MHVC 30th Anniversary Souvenir Journal

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A Legacy of Leadership & Service 30th Anniversary Gala

Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Jack and Jill of America, Inc. October 8, 2022 The Sonesta, White Plains, NY Text JJMHVC30 to 44-321 to donate to this fundraiser. Help us reach our fundraising goal to support youth mental health programming.


Jack and Jill of America, Inc. NATIONAL HISTORY MISSION: Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2—19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. The late Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, on January 24, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19. In 1946, 10 chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. The constitution and bylaws were drawn up, and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware. Today, Jack and Jill boasts more than 260 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium contact for children to stimulate their growth and development. “To us as mothers, [Jack and Jill] has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire ...to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood.” Text JJMHVC30 to 44-321 to donate to this fundraiser. Help us reach our fundraising goal to support youth mental health programming.


Dawanna Veneable 13th Chapter President Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Greetings Jack and Jill Families and Friends, On behalf of our 39 Mother Members and 9 Associate Jewels, it is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to this 30th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala, “Bowties & Pearls: A Legacy of Leadership and Service” hosted by the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Thank you for joining us as we celebrate this Two-Time Five Star Chapter of Excellence! For 30 years, the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter has proven its commitment to nurturing and developing future leaders. This program year our Chapter Theme is R.I.S.I.N.G. Together! Our Mother Members are Ready to Intentionally Serve and Inspire the Next Generation. We are living our theme and advancing the vision of our Founders and Charter Members through the ongoing commitment of our Mothers and Associates, brilliantly supported by our Fathers Auxiliary. Tonight, we honor our chapter’s past achievements, celebrate our present success, and raise funds for future programming that will enable, embolden, and empower the next generation of leaders. Our heartfelt thanks to our Regional Executive Board and our National Recording Secretary for attending and supporting this anniversary fundraiser. You have all set a brilliant example of servant leadership for Mothers in the Mighty Eastern Region and for our beloved chapter. Congratulations to the entire 30th Anniversary Committee; your dedication to presenting this beautiful chapter milestone celebration is sincerely appreciated. Long live the Two-Time Five Star Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter! Long live Jack and Jill!

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Greetings Madame President Dawanna and Greetings to the entire Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, It gives me great joy to congratulate you on your chapter’s 30th Anniversary. You did not reach this significant milestone by simply counting your years of service but by working tirelessly to live out the mission of our beloved organization, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Your two-time Five Star status clearly shows that you exemplify all the best that our beloved organization represents and offers. Your commitment and dedication to our children and the communities of Northern Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess are quite evident and deeply appreciated and tonight we celebrate your legacy of leadership and service. As your Eastern Region Foundation Member-at-Large, I thank you for the work that you have done to support our Jack and Jill of America Foundation. Thank you for your Loose Change contributions. Thank you for the phenomenal fundraising efforts brought forth by your teen group. And thank you all for the magnificent work you have done over the last thirty years to support our Foundation’s mission of addressing issues affecting African American children and families by investing in programs that create a strong foundation for children to thrive long-term. While we are here to celebrate your 30th Anniversary, I would like to recognize that your efforts in putting this wonderful event together will ultimately benefit the programs offered by our Jack and Jill of America Foundation.

Mid-Hudson Valley, thank you for wrapping your arms around the Mental Health crisis that is so prevalent in our communities. Your partnership with NAMI, Ossining Open Door Foundation, and Breaking the Silence has been impactful. Thank you for the work that you continue to do to improve African American communities one child at a time. Congratulations again! And continue R.I.S.I.N.G. Together. Your service is meaningful, impactful, and very much appreciated. Yours in Service,

Alexis James Steals Eastern Region Foundation Member-at-Large

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Margaret Gibson Chair, Associate Group Past Eastern Region Secretary Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Dear Mid-Hudson Valley Family & Friends,

I am truly humbled and honored to bring greetings on behalf of the Fabulous Associate group. Today we celebrate 30 years of dedication and service to the Marvelous Mid-Hudson Valley chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. 30 years of nurturing our children to become future leaders. 30 years of supporting our collective Jack and Jill community with our partners by our side. The lustrous pearl which stands as a symbol of wisdom and love represents three decades of giving of ourselves. A chapter committed to service and philanthropy. Just like a long-lasting and committed love, pearls take time to grow and so did Mid-Hudson Valley. The chapter has now been recognized as a two-time Five Star Chapter of Excellence. Our theme, Bowties & Pearls: A Legacy of Leadership & Service is so befitting of this chapter because it takes a village for us to become a thriving and successful chapter. Congratulations to the committee for all their hard work in executing this marvelous event. On behalf of the MHVC Associates, I am excited about where we are headed. Many great adventures await us as we continue to grow this fun, dedicated and committed group of mothers. We are here to support the chapter and the beautiful journey will continue in a race that will never be won; as we continue to grow. We are Jack and Jill, Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, mission focus to lead and serve. So, remember, enjoy this beautiful gala, the memories that will be made, until the next time. The Associates are wishing you all happiness and much love as we move forward to our next milestone anniversary as a family. With many blessings,

Margaret Gibson Margaret Gibson Associate Chair Past Eastern Region Secretary Text JJMHVC30 to 44-321 to donate to this fundraiser. Help us reach our fundraising goal to support youth mental health programming.


Courtney Smith Chair, Fathers Auxiliary Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Greetings, Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, Congratulations on 30 Years of serving the community! I am honored to be your Mid-Hudson Valley Fathers Auxiliary Chair. The Father’s Auxiliary has served an essential role in assisting the mothers in delivering programming and initiatives that stimulate the growth and development of our children. Whether serving as Parents on Patrol (POPs), organizing a community fundraiser, or building a book nook and donating books, fathers play a vital role in helping to achieve Jack and Jill’s mission. I look forward to our continued partnership in the pursuit of excellence for our children and the community. Best Regards,

Courtney Smith Courtney Smith Fathers Auxiliary Chair Text JJMHVC30 to 44-321 to donate to this fundraiser. Help us reach our fundraising goal to support youth mental health programming.


Program Welcome & Opening Remarks

MHVC President Dawanna Veneable

Processional of Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Members Invocation

MHVC Chaplain Cheryll A. Smith

Acknowledgements Greetings

National Recording Secretary Ily J. Houston Regional Director Melinda Alexis-Hayes

Presentation of Charity Recipients

MHVC Foundation Chair Robin H. Williams

Dinner

Dessert

Dancing

Silent Auction

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Thank You & Congratulations to

The 30th Anniversary Event Committee President Dawanna Veneable Program Director Jennifer Joly Treasurer Lisa Alexander Editor Tiffany Mizen Foundation Chair Robin Williams Lead Teen Advisor Karen St. Vil Mother Tawana Haynes Mother Michelle Valdes-Botter We would also like to acknowledge the service of past committee members who also contributed to the successful coordination of this fundraiser event Immediate Past President De-Angela Watt Financial Secretary Natalie Rawlinson Group Leader Latoya Bennett-Johnson Mother Ellen Leonard Hilton

Associate Life Member Kecia Palmer-Cousins Mother Karen Pelaez Thanks also to Mother Ryanna Blackburn, Mother Tynelle Boothe, Protocol Chair Sheryl Warren, and Associate Chair Margaret Gibson for their supportive contributions Text JJMHVC30 to 44-321 to donate to this fundraiser. Help us reach our fundraising goal to support youth mental health programming.


Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter History On December 2, 1990, a group of about thirty 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 of America, Inc. The group was approved for Provisional Group status on April 11, 1991. All children’s groups met for their first monthly activity in April 1991. Strong bonds quickly formed amongst the children and new friendships were made in the ranks of the membership. For the next year, the mothers worked very hard to build a strong and cohesive chapter, and to provide for our children the benefits we sought in joining the organization. On July 22, 1992, the delegates at the 30th National Convention in Orlando, Florida, approved the formation of the Mid-Hudson Valley Provisional Chapter. On October 17, 1992, National President Nellie A. Thornton installed the MidHudson Valley Chapter (MHVC) and initiated 63 members. Our installation theme was “Weaving the Basket of Life: 5P’s (Pleasure, Praise, Pride, Perseverance and Power).” This was a very special day and the culmination of over two years of hard work! It was well worth the wait! Pennye Walters Nash became MHVC’s first President. The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America now boasts 30 years of working together, playing together, and living Jack and Jill of America's national aims and goals. In 2022, we have 39 outstanding and committed mother members who intentionally design and coordinate superior recreational, service, civic, educational, and cultural programming for our children throughout the year. We proudly celebrate our dynamic and distinguished history. We look forward with enthusiasm to the future. We fully embrace the Power to Make a Difference by staying On Mission, On Purpose as we Empower Families for Success. The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter is R.I.S.I.N.G. Together! We are Ready to Intentionally Serve and Inspire the Next Generation for another 30 years and beyond. Text JJMHVC30 to 44-321 to donate to this fundraiser. Help us reach our fundraising goal to support youth mental health programming.


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2022—2024 Executive Board Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter 2022—2024 Executive Board

Dawanna Veneable President

Janice Byndloss Vice President

Maxine Worden Lisa Alexander Corresponding Secretary Treasurer Tiffany Mizen Editor

Jennifer Joly Program Director NatalieRawlinson Financial Secretary

Robin Williams Foundation Chair

Ludmilar Mesidor Recording Secretary Tosha Walton Historian Valerie Raynor Parliamentarian

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2022—2023 Members Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Members Lisa Alexander Latoya Bennett-Johnson Ryanna Blackburn Ashlea Bonds-Liptay Tynelle Boothe Janice Byndloss Shari Cushnie Valcuse Delma Sherrie Donaldson Anastasia Dukes-Asuen Ellen Exum Katasha Harley DaMia Harris-Madden Helena Hawkshawe-Webster Tawana Haynes Ellen Hilton Jennifer Joly Diann Kelly Jennifer Maine

Ludmilar Mesidor Tiffany Mizen Juliet Nevins Deon Perry N. Damali Peterman Natalie Rawlinson Valerie Raynor Ingrid Richards Ashley Sacaza Cheryll Smith Sharla St. Rose Karen St. Vil Michelle Valdes-Botter Dawanna Veneable Marla Walker Tosha Walton Sheryl Warren De-Angela Watt Robin Williams Maxine Worden

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Congratulations to my beloved MHVC on 30 years of leadership & service to the Hudson Valley community from your grateful Chapter President Dawanna Long live the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter! Long live Jack and Jill!

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Congratulations to Robin Williams and the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of Jack & Jill of America on the occasion of the 30th anniversary!

“Long Live Jack & Jill!”

- Karen Whyte-Smith & Family

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Congratulations to Robin Williams and the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of Jack & Jill of America on 30 years of outstanding service and support to our nation’s children. Much love always, Your Sands of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Pi Delta Chapter Spring 1985

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Congratulations Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated and Mother Robin Hodge Williams on your chapter's 30th Anniversary!

Continue Empowering our Youth to Make a Difference

LONG LIVE JACK & JILL! - Shuana Tucker-Sims, Ph.D. Life & Associate Member Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated Text JJMHVC30 to 44-321 to donate to this fundraiser. Help us reach our fundraising goal to support youth mental health programming.


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Congratulations and Best Wishes to my Sister and Soror

Robin H. Williams and the

Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill on your 30th Anniversary! Keep the faith and stay the course to fortify our community and enrich our youth!!!

Cynthia J. Gresham, MHA, OTR/L, RP Text JJMHVC30 to 44-321 to donate to this fundraiser. Help us reach our fundraising goal to support youth mental health programming.


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Thank you to our Silent Auction Donors Sandra Calhoune — Stamford-Norwalk Chapter Associate Jewel Rhonda Clarke Marcus Escribano

Holbrook Cottage March Boutique Editor Tiffany Mizen Lead Teen Advisor Karen St. Vil Mother Diann Kelly Lily of the Valley Florist

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The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter would like to thank Gem Donors Geoffrey and Edna Lord

Friend of MHVC Donor David McCants Friend of MHVC Donor The Harvey School Friend of MHVC Donors Gary & De-Angela Watt Good Tymes Entertainment GrandStand Sports and Memorabilia, Inc. Mima Couture, llc Saxman Noel Haye Thank you to all those who supported, donated, encouraged, and helped us raise funds to support mental health programming for youth, and thank you to those who are celebrating our 30th Anniversary with us tonight!

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A Legacy of Leadership & Service

Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

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Thank you for celebrating our 30th Anniversary with us! The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter 2022-2023 Text JJMHVC30 to 44-321 to donate to this fundraiser. Help us reach our fundraising goal to support youth mental health programming.