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THE CHICAGO CHAPTER STORY
The year was 1947, the occasion being the 2nd National Convention hosted by the Columbus, Ohio Chapter. A group of young “matrons” from the “Windy City” — determined and resolute — brought forth a request to join an organization that fit the needs of their families and fostered the nurturing of their children.
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Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Inc. January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1946, the National Organization was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware. Since that meeting in 1938, chapters have been organized across the entire United States and as of July 2012, there are 224 chapters in 36 states and the District of Columbia with 11,500 members.
From the meeting of those twenty mothers in Philadelphia, the idea of bringing together the children in a social and cultural relationship spread to New York City, where a similar organization was started in 1939. The third club was formed in March 1940, in Washington, D.C. Thus, Jack and Jill, which began as a local group, became an inter-city association.
After four successful years in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, enthusiasm and interest in Jack and Jill spread westward, and in 1944 a chapter was formed in Pittsburgh and in 1952 the first chapters west of the Mississippi were formed in New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX.
In 1966, the organization created its own foundation… [CONTINUED]
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