The Northeast Dallas Provisional Chapter was born of pure determination. The journey began with one mother, Danielle Wesley, whose goal was to continue to enrich the lives of children in the northeastern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. In January 2009, Danielle attended an interest meeting of another local chapter, but became inspired to impact and give back in her own community. She was informed that she needed to have 25 interested mothers to start an interest group. Danielle launched an email, phone and letter campaign to other mothers in her neighborhood, church and school. She spoke about how Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated (Jack and Jill) could serve as a cultural bridge between school and church to expose the northeastern suburban children to opportunities and experiences in preparation for today’s global society.
The reason these mothers decided to start an interest group seeking membership in the premier family organization of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was that they saw the opportunity to develop a systematic approach to service and leadership excellence for their own children and wanted to reach and reproduce in our own back yards. These mothers represent Murphy, Wylie, Sachse, Garland, Rowlett, Rockwall and parts of Allen, Texas.
After meeting requirements of a year-long program and periodic evaluations, the Northeast Dallas Provisional Group was approved to proceed to the 2012 National Convention to receive a formal vote from the National body of mothers of Jack and Jill. As the organization celebrated the hallmark year of the 75th anniversary of Jack and Jill, the Northeast Dallas Provisional Group received a unanimous vote and became a Provisional Chapter. It was an amazing experience for the Northeast Dallas Chapter to be a part the historic celebration. And finally, on September 29, 2012, the Northeast Dallas Chapter was installed as the 227th Chapter of Jack and Jill and became the 29th Chapter of the South Central Region.
The charter members of the Northeast Dallas Chapter are: Kimberly Abernathy, Tammy Abernathy, Mildred Abu, Tammy Barrow, Takisha Berry, Terry Clark, Shanaci Cook, Latonja Cooper, Erinn Demery, Latoyia Gooden, Renata Hampton, Chnita Hardy, Regina Holder, Bernadette Isom, Michelle Johnson, Denise Johnson-Fue, Martha Jones, Sonya Lacy, Mellannise Henderson Love, Tonya Mitchell, Nichollette Mitchell, Felicia Murray, Emelda Pleasant, Shonna Pumphrey, Shelita Seals, Senta Thomas, Danielle Wesley, Pamela West, Katrina Witherspoon, Shannon Woods, and Stacy Young.
During the 2012-2014 program years, we have worked tirelessly to increase our community presence by developing partnerships with local community organizations. We kicked off our program year with our Black Family Day /Carole Robinson Commemoration Celebration. We partnered with the Garland Chapter of the NAACP Back to School Drive. Our children helped assembled back pack and various other school supplies. The back packs were given to children in need in the Garland School District. The chapter also made a monetary donation to the drive which provided backpacks to children in our community. We also observed MLK Day by participating in the City of Garland’s MLK Day Parade and Float Competition. The teens performed a skit they wrote for the parents and placed 1st in the float competition Throughout the program year our children participated in numerous community service projects including the March of Dimes Walk, City of Murphy Maize Days, and the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute Healthy Harvest Fun Walk/5K Run and Diabetes Expo.
After only 2 short years as an official chapter, NED was called and accepted the challenge of serving as a co-host chapter for the 60th Annual, South Central Region Teen Conference, June 12-15, 2014 in Dallas, Texas with the theme of “Be Defined by Your Own Greatness”. Over the last two years, the chapters fundraising activities have help to support local and national organizations such as the NAACP, community outreach seminars and annually to Jack and Jill Foundation.
Through hard work and dedication, the Northeast Dallas Chapter continues to grow from the original twenty-five mothers to 56 Mothers, and is currently the chapter is nurturing and developing a total of 97 children. We continue to be excited about the infinite possibilities of developing our youth. We are now prepared and ready to create our own legacy of empowering our youth with “Power and Potential”. The vision that our founders started 75 years ago is still pertinent and relevant, today. As we grow in numbers and achievements, the mission, vision and impact of Jack and Jill will continue to heard, seen and felt regionally, nationally and globally.
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