Our teens purchased books for the Macomb County Head Start program and volunteered their services by helping the children in Head Start make puppets on character building. Also in 2005, we are proud to have secured a grant from Jack & Jill Foundation to continue our philanthropic efforts. In September, NOM began a successful five-week college-prep ACT Workshop at the Mt. Clemens High School. NOM volunteers worked weekly with twenty-five students preparing them for the rigorous coursework of the ACT.
Donna Demby accepted “The Helping Hands Award” in Lansing, MI at the Michigan Head Start Association and the Michigan Community Action Agency Association’s joint quarterly meeting.
In addition to NOM member, Kimberley Will being elected to serve a 2-year term as Regional Secretary-Treasurer, NOM held a very successful dinner/dance fundraiser and with the support of our families, friends, local businesses and corporate sponsorships, we were able to contribute over $18,000 to the Jack and Jill Foundation and Orchards Children's Services [Orchards Children's Services is a non-profit organization which seeks to protect and nurture children by providing adoption opportunities, foster care placement and family preservation tools].
At the Mid-Western Regional Conference, NOM received awards for Award for Program Booklet Excellence(Excellent rating with a score of 98 for the 2006-2007 Chapter Program Handbook)and Award for Outstanding Legislative Projects (Signs of Suicide Program/SOS)
During the 2012-2013 program year our chapter has realized a number of significant accomplishments: In April 2013, North Oakland/Macomb hosted the fabulous “Real Housewives of Oakland County” fundraiser. This event raised almost $7,500 for charity. Kudos to Fundraiser Chair, Karen Washington, and all of the members of the fundraising committee.
Through the excellent work of Past Program Director Karra Townsend, our chapter received a Superior rating on its 2012-2013 Chapter Handbook from the National Programming Committee.
Under the guidance of Vice President Orletta Cross, the chapter was able to establish Membership 101 (a formal member education program). This program is vital in helping our membership understand how Jack and Jill operates, how to make our chapter successful and how to best support membership development and growth.
Building on the efforts of Past President Alison Jones (and others), we were able to permanently establish our boundary sharing agreement with the Oakland County Chapter.
A number of our members were recognized at the most recent Regional Mothers’ Conference including winning the Regional Recognition for Legislative Programming.
Our last Charter member, Gabriela Ramirez Darris graduated out of the chapter.
Finally…….WE HAVE GROWN! During the past year we have added nine new moms to our ranks increasing our membership by almost 30%.