Rainbow teaches the importance of belief in a Supreme Being, the value of the great truths taught in the Holy Bible, dignity of character, and to strive for the higher things in life. Rainbow also teaches leadership skills, patriotism, and service to others, all emphasized in a ritual of ceremonies presented from memory by the members. Members of Rainbow automatically become a part of the rich heritage of The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, which was founded in 1922.
To be a Rainbow girl, she must be between the ages of 11 and 21 years, of good moral character, and profess an abiding faith in God. She may be a daughter of a Master Mason, or the daughter of a member of the Order of The Eastern Star or Amaranth, a majority member, or the friend of a Rainbow Girl. All applicants must be sponsored by a Master Mason or by a member of the Eastern Star or Amaranth.
Rainbow Girls are active in many fund-raisers for charity including bowl-a-thons, dance-a-thons, rock-a-thons, walk-a-thons, and selling all varieties of foods and gifts. Rainbow Girls find fun and satisfaction entertaining children in hospitals, playing bingo with the elderly in nursing homes, and serving as candy-stripers at the Masonic Homes. Dances, social events, sports, choirs, talent shows, skating parties, picnics, and visitations to other Rainbow assemblies are all a part of their program. The Rainbow program includes an active competition schedule in bowling and softball. Many assemblies participate in ritual competitions. At the Annual Grand Assembly, or statewide convention, the assemblies enter their choirs, drill teams, scrapbooks, banners and growth charts into competition.
Any member willing to accept responsibility can serve as an officer. The leader of the assembly is the Worthy Advisor who is elected to a four-month term and presides in all ceremonies, plans the activities, and organizes the service projects. Rainbow Girls have many other opportunities to excel, earning merit bars for service, attendance, ritual, religion, fund-raising, recruitment, visitation, athletics, scholastics, choir and many other categories. Scholarships for Rainbow Girls seeking higher education are available from a variety of sources and are awarded for academic ability, financial need and Rainbow service.
Quality adult volunteers are members of Eastern Star, Amaranth, Masons, or former Rainbow Girls who work with the members of Rainbow to teach them how to be effective leaders. They set a proper example for the girls, and provide guidance and stability to the assembly. In addition, parents of active Rainbow Girls are invited to attend all meetings and programs.
Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.pagrandlodge.org/pyf/rg