Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated

Eastern Region

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The idea of regional revision of the National Organization was first advanced at the third annual meeting of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated held in Washington, C.C., in 1948. It was suggested that three regions, east, mid-west and west, be established to 1) shorten the travel time to annual meetings; 2) allow more time for discussions and 3) allow the inclusion of children at the meetings. The plan was discussed fully at this meeting, but was sent to committee for further study.

The Washington Chapter again presented a full report on the advantages of regional organization at the jack and Jill annual meeting in 1949 in New York City. It was recommended that a committee be formed to study the needs and submit a plan for future operations of the regional, taking into consideration how the purposes of the organization could best be achieved.

For several years, the regional plan was discussed during annual conventions and each time subsequently sent back to committees for further study. Around 1952, the Teenage committee on Regional Boundaries setup seven regions to serve as a framework for Teenage Regional Meetings. At the 1954 annual convention, it was decided that the proposals of the Executive Committee concerning regional organization of the National body would be taken back to the chapters and would subsequently be voted on by letter to the secretary no later than January 31, 1955. At the same time, the teenage regional plans were advanced and developed to the point where several Teenage Regional Meetings had been held. Pro-tem Teenage Directors were appointed and full scale Teenage Regions had had or had scheduled Teenage Regional Conferences.

A full discussion of the reorganization plan took place in Chicago in 1955. At that time, 36 chapters voted in favor of the regional plan; 13 were not in favor of the plan; one chapter did not vote; and 12 chapters were left to be heard from. The result of the voting indicated that the Executive Board would be empowered to go forward in making plans for future Regional Meetings, no eliminating the possibility of also having National Conventions every two years.

At the Eleventh Annual Convention of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, held in Cleveland, Ohio 1956, the recommendations of the Executive Board for the organization of Jack and Jill on a regional basis were reviewed and discussed. It was decided that the plan warranted further study by the Executive Bard and the matter was tabled until the next annual convention.

However, the Teenage Regional Conferences were progressing very well. By 1956, each of the seven teen regions had held Teenage Conferences guided by the seven elected or appointed Teenage Regional Directors. The future of the Mother’s Regional Meetings looked promising in view of the success the Teenage Regional were enjoying In 1957, at the Annual Convention held in San Francisco, the Regional Plan of organization was finally adopted, and Regional Directors were appointed or elected for three regions. A “write-in” voting procedure was set up for the four remaining regions.

The Thirteenth Annual Convention held in 1958 in St. Louis, was the last yearly convention of the National Body. The regions met in 1959 and National convened again in 1960.

Currently, the organization is divided into seven regions—Central, Easter, Far West, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-Western, South Central and Southeastern. Each of the seven regions has three officers—Regional Director, Regional Secretary-Treasurer and Foundation Member-At-Large, who are responsible for providing continuity between the National Executive Board and the chapters in the respective regions. The Regional Officers are elected during the Biennial Regional Conferences, which convene on the odd numbered years following the National Convention.

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