LIBRARIAN'S REPORT

In our Bethel meetings, the Librarian's Report can be a variety of things - sometimes it is poetry, a book review, a musical selection, or an essay. Just as in our regular Bethel meetings, I want my Librarian's Report section to reflect many interests. I will include original writings: essays, poetry, ceremonies, and anything else that seems relevant as a Librarian's Report. Remember, at this stage of the meeting, it is almost time for the closing ceremony and dessert! Hang in there!

Suggested IOJD Home Page Courtesies and Protocol

by Tomilynn W. McManus, PHQ, PSG

Since February 1996, I have maintained "My Job's Daughters' Journal" as a home page for the International Order of Job's Daughters, and I have enjoyed this activity very much. I am especially pleased to see that some of our Bethels have their own home pages, and that they are "linked" to many Masonic Family Web sites. Because of all of this Internet activity, I would like to suggest that we informally adopt some courtesies and procedures regarding home pages developed within our IOJD family.

First off, I must admit that I enjoy grammar - eek! - am I weird or what? I work crossword puzzles, play Scrabble, and am a whiz at 'Wheel of Fortune'. With no apologies intended, I just find it 'fun' to work with words. Many of you know that I served as Editor of the Supreme News Exchange for three years, and that I have written several promotional brochures and ceremonies for the IOJD. So, I guess, it is only natural that I would now become involved in another means of communication and want to encourage a high standard for our IOJD Web sites.

Here are my suggestions.

1. Let's refer to our Bethels as they appear on their Charters. For example, Bethel No. 1, and not Bethel 1 or Bethel #1. And, most importantly, let's remember that our organization is called: Job's Daughters - don't forget the apostrophe! Next, remember if you make it possessive, for example, the Job's Daughters' world - you need to add an apostrophe after the 's' in Daughters. And, lastly, don't forget that Daughters is capitalized when you are referring to the members of your Bethel, and it is lower case (daughters) when you are referring to a female offspring.

2. When reproducing text of any IOJD promotional materials, please reference the Form Number. In this way, those Daughters and adult workers who are unfamiliar with these materials will know how to correctly order them from either the Supreme Guardian Council or the appropriate Grand Guardian Council.

3. When copying materials from another home page, please give credit where credit is due. For example, if you copy an image or an article from Bethel No. 1's home page, add a credit line to your home page acknowledging Bethel No. 1 for their material.

4. Use only the official IOJD trademark as the IOJD emblem on your home page. Any other replica of our trademark is most inappropriate.

5. Proofread your work. Too many careless errors appear when we are in a hurry, when we neglect to ask someone else to proof for us, and when we assume that the work we copy is correct. I know it is boring and time-consuming, but proofread, proofread, proofread!

6. Keep your home page current. Reporting on 'old' events is seldom of interest to your readers. New ideas, current activities, recent photographs are the items of most interest.

7. Update your home page frequently - at least once a month. You will find that when a home page is not updated regularly, it begins to lose its readership.

8. Every now and then check the 'links' you have on your home page. Sometimes these links are moved, under construction or just disappear. You don't want your home page to have outdated 'links'.

Well now, those are the ideas that come to mind after just six months of having a home page. Let me know what you think of these suggestions and if you would like to add some of your own. Let's work together to keep our home pages attractive and accurate sources of  IOJD information.

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THE GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL

By Tomilynn W. McManus, PHQ, PSG

A mile from the Potomac River in historic Alexandria, Virginia, rises the beautiful and majestic 333-foot George Washington Masonic National Memorial.  If vacationing in Washington, DC, it is a quick trip on the METRO to Alexandria and a short brisk walk to the Memorial. . The trip in the tower elevator takes guests to the observation platform and a wonderful opportunity to view the Washington, DC skyline.  At the end of your visit, a good meal is available at Joe Theisman’s Restaurant and Sports Bar across the street from the METRO station. 

The Memorial was dedicated on May 12, 1932 as an expression of the Masonic Fraternity’s faith in the principles of civil and religious liberty and stable and orderly government which were so well portrayed in the character and life of Washington.

The focal point of the memorial is the magnificent Memorial Hall with its 17-ft bronze statue of George Washington.  Above Memorial Hall rise the seven levels of the tower.  These levels contain the George Washington Museum, Library, Grotto Room, Royal Arch Room, Cryptic Room, Knights Templar Chapel and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Room surrounded by a spectacular Observation Deck.  The Memorial building includes an Assembly Hall, Shrine Hospital Tribute, and an Auditorium.  In addition, the Replica Lodge Room of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 contains personal effects and portraits of George Washington and several of his intimate friends.

One area of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial has been set aside to honor our three youth organizations. Display cabinets created by A. Dean Elliott, were assigned to each youth organization and were dedicated on February 22, 1982 by Stanley F. Maxwell, President, GWMNM Association. The cabinet devoted to Job's Daughters contains the emblems of our Order, a HIKE poster,  a photograph of our Founder, Mrs. Mick, and photographs of the current Supreme Bethel Honored Queen and Miss International Job’s Daughter. These items are accompanied by small typewritten descriptions. The cabinet is well lighted and the addition of a purple cape provides a striking background for the displayed items.  A new sound system has been added to the cabinet and now visitors can listen to a message about Job’s Daughters.  IOJD promotional brochures are available from the Visitor’s Information Desk inside the main entrance to the building, and items depicting the trademarks and logos of the three youth organizations are available at the gift shop located within the Memorial Building.  The IOJD Display was updated through the efforts of PASG Jim Patterson and is maintained by the Grand Guardian Council of Virginia. 

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is open daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm except on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The building is handicap accessible and admission is free.

[Some of this information was taken from a brochure produced by the GWMNM and available at the Memorial.]

IN THEIR OWN WORDS…

By Tomilynn W. McManus, PHQ, PSG

Every opportunity to write about the International Order of Job’s Daughters is welcomed by those of us who work with these young ladies, for we are very proud of their accomplishments.  All too often, however, articles written by adult workers are a cut and paste version of promotional brochures that repeat the message…Job’s Daughters is an organization for young women between the ages of 11 and 20 who are related to Mater Masons.  But this type of reporting does not convey the vitality of our members.

While our membership requirements have not changed for years, our society, however, has changed.  The demands it places upon our youth today are so different from the world of 1920, when Job’s Daughters was founded, that it behooves us, as adult leaders, to ensure that our Order continues to serve the needs of its members.  Thus every expression by the Daughters of the value of their membership should be heeded by each adult.

Recently in Washington, the members of Bethel No. 76 discussed their reasons for belonging to Job’s Daughters.  Here is a composite of their comments.

“I’ve stayed active in Job’s Daughters because of the supportive friendship.  It’s work, but it’s the best thing I’ve done in a long time.  I also like everything it teaches.  We learn to be responsible and we learn to work as a group and be sisters.  Although it is stressful at some times, I would never give it up.  I have learned a lot from Job’s Daughters, including organization, memorization, how to work with others, that will help me for many years to come.  My Bethel is here to create a safe, fun and rewarding place for young women to come to and make friends.  Many of my best friends are here in Bethel No. 76.”

As Supreme Guardian, I receive news from Bethels throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil and the Philippines.  The same week that I visited Bethel No. 76 in Washington, I received a newsletter from Bethel No. 55 in Maryland.  One of their articles was from Majority Members of Job’s Daughters, those young women who have turned 20 or married and are no longer considered active members of their Bethel.  Here is what they said Job’s Daughters had taught them.

“We would like to share with you our reflections on our days, when we were active members of the Bethel.  Everything that we learned and experienced during our numerous years as active Job’s Daughters has helped us in our everyday adult lives.  The most important things that we feel benefited us then and still do, are:  being a leader, assertiveness, responsibility, organizational skills, developing memorization abilities, setting and achieving long-term goals, maturity and inner growth, broadening own horizons, independence, family values, long-term friendships, respect for self, peers, and elders.  These things benefit every member of Job’s Daughters and help them continuously throughout their lives.”

As an adult worker, it is Oh! - so tempting to sit back and bathe in the glow of these messages.  They express so well what we hope our young ladies are receiving from our Order.  But we do them and the organization a disservice if, while we enjoy the glow, we don’t also strive to increase the wattage!  That’s why a Strategic Planning Committee was formed to keep our organization relevant to the needs of a changing society.  It’s why each Bethel was presented with a Vision 2000 statement that emphasizes a commitment to quality in meeting the challenges of society.  And, it’s why a Daughters’ Forum provides our members with direct access to promoting change at the highest level of our Order – the Supreme Guardian Council.

Yes, indeed, the International Order of Job’s Daughters is an organization for young women between the ages of 11 and 20 who are related to Master Masons.  But, in their own words, it is so much more.

[This article was published in the Scottish Rite Journal (March 1994) and was inspired by an address of welcome by Dan Boone, ABG, Bethel No. 76, Washington.]

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Comments welcome - send them to: mcmanust@earthlink.net.  Written 8/31/96. Updated 8/00.