Chapter History

Pauline Ellison organized the Arlington Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated (now the Northern Virginia Chapter) in 1966 and she served as first chapter President. ViCurtis Hinton, National Corresponding Secretary, and Thomasina FitzRoy, Eastern Regional Director, installed the chapter on December 3, 1966. The ceremony was held at the Walter Reed Center in Arlington, Virginia.

The chapter was sponsored by the Washington, DC chapter, and was the first in the Northern Virginia area. The chapter boundaries include Arlington and Fairfax counties, as well as the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.

The Northern Virginia Chapter remains actively involved in community service and programs involving children and youth. Our community service projects have served organizations such as Katherine Hanley Shelter, Alternative House, Cameron Dudley Book Scholarship, Embry Rucker Shelter, New Hope Housing, Relay for Life, Volunteer Fairfax, Alfred Street Baptist Church, and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Past community service projects have impacted The Little Blue House, Alexandrians Living Ecumenically (ALIVE!), Arlington Community Temporary Shelter, the Carpenter Shelter for Homeless Families, and the Katherine Hanley Shelter.

The chapter has five age groups that meet monthly from September through May for various activities. The groups are Tiny Tots (2-4 year olds), Triple J’s (grades K-2), Intermediates (grades 3-5), Junior Teens (grades 6-8), and Senior Teens (grades 9-12). The Senior Teens conduct their meetings independently and have a separate budget. Each group is required to include the following categories in their monthly activities: Cultural, Social, Educational, Health, Recreational, Legislative, Leadership, Financial Leadership and Community Service.

In July 2015, the chapter hosted a successful Regional Conference held in the Bahamas at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Additionally, in November 2015 the Northern Virginia Chapter installed an Associates Group with 15 members.

On Saturday, March 5, 2016 the Northern Virginia Chapter celebrated 50 years of service and cultural education in the Northern Virginia community with its Golden Gala.

Proceeds from the gala benefited the Jack and Jill of America Foundation and the Alternative House, a Fairfax County-based organization that transforms the lives of children and youth by helping them stay safe and overcome personal challenges.

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