2016 National Convention
The 42nd Jack and Jill of America, Inc. National Convention was held on July 26-31, 2016 at J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, CA.
The 2014-2016 National Executive Board, the Far-West Region, and convention planning committee organized the event with the focus of paying tribute to our past, celebrating our present, and looking forward to our future.
Our own chapter mother and former Regional Treasurer, Pamela Taylor, via voice vote unanimously became the new National Treasurer.
By invitation only our very own Financial Secretary Lin Kimsey attended the 2016 Marion Stubbs Thomas Leadership Academy and received an Outstanding Leadership Award. Along with the Mid-Atlantic Region in Shades, Lin Kimsey's voice filled the plenary session as the Provisional Group graced the room with a "Breakfast At Tiffany's" themed intro to the acappella sound of Lin singing a snippet of "Unforgettable" and "At Last" receiving a standing ovation.
The Raleigh-Wake Chapter was represented by our President Thea Horton as she marched in the Program Luncheon Showcase of Stars Parade for receiving a "Superior Status Rating" on the chapter's Program Planning and Handbook wearing the National Convention Crown and Sash reserved for "SIMPLY THE BEST".
Musical entertainment for the week included national recording artists En Vogue, Mint Condition, and Chelsey Green and the Green Project.
Several leadership sessions were held during the week with each session having its own focus. The Power to Lead Summit focused developing leadership skills in the business world and the JMB Youth Leadership Summit was geared to develop leadership skills for the teens.
Some of the other highlights of the week were National President Welcome Reception, Associates Breakfast, Programming Luncheon, Far West Region Family Night, Provisional Chapter Reception, Election Party, Regional Breakfast, a teen golf clinic with the CEOs of the PGA of America and the World Golf Foundation, an art history session with renowned artist Emmy Lu, a family fun night, a Teen Forum, the Author's Pavilion, and the Black Tie Closing Gala. To see more of the scheduled events go to https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/jj2016convention/2016convention/
The 2018 National Convention will be held in Kansas City.
The Jack and Jill of America, Inc 42nd National Convention was also televised on the local news station right after President Barack Obama's democratic convention speech.
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