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. From this foundation our organization flourished and rapidly planted seeds throughout the country. Members of the Milwaukee Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. share a long and proud history that spans more than 50 years. The seeds of our legacy were planted in 1950 when Mildred Carr relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Indiana. Having been familiar with Jack and Jill in that state, it was her desire to unite mothers with similar goals and ideals for their children and form a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in Milwaukee. Her unrelenting efforts to organize a chapter in the city resulted in the Milwaukee Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. being chartered in 1952. Other founding members in attendance were Frances Brock Starms, Pauline Redmond Coggs, Marian Atkinson, Clarice Harris and May Mitchell. Throughout the years, the Milwaukee Chapter has grown in strength, community presence and membership.
Our Chapter is honored to have had among its members, Jacqueline Moore Bowles, the 21st National President of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Our chapter has also been honored to have Kimberley Goode as a member. Mrs. Goode served as Mid-Western Region Editor, National (and Regional) By-Laws Committee chair, Regional Secretary/Treasurer, and National Editor. The focus of the Milwaukee Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has remained the same since its inception: to nurture and enrich the lives of not only our own children, but other children in our community by providing constructive educational, cultural, civic and social programming. Children are the central heart of what we do and we remain steadfast and focused on the development of the next generation of African American leaders.
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17th Milwaukee Chapter President