A message from our Supreme Deputy

Dear Rainbow Girls, Advisors, and Friends,

Thank you for your interest in the Grand Assembly of Rhode Island, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG). There are many benefits of IORG, some that I have experienced personally are confidence, lifelong friendships, and public speaking skills. My involvement in IORG as a girl prepared me for life, for example I learned how to plan an organized and successful event. When my daughter joined IORG, I enjoyed the added benefit of a common mother-daughter bond which has strengthened our relationship.
I would encourage you to attend our public events to become more familiar with what IORG is all about - ritualistic installation of officers, fun events like dances and hayrides, service projects, and charity fundraisers. Parents, if your daughter joins, I would encourage you to become active and attend meetings and events with her. The rewards to both of you will be magnified.
If you have additional questions or would like to be put in contact with one of our local assemblies, feel free to contact me at rhodeislandiorg@gmail.com.

Sincerely, Deborah Therrien

ABOUT OUR SUPREME DEPUTY Deborah Therrien, Supreme Deputy

Debbie joined the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG) in 1972 and rose to the rank of Grand Worthy Advisor (highest rank for a girl) in 1980-81. Over the years, she has served as Grand Assembly session nurse, Advisory Board Member then Chairperson, Mother Advisor, Grand Executive Committee member then chairperson, Ritual Committee member then chairperson. Professionally she is a registered nurse, certified in wound, ostomy, and continence nursing with over 35 years' experience. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Master's of Science in Nursing. She is currently the program manager of the wound program for a home health agency in Rhode Island.

Supreme Deputy's Monthly Message

Dear Rainbow Girls, Advisors, and Friends,

I never imagined, when I took over as Supreme Deputy, that I would be faced with a challenge as impactful and far-reaching as the Coronavirus pandemic. The Grand Master has closed all Masonic meetings through the end of April, and that includes Rainbow and DeMolay. While we cannot meet at our physical locations, I feel that it is very important to continue to keep in contact with each other. Many of your participated in the virtual Grand Officers’ Day on Zoom. Several assemblies have met, or plan to meet, using Zoom (thank you to the Masonic Youth Foundation). Mother Advisors, if you would like to schedule a meeting on Zoom for your assembly, please contact me at rhodeislandiorg@gmail.com. It is important now, more than ever, to meet to conduct business, offer support, and have fun together. Per Supreme Assembly, there can be no ritual at these meetings. If you prefer not to use Zoom, then use Facebook Live or any similar technology. At the very least, send emails, Facebook messages, texts, etc. to let your Rainbow friends and advisors know that you are thinking of them.
I want to repeat here my “Words of Advice” regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its restrictions.
1. Maintain a routine. Keep a regular sleep pattern. Get dressed every morning, don’t stay in pajamas all day.
2. Keep up on your schoolwork. It is human nature to put it off for another day, but don’t procrastinate!
3. Eat healthy foods – fruits and vegetables, protein, and foods containing vitamin C.
4. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, with a good lather, and washing all surfaces of your hands and fingers.
5. Practice social distancing. Stay home except to go out for essential items. Always maintain a 6 foot distance between people.
6. Get some exercise each day. I know that I enjoy walks outdoors. Remember that “Nature has a great healing power.”
7. Do something to reduce stress – exercise, meditation, deep breathing techniques. Practice an “attitude of gratitude” which can be especially challenging right now. Finding something to be thankful for each day.
I know that we had a candidate for Grand Officers’ Day. She will need to be initiated within 30 days of when we are able to resume meeting. I am confident that we will all work together to exemplify an amazing initiatory degree. Despite the interruption, I continue to challenge you to initiate 20 new sisters in 2020 - “20 in ‘20”. We will also be conducting initiation at Grand Assembly on July 11, and I know that we already have at least 1 candidate. Let’s not let the Coronavirus dampen our Rainbow enthusiasm!

Forever the Rainbow,

Mom Therrien

Adult Advisors

Grand Executive Committee 2019-2020
Mrs. Debbie Sneath, Chairperson
Mr. Mark Thompson, Vice Chairperson
Mrs. Diane Miller, Sr. Grand Recorder
Mrs. Marianne Salisbury, Sr. Grand Treasurer
Ms. Deborah Hopkins, Assistant Sr. Grand Treasurer
Mrs. Sandra Bobola, Dean of the Grand Cross of Color
Dr. Laura Flynn
Mrs. Donna Fox, Gift Card Program, Restaurant Fundraisers
Mrs. Deborah Therrien, Supreme Deputy
Miss Lynn D. Gebler, Past Supreme Inspector
Miss Amanda Grace, Jurisdictional Marketing Liaison
Mr. Raymond Hassell
Mrs. Kristen Lawson, Advisor to the JGEC
Mr. Stephen McGuire
Mrs. Dawn Mitchell-Winters, Chair of the Grand Representatives
Mr. David Ogilvie
Mrs. Barbara Parisella, Youth Protection

Grand Deputies
Mrs. Ellen Hefler
Dr. Tamra Ringeling
Mrs. Bonnie Dunford

Mother Advisors
Mrs. Michelle Mott, Pawtucket #3
Mrs. Linda Palazzo, East Greenwich #4
Mrs. Diane Miller, South Kingstown #6
Mrs. Kimberly Harrison, Woodridge #10
Mrs. Donna Fox, Warwick #15

Pledge Groups
Veronica Barragan-Tovar, coordinator
Mrs. Jennifer Richards, Kindness
Mrs. Katherine Thompson, Friendship
Miss Andrea Barragan-Tovar, Happiness

Marketing Committee
Miss Amanda Grace
Mrs. Donna Fox
Mrs. Dawn Mitchell-Winters
Miss Andrea Barragan-Tovar
Mr. Rowan Gottschalk
Mrs. Kathleen DiPrete
Mrs. Deborah Therrien
Mrs. Diane Miller

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

MERCHANDISE: Contact Mom Therrien if you would like to purchase pajama pants, drawstring bags, white polo shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirt jackets in a variety of colors, travel mugs, pop sockets, and water bottles - all with the IORG emblem. We will deliver them to you at a meeting or event.


Pennies for Supreme Temple Fund- Grand Love, Audrey R

Supplies for our Troops- Grand Patriotism, Abigail C

Soda Tabs for the Shriners-Grand Religion, Alysa T

Pet Toys and Food for R.I. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals- Grand Choir Message from Grand Choir Director, Hannah P: The RISPCA contacted me with items that they accept for donations. For cats: wood stove pellets, small litter boxes, catnip, cat toys, small beds, cardboard scratchers. For dogs: string cheese, hotdogs, dog waste scoop bags, dog biscuits/treats (no rawhide), Kong and Nylabone toys, peanut butter, and durable dog toys. They also accept gift cards to Amazon, Petco, and grocery stores,


We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Providence Rescue Mission. The Providence Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization that provides help to the homeless and serves food to many families that are in need. From January 2018 to June 2018, they served 35,497 meals to people in the community and helped over 600 families by giving them shelter. Non-perishable food items can be put in the collection boxes at any of the local assemblies or brought to state-wide events. I would also like to work with the Providence Rescue Mission to set up a day where RI Rainbow can serve food to the community as well. More details will come soon!
Korina Daniels, Miss Service 2019-2020