Western Cook County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Western Cook County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Western Cook County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
 

Our THEME:

THE POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. We believe every child, with proper guidance and opportunity can be a leader.

The members of the Western Cook County Chapter invite you to learn more about our history, our programming, and our successes. We live our theme: The Power to Make a Difference as a medium of contact for children, stimulating growth and development through constructive educational, cultural, civic and recreational, health and social programs.

 
 
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President’s Message

On behalf of our dynamic Western Cook County Chapter mothers, it is an honor and privilege to greet you as Chapter President. In this role, I am dedicated, passionate and focused on our Chapter’s role in upholding the mission of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. For more than 80 years, Jack and Jill has been dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

Founded in 1983, the Western Cook County Chapter works to teach and train our children as a promising and inspired generation of leaders, who positively impact our community through service and philanthropy. This website highlights our Chapter’s phenomenal work. Please take the time to browse our history, programming, activities, and successes.

Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to connecting with you as we embrace the Jack and Jill motto: “Let’s Work, Let’s Play, Let’s Live Together!”

Yours In Service and Dedication to ALL Children,
Marvis M. Donalson
President, Western Cook County Chapter
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated

 
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EVENTS

Join us for our FUNdraiser A Throwback Affair: Soul Train featuring DJ Vince Adams. Saturday, March 2, 2019 at The Wire. The proceeds from this evening will help to raise money for the Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Foundation as well as two local charities that help women overcome obstacles: New Moms and Rahab's Daughters. Our guest will enjoy gourmet food, a signature drink, valet parking and be able to participate in a live auction and a cash raffle. Space is limited.

Tickets are $125 + $5.00 convenience fee per ticket.

 

Unable to attend? We welcome your donation to support our mission.

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What We Do

The Western Cook County Chapter plans annual programming activities guided under our 2016-2018 national theme, The Power to Make a Difference. Programming is the cornerstone of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Our objectives and aims are to:

  • Create a medium of contact for children, which will stimulate growth and development.

  • Provide children with constructive programming.

  • To aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study.

  • To support all national legislation aimed at bettering the conditions of all children.

One of the hallmarks of Jack and Jill is its emphasis on youth development with our youth leadership programs. Jack and Jill has taken ownership in responsibility for developing future leaders who possess the skills to be world leaders. Several areas of emphasis include the following:

  • Teen Leadership Development: The Jacqueline Moore Bowles Leadership Module is comprised of 16 modules providing the necessary skills required to effectively lead in a constantly changing society.

  • Volunteer Service: Annually, Jack and Jill members and their families log thousands of hours of volunteer service.

  • Financial Literacy: Jack and Jill’s financial literacy modules offer youth ages 6-19 an opportunity to participate in mock stock market simulations, basic financial training and real-world approaches in learning the principles of responsible money management firsthand.

  • Civic Involvement: We serve to make a change, actively engaging with our national and local partners.

  • Legislative Advocacy: Biennially, Jack and Jill Teens and Mothers participate in the On the Hill Summit in Washington, D.C., creating awareness among Congressional leaders about our mission and issues that affect American children and their families.

Community Service

Community service is the hallmark of a servant leader and is the underpinning of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy of leadership development. The Western Cook County Chapter embraces the challenge of teaching our children to lead and serve their community. Every child of every age participates in service projects. Below are a few of the organizations we have recently served:

  • Boys & Girls Club of America

  • By the Hand Club

  • Carole Robertson Center

  • Feed My Starving Children

  • Hephzibah Children’s Association

  • Kidz Express

  • Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

  • West Suburban PADS

  • Bernie’s Book Bank

Fundraising/Jack and Jill of America Foundation

The Western Cook County Chapter works locally to raise funds for The Jack and Jill of America Foundation, which exists as the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Since its inception in 1968, the Foundation has acted to influence the ongoing positive development of children.

The Jack and Jill of America Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, in collaboration with the community service agenda of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is an internationally recognized center that furnishes personal, professional and financial support to children in the areas of leadership skills, training and development.

The Foundation promotes the excellent preparation of succeeding generations of children as leaders, in all walks of life, so that they may attain their fullest potential as individuals, enjoy rewarding and fulfilling lives, and contribute to world peace, progress, and prosperity.

To learn more about the Jack and Jill of America Foundation click here.

 
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WHO WE ARE

In 1980, 15 mothers formed the provisional chapter of Western Cook County (Illinois). These women recognized that there was no Jack and Jill chapter in the area and no organization of its kind that met the cultural, civic, and social needs of African American families.

The Western Cook County Chapter (WCCC) worked as a provisional chapter from 1980 to 1983. In January, 1983, WCCC was installed into Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Cheryl Broussard was the first chapter president. The chapter membership is drawn from the West Cook County area of Illinois, which includes members residing in the suburbs of Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, LaGrange, Westchester, Maywood and the Galewood community of Chicago. The Western Cook County Chapter currently has 44 families and close to 80 children, ages 2 – 19. The chapter’s theme is a universal idea: “One childhood to every child: a time to love, to grow and to share.”

Chapter Officers

  • President, Marvis Donalson

  • Vice President, Rashida Dairyko

  • Program Director, Nicole Thompson

  • Recording Secretary, Arnetta Thompson

  • Corresponding Secretary, Kimyada Wellington

  • Treasurer, Lanya Satchell

  • Financial Secretary, Judy Banks-Johnson

  • Editor/Historian, Leslie Truelove

  • Legislative Liaison, Deidra Jenkins

  • Parliamentarian, Erika Wilson

  • Foundation Chair, Aimée Eubanks Davis

  • Technology Chair, Pamela Mathews

  • Protocol Chair,  Marcia Preston

  • Chaplain, Omera Mahon

  • Teen Advisor, Lynette Lovely

Past Chapter Presidents

2016-2018
Tasha Brown

2014-2016
Cherya P. Jenkins

2012-2014
Sheila Harris

2010-2012
Lori Owens

2008-2010
Collette Dixon English


Regional History

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The Mid-Western Region was created from the regional plan of organization adopted at the 1958 National Convention held in San Francisco. It is one of seven geographic subdivisions of the National organization. The other regions are: Central, Eastern, Far West, Mid-Atlantic, South Central, and South Eastern. The first Regional Conference was held in 1959.

The Mid-Western Region geographically includes Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Currently, there are 36 member chapters representing this mighty region. For more information on the Mid-Western region, click here Mid-Western Region Website.

National History

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 two and nineteen. In 1946, ten chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. Constitution and bylaws were drawn up and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.

Today, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated boasts over 230 chapters nationwide, representing over 40,000 family members. For more information on Jack and Jill of America, Inc., click here Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

 
The Power to Make a Difference

 In keeping with the message from National Headquarters: As a complement to the programming delivered at the chapter level, the National Programmatic Thrust focuses on initiatives that will equip our members and youth with the power to make a difference in our chapters, communities and in the lives of children around the country. 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.

 
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We Would Love to Hear from You!

Western Cook County Chapter Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

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