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The idea of regional plan of the National Organization was first advanced at the 3rd annual meeting of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., held in Washington, D.C. in 1948. for several years (1946-1956), the regional plan was discussed during the annual conventions. At the 1957 annual convention held in San Francisco, the Regional plan of organization was finally adopted and Regional Directors were appointed or elected. The first Regional meetings were held in 1959. Regional conferences are held on alternate years with the national conventions.

The regions are geographical subdivisions of the National Organization names as follows: Central, Eastern, Far West, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-Western, South Central, and Southeastern. (See manual for geographical boundaries and chapters located with each region).

The National organization is divided, for administrative purposes, into Regions to:

a. Bring together representative of chapters within the Regions

b. Allow a closer, fuller participation and communication between chapters

c. enrich chapter programs

d. Interpret National Policy, program and projects

The officers of the Region are:

1. Regional Director

2. Secretary-Treasurer

3. Member-at-Large/Foundation

A National Officer represents each Region on the Executive Board.

Region teen conferences are held annually. The first teen conference was held in Philadelphia, PA in June of 1952. Each Region has teen officers who are elected annually at the teen conferences.

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