Chapter History

We are proud to say, the Orange County Chapter has been in existence since 1980, in a county that comprises of less 3% African Americans.  For
almost 4 decades, we have made a significant impact within our surrounding communities through our activities, community outreach and the
leaders we have developed over the years.

Our chapter began in result of the fact received from the 1980 census report which indicated that Orange County had a Black population of
well over 25,000 people with a median age of thirty-two. Many of the adults reflected in the census data were the parents of young children
and they were seeking communication, fellowship, and the preservation of cultural values for their children. Like other parts of the country, it was necessary to provide an organization where African American families could interact and keep in touch with their roots.

Organizing an Orange County Jack and Jill Chapter was the direction our founding members believed would assist African American mothers and their children with an opportunity to meet and develop bonds through recreational, educational, civic and social events and activities. The founding members of our organization felt strongly that the establishment of an Orange County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated would offer an excellent vehicle to provide a positive, supportive environment for Black children to develop healthy feelings about themselves and others. On Sunday, February 6, 1983, the Orange County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was officially installed by the newly elected National President of the Far West Region, Mrs. Ramona Arnold. There were fifty charter members.

Since then, our organization has worked to support programs throughout the Orange County community. Service programs include: food drives
for homeless and child abuse centers; a letter writing campaign and “care packages” sent to our Armed Forces stationed in Iraq; a voter
registration drive conducted by our Group 5 teens to increase voter participation; and a chapter-wide shoe drive to benefit the Soles4Souls
charity with the collection of more than 1,600 pairs of gently used shoes that were donated to families in Kenya and Tokyo. The collection of
toys to distribute to disadvantaged youth at Christmas and the successful fundraiser our chapter held which generated over $10,000, which
was donated to the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Orange County. Additionally, for every Chapter-wide activity, we select a community
service activity, and for our 2020 National Day of Service in honor of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the children and adults of the
Orange County California Chapter donated time to help end hunger in their community by packaging food at the Orange County Food Bank in
Garden Grove, California.

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:

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.

Health

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.

Civic

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.

Membership

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.

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.

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    Leadership

    Our Chapter’s Leadership Board

    Brandi Gutierrez

    Chapter President

    Tecoa Turner

    Chapter Vice President

    Regina Ossey

    Chapter Program Director

    Diidri Robinson

    Chapter Recording Secretary

    Natasha West

    Chapter Recording Secretary

    Kimberly Murry

    Chapter Corresponding Secretary

    Tracee Jones

    Chapter Treasurer

    Kimberly Collier

    Chapter Editor

    Community Service

    Local Philanthropies that we have had the honor of partnering with

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