Job's Daughters set to reactivate local chapter
JANESVILLE — As a Girl Scout, Kassidy Carroll has been involved in service projects aimed at making her community a better place to live.
Along the way, she has learned a lot about respect, and about developing values to help guide her in making sound decisions.
Now the Milton 10-year-old wants to become even more connected to both her local and national communities.
Carroll thinks she can do that by becoming a Job's Daughter, an international Masonic-sponsored youth organization that “an excited group of girls and adults are reactivating,” said Tom Walton, master of Janesville Western Star Masonic Lodge No. 55.
The local Bethel (chapter) of Job's Daughters became inactive in 2001 when it stopped meeting due to lack of membership, he said.
“It did not lose its chapter or disband. It just has an inactive status,” Walton said.
Job's Daughters membership is open to girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 20 who have Masonic member affiliation in their family trees. They are guided by adults—people who have been involved in Job's Daughters or are Masons—with advice toward setting and achieving goals.
Together the two groups plan and host events from bowling parties to competitions, picnics, talent shows, dances and games. They also join Bethels from around the state for a picnic and annual gathering at Green Lake Conference Center, Walton said.
“This is an organization founded on moral goodness for girls, but parents and grandparents are more than welcome to get involved,” he said.
The main reason to join is to gain leadership training, Walton said.
“It's a perfect leadership course, where girls learn how to conduct fundraising, set a budget and speak in public,” he said. “I've seen members blossom from introverted to strong confidence.”
Job's Daughters helps its members widen their circles of friends to work together for a common goal and to learn the importance of helping others, Walton said. Members also learn organizational skills, how to lead a group, how to speak in front of others and have fun, he added.
That appeals to Kassidy.
“It seems interesting that they try to help the community and people everywhere, and I want to learn more about responsibility and the world,” she said.
The group is self-governing and instills the time-honored teachings of patriotism, respect for adults and faith in God, Walton said.
“We are not a religion but are based on the Book of Job and his struggles of life,” he said.
Job's Daughters has its own philanthropic project, Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment, that involves members worldwide raising thousands of dollars each year to help children that need devices to help them hear.
“It is kids helping kids,'' Walton explained.
“The organization captures the meaning of life and teaches important lessons for everyone, especially young women of today who, every day, face many challenges and temptations,” he said.