Planting A Seed

by Midnight Freemason Contributor
Judy Gordon

“ You look out there and there’s people that, their day is changed, because of your contribution to it.” Brad Paisley

Have you ever planted a seed, watered your plant and watched it grow? If you didn’t water that plant, or showed some love, it would die. You must nurture it, place it in the sun and watch it soar…

That’s how it is in the fraternity. Not just Masons, but other fraternities as well. If the groups are not nurtured, taken care of or shown the love; they will not grow. 

How do we “Bloom”?  Job’s Daughters is a lot like Masonry. We bloom through educational activities, proficiency work and co-activities with other organizations. Just a few weeks ago, Empire lodge #126(Pekin) and two Job’s Daughter Bethels (Pekin #55 and Elmwood #111) got together.  We broke bread, had a mock meeting and explained things about our order that I am sure a lot did not know about. The girls performed the living cross and of course there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. 

How do we “Lead”?  Each group has the power to elect either a Master of their lodge or an Honored Queen of their bethel. As members of Masonic groups, how has this helped you to become a leader in your life?

How do we “Soar”? We soar via scholarships, (nurses) philanthropy (H.I.K.E.) and community service (parades, food booths, working in a soup kitchen, dog therapy visits in nursing homes, etc)

Job’s Daughters like Masonry, builds a foundation for its members to develop life-skills, personal growth and community service.  They become responsible leaders in today’s society while promoting a balanced lifestyle for God, family, school, and extracurricular activities while having fun – being who they are… and becoming who they want to be! 

 Plant that seed, lead from the front, great things will happen.


Judy Gordon is very active in Job's Daughters. She's the Past Honored Queen, and Bethel Guardian of Bethel No. 55, Pekin (IL). She received the Cryptic Masons Masonic Youth Leadership Award along with her husband, Ray Gordon in July 2007. She's also Past Matron of the Morton Chapter No. 974 (IL) of the Order of the Eastern Star and Historian of the Emblem Club No. 424 of Pekin (IL) Judy is the recipient of the Degree of Royal Purple (2012) and elected as the Grand Marshal for Illinois Job's Daughters (2015-16). Ray and Judy have three grandkids, and a very spoiled dog, Reggie (who incidentally volunteers as a Therapy Dog at local hospitals and nursing homes.)

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