Associate Mothers (mothers have successfully completed tenure as mother members of the chapter) continue to play a vital role in not only the history of the Inglewood Chapter but in our ordinary and extraordinary pursuit of the Jack & Jill way. As professional civic minded mothers they serve as role models and remind us that raising healthy, successful families is an attainable goal.
The chapter celebrates contributions of the Inglewood Associate’s Group annually during the February Mother’s Tea or May Mother’s Luncheon.
he Fathers’ Auxiliary is more than an ad hoc group of dads and husbands, they are an integral part of our chapter attending and supporting National Activities such as Carole Robertson Memorial, Jack & Jill Day, Martin Luther King Celebrations, Black FamilyDay and of course cooking up breakfast for “Spirit of Giving”. The InglewoodChapter refers to the dads and husbands as“Debonair Dads”.
Their constant presence is a reminder to us that our organization is truly a family affair. To this end, mother members like to show our appreciation and host an annual Fathers’ AppreciationSocial. Dads have made it clear that the social must be a dad plan event! It’s all about our phenomenal dads. So, we send them off to fellowship and enjoy an activity of their choice.
Black Family Day is celebrated on the first weekend of every May, every program year. The chapter customarily hosts outdoor cookouts, volleyball tournaments, sandcastle contests, ice cream socials and line dancing on Black Family Day. However, other events have included visits to black history lectures at the California African American Museum and; tours to Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.
This park is one of California’s earliest all-black communities established at the turn of the 19th century in Tulare County and now operating as a state historical landmark to African American resilience in the Golden State.
We honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Annual Inglewood City MLK Day Celebration. Chapter mothers and children meet collectively at Faithful Central Bible Church (FCBC) along with Inglewood City Civic organizations to participate in a celebratory festival in honor of Dr. King. Prior to the start of the event, mothers and children collect canned goods for Souper Bowl of
Caring. Children from Inglewood School District deliver award winning oratorical presentations and a theatrical performance from the Inglewood Theater Group. Following the presentations, the chapter walks the 3-mile parade route from FCBC to the Inglewood Fabulous Forum where children enjoy carnival activities, rock climb walls, and live music performances.
JACK AND JILL
The chapter Annually celebrates Jack and Jill Day in conjunction with Carole Robertson Recognition in September of every program year where the Jack and Jill Motto is truly fulfilled working and practicing our history, playing games, and socializing in the sun! Venues for Jack and Jill Day have included local parks and beaches. Each year the grade groups have the opportunity to create a skit for Carole Robertson Day.
The skits showcase the talents of our children and give the children the opportunity to focus on their public speaking and communication skills.
During one of the first chapter events of every program year, the children and teens of the Inglewood Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., stir and move us to join in the call for civil rights and social justice in the chapter’s celebration and remembrance of the legacy of Jill Carole Robertson.
Each children’s group performs presentations that recount the day.
The performances recall the times the bombs rang out killing Carole and three other young girls and ushering in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The day is truly an enriching experience for the children of all grade groups to learn of the struggles of the past and are inspired to be leaders for social justice today.
SPIRIT OF GIVING
For over 12 years, the Inglewood Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., has celebrated the Christmas Season with our signature community service event, “Spirit of Giving”, Breakfast every December. The chapter enjoys a southern faire breakfast/brunch of ham, biscuits, grits and all the trimmings prepared by dads from the chapter’s Father’s Auxiliary. Children from each group also perform Christmas pageantry through music and the arts.
The highlight of the morning is of course the “giving” to our community partners. To date, the chapter has donated over 1000 baskets of toiletries and personal hygiene items to the Midnight Mission of Los Angeles for the benefit of both the Inglewood Family Housing Program and Midnight Mission of Greater Los Angeles serving the homeless population in downtown Los Angeles skid row.
In past years, the children have also presented warm coats and blankets and also spearheaded “Cradle to College” book and school supplies drive also benefitting families of Midnight Mission, Inglewood. It is during this time that the chapter also presents monetary donations raised from annual chapter fundraisers to community partner(s) Midnight Mission, Inglewood Family Housing Program and Great Beginnings for Black Babies.