The Inernational Order of Job's Daughters
Bethel 2, Dayton, Kentucky
The International Order of Job's Daughters (IOJD) was founded in 1920 by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick to band together young ladies who believe in God and the teachings of the Holy Bible. This organization is truly international in scope as, at present there are Bethels in the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Provinces of Canada, Australia, Brazil and the Philippines. Girls between the ages of 11-20 years and having certain Masonic relationships are eligible for membership. Many Bethels have "JD-to-Bee" groups for 10 year old girls who meet eligibility requirements to keep them "buzzing" with excitement until they are 11.
Job's Daughters teaches reverence for God, respect for parents and home, loyalty to flag and nation, and love for all the world. In addition IOJD helps the daughters build character and develop self-confidence and leadership qualities. Meetings are held at a Bethel, meaning Holy Place. The Ritualistic Ceremony of Initiation is based on the Book of Job and is divided into three Epochs presided over by the three principle officers with the story being revealed by the five messengers. 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, the upbuilding of his home; he also saw its ruins, but again he beheld its revival and reconstruction. Special emphasis is given to the thought that "to be fair is to do good" and "virtue is a quality which highly adorns woman." Job 42:15 tells us that "In all the land were no women so fair as the daughters of Job, and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren." Job's Daughters, being relatives of Master Masons, receive from us their heritage.
The officers and choir wear white Grecian robes similar to those worn by the people in the days of Job. The top three of the five line officers wear crowns and purple velvet capes over their robes as emblems of their office. The official regalia establishes an equality and represents a forward, upward and onward trend toward higher ideals.
It is the duty of the Honored Queen to carefully plan and preside over the meetings of the Bethel and to exercise a general supervision over its affairs. The daughters participate in community, religious and philanthropic activities, as well as fun and social events. The IOJD is the only Masonic youth organization to have its own charity - H.I.K.E. (Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment). Local Bethels have fund raisers to benefit H.I.K.E. and funds distributed to those in need in the community 2-18 years of age.
The IOJD Educational Fund offers the daughters scholarships and interest-free loans to assist them in completing their education.
A Bethel is not directly sponsored by Masonic Lodges or Chapters of O.E.S. but is self-supported and self-governed by the daughters under the supervision of an adult Bethel Guardian Council. The Associate Bethel Guardian must be a Master Mason. Those interested is establishing a Bethel in your area should contact the Supreme Deputy for start-up materials and ideas.