Our Chapter

The Sensational St. Clair County Chapter of Jack and Jill was organized as a mother’s group by Margaret Handy in 1983.  The East St. Louis Chapter provided guidance and sponsorship. Nineteen mothers were concerned about the isolation of black families living in small towns in St. Clair County.  These mothers and twenty‐nine children from the cities of Fairview Heights, O’Fallon, Belleville, Lebanon and Scott Air Force Base in Illinois were granted provisional status on October 27, 1983.  St. Clair County was officially nominated and voted to become a Chapter at the 1984 Jack and Jill National Convention in Washington, D.C.

For the past 36 years, the St. Clair County Chapter has provided its families and the community with innovative programming and philanthropic activities in line with the Mission and Purpose of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. 

 

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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 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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In the Spotlight

Mothers
Children’s Programming
Our children ages 2-12 enjoy a robust schedule of activities. Mothers plan fun and educational event meant to enrich and inform.Our Grade Groups are: Pandas (Pre K-K), Tykes (1st-3rd), Beboppers (4th-5th), Phoenix (Middle School) and Pacesetters (High School)
Teens

Leadership

Our Chapter’s Leadership Board

Tamara Parker

Chapter President

Pamela Morris- Thornton

Chapter Vice President

Kristina Anderson

Chapter Program Director

Clarissa Harris

Chapter Recording Secretary

Adriena Beatty

Chapter Corresponding Secretary

Monica Murray

Chapter Treasurer

Johanna Jones

Chapter Editor

Community Service

Local Philanthropies that we have had the honor of partnering with

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