A message from our Supreme Deputy

Dear Rainbow Girls, Advisors, and Friends,

Thank you to the Junior Grand Executive Committee for an informative and fun Leadership Conference. Thank you to all who attended. The Youth Protection presentation by CVS on the opioid crisis was profound and moving. If you want additional information, visit the website, AbovetheInfluence.com. There are a limited number of pajama pants still available. Contact Mom Therrien if you want to buy a pair.

Thank you to those who have started saving shoes. Please ask you family and friends to save their shoes, in good condition. Every Grand Jurisdiction is being asked to participate in The Funds2Orgs Group Shoe Drive for the Supreme Temple Building Fund. Rhode Island's collection will be during April and May. There will be more details in next month's edition.

I am excited to see the many prospect events for Rainbow and Pledge that are happening throughout the state. I am confident that our efforts will be fruitful as we gain members for our wonderful organization. I look forward to greeting you all at Grand Officers' Day as we initiate at least two new members - and hopefully more!

I am excited to start the Grand Assembly "travel season" in Connecticut. I am happy to report that we have a large group traveling with us. When I was in Rainbow, we had a challenge between Rhode Island and Connecticut about who would have the larger group traveling to each other's Grand Assembly. If you are interested in starting this challenge again, please let me know. It is my hope that you will all enjoy the fun, friendship, and life lessons that are offered by IORG.

Here is my thought for you this month, from Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "Little House on the Prairie" books:

"The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and to have courage when things go wrong."


Forever the Rainbow,

Mom Therrien

GIFT CARDS!! GIFT CARDS: Don't forget the gift card program. Mom Fox will send orders in each month or so in order that they will be in for an upcoming event. This is a great way to support R.I. Rainbow without a lot of hard work and extra effort. Please consider shopping with us. Go to https://www.glscrip.com and then retailer list to see which cards you may order.



Amazonsmile RI Grand is now signed up on Amazonsmile and will get a small percentage every time you order through them. Nothing costs you extra but we do get something. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/05- 6013531



Collections


Pennies for Supreme Temple Fund- Grand Love, Fallon C

Supplies for our Troops- Grand Patriotism, Hailie P

Soda Tabs for the Shriners-Grand Nature, Hannah P
Message: "Hello everyone! My name is Hannah P. This year I am collecting soda tabs for the Shriners Hospital. Soda tabs may be given to me at any grand function or at any time you may see me, it doesn't matter, I would be more than happy to collect them anywhere. Just one thing I ask for in advance before you give them to me is to keep track of them (by weight in pounds) . Keeping track of them would be great and make my life a whole lot easier. Thank you!"

Socks for the Homeless - Grand Immortality, Abigail C
Message: This year, we are collecting socks and other clothing for the homeless. Socks are the main item, but anything is accepted.

Busy Bags for Dialysis Patients - Grand Choir Message from Grand Choir Director, Alysa T: "Hello everyone! This year the Grand Choir is collecting supplies to make busy bags for dialysis patients. Recommended supplies are coloring books, crayons, knitting supplies, books, and generally anything that can keep someone busy for up to four hours three times a week."

2018 Collection Box - guidelines are:
1. The container must be decorated by the girls.
2. It must be large enough to collect 3 months' worth of those items.
3. The container is creatively decorated in the GWA's theme and labeled as to what is being collected and for what purpose.
4. The container is displayed where all organizations who meet in your hall and their guests can see it and contribute.
5. The container must be displayed no later than your Assembly's installation meeting in September for review by the Grand Deputies.

Awards will be presented at the Hogwarts Halloween event.

Save the Shoes - We want your gently used shoes - soles intact, no holes, laces attached (if needed), dry and clean. Supreme Assembly IORG is working with Funds2Org for this purpose. Mom Lynn will have more details soon.



GRAND ASSEMBLY FUNDRAISERS


The Grand Executive Committee has approved a plan for fundraisers to replace the Candy Sale. Plans are well underway to begin holding fundraisers at participating restaurants who offer a percentage of sales to non-profit organizations. We will hold fundraisers at different restaurants, at a designated location, on a specific date. The first one will be announced in the April edition of The Rainbow Connection.

SPECIAL EVENT


The new Marketing Committee has been hard at work improving Rhode Island's website, Facebook page, and Instagram account. They are also working on getting Rhode Island Rainbow out in the community for service projects. SAVE THE DATE of April 6 in the evening for the first service project which has been planned on the anniversary of the first IORG initiation. Details will be sent separately as soon as details have been worked out.

MISS SERVICE


The requirements for Miss Service and the application are attached to this email. Please contact your Mother Advisor, Grand Deputy, or Mom Therrien if you have questions. We would encourage you to apply! The winner will be announced at Grand Assembly.