Volume LVIIAugust 2010Number 3

Job's Daughters Scholarship Pageant

Front row, left-right: Leah Reidel, Miss Congeniality of Pennsylvania, 2010-2011; Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W.P.G.M.; and Cecile Madonna, Miss Job's Daughter of Pennsylvania, 2010-2011 Back row, left-right: District Deputy Grand Masters Noble P. Johnson, District 60; Larry A. Derr, District 1; S. Eugene Herritt, District 3; Gregory L. Latchford, District 19; and Teddy D. Sizemore, District 42.

On April 10, the 40th Annual Miss Job's Daughters Scholarship Pageant was held in the Brossman Ballroom of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. The Pennsylvania Job's Daughters were honored to have Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Past Grand Master, serve as the emcee for this event and several District Deputy Grand Masters serve as escorts for the contestants. This year, 18 contestants from across the state competed for the title of Miss Job's Daughter of Pennsylvania. Miss Cecile Madonna from Bethel #15, Elizabethtown, was crowned Miss Job's Daughter and Miss Leah Riedel from Bethel #14, Quarryville, was selected as Miss Congeniality.

This event also serves as a way to raise money for the Grand Guardian Council Scholarship Fund. This year, the pageant set a record by raising more than $18,000 for scholarships through donations to the scholarship pageant, contestant sponsorships and ticket sales. Twelve scholarships were given out at the Job's Daughters' Annual Grand Session in June to members and majority members of Job's Daughters who are furthering their education.

The pageant is also used as a tool to teach members of Job's Daughters life skills. Each contestant is judged on a speech presentation, a personal interview, knowledge of Job's Daughters, and dining and social etiquette. Many former pageant contestants have said how much the pageant experience helped them with job and college interviews, and how it gave them an "edge" among their peers.

Rainbow Assemblies Work for Many Charities

Rainbow Girls at the Walk for MDA
SERVICE is a very important lesson for all Rainbow Girls. Each local Assembly plans at least one service (charity) activity each month. These events range from sending the Sunshine Collection to a favorite project, to organizing a fund raiser for a cause, to "girl-hours" volunteering many, many hours and everything in between. Many times we are the helping hands. Rainbow is alive and growing in Pennsylvania!

Each year, the Grand Worthy Advisor selects a charity project to support. This past year, Danielle Dunmire chose The Starlight Children's Foundation. Starlight works with terminally ill children and their families to provide entertainment opportunities before, during and after treatments. The main source of money raised for this charity is through the sale of a state pin. The pin sold this past year was a star burst tac pin. Over $3,000 was presented to the Foundation at the Annual Grand Assembly meeting in July.

If you have charity projects, consider asking Rainbow Girls to help. They are willing and able (with young backs and knees) and LOVE being asked to be of service to the Masonic fraternity. If you need assistance in contacting a local Assembly, please go to our Web site, www.PARainbowgirls.org, or contact Mrs. Helen Snedden, Supreme Deputy, via email, or (412) 953-9455.

DeMolay Food Drive

Pilgrim DeMolay Chapter of Harrisburg worked with the members of Perseverance Lodge No. 21, Harrisburg, during the month of March to collect food for the Central PA Food Bank in Harrisburg. This project was initiated by Matt Skinner, Master Councilor for Pilgrim Chapter, when developing his plans for "DeMolay Month" activities. Collection barrels were placed in the Harrisburg Consistory and in the West Shore Lodge buildings. By working with the local lodges, the young men were able to help their community and meet the Grand Master's objectives, while at the same time, supporting DeMolay public service initiatives.

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