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 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 230 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.

“To us as mothers, [Jack and Jill] has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire …to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood.”  – Marion Stubbs Thomas

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. National Website
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Mid-Atlantic Region Website

circa 1950s
Chapter History

Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 through 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty. As part of the MARvelous Mid-Atlantic Region, the Richmond Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was chartered in 1950 with 14 charter members and continues to plan many exciting activities for children, raise funds for national and local causes, as well as serve in the community.

On Sunday, October 21, 2018, The Remarkable Richmond Chapter installed the Associates Chapter presided over by National Treasurer Pamela D. Taylor. Regional Associates Chair Paulette Motley presented the Associates Group after which she surprised NT Pamela with a congratulatory display of orange and pink! Regional officers RD Chanda, RT Andrea, and MAL Holly brought greetings on behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Chapter President Clara gave remarks and VP Chris (Membership Chair) toasted the eight mothers who were installed in the Associates Chapter.

Regional Leaders 1st Row; from left: RAC Paulette Motley, RT Andrea Owens-Byrd, NT Pamela D. Taylor, RD Chanda Douglas-Ward, MAL Holly Alford
Associates 2nd Row; from left: Robin Beale, Angela Moss, Cynthia Mayo, Natolyn Quash, Rosemary Jones, Sheryl Carter-Thompson, Joyce Campbell, Karen Pettis-Walden.

Richmond Afro-American - September 10, 1988 
Richmond Chapter Charter members:
Mrs. Clara J. Brown*         
Mrs. Alice R. Calloway*
Mrs. Sue C. Clay*
Mrs. Marion C. Davis*
Mrs. Irma R. Dillard*
Mrs. Evelyn S. Fraser*
Mrs. Aretha S. Freeman*
Mrs. Evelyn R. Johnson*
Mrs. Altia H. Picott*
Mrs. LeMoyne W. Savage*
Mrs. Irma H. Smith*
Mrs. Leola C. Turpin*
Mrs. Carolease B. Wallace*
Mrs. Bernice D. Winston*

30th Anniversary - Richmond Afro-American Newspaper - October 4, 1980
Seated from left: Mrs. Alice Reid Calloway, Mrs. Altia Picott, Mrs. Sue C. Clay, Mrs. Irma Dillard.
Standing from left: Mrs. LeMonyne W. Savage, Mrs. Evelyn R. Johnson, Mrs. Carolease Wallace, Mrs. Evelyn S. Fraser.
circa 1980s