THE HISTORY OF JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA
Windy City Chapter History
This group of mothers gathered at the home of the Mid-Western Regional Director, Sharon Eubanks-Pope, for the purpose of forming an interest group of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
On June 8, 1997, the mothers selected the name Windy City Guild for the group. At the next meeting officers were elected:
- President: Pamela James Ford
- Vice President: Sheila Wilkinson Sanders
- Program Director: Denise Gresham-Knox
- Recording Secretary: Ambra Bryant Beach
- Corresponding Secretary: Pamela Talbott Creed
- Treasurer: Michelle Holland Guilliard
- Financial Secretary: Sheila Taylor Goins
- Editor-Historian: Roberta Ramey
The Program year kicked off September 1997 with a carnival celebrating Windy City Day. Some of the activity highlights were high tea at the Drake’s Palm Court, a cultural expedition to ETA Creative Arts Foundation, a ski trip to the Grand Geneva Resort, and a Black Family Day celebration at Navy Pier.
On July 24, 1998, Pamela James Ford, Sheila Wilkinson Sanders, Dracel Stewart-Amos and Paula Thomas presented Windy City Guild at the 33rd Biennial National Convention, where the guild became a Provisional Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. From those 26 charter mothers and families, Windy City Chapter boasts a current membership of 76 families.