I have had the privilege of growing up as a member of the masonic family. I was challenged and encouraged to try things that I never would have thought I would succeed at and I learned and grew along the way. I was an incredibly shy child and these organizations not only brought me out of my shell, they catapulted me into leadership positions that changed me for the better. I will forever be grateful for my experience and I now am blessed with the opportunity to give back as an adult leader in those same organizations. I am able, by volunteering my time to be a positive (I hope) advisor to this generation of youth.
I would encourage anyone reading this, to look into Job’s Daughters International for any teenaged girl (10-20 year old) you know who might struggle finding a place to fit in or DeMolay for young men (12-21 year olds).
The members of these organizations gain valuable skills that will help them to become successful in whatever they go on to pursue. They are learning organization, public speaking, how to run a business meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order and all that goes with that (passing motions, etc.). All of this is accomplished while they are having fun and they all have the opportunity to learn from and teach one another regardless of their age difference or other social circles that in other settings could get in the way.
If you are interested in more information, please leave a comment and I would love to answer any questions or send along more detailed information.