|Volume LVIII||November 2011||Number 4|
Job's Daughters 2011-2012 Youth Leaders Selected
The Annual Miss Job's Daughter Scholarship Pageant was held April 2 in the Brossman Ballroom at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. This year, Pennsylvania Job's Daughters were honored to have R.W. Deputy Grand Master Jay W. Smith serve as the emcee and several District Deputy Grand Masters serve as escorts for the 10 contestants who competed for the title of Miss Job's Daughter of Pennsylvania. Areas of competition included: ritual, speech, personal interview, stage appearance and a final question asked from the stage. Many former pageant contestants have said that the experience helped them with job and college interviews and gave them an "edge" among their peers.
Miss Lauren Nace, Bethel #21, Butler, was crowned Miss Job's Daughter. She is the daughter of Amy and Bro. Forrest Nace, Victory Lodge No. 694, Butler. Lauren will spend the year traveling to Masonic lodges and other Masonic bodies promoting Job's Daughters.
Miss Mazie Doebling, Bethel #17, Hershey, was selected as Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of Bro. John Doebling, Mount Olivet Lodge No. 704, Lebanon. As Miss Congeniality, Mazie is also the Daughter HIKE (Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment) Chairperson for Pennsylvania this year. The HIKE Fund is the philanthropic charity of Job's Daughters. Mazie has already started promoting and raising funds for the HIKE Fund; her goal is to personally raise $5,000 for the charity.
In addition to the selection of the Miss Job's Daughter and Miss Congeniality, this event serves as a way to raise money for the Grand Guardian Council Scholarship Fund. This year, the pageant raised more than $14,000 through donations to the pageant, contestant sponsorships and ticket sales. Scholarships were awarded at the Job's Daughters' Annual Grand Session in June to members and majority members who are furthering their education.
At the Grand Bethel Weekend, held May 20-21, Miss Victoria Madonna, Bethel #7, Manheim, was selected to serve as the Grand Bethel Honored Queen. The daughter of Pam and Bro. Craig Madonna, Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown, Victoria was installed into office at the Job's Daughters Annual Session in June. Her responsibilities include presiding at three state-wide meetings of the Grand Bethel, planning two Grand Bethel weekends and traveling and promoting Job's Daughters within the Bethels in Pennsylvania.
Kittanning Assembly Turns Around
Many years ago, Kittanning Assembly #39 was very active, but in the past five years it had become "dark" with only a few girls on the roster. A new direction was chosen during a re-organization meeting with Supreme Deputy for Pennsylvania Rainbow Mrs. Helen Snedden.
Bro. Roger Johnson, District Deputy Grand Master for District 27, encouraged Kittanning East Brady Lodge No. 244 and Seneca Lodge No. 805, both of Kittanning, to join with Kittanning Eastern Star Chapter to sponsor the Assembly. A new Advisory Board was appointed, new officers were elected and the recruiting began. After three months and several activities, there were seven pledge-age girls ready to join.
On May 23, Kaitlin Nemec, Grand Worthy Advisor, and other Grand Officers presented the ritualistic work during the Pledge Initiation of the Little Sunbeams Pledge Group. In addition to Bro. Johnson and Mrs. Snedden, those in attendance included Bro. Thomas Pilston, W.M., Seneca Lodge; and Rainbow Girls from Kittanning Assembly #39, Pitcairn Assembly #90 and Vandergrift Assembly #105.
During one of the recruiting activities, the pledge girls made five blankets for "Project Linus" that they presented to Sister Kaitlin during the meeting. The seven new pledges were super excited with their meeting and following the meeting, they were heard chanting, "I LOVE RAINBOW GIRLS!"
Rainbow Honors Grand Worthy Advisor
On May 7, Pitcairn Assembly #90 honored its first Grand Worthy Advisor (G.W.A.), Sister Kaitlin Nemec. The Assembly planned a carnival-themed testimonial luncheon. When guests arrived, they received tickets for games and food along the mid-way. There were treasure hunts, sand art, photo opportunities, a ring toss, cotton candy and popcorn. Dennis (Priestly) the Clown made balloon animals and hats. Sister Mara Polnar, Personal Page to the G.W.A., was the ringmaster for the event. It was declared "Kaitlin Nemec Day" in Pitcairn and Monroeville. Kaitlin was presented gifts from her Assembly and her Grand Officers. Mrs. Snedden, Supreme Deputy, "roasted" her with highlights of her year so far. The 95 who attended enjoyed the carnival fun, a delicious lunch buffet, wonderful entertainment and the special fellowship of Rainbow.
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