Beatrice M. Davis, the first president, and the mothers in the chapter sponsored several projects that fostered cultural, educational, social, and recreational activities for their children and children in the community. On November 21, 1964, the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was installed in a solemn candlelight service at the Lutheran church of the Good Shepherd. The National Program Director, Aurelia T. James of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was the installing officer.
From its inception, the Fort Lauderdale Chapter has had an impact on the growth and development of children, not just of the members, but children and families in the community. Some of the local projects sponsored have included agencies such as Women in Distress, Children in Distress, Outreach Broward, the L.A. Lee Branch YMCA, and Children’s Harbor. Chapter members have donated time and gifts to the children’s ward at local hospitals, adopted families, homeless shelters, and nursing homes. Although the chapter was installed during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, our chapter has played a major role in aggressively pursuing all activities and facilities that were not readily accessible. Furthermore, each year, chapter teens participate in the Regional teen conference. Our teens were recognized for making the highest donation to Foundation during the 2001 teen conference, and have placed first in several other categories, such as the tee shirt competition, Teen Sports Category, and talent competition. We have also hosted several Cluster programs. Our Mothers are intimately involved in the organization, regularly attending Cluster and National meetings. The Fort Lauderdale Chapter has been featured several times in the regional news.
Arrie Hamm Hankerson
Beatrice F. Morton
Eddie Pearl DeGraffenreidt
Our chapter is a part of the Southeastern Region, with forty-three (43) chapters in five states – Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia. The Southeastern Region has distinguished ourselves as one of the premier regions of the national organization. With a rich legacy of leadership, both as elected and appointed leaders and as developers of signature programs that address the needs of children and families, other regions have traditionally viewed the Southeastern Region as a model. The Southeastern Region is proud of its legacy, traditions and history of innovative programming, eager to create new opportunities for leadership development, cultural awareness and community service for our children. Join the journey as we continue to blaze new trails in our region and our national organization.
To learn more about our current regional leaders and regional programs, we invite you to visit the Southeastern regions website.
Jack & Jill celebrated its 75th Diamond Anniversary in January 2013. The organization continues on, today with more than 230 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members, each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Dedicating its resources to stimulating the growth and development and improving the quality of life, particularly African-American children.
“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
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