Our Chapter

Welcome to the Boston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. We have been making a difference in our community since 1946.

On June 1, 1946, Anne Magbie, the first Chapter President, traveled to Philadelphia to be present at the meeting convened by first National President Dorothy Wright to organize a national structure for the organization. Since those early days, the Boston Chapter has grown in numbers and scope.

The combined creativity, energy and commitment of hundreds of mothers have sustained the Boston Chapter for 70 years and have kept Jack and Jill’s torch aflame since Annie Magbie was installed as Chapter President those long years ago. The guiding spirits of the women listed below will surely tend that flame for many, many more years to come:

We hope you consider joining us as either a member or a partner.

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 more than 245 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members.

Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under our five point programmatic thrust:

Cultural Awareness

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Educational Development

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Social/ Recreational

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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 is consist if more than 230 local chapters within 7 geographical regions in the United States.

Become a Member

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Boston 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.

Submit a Membership Inquiery

Community Service

Over the years, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has become an integral part of the Boston community, exposing children to educational and cultural opportunities, extolling the importance of community service, and helping them develop leadership skills and life-long friendships.

Nurturing our Children

We believe that any child, with proper guidance and opportunity, can be a leader. Therefore, our efforts are geared towards developing the next generation of leaders to serve our community on the local, state and national level, professionally, politically, and socially.

Engaging our Mothers

Chapter Mothers meet six times during the program year to conduct chapter business and organize activities for Chapter families and friends, including a Family picnic, an annual Holiday Dinner, Black Family Day celebration and our Annual Community Spelling Bee.

Serving Our Community

Leading by exampe, our Chapter mothers have donated boxes of housewarming gifts to Aunt Hattie’s Place, have conducted a food drive for the Manna Food Center’s Smart Snacks Program, organized a workshop for middle and high school students on Human Trafficking, and participated in a Poverty Dinner with Habitat for Humanity.

Legislative Advocacy

Our chapter’s legislative activities have included: visiting elected representatives in Annapolis, MD and Washington, D.C., to advocate for legislation aimed at children’s issues; cosponsoring the Montgomery County Women’s Legislative Day; and organizing meetings with federal and state representatives to expose our children to the legislative process.

Our Partners

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a proud partner with a variety of organizations like March of Dimes and Habitat for Humanity who play a critical role in helping our organization realize our mission of community service and preparing children to be successful leaders.

Jack and Jill of America Foundation

We also support the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. The Foundation supports programs that not only create opportunities and challenges for children to learn and practice leadership skills, but also build leadership character in youth.

Visit Jack and Jill of America Foundation

Our Leadership

Meet our chapter's shapter Executive Board Board

Rose Cullen


Irene Jansen

Vice President and Membership Chair

Elizabeth Burns

Program Director

Gabby Maple

Recording Secretary

Cathy Grainger

Corresponding Secretary

Lucy Moore Hadley

Financial Secretary

Julie Beck


Catherine Wyatt


Virginia Herson


Barbara Lake


Sylvia Broderick

Foundation Chair

Margo Channing

Associates’ Chair

Kendall Warren


Carlotta Vance

Immediate Past President

News and Events

What's going on at the Boston Chapter

  • 2020 On The Hill Summit

    August 3, 2020

    Teen President Uzoma Adiche attended the 7th Biennial On The Hill Summit, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated’s National Legislative Event, in Washington, D.C. She met with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley as well as staff members from the offices of Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren. Uzoma spoke passionately and eloquently about her concerns regarding inequities in education, gun violence prevention and voter registration laws.

  • Boston Mothers Attend 31st Eastern Region Conference in Jamaica!

    July 27, 2020

    The Boston Chapter was warmly welcomed by the Greater Union County, NJ Chapter and had a jammin’ time in Jamaica for the 2019 Jack and Jill of America, Inc. 31st Eastern Regional Mothers Conference that was held at the Hilton Rose Hill, Montego Bay from July 25-July 28.

  • Boston Jack and Jill Featured in Scope 2020

    July 20, 2020

    Read about the Boston Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. partnership with The Pine Street Inn in the 2019 Scope (p.58)

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