The Ann Arbor chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc was installed in 1978. We are mothers, supporting a mission to enrich our youth.
The First Decade: 1976 -1987
- Mar-1976: Lola M. Jones and Barbara A. Robinson invite several interested mothers to discuss the possibility of forming an Ann Arbor Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
The Flint Chapter of Jack and Jill of America present information on establishing a chapter to thirty-five women in Ann Arbor.
- Feb-1977: The Ann Arbor mothers are officially recognized as an interest group.
- Mar-1977: The bylaws for the group are adopted.
- Jul-1977: The group is granted Provisional status. The Flint Chapter provides mandatory information and a workshop.
- Jul-1978: Four members attend the National Convention in Miami, Florida, where the Ann Arbor Provisional group is voted in as a Chapter by the national body.
- Sep-1978: Ann Arbor is officially installed as a chapter by the Mid-Western Regional Director, Charlotte Strawhorn, and National Recording Secretary, Dorothy Quigless.
- Apr-1979: The first fundraiser is the Beau-Debutante Ball. It is believed to be the first such event to honor both male and female graduates.
- Jun-1985: The Ann Arbor Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. hosts over 500 teens at its first Regional Teen Conference at Eastern Michigan University.
Moving beyond the first decade: 1988 -1997
- Oct-1988: The chapter celebrates its tenth anniversary as a chapter of Jack and Jill of America.
- Sep-1991: The chapter commits to fully explore one of the seven Kwanzaa principles as its central programming theme each year for seven years.
- Oct-1993: The Ann Arbor Chapter has its fifteenth anniversary as a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.
- Feb-1996: The chapter adopts its mission statement.
- Mar-1996: The Ann Arbor Chapter hosts the Michigan-Ohio Cluster meeting.
- Apr-1996: The chapter is awarded a grant by the Jack and Jill Foundation to support parent programming at the Saturday Academy. The chapter develops its first comprehensive Strategic Plan for 1996-2000.
- Oct-1996: The chapter increases its membership limit to 50 mothers.
- Sep-1997: The Ann Arbor Chapter commences its Twentieth Anniversary program year with a re-dedication service at the Mothers’ Retreat.
- Nov-1997: The chapter publishes its book: Black Children’s Parents Imparting Discipline/Heritage.
20 years and counting: 1998 – present
- Aug-1998: The chapter celebrates its twentieth anniversary as a chapter of Jack and Jill of America with a reception, a banquet, and a family picnic.
- Apr-1999: The 20th annual Beau-Debutante Ball is held in Ann Arbor with special recognition given to former beaux, debutantes and mothers.
- May-2003: Stephanie Jones becomes President of the Ann Arbor Chapter.
- Sep-2003: The Ann Arbor Chapter receives recognition as Platinum Sponsors of the Links Walkathon which was held in memory of Terri Johnson, M.D. who was a member of the Ann Arbor Chapter until the time of her death in July 2002.
- Jun-2006: The Ann Arbor Chapter hosts the Midwestern Regional Teen Conference.
- Apr-2007: The Ann Arbor Chapter pledges to “adopt” the Ann Arbor Community Center for the next ten years to support the “revitalization campaign”.
- May-2007: Linda Edwards-Brown assumes the Presidency of the Ann Arbor Chapter.
- Apr-2009: The Ann Arbor Chapter celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Beau-Debutante Ball, with National President, Jacqueline Moore-Bowles, Regional Director, Sandra Townsend and other dignitaries in attendance.
- May-2009: Long time members Linda Edwards-Brown, Pamela Kimble and Monique Washington graduate from the chapter as Dorian Moore assumes the office of chapter president.
- Jul-2009: Ann Arbor Chapter receives Regional Awards for Outstanding Legislative and Community Service. Treasurer Lorna Pinson is recognized for the outstanding performance of her fiduciary duties.
- Mar-2010: Ann Arbor Chapter hosts the Michigan/Ohio Children’s Cluster.
Jul-2010: Ann Arbor Chapter receives recognition for their “Superior” program manual at the National Convention held in Chicago, Illinois.
- Jun-2012: Maria Thompson assumes Presidency of the Ann Arbor Chapter.
- Jul-2012: Dorian Moore is selected to receive the first Midwestern Region Jack & Jill Distinguished Chapter Leader Award for her distinguished service, stewardship, leadership of Jack and Jill at the local, regional and national levels and exceptional role modeling for mother members and their children. Lorna Pinson is recognized by the Midwestern Region for the outstanding performance of her fiduciary duties. Senior Teen, Kasey Coleman, is appointed Mid-Western Regional Teen Parliamentarian & Legislative Liaison. The Ann Arbor Chapter receives a “Superior” rating for their program manual at the 75th National Convention held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Jul-2013: The Ann Arbor Chapter receives a “Superior” rating for the program manual.
- Apr-2014: The Ann Arbor Chapter receives a “Superior” rating for the program manual.
- May-2014 Marina Shoemaker assumes Presidency of the Ann Arbor Chapter.
- Sep – 2015: The Ann Arbor chapter launches its website. http://www.jackandjillannarbor.org
- Mar-2016: Ann Arbor Chapter hosts 37th Annual Deb-Beau Ball, with National Editor Kimberley Good, Regional Director Nadine Gibson, Past National President Alice Peoples in attendance. Long time member Dorian Moore is recognized for her outstanding contribution and legacy.
- May -2016: Members Anita Johnson, Past President Dorian Moore and Past President Marina Shoemaker graduate.
- May-2016 Tracy Flowers assumes Presidency of the Ann Arbor Chapter.
- August-2016: Chapter excellence awards are presented by Midwestern Region. Dorian Moore is recognized as outstanding member, Linda Edwards is recognized as outstanding associate and Tracy Flowers is recognized as outstanding officer at the 2016 National Convention.
LOCAL CHAPTER BOUNDARIES
The Ann Arbor (Michigan) chapter includes families within Washtenaw, Lenawee and Jackson counties. Our southeastern boundary is shared with the Ypsilanti chapter. Our northwestern parameter is adjacent to the Lansing Chapter’s boundary. The Ann Arbor chapter zip codes include, but are not limited to properties within:
48103, 48104, 48105, 48106,48107, 48108, 48109, 48113, 48114, 48116, 48176, 48198 (shared boundary),49201, 49202, 49203, 49220, 49228, 49229, 49233, 49235, 49236, 49238, 49240, 49247, 49248, 49253, 49256, 49265, 49268, 49276, 49279, 49286, 49287, 49289.