Volume LVIIIFebruary 2011Number 1

What a Wonderful Way to Spend Time with Your Granddaughter
by Ashley Kissinger, PHQ Bethel No. 7

Bro. Glen Runk, Lamberton Lodge No. 476, Lancaster; Phyllis Runk, Buchanan Chapter No. 315; and Lindsey, Ashley and Clara Kissinger.

Grandparents, can you honestly say that you have been able to watch your granddaughter mature from a girl into a young woman? Sure, you've seen the report cards and the soccer games, but have you had the chance to walk beside them on this journey?

Job's Daughters provides an environment in which young women can grow and develop within the Masonic tradition, and it's only appropriate that family embrace the opportunity to share this experience. Whether you decide to take the sidelines or the stage, there is a place for every grandparent within the Job's Daughters' family. Not only do you have the perfect chance to share a memorable journey with your granddaughters, chances are you might even feel a little younger!

Recently, girls from across the Commonwealth answered questions about their grandparents' involvement in their lives as Job's Daughters, such as how they became involved and what benefits they and their grandparents have derived through their participation.

Upon being asked what having her grandmother involved in her life as a Job's Daughter meant to her, Zaira Thomas, Bethel 19, Mechanicsburg, said, "It has made me a better person, because I'm not just doing it for me, I'm also doing it for her."

Brooke Spence, of Bethel 15, Elizabethtown, speaks of her favorite memory of having her grandparents, R.W. Deputy Grand Master Jay Smith and his wife, Nancy, with her in Job's Daughters. This moment took place at the Installation when she was first installed into the line: "As my grandfather gave remarks as a representative of the Grand Master, he started talking about how our Bethel was growing and encouraged us to continue what we were doing. As he started talking about how he had two granddaughters in the Bethel and one that would be able to join in a few years, and that he had daughters go through the same Bethel, he started to tear up. He is so proud of me and what I am doing."

Cecile Madonna, Miss Job's Daughter of PA, of Bethel 7, Manheim, told of the benefits both she and her grandparents have received from their participation in Job's Daughters. "I think both sides benefit from their participation. I have benefited from them always being on the sidelines, supporting me in every decision. They always are there for a morale boost, just when I need it. I also think I use them as a way of pushing myself to do better. It is one thing to have your friends be disappointed in you, but your family is another thing. So, doing a good job, having them see everything that I have accomplished, and making them proud means a lot to me. I also think that they benefit from having three granddaughters in Job's Daughters. They have an opportunity to see their granddaughters develop into tomorrow's leaders, from an organization unlike any other in the world. The things they see us doing inspire them to make changes in their lives."

While Job's Daughters really does benefit from having grandparents involved, the individual members grow closer to their grandparents and share the people they have become. It's a meaningful way to spend quality time together.

A set of grandparents, the Runks, also showed how their participation in Job's Daughters has affected them. Phyllis, James Buchanan Chapter No. 315, O.E.S., and Glen, Lamberton Lodge No. 476, Lancaster, have been involved with Job's Daughters for many years. When asked why they enjoy being involved in Job's Daughters, together they answered: "You get to see your granddaughters grow and advance in their speaking and leadership abilities, and watch how it enhances their lives. It is a wonderful organization, and we love to do whatever we can to support them."

It is very easy and fun to get involved in Job's Daughters. Just ask your granddaughter how! Grandparents are encouraged to attend events such as Bethel Meetings, Installations and others. It allows the members to share something they love with their grandparents, and it also lets grandparents become a part of something important in their granddaughter's life.

Rainbow: Welcome Back, Altoona!

On May 1, 2010, Altoona welcomed back to life a long-standing organization for girls: the Altoona Assembly #188 of The International Order of Rainbow for Girls was pleased to receive their charter and return to active life!

In 1922, Rainbow was created for young Christian women. Today, the leaders of Rainbow Girls respect and welcome all girls from every religion, providing a place where young women can receive the basic teachings of faith, hope and charity - the cornerstone of this dynamic girl's youth group.

Anyone interested in more information on how to join may call Kelly Hoover, Mother Advisor, at (814) 381-4978.

Front row, left-right: Nikki Roland, Amanda Wertz, Shaniah Miller, Paige Padula, Emily Miller and Saige McElwain.
Center row, left-right: Megan Martin, Katie Campbell, Kate Wilkins, Emily Hoover and Paige Dinges.
Back Row: Cassie Kasic

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