Frequently Asked Questions
How much time does this take?
Girls have two stated meetings a month, the second and fourth Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30pm, though we ask girls to arrive to set up at 7:00pm and meetings do sometimes run over. Pledge and Sparkle meet on the same days from 6:30-7:15pm. Aside from these, girls receive a calendar telling them every event on the schedule. Very few events are mandatory, but we encourage girls to go to as many events as they are able to attend! Everything we do is fun, and it's not the same without all of our girls present. However, a girl can choose her level of involvement. She could just attend the meetings, or add local events or occasional weekends, or she could spend many weekends traveling around the state. The decision is up to her and her family.
Will Rainbow interfere with my schoolwork, family time, or other obligations?
No! School and family come first. We understand that girls have full lives; our own girls are involved in ROTC, show choir, sports, college, dance, church, and more. However, balancing these activities, Rainbow, and school teaches time management and good study skills!
Do you have a dress code?
Yes we do. Rainbow teaches girls that it is important to dress appropriately for the occasion, and with a dress code, girls are less focused on what they're wearing and more focused on who they are. The Rainbow Dress Code for Virginia can be found here.
Do you need to have Masonic family members to join?
No! Rainbow is open to ALL girls, regardless of Masonic affiliation.
Since this is a Masonic-affiliated group, are you a secret organization?
No. Like a sorority, our meetings are only open to members. However, parents, grandparents, and guardians of Rainbow Girls are welcome and encouraged to attend any event, including meetings and her initiation into Rainbow. Nothing a girl does in Rainbow is "secret" from her parents or guardians. They can even join the adult Advisory Board! We are an organization that instills morals and values in young women, and you can be assured that nothing at a Rainbow event will ever be contrary to a girl's morals.
What sort of involvement is needed of the parents?
As much as they are willing! Of course, we would love the parents and guardians of our girls to be as involved as possible. The girls feel more supported, and tend to be more active if they have the support of their parents. We always need help hosting events, preparing food, driving girls, and chaperoning! However, we understand that families are busy with multiple children, work, evening classes, etc. But we never want daughters to stay home because parents or guardians can't make an event. Our other Rainbow adults will be happy to support the girl at Rainbow functions, and there's always carpooling! We also began a local organization called the RAT PAC- Richmond Assembly Ten Parents and Adults Club. This is a group for the parents and adult workers with the Assembly, where they can meet in a social setting without their wonderful Rainbow Girls!
Will there be chaperones at every event?
Absolutely. We always have chaperones: parents, guardians, grandparents, Advisory Board members, etc. That is a strict policy to which we adhere. All official chaperones have to go through a background check and adult worker vetting process.
How much does it cost?
There is a one-time application fee of $20, and then annual dues are $25. There may come other expenses along the way- dresses, registration for Grand Assembly (our annual conference), gas money, etc- but we try to cut down on those costs as much as possible through fundraising. Since we also wear formals often, we have a dress closet where girls donate formals they no longer wear and others can take them to use.