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Administration Highights 2012-2014

Leila Batties, President

2012-2014

 

Officers and Committee Chairs

President Leila Batties, Vice President Kim Ford, Treasurer Kim Barnette, Financial Secretary Bernardine Evans, Program Director Karen Horton, Corresponding Secretary Tiffini Greene, Recording Secretary Tina Hamilton Easter and Editor Lauryl Jackson.

Amenities/Hospitality: Wendy Gadson and Helen Saulny; Community Service: Amber Romine; Family Planning: Natasha Watkins; Foundation: Kim Alfonso; ather's Auxiliary: Brett Green; Jumoke: Gina Adams;  Legislative: Johnine Barnes;  Technology: Erika Livingston; Nominating:  Kim Sinkford; Benefit/Fundraising: Malaika Jones Kebede; Networking: Joy Dorsey and Shayleen Thorne; Constitution/Bylaws:  Yvonne William; 75th Anniversary:  Grace Speights and Joigie Tolson.

Chapter Awards and Recognitions

●          Chapter of the Year/Chapter Excellence Award, 2013 Eastern Region Conference in Bermuda.

●          Best programming activity for the Middle School Civil Rights Tour in June 2013, 2013 Eastern Region Conference in Bermuda.  Twenty-five teens, "tweens" and parents spent three days in Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham, Tuskegee and Atlanta where they visited sites such as the Sixteenth Baptist Church, the gravesite of Carole Robertson, the site of Bloody Sunday, the Martin Luther King National Historic Site and Spelman and Morehouse College.

●          Top award for Foundation Giving for the largest per capita contribution to Foundation and the largest contribution in excess of $10,000, 2013 Eastern Region Conference in Bermuda.

●          Outstanding Community Service for a donation in excess of 1550 pounds of food and $600 cash to a food bank/shelter in support of the Eastern Region community service initiative to address hunger, 2013 Eastern Region Conference in Bermuda.

●          Top programming for Group 5's STEAM activity at Howard University Hospital, 2014 Eastern Region Breakfast at 41st National Convention, Charlotte, North Carloina.

●          Outstanding Community Service for donating in excess of 28,000 pounds of food to persons/families in need in support of the Eastern Region's community service initiative to address hunger, 2014 Eastern Region Breakfast at 41st National Convention, Charlotte, North Carloina.

National Events/Activities

●          The Chapter played a significant role in the 2013 Inaugural Celebration hosted by Jack and Jill's National Executive Board celebrating the re-election of President Barack Obama.  Specifically, the Chapter helped to coordinate the Jack & Jill Pink, White & Blue Ball (January 18th and 19th) and the Inaugural Church Service at Metropolitan AME Church (January 20th).  Senior Teen President Gloria Walker and Senior Teen Vice President, Adam Reid, made a presentation to Metropolitan on behalf of the National Executive Board.

●          The Chapter hosted 300 Jack and Jill high schoolers from area chapters and chapters around the country for the A-List Party.  The party took place at the Capital Hilton Hotel on September 14, 2013, as part of the National On the Hill Legislative Summit, and our senior teens raised more than $1500 for charity from the event.  Earlier in the evening, the Chapter hosted a pizza and Wii party at the Capital Hilton for the middle school children participating in the legislative summit.

Local Fundraising / Community Service

●          For the 2012-13 program year, the Chapter's community service efforts focused on New Community for Children (NCFC) a local non-profit that provides before and after school care for underserved children and families in the Shaw neighborhood.  The Chapter painted and made other improvements to the NCFC facilities on the 2013 MLK Day of Service, and teens from the Chapter volunteered to read books to the young people at NCFC throughout the program year.  These activities were intended to enrich the Chapter's partnership with NCFC, which was the Chapter's 2012 fundraising beneficiary; also our Senior Teens raised another $1,102 for NCFC, which the Chapter presented during NCFC's annual summer gala in June 2013.

●          The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) was selected as the Chapter's 2013 Fundraising Beneficiary.  WTEF is a premier educational and tennis organization aimed at improving the life prospects of low-income and underserved children through athletics and academic enrichment.  The Chapter presented its donation of $10,000 to WTEF at an outdoor reception and tennis party on June 2, 2013.

●          The Anxiety and Depression Association of America was selected as the Chapter's 2014 fundraising beneficiary.  The Chapter donated $10,000 to the organization in honor of one of our young alumnae, Paul R. Webber, V, and also hosted a panel discussion on the topic of teen anxiety and depression at Howard University on June 22, 2014.

●          In 2013 and 2014, the other Chapter-wide community service projects were Project Giveback, where families came out the weekend before Thanksgiving and helped pack boxes of food to be distributed to needy families; the Cookie Bake for the Homeless and Hungry in support of the 2013 National Day of Service, for which we baked more than 1000 cookies and delivered them to So Others Might Each, Thrive DC, Martha's Table and New Community for Children; and support for the Library at Shepherd Elementary School, which included improvements to the library space and a substantial donation of new books.

Programming

●          Celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Jumoke. The annual event took place at THEARC and included remarks from Mayor Vincent Gray; Gina Adams has served as Chair of Jumoke for 8 years.

●          In support of Jack and Jill's National Programming Thrust/Healthy Living Initiative, the Chapter hosted Family Fitness Day in April 2012, 2013, and 2014.  At this event, moms, dad and children participated in Zumba, flag football, soccer, relay races, stepping, boot camp, tug-o-war and the like to promote a fun and active lifestyle.

●          The Chapter's age group activities expanded to include a Group 5 oratorical contest, which took place during Jumoke in 2013 and 2014.  The theme for the 2013 contest was Change the World Tomorrow.  The winners were:  Evan Moses (first place) and Alex Leonard and Shira Nash (second place). The them for the 2014 contest was Standing at the Crossroads, Where Will You Go?  The winners were:  Alex Leonard (first place), Layla Sana (second place) and Miles Reid (third place).  The themes mirrored the themes at Teen Conference for the respective years.

Chapter Operations

●          In the summer of 2012, the Chapter created a new website in order to more effectively communicate with membership about upcoming events and activities, to provide a medium to highlight the accomplishments of our children and families, and to share photos from various Chapter activities.  The website includes information about the Chapter to prospective members and others who want to learn more about our organization.

●          Speakers were invited to the Mothers Meetings to discuss a numberof topics of interest, including Dr. Linda McGhee  and Dr. Isabel Blackwood-Ellis to speak about the development of our children.

Thompson Quintuplets

●          The Chapter hosted a small dinner party for the Thompson Quintuplets' 16th birthday on May 8, 2013.  Senior Teens Sabrina Ford, Victor Leonard, and Jamar Nash joined Chapter Mom Monique Lenoir Pittman and President Leila Batties and the Quints -- Stella, Octavia, Emily, Richard and Anna Marie for dinner at Carmine's near Gallery Place.  On June 2nd, the National Executive Board attended the Chapter's reception and "tennis party" with the Washington Tennis and Education Founded where they were able to meet the Thompson Quintuplets and give them birthday gifts from Jack and Jill chapters from around the county.  With Monique Lenoir Pittman serving as the liaison, the Chapter and National continue to actively support the Thompson Quintuplets in numerous ways.

 

Administration Highlights 2010 – 2012

Anita Josey-Herring, President

2010-2012

 

Focus on Community Service, Chapter Infrastructure, and Programing:

 

  • Established a two year Chapter-wide focus on Community Service and engaged every age group in community service activities.
  • Appointed a Community Service Chair.
  • Established a partnership with DC CASA, a local affiliate of the national CASA a child advocacy organization and TD Banks.  Through the partnership, piggy banks handcrafted by children in every Jack and Jill age group were given to children in the District of Columbia foster care system.  The piggy banks were also placed in TD Banks across the metropolitan area to collect donations to establish saving accounts for the children in care.
  • Continued to support disadvantaged children participating in the Horton’s Kids Program by providing them with brown bag lunches for their weekend excursions. Provided Horton’s Kids with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner items.
  • Provided books to children of deployed military families and stocked a library in New Orleans to assist children affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Provided winter pajamas to children in foster care and socks to the elderly for Christmas.
  • Served Families at Martha’s Table for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • Upgraded the efficiency and effectiveness of Memberclicks.
  • Revamped the Chapter website.
  • Timely delivery of the 2010 and 20211 Per Capita Reports, the End of the Year Report for 2011, the 2011 Audit Report, increased spending categories within budget to accommodate chapter activities, increased foundation giving and effectively implemented the new Financial Handbook procedures in managing the budget and ended 2011 with a significant budget surplus.
  • Implemented a MOM’s List on the chapter website to provide information to mothers about highly rated references for activities, programming and support for their children.
  • Implemented the AIM for Healthy Living goal of the national president, Tara Labrie, by appointing a Healthy Living Coordinator.  The coordinator hosted a weekly jogging and walking outings which promoted healthy living and fitness.
  • Provided social opportunities for mothers through continued Jill’s Chills activities.
  • Provided children with educational, cultural social opportunities through chapter-wide activities through age group administrator, coordinators and the Program Chair.
  • Developed a stellar Program Book through the Program Chair.
  • Revamped and updated the Chapter’s local history on the website through the Historian.

Administration Highlights 2008 – 2010

Malva Daniel Reid, Ph.D., President

2008-2010

 

Focus on Chapter Operations, Community Service, and Programing: 

 

  • Developed a chapter operations manual for all officers outlining the duties and responsibilities for the two-year period including timelines of national, regional and local processes and events.
  • Had the highest number of members and teens attend the 2008 and 2009 clusters in the past 10 years.
  • Celebrated the inauguration of the 44th President, Barack H. Obama with a semi-formal family event.  Families were able to take pictures with a life size model of the president.  We had guests from chapters across the country join us in the celebration.
  • Celebrated the 70th anniversary of the chapter with a family black tie event with silent auction and picture taking at the Ritz Carlton hotel.  Everyone including the toddlers had a wonderful time.
  • Instituted a “Time to Shine” at the business meeting that encouraged mothers to share with the chapter members great things that were happening to them and their families.
  • Moved the discussion of children’s activities to the top of the meeting agenda and provided the equipment for mothers to share their groups’ activities through slide shows.
  • Instituted a meeting for members to learn more about the leadership opportunities at the national, regional and local levels.  This was held a few months before the election of new officers.  A number of the mothers who attended volunteered and were elected to serve as officers in the next chapter administration.
  • Reactivated the Associates group and got them engaged in the activities of the chapter.
  • Separated the September business meeting and the family day activity to allow mothers and families to have more time to enjoy each other.
  • As a community service activity with the Boys and Girls Town organization, we donated books and funds to help them establish on onsite library for the children.   A visit to the facility highlighted that the children had no books available to them except for their schoolbooks.

Administration Highlights 2006 – 2008

Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, President

2006-2008


Focus on Chapter Fellowship and Community Philanthropy

 

  • Increased participation in chapter-wide and age group activities by early development of chapter programming calendar and age group activities calendar by first Mother’s meeting through summer planning and  early identification of age group administrators and committee chairs.
  • Published First Chapter Directory with photos of mothers and listing career, educational and personal interests of mothers to facilitate networking and fellowshipping.
  • Published Chapter Newsletter.
  • Re-instituted chapter fundraiser and social activity: “Spring Fling in the Caribbean 2007” and “Hawaiian Luau 2008” and raised over $40,000 for the 2006-2008 program years for local child centered charities and the National Jack and Jill Foundation; both fundraisers provided an important opportunity for chapter families to fellowship and have fun while contributing to local charities.
  • Sponsored chapter book drive to donate books to Howard University Hospital Pediatrics Unit.
  • Streamlined the Mother’s meetings to allow time for fellowship and networking.
  • Moved Mother’s meetings to new elegant venue at Post Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University.
  • Re-activated the Jack and Jill Dad’s group. Established the first Father’s Day Family Golf Outing and Picnic and established “Jacks Chill” for the fathers in our chapter to network and fellowship.
  • Provided first all-in-one comprehensive chapter program and chapter history book, which has served as a template for future chapter program books.
  • Our chapter was a major supporter of “Free to Sing: the first African-American Opera Company” at the Strathmore Center.  It was a family activity and for many of our children, this was the first exposure to opera.
  • Elected Mother-of-the-Year 2008.

Administration Highlights 2004 – 2006

Anita Cooke Wells, President

2004-2006

 

Focus on increasing chapter visibility at the Regional and National levels

 

  • Oversaw the organizing of the 24th Biennial Regional Conference held at the Capitol Hilton in downtown Washington, D. C.
  • Obtained grant money for Hands-On Science project.
  • Chapter received the National Black Child Development Institute Award.
  • Chapter donated a substantial sum to the Jack and Jill Foundation.

Administration Highlights 2002 – 2004

F. Denise Gibson Bailey, President

2002-2004


Focus on Our Children and families, ensuring that the Jack and Jill experience was engaging and memorable as our founders intended. 

 

  • Launched monthly themes, aligned with the National foci, to focus the Chapter work and activities.
  • Expanded the communications vehicles established under the Speight administration to include electronic newsletters, weekly emails and group voicemails highlighting the monthly themes, activity notifications and emphasizing the achievements of our children
  • Established the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service as a day for chapterwide family centered service to our community.
  • Enhanced family activities to include Sunday dinner, sports events and social outings with special focus on engaging the moms, dads and children in recognition Jack and Jill Day.
  • Increased children’s participation at all age group levels including teen participation in the oratorical competitions at the Cluster level.

 

Adminstration Highlights 2000 – 2002

Grace E Speights, President

2000-2002


Focus on technology, administrative support, increased chapter visibility at the Regional, National, Foundation levels, and continued engagement of chapter members after graduating from the Chapter

 

  • Established Chapter’s first technology committee and the first internet website.
  • Began to communicate with chapter members through the use of email and other electronic media to encourage more efficient communications.
  • Engaged administrative support to assist us with record keeping and record organization.
  • Encouraged our Mothers to become more active at the Regional, National, and Foundation level.
  • Served on the Board of, and then became President of, the National Foundation.
  • Reactivated Chapter’s Associate Group.

 

History

Jack and Jill Story

The following statement was taken from an article by Mrs. Marion Stubbs Thomas (National Founder), which appeared in the first issue of the official publication, UP THE HILL, of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. She tells in simple and beautiful language of the start and rapid growth of Jack and Jill. She also expressed the ideas which Jack and Jill have followed since its initiation. 

“It is with deep and, I hope pardonable pride that I look back over the first ten years in the life of Jack and Jill. When the first little group of us organized in January 1939 in Philadelphia, we were seeking to stimulate a social and cultural relationship between our children. When I contacted the mothers and suggested a meeting to discuss plans for our new club, they were all enthusiastic and responded in a manner which was heart-warming. Little did we dream at the time that this idea which was so important and inspiring to us would grow to such proportions. As new members were welcomed, and then new chapters formed, the aims and ideals of Jack and Jill were strengthened, always with our children as the focal point. To us as mothers it 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 and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood. It is intensely satisfying to predict a nationwide group of mothers and children bound together by similar interests and ideals. As we grow in numbers and achievements, may we always keep before us the lofty principle upon which Jack and Jill of America was founded.”

Since the day which Marion Stubbs Thomas wrote, January 24, 1938, Jack and Jill of America has avalanched into a strong national organization. The story of its growth is one of amity and felicity.

As a result of the meeting of those twenty mothers in Philadelphia, the idea of bringing together the children in a social and cultural relationship spread to New York City where a similar organization was started in 1939. The third club was formed in March, 1940, in Washington, DC. Thus, Jack and Jill, which began as a local group became an inner-city association.

Between 1944 and June 1946, Jack and Jill groups expanded to ten with the addition of the following chapters: Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo, New York; Columbus, Ohio; Durham, North Carolina; and Memphis, Tennessee. Mrs. Dorothy Wright, who was president of the Philadelphia club felt that Jack and Jill had reached a point when consideration or organizing these groups into a national organization was indicated.

The Constitution and By-laws were drawn up by Attorney Charlotte Pinkett and Jack and Jill was incorporated under the law of the State of Delaware on August 28, 1946. The objectives set forth were: to create a medium of contact for the children and to provide a constructive educational, recreational, and social program for the children and their parents. “The Research for Rheumatic Fever” was selected as the first national project.

In 1961, the Philadelphia Chapter hosted the first Regional Teen Conference. The concept was so successful that Teen Conferences in other areas followed the pattern set forth by the Eastern Region. In 1953 at the National Convention in Memphis, Tennessee, the National organization established seven regions: Eastern, Central, Far West, Mid-Atlantic Mid- Western, South Central and Southeastern. Guidelines were also developed for future Teen Conferences.

For several years the regional plan was discussed during the annual convention. In 1957 at the National Convention in San Francisco, the Regional Mothers’ Conferences were voted on by the delegates from their regions. As a result, future National Conventions were scheduled biennially and Regional Mothers’ Conferences were scheduled for the alternate years. Teen Conferences would continue to convene annually.

As we grew as an organization, so did we grow in our programmatic thrust and service to the community.

In 1968 the Jack and Jill of America Foundation was brought into existence because our organization felt that monies given to charity must be channeled in a way to most effectively eliminate the contemporary obstacles that confront Blacks in society. Chapters pledged their support of the Foundation, as well as, instituting programs on the local level to raise the consciousness of their children. The years brought about the adoption of national themes geared towards satisfying the Foundation of our family structure.

In 1960, a National Office was established in Atlanta, Georgia. Mrs. Patricia Cannon was engaged by the National Executive Board to fill the position of National Executive Secretary.

In January 1988, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated celebrated its Fiftieth Golden Anniversary in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the organization.

In July 1990, at the National Convention in Memphis, Tennessee, the delegates voted on the site for the National Headquarters. In 1992 at the National Convention in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the National Organization purchased a national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Mrs. Patricia Canon retired at this convention but will be remembered for her unlimited knowledge and resources for Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. Our then National President Nellie Thornton installed the First International Chapter in the Republic of Germany on December 5, 1992.

We’ve come a long way since those 10 original chapters. We are now 220 chapters strong with a family membership of over 30,000. We’ve come back from the black affectations of the 40’s through the apathy of the 50’s, experiencing the volatile cries of the 60’s and the confusion of the 70’s, to stand ready and able to meet the challenges of the 80’s and create visions for the 90’s.

Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is strong and fervent in its belief that above everything else our children are our future.


OBJECTIVES OF JACK AND JILL

The objectives of this non-profit organization are:

To create a medium of contact for children which will stimulate growth and development
To provide for children a constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational and social program

The aims of the organization are:

To aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study.
To seek for our children the same advantages which we desire for our own.
To support all National legislation aimed at bettering the conditions of all children.

Washington, DC Chapter History

 

Our Foundation

In 1938, through contacts with relatives and friends, news about the Philadelphia Jack and Jill club that Marion Thomas started for her children and their friends spread throughout the east coast. Elinor McGuire, Lillian Howard Huffman and former Philadelphia Club member, Lillian Baugh Perry, were all personal friends of Marion's. So with her encouragement, ten mothers met at the home of Elinor McGuire for the purpose of initiating a Jack and Jill club in Washington, DC. Our "founding trio" -- Elinor, Lillian Bailey and Lillian Perry, previously met to lay the groundwork and formulate club plans. In 1940, they completed their plans. They were dedicated to carrying out the philosophy set forth by Mrs. Stubbs — the idea of having children meet socially for play and activity. The mothers agreed to the idea and officers were elected with Elinor McGuire serving as the first president.

On March 16, 1940, Washington, DC became the third Jack and Jill club following Philadelphia and New York. Elinor was elected as the first president; Lillian B. Perry, elected as vice president and chair of the Mother's Program Committee; and Lillian C. Bailey secretary. Other elected officers were Doris Gregory, treasurer, and Angela T. Hayes chair of the Children's Activities Committee. Under the leadership of Elinor McGuire, interesting mother's meetings and delightful children's activities were held. In 1938, Elinor McGuire wrote in a letter to the members of the Washington, DC Jack and Jill Club, which stated in part:

"Our purpose was to bring together children of our friends, giving them the opportunity not only to form friendship, but to play together, to learn together through cultural activities and to grow and develop into good citizens."

The first year was a success as the chapter grew in strength and purpose. Interesting and stimulating children's activities were planned. For many years, the meetings were combined with activities at the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA where youngsters shared toys from a large box made by mothers. By the end of June 1941, the first Mother's Banquet and Family Picnic were held. Our first charitable contributions were made to the Behavior Clinic at Freedman's Hospital (Howard University Hospital); and in 1941, the mothers sent a deserving child from the community to Camp Clarissa Scott. The chapter also donated oxygen tents to Freedman's Hospital. In 1942, the archives compiled and the chapter presented our first scrapbook with pictures of all the chapter families. Our first constitution was written and adopted and dues were set at 25 cents per child. Charter member, Burma Whitted, recalled in 1988, "We used ideas from Parents Magazine for discussion groups."

From the beginning, the group focused on the children — forging friendships and fashioning cultural, civic and service activities when options were limited by the segregated society. After four successful years in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, enthusiasm and interest in Jack and Jill spread westward. In 1946, Mrs. Dorothy Wright, president of the Philadelphia club, felt that Jack and Jill had reached a point when consideration of organizing groups into a national organization was indicated. The national organization was born on June 1, 1946, when representatives of eight of the ten former clubs — Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Columbus, Baltimore and Boston -- met to lay plans for the national organization. In August 1947, Jack and Jill was incorporated.

The Washington, DC Chapter flourished during World War II, and by 1942 had 60 members. In 1952, dues were up to $8.50 per member and there continued to be many successful social and service activities. The chapter eagerly planned for the Teen Conference scheduled for June 1953 on the campus of Howard University.

Years 20 through 70

In 1960, the chapter celebrated its 20th birthday with a reunion and a play performed by the children. All the age groups had exciting events and the teen dance was very successful. Our chapter continued through the 1970's and 1980's to produce imaginative and successful programs for children. The annual fundraisers were spectacular events, generating media publicity and raising record funds for the benefit of local charities. One very successful event in 1974 was the world premier at the Kennedy Center of the opera Til Victory is Won.

 In 1974, in an effort to give back to the community, the chapter raised funds to contribute to many organizations serving children and seniors. The chapter raised $17,000 in 1974 at the "Christmas Shoppe" fundraiser. The proceeds went to furnish the pediatric playroom at Howard University Hospital. The chapter also allied with Africare and the Jack and Jill Foundation to build a birthing clinic and safe drinking wells in Mali, West Africa. Washington, DC Chapter mothers ably served as regional and national officers of Jack and Jill Incorporated.

In 1990, the chapter commemorated its 50th Anniversary with a luncheon at the Blackburne Center at Howard University. It was truly memorable in that Jack and Jill Founder, Marion Stubbs Thomas, then National President Nellie Thornton, and most of the surviving chapter presidents and officers were in attendance.

In 2000, the chapter celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a formal dinner and dance that included a historical video for chapter members, coordinated by Stacey Reddick and Sheryl Lucas. Many past presidents were interviewed on tape for this video. In 2005 we celebrated our 65th anniversary with a candle lighting ceremony and reception honoring our founders. The same year, the Chapter hosted the Eastern Regional Mothers Conference, which included an evening cruise on the Potomac River.

On March 13, 2010, the chapter celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a black tie affair at the Pentagon City Ritz Carlton attended by approximately 370 adults and children. The event, chaired by Lori Soto, was also the chapter's annual fundraiser. More than $46,000 was raised and donated to Jack and Jill's National Foundation, Horizon's Greater Washington and Extra-Ordinary Life.

 75 Years of Legacy

Today, more than 150 mothers and more than 230 children make up the Washington, DC Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. In many cases, they represent up to three generations of Jack and Jill from chapters around the nation. We are chapter steeped in tradition, history, pride and diversity, and 75 years after our beginning, we remain focused on promoting the aims of our founders through sound programming, meaningful service, generous support of our community organizations and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, and a robust collective spirit of family.

 Programming

Each February, the chapter sponsors "JUMOKE" to increase awareness of African culture to our children and children in the community. "JUMOKE" is a Yoruba term meaning "one who loves the child." The program was conceived in 1989, when Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Africare collaborated to sponsor "JUMOKE," a program designed to help our children gain a broader view of the world; increase the knowledge, appreciation and enthusiasm of Africa among African American families; and heighten awareness among adults and youth to potential careers in international development, diplomacy and business.

February 22, 2014, marked the 25th anniversary of Jumoke. The event took place at THEARC and included remarks from Mayor Vincent Gray and performances by the Ballou High School Marching Band, the Washington Ballet at the THEARC, the Washington Performing Arts Choir, and new R&B singer Algebra, who sung her hit Nobody But You. The programming activities included a social awareness discussion on the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana and the Group 5 oratorical contest.

As part of Jack and Jill's National Programming Thrust/Healthy Living Initiative, the Chapter hosted Family Fitness Day in April 2012, 2013, and 2014. At this event, moms, dads and children participated in activities like Zumba, flag football, soccer, relay races, stepping, boot camp, and tug-o-war to promote a fun and active lifestyle.

In 2013, the Chapter's age group activities expanded to include a Group 5 oratorical contest. The theme for the 2013 contest was Change the World Tomorrow. The winners were: Evan Moses (first place) and Alex Leonard and Shira Nash (second place). The theme for the 2014 contest was Standing at the Crossroads, Where Will You Go? The winners were: Alex Leonard (first place), Layla Sana (second place) and Miles Reid (third place). The themes mirrored the themes at Teen Conference for the respective years.

Fundraising & Community Service 

New Community for Children (NCFC) was selected as the Chapter's fundraising beneficiary for 2012.   The chapter donated $10,000 to the organization, which provides before and after school care for underserved children and families in DC's Shaw neighborhood. Our Senior Teens also gave a donation of $1100.  NCFC was also a community service partner for the 2012-13 program year. The Chapter painted and made other improvements to the NCFC facilities on the 2013 MLK Day of Service, and teens from the Chapter volunteered to read books to the young people at NCFC throughout the program year.

The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) was selected as the Chapter's 2013 Fundraising Beneficiary. WTEF is a premier educational and tennis organization aimed at improving the life prospects of low-income and underserved children through athletics and academic enrichment. The Chapter presented its donation of $10,000 to WTEF at an outdoor reception and tennis party on June 2, 2013.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) was selected as the Chapter's 2014 fundraising beneficiary. The Chapter donated $10,000 to the organization in honor of one of our young alumnae, Paul R. Webber, V.  The chapter hosted a panel discussion on the topic of teen anxiety and depression at Howard University on June 22, 2014.  The panelists included representatives from ADAA, the mental health industry, and the Webber family.

Recent chapter-wide community service projects include:

 ●       Project Giveback, where our families went to the Bell Multicultural Center High School on 16th Street to pack boxes of food to be distributed to needy families for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

●       The Cookie Bake for the Homeless and Hungry on the 2013 National Day of Service. Children and moms from every age grouped baked more than 1000 cookies and delivered them to So Others Might Each, Thrive DC, Martha's Table and New Community for Children.

●       Support for the Shepherd Elementary School Library. On the 2014 MLK Day of Service, approximately 125 moms, dads and children went to the school to make improvements to the library space.  The chapter also made a substantial donation of new books from the school's "wish list".

Our Children

Of course, we are most proud of our children and regularly update the chapter website to showcase their many accomplishments.  Many of their achievements have also been recognized by Jack and Jill.  At the 2012 Eastern Region Teen Conference, Taylor Williamson, daughter of Shelley Brazier, won third place in the Academic Award and 26 Washington, DC Chapter teens were invited to attend the 2012 Jacqueline Moore Bowles Teen Leadership Summit, which kicked off the 40th National Convention in Philadelphia. They received the invitation for completing three leadership modules and three financial literacy modules during the 2011-12 program year. At the 2013 Teen Conference in Boston, Mackenzie Adelberg, daughter of Blanche Bruce, was the winner of the Graduating Senior Academic Award; Sarah Marion, daughter of Tanya Lumpkins Marion, received the Teen Academic Award; and Gloria Walker, daughter of Gloria Lawlah-Walker, won the Distinguished Teen Award.

In 2012, Victor Leonard, son of Kim Jeffries Leonard, was elected as the Eastern Region Teen Treasurer.  The following year, he was elected Senior Teen Regional Vice President. Victor was the first teen from the Washington, DC Chapter to hold elected office at the regional level since the 1982-83 program year, when Nate Brown was elected as the Eastern Region Senior Teen President.  Nate was the first Eastern Region Teen Officer from the chapter.

National Organization and Foundation

The Washington DC proudly supports efforts of Jack and Jill of America's National Executive Board and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation.

The Thompson Quintuplets

The Chapter hosted a small dinner party for the Thompson Quintuplets' 16th birthday on May 8, 2013. Senior Teens Sabrina Ford, Victor Leonard, and Jamar Nash joined Chapter Mom Monique Lenoir Pittman and President Leila Batties and the Quints -- Stella, Octavia, Emily, Richard and Anna Marie for dinner at Carmine's near Gallery Place. On June 2nd, the National Executive Board attended the Chapter's reception and tennis party with the Washington Tennis and Education Founded where they were able to meet the Thompson Quintuplets and give them birthday gifts from Jack and Jill chapters from around the county. With Monique Lenoir Pittman serving as the liaison, the Chapter and National continue to actively support the Thompson Quintuplets in numerous ways.

2012 Inaugural Celebration

The Chapter played a significant role in the 2012 Inaugural activities hosted by Jack and Jill's National Executive Board to celebrate the re-election of President Barack Obama. Specifically, the Chapter helped to coordinate the Jack & Jill Pink, White & Blue Ball (January 18th and 19th) and the Inaugural Church Service at Metropolitan AME Church (January 20th). Senior Teen President Gloria Walker and Senior Teen Vice President, Adam Reid, made a presentation to Metropolitan AME on behalf of the National Executive Board.

On the Hill Legislative Summit

The Chapter hosted 300 Jack and Jill high schoolers from area chapters and chapters around the country for the A-List Party. The party took place at the Capital Hilton Hotel on September 14, 2013, as part of the National On the Hill Legislative Summit. Our senior teens raised more than $1500 for charity from the event. Earlier in the evening, the Chapter hosted a pizza and Wii party at the Capital Hilton for the middle school children participating in the legislative summit.

Awards and Recognitions

The chapter has received numerous recognitions for its efforts on behalf of our children, community and organization.  Recently, at the 2013 Eastern Region Conference in Bermuda, the Chapter received the following awards:

 ●       Chapter of the year / Chapter Excellence Award.

 ●       Award for best programming activity for the Middle School Civil Rights Tour in June 2013. Twenty-five teens, "tweens" and parents spent three days in Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham, Tuskegee and Atlanta where they visited sites such as the Sixteenth Baptist Church, the gravesite of Carole Robertson, the site of Bloody Sunday, the Martin Luther King National Historic Site and Spelman and Morehouse College. The tour was loosely modeled on the travels in the children's novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis, which our Jack and Jillers read before their trip.

 ●       Top award for Foundation Giving for the largest per capita contribution to Foundation and the largest contribution in excess of $10,000.

 ●       Trophy for Outstanding Community Service for a donation in excess of 1550 pounds of food and $600 cash to a food bank/shelter in support of the Eastern Region community service initiative to address hunger.

At the 2014 Eastern Region Breakfast at the 41st National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Chapter received the following awards:

●       Programming award for Group 5's STEAM activity at Howard University Hospital.

●       Outstanding Community Service Award for donating in excess of 28,000 pounds of food to persons/families in need in support of the Eastern Region's community service initiative to address hunger.

The Washington, DC Chapter has a wonderful heritage as women of dedication to our children and our community, as women of outstanding talent and resources, and as women of vision and promise. We are challenged and inspired by our history. Jack and Jill was founded 75 years ago by mothers concerned about the impact of segregation and opportunities not afforded their children. They came together as friends who literally worked together, lived together and played together. Today, our children, families and social circles are diverse and opportunities are available; yet we reflect upon our past and envision our future to develop ways to ensure our Jack and Jill village flourishes despite our multi-faceted lives.

 

Washington, DC Chapter Presidents

  • Elinor H. McGuire, Founder, 1940 - 1941
  • Elinor R. Waller, 1941 - 1942
  • Bernice C. Resson, 1942  - 1944
  • Hortense Fitzgerald, 1944  - 1946
  • Elise D. Martin, 1948 - 1950
  • Thelma H. Fitzhugh, 1950 - 1952
  • Marian H. Bluitt, 1952 - 1954
  • Burma A. Whitted, 1954 - 1956
  • Gwendolyn Robinson, 1956 - 1958
  • Carolyn French, 1958 - 1960
  • Jacqueline Robinson, 1960 - 1962
  • Margaret L. Murray, 1962 - 1964
  • Evelyn G. Wallace, 1964 - 1966
  • Yetta W. Galiber, 1966 - 1968
  • Elaine C. Hancock, 1968 - 1970
  • Pearly Watson Boschulte, 1970 - 1972
  • Patricia W. Morris, 1972 - 1974
  • Opal B. Hyde, 1974 - 1976
  • Johnnie R. Brown, 1976 - 1978
  • Lorethea F. Davis, 1978 - 1980
  • Alma A. Brown, 1980 - 1984
  • Dianne Mance, 1984 - 1986
  • Lynn C. French, 1986 - 1988
  • Carolyn Williams, 1988 - 1990
  • Lilia Abron, 1990 - 1992
  • Shirley Robinson Hall, 1992 - 1994
  • Stacey Hall Reddick, 1994 - 1996
  • Dayle Walden Hall, 1996 - 1998
  • Lynnette H. Haynes, 1998 - 2000
  • Grace Speights, 2000 - 2002
  • F. Denise Gibson-Bailey, 2002 - 2004
  • Anita Cooke Wells, 2004 - 2006
  • Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, 2006 - 2008
  • Malva Daniel Reid, 2008 - 2010
  • Leila Batties, 2012 - 2014
  • Gina Adams, 2014 - 2016

Mothers

Mothers of the Year

Award Recipients

If you can help complete our Mother of the Year Archive list below, please email recipient, accomplishment and year to [email protected].

1989-1990     Carolyn Ousley Williams, Chapter President

1990-1991

1991-1992

1992-1993

1993-1994    Joan Christopher

1994-1995    Tawana Hicks

1995-1996    Carolyn Dawes

1996-1997    Laurel Tucker

1997-1998    Dayle Walden Hall, Chapter President

1998-1999

1999-2000    Marcella Jones JUMOKE

2000-2001    Stacey Reddick, Chapter President, Regional Officer

2001-2002    Grace Speights, Chapter President

2002-2003    Betty Noel Cushenberry, Senior Teen Administrator

2003-2004    Barbara Marshall-Bailey, Editor/Webmom

2004-2005    Beverly Branton Lamberson, Chapter Directory

2005-2006    Annie Whatley, 2005 Mother's Conference Co-Chair

2006-2007    F. Denise Gibson-Bailey, Past President and Family Planning Chair

2007-2008    Anna Blackburne Rigsby, Chapter President

2008-2009    Cheryl Randall Thomas, Membership & Nominating Committee chairs, Admin/Coordinator

2009-2010    Tanya Lumpkins Marion

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013    Malva Daniels Reid, Chapter President, Senior Teen Advisor

2013-2014    Helen Cannaday Saulny, Chapter Corresponding Secretary, Senior Teen Advisor, Amenities/Hospitality Chair, Age Group Administrator