2017 Chapter photo

 

Our History

The St. Louis, Missouri Chapter of Jack and Jill was started as a Mothers’ Club and organized by Hortense Brooks on February 3, 1947.  In addition to Hortense Brooks, the membership included Joy Blanche, Marie Burrows, Vivian DeShields, Alice Edwards, Sue Lucas, Carolyn McClellan, Melba Parker, Antoinette Robinson, and Elizabeth Williamson.  The club was introduced into the national Jack & Jill body at the organization’s national meeting in Columbus, Ohio on June 20, 1947.  The first President of the St. Louis Chapter was Carolyn McClellan.  Other women who have served in this capacity, in order of service, are: Hortense Brooks, Elizabeth Williamson, Eloys Williams, Margaret Simms, Marie Burrows, Helen Harris, Maxine Freeman, Lucille Campbell, Maxine Stark, Florence Billups, Mischa Love, Johnetta Haley, Kermit Hill, Anne Thames, Anita Bond, Ruth Burns, Marion Evans, Bernice Bates, Dorothy Quigless, Yetta Kilgore, Mary Montgomery, Mildred Shelton, Sandra Reid, Ann Blackmon, Joyce Balls, Dianne Powell, Wanda Reese, Victoria Buck, Jocelyn Woodson-Reed, Paula Endsley, Sandra Townsend, Vanessa Ragsdale, Sharon Harvey Davis, Michelle Sanders, Tara  Buckner, and currently Tamila Taylor.

In March 1975, the St. Louis, Missouri Chapter moved from the Central Region to the Mid-Western Region.  Our Chapter has experienced remarkable growth and made outstanding contributions on a local, regional, and national level.  In 2015, the Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Central Region merged with the St. Louis, Chapter.  In 2016, seventeen new Mothers were inducted into our chapter.

The St. Louis Chapter is proud to be the home of Past Mid-Western Regional Director, Sandra Townsend.  Our chapter received the following awards and recognitions at the 2016 National Convention and 2017 Mothers Regional Conference: 1) $15,000 Independent Grant Award – Better Family Life; 2) Regional recognition for Superior Program Handbook; 3) Regional recognition for Outstanding Legislative Program; 4) Regional recognition for Outstanding Mother Member – Lisa Blue; and 5) Regional recognition for Outstanding Chapter Leader – Angela M. Rhone.


Conferences Hosted:

- Children’s Clusters - 2000, 2003

- Mothers Regional - 1983

- Mothers Regional & Work Day - 1963

- Mothers Workday Clusters - 1995, 2005, 2017

- National Convention - 1958

- Presidents’ Summit - 2004

- Teen Regional Conferences - 1954, 1963, 1974, 1998, 2012

- Teen President Workdays - 1970, 1979

JJOA National Offices & Committee Representatives:

Antoinette Robinson, Treasurer – 1952-1954
Margaret Simms, Treasurer – 1958-1960
Margaret Simms, President – 1961-1964
Kermit Hill, Treasurer – 1968-1972
Bernice Bates, Associates Chair – 1976-1980
Dorothy Quigless, Recording Secretary – 1978-1982
Vanessa Ragsdale, Nominating Committee Representative – 2007-2008
Seqwana Pryor, Policies and Procedures Committee Chair – 2014-2018

Midwestern Offices & Committee Representatives:

Sandra Townsend, Editor

Fred Shelton, Teen President

Sandra Townsend, Secretary/Treasurer

Vanessa Ragsdale, Nominating Committee Chair

Sheila Young, Editor

Vanessa Ragsdale, Associates Chair

Sandra Townsend, Regional Director

Sharon Harvey-Davis, Grievance Chair

Sharon Harvey-Davis, Policies and Procedures Committee Chair

Michelle Sanders, Nominating Committee

Remi Roberts, Teen Nominating Committee 

Talia Bennett, Teen Foundation Chair

Ronson Longley, Teen Nominating Chair

Veronica Norwood, Teen Nominating Committee, 2nd Alternate

Veronica Norwood, Teen Evaluations & Recommendations Committee, Co-chair

Seqwana Pryor, Policies and Procedures Committee, Chair

L’Ila Holliday, Teen Nominating Committee 

Clarke Shead, Teen Recommendations Committee, Co-Chair

Creshuna Cade, Nominating Committee

Jacob Blair, Teen Foundation Chair

Creshuna Cade, Competitions Committee, Co-Chair

Seqwana Pryor, 2017 Illinois Area Workday Cluster, Chair

Tamila Taylor, Strategic Conference Planning Committee

Tamila Taylor, Tri-State COE Lead

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