Potomac Valley Jack and Jill Chapter History
Potomac Valley Chapter History
On October 4, 1986 twenty-nine dedicated women were installed as charter members of the Potomac Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill. The Potomac Valley Chapter nicknamed “PVC” is located on the western side of Montgomery County, Maryland. Since its inception, PVC mothers have contributed consistently and mightily to the betterment of their communities, strengthening of their children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty, and as devoted leaders within Jack and Jill.
Our membership is comprised of professional women and includes CEOs, attorneys, physicians, management consultants, engineers, private equity, and some homemakers. We are dedicated to making our community and schools places where our children and families can thrive and succeed. To that end, we are servant leaders focused on Living Lives of Significance and use our networks and resources to generously support Jack and Jill’s mission.
Potomac Valley is well known for its philanthropic giving. In 2014 we celebrated our 30th Anniversary with a gala held benefiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Jack and Jill Foundation. The gala was a resounding success with the chapter raising approximately $30,000 in donations. As a result, today PVC is one of only three Jack and Jill entities recognized in the museum. Similarly, the Potomac Valley Chapter won 1st place both in the Nation (2014) and the Region (2014 and 2015) for fundraising contributions to our Jack and Jill strategic partner–the March of Dimes. Most recently, in 2019 PVC’s signature Mardi Gras gala raised significant funds benefiting scholarships for United Negro Fund students and the Jack and Jill Foundation. In addition to these large scale initiatives, PVC families generously support multiple efforts to support nonprofits such as Martha’s Table, Wider Circle, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The Potomac Valley Chapter has a rich history of leadership and dedication to Jack and Jill. In July 2015, at the Eastern Regional Conference in the Bahamas, PVC mother and past president Mondi Kumbula-Fraser was elected as the 21st Eastern Regional Director. She epitomizes servant leadership and was reelected for a second term in 2017 and elected National Endorsed Candidate for 2019-2020. In addition to IPRD Mondi, Potomac Valley has consistently had chapter members serve on regional and national committees such as membership, programming, legislative, technology, rules and regulations, and protocol.
Potomac Valley is a proud member of the Mighty East. In October 2016, Potomac Valley hosted the Eastern Region Southern Cluster Workday in Bethesda Marriott. Cluster, as it’s called, is an opportunity for mothers, teens and middle-schoolers to attend seminars on best practices, hone their leadership skills, and fellowship with Jack and Jill members from other chapters. In 2016 Potomac Valley’s Cluster was the largest Mothers Cluster to date, with 700 registrants.
To whom much is given – much is expected. Mothers in the Potomac Valley Chapter are known as servant leaders committed to raising children that are culturally intelligent and focused on their communities. Each year we donate books by African American authors or about African American topics to the Montgomery County, Maryland Library System, host a myriad of food collection and delivery projects to support children and families experiencing food insecurity, show what the love of fathers looks like through events hosted by our Fathers Auxiliary, teach our children poise and confidence through our Gavel Club and Shark Tank demonstrations led by African American CEOs, and joyfully support the phenomenal accomplishments of Potomac Valley mothers. Our Teens are thoughtful and committed leaders having won Regional Oratorical Competitions and awards at Teen Conference. In 2019 we committed to strategic partnerships with the NAACP and Howard University.
Potomac Valley Families are Living Lives of Significance!