West Suburban Chicago Chapter History
The West Suburban Chicago Chapter of Jack and Jill was spawned by a group of women who identified a common need for their children. They sought a vehicle that would expand their socialization with other Black children while simultaneously reinforcing their ethnic pride. The Jack and Jill of America organization answered that need and offered a program that inspired general growth, development and leadership.
In 1981, after several months of careful planning and recruiting, the Far West Suburban Jays, a provisional chapter of Jack and Jill of America, was established. With forty-five initial members, we had the distinction of being one of the largest provisional chapters ever formed.
Although some of the ten originators of this chapter have moved on to other endeavors and geographical locations, we will always be grateful for their invaluable contributions.
On July 24, 1982, at the Jack and Jill biennial National Convention, our chapter was granted permanent status pending installation. On January 15, 1983, in a very poignant and memorable ceremony, we were formally inducted into Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.
Today, WSCC is comprised of 76 families and 120 children. We continue the vision of our original chapter members through active involvement and support of Marie Wilkinson Center, March of Dimes and Naperville Boys and Girls Club and Willowbrook Center.
The following leaders have served as President of West Suburban Chicago Chapter since 1983.
We thank them for their dedication and leadership.
Marlene Rickmond - Charter and 1st President
Kim Leslie Bright