Greater Huntsville Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc.

The Greater Huntsville Chapter (GHC) of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was originally established as the Madison County Interest Group in July 1998 through the collaborative efforts of Mrs. Theresa Befecadu, Mrs. Sharon Butler, Mrs. Zelda Goggans, Mrs. Johnnie McAlpine, Mrs. Elaine Patton, Mrs. Claudia Smith, Mrs. Lydia Tadesse, Mrs. Rosa Kilpatrick, and Mrs. Bettie Upshaw. These mothers later connected with nine other mothers who shared the same vision: Mrs. Sorita Wherry, Mrs. Bernadette Jones, Mrs. Patricia Benson, Mrs. Rose Bell, Mrs. Reba Henson, Mrs. Karen Smith, Mrs. Shelia Nash-Stevenson, Mrs. Yolanda Dial and Mrs. Ann Warren. The Birmingham Chapter of Jack & Jill sponsored the Madison County Provisional Chapter.

Charter Officers:
Mrs. Sharon Butler, President
Mrs. Lydia Tadesse, Vice-President
Mrs. Karen Jones Smith, Program Director
Mrs. Theresa Befecadu, Treasurer
Mrs. Bernadette Jones, Recording Secretary
Mrs. Sorita Wherry, Corresponding Secretary
Mrs. Patricia Benson, Financial Secretary
Mrs. Bettie Upshaw, Historian

In July of 2010, the Madison County Chapter became the Greater Huntsville Chapter during the 39th National Convention in Chicago, IL. The boundaries were extended to include both Limestone and Morgan counties along with Madison County. In the earliest days of the chapter, a myriad of worthwhile activities and service projects were established for our Mothers and Youth. Some of the most notable activities and service projects include: 100 Black Men Health Fair and Walkathon, our annual Helpline Christmas Gift Wrap, donations to a local military family in support of the Region’s initiative of service to our military families, preparing toiletry bags for homeless shelters, donations to Downtown Rescue Mission, and providing Thanksgiving baskets to an adopted family in need.

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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:

Cultural Awareness

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.

Educational Development

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.

Social/ Recreational

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.

Legacy Membership

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.

    In the Spotlight


    Our Chapter’s Leadership Board

    Yolanda Powell-Friend

    Chapter President

    Richele Jordan-Davis

    Chapter Vice President

    Jamia Shepherd

    Chapter Program Director

    Tina Maye

    Chapter Recording Secretary

    Ashley Kelly

    Chapter Corresponding Secretary

    Margaret Carter

    Chapter Treasurer

    Jovonne Foster

    Chapter Financial Secretary

    Krista Himes-Shingleton

    Chapter Editor

    Community Service

    Local Philanthropies that we have had the honor of partnering with

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