts move the world.

arianna reese

Arianna Reese is the daughter of Mr. and Dr. Macheal and Bridgette Reese. She is a senior at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, NC. She has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2005 in the Conway Chapter of South Carolina before moving to the Charlotte Chapter in 2008. As a member of the Senior Teens, Arianna has served as corresponding secretary for two terms. Arianna has also participated in the award winning Blue Regiment Marching Band for five years. Upon graduation from high school, Arianna plans to attend a higher education institution and study veterinary medicine.

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mark kizer robinson

Mark Kizer is a Senior at North Mecklenburg High School. Mark is the son of Tierre and Sharika Robinson. He’s been a member of Jack and Jill of America for three years. Mark is a young advocate for social change and race relations. To date, Mark has been involved in public programming. Mark’s most proud of the role he played in implementing a program entitled The School to Prison Pipeline, where he sparked a community conversation regarding the disparate treatment and subjective decisions to use punishment as a deterrent. Mark strives to change the world and will untimely do so.

chesapeake, va lawrance l. pettaway, jr.

Lawrance L. Pettaway is a senior at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, VA. He is the son of Lawrence Pettaway, Sr. and Davida J. White, MD. He has been a member of the Chesapeake Chapter for 4 yours. During his high school career, Jr has excelled in both academics and athletics. He has been recognized as a distringquished member of the Offensive First Team for both the Tidewater and All Costal Conferences. He is also the recent scholarship recipient of the 757 Football Award. Although undecided on this university of choice, Jr will be playing football and majoring in Biology/Pre-Med.

alexis smith

Alexis is a senior at Western Branch HS in Chesapeake, VA and the daughter of Raiford Smith and Wayne and Angela Perry. She has been a member of the Chesapeake Chapter for nine years and serves as chapter president. She attends Oak Grove Baptist Church in Suffolk,VA and is a member of the junior choir and assists with Women’s Ministry activities. Alexis was a member of the newspaper club, DECA, the Back Stage Crew, Homecoming Court and lettered in Varsity Volleyball. Alexis will attend college and major in Business and Finance and pursue her goal of becoming a hedge fund manager.

conway, sc Mykáh Desireé Frazier

Mykáh is a senior at the STEMs Academy AAST, Conway High School and is taking college courses at HGTC and Coastal Carolina University. She is the daughter of James Michael and Marlo Frazier. She has been a member of the Conway Chapter for 11 years and served as teen Pres., Parl, and Sec. She was captain of her VB teams and a member of 5A All State Team. She attended Palmetto Girls State, and is a member of Key Club, NAACP, Technology Student Association, Spanish and Social Studies Honor Societies where she serves the community. She plans to dual major in Business and History/Intl Relations.

garrett fields williams

Garrett Fields Williams is a senior at the Academy of Arts, Science, and Technology in Myrtle Beach and is the son of George and Deirdre Williams. He has been a member of the Conway Chapter for 15 years. He served as Chapter Teen Treasurer, Parliamentarian, recipient of the President’s Youth Service Award, and Teen Athlete of the Year. Garrett is an Entertainment/Technology major, member of the Technology Student Association, Student Assistant Athletic Trainer, and varsity tennis team singles and doubles player. Garrett will attend college in the Fall and pursue a major in Athletic Training

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Taylor Louise Brashears, daughter of Anna Richards and LeRoi Brashears of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a senior, dual enrolled at Kootenai Bridge Academy and North Idaho College. A Jack and Jill member since 2006, Taylor has been a member in both the Seattle, Washington and Durham, North Carolina Chapters. An accomplished athlete, Taylor enjoys basketball, soccer and scuba diving. In college, Taylor will major in medicine, health and fitness as preparation for a career that combats childhood obesity and emotional trauma as a pediatrician. 341


melena rochelle franks

Melena Rochelle Franks is a senior at Durham School of the Arts in Durham, NC and is the daughter of Rhea and George Franks. She has been a member of the Durham Chapter for 3 years. Melena was the 2016-2017 president of the Durham Senior Teens, and the 2015-2016 Historian. She has been a varsity cheerleader for 4 years, on student council, manager of the Varsity Volleyball team, plays the violin and performs ballet, jazz and modern dance. Melena plans to attend a four-year university and major in Biology or Psychology, with the goal of becoming a doctor.

kayla merriweather

Kayla Merriweather is a senior at East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is the daughter of Kurt and Valerie Merriweather. She has been a member of the Durham Chapter for 3 years. At her school, Kayla is the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, president and co-founder of the Diverse Student Alliance, captain of the varsity women’s basketball team, and a member of the National Honor, Spanish, and Achievers’ Societies. In the future, she plans to attend Spelman College double major in Spanish and International Studies and minor in Psychology.

tyler yvette scott

Tyler Yvette Scott is a senior at C.E. Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina and is the daughter of Tamla Tymus and Eric Scott. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 14 years and in the Durham Chapter for 3 years. Tyler is a Varsity Cheerleader, a Delta Sigma Theta Jabberwock Debutante, participant in the Institute of Civic Engagement Emerging Leaders Program and a recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Community Service. She has not yet decided where she will attend college. She will major in Fashion Design/Merchandising.

eastern north carolina, nc timothy elijah bullock

Timothy Bullock is a senior at DH Conley High School in Greenville, North Carolina and is the son of Stephan and Sherry Bullock. He has been a member of the Jack and Jill Chapter of Eastern North Carolina for 7 years were he has served as the Teen Chapter Parliamentarian, Chaplain, Historian and Foundation Chair. His extracurricular activities include Boy Scouts of America, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Distributive Education clubs of America (DECA), and 4-Year Varsity Wrestling Letterman. Tim plans to attend William Peace University or Campbell University and major in Business

joy corey mebane

Jay Corey Mebane is a senior at Junius H. Rose High School in Greenville NC and is the son of Rudolph and Angela Mebane. He has been a member of the Eastern NC Chapter of Jack and Jill for 8 years and has served as Teen President for 2 terms. He volunteers with many organizations including the Family Support Network and the Early Literacy Coalition. He enjoys playing cello for community events. He participates in Track and Field. He will attend college and major in Communications.

cyrus alonzo wilkins

Cyrus Alonzo Wilkins is a Senior at North Pitt High School in Greenville, NC and is the son of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Wilkins, Jr. He has been a member of the ENC Chapter for 5 years. Cyrus is a member of the Health Sciences Academy and volunteers weekly at the local hospital. He also sings in the youth choir, takes statistics for his high school basketball team and volunteers at the community gardens. Cyrus plans to attend North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, NC and major in Food Science

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fayetteville, nc Ellington William Vaughn Brown

Ellington Brown is a senior at Fayetteville Christian School in Fayetteville, North Carolina and is the son of Mr.& Mrs. Zachary and Hope Brown. He has been a member of the Fayetteville, NC Chapter for 13 years. Ellington is a member of the Honor Society, served as a class officer, and was a {3} sport athlete, including being the Co-Captain in Football. He also earned the rank as Eagle Scout in the BSA, Troop #29 that resulted in > 400 volunteer hrs in the community serving the less fortunate. Ellington has decided to attend college and major in Pre-Med Biology and become a Surgeon.

eva paige davis

Eva Paige Davis is a senior at Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, NC and is the daughter of Mr. Alfred and Dr. Sherree Davis. She has been a member of the Fayetteville Chapter of Jack and Jill for one year. At Northwood Temple, Eva is a member of the National Beta Club, treasurer of the Student Government Association and Captain of the Varsity Cheerleaders. She is also a member of the Fayetteville/Cumberland Youth Council Executive Board and is a competitive cheerleader with Rockstar Cheer. Eva plans to attend Hampton University where she will major in Biology.

florence, sc justin carleton dean

Justin C. Deas is a senior at South Florence High School in Florence, SC. Justin is the son of Eric and Jeri Deas. He has been a member of the Florence South Carolina Chapter of Jack and Jill for 16 years. Justin is the current teen president and has served as vice president for the 2015-2016 year. He did two internships over the summer, one with a dental office and the other at a veternary clinic. As a early graduate, he will take college courses during his senior year. In college Justin plans to major in Biology with plans of a career in dentistry.

christopher rion nowlin

Christopher R. Nowlin is a senior at Florence Christian School in Florence, SC and is the son of Derek and Valerie Nowlin. He has been a member of the Jack and Jill Chapter for 2 years. Comm Service:Sickle Cell Annual Walk ;Amputee Awareness Walk;YPD Retreat;Martin Luther King Day Service;Souper Bowl of Caring;Coupons for Troops;YPD Veterans Day Program;YPD Visits to the Sick and Shut-In;YPD and Jack and Jill of America Teen Community Project – helping the victims of Nichols, SC. He is undecided where he is going for college, but plan to major in Mass Communication/Sports Commentating.

gastonia-piedmont, nc dominique margueritta lott

Dominique Margueritta Lott is a senior at Walnut Grove Chrisitian School in Fort Mill, SC and is the daughter of Fred Lott, Jr. and Ardener T. Lott. She has been a member of the Gastonia-Piedmont Chapter for 5 years. She enjoys community service, acting, student council and playing volleyball. She plans to attend Johnson & Wales University in Miami and major in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management while playing volleyball for the Lady Wildcats. She believes that everything you do is a signature of yourself, so you should sign it with class.

greensboro, nc jarrett dwight boyd

Jarrett Dwight Boyd is the son of Anthony and Wanda Boyd and they have been members of the Greensboro Chapter for 9 years. Jarrett attends St. James Baptist Church and serves as the President of the Youth Choir and Youth Ministry. Jarrett attends Northern Guilford High and is a member of the Beta Club, the PTA Student Advisor and a member of the National Honor Society. Jarrett is Captain of the Varsity Basketball team and a Track team member. Jarrett has achieved the Eagle Scout Award, the highest ranking in Boy Scouts. He plans to major in Biomedical Engineering. 343


tobias alvin floyd

Tobias Alvin Floyd is a senior at the Middle College at NC A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is the son of Mr. Kevin Floyd and Dr. Loury Floyd and they have been members of the Greensboro chapter for 10 years. He has served as Teen Sergeant-At-Arms, Parliamentarian, Vice –President and President. Tobias received the ‘Iron Ram’ football award and the ‘Mid-State AAA Athletic Conference All-Conference Award’. He was also inducted as a member of the National Honor Society. Tobias will major in Business at Hampton University and ultimately manage a national sports franchise.

landon fitzgerald green

Landon Fitzgerald Green is the son of Wendy and Scott Green and they have been active members of the Greensboro chapter of Jack and Jill since 2005. He is a graduate of High Point Central High School where he participated on the junior varsity football team and the senior varsity football team. He attends Destiny Christian Center in Greensboro North Carolina. Landon plans to attend North Carolina Central University in Durham North Carolina and major in criminal justice and pursue a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation or as a United States Marshal.

lantzen lowe

Lantzen Lowe attends Westchester Country Day School in High Point, NC and is the son of Sidney Lowe and Melonie Lowe. He’s been a member of Jack and Jill for 11 years, and most recently with the Greensboro Chapter. He’s active on his school’s campus in the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Robotics and Science clubs, and as Co-Captain of the Varsity Soccer and Basketball teams. He volunteers as a camp counselor with Greensboro Parks and Recreation Centers, and with Let’s E.A.T. (Education, Athletics, and Training). Lantz plans to attend college, major in computer science, and become a Radiologist.

lindsey lowe

Lindsey Lowe attends Westchester Country Day School in High Point, NC and is the daughter of Sidney Lowe and Melonie Lowe. She’s been a member of Jack and Jill for 11 years, culminating with the Greensboro chapter. She’s active on her school’s campus in the Photography, Art, Civil Liberties, Cats Catering, and Care Crew clubs, and the Varsity Cheer and Volleyball teams. She volunteers as a camp counselor with Greensboro Parks and Recreation Centers, and a Blood Donor Ambassador for the Red Cross. Lindsey plans to attend college, study design, and dreams of owning a professional Design Studio.

sasha renee ross

Sasha Ross graduated from The Middle College at Bennett in Greensboro, NC. She is the daughter of Renee Hicks and they have been members of the Greensboro Chapter of Jack and Jill for 10 years. Sasha is a member of NCCJ Ambassadors, Girl Scouts of America, and Providence Youth Fellowship. She is also a 2016-2017 Cotillionette sponsored by the Beta Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a 2016 National Youth Leadership Forum, Law & CSI Awardee. Sasha will attend North Carolina A & T State University and pursue her studies in Criminal Justice.

greenville, sc kaelyn williams

Kaelyn Williams is a senior at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, SC and is the daughter of Dr. Kevin L and Mrs. Lisa F. Williams. She has been a member of the Greenville Chapter of Jack and Jill for 10 years. She planned a 5K race for Ecuador and traveled to South Africa on a mission trip. Additionally, she tutors at St. Anthony Catholic School in Greenville, volunteers for Meals on Wheels and local soup kitchen. She plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in biology with a pre med focus. She will follow in her father’s footsteps and attend dental school at MUSC.

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hampton chapter oshyn barnes

Oshyn Barnes is a senior at Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia and is the daughter of Stephanie Barnes. She has been a member Hampton Chapter for 12 years. Oshyn is an honor roll student who was selected by People to People to be an international ambassador on a month long European excursion. She has volunteered in local soup kitchen’s, as a bell ringer with the Salvation Army, as a coordinator at the ECMA Christian music awards and in pediatric clinics with behaviorally and physically disabled children. Oshyn will attend Virginia Commonwealth University.

aleah lanea bell

Ayleah is a senior in the Governors STEM Academy at Heritage High School in Newport News,VA and is the daughter of Calvin and Rhonda Bell. Ayleah has been a member of the Hampton Chapter since 2008 and served as the 2015-16 MAR Teen Treasurer. She attends First Baptist Church East End. Ayleah believes helping her community and has logged over 1100 hours of service. Ayleah finished high school early and will be honored as an Early College Student. Ayleah has decided to attend Hampton University and major in kinesiology. Her future goal is to earn her doctorate in physical therapy.

myles alexander clark

Myles Alexander Clark is a senior at Peninsula Catholic High School in Newport News, Virginia and is the son of Stacy and Nicole Clark and big brother to Madison Clark. Myles has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2010 and a member of the Hampton Chapter since 2013. Myles has volunteerd for the Salvation Army, Peninsula Food Bank, and Transitions Family Violence Prevention. Myles plans on attending college in Virginia and majoring in Kinesiology with the goal of becoming a physical therapist.

ronald crump iii

Ronald Crump III is a senior at Grafton High School in Yorktown, Virginia and is the son of Mr. Ronald Crump II and Dr. Kendra Crump. He has been a member of the Hampton Jack and Jill Chapter for 14 years. Ronald is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Club and Young Life. He played golf, track, football and basketball. He has volunteered fixing up a daycare, helping children at vacation Bible school, speaking to kids about diabetes and doing yard work for the elderly. He has decided to attend the University of Virginia or Virginia Tech to major in engineering.

ayanna leshae kimon etter

Ayanna LeShae Kimon Etter is the daughter of Mr. John V. and Brandy Etter, III . She is a senior at Warhill High School in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she is a member of the Key Club, The Pride Club, and the Girls Varsity Volleyball Team. She has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., for 10 years. Currently she servers as President for the Senior Teen Age group, and has held the past office of Secretary. Ayanna plans to attend a four-year university and major in Chemistry. Her goal is to enter the Health profession as either a Medical Doctor or Occupational Therpaist.

rodney theodore haggins, jr.

Rodney Theodore Haggins, Jr. is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney and Brigitta France Haggins. He is a senior at Tabb High School in Yorktown, VA, where he is a member of the Varsity Football Team, Future Business Leaders of America, African-American History Club, served on the yearbook staff for two years, and ran track. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for five years, in the Hampton, VA and Tampa, FL chapters. Rodney plans to attend either Hampton University or Virginia Commonwealth University to major in International Business or Pre-pharmacy.

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ravenna johnson

Ravenna Johnson is a senior at Woodside High School in Newport News, ViA. She is the daughter of Aravia and Abdullah Johnson. She has been a member of the Hampton Chapter for 10 years. Ravenna served as Vice President of Woodside’s Family Career and Communication Leaders of America (FCCLA) and secretary of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA.) She has played school and club volleyball for 7 years. Ravenna has decided to attend Clark Atlanta University where she will major in Business Management and plans to pursue a career in Pharmaceutical Sales.

kofi michael merritt

Kofi Michael Merritt is a senior at Woodside High School in Newport News, Virginia and is the son of Kofi and Adria Merritt. He has been a member of the Hampton Chapter for four years and curently serves as sargent at arms. Kofi is a member of the National Honor Society, DECA (the International Associaton of marketing students), captain of the tennis team, and a member of the swim team. He volunteers as a 4-H camp counselor each summer and throughout the year. Kofi plans to attend Hampton University or Virginia Commonweath University and major in marketing.

jordan wesley turner

Jordan Wesley Turner is a senior at Jamestown High School in Williamburg, Virginia and is the son of William and Glenda Turner. He has been a member of the Hampton Chapter for 2 years and curently serves as secretary. Jordan is active in the Boy Scouts of America and is completing his Eagle Scout requirements. He is on the rowing team for the Williamsburg Boat Club and the captain of the Jamestown Track and Field team. Jordan is a member of First Baptist Church Williamsburg and recognize as the Youth Man of the Year. Jordan plans to attend Hampton University and major in Accounting.

midlothian, va ariel janae barone

Ariel Barone is a senior at Cosby High School in Midlothian, Virginia and is the daughter of Takisha Barone and the late Paul Barone. She has been a member of the Midlothian Chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. Ariel’s community involvement includes: tutoring elementary and middle school- aged children in math, volunteers at the hospital, active in the Red Cross club and is a member of the National Art Honor Society. She is very passionate about photography in her spare time. Ariel will attend a four year university where she will major in accounting/finance.

aaron christopher duhart

Aaron Christopher Duhart is a senior at Trinity Episcopal School, Richmond, Virginia. He is the son of Verna Bradby Duhart and Dr. H. Bobby Duhart. Aaron is an honor student, member of the Latin club, track team and captain of the varsity basketball team. He received several honors including selection to the All Prep League basketball team. Aaron is a member of First Baptist Church Centralia and a member of Jack and Jill for sixteen years. Aaron plans to continue his education and basketball career at the United States Military Academy at West Point, majoring in Psychology and Business.

fabian noel hillman

Fabian Noel Hillman, a senior at St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, Virginia is the son of Gregory and Deborah Hillman. He has been a member of the Midlothian Chapter for 15 years and served as Teen Corresponding Secretary and Vice- President. Fabian is a School Peer Advisor and member of the Cultural Diversity, Varsity Football, Track and Field teams. He is a Department of Veterans Affairs youth volunteer and Spring Creek Baptist Church youth usher. VCU, Howard and Morehouse are Fabian’s top college interests, in pursuit of Kinesiology major.

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jordan michael pointer

Jordan Michael Pointer is a senior at The Steward School in Henrico, VA and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey and Celestine Pointer. He has been a member of the Midlothian Jack and Jill Chapter for 10 years. Jordan formerly served as Parliamentarian and Sergeant at Arms. Jordan is a member of the Steward School Art Club, Theatre Tech Club, Union Branch Baptist Church Jr. Usher Board and the Steward School Varsity basketball team. Jordan will attend college where he will pursue degrees in Graphic Design.

norfolk, va tyson j. elliott

Tyson Elliott is the son of Cicely Jones. He has been a Jack and Jill member since 2007 and has served as Norfolk Chatper Teen Vice President, 2016-2017. Tyson is a senior at Grassfield High School. He is active in Future Business Leaders of America and enjoys volunteering and mentoring younger teens. Tyson plans to major in Political Science and to pursue a career in law.

aja shelton

Aja Shelton is a senior at Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is the youngest child of Darryl and Karen Shelton. She is the Co-President of Make A Wish club. She has been playing competetive tennis for over 8 years, varsity tennis for 5 years and was Co-captian of the team this year where they played in the finals of the conference and state tournaments. Aja performed mission work in Panama last summer and will continue in Guatemala this summer. She attends Calvary Revival Church in Norfolk, Virginia. She is undecided where she will be attending college next fall.

orangeburg, sc chandlar alexis glover

Chandlar Alexis Glover is a senior at the High School for Health Professions in Orangeburg, SC and is the daughter of Mr. Darastus and Dr. Sandra Glover. She has been a member of the Orangeburg Chapter for 10 years. Chandlar has been involved in Harvest Hope Food Bank, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, Adopt a Family Thanksgiving Iniative, voter registration drive and other Community Service Programs. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of South Carolina where she will major in Microbiology and would like to become a medical doctor.

Gabrielle Mary Nyasia Govan

Gabrielle is a senior at the High School for Health Professions, Orangeburg, SC and the daughter of Rep. Jerry (Wanda) Govan. Gabrielle has been a member of Orangeburg Jack and Jill for five years. Gabrielle is a member of Helen Sheffield Girls Club, NAACP, HOSA, HSAP Cheerleader Squad. Gabrielle is the Treasurer of the JJ Teen group. She also held the offices of Treasurer for Helen Sheffield and NHS and is the Captain of HSHP Cheerleading Squad. Some volunteering includes Soup Kitchens, Relay for Life, Voter Registration. Gabrielle dedided to attend Clemson University and major in Biology.

madison jayline irick

Madison Irick is a senior at the High School for Health Professions in Orangeburg, SC and is the daughter of Terry and Audrey Irick. She has been a member of the Orangeburg Chapter of Jack and Jill for two years. She is a junior volunteer, (Candy Striper) at the hospital, volunteer at the Orangeburg Development Center, a teen spokesperson on WSSB Radio Station, Girl Scout, member of the NAACP Youth Council and Helen Sheffield Federated Girls’ Club. She plans to attend Hampton University and major in Biology. Madison aspires to become a Sports Medicine Doctor.

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shani denise mcmillan

Shani McMillan is a senior at the High School for Health Professions in Orangeburg, SC, and is the daughter of Dwight and Adrienne McMillan. She has been a member of the Orangeburg Chapter for 8 years. She is the current teen Vice President of her chapter, Treasurer for the NAACP youth council, member of her school’s yearbook committee, and member of the National Honor Society. She is she plans to attend Spelman College and major in Communications.

michael mario morgan, jr.

Michael is a senior at the Orangeburg Consolidated District 5 High School for Health Professions in Orangeburg, SC. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Melissa) Smalls and Mr. Michael Morgan. He has been a member of the Orangbeug Chapter of Jack and Jill since 2012. Michael is active in numerous school and community preograms. He is a member of the Orangbeurg NAACP Youth program and enjoys volunteering with the SPCA. Michael plans to attend the College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina, or Anderson Univ. to major in Exercise Science. He also plans to become an officer in the USAir Force.

portsmouth, va jasmine denise gray

Jasmine Denise Gray is a senior at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, Virginia and is the daughter of Alphonso Gray and Dr. Latanya Gray. She has been a member of the Portsmouth VA Chapter for 16 years. She has been a member of the Western Branch Track team, the Western Branch band, Student 2 Student, FBLA, a Junior Marshall, DECA, and a 2017 Debutante. She has volunteered at the Chesapeake Public Library and Maryview Medical Center. She plans to pursue a degree in Biology for preparation for a career in Physical Therapy.

jeffrey noah jones ii

Jeffrey Noah Jones II is a senior at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Virginia and is the son of Jeff and Cheree Jones. He has been a member of the Portsmouth Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. for 14 years. Jeffrey has served on the Student Council, as Senior Class Representative for PTSA, the Boy Scouts and as President of the Teen Achievers. He has a Black Belt in Japanese Martial arts. Jeffrey plans to attend East Carolina University and study law.

gavin phillibert

Gavin Phillibert joined J&J in Scarsdale, NY, Westchester Chapter. He participated in activities to develop the whole child. Gavin was accepted in The Miller School boarding school’s pre-engineering program in Charlottesville, VA. He transferred to I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA to be closer to family and was accepted into the First College Dual Enrollment Honors Program & will graduate with an advanced diploma & 19 college credits. Gavin was elected Teen Treasurer, VP, & serves as Teen President. Gavin plays Lacrosse, cello, guitar, takes photography & will pursue engineering.

jordan elese yowell

Jordan Elese Yowell is a Senior at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk, VA and is the daughter of Lisa Godley and Jesse Yowell III. Jordan has been a member of the Portsmouth Chapter for 13 years, serving as Parliamentarian, Chaplain and Secretary of the Teen Achievers. Jordan volunteers as a church school teacher at New Life Providence in Chesapeake, VA. She has studied theatre at the Governor’s School for the Arts for the past three years. Jordan plans to study Anthropology and Entertainment Engineering in College. One day she wants to forge an innovative, captivating home for theatre.

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queen city, nc avin Micaiah lane

Avin Lane, son of Robert Lane and Kimberley Kearse-Lane, is a former member of the Overland Park, KS Chapter and a current member of the Queen City Chapter. Avin has excelled in football and track, winning the 2015 State Championship in Kansas in the 100 dash and in the 4 x 100 relay and placed in the Junior Olympics in Des Moines. Currently, Avin holds the fifth fastest time in the nation in the 55-meter dash indoor. Avin has committed to North Carolina A & T on a Track Scholarship where he will major in Biology and Sports Science.

raven selden

Raven is a senior at Lake Norman Charter in Huntersville, NC. She is the daughter of Robert and Sharay Selden. She has been a member of the Queen City Chapter for 5 years and is the current president of the Teen group. Raven’s volunteer opportunities include Relatives House, Ronald McDonald House and tutoring. Raven was the captain of track/cross country teams and she was the founder and president of the Diversity and Acceptance Club. She has been an active member in the Key Club, National Honor Society & Mu Alpha Theta . She will attend UNC-CH and major in Biology

morgan marie stoeling

Morgan Stoeling is a senior at Hopewell High School in Huntersville, NC and is the daughter of Michael and Donna Stoeling. She has been a member of the Queen City Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. for six years where she is the Teen Treasurer. Morgan is a Girl Scout and member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. She has volunteered as a precinct captain for Kids Voting, performed with the Charlotte Children’s Choir for 10 years, and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Morgan has decided to attend Hampton University where she will major in pre-nursing,

madison s. wallace

Madison Wallace is a senior at Mallard Creek High in Charlotte, NC. She is the daughter of Rodney and Veronica Wallace. She has been a member of the Queen City Jack and Jill Chapter for one year. Madison has been actively involved in Delta Gems/Academy for 6 years and a dedicated girl scout for 14 years. She has cheered for 4 years and is involved in numerous organizations that include National Honor Society, Spanish NHS, and Science NHS. She plans to be a dentist.

raleigh-wake, nc shelby nicole brown

Shelby Nicole Brown, a senior at Franklinton High School, Franklinton, NC is the daughter of Dominique and Michael Brown. As a member of Jack and Jill for 15 years she has served as Teen President, Raleigh Wake. Academic activities: College Fellows, Red Ram Mentor, National Honors Society, National Achievers Society (VP), FHS Indoor/Outdoor Track & Varsity Softball (Capt). Volunteerism: Oak City Outreach, Franklin/Wake County MLK Day, Hunger Relief Day, Haiti Earthquake Rescue, & Toy Drive - National Achievers Society. Recently recognized at the Congress of The National Academy of Future Scientists & Technologists; attending college this fall.

cameron fisher

Cameron Fisher graduated from Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina and is the daughter of Trina and Dale Fisher. She has been a member of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter for 9 years. She is editor-in-chief for the award-winning ‘The Prowler’ yearbook, served as a page for the NC Senate, and is a member of the National Honor Society, French Club, and French Honor Society. Community service projects include March of Dimes, NC Food Bank, Toys for Tots and Habitat for Humanity. She will attend the University of Chicago where she will major in genetics.

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james “biko” wilson, iii

James “Biko” Wilson, III is a senior at Garner Magnet High School in Raleigh, NC and is the son of Bridgette and James Wilson. He has been a member of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter for 5 years. Biko is the Auxiliary Lead in the GMHS Marching Band. He is very active with Baptist Grove Church. Biko has decided to attend Wake Technical Community College where he will seek a degree in Video Gaming Design. After receiving his Associate’s degree at Wake Tech, Biko plans to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree at NC A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.

grant tinsley little

Grant Tinsley Little is a senior at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC and is the son of Tania and Philip Tinsley Little. He has been a member of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter for 9 years. Grant is a classically trained singer and pianist who regularly participates in a variety community performances. He has sung with The Raleigh Boychoir for 7 years and has participated in productions of the North Carolina Opera, Carolina Ballet and Burning Coal Theatre. Grant plans to attend The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where he will major in music production.

hunter simone martin

Hunter Simone Martin is a senior at Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Martin (Nicole). Hunter has been a member of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter for 15 years. Hunter currently serves as the 2016-2017 Regional Teen President. At school, she has been involved in Student Government Association, community service clubs, served as student body president and has lettered in varsity lacrosse. Hunter plans to attend law school after graduating from a four year university, where she will major in Communications or Global Studies.

miles nance

Miles Nance is a senior at Holly Springs High School in Holly Springs, NC and is the son of Ife and Cornell Parks. He has been a member of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter for 8 years. He has completed a pre-college internship with the Delaware State courts and has performed a multitude of service hours with community organizations such as the Brown Bag Ministry, Oak City Outreach Center and Hope Community Church. He has decided to attend NC Agricultural & Technical College where he will major in History and aspires to continue to law school.

christian keith pigues

Christian Keith Pigues is a senior at Rolesville High School in Rolesville, North Carolina and is the son of Monica and D. Keith Pigues. He has been a member of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter for 5 years. Christian is a member of Baptist Grove Church and has volunteered with Feed the Hunger, Habitat for Humanity, the Durham Rescue Mission and the Oak City Outreach Center. He is also a nationally ranked middle distance runner. He has been accepted to Hampton University and plans to major in Communications and Music Production with plans to attend graduate school.

zachary clayton shuler

Zachary Clayton Shuler is the son of Daphne and Daryl Shuler. He is a senior and honor student at William G Enloe Magnet High School where he plays Varsity Basketball. He will attend North Carolina A & T State University in the fall of 2017 where he will play basketball and major in Mechanical Engineering. He has been a member of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter for 10 years. He is an active member of Mount Peace Baptist Church. He is an active volunteer at the Raleigh Boys Club and Wake County Food Bank.

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quinton james taylor

Quinton James Taylor is a senior at Panther Creek High School in Cary, NC and is the son of Titus and Pamela Taylor. He has been a member of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter for 10 years. Quinton has been an active member of Jack & Jill serving as the Teen Treasurer and Teen Vice President. Currently, he is serving on the Regional Nominating Committee. Quinton has a love and a talent for singing and will be pursuing this in college. Quinton is currently in rehearsals for the lead part in the Musical Legally Blonde being performed spring 2017.

richmond, va tatyana jolie broaddus

Tatyana Jolie Broaddus is a senior at Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia and is the daughter of Ward and Theresa Broaddus. She has been a member of the Richmond Chapter of Jack and Jill for 13 years. Tatyana is a member of the Key Club and DECA. She has volunteered for organizations such as the March of Dimes, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, Sportsbackers Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, Richmond Volleyball Club Youth Summer Camp, and the voting polls for Senator Donald McEachin. Tatyana has decided to attend George Mason University where she will major in Political Science.

eryn gazelle carlisle

Eryn Gazelle Carlisle is a senior at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dante A. Carlisle. She has been a member of the Richmond Chapter for 15 years and has served as teen president and secretary. Eryn is Student Council Vice President, Captain of the Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams, YMCA Leader’s Club Chaplain and is a member of STAMP, STCMed, Altar Guild, Model UN, Unity, Gold/White Leadership, Bible Club and Community Service League. She plans to attend Howard University or James Madison University and wants to become a Physical Therapist.

alexis farr

Alexis Farr is a senior at Matoaca High School in Chesterfield, Virginia and is the daughter of Calvin and Regina Farr. She has been a member of the Richmond Chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. In her free time, Alexis volunteers at the Richmond SPCA and the middle school near her high school. She is also a Girl Scout Ambassador and an avid member of the youth department of her church. Alexis has decided to attend Virginia Tech where she will major in Biology and pursue a career of an athletic physical therapist.

courtney elizabeth green

Courtney Elizabeth Green is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Terone & Michelle Green. Courtney is an honors student at Henrico High School (International Baccalaureate Program) in Richmond, VA. She has been a member of the Richmond Chapter of Jack and Jill for more than 15 years. Courtney is currently Student Government Senior Class President, a member of the National, Science and French Honor Societies and Beta Club. She will major in Biochemistry upon graduation and plans to become a Plastic Surgeon specializing in reconstructive surgery. In her free time, Courtney enjoys playing piano.

clarence n. jenkins, III

Clarence Jenkins is a senior at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, VA and is the son of Clarence N. Jenkins, Jr. and Pamela R. Jenkins. He has been a member of the Richmond Chapter of Jack and Jill for 15 years. Clarence serves on the Honor Council, Social Awareness group, and Political Awareness club at his school and is an Honor Roll student. He also plays football and runs track. Clarence has decided to attend Morehouse College where he will major in business.

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aaron christopher mayo

Aaron is a senior at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, VA. He is the son of LaShawn Winston-Mayo and Keith Maurice Mayo, Sr. Aaron has been a member of the Richmond Chapter of Jack and Jill for six years. Aaron is a member of the Skills USA /Technology Club, where he serves as president and a member of the Young Achievers Project, sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Commonwelth Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Aaron plans to attend the University of North Ohio to major in Automotive Technology in the fall of 2017.

roanoke valley, va braxton anderson berkel

Braxton A. Berkel is a senior at Glenvar High School in Salem, VA. and is the son of Glen and Sophia Berkel. He has been a member of the Roanoke Valley Chapter for two years. He’s currently the chapter’s Teen Officer: Foundation Chair. He’s All Conference in Soccer and is a captain on the Varsity Soccer team. He’s volunteered to feed the homeless, served underprivileged youth, assists at animal shelter, selected for pre-Health Bridge program with a local college and is graduating with Honors. He plans to get his degree in Kinesiology in Curry School of Education at Univ. of Virginia.

brendan alexander berkel

Brendan A. Berkel is a senior at Glenvar High School in Salem, VA. and is the son of Glen and Sophia Berkel. He has been a member of the Roanoke Valley Chapter for one year. He played on the Varsity Soccer Team and is All Conference in Soccer. He works with a landscaper, was on committee for Capital Campaign, volunteered to feed the homeless, served underprivileged youth, assists at animal shelter, selected for pre-Engineering Bridge program with a local college and is graduating with Honors. He plans to get his Masters at The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science.

south charlotte, nc andrew nathaniel allen

Andrew Allen is the son of Hugh and Natalie Allen. He is a senior at Charlotte Catholic High School in Charlotte, NC. He became a member of Jack and Jill in 2002 and is currently a member of South Charlotte Chapter. Andrew’s participation and interests over the years include JV and AAU basketball, Varsity Track, singing in Honors Chorus and playing piano.One highlight of his community service accomplishments includes raising over $5,000 for charity. Integrity, determination and faith will continue to guide Andrew’s path. He is planning to attend East Carolina University in the fall.

katya arbuckle

Katya Arbuckle is a senior at Grace Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the daughter of Charles and Stephanie Arbuckle. She has been a member of the South Charlotte Chapter for 6 years. She serves as her Chapter’s Teen Foundation Chair and a St. Matthew Catholic School classroom assistant. She is a member of the Girls Scouts of America, the Foundation for the Carolinas Teen Impact Fund and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. She looks forward to attending college this fall to study both art history and visual arts and plans to become a museum curator.

asha symone english

Asha Symone English is a senior at David W. Butler High School in Matthews, NC and is the daughter of Roy and Alyssa English. She has been a member of the South Charlotte Chapter for seven years. Asha has served as Secretary and Technology Chair. In school and the community, Asha is a member of National Honor Society, Senior Board, Outward Bound, Explorers, and the Park Ministries. She also participates in community service through the chapter and school. Asha has decided to attend Hampton University where she will major in Psychology as an initial step to becoming a Child Psychologist.

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bryce foreman

Bryce Foreman is a senior at Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw, North Carolina and is the son of Joseph and Lynne Foreman. Bryce has been a member of Jack and Jill for 9 years. He is involved in several extracurricular activities, associations and community service organizations that includes the Kappa Foundation Beautillion, Cuthbertson High School Varsity Basketball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Cuthbertson High School Film Club, and the National Society of High School Scholars. He plans to attend High Point University and major in Sports Marketing.

lauryn michelle harper

Lauryn Harper is a senior at Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the daughter of Michelle and Laurie Harper III. Lauryn joined the Jack and Jill family in 2010 in Durham, NC and transferred to the South Charlotte Chapter in 2011 when her family relocated to the area. She currently serves as Parliamentarian and has participated in numerous hours of community service throughout her high school years. Lauryn has been accepted and will attend Elon University in the Fall. Her future plans are to study Aero Space Engineering work in the field of Genetics.

madison jacob hembrick

Madison Hembrick is a senior at Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the son of Tracey and Adonis Hembrick. He has been a member of the South Charlotte Jack and Jill Chapter for six years. He is active in the community and volunteers for Second Harvest Food Bank, Samaritan’s Feet and the S.T.A.R.S. Academy tutoring students in math and science. In his leisure time, Madison enjoys skiing, traveling and playing drums. He is looking forward to attending college in the fall to pursue studies in the biomedical field.

marco hamilton pierce

Marco Hamilton Pierce is a senior at Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the son of Mr. Joseph and Kama Pierce. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 16 years, most recently with the South Charlotte Chapter for 3 years. Marco has worked in the community through Habitat for Humanity, Charlotte Men’s Shelter, Urban Ministries, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In addition, he has worked with community youth as a counselor at the Discovery Museum and Harris YMCA. Marco plans on attending college in the fall.

amahri z. snipes

Amahri Snipes is a senior at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, North Carolina. He is the son of Maurice and Cheri Snipes. Amahri has beem a member of the South Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill for six years. He has participated in many community service projects throughout the years, but his favorite volunteer work has been at Second Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte. Amahri will be attending the University of North Carolina Charlotte, majoring in Engineering-Construction Management with a minor in Film Studies. He plans to create short films and one day own the family business.

sydney nicole stephens

Sydney Stephens is a senior at Providence High school in Charlotte, NC and is the daughter of David and Maria Stephens. She has been a member of the South Charlotte chapter for 9 years. She is the South Charlotte Teen President, a member of the Science Honor Society, the National Honor Society, Multi-Cultural club, UNICEF, and Treasurer of Interact and Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, babysitting, and playing with animals. She plans to study Veterinary Medicine.

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spartanburg, sc sydney annmarie dixon

Sydney AnnMarie Dixon is a senior at Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg S.C. Sydney is the daughter of Dr. Carlotta Redish and Alpha M Dixon, Jr. She has been a member of the Spartanburg Chapter of Jack & Jill for 4 years. Sydney is a member of the National Beta Club, the National Honors Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. She plays varsity lacrosse and golf, and is a senator in her Student Government. Sydney was appointed to United Way of the Piedmont’s Youth Philanthropy Board and is an avid peer-tutor at McCarthy Teszler (Speical Needs) School and Meeting Street Academy.

charles lewis jeffers

Charles is a senior at Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg, SC and is the son of Brian Drummond and Carmen Jeffers Drummond. He has been a member of the Spartanburg Chapter for 16 years and currently serves as the chapter teen president. Community involvment: Viking Early College Treasurer, Macedonia Baptist Church music ministry, Ambassadors for Christ,National Honors Society, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Palmetto Boys State. Charles has decided to major in Chemical Engineering at Tuskegee University or NC A&T State University.

wilmington, nc jarvis ballard, jr.

Jarvis Ballard, Jr. is a Senior at New Hanover High School, Wilmington, NC. Jarvis is the sone of Nicole W. & Jarvis Ballard, Sr. He has been a member of the Wilmington Chapter for two (2) years. Jarvis is active with his Club because it’s right doing different activities to serve his community. He is a Youth Mentor at his church and at a local middle school In New Hanover County. Jarvis will be attending N.C. A&T University in Greensboro, NC. He will major in Accounting and Finance.

joshua bell

Joshua Bell is a senior at John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC and is the son of Andrea Saxton and Joel V. Bell, III. He has been a member of the Wilmington Chapter for 7 years. Joshua attends Mt. Zion AME Church where he is an active member of the Young Peoples’ Department, Jr Usher Board and youth choir. He is also a member of the Brigade Boys and GIrls Club and has represented the club as the 2015 and 2017 Youth Of The Year. He has decided to attend UNC-Charlotte, however he has not decided on a major.

shelbi monet long

Shelbi Long is a senior in the Lyceum Academy at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC. She is the daughter of Michael and Gia Long. She has been a member of the Wilmington Chapter for 8 years and is currently serving as Teen President. Shelbi has been a competitive dancer with Dance Express Performing Arts Center for many years. She also serves as a volunteer for the Community Boys and Girls Club and WMNX radio station where she co-hosts various youth-centered programming. She has decided to attend Spelman College where she will major in Political Science followed by law school.

georgette sidbury

Georgette is a Senior At New Hanover HIgh School, Wilmington, North Carolina. She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Timothy Sidbury. She has been a member of the Wilmington Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Chapter for 16 years. Georgette currently serves as Teen Vice President. She has also served the positions of : Secretary, Treasurer & Parliamentarian. She is Captain of the Dance Teen in High school. Assistant Cheerleading Coach at the Middle school, usher at her church and loves delivering meals of wheels to the elderly. She has been a member of the N.C. Azalea Festival Youth Com.

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