Miami Chapter History
In October 1962, Mrs. Geraldine Arrington called fifteen mothers together to discuss the organization of a Miami Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. These fifteen mothers were encouraged to bring names of other members whom they thought would be interested in joining in the formation of a provisional chapter. Geraldine Arrington led the group through two years of planning, reorganizing, and implementation of all of the national requirements. In December 1964, the National President, Mrs. Margaret E. Simms, installed the chapter. There were twenty-six charter members.
The chapter has hosted Mothers’ Area Workdays, a Regional Conference, Regional teen Conferences, and a National Convention. Activities of the Miami Chapter have been featured in local newspapers as well as via interviews on local television and local radio programs. The chapter holds a life membership with the NAACP and every member is encouraged to join.
This Chapter is proud of its Age Groups and members: Pee Wees (Pre-school to Kindergarten, 2-5 years); Explorers (Grades 1-3, 6- 8 years); Jet Sets (Grades 4 – 6, 9 – 11 years); Twixteens (Middle School, 12 – 13 years); and Teens (High School, 13 – 19 years).
The chapter was recognized on December 11, 2005, by the Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc. by being added to its “Book of Life” in commemoration of its 40th Anniversary. In addition to this honor, the Miami Chapter was featured in Bellsouth’s African American History Calendar appearing as a historical social and civic club during the month of October 2006.
Over the years the Miami Chapter has hosted both National and Regional Events. In 2008 The Miami Chapter had the privilege of hosting the 38th National Convention. In 2010 the Miami Chapter Hosted the Region’s Children Cluster.
Today, more than thirty-five (35) families are members of the Miami Chapter. The membership includes four legacies (including the daughter of a chapter charter member) which have been active members of the Miami Chapter for more than 10 years. Their membership is a testament to the relevance and benefits of the organization that exists today.