Job's Daughters International


Job's Daughters International

Job's Daughters International is a Masonic sponsored youth organization for girls aged 10 to 20. The organization is commonly referred to as simply Job's Daughters or Jobies, and is sometimes abbreviated and referred to as JDI (or IOJD, the original initialism).Job's daughters is focussed on the Holy Bible but celebrates and welcomes many religions and cultures.

The individual chapter is called a Bethel, and each is numbered sequentially according to when they were instituted in their jurisdiction. They usually meet at a Masonic Lodge building and when they are in session they refer to the meeting place as the Bethel room.

History

The organization was founded as The International Order of Job's Daughters by Ethel T. Wead Mick in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1920. The original minimum age for membership was 13 but has been changed several times over the years, most recently to age 10 in 2004. The purpose of the organization is to band together young girls who are related to a Master Mason and is intended to build character through moral and spiritual development including: a greater reverence for God and the Holy ScripturesFact|date=September 2007; loyalty to one's country and that country's flag; and respect for parents, guardians, and elders. Job's Daughters International is not a religion itself, and its members are not required to practice a particular religion. Members are required, however, to believe in a supreme being.

Mother Mick was fond of the Book of Job, and took the name of the organization as a reference to the three daughters of Job. The Book of Job, 42nd chapter, 15th verse says, "In all the land were no women found so fair as the Daughters of Job, and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren". She founded the Order with the assistance of her husband, Dr. William H. Mick, and several Freemasons and members of Eastern Star of Nebraska. She dedicated the organization to the memory of her mother, Elizabeth D. Wead.

Overview

The presiding officer of the Bethel is called the Honored Queen, elected by the members of her Bethel. This position is roughly analogous to Worshipful Master in a Masonic Lodge, and to the President of an association of any kind. The Honored Queen is assisted in her duties by a Senior Princess and a Junior Princess. The Senior Princess is usually considered to be next in line as Honored Queen. Girls who finish a term as Honored Queen use the title Past Honored Queen (abbreviated PHQ) designation within Job's Daughters. The elected officers are referred to as the "line officers" of the Bethel, meaning that in general, a Daughter is elected sequentially from the lowest position (Marshal) to the highest position (Honored Queen).

Stations (Officers) of the Bethel

Elected:

* Honored Queen
* Senior Princess
* Junior Princess
* Guide
* Marshal

Appointed:
* Senior Custodian
* Junior Custodian
* Recorder
* Librarian
* Chaplain
* Treasurer
* First Messenger
* Second Messenger
* Third Messenger
* Fourth Messenger
* Fifth Messenger
* Inner Guard
* Outer Guard
* Musician

Bethel Guardian Council

*Bethel Guardian
*Associate Bethel Guardian
*Guardian Secretary
*Guardian Treasurer
*Guardian Director of Epochs
*Director of Music
*Director of Promotion
*Promoter of Sociability
*Director of Epochs
*Director of Hospitality
*Promoter of Good Will
*Promoter of Produciton
*Promoter of Fraternal Relations

Other details

* A Grand Bethel Honored Queen or Jurisdictional Bethel Honored Queen is the head of Job's Daughters for each jurisdiction. The Supreme Bethel Honored Queen is the head of the international organization. In order to serve as either Grand or Supreme Honored Queen, a girl must be a Past Honored Queen of a Bethel.
* The Bethel Guardian and Council is the group of adults that helps advise and supervise the girls of the Bethel. It is lead by the Bethel Guardian, an adult female with a proper Masonic relationship, and the Associate Bethel Guardian, a Mason. They are joined by other adults filling the offices of Guardian Secretary, Guardian Treasurer, and either Guardian Director of Epochs or Guardian Director of Music. At the jurisdictional level a group of adults called the Grand Guardian Council or Jurisdictional Guardian Council oversees all of the Bethels in their state.
* Members who reach the age of 20 or marry while members in good standing become Majority Members. Majority Members may still be active in the organization but are no longer allowed to hold an office or vote on business matters in the Bethel. Some jurisdictions allow Majority Members to hold an office in the Grand Bethel or Jurisdictional Bethel, which is composed of members from all over the jurisdiction. Young women who wish to remain active in Masonic activities may join Order of the Eastern Star or Order of the Amaranth upon reaching the age of 18.
* The "Job's Daughter to Be" or "JD2B" program gives Bethels a way to involve eight- and nine-year-old girls in the Bethels' public and social activities before the girls become full members at 10.
* Members and former members of Job's Daughters will sometimes refer to each other as "Jobies", and it is not uncommon to see communications between two members of the organization closed with the statement "Jobie Love" in place of a statement as "Sincerely".
* Today, Bethels and Grand Bethels are active in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Philippines and the United States, Within the United States, there are currently Bethels in 32 states. Most states and provinces have a Grand Guardian Council but a few are under the direct supervision of the Supreme Guardian Council. Some jurisdictions still use the IOJD title, while others, particularly those directly under the SGC, use JDI. No matter which designation is used, "Job's Daughters" is the common name that is familiar to the general public.

External links

* [http://www.iojd.org Job's Daughters International] Home Page
* [http://thehikefund.org/ The HIKE Fund ] Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment, created and supported by Job's Daughters


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