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For Our Children
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 of more than 245 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development. Through lobbying, educational programming, dissemination of education materials, and the organization of community and charitable events, Jack and Jill has promoted the public awareness and interests of children including child development, child growth, child quality of life, child care and the promotion of children’s rights.
DFWMid-Cities Chapter History
A group of mothers living in the Mid-Cities area of Dallas/Fort Worth shared a common goal of creating cultural, educational, community service, and social activities for their children which would aid in molding them into well-rounded individuals for the future. After much research and discussion, the group decided that an affiliation with Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated would fulfill their children’s needs. Recognizing that steps needed to be taken Angela Jones and Donna Maple began contacting key individuals within the organization.
On May 24, 2003, a group of mothers met with Susan Johnson, South Central Regional Director presiding during that time. During that session, the mothers were given a detailed presentation of the organization; and given the necessary materials to form a Chapter. Mothers eagerly went into the community and networked with other mothers to begin building an interest group. On June 22, 2003, twenty-three women came together for their first interest group meeting. Angela Jones was elected President and the mothers selected DFW Mid-Cities as the group name. Six age groups were formed and the mothers carefully chose names for each group. With the goals set and the journey mapped out, 35 women and 73 children representing Colleyville, Grapevine, Haslet, Keller, Roanoke, Southlake, and Westlake began their quest. A quest driven by one sole reason-the children.
At the 50th Biennial Jack and Jill of America, Inc. National Conference, held in Kansas City, Missouri, President, Angela Jones, Vice-President, Sonja Haynes and Michelle Donatto, made an exceptional presentation in support of our efforts to become a Chapter. On July 22, 2004, DFW Mid-Cities was successfully voted in as a provisional Chapter. On October 9, 2004, our Charter Installation Ceremony was held at the Timarron Country Club in Southlake, Texas.
Charter Member Photo Here
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