In 1997, Jack and Jill officially kicked off its Father’s Auxiliary. Although, membership in Jack and Jill is limited to invited mothers, it is important that our children have many opportunities to learn from male role models. Husbands and fathers have been involved in the success of Jack and Jill since its inception. For example, the New York Chapter in 1933 reported “Father’s played a major role in the organization by providing entertainment such as movies, playing Santa Clause at Christmas parties, securing suitable facilities for parities and filming events.” Baltimore fathers worked with the Boy Scouts in 1948 as den consultants. The following year, they organized a “Jack” Club to participate in the children’s activities, and to give the Baltimore mothers assistance in large projects. In 1951, Winston-Salem fathers joined forces with the mothers to demonstrate against segregation and to ensure that all citizens be admitted to a city-supported building to see cultural events.
At the 1960 national convention in Boston, a recommendation was adopted that some provision be made at the convention for the entertainment of visiting fathers. At the next biennial meeting, it was further recommended that fathers’ participation in workshops be included in the convention planning. Delegates to the 1968 convention discussed the possibility of a fathers’ auxiliary. It was agreed that the decision remain in the local chapter. Father representatives were identified as members of the board of directors of the Jack and Jill Foundation at the 1968 convention. “We Salute the Black Male,” which appeared in the 25th edition of Up the Hill, is a testimony to the effectiveness of fathers working with the club.
Today fathers serve as mentors, fundraisers and chaperones none as “POPS” or parents-on-patrol.