July 2018

New members left to right: Sarah Dodds-Brown, New Rochelle; Melanie Harris, Scarsdale; Jennifer Hippolyte-Thomas, Mount Vernon; LaTrena Holder, White Plains; Gaye Chambers Jackson, Mount Vernon; Karen Wood John, Mount Vernon; Nicole Kankam, New Rochelle; Nicole King-Burroughs, New Rochelle; Tara Lattimer-Wilson, Larchmont; Tia Leslie-Troy, Mount Vernon; Colleen Dean Miller, New Rochelle; Kellie Ross-Johnson, White Plains, and Aisha Simmons Shaw, New Rochelle. Photo credit: Neal Currie

Westchester Chapter of Jack and Jill of America host 64th Annual Installation Program

The Westchester Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. recently welcomed thirteen new members to the national organization that provides social, cultural and educational opportunities primarily for African-American families. Under the guidance of the Chapters First Vice President and Membership Chair, Dr. Pamela Njapa Minyard, the Membership Committee planned the formal ceremony to welcome the new members as well as bid farewell to the members who have completed their tenure. The initiation and installation ceremonies took place at the First Baptist Church of Bronxville. The celebratory dinner and dance took place at Bronxville Field Club and was attended by seventy-two guests.


Over the past 64 years, the mothers of the Westchester Chapter of Jack & Jill have worked to create and execute programming which parallels the aims of the National Organization while meeting the needs of their local chapter and community. With that goal in mind, the Westchester Chapter has been laser focused on promoting leadership and inspiring youth with the knowledge that they have the “Power to Make A Difference” in their community. The ceremony culminated several months of sponsors engaging the new mothers with opportunities for meeting and connecting with current chapter members and families. The new members also volunteered many hours to participate in a successful community service project as a Westchester team for the March of Dimes, a national partner of Jack & Jill of America, Inc.


“Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has been in the forefront of developing and nurturing some of the top leaders in all sectors in this nation for over 80 years. We are excited and proud to welcome these 13 incredibly talented new mothers into our chapter to help us continue the work of making a difference in our community locally and nationally through our charitable giving and community engagement,” said Chapter President Nicole Ndzibah.  In addition to giving to the March of Dimes, in the 2017-2018 program year Westchester Chapter provided charitable donations to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, The Hord Foundation, Hope’s Door, Huguenot Elite, WestCOP Head Start, and Westchester Girls Inc.


Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a mother’s organization comprised of African-American children that nurture future leaders by strengthening children through chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving.  The mothers believe every child with proper guidance and opportunity can be a leader. For further information, visit www.jack-and-jill.org.



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