ST. PETERSBURG — Recharged, rejuvenated and ready are the best adjectives to describe The Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Leadership Team.
The Suncoast Chapter was formerly known as the Pinellas County Chapter. This past July during the 41st Jack and Jill of America, Inc., National Convention held in Charlotte, N.C., authorization was approved to change the local Chapter’s name to Suncoast Chapter. The new name better reflects the chapter’s membership that encompasses mothers who reside in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
The chapter held an annual planning session last month and this was an opportunity for the mothers to fellowship and develop a schedule of activities for the 2014-2015 program year.
The elected officers who will lead the Suncoast Chapter are: President Vikki T. Gaskin-Butler, Vice-President Cheryl Bradbury, Treasurer Delphinia Davis, Financial Secretary Darrelle Larondos, Program Director Farrell Redwine Downing, Corresponding Secretary Kimberly Brown, Recording Secretary Elayne Wooding-McKinney, Parliamentarian Andrea Nichols, Historian Yolanda Rentz, and Editor Nikki Barfield.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is an African-American family organization which includes mothers who nurture future leaders by strengthening children through chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. The mothers believe every child, with proper guidance and opportunity can be a leader. The Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill is celebrating its 24th year.
The local chapter hosts monthly activities for each age group within its membership. Nationally and/or regionally, an annual mothers’ convention and teen conference are held to assure the continued development and enrichment of the members.
The Suncoast Chapter is composed of 26 families and 40 children residing in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The children range in age from two to 19 years.