Famous and Notable Jobies

Meghan Cary

Singer, Songwriter & Jobie of Bethel 17, Hershey, Penn.

Meghan Cary’s music has drawn comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Stevie Nicks, Blind Faith and even Bruce Springsteen. An award-winning songwriter and a natural on stage, Cary was named Billboard Magazineís Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer when she hit the music scene. As one critic exclaimed: “Cary is a star waiting to happen!” (Barry Fox -The Patriot News). The star has risen.

On her newest release, “Live at Your House”, Cary serves up the magic of her live show on CD, and literally leaves her audience howling. “Live at Your House” is unique in the fact that it was recorded live in a living room. “I perform house concerts all over the country, so when it came time to record my first live album I knew that to capture the intimacy, energy and comfort level I wanted from the room, it had to be a living room.” This album captures it all.

Raised in Hershey, PA, Cary studied math and chemistry at Duke University, with plans of becoming a doctor. But she made an about-face at school, ultimately earning her B.A. in theatre before going on to obtain her M.F.A. in acting at Florida State Universitys Asolo Conservatory. She has performed in more than 50 plays throughout the United States and Europe while simultaneously working in film, television and radio. Cary is a founding member of the NYC-based, Actor’s Shakespeare Company. If you haven’t caught her playing Helena in “Midsummer”, you’ve probably seen or heard Cary on television selling you everything from diapers to long distance telephone service.

Meghan did not plan on having a recording career but when her fiance Matthew Black passed away she channeled all of her feelings and thoughts for him into songs. She actually had to learn to play guitar at that time and it was on Matthew’s guitar that she learned and then wrote those songs.

Meghan says, “It struck me as I was working on my new tune ‘Building a House’ (you’ll be hearing it soon) that in May of 2005, I will have been writing, recording and performing my own music for 10 years. I couldn’t believe it. To this day I pick up my guitar to write a song and it feels like a brand new experience.” To commemorate her first ten years of music making, Meghan recently released a 3 CD set, “boxset – A Decade of Song,”, that includes 3 of her 4 CD releases: “New shoes,” “Onion Dream,” and “Live at Your House.” To listen to any of Meghan’s music, you can log on to www.meghancary.com.

Source: www.meghancary.com

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Kim Cattrall

Actress & Jobie of Bethel 8, Courteney, British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Kim Cattrall was born on August 21, 1956 in Widnes, England, approximately 16 miles east of Liverpool. At the age of three months, emigrated with her father, Dennis, and mother, Shane, to Canada, where a large number of her films have been made. At the age of eleven, Kim returned to her native country and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Upon her return to Vancouver, Canada, Kim graduated high school at age sixteen and won a scholarship to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. During her final year at the academy, she won a part in Otto Preminger’s Rosebud (1975). Following her film debut Kim returned to the theatre first in Vancouver and then played repertory in Toronto prior to winning a contract at Universal in Los Angeles.

Source: www.imdb.com

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Anita Sue Dennison

Wife of US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia & PHQ Bethel 6, Webster Groves, Missouri

As Anita Sue Dennison she was known as a PHQ of Bethel 6, Webster Groves, MO.
Anita is married to James Oberwetter, the current US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia who was appointed Janurary, 2004. Ambassador Oberwetter is from Cuero, TX. In Saudi Arabia she is actively involved in the embassy and expatriate communities. She serves as the honorary chairman of the American Women of Riyadh, a social and philanthropic organization and is active with the American International School.
Anita is the owner and president of Texas Anesthesia Consultants, a private nurse anesthesia practice in Dallas, Texas. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who has been in anesthesia practice for 30 years. She has been voted one of the Great 100 Nurses of Texas and is a member of the National Nursing Honor Society. She is a Past President of the Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists, where I’m sure her training as HQ came in handy.

When she signed the Missouri Job’s Daughters web guestbook she wrote “I have very fond memories of my time participating in the Job’s Daughters organization. I was proud to serve as the Honored Queen of Bethel #6 in Webster Groves, Missouri. That opportunity and organization allowed me to have the skills to understand people, to experience the joy of giving, and to share fellowship with other young women. I applaud your continued success for young ladies everywhere.”

Source: Chantay Nieber, PHQ and MM of Bethel 96, Tujunga, California

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Jacquelynne Fontaine

2006 Miss California & PHQ Bethel 142, Oxnard, Calif.

Jacquelynne Fontaine is a PHQ of Bethel 142, Oxnard, CA.

Her sister, Vanessa, was Grand Bethel Jr. Princess in 2000 so Jobies is a big part of her family life.

She joined after having fun participating in a Jobie volleyball practice. She would play and sing for many, many installations and Masonic installations in the next seven years.

At Supreme Bethel, 2001 Jacquelynn won First Place in Voice, Piano and Dramatic Monologue.

She says “competing in the Miss California seemed a natural step for me after all of my years in Job’s Daughters. The Miss America Organization stands for four values; Community Service, Education, Talent and Physical Fitness. Job’s Daughters nurtured and developed all of these areas, and I count myself lucky to have been in this beautiful organization.”

Source: Chantay Nieber, PHQ and MM of Bethel 96, Tujunga, California

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Nancy Flemming

Miss America 1961 & Jobie of Bethel 59, Montague, Mich.

Recently retired from a successful career as a program host and interviewer for ABC-TV, Cable Health Network (now Lifetime) and PBS TV show “Sewing Today,” Nancy remains active with community and political volunteer activities. Certified as a University of California Master Gardener in 1992, Nancy works on projects involving habitat restoration, school and community gardens and the promotion of non-toxic gardening alternatives. Ms. Flemings diverse interests include hiking, reading, garden design, continuing education programs and travel. In preparation for a vacation in Italy, Nancy began studying Italian language, history and culture. She has currently completed six college semesters and has participated in home-stay language immersion courses in Sienna and Venice, Italy.

Nancy has been married to radio and television personality, Jim Lange (The Dating Game) since 1978 and has two adult children from a previous marriage who share her passion for lifetime education.

Nancy was involved with the 2004 Howard Dean for President campaign in Marin County, California.

She won the talent portion of Miss America by giving a fashion show of the clothes she designed.

Source: Chantay Nieber, PHQ and MM of Bethel 96, Tujunga, California

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Judy Garland

Actress, Singer & Jobie

“But Ol’ Man River, he jes’ keepin rollin’ along” was a line in one of the many songs that Judy Garland recorded. She was born in the Upper Mississippi River town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where the Judy Garland Museum takes up an entire floor of the old grade school. A block away is the site of the home where Garland spent the first five years of her life. That spot is now occupied by a multiplex cinema in the town’s only shopping center. Garland’s father operated the only movie theater in Grand Rapids until he moved the family to California in 1927. Garland made her stage debut at that Grand Rapids theater with her two older sisters. In 1934, the Gumm Sisters performed in Chicago during the World’s Fair there. That is where Frances Gumm was advised to change her name to Judy Garland. Her voice got her into film acting when she was 13 and kept her in demand for stage and television performances after her film career was over. The Judy Garland in the later movies was much slimmer than the teenager who co-starred with Mickey Rooney and who played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939). The final display in The Judy Garland Museum blames the pills she started taking in the 1940s to achieve the streamlined figure Hollywood wanted her to have for her early death.

Although it states she was a member of the Order, no Bethel is listed on her biography.

Source: www.imdb.com

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Mary Ellen Gilbert

Navy Wave & PHQ Bethel 13, Washington

Mary Ellen Gilbert was not an Actress or Senator, or Beauty Queen.
She was a Navy Wave during WWII, something to be more proud of than any of those other titles. From Feburary of 1943 to December 1945 she was a Navy Wave Yoeman stationed at the Bureau of Naval Personal in Washington, DC. One of her many duties was to see that a billfold, wristwatch or other personal items from a sailor who had been on a ship that was sunk made their way back to the sailors family. Tracking down these families had to be done secretly so the newspapers didn’t find out about ships sinking. She knew about the loss of a ship before the public or newspapers but had to keep it a secret.

Mary Ellen was born in Colville, WA. and grew up there helping her father on his farm, graduating from High School there in 1940. Her father was a veteran and was very proud of her when she decided to enlist.

She was the first HQ from Bethel 13, WA.

Source: Chantay Nieber, PHQ and MM of Bethel 96, Tujunga, California

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Christie Hageman

Miss Montana 2007 & PHQ Bethel 3, Billings, Mont.

Christie Hageman graduated from Billings Senior High School and San Jose State University – Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.

She is now attending the University of Texas at Austin studying for a Master’s of Music in Opera Performance
She was active at First Immanuel Church, San Jose, CA. during those 4 years at San Jose State, singing solos during worship services and giving several concerts in their sanctuary. Her talent in the Miss Montana contest was a jazz rendition of the song “Route 66.”

Source: Job’s Daughters International

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Jenilee Harrison

TV Actress & Jobie from Bethel 76, San Fernando, Calif.

Jenilee Harrison is probably still best known for being on the TV show “Three’s Company” as Cindy Snow, the little sister of Chrissy Snow, who was played by Suzanne Somers. She was written into the show 1980 when the salary demands of Suzanne Somers were responsible for her part being reduced and eventually got her written out of the show. The next season the Cindy Snow character was sent off to UCLA and replaced by Priscilla Barnes as Terri Alden. She still made appearances on the show but not every episode.

Jenilee was Miss San Fernando Valley and was also a Miss Young America. She was a Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader from 1978-1980. She also starred in “Dallas”, a TV show, from 1984-1987 when her character was killed off. She received a Soap Opera Digest nomination for Best New Actress for “Dallas”. She also did several episodes of “Fantasy Island”. Today she can be seen on infomercials on TV.

Jenilee attended USC where she graduated with a BS in Education.

Source: Chantay Nieber, PHQ and MM of Bethel 96, Tujunga, California

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Josephine E. (Hix) Ladnier

Army Captain & PHQ Bethel 13, Belle Fourche, SD

Captain Josephine E. Ladnier was born in Pierre, SD in June 1981 and graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1999. She enlisted in the Army as a Food Service Specialist while still in High School. While enlisted she applied and was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. She graduated the USMA Preparatory School at Fort Monmouth in May 2002, Airborne School in 1999, Air Assault School, and USMA at West Point in May of 2006 with a Bachelors in Science of Environmental Engineering. She received her commission on 27 May 2006 in the Regular Army as Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps.

Her assignments include: Food Service Specialist, 307th Forward Support Battalion, DISCOM, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Platoon Leader, 501st Military Police Company, 1st Armor Division, Weisbaden, Germany; Battalion Logistics Officers 503th Airborne Division; Commander of the 21st Military Police Company (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC. Her contingency operations include: OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 07-08 (Platoon Leader, 501st Military Police Company, 1st Armor Division) and currently deployed to Afghanistan.

Her awards and decoration include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (1), the Army Achievement Medal (2), the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (1), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (2), the Air Assault Badge, Danish Parachutist Badge, and the Army Senior Parachutist Badge.

Josephine is a PHQ and MM to Bethel #13. She continued to give back to Bethel 13 with holiday gift baskets, finical support, and gifts to H.I.K.E while she was far away from home. She wanted to give back to her sisters that are now lifelong friends. Her time in Job’s Daughters allowed her to develop leadership skills that set her apart from other soldiers.

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Heather Moore

Reporter & PHQ Bethel 2, Raleigh, N.C.

Heather Moore is known to the citizens of Raleigh, NC. as the field reporter for News14 Carolina but as Heather Mallard she was known to hundreds of Job’s Daughters and DeMolays throughout North and South Carolina for many years.

Heather’s JD credentials

  • Four-time PHQ Bethel #2 Raleigh, NC
  • Miss Carolinas Job’s Daughters 1996-1997
  • Jurisdictional Senior Princess of the Carolinas 1996-1997
  • NC DeMolay State Sweetheart 1997
  • Order of Eastern Star, Millbrook Chapter #293, Raleigh, NC 1998 – present

Heather got her start in television on ADTV at Athens Drive High School. In addition to ADTV, Heather was a member of the Varsity Softball Team and the Step Team.

After high school, Heather attended North Carolina State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in mass communication and a minor in psychology. In college, Heather worked as a student supervisor and sports official for Intramural and Recreational Sports. She also volunteered with the NCSU Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Heather’s first full-time job was with WARZ-TV35 in Smithfield, NC, where she worked three years as the News Director/News Anchor. Heather also produced local high school football games.

She enjoys watching and playing sports, especially football. She rarely misses an opportunity to cheer on the NC State Wolfpack or the Carolina Panthers. Heather’s hobbies include dancing, deep sea fishing, reading, and experiencing new things. The love of Heather’s life is her five-foot iguana, Iggy.

Heather wrote, “My time in Job’s Daughters was such a big part of my life growing up and a big part of who I am now. …[M]y name back then was Heather Mallard. Everyone from Jobies and DeMolay would know me as Heather Mallard, but everyone now knows me as Heather Moore from TV.”

Source: Chantay Nieber, PHQ and MM of Bethel 96, Tujunga, California

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Jean Rabe

Author & PHQ Bethel 52, Ottawa, Ill.

Do you like fantasy stories? Love going to Renaissance Fairs, Science fiction? Have you read any of the Dragonlance Dhamon Sagas? Have you read Red Magic, Secret of the Djinn or Night of the Tiger? Then you are enjoying books written by PHQ Jean Rabe. Jean is a former TSR author, game designer of way too many role-playing modules to list, and former director of the Role-Playing Game Association (RPGA).

Jean says; “I actually started writing in grade school, and I remember telling a second grade teacher that I was going to write books for a living. I’d enter every writing contest I saw posted, and I managed to win a few prizes — trophies, a desk lamp, but nothing really major. When I was in Job’s Daughters I would enter every Grand Bethel and Supreme writing competition I could. I won once for a story about an elderly woman I had befriended while visiting the Eastern Star Home in Illinois and again for a piece on patriotism. I was published while still in High School; an article about comic book collecting. I attended Northern Illinois University, where I was studying journalism, and geology and was a reporter for the college paper. After graduating I was hired as an education reporter for the Herald-Whig in Quincy, IL. I moved to the Evansville Press in Indiana as a transportation, police and government reporter, covering air disasters, murders and the occasional school cafeteria worker who was caught embezzling money. All this time I was sending off stories, and collecting rejection slips. When an opening became available at TSR (the producers of Dungeons & Dragons), I applied for it. They hired me as coordinator for the Role-Playing Game Association Network. I still correspond with the woman who was the Bethel Guardian when I was in Job’s. And I have such very fond memories of the organization.”

Jean has written 20 novels, with more on the way. She has edited a half-dozen anthologies and written more than three dozen short stories.

She recently finished Andre Norton’s final novel “A Taste of Magic”, an incredible honor. (Andre Norton is considered the “Grand Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy,” author, poet, editor, whose published works span seven decades). Then Jean Rabe will write a true crime book with F. Lee Bailey, noted Criminal Attorney (calling back on her days as a crime reporter).

Now Jean lives in a pleasant subdivision in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She has a goldfish pond in the backyard, a couple of cherry trees in the front yard (she misses the small orchard they had in the sticks), and two dogs that wrap themselves around her feet while she writes.

TOR Books by Jean Rabe:

  • The Finest Creation
  • The Finest Choice
  • Return to Quag Keep
  • The Finest Challenge
  • A Taste of Magic

Wizards of the Coast novels by Jean Rabe:

  • Redemption
  • Betrayal
  • Downfall
  • The Dawning of a New Age
  • Day of the Tempest
  • The Eve of the Maelstrom
  • The Lake of Death
  • The Silver Stair
  • Maquesta Kar-Thon
  • Secret of the Djinn
  • Night of the Tiger
  • Red Magic

Source: Chantay Nieber, PHQ and MM of Bethel 96, Tujunga, California

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Debbie Reynolds

Actress, Dancer & PHQ Bethel 97, Burbank, Calif.

Debbie Reynolds wasn’t a dancer until she was selected to be Gene Kelly’s partner in Singin’ in the Rain (1952). Not yet twenty, she was a quick study. Twelve years later, it seemed like she had been around forever. She was only 31 when she gave an Academy Award nominated performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). She survived losing first husband Eddie Fisher to Elizabeth Taylor following the tragic death of Michael Todd. Her second husband, shoe magnate Harry Karl, gambled away his fortune as well as hers. With her children as well as Karl’s, she had to keep working and turned to the stage. She had her own casino in Las Vegas with a home for her collection of Hollywood memorabilia until it’s closure in 1997. She took the time to personally write a long letter that is on display in the Judy Garland museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and to provide that museum with replicas of Garland’s costumes. The originals are in her newly-opened museum in Hollywood.

Source: www.imdb.com

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Aimee Teegarden

Actress & PHQ Bethel 244, Downey, Calif.

Aimee Richelle Teegarden was born on October 10, 1989. She was raised in Downey California, a suburb of Los Angeles, and lived in a regular home with a mother, father, brother, and many pets. At a young age, Aimee knew that acting was her true passion. Around the age of five, Aimee asked her parents if she could start acting. However, initially, they didn’t agree, but helped put her into sports. So for about six years, Aimee has been playing sports, mostly baseball and basketball, which she loves!

At the age of ten, Aimee was contacted by an acting class, and again asked her parents to sign her up! They agreed, and enrolled her into a few acting classes. Not long afterwards, Aimee’s dream of acting was realized, when she got an agent and started going to auditions!

Since then, Aimee modeled for campaigns including Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Alltel, and the national print campaign for Hollister. She has made several television appearances including, “Cold Case,” “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” and Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana.” She will also appear in the feature film, “For Sale by Owner.”

Acting is not her only hobby! She loves many types of sports, including basketball, baseball, soccer, football, lacrosse, snowboarding, wake boarding, rock climbing, bowling, and most of all, surfing! She is also very active in the community. When she is back at home in Downey, she is actively involved in the Jobs Daughter’s Downey Bethel. Aimee is also a past Sweetheart of Walt Disney Chapter Order of DeMolay. She also loves to spend time with the love of her life, her adorable canine companion named Gizmo.

Source: Aimee Teegarden Online