The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has its origins in the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Mothers Club. In 1964, the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Jack and Jill sponsored the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Mothers Club as a provisional Chapter. Officially chartered in 1966, the original group of 31 mothers began a tradition of dedication to the collective cultural, social and educational development of their children.
Mrs. Natalie Vaughn, the President of the original Mothers Club, was the Chapter Organizer. An Alexandria resident, Mrs. Vaughn later became an Eastern Region Member-at-Large and an Honorary Life Member of the Chapter. Ms. Crozet Johnson was the first Chapter President.
Since the beginning of the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter, the organization has grown to include many families who have taken advantage of the numerous resources available throughout the Metropolitan D.C. area. The Chapter’s children enjoy a wide range of activities each month in the various age groups. These events include museum visits, theater productions, sports activities and ethnic gatherings. The entire Chapter participates in annual activities such as the African-American History Month Celebration and the Annual Chapter Picnic.
The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter has a long legacy of community service. In addition to contributions to the Jack and Jill Foundation, the Chapter has supported Carpenter’s Shelter, Woodbine Nursing Home, Family and Child Services, the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter as well as area hospitals, churches, senior citizens’ homes, children’s organizations and needy families. This Chapter also secured a grant from the Jack and Jill of America Foundation to preserve the Heritage of Black Communities in our region.
The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter sponsors a biennial Beautillion presentation to recognize the achievements of male high school juniors and seniors. Several young men from our Chapter have participated in this event. All “Beaus” attend workshops coordinated by our Chapter Mothers. These seminars include training in leadership, self-awareness and social graces. In March of 2015 we will be hosting our Beautillion and, similar to past events, this one will prove to be successful event with outstanding Beaus.
Located just minutes away from our nation's capital, our chapter families are committed to using all the numerous, available opportunities to show our children that they truly have "The Power to Make a Difference." It is with this core philosophy in mind that we develop our programming and chart the path for the future success of our children. We welcome the opportunity to showcase this in the events we have planned for this year.