The International Order of the Eastern Star
Worthy Matron: Frances E . Childers (703) XXX-XXXX
Worthy Patron: James D. Spurlock, Sr. (703) XXX-XXXX
The Order of the Eastern Star was founded by Dr. Robert Morris, Poet Laureate of Masonry. Never quite satisfied that all the good in Masonry should be confined to men, he felt that Masonry should be for the whole family. In 1850, Dr. Morris developed the Eastern Star Degrees. The Order is based upon the legacy of five heroines of the Bible: Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha and Electa. Each has lessons to be taught and learned. This is the common thread we share when we meet. By means of the Order of the Eastern Star, we can join together with others as Brothers and Sisters from all walks of life in social enjoyment, community service, and charitable works.
To be eligible for membership in The Order of the Eastern Star, one must be an affiliated Master Mason or related to Master Masons, i.e.: wives, daughters, legally adopted daughters, mothers, widows, sisters, half-sisters, granddaughters, step mothers, step daughters, step sisters, daughters-in-law, or active members or majority members of The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls or The International Order of Job’s Daughters. In addition to the required relationship to a Master Mason, the only other requirement we have is the belief in a Supreme Being.
The Chapter that meets on the 4th Friday of the month at 8:00 PM at the Masonic Occoquan Lodge No. 310, 13315 Woodbridge St., Woodbridge, Virginia 22191. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, please feel free to contact one of the persons listed below.
ATTENTION YOUNG MEN 12-21 YEARS OLD AND THEIR PARENTS,
GRANDPARENTS, AND MEMBERS OF THE MASONIC FAMILY
DeMolay International was founded in 1919 as an organization to build better citizens out of young men of good character who believe in God and their fellow man. DeMolay does not advocate a particular creed nor does it attempt to take the place of the home or the church, but rather to supplement them.
The precepts of DeMolay are to uphold the virtues of filial love, to foster reverence for sacred things, to espouse courtesy, comradeship, fidelity, cleanness, and patriotism. DeMolay provides a young man with a wholesome environment, worthwhile associates, fun activities and the opportunity to develop leadership and responsibility.
Occoquan Chapter, DeMolay meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Masonic Occoquan Lodge No. 310, 13315 Woodbridge St., Woodbridge, Virginia 22191. Parents are permitted and encouraged to attend the initiations of candidates and attend regular meetings. Occoquan Masonic Lodge also sponsors Job’s Daughters, a youth group for young ladies.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, or to arrange for a meeting with an interested young man and his parents, please call any DeMolay of Occoquan Chapter or any adult members of the Advisory Council of Occoquan Chapter, listed below.
CHAIRMAN OF THE ADVISORY COUNCIL: Norman W. King 703-590-2696
Brett Hurm 571-344-5714
Mike Ford 703- 622-1780
Kenneth Hall 703-491-6622
All parents desire the best for their daughters - to learn the skills necessary to compete in a global market, in a safe and wholesome environment. Job's Daughters is the place that makes this happen.
Members of Job's Daughters gain valuable leadership experience, serve as part of a team, and learn democratic principles as they run their own meetings using parliamentary procedure, decide on activities, and plan service and fund raising events. Members also have fun together at activities such as swimming parties, dances, family picnics, slumber parties, miniature golf, marching in parades and so much more. Opportunities to travel around their own country and abroad to visit other members typically result in friendships that last a lifetime.
Founded in 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick, Job's Daughters International (JDI) is an organization of young women, ages 10-20, with over 10,000 members in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and Brazil. Job's Daughters was founded during the height of the Women's Suffrage Movement and just a few months prior to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. Mrs. Mick recognized that women's roles were changing.
She saw parallels between the challenges women faced and those trials told in the Old Testament Story of Job. Mrs. Mick especially liked Job 42:15, "And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren."
Adults who work with members of Job's Daughters are Certified Adult Volunteers (CAV) who have been trained and screened to ensure a safe environment and experience for all members of the organization.
Job's Daughters alumnae have careers in nursing, law, education, politics, entertainment, and various other fields. JDI offers scholarships every year to help members with college tuition, textbooks, and other expenses. Many members have pursued higher education at the Master's and Doctoral levels. Just like Mrs. Mick envisioned, Job's Daughters creates strong, determined young women who are personally and professionally ready for life.
Members of Job's Daughters raise money for the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment (HIKE) each year. HIKE gives the money to provide children with hearing aids and other equipment. Over $5 million has been raised and more than 2,400 hearing devices have been donated to children.
Job's Daughters International offers the qualities that today's young women want and need from organizations that earn their commitment: fun, friendship, helping others and the chance to learn organizational and leadership skills. Fairness, honesty, respect, and patriotism are the cornerstones of our organization. Allowing your daughter the opportunity to join Job's Daughters will open her world and allow her to learn and practice the ethical and spiritual values of the organization. She will be the role model you've always wanted her to be!
Bethel Guardian: Kathy Meldrum (703) 517-9049
Associate Bethel Guardian: Grayson Koogle (703) 967-2617
Honored Queen: Vivian Smith
Senior Princess: Elizabeth Meldrum
Junior Princess: Chela Baisas
Guide: Caitlyn Joseph
Marshal: Christina Springer