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:
Cora J. Coleman
Bobbie J. Hill
Lula C. Powell
Mary H. Whaley
Throughout the years, the Knoxville Chapter has included civic, cultural, and social activities, as well as educational programs, throughout the Knoxville community for children. Monthly age group activities are planned for the Royal Teens, Twixt ‘N Tweens, Primary / Intermediate, and Whats ‘N Whys children. Along with the monthly age group activities, each programming year (June – May) the chapter participates in six signature family activities:
- Shoes for School (August)
- Jack and Jill Day/Carole Robertson Day (September)
- Kwanzaa Family Christmas Celebration (December)
- MLK Day – JJOA National Day of Volunteering (January)
- March for Babies – JJOA National Day of Fitness (May)
- Black Family Day (May)
In addition, to impactful programming, the chapter has hosted the Southeastern Regional Teen Conference in 1973 and 1993 and the Children’s Supercluster in 2015. Our chapter will host the next Children’s Supercluster in 2021.