From the Presidents Desk


Welcome to the website of Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. We are proud of the work we have done in our first year as a chapter. The children have enjoyed a number of social, cultural and civic activities together that have provided a multitude of experiences.  From our “Fall Da Rah” family cookout to the teen conference held in Miami, Florida, the chapter has taken full advantage of all that being part of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has to offer.

I am excited to serve as the second president of this growing chapter.  The mother members have worked hard to provide programming options for our children ages 2 – 18 that are sure to keep them engaged and curious over the next year.  Our first chapter activity to Birmingham to visit the civil rights museum and the 16th Street Baptist Church, site of the bombing of 1963 where four little girls’ lives were taken, was a dynamic start.  At the same time, one of our families attended the National On the Hill” Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. where our teen met several legislators and key figures, one of whom was the sister of Carole Robertson, one of the four little girls who lost her life in Birmingham.

Experiences like these are boundless in Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter is making the most of its membership.  Our families are experiencing a level of cultural and social consciousness along with philanthropic development and augmented civic responsibility that will surely impact the lives of the children we are raising.

We are laser-focused on assisting our children and other children in our community to be the leaders of the future.  We are sure they each have the potential to  live this year’s national theme of “The Power to Make a Difference”.

We invite you to explore our programs and local endeavors and to join us for any  of our public events.

Yours in parenting,

Joyce Bell Washington, President

Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter