Official Site of the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund, Inc.

Every child deserves the chance to hear and we are here to help! It is our joy to provide hearing devices for children with hearing losses between the 10523220_987004077994726_4790729310629123485_oages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. Our application provides additional information and details. We look forward to serving you.

Because of generous donations totaling more than $5 MILLION dollars since 1985, we have given over 2,500 children a grant to support their needs for hearing. The HIKE Fund, Inc. was created by Emma Tedrick and Charles Terrill as the philanthropic project of Job’s Daughters International, a girls leadership organization, to give the members a specific and unique charity to which they were able to devote their energies.


HIKE Coordinator’s Meeting at Supreme Session

Tuesday, July 26 – The HIKE Board will host a State Coordinator’s meeting at the Amway Grand Plaza at 1:30 PM in the Ottawa Room. Topics to be discussed include growing excitement for HIKE, planning a fundraising event, and organizing a HIKE presentation. Representatives from all jurisdictions are invited to attend, if your coordinator is not able.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work card with colorful background

HIKE Heads to Supreme Session

The HIKE Fund, Inc. will be onsite and ready for action at this year’s 2016 Supreme Session of Job’s Daughters International. We are ready to meet with coordinators from across the nation and to dance it up on Tuesday night! This year is HIKE’s 32nd year!

Don’t miss out on cool new apparel and other goodies at the HIKE Sales tableamway grand plaza lobby



  • Monday, July 25, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Board Meeting
    1:30 p.m. Coordinators Meeting
    7:00 p.m. HIKE Event

Locations for meetings and event will be listed in the Session booklet. Thank you for supporting the HIKE Fund!

These SOCKS Were Made for Walking – HIKE Fundraiser


Let your feet do the talking!

HIKE is selling limited-edition socks between April 18–May 1. The proceeds will help us reach our goal of raising $500 by Supreme Session 2016.

Order Online Today!

You can help us achieve this milestone by:

–Sharing this post on your bethel, jurisidictional, or personal facebook pages.

–Talking about the fundraiser during your next Bethel or other Masonic meeting.

–Offering a pair of socks to the next Job’s Daughter who passes her proficiency or signs a petition.

–Buying socks for your officers, installation team, or Jobie friends.

Order Online Today!

For more information, please contact Tiffany by email.






Mid-Year Board Meeting Highlights

Our time in St. Louis concluded yesterday after a long yet accomplished day. Each Board member reported in their respective areas of leadership, and discussions about sustainability and longevity were had. Board_of_Directors_Table

Meeting highlights included:

  • Grant applications are open again! After a temporary pause to re-evaluate funding and impact, the Board decided unanimously that we are able to award another 15 grants through Supreme Session in July 2016.
  • The T&T HIKE Scholarship for $1,000 is open to any daughter or majority member of Job’s Daughters International studying Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, or Deaf Education. Applications are available on the JDI website under Scholarships.
  • The Board has openings for 4 new members. If you or someone you know would be a good fit to help The HIKE Fund, go online to submit your application. Deadline is May 1,2016. (If you’d like to download an application form to mail to Board President, Donna Goede, click here.)
  • Quarterly information about donations received and awards granted will be posted online so that states can see how they are doing. Job’s Daughters who are raising top dollars will also be featured quarterly.
  • New and trendy HIKE apparel will be available at Supreme Session and the Bracelet Bar will be available again to stock up on HIKE charms from past years.
  • This year, we enter into our 32nd year of The HIKE Fund, Inc. and the HIKE Challenge will be for every daughter to raise $32 for HIKE. If we can reach this goal, it will bring us close to $157,000!! This amount would allow HIKE to award up to 40 grants in the next year. Start working on your fundraising ideas now.
  • Supreme Session will feature a few HIKE events and we hope you’ll put them on your agenda to attend!
  • We’re also looking for guest bloggers to share their HIKE stories or what HIKE means to them. This could also include promotion of your upcoming HIKE events and fundraising activities. We want to promote all the great work you’re doing to support HIKE’s vision – “That every child may hear…”

More information to come in the following months leading up to Supreme Session, July 24 – 30, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

T&T HIKE Scholarship


The T&T HIKE Scholarship of $1,000.00 is awarded to a Majority Member of Job’s Daughter using the same qualifications of the Supreme Guardian Council Scholarship listed below, with the additional requirement:

  • A Majority Member entering her junior year of College or higher in Audiology, Speech Pathology or Deaf Education.

Scholarships are available to aid Job’s Daughters of outstanding ability who have a sincere desire to further their education. High school seniors or graduates, junior college, technical or vocational students or college students and those in early graduation programs who are Job’s Daughters in good standing in their Bethels may apply for their scholarships.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2016


  1. Members of Job’s Daughters and Majority Members pursuant to the law, to qualify for the scholarships shall make an application on the regular application forms to the Chairman of the Educational Committee.
  2. The Executive Members of the Bethel Guardian Council of the applicant’s Bethel should use discretion in recommending Bethel members on Form EDS#4.
  3. Applicants shall be finally judged by the committee and the Scholarship Committee and all applicants will be notified before Supreme Session. The factors to be evaluated in awarding the scholarships shall be:
  4. Scholarship Standing
  5. Job’s Daughters Activities
  6. Executive Bethel Guardian Council Recommendations
  7. School (faculty) Recommendation
  8. Achievements outside of Job’s Daughters

Please note: Deadline for clearly postmarked application with required enclosures is April 30, 2016.

HIKE Tour of Walker Scottish Rite Clinic

Mr. Earl Walker
Mr. Earl Walker

Scottish Rite clinics across the U.S. provide free care to help children with speech and language disorders to learn the communication skills necessary to succeed in school and throughout their lives. Walker Scottish Rite Clinic in St. Louis, MO at Maryville University is a new facility started with a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Earl E. Walker. Maryville University started new degrees in communication disorders and speech-language pathology and students are able to secure observation hours and supervised therapy hours.

Lobby of Walker Scottish Rite Clinic
Lobby of Walker Scottish Rite Clinic

Children and their families incur no cost for individualized services and support provided at the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic. They offer bilingual services for native Spanish language homes, and provide screenings in schools and head start programs within a 60-mile radius of the clinic. There is special support provided by area Job’s Daughters’ Bethels, Order to the Eastern Star Chapters, and other Masonic organizations to hold book drives for the lending library. Children receive new books as they progress in treatment to reinforce communication at home.

Large Gross Motor Therapy Room
Large Gross Motor Therapy Room

Sheri Mistretta, Executive Director, noted that there are 200 children in active therapy and serve around 700 per year. She anticipates once the graduate degree begins, there will be greater capacity to serve more children and their families. Sheri expressed her gratitude to The HIKE Fund for awarding grants to several children who have participated in her clinic.

The HIKE Fund Mid-Year Board Meeting Kicks Off Tomorrow

The agenda is full and Board members from around the U.S. will make their way to St. Louis, MO. Under the coordination and facilitation of President, Donna Goede, the Board will discuss many aspects of The HIKE Fund’s activities and financial sustainability as to ensure our philanthropic impact to children and youth needing hearing aids and other assistive hearing devices. 

In addition to the meeting, Board members will get to tour the new Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University and have discussion with Sherry Mistretta, Executive Director. 

The Board welcomes your thoughts and suggestions on improving our reach and aim. Please leave a comment below and stay tuned for more information as the meeting gets underway.