From the Presidents Desk

On behalf of the members and families of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of Jack
and Jill of America, Incorporated, I would like to welcome you to our Chapter’s website.
It is my honor and privilege to serve as the 4 th president of this wonderful Chapter
alongside of a phenomenal leadership team of mothers. Together we continue to create
programs that will “Ignite, Inspire and Impact Change for All Children”.
Jack and Jill of America Incorporated is a member organization of mothers who are
dedicated to nurturing future leaders by providing opportunities for children (ages 2-19)
through leadership development, volunteer service and philanthropic giving and civic
Marion Stubbs-Thomas, Jack and Jills’ national founder, while singular in her
achievements, she was far from alone in her pursuits. A rainy night in January 1938 was
the backdrop for a meeting of 20 mothers invited to the home of a visionary. Stubbs-
Thomas envisioned a social club that would connect her children with others from local
Black families during a time when cultural opportunities were limited for most young
African Americans. It was her desire to ensure that children had opportunities to have a
“graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood” through social, cultural, and educational
programs that Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated would offer. These programs
would eventually allow our children to develop leadership skills, a strong sense of
purpose and a commitment to service. The achievements of Jack and Jill are the results
of the combined efforts of numerous individuals who had unyielding faith in the need to
prepare the next generation for the world they will inherit.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter is located in the Southeastern Region. The Chapter
was chartered on September 27, 2014 in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is comprised of
14 awesome families. We believed then as we believe now that as mothers we are at
the “Helm” of our children’s lives guiding them to reach their full potential and feel that is
best achieved through interaction with like- minded families. As we continue to grow as
a Chapter family, we do so while knowing that “We Have the Power to Make a

Yours in parenting,

Joyce Bell Washington, President

Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter