If you are visiting our website for the first time, we welcome you. Pennsylvania hopes that through this website you will gain knowledge and interest in the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons.
The Pennsylvania Branch has been around over 100 years and on this site you will learn about the History of the Pennsylvania Branch and what we have done, are doing and what we plan for our future. Our international website is iokds.org. Our organization is a non-denominational Christian service organization, one of the oldest Christian service organizations in the world and whose objectives are “The development of Spiritual Life and Stimulation of Christian Activity.”
We aid others through various scholarship programs and departments. The Pennsylvania Branch is currently made up of eight circles. Each circle is encouraged to participate in local projects in addition to the Branch and International projects. I encourage you to browse our website and learn more about the PA Branch of IOKDS.
Pennsylvania Branch President
The Pennsylvania Branch of the King’s Daughters and Sons is an interdenominational Christian service organization of men and women. We are dedicated to service in Christ’s name. Our focus is threefold: religious, educational, and philanthropic.
The motto reflects our belief that to look upward is to trust, to look forward is to hope, to look outward is to feel the pain of others, and to lend a hand is love in action. Our purpose is taken from Mark 10:45, “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister.”
Our insignia is the silver Maltese cross engraved with the letters “IHN.” The eight points of the cross represent Christ’s eight Beatitudes: the poor in spirit, they who mourn, they who are persecuted, the meek, the peacemakers, they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the pure in heart and the merciful (Matthew 5: 3-10). The engraved letters ‘IHN” remind us to do all good works “In His Name.” A silver Maltese Cross pin is the sign of membership in the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons.
Membership in the King’s Daughters and sons is open to any person whose purpose and aims are in accord with its mission and who holds herself or himself accountable to the King, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.JOIN TODAY
Our members meet in small groups called Circles. Circles may also be organized into larger groups called branches. Currently there are circles in the United States and Canada. If there is not a Circle in your area, you may join as a member-at-large or start a new Circle with three or more members.
Each local group decides upon its own service projects; not locking itself into one area of service as many other organizations do. In the past, some projects have been: filling backpacks with school supplies for Haiti, knitting hats for cancer patients and for deployed military personnel, preparing meals for the homeless, growing vegetables for our assisted living home, and filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Circles have donated books for the Cops for Kids Literacy Program and donated money to the Heifer Project. Financial support for our projects is raised through fund-raising events such as mint making, hoagie sales, and a hot dog wagon. If your group has a particular interest or passion, you may focus your efforts in that area.
In addition to Circle projects, the PA Branch has its own endorsed missions. Our major projects are our assisted living home in Bethlehem and awarding scholarships to students pursuing higher education in the areas of health, education, or the ministry. The PA Branch also participates in the International projects.
Below are the listing of all the Circles located in Pennsylvania. If you would like to become a member or start your own circle, please visit the membership page.
Circles located in the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Area.
Meets - Second Tuesday Afternoon
Judith Young, President
Meets - Second Tuesday of the Month
Mary Jane Mackenzie, President
Circles located in the Easton, Pennsylvania Area.
Meets – Fourth Monday – For Lunch
Nancy Crouse, President
Circles located in the Emmaus, Pennsylvania Area.
Meets – First Wednesday of each month
Except, July and August @ 1:30 p.m.
Lois Haberstuympf, President
Circles located in the Indiana, Pennsylvania Area.
Meets – varies
Janet Laude, President
Circles located in the Nazareth, Pennsylvania Area.
Meets - 10 a.m. – Second Saturday
Elaine Siegfried, President
Circles located in the Pottsville, Pennsylvania Area.
Meets – March, May, Sept – Nov – Tuesday @ 10 a.m.
Linda Humphrey, President
Circles located in the Reading, Pennsylvania Area.
Meets – Quarterly on Sundays at noon
Lynda Scholl, President