OUR CHAPTERWIDE EVENTS
Chapter Wide Events provide an opportunity to bring together GSM mothers and their families. These activities are a way to interact socially, as well as to participate in Jack and Jill national days of observance, which all chapters are required to engage in.
CAROLE ROBERTSON/JACK AND JILL DAY
Carole Robertson Day is in memory of Carole Rosamund Robertson who was a member of the Birmingham, AL Chapter of Jack and Jill, when he was killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963. At our National Convention in San Francisco, it was decided by resolution that all chapters would honor her in September with an activity that would highlight the goals of human rights, civil rights, racial harmony that Carole did not live to enjoy.
Jack and Jill Day began in 1948 under the direction of Dorothy Wright, our first National President. This day is considered family round-up time, and all chapters are required to have a family activity in September that brings all of the membership together after the summer break. It is also a time to invite families that are interested in joining the organization. It focuses on the programmatic thrusts of social and recreational. Additionally many chapters, including GSM, have incorporated cultural/heritage as part of the day.
Founders Day honors of the late Marion Stubbs Thomas, who founded Jack and Jill of America, Inc. on Jan. 24, 1938, along with 19 other mothers who saw the need to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19.
NATIONAL BLACK FAMILY DAY
National Black Family Day came about in May of 1987 when The Honorable William Gray III, Congressman from Pennsylvania entered a tribute to Jack and Jill of America into the Congressional Record on May 5, 1987, as the organization embarked upon a Black Family Day of Celebration. Black Family Day is intended to focus on family and cultural heritage, and chapters typically host events such as picnics, recognition celebrations and community service projects to honor Black Family Day each May. GSM uses this time to support our community, share some laughs with our family, and celebrate the successes of our children.