North Suburban Atlanta Chapter History
In April, 1979 twenty-five women living in the northern suburban section of Atlanta met to discuss the possibility of establishing a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. In May, the group submitted an application to Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and in September was accepted as a provisional chapter under the sponsorship of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Atlanta Chapter.
The provisional chapter established a budget, designed a program and carried out community service projects. Over 50 activities for 65 children were planned and completed. The group collected donations for UNICEF, donated books to the North Fulton Child Development Center, gave $200 to the United Negro College Fund and donated food baskets to the needy. The provisional chapter was chartered by Jack and Jill of America, Inc. with 29 members in July 1980 and installed as Jack and Jill of America, Inc., North Suburban Atlanta Chapter on September 14, 1980.
Currently the North Suburban Atlanta Chapter (NSAC) has a membership of 102 mothers. Monthly age group activities are planned for 192 children. Four family activities are planned each program year: the Jack and Jill Day Family Picnic (September), Family Christmas Celebration (December), Chapter Black History Program (February) and Black Family Day (May). Many chapter wide service projects are scheduled throughout the program year. For many years, we have organized a "New Attitude Clothing Drive and Seminar" for the Metro Transitional Center. The chapter supports the Center for Children and Young Adults through its backpack and school supply drives. We, also, support the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Urban Ministries Program, the Drake House, and we have provided emergency survival kits for children through DFACS. Additionally, all age groups are mandated to incorporate service projects into their age group activities. NSAC Teens truly focus on service and maintain a service calendar in addition to their monthly activities. They volunteered at the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, a private, nonprofit child development agency that provides residency and full time services for neglected, abused, abandoned or orphaned children. They, also, provided service for Hands on Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity, Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry, AIDS Walk Atlanta and M.U.S.T. Ministries.
In the last few years, North Suburban Atlanta Chapter has had the honor of watching several of its own serve Jack and Jill of America, Inc. at both the Regional and National levels. From 2007-2009, former NSAC President, Tamara Turnley Robinson serves as Southeastern Regional Director. In 2009, she became the National Endorsed Candidate. At the 39th National Convention, Mrs. Robinson was elected National Vice President. In addition, former NSAC President Helen Mitchell was appointed Regional Parliamentarian for 2010-2011, and served the National Foundation. Finally, and most recently, our own Kim Jones Snipe was appointed to the National Bylaws Committee. Nina Howard serves on the National Public Relations and Marketing Committee. It is truly wonderful to see the commitment and leadership shown by the mothers of North Suburban Atlanta Chapter.
As the mothers of NSAC continue to work and grow as a unit, the focus of the 2017-2018 administration turns to programming with the theme, Embracing Simple Abundance.
We all are truly blessed to be a part of an organization such as Jack and Jill, where collectively we strive to mold our children into productive individuals who will be the leaders of tomorrow.