The Gracious Greater Chattanooga Chapter (GCC) was glad to reunite in person! We started the 2022-2023 Program Year with a family-filled Carole Robertson and Jack and Jill Day programs. Families worshipped together, enjoyed a deliciously catered brunch, and participated in several “Minute to Win It” games afterwards. Some mothers elected to decorate the brunch tables with items that represented their family. There was a family game night table, a New Orleans Saints decorated table, and a travel table, to name a few.
This year, moms planned for more outdoor activities–Jacks, Jills, parents, and Teens had a great time in a pumpkin patch at Copper Creek Farm in October. While continuing to focus on food insecurities in the community, the Jacks and Jills collected food donations for the Chattanooga Food Bank and the GCC Teens provided Thanksgiving food baskets for families in need at Orchard Knob Elementary School. The day after GCC families shared their time and talents with a local unit of the Boys and Girls Club of America, we enjoyed a few rounds of ice skating at Ice on the Landing.
GCC continues to apply Jack and Jill’s commitment to serve. We thoroughly enjoy helping others and will continue to do more for ALL children. The teachers and students of DuPont Elementary experienced this first-hand when the GCC families and prospective families created a Belonging Center in the school’s library and set up a STEM resource lab for the teachers during our Day of Service event in January 2023. The donated shelving, wall art, and STEM materials celebrated diversity of thought and ideas. Donations of books such as Colin Kaepernick’s “Color Myself Different”, which is based on true events of Mr. Kaepernick’s childhood, encourages self-discovery and identity that celebrates the beauty of our differences.
About Jack and Jill of America
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 262 chapters nationwide, representing more than 50,000 family members.
Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under our five point programmatic thrust:
We remember the ways of living developed by communities and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. Through our cultural heritage we honor and preserve those who are making a difference in our community by teaching our children to cherish their past and be excited about the future.
The core of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy is that every child – if given the proper guidance and opportunity – can be developed into a leader. Whether it is through skill enhancement or understanding the concepts of integrity, Jack and Jill has become a national icon in creating effective leaders.
We are social beings with a need for balance to function and maintain healthy lives. We believe it is necessary to engage our children both socially and recreationally, learning to interact with peers and others in a healthy, positive and productive manner. These activities promote processes that help to refresh and reinvigorate both the mind and body.
Chapters continue to embrace the importance of being more aware of health issues that impact our communities, resulting in an organization that is more health conscious. We are committed to providing healthy behaviors and personal empowerment programming and training for families to live healthy lifestyles.
Since our inception, we have been committed to legislation aimed at bettering the lives of all children. Past and present legislative advocacy focus has been on violence in the media, health and wellness initiatives, voter registration, responsible gun laws, and equal access to quality education.
We are a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 to 19, dedicated to nurturing future Leaders by supporting children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. Jack and Jill has 262 local chapters within 7 geographical regions in the United States.
Become a Member
If you are interested in becoming a member of this chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., you must be sponsored by a member(s) of the chapter. You will be invited to attend a meeting where pertinent information, such as the qualifications, cost, selection process, and other information will be discussed
An individual meeting all requirements and qualifications must then be approved by chapter vote to complete the selection process. Each chapter is autonomous and has specific criteria for sponsoring new members.
If you are a child or the spouse of a child whose mother graduated from a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in good standing and you meet the other criteria for membership, you are eligible for membership as a Legacy Member. Legacy forms can be obtained from our National Office.
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