Welcome to the website of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated! This site was created to serve as a resource for members of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter, as well as to inform those in the community about our mission, community efforts, and upcoming events.
Since our beginning, the Mothers of Arundel Bay have worked together to improve the lives of our own children and the children in the communities which we serve.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a membership organization that provides civic, cultural, educational, leadership, health, and recreational activities that stimulate and expand the minds of our children to enhance their lives. We are a service and leadership organization for mothers with children between the ages of 2 and 19.
Our national membership consists of more than 30,000 family members in over 220 chapters nationwide. As part of the Mighty Eastern Region, Arundel Bay is proud to be one of more than 50 chapters, and even prouder to have our current Regional Director, Joi M. Grady, hail from our chapter.
The Arundel Bay Area Chapter is committed to the goals of the national organization to help mothers learn more about their children by careful study, to seek for all children the same advantages which we desire for our own, and to support all national legislation aimed at bettering the conditions of all children.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our local chapter, our National Organization and our philanthropic arm, the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc.
Denise M. Christian
President, Arundel Bay Area Chapter
The National History of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Today, Jack and Jill boasts over 220 chapters nationwide, representing over 30,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development. Jack and Jill of America, Inc., dedicates its resources to improving the quality of life of children, particularly African American children.
The History of Arundel Bay Area Chapter
The beginning of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter occurred on August 7, 1988, when six mothers from the Glen Burnie area of Anne Arundel County were called together by Christine Scott Davenport. Forming a family related organization to meet the needs of African American families in predominantly white Glen Burnie and its surrounding area was the topic of discussion.
Previously, Christine had been in San Francisco attending a convention for her sorority held at the same time and in the same hotel as the National Convention of Jack and Jill of America. Christine noticed the speakers and agenda of the organization were dedicated to children. She was also impressed by the stature of women in attendance and the breadth and scope of their programming. Returning home, Christine was very excited and got together with Ms. Gloria Marrow and several mothers from the Baltimore County Chapter. They explained the goals and objectives of their family centered organization and Christine was convinced that this was the type of organization her community needed.
The August 7th meeting took place at the home of Sylvia Tilghman in Severn, Maryland. A steering committee was formed to begin recruiting mothers with the same interest and vision as Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The Steering Committee consisted of Earnestine Butler, Christine Davenport, Doris Durrett, Nancy Jernigan, Erretta Morris, and Sylvia Tilghman. These dynamic women started on a mission. In less than a week, the committee had identified more than 25 mothers who shared the same vision and objectives.
In 1999 the membership submitted a request to National for a chapter name change. Arundel Bay Area was chosen to better reflect the geographical region covered by the chapter. The request was honored and the name change officially took effect at the 21st Biennial National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in July 2000.
During the following two years, several programs were implemented for the group and the children of the community; many of the programs still continue today. The group fulfilled the requirements set forth by the National organization and was chartered on October 27, 1990.
As you can see, members of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter continue the mission of its founders today.