JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA, INC. Montgomery, Alabama Chapter
20th Biennial Beautillion Militaire Saturday, March 2, 2019
About Our Organization
The National Organization Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was founded on January 24, 1938 by Mrs. Marion Stubbs Thomas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The organization was incorporated in 1946 with the objectives of creating a medium of contact for children which would stimulate growth and development, and provide constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational, and social programs for the children and their parents. Through the years, the organization has grown, and the objectives have broadened to include not only the children of members, but all children. Jack and Jill strives to accomplish its goals through local chapter and regional activities, and national programs and legislation.
Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Since its inception in 1968, the Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to communities all across America. Jack and Jill Foundation’s mission is to address issues affecting African American children and families, by investing in programs and services that create a strong foundation for children to thrive long-term.
The Foundation supports programs that not only create opportunities and challenges for children to learn and practice leadership skills, but also build leadership character in youth. The ultimate goal of every Foundation grant dollar is to empower young people to make the right life choices. Programs funded by the Foundation are improving academic test scores, raising literacy and mathematical competencies, encouraging cultural consciousness, and instilling moral and social responsibility in America’s youth.
The Local Organization Impressed with the aims and philosophy of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., a group of mothers in Montgomery, Alabama organized a provisional chapter in 1954. On October 1, 1955, the Montgomery Chapter was formally established with 33 charter members. In 1980 during the administration of Mrs. Bennye Black Reasor, the chapter sponsored its first Beautillion Militaire. Mrs. Rosalyn King served as chairperson of this event, and the late Attorney Solomon Seay was master of ceremonies. Given the various venues through which young women could shine, the chapter wanted something that highlighted young men.
This biennial event focuses on a series of character building social, cultural and educational activities including a career workshop, a health workshop, and a rites of passage ceremony all designed to help young men from the community make that crucial transition from boyhood to manhood. Not only has the Beautillion Militaire become an increasingly popular event, but also it has raised thousands of dollars for the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. Those thousands of dollars have been reinvested in the community through charitable contributions and has garnered the chapter numerous recognition from the National and Regional organization. Over the years Beautillion has allowed the chapter to make generous contributions to such worthwhile organizations as Common Ground Ministries, AIDS Outreach, Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, and Alabama State University.
During its 60-year history, the local chapter has provided enrichment and assistance to its members and to the community-at-large. Always aware of our rich heritage, the present chapter members strive to continue the legacy, as we meet the challenges of today and prepare for the future.