About Job’s Daughters
The purpose of the International Order of Job’s Daughters is to promote friendship among young women. It gives members the foundation on which to build the qualities needed to become contributing partners of society through personal growth.
Job’s Daughters is a service oriented, non-profit organization created to unite young women who share the common bond of a Masonic heritage. Membership enables them to learn leadership skills, organizational methods, and the importance of fulfilling individual responsibilities within a group. By planning their own activities, the members have fun doing what they want to do and at the same time create lasting friendships.
What do Job’s Daughters do? What do you like to do? Play in the snow? Surf at the beach? Dance? Talk all night with good friends? Swim?
Well Job’s Daughters do all of these — and more! As an organization of young women, Job’s Daughters can combine the energy and adventure of your teen-age years with the lasting values of concern for others, love of God, and a belief in yourself. Its activities provide opportunities for young women to develop confidence, good character, life-long friendships, moral and spiritual values, and leadership abilities — and to have a lot of fun along the way.
Bethel Meetings are when the normal business of all organizations is conducted (such as paying bills, hearing reports of committees, receiving petitions for membership), initiating new members, and having time for talk and laughter. At such meetings members wear a white Grecian-style robe, similar to that worn in the time of Job.
At activities outside of the Bethel, members dress as other young women do, and spend their time in cementing friendships, improving their communities, and enjoying the fun of youth. All activities are chaperoned for the safety and welfare of all.
Why are we called “Job’s Daughters”? The book of Job, found in about the middle of the Old Testament of the Bible, is more than a story of a man with problems. It is the story of all people who have ever had difficulty understanding the purposes of God. Job wondered — and he never found the answer. But Job did learn the beautiful lessons that are taught in Job’s Daughters — that if we remain steadfast when our troubles come, and maintain our faith in Him, we will receive the gifts of a just and loving God. And finally, when Job’s family and peace are restored, we are told that “in all the land were no women found as fair as the Daughters of Job.” Job’s Daughters also try to learn how we, too, may be found fair in the sight of God. To be fair is to do good.
Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick founded the International Order of Job’s Daughters in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1920, in honor and memory of her mother, Elizabeth D. Wead. The purpose of the Order is to band together young women with Masonic relationship for character building through moral and spiritual development by teaching a greater reverence for God and the Holy Scriptures; loyalty to the Flag and the Country for which it stands, and respect for parents and guardians.
Mrs. Mick, realizing the importance of the early training she received from her mother, and especially the beautiful lessons in literature and drama found in the Book of Job, decided to give her time and talent to make it possible for all young women of Masonic relationship to share the rare privileges that were hers. After several years of careful study and consideration with the assistance of her husband, Dr. William H. Mick, and other interested Master Masons and members of the Eastern Star, she founded the International Order of Job’s Daughters. The ritual work of the Order is based on the Triangle, the Three Daughters of Job, the Open Book, Education, and combines the emblematic representation of Latin and ancient Greek ages.
Job’s Daughters is lead by the young women who are elected as officers of the Bethel every six months. A “Guardian Council” of several men and women attends meetings and activities to help where needed. One of the women of this council is designated as the Bethel Guardian, and is the chief counselor and advisor to the Bethel members and officers. The Bethel Guardian is a friend to whom each member can take problems with assurance of a concerned and caring response.
Parents and guardians of members are always welcome at all Bethel meetings and activities. Many will be asked to help with time and talent, and some will be asked to serve on the Guardian Council.
Guardian Council Associations have been established in different areas of California to coordinate activities for all the Bethels in the area to participate in. The associations also assist Bethel Guardian Councils with leadership training for new council members, and in complying with the laws, rules, regulations and instructions of the Supreme and Grand Guardian Councils.
The Grand Guardian Council of California administers guidelines for about 100 Bethels located throughout the State of California. The Board of Trustees of the Grand Guardian Council administers a scholarship program for members of the Order. Loans are also available to members for assistance in college and vocational training.
The Supreme Guardian Council is composed of Grand Guardians, Associate Grand Guardians, Past Grand Guardians, Past Associate Grand Guardians of all States, Provinces and Countries. The Supreme Guardian Council establishes guidelines and holds jurisdiction over all Job’s Daughters’ activities.
Last updated: May 17, 2015 at 22:22 pm
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