Job’s Daughters in South Dakota
Job’s Daughters International® is a leadership organization for girls between the ages of 10 and 20. Job’s Daughters is located in five countries and in 31 states in the USA. The Daughters meet in groups called Bethels (much like individual Masonic Lodges). South Dakota has nine Bethels. They are located in Spearfish, Bell Fourche, Hot Springs, Rapid City, Pierre, Winner, Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls has two Bethels.
Job’s Daughters International is the only international organization for girls that requires its members to have a relationship to a Master Mason. While it is no part of the Masonic Fraternity, this prerequisite ties it closely to the Masonic Order.
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 and upbuilding of his home. He also saw its ruin. but he beheld its revival and reconstruction.
Special emphasis is given to the thoughts that “To Be Fair Is to Do Good” and “Virtue Is a Quality Which Highly Adorns Woman.”
Job’s Daughters is operated in a democratic manner, similar to Masonic Lodges. Adult co-workers known as the Bethel Guardian Council (consisting of a Bethel Guardian, Associate Bethel Guardian, and others) supervise each Bethel and are appointed yearly — with special consideration given to recommendations from the members of the Bethel. Each Bethel is required to have at least one Master Mason as an executive member of its Bethel Guardian Council.
Job’s Daughter’s official charity is the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment (HIKE) Fund. The purpose of HIKE is to provide hearing devices for children with hearing impairments between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. An estimate of 100 children are provided with hearing devices each year. In South Dakota, we raise thousands of dollars each year for HIKE and several South Dakota children have received hearing aids through our program.
Job’s Daughters provides scholarship opportunities for our members. Our organization takes learning and development seriously and we reward our members with through scholarship at our annual meeting in May.
If you know of a girl between the ages of 10 and 20 who would like to be a member of South Dakota Job’s Daughters, please contact:
Carrie Gonsor, Grand Guardian
510 N. Grand Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
You can find more information about SD Job’s Daughters on our website. We are also active on Facebook and Twitter.