Nashville Chapter History
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated
The Mother’s Study Group, the parent organization to the Nashville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, was organized in February of 1939. The founders embraced a small group of mothers who felt that their children were indeed their common bonds. They met and organized at the invitation of Pearl Creswell and Geraldine Fort.
An ambitious program of study, work and play was launched with emphasis on the interests, benefits, and activities of the children. An appropriate and inspiring motto was taken from the writings of the renowned theologian, Phillips Brooks: “The future of the race marches forward on the feet of little children.”
Just one year earlier, January 1938, the first chapter of Jack and Jill was founded in Philadelphia. Both organizations showed a marked similarity of purpose and precept. In 1947, soon after the National Organization was incorporated, Phoebe Layton, the sister-in-law of Jeanette Forrester and a former member of the Mother’s Study Group became a member of the chapter in Columbus Ohio. The Nashville Mothers’ Study Group accepted her suggestion that the Columbus Chapter sponsor their group and become known as the Nashville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.
Through the years we have included civic, cultural, and social activities, as well as educational programs for our children. Both the adult program and the age group programs have been stimulating and enjoyable. Our many speakers and panels have drawn upon the vast resources of the Nashville Community, and have helped us to rank among the most outstanding chapters of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
On Sunday, May 13, 1998, we celebrated our 50th anniversary, which was a celebration of golden love, as we paid homage to our founders, first president and graduating seniors. We are blessed that they could be present and could share those precious moments of fifty years with us.
The Nashville Chapter has participated in very exciting programs that have brought service to the community and enjoyment for the members. 2008 was our fifth year honoring local firefighters in remembrance of 9/11/01. In addition, our children have spent numerous hours volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank packing backpacks full of food for needy children. The Nashville Chapter also partnered with The Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee by hosting a Career Day where Jack & Jill parents shared their knowledge an insight with children in the community about their various careers. The Nashville Chapter members have enjoyed enriching events at the local science center, art museums and area libraries. We have grown to 65 wonderful families in our chapter that are hard working and anxious to fulfill the goals of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
On Saturday, December 2, 2006, the Nashville Chapter of Jack and Jill Chartered an Associate Group. The charter members are Ingrid Frazier Collier, Delores Davis Griffin, Marquetta Faulkner, Deborah Webster-Clair, Deborah Hudson Broadwater, Beverly McDonald-Robinson, Carletha McNeil, Reneta Adams, Lueatrice Green Lovett, Margaret McClain, Lula Brooks, Jacqueline Mitchell and Barbra Singh. The installing officers were Myrna Ford and Latrecia Jordan.
In 2008, the Chapter held its Inaugural Pink & Blue Jazz Gala to benefit the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. and several local charities and it was a resounding success.
The Jack & Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Since its inception in 1968, the Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to communities all across America.In so doing, the Foundation is fulfilling its shared vision with Jack and Jill of America, Inc., to invest in the future of our children. The Foundation supports programs that not only create opportunities and challenges for children to learn and practice leadership skills, but also build leadership character in youth. The ultimate goal of every Foundation grant dollar is to empower young people to make the right life choices. The Pink & Blue Jazz Gala has now become The Nashville Chapter’s staple fundraiser with donations in excess of $20,000 this year!
The 6th Annual Pink and Blue Jazz Gala & Silent Auction will be held Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at The Hutton Hotel. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. and other local Nashville Charities. This year participants will again enjoy the opportunity to become a part of the Pink and Blue Patron Society. The benefits of recognition as a member of the Pink and Blue Patron Society include having their names printed in the auction catalog, and receiving an invitation to attend a VIP wine and cheese reception one hour before the gala begins. This allows the patron to be able to bid on Silent and Super Silent auction items in an inviting, laid-back atmosphere. This event continues to grow each year and it stands to be bigger and better than before!
As we move into a new millennium, we will continue to watch our children grow, marry, and become mothers and fathers themselves, thus completing the unending cycle of Jack and Jill.