Jack and Jill of America, Inc. hosts annual planning retreat

ST. PETERSBURG — The Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. held a private planning retreat at Waterside Coquina Key last Saturday, May 21 and Teen Instillation Ceremony May 22 in the home of Dr. Athena Richardson.

A special “bridging over” ceremony was held for graduating mom and Chapter President Dr. Vikki Gaskin-Butler to celebrate the new chapter in her life with a graduating teen. During the planning half day retreat, mothers fellowshipped and planned for upcoming grade group and Chapter activities for the 2016-17 program year.

The incoming Teen Chapter Leadership installed were: Nicole Richardson, president; Alexis Peterson, vice president; Kofi Fort , treasurer; Romari Black,  foundation chair; Natalie Fort, recording secretary;  Chloe Jackson, corresponding secretary; Giovanna Capehart, parliamentarian; Miles Richardson, sergeant at arms;  Michael Barfield Jr., historian and Sebastian Hasbun, chaplain.

Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is an African-American family organization that 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 26th year. The local chapter hosts monthly activities for each age group within its membership and chapter events.  Nationally and/or regionally, annual mothers’ convention, children’s cluster and teen conference are held to assure the continued development and enrichment of the members.

The Suncoast Chapter is composed of 36 families residing in Pinellas, Manatee or Sarasota Counties. The children range in age from 2 to 19 years.

If you would like additional information about Jack and Jill of America, Inc. you may visit the local chapter website at: jackandjillsuncoast.org.

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