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International Order of Job's Daughters

Job's Daughters is... an organization for young women between the ages of 11 and 20 who are related to Master Masons.

Master Masons are... men who join together to improve themselves, to promote goodwill toward others, and to assist their communities with charitable and public service projects. Their membership as Master Masons entitles them to belong to other organizations, such as Royal Arch, Scottish Rite, Amaranth, Eastern Star, and the Shrine. Members of these Masonic organizations support children's hospitals, speech and hearing clinics, and medical associations working on cancer, heart, diabetes, and muscular dystrophy research. In addition, Master Masons offer scholarships to local high school students, lay cornerstones at public buildings, participate in county fairs and parades, and are active in providing assistance within their communities. Organizations for the wives of Master Masons include Eastern Star, Amaranth, Daughters of the Nile, and Ladies Oriental Shrine. Masonic family youth organizations are Job's Daughters, DeMolay, and Rainbow.

Members of Job's Daughters are the direct descendants of a Master Mason, adopted daughters by law, step-daughters, step-granddaughters, sisters, half-sisters, step-sisters, sisters-in-law, nieces, grandnieces, or first or second cousins of a Master Mason or so related to his wife or widow, or the daughters, step-daughters, granddaughters or step-granddaughters of Majority Members of the International Order of Job's Daughters.

The International Order of Job's Daughters prepares young women for civic, business, religious, fraternal and social activities. Our organization provides opportunities for young women to become involved in the following endeavors:

The International Order of Job's Daughters has members in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines and Brazil. If you would like to receive more information about our organization, please send me e-mail at mcmanust@earthlink.net and include the name of your state or province.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF JOB’S DAUGHTERS

Job’s Daughters was founded by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick in honor of the memory of her mother, Elizabeth D. Wead.  Her husband, Dr. William H. Mick,  and other capable workers, were of great assistance in her immense undertaking.

Mrs. Mick desired to share the early spiritual training of her mother with all young women of Masonic relationship.  Her purpose was:   first, to build character through moral and spiritual development; second, to establish a Scholarship Fund for members of an organization.  The Book of Job had been chosen by Mrs. Mick as the foundation of the Order.  Her own mother had often stated that her girls should strive to be like the Daughters of Job:  “the Fairest in the Land”. –Job 42:15.

In 1920 weekly meetings were held in the upstairs “family parlor” of the Mick residence.  The Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron, Order of Eastern Star of Nebraska and other leading Masonic related persons were in attendance.  The Grand Master of Masons and the Grand Lodge in Nebraska approved and lauded the formation of such a group for young women.

The Order was historically founded on October 20, 1920, at which time it was definitely decided to adopt the carefully developed plans of Mrs. Mick and the weekly planning group, and to proceed with the forming of the Order.  The Executive Council was formed on January 19, 1921, when the Executive Council Officers were chosen.

The first initiation was held May 6, 1921 in the Omaha Masonic Temple.  On this memorable occasion 118 young women were initiated.

On May 27, 1921, the Order of Job’s Daughters was formally organized at a called meeting held in the office of Dr. Mick.  The first Annual Meeting of the Supreme Guardian Council was held in Omaha, October 14, 1921.  The first Charter granted was issued to Bethel No. 1 of Omaha on December 31, 1921.


Portions of this text were taken from History of the International Order of Job’s Daughters, 1921-1965, published by the Supreme Guardian Council; reprinted 1989.


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Comments welcome - send them to: mcmanust@earthlink.net.  Written 7/20/96. Updated 4/02.