Special to the EagleHerald
Staff writer Chelsea Ewaldt is pictured as Honored Queen of Bethel 18 Menominee for Jobs Daughters International.
Special to the EagleHerald
Staff writer Chelsea Ewaldt is pictured as Honored Queen of Bethel 18 Menominee for Jobs Daughters International.

Masonic organizations – Mason, Job’s Daughters International (JDI), Order of the Eastern Star and Demolay International – are often misunderstood as being a “cult” or “secret organization.” This is far from the case. I know this because I’m a Past Honored Queen (past president) of Menominee’s chapter of JDI.

JDI is a Masonic-sponsored youth organization for girls and young women from ages 10 to 20. It is so much more than this, though – it’s a sisterhood and family. This is where girls have the opportunity to bloom, learn to become a leader and soar to greatness.

Those involved in Job’s Daughters have done so much for me. Through this beautiful organization, I not only gained self-confidence in myself, but also have made lifelong friendships.

I joined when I was 16, never realizing how much of an impact it would make in my life. Even though I only had four years in this amazing organization, they held some of the best memories of my life. Yes, I sincerely wish I would have joined when I was 10, so I would have had another six years, but I can tell you my experiences wouldn’t have been the same.

The organization and people involved came into my life when I needed it most. While it had been a year since my Mom had passed away, I was just as heartbroken as the day it had happened.

The girls and adults welcomed me into the organization with open arms and were always there for me in various capacities. Little did I know that I not only gained friends, but a family as well.

Along with meeting some of the greatest people in the world, I also learned about leadership and order. As I rose up in ranks, it was the greatest day to become crowned honored queen not only once, but twice. I was able to help influence some of the younger members' lives, but I learned more about who I was as a person.

JDI has taught me how to be a strong woman and the importance of education, philanthropy and friendship. So before judging an organization that many truly don’t know about, open your mind to the possibilities and what it has done for so many people.