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Miss Minnesota Job's Daughter 
Olivia

 

Grand Lodge

Most Worshipful Grand Master, Masons, and distinguished guests: thank you for inviting me to join you this lovely morning.  My name is Olivia Taylor and I am honored to have been chosen as the Miss Minnesota Job’s Daughter for 2017-2018.


I came across Job’s Daughters about seven years ago. A friend of mine was biking with her mom by my house and asked me if I would like to attend a Job’s Daughter event. I went and had a blast!  The older girls included me in fun games and activities. I felt welcomed and I couldn't wait to join. I attended all the prospect parties that year patiently waiting my turn to become the newest member of Job’s Daughters. Job’s Daughters is a place where every girl feels like they belong somewhere. In Job’s Daughters, we don't just make friends, we develop a lasting sisterhood.


When I filled out my petition in 2011 to join Job’s Daughters, my father wasn't a Mason, but I was lucky enough to have a grandfather who was involved in the Masonic Family. Other girls weren't lucky enough to join Job’s Daughters because of their lack of having Masonic heritage.  In order to join Job’s Daughters in 2011, you had to have a relationship with a Mason by blood or Marriage. In 2015, an amendment was passed allowing any girl to join regardless of Masonic heritage, but rather Masonic Sponsorship. Reaching out and sponsoring a girl who wishes to join can assist in building membership in not only our Bethels, but in your lodges as well. Our Masonic family will benefit from this, because we are stronger when we work together.


Can all the Masons in the room please stand?


Can all the Masons who HAVE signed a petition for a Job’s Daughter please sit down?


You may be thinking “well I don't have a daughter/granddaughter who can join” or maybe “she's not old enough” or she's too old”, but you might have a niece who can join Job’s Daughters, a neighbor, a friends’ daughter, maybe a young girl at church who could use a male influence in her life or a sisterhood to belong to.  It's never too late to join. Thank you, you may be seated.


For the men who have signed a petition for Job’s Daughters: Thank you. Now imagine the young girl you sponsored had a friend or two who were interested in joining the order. Consequently, our membership would increase because of sponsorship. We need men like you to form bonds with our members and the girls who want to join, and to encourage them to be active members.  This amendment opens many opportunities for us to improve the number of young ladies that can benefit from membership in our Masonic youth group, and we need to take advantage of it.


I advise you to reach out to a Bethel near you, and really get to know the Daughters:  visit our meetings, attend our fundraisers, or ask us to assist your lodge in any way. We look up to you for wisdom and we depend on you to learn many life skills such as developing social skills with adults and learning how to create long lasting friendships and relationships.  We would love to see the friendly faces of our uncles assisting us in everything we do.


There were many Masons who attended Grand Bethel this past weekend, and I thank you for supporting us. We hope you are able to join us at camp in August. Many of you have been to camp and I would ask that you urge your brothers to join in the fun we have together. I would also like to encourage you to join the Bethel Guardian Council at your nearby Bethel as we need at least one Master Mason on each of our councils. Helping out with your local Bethel will not only benefit our organization, but will also promote yours as well. As I have previously stated, my father wasn't a Mason when I joined Job’s Daughters. I am happy to report that he is now a Mason and is the Associate Bethel Guardian of my Bethel.


On behalf of the Job’s Daughters of Minnesota, I thank you for your continued support, inspiring Job’s Daughters around the state, and being wonderful examples of what a Masonic Family should look like.  The Daughters of Minnesota value your dedication and hard work. If you have any questions about Job’s Daughters, or would like to talk about how our organizations can work together, I would be more than happy to do so. Grand Bethel Honored Queen Courtney and I will be at our Job’s Daughters booth to talk to anyone interested in learning more about Job’s Daughters. Thank you again for this opportunity, and I look forward to working together this year to continue to grow our relationships within our Masonic families. I appreciate the honor of speaking in front of you.  Your support inspires us to continue to do our good work.

Thank you.
 

Grand Chapter

Good evening, and thank you for the opportunity to speak to you tonight.  My name is Olivia Taylor and I am honored to be with you as the Miss Minnesota Job’s Daughter for the 2017-2018 term.  


As the Miss Minnesota Job’s Daughter, my job is to promote Job’s Daughters to outside organizations to recruit new members to join our beautiful order. My goal this year is to retain and gain membership with new promotional ideas and by maintaining relationships with our Masonic bodies.  The membership in Job’s Daughters isn’t rising, it’s declining.  I am asking you to look back at why you joined OES, Masons, White Shrine, Job’s Daughters, DeMolay and how excited you were when you finally joined.   How did it change your life?  I know the reason I joined Job’s Daughters was because it was a place where I felt safe and at home. Chances are if joining your organization changed your life for the better, chances are it will change another’s the same way.  If I didn’t join and have the support from Job’s Daughters, I wouldn’t be up here today.


Now that any young lady can join regardless of Masonic relationship, we need your help finding members! Reaching out to young girls that you know at church, a neighbor, student, daughter, granddaughter, and so on, and introducing them to Job’s Daughters will not only benefit us, but will also benefit you for future members.  They can be part of the organization before the age of ten with the JD2B program.  If we work together to build more relationships with the other Masonic bodies and Masonic youth, we will not only grow in understanding one another as a Masonic family, but potentially in numbers.  We are a family, families help each other, and we are asking for your help.


Being a part of Job’s Daughters has paved a road for me in being a part of a second family, a Masonic family full of love and opportunity.  Every girl deserves to feel like they belong to something, and in Job’s Daughters you don’t only belong to the organization itself, but you also belong to a family full of aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers who give us opportunities such as volunteering at homeless shelters and food shelves, assisting OES and Master Masons with their pancake breakfasts, and helping out at the circus. It also gives us the opportunity to learn how to plan events, run business meetings, speak comfortably in public, and how to achieve goals through hard work.  You introduce us to activities that teach us leadership, friendship, and citizenship. Thank you for the endless amount of love and opportunities.


Although we no longer need a Masonic Relationship, we still need you to set examples for us and encourage us to continue to be involved in this Masonic family. I challenge you to get involved with the Job’s Daughters and DeMolay in your area.  Attend a meeting or a fun event--we love to see your friendly faces on the sidelines of our meetings as it encourages us to do our best and to stay active in what we do.  Please invite us to your events, we would love to get to know our Eastern Star members and help out in anyway we can.  


In addition to representing Minnesota Job’s Daughters this year, I have made bracelets which I am selling for the Job’s Daughters philanthropic organization called the HIKE Fund, which stands for Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund. The HIKE Fund provides hearing devices for kids who are in need, and can’t afford them.  Each bracelet has a word engraved on it that describes what Masonic family means to the Job’s Daughters around the state, as well as the other Masonic bodies.  I will be at the Job’s Daughters promotion table tomorrow where they will be on sale.  Please come visit me if you would like one!


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak in front of you tonight, and on behalf of the Job’s Daughters of Minnesota, thank you for your continued support, and being wonderful examples of what a Masonic family is.  Thank you for inspiring us to stay active, and for assisting us when we ask.  I look forward to working with you in growing our relationships within our organizations in becoming “Stronger Together.”  

Thank You!




Grand Bethel Honored Queen
Courtney
 

Grand Lodge

        Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be here today and to have sung at yesterday’s memorial service. For those who don’t know me, my name is Courtney Banks and I am the 68th Grand Bethel Honored Queen of Minnesota and a third generation Eastern Star member. Some of you may remember my great grandma Elaine Hanger who is a Past Worthy Grand Matron.


        A common theme we have all had as a Masonic Family this year has been “Stronger Together.” During my time as a Daughter I have already seen a major change in how each organization is working together. As an Eastern Star member, a Job’s Daughter member, and a close friend of the DeMolay and Masons, I have seen absolutely amazing people working together as not only friends, but as a family. The DeMolay have always helped me when I needed it, without the need to even ask them. Eastern Star has welcomed me into their family with open arms. Job’s Daughters has offered me some of my best friends and girls who I am pleased to say are my sisters. And the Masons, who have offered me the kindest words and encouragements are simply inspiring. Without the support and love from each organization, I would have never understood why people are so devoted to any group.


        My theme this year is “You can never cross the ocean until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” This Christopher Columbus quote represents my time as a Daughter and how it has launched me into being an Eastern Star member. When my mom brought me to my first installation I fell in love with Job’s Daughters. I felt this urge to help this small group of quiet girls learn how to bloom into amazing young women. I soon was voted Junior Princess and went all the way up to my current position. As an older member of Job’s I didn’t want my time in the Masonic Family to end, so I was initiated into Trinity Chapter. Thank you to the Grand Family for traveling all the way to Duluth to initiate me and for allowing me to always be a part of our Masonic Family. I look forward to working with you all in the future.

Thank you.

Grand Chapter

        Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be here today and to have sung at yesterday’s memorial service. For those who don’t know me, my name is Courtney Banks and I am the 68th Grand Bethel Honored Queen of Minnesota and a third generation Eastern Star member. Some of you may remember my great grandma Elaine Hanger who is a Past Worthy Grand Matron.


        A common theme we have all had as a Masonic Family this year has been “Stronger Together.” During my time as a Daughter I have already seen a major change in how each organization is working together. As an Eastern Star member, a Job’s Daughter member, and a close friend of the DeMolay and Masons, I have seen absolutely amazing people working together as not only friends, but as a family. The DeMolay have always helped me when I needed it, without the need to even ask them. Eastern Star has welcomed me into their family with open arms. Job’s Daughters has offered me some of my best friends and girls who I am pleased to say are my sisters. And the Masons, who have offered me the kindest words and encouragements are simply inspiring. Without the support and love from each organization, I would have never understood why people are so devoted to any group.


        My theme this year is “You can never cross the ocean until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” This Christopher Columbus quote represents my time as a Daughter and how it has launched me into being an Eastern Star member. When my mom brought me to my first installation I fell in love with Job’s Daughters. I felt this urge to help this small group of quiet girls learn how to bloom into amazing young women. I soon was voted Junior Princess and went all the way up to my current position. As an older member of Job’s I didn’t want my time in the Masonic Family to end, so I was initiated into Trinity Chapter. Thank you to the Grand Family for traveling all the way to Duluth to initiate me and for allowing me to always be a part of our Masonic Family. I look forward to working with you all in the future.

Thank you.
 
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