How the Far West Region Began
In 1949, the expanding arms of Jack and Jill of America reached across the nation to form the Los Angeles Chapter, the first chapter in our region. 1952 brought two more chapters into the Region, the Phoenix Chapter and the San Francisco Chapter. Through 1955-1958, our Region grew even more with the chartering of the following chapters: Oakland Bay Area Chapter (1955), San Diego Chapter (1955), Pasadena Chapter (1956), Sacramento Chapter (1956) South Los Angeles Chapter (1957), and Seattle Chapter (1958). By 1959, our region elected its first regional officer. Ms. Willia Jean Lewis was elected at the regional conference hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter. Ms Lewis served two terms, from 1959 through 1963. In 1963, Ms Muriel Spaulding was elected at the regional conference hosted by the Denver chapter in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Spaulding was re-elected for a second term at the 1965 regional conference hosted by the Oakland Bay Area chapter in Oakland California. In 1967, Ms. Mariam Rogers took the helm, having been elected at the regional conference hosted by the Pasadena Chapter in Pasadena California. In 1968, the San Jose Chapter joined the ranks of Far West Region chapters.
The year 1969 marked a new era for the region as the particular duties of overseeing a region were split into different offices. As how we ran the region changed, more and more chapters were chartered.
At the 2008 National Convention, the duties of the Regional Secretary/Treasurer were split into two positions. The Regional Conference held in July of 2011 was the first time elections were held for four officer positions. The officers currently holding those positions are:
Diane Little – Regional Director (2019 – 2021)
Janece Richard – Regional Treasurer (2019 – 2021)
Amanda McWilliams – Regional Secretary (2019 – 2021)
Tasha B. Penny – Member At Large (2019 – 2021)
Throughout the illustrious history of the Far West Region, we have continued to strive for excellence in programming for our children and our families, enhancing the membership process and increasing the value of the Jack and Jill experience through our commitment to all children.
Far West Region Leadership
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