President's Message

Kathryn Simmons

Dearest Magnificent Moms,

Thank you for electing me as the 21st President of the Suffolk County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. It is an absolute honor to lead a chapter of this storied organization. I proudly walk in the path of our founder, the late Marion Stubbs Thomas, a visionary who along with twenty trail blazing mothers, saw a need to form an organization that provided cultural, social, and educational opportunities for young African-Americans.

Eighty years after that monumental meeting of the minds, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has been dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty. I am excited to join you in carrying forth this vital mission.  

This is a collective endeavor. Each of us has been endowed with unique talents, gifts, and resources that are needed to uphold Jack & Jill traditions and values. And, we will all have an opportunity to utilize those skills for the betterment of the organization and the community at large.  

Under my leadership, the driving theme is “All In.” It’s about giving your best to the Suffolk County Chapter because when everyone is 100% committed and dedicated, our sons and daughters thrive. We will lead from the front and be an example for all our children, in order to build a legacy that will resonate for generations.

Since 1962, the Suffolk County Chapter has truly been committed to cultivating future African-American leaders and enhancing the opportunities for our children and the children of Suffolk County through impactful programming and consistent community involvement. Our work speaks volumes.

The Suffolk County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has been the home of an Eastern Regional Teen President, a National and Regional Committee Chairman, Recipients of the Presidential Youth Service Award, and winners of the Eastern Region Teen Oratorical Contest. Authors of the book Seven Days with Carole, our teens also paid tribute to Carole Robertson, a Jack and Jill teen who was killed in the 1963 Birmingham, Alabama Church bombing. In 2016, two of our Suffolk County Jack and Jill children were selected as publishers in the Jack and Jill National Literary Masterminds Contest.

We have also received regional recognition for our outstanding community service. In 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 we garnered the award for having the largest participation in the Tanger Fit for a Cure 5K Run/Walk.

We have made great strides and fulfilled the vision of our founder and foremothers.  With everyone “All In” we will continue to carry the torch ignited eight decades ago and persist in being an organization that stands up for the rights and issues that impact children, specifically African-American children.

As we embark on the quest to ensure that the youth of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and the Suffolk County community reach their greatest potential, let us do so with boundless vigor and audacity. Cheers to an amazing programming year and being “All In”! Let’s work, let’s play, let’s live together!

Kathryn