WHO WE ARE





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.

On September 20, 1960, sixteen East St. Louis mothers met with four members of the St. Louis, Missouri Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The following officers were elected at that meeting: President – Mrs. Dorothy L. Kenney Vice President – Mrs. Juanita Loveless Recording Secretary – Mrs. Evelyn Word Corresponding Secretary – Mrs. Mildred Jeffers Treasurer – Mrs. Myrtle B. Officer Parliamentarian – Mrs. Mary Louise Perry Historian/Journalist – Mrs. Louise Polk. Other members present that evening included: Mrs. Thelma Blackwell, Mrs. Mildred Jones, Mrs. Geneva Irby, Mrs. Lee Annie Bonner, Dr. Lena Weathers, Mrs. Rosie Hancock, Mrs. Ada Woodson, Mrs. Lawanne Russell, Mrs. Bernice Higgins, Mrs. Frazier, Mrs. Laura Beck and Mrs. Florence Jackson. As a result of this meeting, and the hard work of the mothers involved, the East St. Louis, Illinois Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was established at the National Convention in July 1962 and chartered on September 21, 1962 by National President Margaret Sims.



2021-2023 Executive Board:

Carmella Hardnett, Chapter President ~ Diona Mills, Vice President

Aisha Cass, Program Director/Parliamentarian ~ Latosha Johnson, Treasurer

Crystal Nicholson, Financial Secretary ~ Destiny McCain, Recording Secretary

D'Jamildo Graham, Corresponding Secretary ~ Deidre Gibbs, Asst. Secretary

Angela Davis-Lyles, Sergeant-at-Arms ~ Shantia Coley, Parliamentarian

Candace Howell, Editor



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By uniting individual members 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 252 local chapters within 7 geographical regions in the United States.
Membership can be obtained via legacy status or via invitation.



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CONGRATULATIONS, NATIONAL TREASURER MICHELE HENRY-MCGEE!
East St. Louis is so very proud of you!