History of the Reston, Virginia Chapter

Celebrating 45 Years in 2019 


It all started with a group of friends, guided by Ms. Antoinette Humphries, who formed a club to address the social and cultural needs of their children.


In 1973, the group – known then as “Today’s Reston Youth” – was granted a “provisional status” in Jack and Jill of America, Inc.


At the 21st National Convention in Los Angeles, California in 1974, Today’s Reston Youth was officially accepted into formal chapter status, and became the Reston, VA Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. In September of that same year, 35

chapter members were installed by the Tenth National President, Pearl A. Watson-Boschulte, M.D.


Since then, the Reston Chapter has worked to build on the firm foundation set by its charter members. In 1983, the Reston Chapter hosted its first Cotillion. Participants included teens from the greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. In 1996, Beaus were added, and the Chapter held its first combined Cotillion/Beautillion. Today, the biennial Cotillion/Beautillion has become a prominent, distinguishing event for our chapter that also enriches non-JJOA youth in the surrounding community through constructive, educational, cultural, civic, recreational, and social activities.


In 2002, the Reston Chapter was pleased to sponsor the neighboring Loudoun County Chapter into Jack and Jill of America. The Reston and Loudon County Chapters have continued their friendship and enjoy co-sponsoring events on occasion.


Today, the Reston Chapter is currently comprised of mothers who strive to keep Jack and Jill relevant, strong and viable. The chapter has a proud family and community-focused history exemplified by service projects, scholarships, and donations to worthy causes. Our commitment remains as intense as that of our founders.