Worthy Advisor's Term
Our Worthy Advisor this term
Theme: The Hero Within Us All
Mascot: Pietro the Polar Bear
Motto/Quote: "Good isn't a thing you are, it's a thing you do." -Kamala Khan
Colors: Light blue, royal purple and red
Symbols: Capes, shields and infinity stones
Honor Station: Hope, Service and Confidential Observer
Scripture: Ephesians 6:16
Charity: Connor's Heroes
Fundraisers: Easter pie pre-sales, bake sales, Jeans Night for Scholarship, Chipotle Night, Buffalo Wild Wings Night, Valentine's Candygrams
Service Projects: Pillowcase making for the Children's Hospital of Richmond, Lodge programs, making cards and collecting supplies for Connor's Heroes, assisting with the Peter Paul Easter Egg Hunt
Fun Events: Marvel Movie Marathon Night, a night at the drive-in theatre, ceramics painting, a trip to the Virginia Safari Park, sleepovers, attending a Swan Lake performance
What is Rainbow?
Rainbow was founded in 1922 by Rev. Mark W. Sexson, a Master Mason, in McAlester, Oklahoma for young women regardless of their relation to a Freemason. Since 1922, Rainbow has expanded across the United States and the globe, including assemblies in 46 states and 10 countries. A Rainbow Girl becomes a part of a vast network of active Rainbow Girls and adults, and she has lots of opportunities to meet those other girls through various events!
There are three categories of membership: Rainbow Girls, Rainbow Pledges and Rainbow Sparkles. Rainbow Girls range from ages 11-20 and participate in meetings every two weeks, as well as a wide variety of service, charity, closed (members and parents/guardians/grandparents only), and fun events. They take offices in the Assembly and act as leaders. Rainbow Girls also serve as mentors to our Pledges. Rainbow Pledges are between the ages of 6-10 and they meet once a month. These girls do crafts and have fun nights, and they also attend many of the events held by the Rainbow Girls. Their lessons are geared towards their age group, and prepare them to be Rainbow Girls when they turn eleven! Rainbow Sparkles are between the ages of 3-5 and meet at the same time as Pledge. Since they are young, they do engaging activities and projects, working on motor skills and teamwork while also learning age-appropriate Rainbow lessons. Many girls who come through the Sparkle and Pledge program grow up together through Pledge and then Rainbow, and leave Rainbow as adults at age 20 as lifelong friends.
There are seven colors of the Rainbow, and seven key virtues that a young woman should have in her life:
Red: Love Acting with love towards all people and things
Orange: Religion Devoting yourself to a religion that emphasizes love and forgiveness
Yellow: Nature Spending time appreciating the natural beauty of the Earth
Green: Immortality Understanding death as a part of life, believing in something beyond
Blue: Fidelity Staying loyal and true to all of the people and things in your life
Indigo: Patriotism Emphasizing citizenship and devotion to your country
Violet: Service Tying all of these values together under a banner of selfless service
The Worthy Advisor is like the president of her Assembly, and she chooses the theme of her term and the events that will be held. A term is held for 6 months. The vice president is called the Worthy Associate Advisor, and the positions leading up to Worthy Associate Advisor are representative of the utmost values a Rainbow Girl should exemplify: Sisters of Faith, Hope, and Charity. To learn more about our Worthy Advisor's term, read about it to the left! You can also hear from her on our Worthy Advisor's Blog!
Want to Know More?
To learn more about the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, visit gorainbow.org.
To find out more about Rainbow in Virginia, check out virginiarainbow.org.
Rainbow Girls compared to Girl Scouts and Job's Daughters
Many people are unclear as to the differences between Rainbow Girls, Girl Scouts, and the other Masonic youth organization for girls, Job's Daughters.
Though we are all organizations that instill positive values in young girls, there are some key differences between us. In Girl Scouts, girls are trained in various skills to earn badges that they wear with their uniform. For us, we learn Ritual (memorized lectures about the meanings of various things in Rainbow) and perform hours of service to earn pins and jewelry of all types that we can wear every day! While Girl Scouts spend a lot of time selling those delicious cookies, we enjoy raising money for charity, but a lot of our time is dedicated instead to service. Finally, Rainbow brings girls into adulthood, as girls do not reach alumni age until they are 20 (or in some special cases, 21), taking them into college with their Rainbow Sisters to support them!
Job's Daughters (or Jobies) is another popular Masonic youth organization for girls, and depending on where you are from, you may be more familiar with one of the two groups. One of the key differences between Rainbow and Jobies is that Rainbow is girl-led and girl-run, whereas Job's Daughters is led by adults. The Worthy Advisor of a Rainbow Assembly plans every detail of her term, from the charity of choice, her service projects, fundraisers, fun events, even down to the mascot of the term, and she runs the meetings! Adults only serve a supporting role in the girls' endeavors. Another difference is that our Worthy Advisors pick their own charities of interest to support during their term, while Job's Daughters has one overarching charity for which they raise funds. Job's Daughters fundraises for HIKE, an organization that works with hearing impaired children. Though HIKE is a very admirable and incredible charitable organization, in Rainbow a Worthy Advisor can choose any charity that is in line with her interests- some recent examples include the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the Shriners' Hospitals, the Central Virginia Food Bank, C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), the ROC Solid Foundation, and more! Since the Worthy Advisor in our Assembly changes every six months, we have new charities and focuses every six months, and we are able to spread our charity and service work to a multitude of groups and interests.