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Oakland County Chapter History

In early 1976, Robbie Johnson and Bobbye Wilhite discussed starting an interest group of minority mothers in the Oakland County area. The goal of the group was to promote social, cultural, educational and recreational opportunities for their children. Recognizing their goals were compatible with Jack and Jill of America, Inc., these mothers organized a provisional chapter in late 1976.

Installation into the National Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. on September 10, 1978, was a celebrated event at the Wabeek Country Club. Thirty-nine women became charter members of Oakland County Jack and Jill of America, Inc. These 39 African American mothers lived throughout Oakland County with a common goal to promote social, cultural, educational, recreational, and community service opportunities for their children.

Mattie Allen, Kay Armstrong, Juanita Baker, Barbara Benford, Janice Bowdre Edna Brown, Delores Calhoun

Ruth Keel, Sandra McClandon, Carole McCollough, Francine McRipley, Marva Morris, Betty Nails
, Rita O’Reilly


 Diane Crear, Mae Farr, 
Ellen Ferguson, Bobbye Galloway, Reida Gardiner, Cynthia Gayles, Katherine Generatte, Gail Harper, Julia Harrold, Clorinda Isacc, Jean Johnson, LeBertha Johnson

Patricia Parker, Theresa Preston, Paula Ross, Theda Rucker, Jane Savoy, Barbara Scott, Marye Tisdale, Ruth Tucker, Deirdre Waterman, JoAnn Washington, Bobbye Wilhite, Jackie Williams, Robbie Johnson

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