Chapter History

The Newton Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was chartered in November, 1966 in Newton, Massachusetts. The Chapter was chartered by a group of twenty-two mothers who felt the goals of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. closely paralleled those that they envisioned for their own families. The goals that these mothers envisioned for their children were the promoting of friendships, supporting charitable and social service events and awarding scholarships to students pursuing a college education. The Newton Chapter became the 124th chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

The Chapter’s charter members were:

Mabel Beck

Edith Brewer

Dorothy Carter

Elsie Cobbs

Betty De Priest

Marjorie Ann Eure

Ethel Fletcher

Mrs. George Hardy

Margaret Hazzard

Kitty Hill

Julia Kerr

Jackie Hoover

Essie Jackson

Louise McLaughlin

Joan Ricketts

Ruth Smith

Ann Texeira

Miriam Thomas

Eugenia Watson

Beryl Watts

Hallie Wright

Eleanor Wooden

The Chapter currently has sixty-five (65) mothers with 115 children ranging in age from 2 to 19 years old from the surrounding communities of Newton, Massachusetts. The Chapter’s members have contributed significantly to the overall growth of the Regional and National organization. Michele Courton-Brown, Newton Chapter Past President is Chair of the Eastern Region Membership Committee. She served as Grievance Chair for the Eastern Region in 2008-2010. In the past decade, the Newton Chapter has:

  • Hosting the Eastern Region Teen Conference in 2013
  • Co-Hosted the Eastern Region Teen Conference in 2008 
  • Received the Teen Foundation Award in 2004-2008
  • Received the Chapter Handbook Award in 2007
  • Hosted the Eastern Region Mother’s  Workday Cluster in 2007
  • Hosted the Eastern Region Children’s Cluster in 2002

Today the Chapter continues its commitment to all children while expanding its community service outreach. The Chapter supports the Jack and Jill Foundation by channeling our members’ charitable contributions to provide national grants that impact education, literacy and social initiatives. Initiatives the Chapter has supported in partnership with the Foundation include the Philadelphia Habitat for Humanity Home and the Foundation grants awarded to a variety of human services organizations in the Eastern Region. It is important that our children recognize the responsibility of ‘giving back’ to the community. In that spirit, our members support several local community service initiatives which are ‘hands-on’ for our children. The children spend time making crafts with senior citizens at the Benjamin Health Care Center; participate in the ‘Backpack-A-Thon’ at Cradles to Crayons; serve food to the homeless at the Mass Avenue Baptist Church and the Pine Street Inn, and collect sports equipment to benefit an after school program at the Boys & Girls Club. 

To celebrate the AIM for Healthy Living initiative with the local community, the Newton Chapter partnered with the Boston Chapter to sponsor an AIM for Healthy Living Community Health Fair in April, 2012 at the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club in Boston. The health fair promoted healthy living for the entire family and was free to the community. The younger children exercised with a moon bounce and played indoor games. The Boston and Newton Chapter middle school and teen children interacted with the younger children by playing games and face painting. To promote fitness for the teens and adults, classes in yoga and Zumba were a lot of fun and well attended. Several health clinic vendors and nursing students performed health screenings to attendees, checking glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI levels and dental health. Healthy snacks and beverages were served throughout the day. Raffles awarding healthy cookbooks, pedometers, and other items were drawn every hour. At the conclusion of the health fair two lucky children in the community were awarded bikes with helmets.

To expand our children’s educational, cultural, and social horizons the Newton Chapter started the Jill Book Club, a monthly book club for mothers and daughters. The Book Club’s aim is to enrich the relationships among the girls and to encourage dialogue of contemporary issues between mothers and daughters. The fathers of the Newton Chapter remain involved with the children, hosting activities that actively demonstrate the importance of male role models for our young boys. The dads host a basketball clinic for the upper elementary and middle school children. The fathers also mentor the teens by leading financial and leadership module workshops.  This year a new program was launched to retain our pre-teen boy’s interest in Jack and Jill activities. The Upper Elementary boys get together one Friday evening each month to enjoy unstructured ‘play’ time with each other. The Chapter has continued with their etiquette and oratorical skills programs: Etiquette training for children in Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary & Middle School; and Oratorical Workshops for our children in Upper Elementary & Middle School. 

Our signature events that our families look forward to are our bi-annual, rotating on alternate years, Father-Daughter Dance and Mother & Son Jammin’ Fun dance. The children in our Chapter look forward to their special ‘date’ with their parent. 


Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Newton Chapter

2014 - 2016

Executive Board


Jennifer DaSilva 

Vice President

Kimberly Savoy

Recording Secretary

Sharon Whittaker

Corresponding Secretary

Yvette Walker Jones

Financial Secretary
Terri Cubia

Deloris Pettis

Program Director

Doreen Rachal


               Michelle Miller            


Kim Thornton


Candice Hardiman  

Foundation Chair 

 Raynya Simmons

 Legislative Chair

 LaShanda Chirunga

 Protocol Chair

 Kimberly Bowdre

 Associates Chair

 Kimberly Bowdre 

 Lead Teen Advisor

 Shelby Smither

Teen President
Lauren DaSilva
Teen Vice President
Gabrielle Stanfield