John Denning: Benevolences of Fraternalism

Courtesy of Kaplan University

Fraternalism and Children

Perhaps in no single field of endeavor does Fraternalism play a greater part than in its work with children. The problems of properly training children are critical; child delinquency is widespread. Every institution that can help to solve such problems in these perilous days is greatly needed.

Through the local units of the Junior Departments of the societies, children are influenced by the principles of Fraternalism during their formative years. The local lodges sponsor activities for children; they are taught how to play, along with the fundamentals of right living. Fraternalism teaches sound morals. In lodge meetings children are taught by precept and by the examples of earnest and upright men and women.

The lodges also develop qualities of leadership in children. They are given positions of responsibility in the lodge and take part in its functions. They learn to speak in public and to work with their peers on worthy and worthwhile projects. Thus they receive good citizenship training and are fitted to take an active part in community work. Through their work in lodges, children learn to understand and to appreciate the value of benevolences. They see these services in action and know their effect upon the home.

Juvenile insurance teaches children the lessons of thrift and savings. As their lives are insured in the society, children can realize the meaning of the basic purposes of life insurance. They learn how life insurance creates estates, because they are building their own life insurance estates. In the lodges they see actual examples of how life insurance protects the home. And because they are given this understanding of life insurance early and because they see the practical example of its beneficiaries, they look with favor on it and become insurance minded. They are taught the sanctity of the home and the place that life insurance has in preserving it.

As the future of the nation rests upon the children of today, so the home life of the future will depend on the character that is developed now in the minds and hearts of our children. The

American Home Must Live

Times change, but worthwhile ideals do not. Home life changes; new comforts and luxuries of living are added and the old and cumbersome methods of the past are no more. But the need for proper home life does not disappear because of a raised standard of living. The home still occupies the most important place in our existence, and the love of home does not change. Our lives still center around our homes and our loved ones.

In recent times, in many ways, home life in America has been threatened and therein lies the responsibility of Fraternalism. By serving its nation, Fraternalism serves humanity.