A message from our Supreme Deputy

Dear Rainbow Girls, Advisors, and Friends,

As we embark on 2019, it is exciting to realize the possibilities that a new year brings. Grand Family Applications are attached and will soon also be available on our website, www.rirainbowgirls.org. Please consider serving as Grand Choir, Grand Representative, Junior Grand Executive Committee, and/or Grand Officer - to be installed at Grand Assembly on July 14, 2019. The deadline to submit these applications is February 2, 2019. Gowns will again be purchased for less than $100. We are currently working with the company on pricing including shipping costs, so the actual cost will be announced soon.

Assembly installations will be in February, so consider what office you will fill for the next term - whether it is Worthy Advisor, a Bow Station, or Confidential Observer. It takes each of us working together to make your Assembly work.

Do you have a friend that you can invite to the Yule Ball and a Rainbow Installation? These two events will give them (and maybe a parent?) a chance to see an event that our organization runs as well as the ritual associated with Installation of Officers. Let's work on growing each Rainbow Assembly as well as growing or starting Pledge Groups associated with each Assembly. We would love to have a large class of new initiates at Grand Officers' Day on March 30!

With the beginning of a new year, remember that Adult Worker Profiles, Code of Conduct forms, and BCI checks are now due for all adults. The link for the BCI checks is: https://app.verifiedvolunteers.com/promoorder/062729cb-49a4-4819-b94c-1d5f5b722e80. For all Rainbow Girls, Annual Permission Slips are now due as well. All of these forms can be obtained from your Mother Advisor or Grand Deputy.

Hannah and I will be attending the Grand Assemblies of CT from March 15-17, Maine from May 31-June 2, NC from June 23-25, SC from June 27-30, and NH from July 5-7. We would love for others to join us! Since North and South Carolina Grand Assemblies are so close in dates and distance, we will be making it a full week of travel and expect to be driving to keep costs down. Please contact me at rhodeislandiorg@gmail.com if you are interested. Remember that there will not be a Candy Sale this year. Alternate fundraisers will be discussed at the next Grand Executive Committee meeting this month, so stay tuned for an announcement soon.

I am thrilled that Westerly #7 and Warwick #15 each initiated one new member in December. A very special thank you to the many Rainbow Girls who traveled at this busy holiday time to substitute as one, and sometimes several, officers for these initiations.

Please start saving shoes for the Supreme fundraiser. See the last page for details.

Here is my wish for you in 2019: "Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your hearts, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, and love to complete your life."

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


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.