Chapter History

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In the summer of 1965, a group of concerned parents met to discuss the possibility of becoming an affiliate of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. The primary concern of this group was the desire to provide for the optimum growth and development of the children. After communication with the National Officers, their dream became a reality in the form of a Mothers’ Club.

Following a year of provisionary activities, the Knoxville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was formed. In November, 1966, Jill Aurelia James of the Chattanooga Chapter installed the officers of the Knoxville Chapter. The Charter Members of the Knoxville Chapter were:

Goldie Carter
Cora J. Coleman
Esther Davidson
Marcia Donaldson
Bobbie J. Hill
Barbara McArthur
Alma Moore
Ernestine Moore
Lula C. Powell
Annice Scruggs
Theretha Strickland
Laura Turk
Jacqueline Underwood
Mary H. Whaley
Sammye Wynn

Monthly age group activities are planned for the Royal Teens, Primary/Intermediate, and Whats ‘N Whys children. Three family activities are planned each program year: the Jack and Jill Day/Carole Robertson Day (September), Kwanzaa Family Christmas Celebration (December), and Black Family Day (May). The chapter has hosted the Southeastern Regional Teen Conference in 1973 and 1993.