MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
It is my honor and privilege to serve as the 8th Chapter President of the James River Chapter of Jack and Jill. I am truly excited about serving as your president and delighted to work with such a phenomenal group of women.
As part of the MARvelous Mid-Atlantic Region, the James River chapter is comprised of 36 mothers and 57 children. We remain intentional and focused on our National Theme, THE POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: We can do more! Each mother is committed to enriching our children through community service, civic duty, cultural immersion and educational awareness.
Nationwide, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated has achieved over eighty years of service to our children and our community. With 247 chapters and over 12,000 mothers, we are a force to be reckoned with!
The mothers of James River pride ourselves on developing the next generation of leaders, innovators and thinkers all while preserving the values instituted by our founding mothers, to pay it forward. Today, we host the only middle school aged cotillion for African American youth in Richmond, Virginia known as the Richmond Renaissance Junior Cotillion. Additionally, we continue to support March of Dimes and the National Association for Mental Illness.
Our chapter theme, “Love, Leadership and Legacy” will be the cornerstone of this administration. We must continue to support one another, lead by example and fulfill our mission laid by our charter mothers. As we embark upon a new programming year, I’m not only eager to see how our children will grow as individuals, but how they will shape their communities. Together our village will continue to rise and conquer any challenge. The foundation we lay today will a have lasting imprint on the lives of our children tomorrow. In closing, “Let’s Work, Let’s Play, Let’s Live Together.”
Long live Jack and Jill,
Angela D. Henry
James River Chapter President
JRVA CHAPTER & NATIONAL HISTORY
The James River Virginia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was chartered in 2005 with 17 mothers and 23 children. The group was excited about serving a more focused and community-minded purpose. Membership included a diverse group of mothers who were visionaries, role models, servant leaders and community builders. In the last ten years we have nearly doubled in membership and continue to achieve high levels of success in programming activities and community service.
The James River Chapter created the Teen Leadership Institute in collaboration with the University of Richmond Jepson School of Leadership and Leadership Metro Richmond which was nominated to become the national program for all Jack and Chill Chapters in 2006.
Our signature event, beginning its seventh year is the Richmond Renaissance Junior Cotillion. This event builds social self-confidence, teach social graces and manners, and provides the opportunity socialize with peers in a constructive environment.
Additionally, our families participate in activities like the CASA Superhero 5K walk/run as volunteers and participants, and Virginia Legislative Day.
The chapter’s vision and purpose continues to be driven by a shared passion to create opportunities to positively impact the lives of others in the Metro Richmond community, especially children.
National Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Founded in 1938 Jack and Jill is a nationwide organization with over 220 chapters in 35 states and the District of Columbia, representing over 30,000 family members. 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. + Read more about our National organization
Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc.
The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Since its inception in 1968, the Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to communities all across America. + Read more
WHAT WE DO | OUR PROGRAMS
We have evolved into a strong organization as a result of strong programming. Our founder, Marion Stubbs Thomas had a simple idea of bringing together children in social and cultural relationships and this idea has catapulted our organization.The James River Virginia chapter continues to grow, and the aims and ideals of Jack and Jill continue to strengthen, always with our children as the focal point. Our 2014-16 National theme is "The Power to Make a Difference," focusing on education, cultural, and civic initiatives.
The aims of the organization are:
To aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study
To seek for all children the same advantages which we desire for our own
To support all national legislation aimed at bettering the conditions of all
Our program director leads a well balanced and organized program of activities throughout the school calendar year. Our local initiatives are directly tied to our national goals including creating a medium of contact for children that will stimulate growth and development, and providing children constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational, and social programs. Children are placed in age-appropriate groups and enjoy activities appropriate for their age and interests.
Preschool (Ages 2- Kindergarten)
Lower Elementary (Grades 1-2)
Upper Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Teens (Ages 13-17)
Some of the fun, exciting and stimulating activities the children participate in include: theater outings; holiday and seasonal events; Sickle Cell, March of Dimes, feeding the homeless community service projects; volunteering at nursing homes and health fairs; farm trips to pick fresh fruit and vegetables, scientist programs; finance education programs; college tours; participate in HBCU college activities; amusement park outings, and so much more.
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JRVA CHAPTER OFFICERS
Tamara Charity Brown
Monica Brinkley Davis
Lenita Y. Wesson
Angela Nikki Brown
JRVA CHAPTER MEMBERS
BECOME A MEMBER
By uniting individual member’s efforts, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has built a strong, cohesive organization that positively impacts the lives of children, families and communities. Jack and Jill success is based on the depth of commitment, vision and confidence of its members.
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 divided into 233 local chapters within 7 geographical regions in the United States.
Membership can be obtained via legacy status or via invitation.
Membership via invitation. We appreciate your desire to join our organization. Prospective members must be sponsored by a current member in good standing of the chapter in which they are seeking membership. We encourage interested mothers to make contact with Jack and Jill members in their local communities to learn about specific membership guidelines and procedures. If you are unfamiliar with any current members of your local chapter you may choose to network with others in your community to gain contact with a chapter member. Please be aware that membership intake is at the sole discretion of each chapter. Obtaining a sponsor does not guarantee intake into the organization.
Legacy Membership. Legacy status is granted to each child (male or female) who graduates from a Jack and Jill Chapter and whose mother is a member in good standing at the time of the child’s graduation from the chapter. Once the child desires to enter Jack and Jill through their Legacy Status the legacy will be verified through the chapter by completing and submitting the legacy application.