Volume LIXNovember 2012Number 4

Miss Job's Daughters Pageant

The 43rd Annual Miss Job's Daughter of Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant was held on April 14 at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith served as Master of Ceremonies.

The Miss Job's Daughter is chosen among those who enter the competition in the spring. Through competitions in etiquette, ritual knowledge, a speech presentation, personal interviews, a stage presentation and answering a finalist question, the Miss Job's Daughter is selected. Miss Louesa Piatek, PHQ, Bethel 12, Gettysburg, was chosen as Miss Job's Daughter 2012-2013. Her motto for the year is "Spread Your Wings and Fly," and the dove is her mascot. She is a freshman attending Juniata College.

On average, the pageant also raises approximately $10-$12,000 for the Grand Guardian Council Scholarship Fund to give to lucky applicants from Job's Daughters in Pennsylvania.

The Miss Congeniality is also chosen among her peers competing that weekend. She is then given first choice to serve the Commonwealth as the Daughter HIKE Coordinator, if she so desires. Miss Jenny Chappell, HQ from Bethel 1, York, was named Miss Congeniality 2012-2013. She is a sophomore at Kennard-Dale High School and is active with various activities at school.

Job's Daughters 'Bloom, Lead, Soar' at JDU Leadership Week 2012

Members of Pennsylvania Job's Daughters gathered at the Masonic Conference Center July 8-13 for their annual Job's Daughters University, a week-long leadership event focusing on the development of personal life skills. The week, planned by youth leaders under the guidance of adult advisors, provided workshops on topics such as ritual, Masonic heritage, history of the Patton Campus, safe babysitting and fundraising, and a daily "Girls Circle," addressing the issues facing today's teen girls.

Special guests included the Elizabethtown Fire Department discussing fire safety and safe driving practices, the Humane League presenting pet safety and R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith helping with the car wash fundraiser (photo on top right). Members of our Masonic family joined us each day to meet the girls and talk about their organizations. Masonic Village residents enjoyed sharing their afternoon Beach Ball dance and sing along (photo on middle right).

The week also provided fun team-building activities. Member Mollie Farace was invited to throw out the first pitch at the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game, and Special Olympics Bocce Champion Josh Stranix and the Masonic Village Bocce Club taught the girls the finer points of the sport. They also designed and built a "miniature golf course" for the week, and everyone enjoyed daily swimming.

For the annual field trip, the group boarded an early morning bus and headed to Annapolis, Md., where they were treated to a very impressive "Women of Influence" guided tour of the city, a visit to the Navy Academy, lunch on a boat cruise and a very special appearance by Maryland's Governor Martin O'Malley (photo on bottom right).

JDU - Job's Daughters University - teaching our members life skills as they bloom into young ladies, lead with strength and determination and soar into adulthood, as well-rounded and confident young women.

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