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A Way of Life

 

Let Rainbow Be a Part of Your Life

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Education and Rainbow

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Family Values and Rainbow

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We're Family Oriented

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Religion and Rainbow

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Service…that's What Rainbow Is All About

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Rainbow is Fun

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Leadership & Friendship

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Grand Assembly

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Rainbow Camp

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The Teachings of Rainbow

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History

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Who May Become A Member?

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Can Parents Help?

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Let Rainbow Be A Part of Your Life

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Rainbow Returns To Owens Valley

Education and Rainbow

As decorations were being taken down from a successful sorority/ fraternity talent contest at Chico State University, a worker asked the Chairman where she learned to organize and complete an event such as this.  She answered:

“During my junior high and high school years I was an active member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and I learned it all there.”

This is a true conversation.  After graduating from Chico, the Chairman continued her education at Mills College on a full scholarship.

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a golden opportunity for young girls between the ages of 11 and 20 to develop self- confidence, self-respect, self-control and leadership skills.  At the same time the girls enjoy lasting friendships, develop public speaking skills and have wholesome fun.

Many members are active in school government, school sports, dance, and other community activities.  They are encouraged to form a new interest in their church and school.  They ably manage their time to participate and enjoy all aspects of teen-age life.

The girls eagerly volunteer their talents in chairing any activity or committee in their Assembly.  They learn to plan and complete various projects while working with girls their own age, resulting in a successful conclusion.

Service...The primary function of a Rainbow Girl is to serve others. 

Giving unselfishly of one’s self to assist another in need can be one of life's most rewarding experiences.  In the past ten years, California Rainbow Girls have donated over $950,000 to worthwhile, non-profit ventures such as Cystic Fibrosis, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Melanoma Foundation, and research for Multiple Sclerosis.  Local Assemblies might select:

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Raking leaves for elderly neighbors.

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Visiting with residents of convalescent hospitals.

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Stuffing envelopes for local charities.

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Making stuffed animals for children in hospitals.

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Helping at Special Olympics competitions.

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Answering children’s letters to Santa.

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Giving of time and/or money to Humane Society.

Each Assembly is self-supporting.  The girls plan various fundraising projects to meet their Assembly’s operating expenses.  A goal is set and all members are asked to participate and help.

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Some successful projects are:

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Car Washes

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Box Socials

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Christmas Gift Wrap Booths

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Rummage or Garage Sales

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Candy/Lollipop Sales

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Craft Boutiques

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Food or Craft Fair Booths

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Pancake Breakfasts

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Slave For A Day (house or yard work, etc.)

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Luncheon/Dessert Fashion Shows

The members enjoy being with each other and participating in Service and Fund Raising events.  It is human nature to have fun just having fun.  Fun events within Assemblies could be:

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Slumber Parties

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Kidnap Breakfasts

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Scavenger Hunts

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Skating Parties

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Snow Trips

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Camping

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Visiting Nature’s Wonders

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Attending Musicals & Plays

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Bike Rides & Picnics

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Pizza/Ice Cream Parties

The activities listed are just samples of what Rainbow Girls do.  Each Assembly’s events are planned by the members for the enjoyment of all.  Imagination and ingenuity are limitless in a Rainbow Assembly.

California Rainbow offers scholarships to its qualifying members.  Membership entitles many girls to financial assistance toward their education from many branches of the Masonic Bodies.

Family Values and Rainbow

All parents want a “better life” for their children.  Family values and a better life have been important principles and teachings of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls since its inception in 1922.  To honor our parents, to obey the laws of our government, to worship in our chosen religion, to be true and loyal to our family and friends, to be the very best we can be, and to not let small obstacles stand in our path are all attributes Rainbow teaches and encourages in its members.

The Order is structured around two basic principles: Love and Service

Love of:

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A Supreme Being

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Parents

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Country

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One’s Self

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Community

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Non-profit Organizations

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Less Fortunate

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Each Other

The rewards a girl will gain are:

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Self Confidence

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Self Respect

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Effective Leadership Skills

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Achievement of High Goals

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Eligibility to Many Scholarship Programs

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Association with Peers Having the Same High Standards

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Public Speaking

Each Assembly has four basic categories of activities:

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State Service Project

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Local Charity Projects

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Money Making Projects

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Fun Projects

The organizational and financial responsibilities for a successful Assembly rests on the officers and members, with guidance from adult advisors.  All Assembly announced activities are chaperoned by advisors and/or parents.  Bi-monthly meetings are usually held at the local Masonic Center.  Any member may accept chairmanship for any event or committee; learning to plan, organize, execute and work with peers to a successful conclusion.  Parents are most cordially encouraged and invited to participate.

We're Family Oriented

There are many activities for parents and families to participate in together.  Many Rainbow parents feel their participation has provided an opportunity to establish a unique relationship with their daughter and her Rainbow friends.

The peace of mind enjoyed by parents and guardians, knowing their teen-age girl is participating in wholesome and worthwhile activities, chaperoned by interested adults, is priceless.  It is comforting to know she is associating with girls who have the same high standards and morals.

Religion and Rainbow

“And the bow shall be in the       cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the Earth.”

Is there a more beautiful sight after a storm, when clouds part and there appears a profusion of color – a rainbow?

The order is non-sectarian, requiring only a belief in a Supreme Being.  It has no connection with any other groups using “rainbow” in their name or logo.

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is not a religion, cult, or secret order.

The Order is a non-profit, character-building, service organization.  It is open to all girls, regardless of their religious belief.  The teachings are nonsectarian, based on Love, Religion, Nature, Immortality, Fidelity, Patriotism and Service.  Each of these are represented by a color of the Rainbow; therefore, seven colors represent the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, not six used by others.

Love and service are a way of life for Rainbow Girls. 

The high principles, standards, and morals of the Order have been consistent throughout the 75 years of its existence.  This results in young ladies having poise, grace, speaking abilities, and character far above their peers.  The teachings of Faith in God and themselves, Hope for the future, and Charity to the less fortunate will continue to have a place in their adult lives.

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls offers a golden opportunity for teen-age girls to gain self-confidence, self-respect, and leadership skills while practicing reverence, patriotism, love and service.

Service…that's What Rainbow Is All About

Let Each of Us Contribute So That All of God's Children May Survive

Rainbow Girls dedicate their time to service.  The primary goal of a Rainbow Girl is to serve others and humanity.  Giving unselfishly of one’s self to assist another in need can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life.

Rainbow provides an opportunity for its members to build a strong base from which to launch their future and prepare for the responsibilities of adulthood through leadership and participation in local charity and community service projects.

Girls provide service in many ways.  Each Assembly plans a Service Project during the four-month term.    In addition, California has a state-wide, annual Service Project.

Each Assembly may choose to serve by selling candy, serving dinners, car washes, bake sales, rock or swim-a-thons – whatever their imaginations create.  They run so that others may walk, they swim so that someone else might hear; they wash cars so that others might have freedom from a wheelchair; they have bake sales so that a child may have the breath of life; they wash dishes so a child may go to camp.

Over $950,000 has been donated during the last ten years by California Rainbow Girls to various worthwhile causes such as Guide Dogs for the Blind, Airlifeline, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Melanoma Foundation, and research for Multiple Sclerosis.  Their reward for service is that indescribable feeling within one’s heart when they’ve made someone else happy in attaining their own goal.

Rainbow is Fun

Although the girls have fun at their service and fund raising activities, they also plan some events specifically for their entertainment –picnics, swim parties, talent shows, dances, skating parties, shopping trips, visitation to other Assemblies and trips to amusement parks are all a part of the Rainbow program.

Leadership & Friendship

The formal component of Rainbow is centered around bi-monthly meetings.  Under direction of the Worthy Advisor (a girl elected to serve as the assembly leader for a four-month period), the girls attend to business and perform memorized ceremonies, including opening, closing, and initiation.  The girls themselves are responsible for the financial management, correspondence, and organization of their Assembly, with guidance from adult advisors.  All Assembly activities are chaperoned by advisors or parents.

A complete corps of officers consists of 20 girls.  Members are encouraged to accept the responsibility of being an officer.  Any member may accept chairmanship of an event or committee, learning to organize and work with peers to a successful conclusion.

Grand Assembly

The annual state convention is “Grand Assembly.”  Any member of Rainbow may attend these sessions.  The Grand Officers exemplify all of the ceremonies in beautiful form.  The new Grand Officers who will serve for the following year are announced to the excitement of all present.

Competition is held in talent, ritual presentation, arts & crafts, and essay.  Many awards are presented throughout Grand Assembly sessions for outstanding Rainbow participation.

Rainbow Camp

Campsites are reserved in Northern, Central, and Southern California for a summer weekend retreat of fellowship and camping fun.  Early reservations through each Assembly are required for this popular activity.

The Teachings of Rainbow

Seven lessons taught to the girls at their initiation ceremony are represented by the colors of the Rainbow.  Short lectures are given on the subjects of Love, Religion, Nature, Immortality, Fidelity, Patriotism, and Service.  There are also teachings of Faith, Hope and Charity.  Taken together, the initiation lessons of Rainbow guide a young girl into a better way of life.

History

April 6, 1922 is the birth date of the Order.  The idea for the Organization was conceived in McAlester, Oklahoma by Rev. W. Mark Sexson who wrote the beautiful ceremonies.  Rev. Sexson was a minister of the First  Christian  Church,  besides  being a Master Mason and a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma.

Rev. Sexson wrote the ritual (ceremonies), providing beautiful words of truth based on Faith, Hope, and Charity for the opening, initiation, closing, and installation of officers ceremonies.  The officers of each Assembly recite from memory the opening, initiation and closing ceremonies at their bi-monthly meetings.  Once at the beginning of the term, installation is performed.  The Chaplain delivers a prayer during each of these ceremonies.

Each Rainbow Assembly is organized and governed by a uniform code of bylaws set forth by Supreme Assembly, headquartered in McAlester, Oklahoma.

Rainbow Assemblies are located in nearly every state and in many foreign countries.  Each state is a jurisdiction within itself under the leadership of Supreme Assembly.

California is the largest jurisdiction having nearly 200 assemblies with thousands of enthusiastic members working to serve others.

Who May Become A Member?

You are invited to join the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls if you are between the ages of 11 and 20.  You do not have to be a daughter of a Mason, Eastern Star or Amaranth to become a member.  A petition for membership may be obtained from any Rainbow Girl or Advisory Board Member.

Can Parents Help?

YES! Parents are most cordially invited to attend all meetings and events.  Some assemblies have active parents’ clubs which provide additional support for the girls and their projects.  Many Rainbow parents feel their participation has provided an opportunity to establish a unique relationship with their daughters and her Rainbow friends.

Let Rainbow Be A Part of Your Life

Becoming a Rainbow Girl can: change your life for the better! You will become a member of an international organization for girls who share your hopes and dreams.  Rainbow offers an interesting and complete program of wholesome activities in the best environment, developing poise and self-confidence.

Rainbow Returns To Owens Valley

Rainbow Girls is being re-initiated in Independence, California, the heart of the Owens Valley, by Inyo Lodge 211 F&A.M.

All young ladies in the Owens Valley, between the ages of 11 and 20, are invited to participate.

For further information, telephone Kirk Livermont at (760) 878-2401

This flyer was prepared by Inyo Lodge 221 F.&A.M., Independence, California.  The content is based upon flyers distributed by California Jurisdiction - International Order of Rainbow Girls.

 

 

 

 
 
 
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