I like the message about Job’s Daughters that appears on the bookmark that Supreme Guardian Vanessa Fowler and Associate Supreme Guardian Bill Walker distributed throughout 2001-2002. Here’s what it says:
Job’s Daughters is a girl’s leadership and personal development organization. We learn how to work together to run business meetings and plan fund raising activities. It teaches us public speaking, leadership skills, respect and responsibility. It helps our self-confidence and builds character. We take part in community service making many friends and having lots of FUN.
HOW TO PLANT A BETHEL...(Anonymous)
Plant 4 rows of peas: personality, perseverance, promptness and preparation
Plant 4 rows of squash: squash gossip, squash indifference, squash criticism and squash negative thinking
Plant 4 rows of lettuce: let us obey the rules, let us be true to our obligations, let us be faithful to our duty, and let us love one another
Plant 4 rows of turnips: turn up for meetings, turn up with a friendly smile, turn up with new ideas, and turn up with determination
Cultivate well, work a little and reap the benefits of an outstanding Bethel.
While visiting in Ohio several years ago, I came across this wonderful method of keeping in touch with members, especially those members who have missed a couple of meetings. The messages that you see on this page are reproduced on postcards or 3x5 cards and mailed to the Daughters as a reminder of upcoming events. Also, the postcards are mailed to Daughters who have not been attending regularly as an encouragement to come back to the Bethel! It's a good idea and just might work for your Bethel, too!
Do you like meeting new friends? Do you like doing fun things? Do you like helping others? Job's Daughters is a great place to do all that and more!
Job's Daughters is an organization for young women just like you. We can help you learn important skills for life, such as leadership, organization, teamwork and self reliance. We work to help our community. We honor a rich tradition and heritage that has been a part of Job's Daughters since 1920. But most importantly, we want you to have fun doing the things you like to do.
Throughout the year, Job's Daughters plan and share a lot of fun activities. Arts and crafts, photography, sewing, and creative writing are just a few of the activities we enjoy. Also, girls participate in sports including soccer, softball, volleyball, swimming and bowling, and we like to sing and dance, too! Many of our local groups have competitions with awards and recognition for outstanding achievement.
You and your new friends in Job's Daughters play an important role in serving the community. Such as visiting hospitals and homes for the elderly to offer friendship to people who might be lonely and sad. We have food drives and other activities to provide for the less fortunate.
Our charity, the Hearing Impaired Kid's Endowment (The HIKE Fund), provides hearing assistive devices for children in need. Our popular "hikes for HIKE," provide a special charitable service to our community. Our work with hearing-impaired children has led many of our groups, called Bethels, to learn sign language. We are proud to be "kids helping kids!"
Exciting opportunities await young girls today. As a member of Job's Daughters, you can learn skills that will help you meet life's challenges.
Job's Daughters is a self-governing group. Each Bethel elects an Honored Queen and the Officers to lead them for a six-month term. The Queen and Officers help to run the group and take care of business such as keeping track of finances, planning events like fund raising, social and fun activities, all with the guidance of adult volunteers.
The experience you get as a member of Job's Daughters will help you now and in the future. Job's Daughters learn how to work together to achieve their goals, how to raise money and spend it wisely, how to speak to an audience, the fundamentals of parliamentary procedure and how important community service is to everyone.
Education is very important in Job's Daughters. None of our activities should interfere with schoolwork or home responsibilities. Each year the organization awards scholarships at the international and regional level to help deserving girls achieve their educational goals.
Most importantly, Job's Daughters teaches members about friendship and respect for other people and cultures. Job's Daughters has over 20,000 members in Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Brazil and the United States. As a member, you have the opportunity to travel and meet girls from other lands.
Job's Daughters has a rich heritage and tradition. The group was founded in 1920 to provide an opportunity for young women to work together, to learn about themselves and to help others. Job's Daughters is open to girls ages 11 to 20 who have a Masonic Heritage. We do not follow any specific religion, but do require that our members have a belief in God.
For over 75 years, Job's Daughters has been actively promoting friendship and service. The organization was founded by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick in Omaha, Nebraska. The group takes its name from the Book of Job, and in particular to a reference in the 42nd Chapter that says, "And in all the land were no women found so fair as the Daughters of Job."
Meetings follow a long tradition of order. The Officers wear traditional Grecian robes, symbols of democracy and equality, provided by the Bethel. Other members wear dresses to meetings. Meetings are held twice a month. Programs are planned and conducted by the members with the help of adult volunteers.
To become a Job's Daughter does not involve an embarrassing ritual or test of courage. Initiations are solemn, meaningful ceremonies presented by Bethel Officers. Parents are welcome at initiations and all of the meetings.
To be a member of Job's Daughters is to be part of a group that promotes friendship among young women and confidence in themselves. As a member you will learn skills that will help you throughout your life. You will become part of an organization that serves the community. Most importantly, you will have fun.
The information at this Web site is available for Job's Daughters and other Masonic family members. However, when acknowledging this information, please credit the author. Thank you. Designs for promotional postcards from GGC of Ohio. Photographs and text of "Job's Daughters: Leadership, Tradition, Friendship, Fun" are from SGC Form 307. The Supreme Guardian Council mailed copies of this new brochure to each Bethel in May 1996.
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