Regional History

  • September 22, 2018

The Marvelous Mid-Atlantic Region

The Mid-Atlantic Region embodies four states rich in history and tradition: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Jack and Jill chapters throughout the eastern seaboard are making a rich contribution to the mission of this organization.

The idea of the first Regional plan was advanced at the 3rd annual meeting of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated held in Washington, DC in 1948. This concept was discussed during annual conventions but was adopted at the 1957 annual convention in San Francisco. The Mid-Atlantic Region is one of seven Regions established by the National Body in San Francisco, 1957. The Regional plan was brought forth as a means of involving more participation at annual meetings. Regional meetings would shorten travel, allow more time for discussions and promote children/teen inclusion at annual meetings. Regions would also bring together representatives of chapters within the Region, allow closer communication between chapters, enrich chapter programs and through discussion, interpret National policy, programs and projects.

The Mid-Atlantic Region was thus established and embodies four states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. By the year 1957, when the Regional concept was implemented, there were already 22 chapters established across these four states. The first chapter in the Region was established in Durham, NC in 1945 which was the sixth of the ten charter chapters of the National Organization; the other chapters that soon followed were Newport News, VA; Norfolk, VA; Petersburg, VA; Lynchburg, VA; Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA; Columbia, SC; Hamlet, NC; Roanoke, VA; Winston-Salem, NC; Bluefield, WV; Charleston, SC; Greensboro, NC; Burlington, NC; Graham, NC; Charlotte, NC; Fayetteville, NC; and Portsmouth, VA. Since then, some of the chapters have become inactive.

The Mid-Atlantic Region continues to implement the National programs and legislative agendas of the National organization while keeping the National theme, “The Power to Make a Difference” in the forefront. The current regional theme is “Let’s Move 4 Ward” with a focus on:

  1. Faith
  2. Family
  3. Focus
  4. Fun