Fayette County Area Chapter

Monday Matters

NATIONAL UPDATES -WEBINAR -TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14th

Please join National President Tammy King on Monday, December 14th at 9:00 PM EST for a special webinar focused on National Updates. To register for this webinar, please go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5045118271244967169

Join Us For Bedtime Stories

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 for The Holiday Party, a children's look at a Jack and Jill traditional celebration. The book was written and digitally illustrated by Chrissy Thornton, a member of the Baltimore County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. This family affair is being presented by the Baltimore County Chapter and we look forward to you making the time to spend it with us!

To register, the following links may be used:

8:00 PM EST (5:00 PM PST) Reading: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4472343081939721730

10:00 PM EST (7:00 PM PST) Reading: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4644202246919275010

The book is available at lulu.com here: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/the-holiday-party/17858688.

Up The Hill 2016 Submission & Children's Art Contest

Up the Hill is an annual publication that showcases who Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is as a national organization. In addition to highlighting the many projects and activities planned by our chapters, it provides a medium for us to celebrate our families, Regions, Debs, Beaus, and graduating seniors.



Senior submissions are to be uploaded no later than January 8, 2016. Contact Editor LaShawna Fraser for assistance.


UTH 2016 CHILDREN’S ART CONTEST This year’s theme is “The Power to Make a Difference," and we'd like to see your interpretation of that message! Submit your interpretations (include Name, Chapter, Region and contact number on the back of the artwork) by January 15, 2016 for a chance to win! Artwork criteria are as follows: • The artwork must fit on an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper • Artwork can be in color or black and white • Digital artwork is now allowed as well as traditional media such as crayons, pencils and markers. First Place: $250 with artwork displayed in the book Second Place: $150 with artwork displayed in the book Third Place: $100 with artwork displayed in the book. Send all digital art contest artwork along with your Up the Hill submission. Please see page 3 for what to name the artwork files that you are submitting. Send all other art contest artwork to: Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Up The Hill Art Contest 1930 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20009


Please visit http://jj.amsasp.com/publicuploads/356730UTH%20guidelines%202016.pdf

Protocol Prefect - Ceremonial Attire

CEREMONIAL ATTIRE MUST BE WORN AT THE FOLLOWING:

Opening Ceremonies: National, Regional and Teen Conferences

·N New Member Initiation

· Officer Installation

· New Chapter Chartering

· Rededication

· Memorial services at National, Regional and Teen Conferences

· Funeral Services

Ø Ceremonial Attire:

White (not off white or beige) dresses or skirt suits must be worn for all Jack and Jill of America ceremonies.

· If a blouse is necessary, it must be white.

· The white attire must be uninterrupted, except for crystal accessories, such as buttons.

· J&J pins are acceptable.

· Shoulders covered.

· White or flesh colored stockings is required.

· Shoes must be all white. The toes can be enclosed or peep-toe, sling-back pumps are acceptable, but cannot be both peep-toe and sling back. Wooden heels are not acceptable.

· Sandals (toes and heels exposed) or mules are not acceptable.

· Pants or pant suits are not acceptable.

Ø Acceptable Jewelry

· Strand of pearls with accent earrings

· Clear crystal necklace/bracelet

· Studded earrings that are clear (crystal/diamond), simple gold or silver

· Simple stainless steel or gold watch

· Simple gold or silver bracelet/bangle

· Discouraged: Heavy, ornate, colored, big bold silver, or gold jewelry

When a ceremony is held, members who are not properly attired may not enter the room until the ceremony has concluded.

Fayette County Area Chapter Health Corner- Depression and the Holidays

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…Well Maybe Not for Everyone


The holidays often bring a sense of joy and excitement during the end of the year. We find ourselves busy with shopping for loved ones, fellowshipping with friends at parties and preparing for the excitement of the upcoming year. But for some, the holidays represent a time of stress and depression. They are the uninvited guests that show up around November and stay well into the New Year. Why is depression so common during the holiday season? There are several reasons, however the most common are:


 Unrealistic expectations that we place on ourselves

 Mourning the loss of a loved one who may have recently passed away

 Trying to do too much for too many

 Focusing on finances and feeling the pressure to provide

 Lack of sunlight during the day


How Can You Recognize the Symptoms of Holiday Depression?


 Disturbance in sleep patterns

 Lack of concentration

 Diminished appetite or sex drive

 Withdrawal from social situation


What Can You Do to Beat the Holiday Blues?


 Get sunlight and exercise. With just 15 to 30 minutes of sunlight, at best in the morning, will go a long way to beat the winter blues. Go for a brisk walk or join a boot camp. This will also help to prevent the “extra weight” that may creep up on us between Thanksgiving and New Years.

 Manage expectations. Be realistic with yourself and with those you love and care about. Don’t allow yourself to be manipulated into feeling as though you must be everything to everyone. Give from your heart and not from your feelings. Remember that this is a time to express your love and that true love cannot be purchased in a store, but is given from the heart.

 Set aside differences. Accept “Uncle Pookie” and his kids, just the way they are. They have been that way for years, so don’t let them push your buttons this holiday.

 Learn to say NO! Saying yes when you really want to say no will only increase your stress and leave you feeling overwhelmed and resentful. It’s okay if you don’t make every holiday event.

 Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, cooking, and other holiday activities. Plan your menus and shopping lists. Ask for help for clean up and set up for events

 Take a breather and put yourself back on your TO DO list! Spend some time doing what makes you happy and enjoy yourself. Get a massage or facial, take in a movie or read a book.

 Donate time to an organization or other charity in the honor of your loved one.


Most of all remember the true reason for the season and enjoy Life! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


FCAC Health Corner

Depression and the Holidays

December, 2015

UPCOMING DATES -January 2016

  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Founders Day January 24th
  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Day of Service - Age Group Activities -January 16th
  • FCAC JANUARY EB Meeting -January 3rd at 8:30 PM teleconference call. All welcome to attend.
  • FCAC JANUARY GB Meeting, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Jan. 10th, 4 PM.
  • FCAC Prospective Members Interviews, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Jan. 10th 2:30 PM.
  • FCAC Nominating Committee -Chapter Officer Q&A, Jan.10th, 2:30 PM
  • MLK Parade & Program-January 18th -RSVP via EVITE
  • Metro Atlanta Ski Trip hosted by GMAC-January 30th