Job’s Daughters

jobs‘IYOB FILIAE’
Iyob is Greek for Job, and Filiae is the Latin plural for daughters

Job’s Daughters International

“And in all the land were no women found so fair as the Daughters of Job; and their Father gave them inheritance among their brethren.”
Job 42:15

Job’s Daughters is an organization of young women between the ages of 10 and 20 who are related to a Master Mason, and share a common bond.

Jobies, masonic youth organizationThroughout the year, they perform service projects to help the community, the less fortunate, and other charities. They actively support the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment (HIKE) Fund, which purchases hearing assistance devices for hearing impaired children. They teach individual leadership by holding various offices within Job’s Daughters. Various scholarships are offered on a state and a national level.

Organized into local chapters called Bethel. Members of a Bethel elect their own officers, decide their own activities, and plan their own events.

Job’s Daughters exemplifies qualities that today’s young women want and need from organizations that earn their commitment . . . fun, friendship, helping others, and the chance to learn organizational and leadership skills.

Requirements for membership:

  • Be a young woman from 11 to 20 years of age.(For girls, age 10 years; many Bethels have a JD 2 Bee Program.)
  • A belief in God. (Individual religious beliefs are respected.)
  • Be related to a Mason. (Help will be provided to identify a Masonic relative.)
  • Be of good character and reputation. (Nobody is perfect, but members should strive to be the best they can be.)
  • Petition a Bethel for membership. (Parents or guardians must approve of membership).

Purpose:

The purpose of the International Order of Job’s Daughters is to promote friendship among young women. It gives members the foundation on which to build the qualities needed to become contributing partners of society through personal growth.

Job’s Daughters is a service oriented, non-profit organization created to unite young women who share the common bond of a Masonic heritage.

18 Comments

  1. I was a Jobs daughter…found that the whole gang was nothing more than a who is more popular to be queen and predjudices were not hidden. My dad was 32nd degree mason and my mom’s only fault in the eyes of these snotty cows was that she was German. I quit after I was told I would never be more than what I was because of that …Nothing good to say about this gorup.

  2. Wow, that was not my experience at all. Sure there were issues as in any org. but none involving prejudice and in fact I became friends with people I may never have if not for our group. I’m sorry that was your experience. Try not to hold it against the entire organization.

  3. I, too, am sorry for the experience you had with this wonderful organization. As with any organization, there will be always be some negatives, unfortunately. My experience was life-changing! Had it not been for Job’s Daughters, I NEVER would have had any self-esteem or confidence. This organization gave me ambition, determination, and compassion. I still hold the Order near and dear to my heart and would love to be involved as an adult, but there are no bethels within a 100 mile radius of where I live.

  4. when i became a jobie on july 16th 2010 it was really scary but its 2012 i have a great reputation and A great chance of having a scholarship. besides there is something better than that its called FRIENDSHIP.
    I’m in Bethel #19 of gresham,OR

  5. I,m a free Mason, I live in Danbury CT, my daughter wasnts to be a JOB’S DAUGHTER, I need more information where to go, is therer any Bethel near me?

  6. PHQ and MM of Bethel #15 Richmond here. Being a bigger girl, I was never popular or accepted anywhere, until I found this organization. It os not a church but give meaning and understanding and values to some of the traditions of an older era, simple things like respecting elders and peers, giving back to ones community, parlimentary procedure and public speaking. It was such a wonderful way to feel a apart of something bigger and something that reaches deeper that todays shallow views. Every girl was/is an equal and has an equal say in the way the Bethel is run no matter of Age, Race, Creed, Physical Appearance. You progressed based on how hard you worked to prove you were worthy of the responsibility of a higher office. It took me 2 trys to get into the line, and the first time hurt and at the time I was told a similar thing to the other poor woman who had such a negative experience, but in the end it was because I had not been showing my Bethel the respect or dedication that was necissary to lead. It was a wake up call, and I heeded it, and it has been one of the best and enriching experiences of my life. And while yes it is based off of a book in the Old Testament, it is for the fundamentality of being at that time, women were thought of as property and for them to be given equal inheritence and freedoms among there bretheren was huge! And while the order also calls for belief in God, it does not matter which one, there are girls of all faiths in the order and to cultivate an acceptance and appriciation of spiritual diversity; once a term(6months) the girls experience a spiritual service of a diff faith. This is a wonderful order indeed and any girl that joins may turn out all the better as an adult for it.

  7. I am a current Job’s Daughter and have found that this organization has helped me overcome many obstacles in life. I am also the current Miss Wyoming Job’s Daughter and will be traveling my state this year promoting this Order to as many young ladies as possible. It is not a popularity contest, it is an organization for young women that teaches great qualities.

  8. I was a member of Jobs Daughters in the late 50’s and early 60’s. I thought it was a joke because they never did anything that was of significance,except have snotty girls,clicks, and occasional sleep overs, and dances with the De Malay boys. It was a waste of time.

  9. i am a PHQ and have 2 daughters that are both PHQ’s. My youngest is currently serving as HQ of one Bethel and Sr. Princess of another. She does this because she loves the sisterhood. Not all Bethel’s are perfect, but the experience she has had is wonderful. She loves walking into another Bethel and having other Daughters walk or run up to her and give her hugs and it doesn’t matter if it is a local Bethel or one at the other end of the State. She also through this organization has been allowed to meet Daughters from other states and create friendships with. I went in in 1976 and as a Bethel Guardian< I love to see the girls get together to giggle and have fun. I know that these Daughters are in an organization that will help them later in life with public speaking and leadership. They will also develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

  10. My father, grandfather, gr grandfather, and so on we’re all Master Mason’s and Past Master Mason’s two and three times. I myself was a Job’s daughter. I never completed it though because my mother let me drop out. I’m now a mother and reflecting on what I gained when I participated, am now wanting my own daughter to participate. My mother said it was expensive. What are the fees for initiation and dues? I know it’s costly for gowns for different events but that’s all I remember. I live in the Sandy, Oregon area.

  11. Hello my mother was a memeber of jobs daughters. She has memorys of it. My grandfather was a freemason his name was benny koiser from newark ohio. My mother an grandmother are still alive . My grandmothers name is Margurite Koiser. She is 99 years old. Is there any information you can give us cause my family needs help. My name is Shane Davis we live in newark ohio thank you .

  12. I related to a lot that has been expressed here. I come from the convergence of two Masonic/Eastern Star families. Yep, both sides. I was forced to join Job’s Daughters because my parents weren’t terribly fond of the friends I was choosing for myself. In retrospect (I am now 65), I can see where their concerns were coming from vis-a-vis SOME of my friends. But being forced into Job’s Daughters was NOT the answer. I can see where I probably gained a certain amount of poise from being a messenger – having to memorize all that stuff, turning a sharp, square corner (LOL), traveling to different Bethels when one of their messengers was out sick, etc. There were both kinds of girls in our Bethel. The snotty, popularity contest girls and then the nice ones. This was in the mid-to-late 60s and I was into rock n roll. The party dresses and childish attitudes of most of those girls was totally revolting to me. “Honored Queen,” indeed. Made me sick at the time. But if you ask me now, ALL WOMEN should be addressed as “Honored Queen.” I became a Sikh several years ago. The name KAUR is given to all women – which means Princess. ALL WOMEN are Queens and Princesses and should be taught self-esteem, that we are equal to men and people from other countries; service to others, avoiding drugs, alcohol and smoking, etc., etc. It’s just that I can now see my parents’ agenda clearly. Pushing me towards DeMolay boys in hopes I’d get married early and forget about everything else except being in the kind of family they wanted me to be in. For MY family, that translates as only marrying a white person, the wife does not work, has at least 3 kids and lives no more than 10 minutes away from “the folks.” I am grateful for every experience I have had in life, including Job’s Daughters. I moved to another country. I have had friends of every race, color and creed. I DID end up going down to the road of smoking, drinking, drugs, etc. But I believe that would have happened no matter what my parents had done. I have now been clean and sober for 30 years. I found Sikhism, which delights my heart. It stresses the equality of ALL. There are four doors at the Golden Temple in Amritsar – to signify that all are welcome, no matter where they come from. We respect all religions and paths; there is only ONE GOD. We serve others. It is rarely if ever in the news, but whenever there is some kind of catastrophe, man-made or otherwise, the doors to the local Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) are open. Feeding people, comforting them, giving them a place to come sit and be safe. With no hidden agenda to convert or give money or anything. We too are very much against smoking, drinking, drugs. We’re all for family-centered life. We are all supposed to work – support ourselves AND share with others. We are obliged to defend the defenseless. So I suppose Job’s Daughters did have its effect on me. But I still resent that I had to traipse around in that silly white robe and get heckled by my younger sister. Who of course, did NOT have to attend. The eldest always paves the way for the youngest. And having had a gun held to my head to attend every event?? Oh, dear. The gun was figurative, not literal; but it was there nonetheless. Ironically and quite hilariously, my Dad got his wish after all – he’s still living at 94. As stated, I am 65 and my husband and I are just about to celebrate our first anniversary. I never wanted kids and this is my first marriage. My husband? A white man who was in DeMolay. But I met him through Sikhism, so he has a turban and a long beard. We serve the community together whenever possible. Sikh music is the most beautiful in the world (IMHO) AND we still rock out as well. We have so much in common it’s absolutely unreal. And we look back at DeMolay and Job’s Daughters and think how we might have met at one of the dances. Or after we both left and got into the “party” lifestyle. But everything happens in God’s time. Not mine, not yours, not my father’s. If I had one, would I send my daughter to Job’s Daughters? Only if she found out about it on her own and wanted to go. Forcing kids into organizations, sororities, fraternities, the college of their parents’ choice? NEVER. But I love where my life is at today and it took every single moment of my past to get me to this point. My last comment, I swear: my father was invited a few weeks ago to attend his Wednesday night lodge meeting. Hadn’t been for YEARS. I had to go shopping to get him a presentable outfit to wear. His main comment about the evening?? His friend’s daughter married a brother Mason. The wife doesn’t work. They have 3 lovely children and a home right here close to her folks. Old ideas die hard, eh? Long as they’re happy, bully for them! 😛

  13. Job’s Daughters International info needs a small update.
    Our daughters can either be related to a Master Mason OR if no Masonic relation can be found they can be sponsored by a Master Mason.
    Thank you
    Laurie Armstrong
    Grand Guardian 2017-2018
    Oregon Job’s Daughters

  14. I BECAME A JD IN THE LATE SIXTIES—-BOTH MY FATHER AND GRANDFATHER WERE MASONS– IT WAS ONE OF MY BEST MEMORIES AS 16, 17 AND 18 YEAR OLD. THE VALUES AND CHRISTIAN CONCEPTS WERE INSTILLED AND THE CEREMONIES WERE IMPORTANT PARTS OF THIS VERY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS WERE MEMBERS OF THIS GROUP—-MY BETHEL WAS OPEN AND LOVING TO EACH AND EVERYONE—THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL ORGANIZATION AND WHEN I WAS TELLING MY HUSBAND ABOUT IT I WANTED TO KNOW IF MEETINGS WERE STILL HAPPENING AND MORE INFORMATION. I AM SORRY THAT MY SISTER NEVER EXPERIENCED THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE. I’M PROUD THAT MY PATERNAL GRANDFATHER WAS 32ND DEGREE MASON, MY MATERNAL GRANDFATHER A SHRINER MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER AN EASTERN STAR AND OF COURSE MY FATHER A MASON. THE MASONS WERE A MAJOR INFLUENCE IN THE SHAPING OF OUR COUNTRY—–I AM PROUD THAT MY GRANDFATHER ENCOURAGED ME TO JOIN THIS GROUP. IT WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE ONE OF MY BEST MEMORIES IN MY LIFE AND I AM NOW 71. I AM LUCKY THAT FAMILY MEMBERS WERE PATRIOTS AND HAVE INSTILLED THAT IN ME. I AM THRILLED THAT JOB’S DAUGHTERS IS STILL THRIVING AND PRAY THAT IT CONTINUES ON FOR MANY GENERATIONS TO COME.

  15. I’m moving to California this May and I wanted to join the Job’s Daughters here but I’m moving anyways so I’m planning to join there. My grandfather is a master mason, my grandmother is part of the eastern star and my mother is also a past job’s daughter. How can I prove that I am related to a mason if I have no pictures to prove? I have the blessing of my grandfather but he’s not moving with us.

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