Prince William County Chapter History
The Prince William Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. began in 1981. Mrs. Margarette Cooper, a charter member of the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. suggested that Dr. Frances Kearney Wood start a Jack and Jill Chapter in the Prince William County area. On Thursday, September 24, 1981, ten ladies attended a meeting in the home of Frances Wood. The group increased in number to 47 mothers and a waiting list. In March, 1982, this unit of mothers became an interest group under the exemplary leadership of Frances Wood, and through the aid and encouragement of our sponsoring chapter, Alexandria-Mount Vernon.
During the summer of 1982, the interest group reached provisional status. At the national convention in Washington, D.C., on July 19, 1984, delegates voted that the Prince William Provisional group be installed as a chapter. The installation took place September 8, 1984. Dr. Devida Johnson installed the Prince William Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She was assisted by Mrs. Charlie May Brown, Regional Director.
The seeds planted three years before, through dedicated leadership, concerned members, and support of good friends, had blossomed into a beautiful flower.
Due to extensive growth in the area, and the desire to promote the excellent ideals of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in different ways, the Prince William Chapter voted to extend the boundaries (to include Facquier, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties) and split the chapter. Prince William County Chapter sponsored the new chapter, Manassas-Woodbridge, which was installed on January 24, 2004.
Through dedication, hard work and strong sisterhood, the PWC chapter has grown from the original ten mothers to over 30 Mothers. Currently the chapter is nurturing over 50 children.