The Louisville Chapter of Jack and Jill was chartered in Louisville, KY on September 18, 1954, with twenty-four charter members.
The charter members included: President- Minnie Alta Broadus; Vice-President-Helena Lawson; Secretary-Juana Morrell Johnson.
mother members: Viola E. Baker, Goldie Winstead Beckett, Lois Schnaefer Bright, Hazel Grundy Brown, Dorothy R. Coleman, Dorothy Grain Cox, Mary Frances Anderson Cunningham, Mary Hemmons Curry, DeJarnette Pate Duncan, Theo Bradshaw Evans, Winifred Foley, Lucylle Lewis Foster, Helen Alice Kean Johnson, Mary Alice Kinslow, Bernice Batts Lewis, Marie Lively, Frances Parrish, Anita Wilson Robinson, Elizabeth Scherer, Jone Stanley and Virginia M. Williams.
Over the past 60 years, several hundred families have been a part of the legacy of our organization and have contributed greatly to the cultural, educational, and social realm of the Louisville community.
Children’s programming is divided into groups by school grade and/or age. The children’s groups meet once a month and events for the year are to include educational, health, financial literacy, recreational, social and civic activities. The groups are as follows: Humpty Dumpty — preschool to kindergarten; Pixies — 1st-2nd graders; Lads and Lassies — 3rd-5th graders; Junior Lateens 6th – 8th graders; and Senior Lateens — 9th-12th graders.
The civic service partnerships our chapter has sponsored in our community have been thoughtful and purposeful. They include presenting gifts to an emergency shelter home for children; visiting nursing homes; clean-up and winterization projects for senior citizens; collecting canned goods and toys for needy families; serving meals monthly at a mission house; serving monthly meals at West End School (boarding school for boys) and participating in voter registration drives.
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 252 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 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 252 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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