|Volume LIX||November 2012||Number 4|
Growing PA Rainbow - Together!
On July 22-25, in Grand Rapids, Mich., 19 delegates represented Pennsylvania (PA) Rainbow at the biannual Supreme Assembly "Bridge to the Future" Session. Diana Jolly, Junior Past Grand Worthy Advisor, served as a Supreme Page and also gave the tribute to the International Rainbow Flag. Our 10 Rainbow Girls participated in a team ritualistic competition. Kathryn Webster, Grand Worthy Associate Advisor, earned a third place trophy in the advanced individual category. Nikki Schafer, Grand Worthy Advisor, was the Installing Soloist for the Installation of Miss Mary Adeline Bradford, of Maryland Rainbow, as Supreme Worthy Advisor.
For the next two years, there will be a special emphasis on a combined Membership/Service incentive. Because PA Rainbow has been one of the leading jurisdictions in increasing membership, the chair of the committee is Mrs. Helen Snedden, Supreme Deputy for PA Rainbow.
This year's Supreme Assembly highlighted the "Dad-To-Dad" Program, designed to encourage all fathers and/or male mentors of Rainbow Girls to be an active part of their daughters' Rainbow experience. The idea of the Dad program is to showcase ways to have a great time getting involved in supporting community service projects and other events.
There is a formal ceremony available that can be presented by local assemblies at Rainbow or Masonic meetings. The program includes a story about a girl growing up through the years in Rainbow and then presenting a Rainbow Dad Splash pin to the Dad and/or Dad mentor who is part of the Rainbow Girl's life. Don Line, PA Rainbow Senior Grand Executive, is on this Supreme committee and is the PA Rainbow representative. Any lodge interested in seeing this ceremony should contact its local Mother Advisor or Mrs. Helen Snedden via email. We are "Growing PA Rainbow - Together!"
In order to honor our Masonic youth leaders, R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith has designed this special Masonic Apron for youth leaders who are Masonic members to wear when they attend their lodge meetings. These Aprons will be distributed by the PA Masonic Youth Foundation to the Masonic Youth groups. An inventory will be reported every year by the local groups. The aprons will be available to be used only by Masons who are currently registered adult leaders. You will know that a Brother Mason who is wearing this apron is actively giving his time and talent to help our young people grow in character and ability.
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