What is Job’s Daughters?
Job’s Daughters International is an organization of young women; with members in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and Brazil with other countries expressing interest. We have fun together at activities; such as swimming parties, dances, family picnics, slumber parties, miniature golf, marching in parades, and so much more. In Job’s Daughters you will make new friends that will last a lifetime!
Job’s Daughters perform many service projects to help their community and the less fortunate. Our official charity is The HIKE Fund, Inc. (The Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund). The purpose of HIKE is to provide hearing devices for children with hearing impairments between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. An estimate of 100 children are provided with hearing devices each year.
The Supreme Guardian Council, as well as many State Grand Jurisdictions and other Masonic Organizations, present college scholarships to deserving young members of the Order. In some cases (but not always) special consideration is given to scholarships for certain fields of study. We also gain valuable leadership experience, serve as part of a team; and learn democratic principles as we run our own meetings, decide our own activities, and plan our own events. In all cases, the goal is to assist young women in becoming the business, social, and government leaders of tomorrow.
In short, Job’s Daughters International offers the qualities that today’s young women want and need from organizations that earn their commitment: fun, friendship, helping others, and the chance to learn organizational and leadership skills.
We might also include some information about our involvement in our community, our close friends, or other important subjects that our family is committed to.
Job’s Daughters Traditions
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 10 to 20. We do not follow any specific religion but require that our members have a belief in God. For over 95 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.” – Job 42:15
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!
Job’s Daughters International requires that all of it’s members have a relationship to a Master Mason or are sponsored by a Master Mason if no relationship can be found. While it is no part of the Masonic Fraternity, this pre-requisite ties it closely to the Masonic Order. (A daughter of a Majority Member shall also be eligible for membership)
In general, the Book of Job teaches us a Masonic optimistic lesson – Not to fall in despair; it shows that Masonic ideas are imperishable. We see this exemplified in Job’s life. Job saw the growth and upbuilding of his home, he also saw its ruin. But again, he beheld its revival and reconstruction.
Special emphasis is given to the thoughts that “To Be Fair Is to Do Good” and “Virtue Is a Quality Which Highly Adorns Woman.”
Job’s Daughters International is operated in a democratic manner, similar to Masonic lodges, as well as other Masonic Family organizations. In Bethels, adult co-workers known as the Bethel Guardian Council (consisting of a Bethel Guardian, Associate Bethel Guardian, and others) supervise each Bethel and are appointed yearly – with special consideration given to recommendations from the members of the Bethel.