Job's Daughters get a week

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October 27, 2016 12:00 AM

CONGRATS! Mayor Rob Saunders stands with Lloydminster's nine Job's Daughters members at the group's proclamation on Monday. Job's daughters have been active in the Border City for about 50 years and do things such as helping raise money for local charities. PAUL FORGES LLS PHOTO

A proclamation at City Hall Monday designated the first week of November as Job’s Daughters Week, in order to bring awareness and recognition to the group.
“It’s just a week where we recognize our organization and we try to do something out in the community to celebrate that week,” said Pam Armstrong, adult volunteer and Bethel Guardian with the organization.
“This year we’re doing stuff with the SPCA, which is one of the charities we’re working with.”
According to a press release, the objective of Job’s Daughters is to bring together girls aged 10 to 20 who have a Masonic heritage for spiritual and moral up-building, gain knowledge, teach love of God, love of country, respect for its flag, love of home and reverence for the teachings of the Holy Scripture. 
Job’s Daughters learn how to work together to achieve goals, how to raise money and spend it wisely, how to speak to an audience, the fundamentals of parliamentary procedure and how important community service is to everyone.
That’s why the group is making a donation to the local SPCA, where they’ll also lend a hand around the facility.
“We’re trying to go out there just to see what they’ll let us do, maybe clean cages or walk the dogs,” said Armstrong.
“We’re still waiting to see what they’ll want the girls to do, we have a small donation we want to give them and when we give it we want to do something to support them at the same time.”
Armstrong added that the group does its work in terms, with each term having a different charity to help out with and raise funds for.
In its last term Job’s Daughters worked with the Stollery Children’s Hospital and held various fundraisers to pull in money for the charity. 
“They just do fundraising with different events they hold, they’ll do bottle drives, sell chocolates, and they’ll sponsor youth either to do fun events or to do something so that we can fundraise to donate to an organization,” said Armstrong.
The group operates in five countries worldwide including Brazil, Australia, the U.S., Canada and the Philippines, with the Lloydminster chapter sitting at nine members.
The organization’s membership has been on the decline, but is slowly gaining more traction, making Monday’s proclamation all the more important to raise awareness for the group.
“Nowadays, young people are working and doing all these other things and don’t take time for themselves like they used to, so the numbers have definitely dropped,” she said.
“It’s quite a low number, but we’re working our way back up again—we just don’t want to see it go.”

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