In the 60's and early 70's, I was a member of Job's Daughters . "Jobies", as we affectionately call it, was founded in 1920 to promote personal growth, teamwork and philanthropy. Members are girls ages 10 to 20 who have a Masonic Heritage. The group is not associated with a specific religion, but there is a requirement that members have a belief in God. An excerpt from the official description of Job's Daughters states, "... provides a wholesome environment based on the foundation of high morals, love of country, love of family and friends and respect for others throughout the world. "
The chapter I belonged to is planning a reunion in 2014, and to promote it we set up a Facebook page to post old pictures and favorite memories. We used to have good, clean, fun: slumber parties, progressive dinners, bowling, singing, dancing and helping out with community and philanthropic projects. Our parents, regardless of economic limitations or job responsibilities, lovingly took time as willing participants ... serving either on the guardian council or as chaperones. They were there to guide us, but left the operation of the chapter up to us as a group, as an opportunity to learn about responsibility, respecting one another, teamwork and leadership. The lessons learned were irreplaceable and we became one big happy family that resulted in lifelong friendships. I will always look back on those times as some of the best in my life.
Job's Daughters is still active; however, unfortunately it's not as "popular" as it was in my day. As years passed, my local chapter, as well as many others, disbanded due to lack of interest. The same applied to other youth groups with similar foundations such as DeMolay and Rainbow Girls.
It is this old Jobie's opinion the loss of popularity and parental promotion of Job's Daughters (and other like groups) is leading young people down an unstable path of challenges and temptations, absent the tools to deal with them. I pray this path has a u-turn soon, back to a firm foundation...and a better future.
Can I get an AMEN???
|At the end of each meeting a cross is formed|
and "Nearer My God to Thee" is sung.