Chapter History

The Mercer County Chapter was started by three women, Carole Krauthamer-Bittner, Patricia Jones, and Carol Washington. In 1987, at a brunch hosted by the North Jersey Chapter in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Carol Washington met the then-Eastern Regional Director, Nellie Thornton. Carol expressed an interest in Jack and Jill, and followed up with Nellie later that year. Nellie provided information regarding the
procedures for forming an Interest Group and connected Carol to the President of the Bucks County Chapter, Pearline Greene, so that Pearline could assist Carol in the process.

Patricia Jones
Carole Krauthamer-Bittner
Carol Washington

The first meeting of the Interest Group was held on June 25, 1989 at the Third World Center on the campus of Princeton University. The guest speaker, Sanderal Brown, was the Secretary/Treasurer for the Eastern Region. She inspired the mothers in attendance when she told them about the rich history and important mission of Jack and Jill. The mothers were so excited by what they heard that they quickly shared that information with their friends. With
each subsequent meeting, attendance grew, and it became clear that it was time to seek approval to become a Provisional Group. When the Bucks County Chapter graciously agreed to sponsor the new group, the mothers of Mercer County were on their way to becoming a chapter.

The Provisional Group consisted of 35 mothers and 58 children.  The following mothers comprised the original group of 35:

The Provisional Group submitted its application to be granted chapter status and in September 1990, it was installed as the Mercer County, NJ Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.