This was delivered as a speech to one of our local supporting lodges in May of 2013, so the dates mentioned regarding upcoming activities, have passed. For further information, I would encourage any reader to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can give you accurate information about what we are up to. Enjoy!
“We read in the book of Job that in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job, and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.” Good evening, my name is Marcy Christensen; I am the Bethel Guardian of Bethel 37. I would like to take this opportunity to share a brief history of how our organization came to be. I was given 15 minutes to speak, but give me 7, then pull out a pen for the comprehension exercise, so listen up!
The purpose of our Order is to band together young girls with Masonic relationship for character building through moral and spiritual development.” Through our lessons, members learn “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. We were named “Job’s Daughters” after the three daughters of Job in the Bible.” Our organization was founded by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead-Mick.
In 1920, planning meetings took place in the parlor of the Mick home. Masonic dignitaries such as the Worthy Grand Matron & Worthy Grand Patron as well as the Grand Master of Masons in Nebraska often attended. These masonic supporters desired the formation of this organization and went on to show this by remaining active for a number of years after the official formation.
Our records indicate that the founding date was October 20, 1920. This is when Mother Mick’s plans were adopted and an official decision was made to form our beloved organization. The Executive Council was formed on January 19, 1921 and the officers were chosen. The first initiation was held May 6, 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska. Job’s Daughters held their first meeting on May 27, 1921 in Dr. Mick’s office. The first Supreme Guardian Council session was held October 14, 1921. The issue of the first charter was December 31, 1921 to Bethel No. 1 of Omaha, Nebraska. In 1931, the Order of Job’s Daughters became the International Order of Job’s Daughters with the distribution of the first charter in British Columbia, Canada. In 2001, the name changed again to Job’s Daughters International, when it was officially named a 501 (c)(3) organization.
That brings us to a more current time frame. The members are still learning with everything they do, but the neat part is that they don’t realize it. What helps them to learn is performing their ritual and planning, organizing & executing activities. They plan mystery trips or dinners, sleepovers and many others. Most of them come in shy and nervous and transform into poised and confident young women. I have been given the privilege as Bethel Guardian of watching this happen.
The members of our order strive “to be known throughout the Land as True Daughters of Job.” Our ritual instills this idea in our members, beginning with their initiation. They are taught that although trials may come their way, through faith and the bonds of sisterhood they form in the Bethel, they can and will prevail. During initiation, they begin learning the lessons of Job’s Daughters by obligating that they believe in the Lord’s Prayer as a daily supplication to God, to love the flag of their country and the government for which it stands, to promote love and respect for all worthy persons, especially their elders, and show love for all the world.
Job’s Daughters reside in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and the Philippines. Members of a Bethel elect their own officers, decide their own activities, and plan their own events. All of this is accomplished using Robert’s Rules of Order. It is not a purely social group. They grow morally and assume civic and charitable responsibilities by supporting a number of philanthropic projects.
Mother Mick was an innovator, a revolutionary living in the 20th century and having 21st century ideas. Mother Mick believed that young women should be empowered to go out in pursuit of their dreams. With a little faith and the teachings learned in Job’s Daughters, they would succeed. As the author of the original ritual, she conveyed the lessons that are still applicable to girls living in the world today. Job’s Daughters stands for many things, many of our values are highlighted with an acrostic poem.
“J – Joy with Judgment
O – Order being our first law
B – Beautiful and gracious in manner
S – Sincere in undertaking
D – Domineering over self
A – Abstain from evil
U – Upward & onward
G – God’s name held in reverence
H – Hope never faileth
T – Truth always spoken
E – Eager for knowledge
R – Reaching for the best
S – Steadfast and upright we will face life squarely for future success.”
Job’s Daughters is an organization for young women between the ages of 10 & 20. Not only that, and this next part is important, members of Job’s Daughters are required to have a masonic relationship somewhere in their family tree. The relationship can be by blood, marriage of a family member, adoption or legal guardianship. Our masonic heritage is something we value as Job’s Daughters.
In our initiation ritual, one of the first things our new members hear is “we are all daughters of God, and by the most intimate ties we are related to the Masonic Fraternity, that organization which stands for the brotherhood of humanity.” From this, I hope you have a clearer picture of how critical each of you are to our success.
I am immensely proud to call myself a Job’s Daughter. The Mason in my family was my maternal grandfather. Prior to his death in 2003, he was a 50-year Mason of California Lodge No. 1. Due to his membership in Masonry, I am a 2nd generation Job’s Daughter. My maternal grandparents both served on Bethel 37’s council for a number of years and my grandfather was also the Associate Bethel Guardian. The Masonic fraternity was always important to him and as a result it has become and remained important to me as well. It has become my extended family.
I know my life would be very different without my Job’s Daughters experience. All the Masons in this room have an incredible opportunity to greatly impact a young woman’s life. Let me show you what I mean. Here comes that test! Will all the fathers in the room please raise your hand? Grandfathers? Step fathers? Uncles? Foster parents? If you raised your hand for any of those categories and there is a 10-20 year old girl at the other end of that link, she can become a Job’s Daughter because of you. My question for you is does she know that?
Bethel 37 would really appreciate your support in our effort to grow. We are having an open house on Tuesday, July 9th. I have some flyers I will leave with you. Please help us spread the word to any 10-20 year old girl you know. Thank you for the opportunity to speak tonight. I would love to answer any questions you have after the ceremony. I have a couple of council members with me tonight, and if they could please rise, I would like to introduce them at this time, they are also able to help answer any questions you have after the ceremony. Thank you.